Monica Potts is a senior writer for The American Prospect and a fellow with the New America Foundation Asset Building Program. Her work has appeared in TheNew York Times, the Connecticut Post and the Stamford Advocate. She also blogs at PostBourgie.
I am trying to institute a pretty strict policy against blogging about Megan McArdle, since it seems like a never-ending rabbit hole of nonsense and false logic, but her response after the House passed the Senate version of the health-care bill last night was a special sort of ridiculousness. The entire post was histrionic and self-contradictory, especially this paragraph.
An Ohio judge has ordered teenage sexual-assault victims in four separate cases to undergo polygraph tests, along with the teenage boys who were convicted, before the scheduled sentencing, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
One of the most annoying things about the way the health-care battle has played out in the press is the way arguments of fact are presented as arguments of politics. That happened today, when, in a roundabout way of reporting on the CBO's score of the latest iteration of the reform bill, TheNew York Timesattributed the savings to the words of top Democrat officials instead of the Congressional Budget Office, which it later called "authoritative."
For the first time in 40 years, the number of prisoners in state prison systems has dropped, according to a new report from the Pew Center on the States. During the past four decades, the number of prisoners rose precipitously -- by more than 700 percent -- as more people were sent to prison and kept there longer.