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Sen. Coburn: Contraception mandate blown out of proportion

02/09/12 09:08AM

The Morning Joe panel continued its discussion today about the HHS mandate, what it means for religious institutions and the Obama administration.Mika Brzezinski talked with Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., about the issue. Coburn, a medical doctor, has had issues with HHS in the past.The issue has continued to gather steam, and on Wednesday White House Press Secretary Jay Carney got into a back-and-forth debate with Mitt Romney on the issue.But here's what he had to say about the contraception mandate. We'll have the video for you shortly.Sen. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Thursday, February 9, 2012

02/09/12 06:20AM

TALES FROM THE KITCHEN TABLEBY GAIL COLLINSNEW YORK TIMESWe are arguing about whether women who do not agree with the church position, or who are often not even Catholic, should be denied health care coverage that everyone else gets because their employer has a religious objection to it. ... Organized religion thrives in this country, so the system we’ve worked out seems to be serving it pretty well. Religions don’t get to force their particular dogma on the larger public. The government, in return, protects the right of every religion to make its case heard. The bishops should have at it. read more

Record Low: Just 10% of Americans approve of Congress

02/08/12 03:36PM

According to a new Gallup survey released Wednesday afternoon, a record-low 10% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, down from 13% in January and the previous low of 11%, recorded in December 2011.It is based on a Gallup survey conducted Feb. 2-5.According to Gallup, congressional approval averaged 17% for all of 2011. The highest reading last year was 24% in May. read more

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