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

RUDY v. AL?

RUDY v. AL? A new Quinnipiac poll of voters in large swing states -- Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania -- shows Rudy Giuliani ahead of Hillary Clinton in all three. Of course, it�s early, but Peter Brown of Quinnipiac writes of Hillary: �Her support is very deep, but narrow. Democrats view her favorably 8-1, but she turns off independents.� What�s interesting about this finding is that voices from the moderate wing of the Democratic Party, who incessantly emphasize the importance of independent voters in general elections, find that their favorite daughter candidate is the one most struggling with the very voters they deem pivotal. Who does Brown, summarizing the results, Democrats ought to think about nominating? Al Gore -- the only candidate who beats Giuliani head-to-head in all three states. �Perhaps absence does make the heart grow fonder. Vice President Gore generally runs best against any of the Republican candidates," writes Brown. "Whatever the reason, should Gore get in, he...

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 . But the interesting twist here is that Breaux apparently wanted the AG�s office to either give a negative or no-opinion ruling precisely so he would have an excuse to get out. Why? The strong rumor relayed to me is that Breaux, despite being one of the state�s most legendary and popular politicians, took one look at the $5 million so far raised by Republican candidate Bobby Jindal and, coupled with the post-Katrina devastation and out-of-state relocation of tens of thousands of New Orleans-...

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 . Indeed! I share Mrs. Yoest's assessment. In fact, women's rights advocates have been pursuing a lawsuit over the politicization of the Plan B decision since January 2005. They've subpoenaed White House officials , and depositions in the case have already revealed a lot about conservative politicians' meddling in the FDA approval process: As far back as 2003, then-FDA commissioner Mark McClellan agreed to an unprecedented meeting with a White House domestic policy adviser to discuss the Plan B application. And Dr. Janet Woodcock (who also...

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." But this week's Time magazine lays waste to that myth . Fewer than 5 percent of Americans -- equal numbers of men and women -- are actually compulsive shoppers. There's only a $100 difference between single men's and women's median annual credit-card debt. And what about the argument that women's spending on bikini waxes, footwear, and facial moisturizer is what's setting us back? Women do spend $1,069--$246 more than men do--on clothing every year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2004-2005 Consumer Expenditure Survey. But that...

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: overseeing multi-million-dollar funding increases for abstinence-only education programs and crisis-pregnancy centers promoting abstinence-only programs for not just teens, but for adults, too running the National Fatherhood Initiative before he became a government employee, and then funding his organization with millions of federal dollars shunting federal dollars toward various...

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