Ann Friedman

Ann Friedman is an editor and writer. Formerly the executive editor of GOOD, she’s now hard at work on a crowd-funded magazine called Tomorrow and is a politics columnist for NYmag.com. She curates the work of women journalists at LadyJournos!, makes hand-drawn pie charts for The Hairpin, and dispenses animated advice at the Columbia Journalism Review. In July 2012, CJR named her one of 20 women to watch.

Recent Articles

BREAUX SAVED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

BREAUX SAVED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. A political operative with insider connections to Louisiana politics tells me that John Breaux�s decision not to run for governor this year was motivated in part by the former senator�s rather comfortable retirement lifestyle, including a nice home in Maryland that Republicans said disqualified him as a non-resident ineligible to run. So Breaux took matters to the state�s attorney general, which gave a �non-definitive� ruling. At which point, Breaux balked.

CONSERVATIVES DECRY POLITICIZATION OF THE FDA

CONSERVATIVES DECRY POLITICIZATION OF THE FDA. Oh, this is rich: The Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America are suing the FDA over the agency's approval of Plan B emergency contraception for over-the-counter sale. Their complaint? The FDA's decision was politically motivated.

"It's very clearly caught up in political dynamics and I would go so far as to say there is electoral politics involved here," said [FRC's Charmaine] Yoest.

THE BEAUTY PRODUCT MYTH

THE BEAUTY PRODUCT MYTH. I've long been annoyed with books marketed toward women that say you aren't getting ahead financially because you can't stop spending money on your appearance. A perfect example is this piece, which tut-tuts women for blowing their retirement savings on a beauty binge at Sephora: "It's a tough financial landscape we're facing, ladies, but apparently we�re more worried about our future wrinkles than our financial security."

PARTY ON, WADE

PARTY ON, WADE. With Administration for Children and Families head Wade Horn's resignation effective yesterday, groups like the Abstinence Clearinghouse and the Family Research Council are sad to say goodbye.

�We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Horn,� said Leslee Unruh, Founder of the National Abstinence Clearinghouse. �He has spent his time proving himself a true friend of abstinence education, and has shown a real understanding of the importance of marriage and responsible fatherhood in particular.�

Horn has indeed been cozy with hardline social conservatives. His achievements include:

KEROACK'S PRIVATE PRACTICE

KEROACK'S PRIVATE PRACTICE. Looks like "Dr." Eric Keroack resigned his post as head of the federal Office of Population Affairs because the Massachusetts Office of Medicaid is investigating his private medical practice.

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