Lindsay Beyerstein

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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.


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The Pulse: House Passes Health Care Reform

Lindsay Beyerstein

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.

Weekly Pulse: Senate Prepares to Cast First Votes

Lindsay Beyerstein

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.

Weekly Pulse: The Stupak Setback

Lindsay Beyerstein

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

Weekly Pulse: Pelosi Champions Public Option

Lindsay Beyerstein

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.

Daily Pulse: “I Love My Socialist Kidney”

Lindsay Beyerstein

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....

Daily Pulse: Astroturfing the Public Option

Lindsay Beyerstein

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

Daily Pulse: It Could Happen to You

Lindsay Beyerstein

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.

Daily Pulse: Obama’s Health Care Speech

Lindsay Beyerstein

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.

Daily Pulse: Deep Six the Gang of Six

Lindsay Beyerstein

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!

Weekly Pulse: The Rocky Road to Reform

Lindsay Beyerstein

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.

Should Tiller’s Assassin Be Charged As A Domestic Terrorist?

Lindsay Beyerstein

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.

Sent Away: A New Look at Maternity Group Homes

Lindsay Beyerstein

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."

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