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11:25 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Weekly Standard: Less Liberty, Higher Costs

A close up of packets of contraceptive pills. The Obama administration's decision to require insurance providers to provide comprehensive birth control coverage has been resisted by the Catholic Church and many conservatives.
icarix iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu February 23, 2012 6:23 am

Jeffrey H. Anderson is a writer for The Weekly Standard.

The Obama administration's recent decree — that, under Obamacare, Americans would no longer be free to offer or to choose new health plans that don't include complimentary coverage of birth control, morning-after pills and the abortion drug ella — would likely lead a great many people to switch to much costlier birth control, according to a new piece published by Kaiser Health News.

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Blog Of The Nation
11:25 am
Thu February 23, 2012

February 23rd: What's On Today's Show

Casaundra Bronner, 39, of Hazelwood, Mo., worked in marketing before being laid off in March 2010 from Anheuser-Busch.
Whitney Curtis NPR

Originally published on Thu February 23, 2012 9:55 am

Gay Marriage And Black Churches

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Opinion
11:25 am
Thu February 23, 2012

The Nation: Men, All Men. And Birth Control

President George W. Bush signs the Partial Birth Abortion Bill surrounded by high ranking Republican Congressmen on Nov. 5, 2003 in Washington, DC. The bill banned "partial-birth abortions" except where it is necessary to save a woman's life.
Tim Sloan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 23, 2012 6:39 am

Jessica Valenti is the founder and editor of Feministing.com

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Opinion
11:24 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Foreign Policy: Asking The Right Question

Iranian air force soldiers carry a cardboard cut out of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini, from a passenger plane at Merhrabad airport on Feb. 1, 2012 during a ceremony to re-enact his arrival to Tehran in 1979.
Ruhollah Yazdani AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 23, 2012 6:55 am

Scott Clement is the polling analyst for the Washington Post.

"Lies, damn lies and statistics" is a jab sometimes aimed at political polls, and in the complicated business of foreign policy polling there's plenty for people to argue over.

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The Salt
11:24 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Raw Milk Movement Takes Hits From Courts, Health Officials

John Clark pours raw milk into a glass at Applecheek Farm in Hyde Park, Vt.
Toby Talbot ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Thu February 23, 2012 10:58 am

It has been a bit of a sour week for drinkers of raw milk.

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said a federal court had granted it a permanent injunction to keep a Pennsylvania raw milk maker from distributing across state lines to raw milk buying clubs. The decision was the latest in an escalating battle between the federal government and producers and consumers of raw milk.

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