Great argument to cut off government funding: Indiana Planned Parenthood sees flood of donations after defundingBy
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- Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (and possible presidential candidate) recently signed a bill that removed all state aid to Planned Parenthood. So what happened? The Huffington Post headline says it all: “Indiana Planned Parenthood Sees Flood Of Donations After Defunding.” “It’s astonishing,” [President of Indiana Planned Parenthood Betty] Cockrum said. “I think it’s really clear that most people understand what Planned Parenthood is about, and they wish for it to continue.” So doesn’t this prove our point that Planned Parenthood doesn’t need to rely on the taxpayer to carry on their mission?
- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced Saturday night he’s not running for president. New York Time columnist Ross Douthat says “he’ll be missed” because he would have brought a unique perspective to the race. “This worldview mixes cultural conservatism with economic populism: it’s tax-sensitive without being stridently antigovernment, skeptical of Wall Street as well as Washington, and as concerned about immigration, family breakdown and public morals as it is about the debt ceiling. This combination of views represents one of the plausible middle grounds in American politics. You can find it in the Republican Party, among the evangelicals and Catholics whose votes made the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush possible.”
- Pope Benedict XVI called for peace in Libya and Syria following Sunday’s Regina Coeli. “I continue to follow with great concern the dramatic armed conflict in Libya that has caused a high number of casualties and suffering, especially among the civilian population. I renew an urgent appeal that the paths of negotiation and dialogue prevail over those of violence, with the help of international organizations that are working toward finding a solution to the crisis.”
- The federal government today reached its debt ceiling.
- Rep. Paul Ryan’s op-ed in the Chicago Tribune: “The budget debate we all deserve.”
- The president of the IMF was arrested for alleging raping a hotel maid in New York. He was the leading presidential candidate in France.
- Conservative columnist Matt Lewis says Michele Bachmann’s record doesn’t match her Tea Party rhetoric.
- Similar to Romney, Newt Gingrich supports a law that mandates that all individuals have to purchase health insurance