Gail Collins in The New York Times on Catholics and contraception Collins's mother-in-law once confessed to her Catholic priest that she was using birth control, to which he replied, "You're no better than a whore on the street." "You have heard, I’m sure, that the Catholic bishops are in an uproar over an Obama administration rule that would require Catholic universities and hospitals to cover contraceptives in their health care plans." She points out the high rate of Catholic women, like her mother-in-law, who use birth control. "They’ve lost the war at home, and they’re now demanding help from the outside." She notes that the churches and organizations with a doctrinal mission are exempt, but that the administration is focusing on organizations that largely hire and serve non-Catholics. "We 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."
George Will in The Washington Post on Republicans' bad national security arguments Proposed cuts to the defense budget, a pull-out from Iraq, and a presidential election have increased Republicans' angry rhetoric on national security. "Through 11 presidential elections... Republicans have enjoyed a presumption of superiority regarding national security. This year, however, events and their rhetoric are dissipating their advantage," writes Will. He takes issue with Mitt Romney's talk on Afghanistan and the Taliban negotiations because Romney hasn't argued why his strategy will be more successful than Obama's. Similarly, he thinks Republicans need stronger arguments for not cutting the defense budget by 8 percent when we are miles ahead of other nations on spending. And finally, he says Romney and others speak as if Obama disagreed with their position that Iran cannot get a nuclear weapon, but he and his defense secretary have taken just as strong a stance. "Republicans who think America is being endangered by 'appeasement' and military parsimony have worked that pedal on their organ quite enough."