Texas wants to balance its budget on the backs of low-income pregnant women and seniors; Wikileaks founder under scrutiny and in the police-eye for…condomgate; and commenting on nitrous oxide for pain relief during labor.
- The People for the American Way has a list of the “Top Ten Scariest Republicans Heading to Congress.”
- Our Bodies, Our Blog posts that the public comment on nitrous oxide for labor pain relief is open until December 8th. Have an opinion? Submit it here.
- Toys in Babeland has their first holiday sex toys video up! Check it out.
- Defense Secretary Robert Gates tells troops he doesn’t expect a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to pass during this session. Democrats want a vote on it this month though, shockingly, Republicans are blocking a vote. It’s an m.o. we should get used to over the next couple of years.
- Low-income pregnant women, low-income children, seniors and others who rely on Medicaid in Texas may be balancing the state budget on their backs as PBS reports that the state is considering doing away with Medicaid as a way to close the state’s multi-billion dollar shortfall. This would be absurd, of course, given that Medicaid brings in much more in federal dollars than it would save. Republicans answer? The federal government’s rules need to be less restrictive!
- Ms. Magazine’s blog has a deeper look at Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s latest troubles – no, not his international issues for leaking top-secret government documents – but for “condomgate.” It has to do with his refusal to wear a condom, or to withdraw, after a condom broke with two different women.