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

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THROWIN' BOLTS. The forced-pregnancy crowd has been chirping about how God began casting lightning bolts at Rudy Giuliani just as he was about to profess his support for abortion rights during Tuesday's debate. Now Jill has compiled a list of other people who are apparently on God's smite-list. Metallica fans, look out. --Ann Friedman


GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS. The House Labor-Human Services subcommittee approved a $27.8 million funding increase for Title X family planning programs. ...they also approved an identical funding increase for abstinence-only education. In other words, "Yes! Contraception is important and it works! But shhhh... don't tell the children." --Ann Friedman


KRISTOL'S AWAKENING. The convenient narrative employed by critics (and many reluctant defenders) to define Bill Clinton was that he was a self-absorbed Baby Boomer, a man so selfish in his appetites that if having sex with an intern meant potentially jeopardizing his administration, his legacy and his party's chances to hold the White House in 2000, well, so be it. He was a man who just couldn't control himself. I have long felt that George W. Bush is much more selfish. Surely the public unfolding of his personal psychodrama -- which involves defying his father and mother, and proving he's better than his baby brother -- is clear for all to see, a catalog that includes everything from rejecting advice from his biological father in favor of a "higher father's" wisdom on Iraq, to treating Andy Card as a cheeseburger-fetching lackey, to the expectation that leaders like Tony Blair would sacrifice their own legacies and reputations in service to "The Decider." And what, really, is...


A DECADE OF DUNCES. Sunday was the 10-year anniversary of the formation of the Project for a New American Century, and the publication of its Statement of Principles . Signatories include many of the usual suspects -- Dick Cheney , Don Rumsfeld , Paul Wolfowitz , Francis Fukuyama , and Lewis Libby -- as well as a few surprises like Jeb Bush , whose older brother and once notable opponent of nation-building is tellingly absent. How quietly PNAC's anniversary came and went, no? No parades, nor even so much as a reflective op-ed -- at least so far as I can tell from a quick Lexis-Nexus search. (The list of founders is hardly short of chest-thumping self-promoters, mind you.) Of course, none of the 14 American servicemen killed in Iraq during the first three days of the month survived long enough to salute the visionary brilliance of the PNAC'ers. Happy 10th, fellas! --Tom Schaller


SUPPORT FOR THE "STRONG-WILLED YOUNG LADY." I just want to echo Garance 's point about the coverage of HRC 's tenure as Wal-Mart board member. I'd also add that, overall, I had a strong gut reaction to the article. Especially this comment: Mr. Walton appeared relieved to have a woman on the board to deflect criticism, telling shareholders during the annual meeting in 1987 that the company had a "strong-willed young lady on the board now who has already told the board it should do more to ensure the advancement of women." She was a 39-year-old successful attorney who was described, patronizingly, as a "strong-willed young lady." Though I'm by no means a big Hillary Clinton backer, anecdotes like this make me really want to like her. I identify with her. And (as Garance has also pointed out), I'm guessing many other women in the all-important "single, under 35" bloc feel the same way. Whether that will translate to votes for Clinton, I'm not so sure. But it's noteworthy nonetheless. --...