Kay Steiger

Kay Steiger is managing editor at Raw Story and a former Prospect editorial assistant.

Recent Articles

RE: CLINTON AND THE GENDER CARD.

Everyone seems to love to rehash the "Is Clinton running as a woman?" argument over and over again. Gender will of course play into Clinton's candidacy. She's often said she "can't run as anything other than a woman." It's unavoidable, so the campaign will take advantage of it to the best of its ability. And of course, as in the debate on Tuesday, when the only woman standing on stage is attacked by her male competitors, there is a subtext of gender politics, even if it is focused on a foreign policy disagreement. It feels different then when it's just men arguing. This goes back to when Clinton was accused of "pandering" for targeting women in her campaign rhetoric and policy proposals. That accusation suggests women aren't a worthwhile portion of the electorate to spend time and money on. I would love to read stories about how Clinton is just a candidate and not a "woman candidate," but unfortunately, we don't live in that world. I sort of agree with Ezra here , that by simply...

I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO SAY.

This is pretty horrifying. An ex-Marine was convicted of torturing and killing his wife: Prosecutors contended that on Nov. 30, 2004, Speights assembled a series of torture and restraint devices, including chains, ankle cuffs, plastic ties, mace and a 300,000-volt stun gun at the Irvine apartment the couple shared. He then chained Zill to the bed, tortured her with the stun gun and strangled her with a plastic tie, prosecutors said. --Kay Steiger

LOTS OF DEBATES, BUT NO DEBATE.

Last night, Democratic candidates for president gathered for the seventh debate . There are more debates in this election season than I'm pretty sure ever before -- and it's only (almost) November. Still, the debates don't really seem to be productive. Paul Waldman attacks Tim Russert as a moderator, and I think he's mainly right, but to me, the real problem is that as much as we like to think that debates are where candidates hash out issues and prove to us who is the better candidate, they are mainly just pieces of political theater. People who already like a candidate won't be dissuaded from supporting him or her because of the debate. Everyone likes to use the infamous example of the Kennedy/Nixon debate in 1960. It is largely billed as the moment that Kennedy seized the election for Democrats. Modern debates, however, are lacking. We hear second-tier candidates attack the frontrunner. We hear Obama , perpetually in second place, repeat his mantra of opposing the war before it was...

NEW VETERAN SUICIDE STUDY.

A recent study reported in the New York Times shows that suicide rates among veterans are the same as among civilians as long as they are receiving treatment for depression . There were some differences, though. While suicide rates among civilians typically peak later in life, veterans experience a peak between the ages of 18 to 24. Also, a previous study showed veterans are far more likely (80 percent versus 55 percent) to commit suicide with a gun. The study only looked at veterans already receiving treatment for depression or post traumatic stress disorder. What this emphasizes is the need for veterans to have access to the Veterans Administration health care system (which Phillip Longman billed as "the best care anywhere" ). As long as veterans get the proper treatment for depression or PTSD, they are at lower risk for suicide. The good thing is that such a complicated thing as the mental health of returning soldiers is under examination. --Kay Steiger

BRAIN INJURIES.

The Guardian reports that officials fear that up to 20,000 UK soldiers have undiagnosed brain injuries. And the DoD says that up to 20 percent of American soldiers may suffer from "mild traumatic brain injuries." The reason this is such a problem is that soldiers are suffering injuries primarily from blasts, so even if they get checked over, minor bruising and blood clots in the brain may go undetected. This can cause symptoms long associated with post-traumatic stress disorder: anxiety, sleep loss, depression, and violence. This is an interesting development. I've heard many experts say that often soldiers are unwilling to come forward to getting treated for PTSD because they view it as a weakness. There is still a lingering stigma about needing to visit a therapist, even if it's the result of a terrifying and extended situation such as stationed in a war zone. But now, with new developments in research, veterans may feel better about needing treatment for something that has a...

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