Archive: News & Comment
Unexpected Obamacare Savings for Women Could Lead to Fewer Abortions
At the Very Least, the Savings Could Mean a Few Less Bristol Palins

The numbers are in for the Obamacare provision that ended women’s out-of-pocket expense for family planning, and they are huge, according to the policy journal Health Affairs, and quoted by Kaiser Health. Women are saving a lot of money as a result of a health law requirement that insurance cover most forms of prescription contraceptives […]

How to Survive Until the 2016 Election

While we wonky types here at Pensito relish the long, slow slog toward Election Day 2016 … who are we kidding? If it weren’t for The Donald declaring, we would have stopped watching already. For the rest of you, journalist Patrick Gavin offers a primer on how to deal with the inevitable.

Justice Prevails

I became a supporter of this movement in the mid-1990s at a time when the odds of success were roughly zero to none. It was personal for me and mine, of course, but there was a larger purpose too. This is our legacy — our generation’s — a hard-won gift to future generations of young […]

Why Aren’t BMW and Adidas Condemning the Rebel Flag?

Both BMW and Adidas have plants in South Carolina but neither company has shown any interest in asking state legislators to stop flying the Confederate flag* over government buildings. When these companies decided to take advantage of the cheaper, mostly non-unionized labor there, they made a decision to identify with the state. So why aren’t […]

WTF? Obama Visits Marc Maron’s Garage

I stay about two years behind in listening to my WTF podcasts. Until today, I never skipped ahead to listen to this or that guest being interviewed by Marc Maron, no matter how big a fan of the person I was, because there is a continuity to the episodes and I prefer to work my […]

Media Ignores Jeb’s Meeting with Top Polish Official Who Was Fired Because He Criticized America

Imagine for a moment the fusillades of criticism that would be barraging Hillary Clinton right now if she’d gone overseas and met this week with a top foreign official one day after he’d been fired because he’d been caught on tape referring to his country’s longstanding alliance with the United States as “worthless” and “bullshit,” […]

Jeb ‘Looks Weaker And Weaker’
He's accused of funding violations and could face email and foundation scandals - but, not to worry, the D.C. media elites always have the Bushes' backs

The Cook Political Report represents the gold standard in political polling and prognosticating. When Charlie Cook or his lieutenants cite a trend, you can take it to the bank. This week one of Cook’s top experts, Amy Walters, published an analysis of Jeb Bush’s all-but-announced presidential campaign that is likely sounding alarms throughout the Republican […]

Bet Chris Christie Wishes He’d Never Suited Up for That Game
Somewhere near Fort Lee, whoever advised him to do this is packing up their desk

Enjoy this awesome pic of the awesome governor of New Jersey, who appears ready to play ball. Yes, just the one ball.

Worse Than Benghazi: After Reagan Ignored Warnings, 220 Marines Were Killed by a Terrorist in Beirut
But Democrats led By Speaker Tip O'Neill blamed the terrorists, not the president, for the murders

In 1982, seven years into the Lebanese Civil War, Pres. Ronald Reagan ordered 2,400 Marines into Beirut as part of an international peacekeeping mission. As peacekeepers, the Marines operated under rules of engagement that prohibited them from firing their weapons unless they’d been fired upon first — and even then they could only respond with […]

How Much Does Obama Hate Israel? 1.9 Billion Times

One of the many persistent right-wing lies about Pres. Obama is that he hates Israel. It may be true that he’s not fond of the country’s leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, a despicable figure who is closely aligned with Republicans in the U.S. Congress, a cabal that makes no secret of its contempt for the president. But […]