Steven Waldman

You know things have gotten confusing when even the independent “fact checking” organizations can’t agree with each other. The question that tripped them up: does health care reform cover abortion? FactCheck.org last week said Obama was misleading when he claimed that his health care reform wouldn’t cover abortion. “It’s a matter of fact,” the non-partisan…

A while back, I wrote a behind-the-scenes book about the passage in 1993 of the law creating AmeriCorps. That national service program is sometimes called the “Domestic Peace Corps,” a reference to the international service program established by President John F. Kennedy. As chairman of the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, the task for…

“When you survey the impact of the Kennedys on American life and politics and policy, he will end up by far being the most significant.” –Norman Ornstein, political scientist at the American Enterprise Institute Given his personal problems (Chappaquiddick, drinking, womanizing, a plane crash, failed presidential run), how could Ornstein make such a claim about…

In my inbox today was a promotion for this TV show: “The Way of the Master” is an evangelical ministry created by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron to train Christians in the art of apologetics and open-air evangelism. A new spin on reality TV, each program is 30 minutes of Ray and Kirk teaching Christians…

The Washington Post featured two relatives of victims of the Lockerbie Pan Am attack. Each had lost loved ones, but one supported and one opposed the Scottish court’s decision to allow the terrorist, Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, to return to Libya to die (he has cancer). Stephanie Bernstein’s husband died; she opposed releasing al-Megrahi: “Releasing…

Nick Kristoff’s characteristically thought-provoking column begins by telling the story of a man who got life imprisonment for stealing a pair of socks (as a result of the three-strikes-and-you’re-out law) and then notes that California will spend roughly $49,000 per year to keep the sock thief behind bars. Kristoff notes: “The United States incarcerates people…

Here is the conference call with religious leaders about health care. Obama speaks toward the endMore info about 40 Days for Health Reform visit Faithforhealth.org For info about conservative opposition, try the FRCAction.

Putting aside for a moment the substantive arguments for and against the public option, it occurs to me that if it were to die that would have one unintended consequence: defusing the abortion issue. When 19 pro-life Democrats wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to say that they couldn’t support health care reform that encourage…

The Wall Street Journal today reported: President Barack Obama, trying to regain control of the health-care debate, will likely shift his pitch in September, White House and Democratic officials said, as he faces pressure from supporters to talk more about the moral imperative to provide health insurance to all Americans… A Democratic strategist said, “If…

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Steve Waldman

Steven Waldman is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Beliefnet. He's also the author of the Founding Faith: Politics, Providence, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America, which has been published by Random House. Before co-founding Beliefnet in 1999, Waldman was a political journalist, serving as National Editor of U.S. News & World Report and National Correspondent for Newsweek. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Review, The Atlantic, Slate, and many others.

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