Nick Baumann

Are Conservatives Trying to End Insurance Coverage for Abortion?

Remember the nasty fight over federal funding of abortion that nearly derailed the health care package? It's not over.

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Is Lady Gaga a Better Politician Than Barack Obama?

On Tuesday afternoon, Senate Republicans successfully filibustered a military spending bill that would have repealed the military's Don't Ask/Don't Tell policy on gay servicemen and women. More than half of the Senate—54 Democrats and two independents—supported the measure (as did Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, who voted no purely for procedural purposes); all the GOPers opposed it. But because breaking a filibuster requires 60 votes, the decisions of moderate Sens. Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, and Scott Brown to join their obstructionist GOP colleagues ensured that gay people would still be unable to serve openly in the military.

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Obama Is Playing Politics With Gitmo

Liberals have not done enough public wrestling with Massimo Calabresi and Michael Weisskopf's Time article on the ouster of White House counsel Gregory Craig. Perhaps that's because they don't want to deal with the article's troubling implications. As Kevin explains, Craig was "the White House lawyer tasked with dismantling Bush-era interrogation and detention policies. At first, Obama was on board with Craig's plans.  Then, reality set in."

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Teabagging Alan Grayson

Barack Obama, the Fed, Hitler, Marxism, the government seizing control of health care, ACORN. Somehow all of this came together at a town hall meeting held in Tavares, Florida, on Monday night by Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fl.), when dozens of teabaggers, those right-wing activists associated with the so-called Tea Party movement, showed up to slam Grayson and vent their anger at a political world -- that is, their version of it.

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Is a Cheney Cover-Up Scandal Brewing?

Who in the George W. Bush White House tried to shred a memo challenging the use of torture?

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