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  • Join Indecision for This Sunday's Meet the Press

    David AxelrodDownload our free app and follow our live coverage of NBC's Meet the Press, Sunday 4/22 @ 10:30 a.m. ET. David Axelrod and his mustache will stop by to discuss Obama's re-election strategy, and probably talk about how it sucks that Rick Santorum dropped out.

    As a bonus, Republican congressmen Darrell Issa and Peter King will be there to offer measured, nuanced responses to the recent GSA and Social Security scandals.

    So join us. There's no better way to stay moderately informed.

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    Tags: Darrell Issa, David Axelrod, Election Companion App, Meet the Press, NBC, Peter King
  • Woman to Discuss Women's Health Issues Before Congress

    I don't know what to make of this news

    Nancy Pelosi announced today that the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee will hold a hearing Thursday on the issue of women's health.

    The sole witness at the hearing will be Ms. Sandra Fluke, a third-year law student at Georgetown University, who was blocked from testifying at a recent Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing by Chairman Darrell Issa.

    For the record, I'm fine with the idea of a third-year law student and former president of Georgetown’s Students for Reproductive Justice group sitting before Congress to testify on women's health issues. Even if she is a woman. (Some of my best friends are people who are married to women.)

    I'm just saying it's a slippery slope. I mean, today it's a woman testifying on women's health issues? What's next? A dog testifying on women's health issues? A rakishly-askew bowler hat testifying on women's health issues? We have to draw the line somewhere.

    That's why I think it's best to just leave this to the people who know what they're talking about: sexually-repressed virgins and the modern-day equivalent of village shamans.

    Tags: Contraception, Darrell Issa, House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, Sandra Fluke
  • The Daily Show on an All-Male Panel's Right to Choose for a Women

    I'm really glad that this topic is finally back in the forefront of political and religious discourse, because it highlights the tough decisions that we as a society have to make. Or, at least half of us. (The other half can sit there and look pretty until we've come to a conclusion.)

    Coverage continues with Jon Stewart's Eye on the Ladies after the jump.

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11/10c.

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    Tags: Aasif Mandvi, Barack Obama, Catholic Church, Christianity, Contraception, Darrell Issa, Drugs, House of Representatives, Jason Jones, Jessica Williams, John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Men and Women, Religion, Sex, The Daily Show, Video, Women's Rights
  • Female Democrats Leave Birth Control Hearing

    Carolyn MaloneySheesh, 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.

    Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

    Tags: Ann Marie Buerkle, Carolyn Maloney, Contraception, Darrell Issa, Democrats, House of Representatives, Republicans, Women's Rights
  • GOP Holds Hearing on Women's Health Without Women

    In an effort to win over the electorate of 1956, congressional Republicans have taken up birth control as their new wedge issue. Unfortunately, it's hard to start a culture war over something that 99% of the culture supports.

    But the GOP pressed ahead today with a full-blown congressional hearing, and who better to testify on this important women's issue than a panel composed entirely of men?

    Female members of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee walked out of a hearing on the contraception policy after committee Chairman Darrell Issa (D-Calif.) refused to allow testimony from Sandra Flake, a Georgetown University law student who supports the administration’s policy.

    Because she couldn’t testify, the hearing started off with an all-male panel of religious leaders answering questions from male lawmakers. The optics were hard to miss…

    Witnesses from Catholic, Protestant and Jewish organizations testified Thursday that even though they don't have to subsidize employees' birth-control coverage, the policy remains a threat to their religious freedoms.

    It makes sense that a congressional hearing on women's health would contain neither women nor health experts. It was organized by public servants who have no interest in serving the public.

    Of course women shouldn't be able to testify about their own reproductive health needs. In order to help draft an unpopular law that sets women back 50 years, you must have a pair of testicles. Because that kind of arrogance takes a huge set of balls.

    Photo via Nancy Pelosi/Twitter

    Tags: Contraception, Darrell Issa, Health Care, House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, Planned Parenthood, Republicans, Women's Rights