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Politics Today: The GOP's War On Women, Could Ron Paul Still Win Maine?, And More

Tracy Bloom |
February 17, 2012 | 2:48 p.m. PST

Deputy Editor

The Republican's War On Women's Health: The fallout continues from Thursday's congressional hearing on birth control coverage, which, you may recall, excluded the group the mandate actually affects. On Friday, Sen. Patty Murray (D. WA) gave a speech to on the floor charging that Republicans are "waging a war on women’s health." Several other Democrats delivered floor speeches as well, including Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) who discussed a widely circulated image of the all-male panel from the congressional oversight hearing. "When I looked at this panel, obviously I was stunned," she said, displaying an oversized photo prominently featuring the panel from Thursday's hearing. "They are so hostile to women's health that they didn't even think to have a person on there who is a female." There are also signs that the "War On Women" label is starting to stick to Republicans - something that could politically help Democrats in this general election year. According to The Hill: "While the GOP had the upper hand politically as late as last week, there are clear signs that Democrats' strategy of constantly portraying Republican efforts as a 'war on women' is paying dividends."

Santorum Backer Says Controversial Birth Control Remark Was A Joke: Foster Friess, the wealthy donor who has given big bucks to Super PAC's supporting Rick Santorum's presidential campaign, thinks he has the solution to lowering the cost of birth control: use aspirin instead. "This contraceptive thing. My gosh, it’s so inexpensive Back in my days, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraception. The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn’t that costly,” he told NBC News' Andrea Mitchell. Friess later said the comment was meant as a joke, and apologized.  Meanwhile Santorum - probably realizing the remark could impact his campaign - went even further and said, "It was a bad joke, it was a stupid joke. It's not reflective of me or my record on this issue." Perhaps a comment from back in October is more representative of the Santorum's issue on birth control then?: “One of the things I will talk about that no president has talked about before is…the dangers of contraception in this country, the whole sexual libertine idea.”

Will Romney Lose Maine Too?: Remember when Mitt Romney won the Iowa caucuses before he eventually lost them? Well, history may repeat itself, as it now appears his victory in Maine could be overturned as well. According to the New York Times, "It seems possible, now that Maine has decided to include in the total vote the results from Washington County, which delayed its caucuses by a week and will vote on Saturday." The initial results released last Saturday showed Romney beating Ron Paul by less than 200 votes. As The Times noted, turnout might actually be higher because the margin of victory is known, which will prompt supporters of both Romney and Paul to flood the caucus sites. Thus, it is entirely possible that there could be a new winner of the Maine caucuses when all the votes are in.

Gingrich To Get More Cash Support From Wealthy Donor: Remember Newt Gingrich? He's still running for president, though you might not remember given that he's all but disappeared from the headlines this past week. Anyway, he's still running, and his friend/mega donor Sheldon Adelson is now expected to give the pro-Gingrich super PAC Winning Our Future another $10 million. According to CNN, the donation is expected to come before the end of the month - just in time for the multiple nominating contests slated to take place next month on Super Tuesday. Gingrich relying on a strong showing on March 6 to keep his sinking presidential campaign afloat.

"The Daily Show" Spins Linsanity: Jeremy Lin is seemingly everywhere these days. Now, the New York Knicks phenom is even on in places where you wouldn't expect him to show up: like last night's "The Daily Show." During the show's second segment, host Jon Stewart discussed the Linsanity phenomenon with "senior black correspondent" Larry Wilmore. "How can it be that in the middle of Black History Month, an Asian kid comes in and does this?," Wilmore said in feigned outrage. The kicker for Willmore, however, was a remark Lin made during an interview where he said "I feel like I'm living a dream." "You have a dream?" Wilmore said, referring to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have A Dream" speech. Leave it to "The Daily Show" to (hilariously) turn Linsanity political. Watch the entire segment below:



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