Reader: Knives come out for Perry at debate, Poverty rate jumps, Obama losing Hispanic support

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. At last night’s Republican presidential debate, Rick Perry got jabbed from the Left on Social Security and from the Right on the HPV vaccination mandate and immigration. Tea Party activist Dana Loesch and GOP insider Alex Castellanos agreed that Bachmann improved her position, but that Perry and Romney rem... More

How not to promote your favorite candidate

Ever notice that some fans of Sarah Palin get really angry if you don’t think she’s the best candidate ever? That’s a point made by conservative firebrand Ann Coulter, but echoed by both conservative bloggers Erick Erickson and Matt Lewis. Lewis said: Having edited a largely positive book of Sarah Palin quotes (“The Quotable Rogue”), I’m certainly sympathetic to many of Pal... More

Religion as a ‘Safe Harbor’

I recently spent a few days at an Alliance Defense Fund conference. Largely evangelical, there was a lot of God talk. What struck me during one of their morning worship services — which sounded a little like a Rick Perry prayer rally — was: These people are really trying to make sure their daily life reflects who they say they are. Pia, I found that Meet the Press segment alarming, too... More

The World According to Newsweek

Class, let’s compare Newsweek covers. Let’s start by comparing the photos they chose of Michele Bachmann and Hillary Clinton … Which politician does Newsweek like? Which does it hate? When does Newsweek hate women to be forceful? When does the magazine like women to be forceful? Reminds me of  last election … And it reminds me of Newsweek’s treatment of certain women... More

Great argument to cut off government funding: Indiana Planned Parenthood sees flood of donations after defunding

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. 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,” [... More

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