Lindsay Beyerstein is a freelance writer based in New York City. Her blog, Majikthise, provides daily coverage of local, national, and international politics from a left liberal perspective. Big stories covered to date: the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Tom DeLay's first court appearance on money laundering charges, the first YearlyKos convention, and Ned Lamont's primary victory over Joe Lieberman.
Her interview with radio host and senate hopeful Al Franken was published in September, 2006.
Lindsay's photographs have been published in The Austin Chronicle, Aftenposten (Norway's second largest newspaper), and Earth Island Journal. She is also available for event photography assignments.
Lindsay speaks regularly on blogging, politics, and media. She has presented at the National Organization for Women conference, The Center for American Progress, BlogHer, and Blogging Liberally. She was also invited to speak at the Personal Democracy Forum Conference.
Lindsay's writing for Majikthise has been quoted in The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, In These Times, and The Weekly Standard.
Lindsay is a member of the Washington Post's Blogger Advance Team on foreign policy issues. She also blogs at AlterNet's PEEK.
The Sidney Hillman Foundation, a New York nonprofit honoring excellence in journalism, announced today that Bob Ortega of the Arizona Republic has won the February Sidney Award for sounding the alarm about a faulty test for HPV.
Last week the fate of the entire federal government revolved around birth control. Yes, birth control. Analysis of the ongoing war against women being waged in Congress and in state legislatures nationwide.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposed "deficit reduction" bill allows the Department of Health Services to abolish a family planning program that saves nearly $100 million per year in state and federal funding.
As the House prepares to vote on the “Repeal the Puppy-Strangling Job-Vivisecting O-Commie-Care Act,” or whatever they’re calling it, the White House actually seems to have its act together on offense.
Rand Paul, the Republican senate candidate in Kentucky, is a freewheeling libertarian. Instead of getting some fancy board-certification as an ophthalmologist, Paul decided to “go Galt” and make up his own credentials.
Yesterday, Nebraska’s Republican governor signed a sweeping new law that criminalizes almost all abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation and another bill which forces women to undergo extensive mental health assessment prior to obtaining an abortion before 20 weeks.
A massive explosion ripped through the Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia on Monday, killing 25 miners and leaving 6 others missing and presumed dead. The mine had an egregious record of health and safety violations.
Last night, the House of Representatives passed comprehensive health care reform. Here's a rundown of some of the more inflammatory issues, what's in the bill, what's not, what some will continue to fight for even after the bill is signed into law.
The Senate is scheduled to begin voting on proposed amendments to the health care reform bill today. It takes 60 votes to pass an amendment and most of the proposed measures for the health care bill will never pass. It’s a great opportunity to grandstand over pet issues, however.
A clique of anti-choice Democrats in Congress joined forces with Republicans to pass an amendment forcing women to choose between affordable health insurance and abortion coverage, even if they pay for abortion coverage with their own money. Pro-choice Democrats and women’s health activists are up in arms over the eleventh hour deal
As health care reform moves into the closed-door, intra-party negotiation phase, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is emerging as a champion of a public option, though she has wavered about how tough that plan should be on payouts to providers.
Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee finally passed its health care bill. The bill passed by a vote of 14-9. All the Democrats, plus Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) voted in favor. As we know, it doesn’t include a public option.
To most Americans, single-payer health care seems like political science fiction, but most don’t realize we already have single-payer options: Medicare (for the aged) and Medicaid (for the poor). Jennifer Nix knows first hand about single payer....
The Senate Finance Committee is slogging through literally hundreds of proposed amendments to the Baucus health care reform bill. The bill still doesn’t have a public option, but there’s a good chance that insurance subsidies will be revised upwards
While the Senate Finance Committee tinkers with the Baucus Bill, First Lady Michelle Obama is taking center stage in the health care reform debate. But Mrs. Obama is expected to steer clear of policy issues.
Opponents of health reform are stating that millions of Americans will lose their employer-based coverage under a public option. What they don't tell you is that employers can stop offering coverage at any time with no fallback.
The President's speech was impressive, but as John Nichols of the Nation observed, hardly a rousing "to-the-barricades" oration. The proposed "limited public exchange" is not what supporters had in mind but won't "threaten" insurance companies.
More news from the health care reform debate: from the fraudulent groups supporting the town-hall brawls to the fraud behind 'crisis pregnancy centers', Lindsay Beyerstein brings it all together, in one place!
Healthcare dominated domestic politics last week. The president wants a bill passed before the August deadline that keeps healthcare costs in check. A new CBO study said the Dem's healthcare bills won't cut spending.
The man who shot a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in D.C. was labeled by the FBI as a domestic terrorist, yet Scott Roeder, who assassinated Dr. George Tiller and who has been associated with a range of anti-choice groups that engage in violent rhetoric and clinic blockades has not. Should he be charged as a domestic terrorist? Many in the pro-choice community think the ultimate costs of doing so may outweigh the benefits.
Rick Warren is positioning himself as the powerbroker who can muster support from the religious right for AIDS initiatives, and Obama will need bipartisan allies. The question is what concessions Warren will ask in return.
Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin styles herself as a fierce protector of children and families, but her record on health insurance for children and pregnant women raises doubts about her priorities.
Maternity group homes are not just a thing of the past. Many provide badly needed assistance to a vulnerable population. However, there is also reason to fear that some young women are being subjected to a variety of coercions under the guise of "choice."