Marin Cogan

Another Word on the Cervix
November 20, 2009

Like Michelle, we’re happy to see The New York Times giving front-page space to the new recommendations for mammograms and pap smears. And we, too, hope that the revised pap smear guidelines aren’t subjected to the same shameless politicization that quickly engulfed the mammogram ones. But we want to quibble with Michelle's point that “cervical cancer simply doesn't terrify women en masse the way breast cancer does.” Breast cancer is indeed a much bigger threat to women.

Robocalls
November 03, 2009

Politico reports that residents in New York’s 23rd district are getting hammered by them. TPM’s Eric Kleefeld has the goods on the messages recorded by Giuliani and Pataki. “[N]ow that Dede Scozzafava has decided to suspend her campaign, voting for Doug is the only way we can stop Nancy Pelosi from gaining one more liberal vote for higher taxes, higher federal deficits, and government-run health care,” Giuliani says. “A vote for Owens is just another vote for Nancy Pelosi’s agenda,” Pataki adds.

Police Called in NY-23
November 03, 2009

This isn’t good. The New York Daily News reports that the cops were called on Hoffman supporters “yelling anti-choice stuff at voters” in St. Lawrence county. A spokesperson for the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List is saying that police were called on a few of the 200 volunteers the group is providing for him today. The state’s former Democratic Chairwoman June O’Neill isn’t having it. “This is not the way we roll in the North Country,” she told the paper.

Doug Hoffman Vs. His Narrative
November 03, 2009

Dave Weigel has a great dispatch from New York’s 23rd district today in The Washington Independent that’s packed with juicy anecdotes, like Fred Thompson choking up as he introduced Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman (if only he’d shown such commitment to his presidential bid!). What makes the Thompson detail so interesting is the extent to which it highlights the differences between the narrative building around Hoffman and his own temperament.

The Case For Eating Fluffy
November 02, 2009

At the risk of seeming like I’m kissing up to the boss’s family, I have to flag this great essay by Jonathan Safran Foer in The Wall Street Journal making the Swiftian case for eating dog. After all, pigs are just as smart, but there’s nothing keeping most of us from firing up the spit-roaster. And of course, throughout history many people have taken to canine cuisine. It’s worth pointing out a few highlights from his essay. Here’s the best plank of his argument, the environmental reason for putting Fido on the dinner menu: Three to four million dogs and cats are euthanized annually.

Alan Grayson: Republicans Want You to 'Die Quickly'
September 30, 2009

Republicans seem to think they’ve found a liberal equivalent to Joe Wilson in Alan Grayson, whom I profiled in our last issue for his brazenly bloggy temperament. Here he is last night on the House floor saying that the Republican health care plan is to “die quickly.” (Skip to1:52): Jonathan Allen has the goods on the fallout: Republicans called on Grayson last night to apologize, and on Wednesday morning, Rep.

Right Said Fed
September 25, 2009

Of all the exhibits at the Congressional Black Caucus’s annual conference, which started Wednesday and will run into the weekend, the one I least expected was tucked in the back corner, behind rows of booths hawking Coca Cola and wood carvings, silk suits and ornate hats, and a cornucopia of Obama kitsch. The booth promoted the Federal Reserve. When I first saw it, I thought it might be a part of Ben Bernanke’s recent charm offensive, an effort to demystify the central bank and ease fears about its reach into the financial markets over the past year.

Pajamas Government
September 23, 2009

The congressman is nearly in tears--his face crumpled and voice cracking. This was hardly the response that I anticipated when I asked freshman Democrat Alan Grayson a banal question about adjusting to life in his new job. "Personally, it's extremely difficult for me to be away from my family," he started. That's when he started to swell. As he came unglued, I cast a nervous glance at his aide. The least she could do was hustle him from this awkwardness.

Kennedy as the Happy Warrior
August 29, 2009

Mike, you make a good point about Obama’s smart decision not to try to impose any symbolism on Kennedy’s death in his eulogy today. The timing of the loss lurked underneath nearly every discussion of Kennedy’s legacy this week, but using it as a rallying cry to pass health care reform at his funeral would be too easy to decry as a craven attempt by Obama to make political gains on his death.

More Fairness Doctrine Nonsense
August 19, 2009

  As if his suggestion that Americans had "every right to fear" the fictional death panels wasn't distracting enough, Charles Grassley has further stoked the Republican base by reawakening that classic conservative bogeyman: the "fairness doctrine," a defunct FCC provision that neither the Democratic administration nor congress has any interest in bringing back. Grassley's latest concern comes from the appointment of Mark Lloyd, a former senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, as the FCC's chief diversity officer.

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