Rep. Bart Stupak's amendment to the health care bill became a flash point for conversation about how health care overhaul could affect women's access to reproductive care. In San Francisco, supporters of health care reform gathered to protest limits on abortion coverage.
I've got a piece up today over at The Daily Beast on why Jenny Sanford's decision to divorce South Carolina Gov. Mark "hiking the Appalachian trail" Sanford doesn't automatically make her a feminist hero:
President Obama's own instincts on the conundrum of jobs versus deficit continue to be better than those of many of his own economic advisers. He is under heavy pressure from the commentariat, the deficit hawks in Congress and the think tanks, and from the budget balance faction at the White House, to define deficit-reduction as the prime menace facing the country. There are distressing reports circulated by the austerity crowd that a grand bargain to shrink the debt by whacking social insurance will be the centerpiece of the January State of the Union Address.