Susan G. Komen Reverses Decision, Will Fund Planned Parenthood

By: Friday February 3, 2012 8:36 am

Well, that was pointless. After shifting rationales, unreliable claims of bravado and the resignation of top staffers, the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure has reversed its decision to de-fund Planned Parenthood, reinstating its donation to support breast cancer screenings at the organization’s clinics. Foundation President Nancy Brinker announced the reversal. I hope Susan [...]

Komen Designed Policy Expressly to Cut Off Planned Parenthood

By: Thursday February 2, 2012 10:15 am

The fallout from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure charity’s decision to eliminate funding to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings continues. Jeffrey Goldberg gets some inside knowledge. Komen’s public rationale for cutting off the funding claims to take the pressure off their own decision-making. They adopted a rule, they said, stating that any [...]

Planned Parenthood Raises $400,000 in 24 Hours After Susan G. Komen Withdrawal of Support

By: Wednesday February 1, 2012 1:55 pm

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure denied funding for breast cancer screenings to Planned Parenthood today, in an anti-abortion frenzy designed to hurt the women’s health provider. The effect was a glancing blow. In the past 24 hours, 6,000 donors have delivered $400,000 to Planned Parenthood, almost half of the annual donation from Susan [...]

Backlash Against All-American Muslim Leads to Bigger Backlash

By: Tuesday December 13, 2011 1:40 pm

The latest overreach from the theocratic right concerns their bid to get advertisers to dump their support of a television show on TLC called All-American Muslim. The eight-episode series follows the lives of families in Dearborn, Michigan, home to the highest concentration of Muslim-Americans in the US. And it’s a pretty mundane rendering of the [...]

Bachmann Comment Could Harm HPV Vaccine Take-Up

By: Thursday September 15, 2011 8:55 am

I’ve actually been pleased to see the pushback against Michele Bachmann for intimating that the Gardasil vaccine for human papilloma virus causes mental retardation. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a strong statement condemning Bachmann’s claim as “false.” A professor in Minnesota offered $1,000 for information leading to the whereabouts of the supposed victim of [...]

Right Wing CPAC Crackup over Gay Rights Group

By: Wednesday December 29, 2010 8:07 am

CPAC, the venerable right-wing gathering, has a problem over its welcoming of the conservative gay group GOProud. They invited them to participate at last year’s event, and it led to this jerk making an ass of himself in one of the panel discussions. But this has gone beyond Ryan Sorba and into a full-fledged revolt [...]

Another Member of American Taliban Charged with Attempting to Bomb Abortion Clinic

By: Friday September 10, 2010 2:21 pm

The very serious liberals spending time on criticizing Markos Moulitsas for his impertinence in writing a book called “American Taliban” don’t seem to have spent any time taking a look at this member of the American Taliban. While the nutjob Koran-burner hadn’t threatened to kill anyone, this other guy sure did: A Concord man was [...]

Sharron Angle Promoted Armed Insurrection, Formerly Joined Christian Reconstructionist Third Party

By: Wednesday June 16, 2010 12:08 pm

Sharron Angle has been whisked from meeting to meeting in Washington this week, shielded from the press in an attempt to cut off any oxygen to a series of damaging reports about prior statements and her personal associations. We’ve come to a point in America where candidates for political office can be hermetically sealed off [...]

Family Research Council’s Peter Sprigg: Lawrence v. Texas Was Wrongly Decided

By: Tuesday February 2, 2010 3:24 pm

I think that Adm. Mike Mullen’s powerful statement today on ending discrimination in the armed services is driving the fundies a bit crazy. Chris Matthews hosted a debate between Aubrey Sarvis of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council about the military’s don’t ask don’t tell policy, and eventually [...]

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