TPM Cafe: Opinion

Twelve years ago, when I was first dating my husband, I woke up in the middle of the night in agony. The pain in my lower abdomen felt like a million razors and I wanted help urgently. I felt terribly embarrassed because I knew it was a urinary tract infection (UTI), evidence that I was in a sexual relationship. I didn’t want to ask my new boyfriend to take me to get medication. I was also ashamed to admit that even though I had two part-time jobs I was uninsured and really could not afford to go to the Emergency Room. On top of the pain and the embarrassment of having an illness that was surely related to sex, I knew I would have to ask my new boyfriend to help pay the $300 out-of-pocket cost.

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In my last TPM column, I suggested that ad hominem attacks on Campbell Brown were inappropriate and part of a rhetorical pattern for the opponents of education reform. The response was, frankly, scathing. The vast majority of responses were via anonymous emails and tweets accusing me of a variety of things: being a crypto-corporatist, a “basterd” [sic] whose column was a “tongue bath” for Brown and Michelle Rhee, and so on. One guy longed for Brown to be violently beaten for her views. I’m from the Midwest. I have neither the inclination nor the rhetorical juice to go blow for blow with those folks.

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The brave Colorado high school students who are protesting their school board's attempt to rewrite their American history curriculum are doing all Americans a favor. They are reminding us of the importance of dissent and protest in our nation's history.

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I never for one moment thought I would feel envy at a 40 Days for Life rally.

I’ve been to a number of clinics, marches and other events in my time covering anti-abortion groups and clinic access. I’ve seen Good Friday protests with close to 500 people all marching silently and somberly in an endless loop in front of a clinic, and I’ve watched countless self-proclaimed sidewalk counselors chase patients through doors, yelling at them not to kill their babies.

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Dear Mr. Bolling and Mr. Gutfeld,

We are veterans of the United States armed forces, and we are writing to inform you that your remarks about United Arab Emirates Air Force Major Mariam Al Mansouri were unwarranted, offensive, and fundamentally opposed to what the military taught us to stand for.

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When Google announced its withdrawal from the American Legislative Exchange Council over the conservative group’s denial of climate change, it tried to establish its environmental bona fides. We should be careful before praising the tech company for trying to make green the new black, though — it funds organizations and candidates that question the science of global warming and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has personally donated thousands of dollars in the 2014 election cycle to legislators who deny climate change.

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While the nation has its eyes on ISIS and the newly opened front in Syria, there has been a critical development in a place where the U.S. has spent hundreds of billions of dollars, seen over 2,300 American troops lose their lives, and fought the longest war of our history.

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On Saturday, I was horrified to see a segment of the Fox News program, "Cashin’ In," in which host Eric Bolling and several of his panelists made remarks calling for racial profiling, stigmatization, and, ultimately, violence against Muslims. While I have seen and heard irresponsible, xenophobic, and even racist rhetoric in the American media and on cable news shows, Monday’s segment went far beyond anything I had witnessed in a long time.

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