Ann Friedman

Ann Friedman is a columnist for New York magazine's website and for the Columbia Journalism Review. She also makes pie charts for The Hairpin and Los Angeles magazine. Her work has appeared in ELLE, Esquire, Newsweek, The Observer, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and many other outlets. She lives in Los Angeles, but travels so often the best place to find her is online at annfriedman.com.

Recent Articles

SO... WHEN CAN WE EXPECT MCCAIN'S DENUCIATION OF JOHN HAGEE?

Like Glenn Greenwald , I'm a wee bit sick of hearing about Jeremiah Wright . But if liberal bloggers find themselves absolutely compelled to continue discussing Obama 's pastor, the least they can do is ensure every Wright post includes a mention of McCain 's cozy relationship with John Hagee . Sarah Posner writes, in this week's FundamentaList : While Wright asserts that God condemns the death and destruction wrought by war, Hagee thinks that God just might condemn avoiding war. In his 2006 book, Jerusalem Countdown , Hagee wrote that God would curse America if it stood by as Iran attacked Israel. This is not some random, taken-out-of-context quote. He wrote a whole book on this, preached about it, and founded an organization called Christians United for Israel to mobilize grassroots political support for his ideas. He gets private meetings with members of the president's national security staff, presents former CIA director James Woolsey as a speaker at his "Middle East Intelligence...

THE GAS TAX BREAK: WHO BENEFITS?

Over at Beat the Press, Dean Baker parses this New York Times article on Clinton 's support for the federal gas tax holiday, and Obama 's opposition to it. The article states: While Mr. Obama’s view is shared by environmentalists and many independent energy analysts, his position allowed Mrs. Clinton to draw a contrast with her opponent in appealing to the hard-hit middle-class families and older Americans who have proven to be the bedrock of her support. And here's Dean: Actually, almost all economists would agree that the tax cut proposed by Senators Clinton and McCain would save consumers nothing. With the supply of gas largely fixed by the capacity of the oil industry (they claim to be running their refineries at full capacity), the price will not change in response to the elimination of the tax. The only difference will be that money that used to go to the government in tax revenues will instead go to the oil industry as higher profits. If Senator Clinton is able to use this...

HAVE WE REALLY COME THAT FAR SINCE AMADOU DIALLO?

Last week a judge acquitted the three NYPD officers who fired 50 shots into an unarmed man, Sean Bell , outside a Queens nightclub in 2006. Over the weekend, the New York Times ran a story about how some black New Yorkers "saw the case through a prism not of race, but of police conduct." The article quotes a few different people who say this is different than other high-profile cases of police violence against unarmed black men, such as when cops fired 41 shots at an unarmed Amadou Diallo as he stood in his doorway in 1999. This isn't Giuliani 's New York any more, they say, things are different now. Here's Ta-Nehisi Coates reacting to the Times article: I make no brief for the cops in the Sean Bell case here, but we have to acknowledge that, as tragic this was, as stupid and incredibly incompetent as the cops behaved, this isn't the same town, and this isn't the same sort of incident. But that doesn't mean that there is no price to be paid. I just wonder--as the judge argued--whether...

THE "NEW" NEW LEFT LOOKS SURPRISINGLY LIKE THE NEW LEFT (AND THE OLD LEFT, FOR THAT MATTER...)

Overwhelmingly white and male that is (I guess that isn't very surprising really), at least according to this article in Dissent which Kay called my attention to. I'm talking about a new breed of liberal writers who have emerged on the web—a network of writers who are bringing together reformism and idealism in a way we haven't seen in many years. I'm thinking of people like Joshua Micah Marshall (the man behind Talking Points Memo ); Eric Alterman, the Nation columnist, author of many books, and blogger for Media Matters for America ; Ezra Klein ( The American Prospect ); Kevin Drum (the Washington Monthly ); Glenn Greenwald ( Salon ); Matthew Yglesias (the Atlantic ); Bob Somerby (the Daily Howler ); Rick Perlstein (the Campaign for America's Future ); and the writer who goes by the name of Digby who blogs for her own website, digbysblog . I think of Paul Krugman and Harold Meyerson as two of the spiritual godfathers of this kind of politics. Meyerson has edited some of these...

TAP Talks with Lilly Ledbetter

The Supreme Court's decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear overturned decades of employment-law precedent. Congress is considering legislation this week that would reverse the decision and help end discriminatory pay practices.

Of all the appalling decisions the Roberts Court issued last year , one of the worst was the 5-4 ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear , which gutted the equal-pay provisions of the Civil Rights Act and overturned a decades-old employment-law precedent. The plaintiff, Lilly Ledbetter, worked for nearly two decades at a Goodyear Tire plant in Gadsden, Alabama. She brought an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint against Goodyear after she discovered that for years she had been paid less than male co-workers with the same job. The justices ruled that employees can only file a wage-discrimination complaint within 180 days of when the payroll decision was made. After the Supreme Court issued its decision, which leaves women and minorities in Ledbetter's situation with no recourse, congressional Democrats pledged to pass legislation that would give employees two years to file a complaint, in accordance with the law before the Supreme Court issued its decision. The Senate is...

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