CANCEL THE APPOINTMENT. The Department of Health and Human Services is now defendingEric Keroack as an appointee to lead federal family planning groups based on Keroack's private practice as an OB-GYN, during which he prescribed birth control to patients. Keroack has a record of working for Christian family planning centers that dissuade women from abortions and birth control. Moreover, he "inadvertently" let his OB-GYN certification expire in the last year at the same time that HHS officials have been touting that credential as evidence of his suitability.
UGLY FACE.Noy's review of Iraq in Fragmentsconveys the power of wartime images -- images that usually aren't pretty. This week, the Postoffered an excellent snapshot of the lasting effects of the Vietnam War, depicting vivid images of children who suffer from the remnants of toxic Agent Orange. The images of deformed children have stayed with me since I saw the photographs earlier this week.
CLOSE CALL. Fears about de facto voter suppression are well-founded. Today I arrived at my local polling station in Virginia and ran the risk of not being allowed to vote. Virginia requires one form of identification -- of which the voter registration card mailed to you is acceptable. Voter registration card in hand, I was at first prevented from voting when they asked for a second form of ID and I had a driver's license that wasn't issued by the commonwealth of Virginia. (I had to explain to the worker that an out-of-state driver's license is acceptable if the voter also has the voter registration card.)