Sheesh, women. You tell them they can't get insurance coverage for their sexual health, and suddenly they think this whole issue is about women's sexual health. There was a whole hearing on it, covered by my colleague and apocalypse survival buddy Jess, but apparently two lawmakers weren't satisfied…
Two female Democrats walked out of a House oversight committee hearing on the contraceptive coverage rule Thursday morning, accusing Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) of manipulating committee rules to block female witnesses from testifying.
"What I want to know is, where are the women?" asked Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) before walking out. "I look at this panel [of witnesses], and I don't see one single individual representing the tens of millions of women across the country who want and need insurance coverage for basic preventive health care services, including family planning."
Where do they get off? (Foster Friess, I know that expression probably makes you giggle, but stay quiet for a sec.) Anyway, this isn't a women's issue. Just listen to Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, the only female Republican involved in the hearing…
"I really find it so objectionable that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle would characterize this as something so narrow as being about contraception," she said. "This is a fundamental assault on one’s conscience."
Exactly. This isn't about birth control; it's about religiously-affiliated institutions' right to deny birth control. Kind of like how the Civil War wasn't about slavery; it was about states' rights to own slaves. Huge difference.
Maybe what these women should do it start their own religion, centered around the holiness of the pill. People like Buerkle might pay attention then.
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Tags: Ann Marie Buerkle, Carolyn Maloney, Contraception, Darrell Issa, Democrats, House of Representatives, Republicans, Women's Rights
Most people forget about li'l ol' New York State, with its shrinking violet politicians and its Aw Shucksy down-home folkiness. But Rep. Charlie Rangel's recent improprieties have sort of dragged New York kicking and screaming back into the limelight. And, since it's already here, we might as well use this opportunity to examine it through a Colbert-approved politiscope. 'Cause who knows when we'll be hearing from it again…
Eliot Spitzer: Spitzer Sandwich
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Tags: Caroline Kennedy, Carolyn Maloney, Charlie Rangel, Dan Maffei, David Paterson, Eliot Spitzer, Hillary Clinton, House of Representatives, John Hall, Kirsten Gillibrand, Maurice Hinchley, New York, Senate, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, Video
Once again, the United States government proves itself incapable of grasping the fact that when you put things on the internet, everybody can see them. Today's Washington Post walks us through the seamy details of House members' investment portfolios, which were supposed to be disclosed tomorrow because Friday's the day you bury news. Except, whoops, some overshare-y clerk posted all the juicy bits on a House website yesterday, so here goes…
From stock holdings to retirement funds to mortgages, more than 20 House leaders and members of the House Financial Services Committee had large personal stakes in the Wall Street powerhouses whose collapse last year led to an unprecedented government intervention in the marketplace.
Ugh. Those adjectives make me feel outraged already. Just how rich did the House porkers get, from their elitist insider "stock holdings"?
The Pelosi family lost between $100,000 and $1 million as AIG's stock tanked last year. [Nancy] Pelosi's husband reported a partial sale of between $1,000 and $15,000 of AIG stock on the last day of December 2008. [...]
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.), a member of the GOP leadership and booster of his state's imploding auto industry, watched his holdings in Chrysler plummet. His disclosure forms for the end of 2007 showed he had between $1,000 and $15,000 in company stock, which by the end of last year fell to between $1 and $1,000 in value. [...] Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) sold all her holdings in Morgan Stanley in March 2008, cashing out her stock for between $15,000 and $50,000 — holdings that a year earlier were worth between $50,000 and $100,000, records show.
Sickening. Just sickening to think that while America's economy burned, our elected officials were raking in profits like that from the arsonists.
Tags: Carolyn Maloney, Economy, House of Representatives, Internet, Nancy Pelosi, Thaddeus McCotter