Photos of the Year
From the big (historic elections, pivotal Supreme Court decisions, massive protests overseas, once-in-a-generation storms, the London Olympics) to the small (an empty chair, a tarmac argument, political rhetoric, endless political rhetoric) 2012 was a year replete with interesting moments. Check out some of the best stories captured on camera here.
From Libya to Contraception, our fact checkers did their research so you didn’t have to. See how the candidates statements stood up to fact checking.
Biden and Ryan on contraception:
Ryan attacked a health reform law policy that requires employers to offer insurance that covers contraception, among other health services for women, including religious charities, hospitals, and universities. (Religious groups that primarily employ people of their own faith are exempt.)
Biden objected, saying that religious groups, particularly Catholic hospitals and universities, would not have to “refer for contraception,” “pay for contraception,” and “none has to be a vehicle for contraception.”
His statement is partly true. The Obama administration rolled out what they called a compromise for the contraception rule after outrage from religious groups and Republicans. The compromise measure requires health insurance companies to cover all contraception costs if employers have a religious objection. That has created a problem for religious groups that self-insure—in other words, they hire an insurance company to administer their plans, but end up paying for all of the health care out of their own pockets.
Ryan said the contraception rule is an attack on first amendment rights. Democrats argue that the federal contraception rule mirrors similar regulations on the state level. That argument is up for interpretation in the nation’s courts now, as major Catholic organizations sue the federal government over the rule.
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Paul Ryan and Joe Biden will debate on October 11 in Kentucky.
NJ’s Matt Berman found a way to combine comics and politics (two of my favorite things).
Did you know there were so many comic book/cartoon characters named Bane? Click here for the full list.
“I love stay-at-home moms”
– Hilary Rosen responds to the backlash against her comment that Ann Romney “has never actually worked a day in her life.”
Mitt Romney is still extremely likely to get the GOP nomination, but it looks like he will have to run in the general election as an Independent. He certainly seems to have no home in the Republican Party.”
"Though he still has the support of the party "establishment" (which almost assures him the nomination),by rights Romney really should be following Sen. Olympia Snowe out the same door through which so many others of that extinct political class—centrist Republicans— have been forced to exit, permanently exiled by a party that they no longer recognize and that no longer recognizes them.”
In which Derek Thompson of The Atlantic does the hard math for those of us who don’t like numbers (I’m mainly referring to myself here).
January 28, 2012 issue of National Journal
Return of the Revolutionary. Gingrich isn’t simply learning on the fly how to play insurgent. His 2012 revival draws on skills he honed 30 years ago on Congress’s backbenches. — By Ron Brownstein. Read this week’s cover story here.