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VIDEO- Lizz Winstead: If you don't support providing affordable health care for women, "I don't know how you can call yourself 'pro-life'"


Lizz, a badly needed voice, hit it outta the park:

"The mission of Planned Parenthood is to provide affordable health care for low income women. And if you don't support that mission, I don't know how you can call yourself 'pro-life' in the least.

Take a look at this article in The Atlantic, while you're at it. Here's a bite:

The decision, made in December, caused an uproar inside Komen. Three sources told me that the organization's top public health official, Mollie Williams, resigned in protest immediately following the Komen board's decision to cut off Planned Parenthood. Williams, who served as the managing director of community health programs, was responsible for directing the distribution of $93 million in annual grants. [...]

John Hammarley, who until recently served as Komen's senior communications adviser and who was charged with managing the public relations aspects of Komen's Planned Parenthood grant, said that Williams believed she could not honorably serve in her position once Komen had caved to pressure from the anti-abortion right. [...]

Another source directly involved with Komen's management activities told me that when the organization's leaders learned of the Stearns investigation, they saw an opportunity. "The cart came before the horse in this case," said the source, who spoke to me on condition of anonymity. "The rule was created to give the board of directors the excuse to stop the funding of Planned Parenthood. It was completely arbitrary. If they hadn't come up with this particular rule, they would have come up with something else in order to separate themselves from Planned Parenthood."

H/t: @ReasonVsFear for the video, of course.


VIDEO: David Shuster dissects Mitt Romney's refusal to release tax returns, sees signs he paid near 0% in '09


David Shuster's Special Comments have been consistently excellent.

H/t: ReasonVsFear for the video.


All that Newt Gingrich "food stamp president" talk could very well backfire


Newton Leroy Gingrich's dog whistley "food stamp president" talk, appealing to the lowest of the low (his kind of crowd, apparently), may not have been the wisest idea, no matter how puffed up all that rabid applause made him feel when he pushed such a despicable, and erroneous, message.

Take 59-year-old, blonde, blue-eyed, mother of grown kids, undecided voter, Floridian Susie, for example. She lost her house, her business and her marriage, and had this to say:

"I am a Republican and a conservative ... and I had to swallow my pride today and come in and apply for benefits for the first time because I'm losing weight," Susie said.

Can you spell B-A-C-K-F-I-R-E? I have a feeling she doesn't appreciate being belittled by Candidate Newton. Just a wild guess.

As for that infamous Gingrich quote about President Obama being "the greatest food stamp president in history," it's time for a reality check:

During George W. Bush's eight-year presidency 14.7 million people went on the food stamp rolls, a half-million more than in Obama's three years, according to, a nonpartisan group.

David Shuster covered this beautifully on last night's Countdown:

Gingrich may want to rethink this strategy, because it looks like it's a riskier one than he may have anticipated, and in a general election in which he needs to have a broader appeal, even more so.

Via Reuters:

In a nation where millions of families are struggling to get by, most people who depend on food stamps are white, and the vast majority are working or have just lost their jobs, according to government data and program administrators.

One in seven Americans now rely on food stamps, which give low-income people - a family of four with an annual gross income of less than $29,064, for example - help to buy groceries. [...]

Nationally, at least 36 percent of the 46 million people on food stamps are white, 22 percent are black, and 10 percent Hispanic, according to The race of many participants is unknown.

What he doesn't say is that food stamps evolved from a program created in 1939 and that spending on it normally increases when the economy sputters. Economists say much of the government's welfare spending is countercyclical and helps lift demand in a weak economy.

Oopsie, there, Mr. "Ethics? What Ethics?"

Newt Gingrich is not fit to hold office.

Much more at the link.


Green + red = GOP primary win


Hey kids, look what's happening in GOP Land! These two headlines appear at Talking Points Memo exactly as they do here:

Gallup: Romney Support Continues To Crater
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney continues to lose support nationally, according to the new Gallup tracking poll of the Repub … Read More »

Newt Backer Shells Out $5 Million To Gingrich Campaign
Well-funded Newt supporter Sheldon Adelson will make another $5 million infusion into the Gingrich campaign this week, reports Jon … Read More »

That's right, boys and girls! Money and red meat matter more than ethics and substance!


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