Lindsay Beyerstein

Lindsay Beyerstein is a Media Consortium blogger and a freelance photojournalist living in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Slate, Common Dreams, AlterNet, The Austin Chronicle, Shock Magazine, Aftenposten, and other publications. Her personal blog is here: http://bigthink.com/blogs/Focal-Point

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 11:00am
Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: The Myth of Fiscal Conservatism
Fashionable pundits like to say that the Republican Party has shifted its focus from “social conservatism” (e.g., banning abortion, shoving gays back in the closet, teaching school children that humans and dinosaurs once walked the earth hand-in-claw) to fiscal conservatism (e.g., tax cuts for the rich, slashing social programs). But is that really true? Tim Murphy of Mother Jones argues that the old culture war issues never really went away. Rather, the Republicans have simply rephrased their social agenda in fiscal terms.
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 2:52pm
White House Takes Offensive Against Health Care Repeal
This week, House Republicans will hold a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act . The bill is expected to pass the House, where the GOP holds a majority, but stall in the Democratic-controlled Senate. In the meantime, the symbolic vote is giving both Republicans and Democrats a pretext to publicly rehash their views on the legislation.
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 2:03pm
What Will The GOP Cut?
The Republicans won control of the House and picked up seats in the Senate in the midterm election on nebulous promises to slash spending and reduce the size of the federal government. House Speaker John Boehner has pledged to reduce spending to 2008 levels, as per the GOP’s campaign manifesto, known as the “ Pledge to America .”
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 2:28pm
We Welcome Our New Plutocratic Overlords
Meet the new global elite. They’re pretty much the same as the old global elite, only richer and more smug.
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 10:44am
Banks Get Big Bucks, Consumers Get Bupkis
Last week, the Federal Reserve announced a plan to buy an additional $600 billion worth of Treasury bonds in an attempt to stimulate the economy. On Democracy Now! , economist Michael Hudson argues that the $600 billion T-bill buy will help Wall Street at the expense of ordinary Americans.
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 2:33pm
Your Vote, Your Economy—Why Today’s Election Matters to Your Pocketbook
Election Day is finally here, and control of the House and the Senate hangs in the balance. The differences between parties could not be more stark. Republicans have promised to repeal health care reform and slash government spending for social programs, all while preserving tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 2:36pm
Foreclosuregate Hits Home
Earlier this month, Bank of America (BOA), the country’s largest bank, announced a moratorium on foreclosures in all 50 states.
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 4:53pm
Rhythm Method Madness
Seventeen percent of sexually active teenage girls said they used the rhythm method as a means of birth control in 2008, up from just 11% in 2002, according to the latest report from the CDC. For most of these girls “rhythm method” means guessing the least risky day to have unprotected sex. You and I both know that one in five teenage girls isn’t taking her temperature every day and charting the consistency of her cervical mucus on the calendar. Not so ab-fab
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 11:48am
Nebraska’s Sweeping Abortion Ban on Collision Course With Supreme Court
Yesterday, Nebraska’s Republican governor Dave Heineman signed a sweeping new law that criminalizes almost all abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation and another bill that forces women to undergo extensive mental health assessment prior to obtaining an abortion before 20 weeks. Intimidating providers
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Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 9:18am
Senate Prepares to Cast First Votes
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.
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