JUST POSTED ON TAP ONLINE: BURN, BABY, BURN. Last night, the Senate narrowly defeated a constitutional amendment banning flag desecration. Free beers all around at the Flag Burners Club! Kirsten Powers reflects on the lunacy and stubborn durablity of the GOP's favorite non-issue issue. --The Editors
JUST POSTED ON TAP ONLINE: THE BLOGOFASCISTAS. What is the nature of the blogofascist threat, and can liberals summon the will and the courage to face it down? Matt makes the case for putting anti-blogofascism at the center of a new liberalism for the age. --The Editors
JUST POSTED ON TAP: CAT SCRATCH FEVER. Tom Schaller describes his run-in with Dave "Mudcat" Saunders , the Democrats' Dixie huckster, and discusses some of the problems the Democrats face in the South. --The Editors
JUST POSTED ON TAP: HARD LABOR. Harold Meyerson notes in our July/August issue that the Change to Win leaders had big plans last year when they left the AFL-CIO to do more organizing. The resolve is there -- but so are all the usual impediments. --The Editors
For years, pro-choice activists have feared The Moment when abortion rights disappear in America. But there is not going to be A Moment. There is a movement , and it is chipping away at choice in many small moments. Start with the Supreme Court. With Sandra Day O'Connor gone, Justice Anthony Kennedy becomes the swing vote. Whither Roe ? He'll support the decision with one hand and slowly gut abortion rights with the other, Helena Silverstein and Wayne Fishman predict. Meanwhile, Allison Stevens reports that in many parts of the country, abortion looks a lot like it did before 1973: open to women of means, nearly impossible for everyone else. And just what were pro-choice groups doing while all this was going on? As Stevens reports on conversations with activists from some red states, not enough. Lastly, to abortion rights among the punditry priesthood: For years, many center-left commentators (all men!) have been arguing that a reversal of Roe would be good for Democrats politically...