Pema Levy

Pema Levy is an assistant editor at The American Prospect.

Recent Articles

You Can't Take the Baby Out of This Bathwater

In Texas, one state senator's crusade shows how entwined women's health and abortion services really are.

Texas State Senator Bob Deuell (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)

Last week, Republicans and Democrats in the Texas Legislature reached an impasse on a five-year-old women's health-care program set to expire in December. Though none of the money went to abortions or abortion referrals, Republicans will not renew the program without an amendment that would prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving any of the funding. Democrats, though, won't vote for the measure. That means 120,000 uninsured women are likely to lose their health care.

Law Schools' Women Problem

A new study shows the number of women enrolled in law school has been declining steadily since 2002, a disparity that shows particularly at the top 10 law schools. At The Volokh Conspiracy, Kenneth Anderson rightly, I think, brings up the possibility that the increasing cost of law school might be at play here. From there Anderson wonders if women are choosing not to go to law schools because they know that being a mother and having children will cut into the rewards that make attending a top law school worth the cost:

Real Americans Hate the Debt Ceiling

The Constitution prohibits fetters on the government's ability to make payments.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (AP Photo/ABC, Fred Watkins)

Yesterday, the United States reached its official debt limit, and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner resorted to what he calls extraordinary measures to keep the government functioning financially. Republicans demand spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling, but if the fight drags out the federal government could run out of money as soon as August. The government could default.

The Breitbart Defense

In February, Shirley Sherrod filed a complaint against Andrew Breitbart, initiating a defamation lawsuit over the release of an edited video that portrayed her as racist and caused her to lose her job. When the full video was released, it became apparent that her speech was actually about racial tolerance, and the administration apologized to her for the error. In April, Breitbart officially responded, predictably, with a motion to dismiss the case. What's surprising is one of the arguments Breitbart used to get the case thrown out.

Q&A: China Will Not Demand Its Money Back

Why the doomsday predictions on the debt ceiling are wrong.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Kent Conrad (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A deal is taking shape between Congress and the administration on the debt-ceiling vote, and it will likely include some spending cuts in exchange for increasing the amount the government can borrow.