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Democrats To Sebelius: Explain Your ‘Specific Rationale’ For Limiting Access To Morning After Pill

Fourteen Democratic senators have written a letter to Kathleen Sebelius asking the HHS Secretary to provide “specific rationale and the scientific data you relied on” to overrule the Food and Drug Administration and limit the availability of the morning after pill to women of all ages.

Read more: Sebelius: Decision To Limit Morning After Pill Was Not Political

Gingrich Urged Conservatives To Support Budget Busting Medicare Prescription Drug Act In 2003

Politico’s Jonathan Allen recalls Newt Gingrich’s role in urging conservative Republicans to approve the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act, an unfunded expansion of Medicare that provided a drug benefit to American seniors through Medicare Part D. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) initially estimated that the MMA would add to the deficit by $395 billion between 2004 and 2013 and the actuaries at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) now project that the program will cost the government $16.1 trillion “through the infinite horizon.”

ANALYSIS: Gingrich’s Tax Plan Would Cause Perpetual Trillion Dollar Deficits, Triple The Debt By 2024

2012 GOP presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich is outdoing his Republican rivals in promising enormous tax cuts for the very wealthiest Americans. According to an independent analysis by the Tax Policy Center, Gingrich’s plan would violate basic notions of fairness by requiring middle-class families to pay higher tax rates than millionaires.

Lowe’s Anti-Muslim Stance Prompts Calls For Boycott, Sparks Fury From Lawmakers

In a brazen act of cowardice, the home improvement giant Lowe’s buckled to the right-wing Florida Family Association’s (FFA) demand that it pulls ads from TLC’s reality show “All-American Muslim.” The company issued a generic policy statement that called the show a “lightning rod” for complaints, insisting all the while that, “We have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

‘The Protester’ Is ‘Time’ Magazine’s Person Of The Year

“The protester” has been named Time magazine’s person of the year, it was just announced on NBC-TV’s The Today Show and on Time’s website.

Government Says Hezbollah Profits From U.S. Cocaine Market Via Link to Mexican Cartel

U.S. authorities are building a politically explosive case that Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group, finances itself through a vast drug-smuggling network that links a Lebanese bank, a violent Mexican cartel and U.S. cocaine users.

Federal prosecutors Tuesday charged Ayman Joumaa, an accused Lebanese drug kingpin and Hezbollah financier, of smuggling tons of U.S.-bound cocaine and laundering hundreds of millions of dollars with the Zetas cartel of Mexico.

Emails Suggest Ohio’s New Republican-Friendly Maps Save the GOP ‘Millions’

As we’ve been documenting in our ongoing series, political parties and other powerful players use the once-a-decade redistricting process to advance their own goals — often at the expense of voters.

A recently released trove of email messages from Ohio offers a rare inside glimpse into how it works.

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