Last Tuesday, Senator Tom Coburn announced he was leaving the Gang of Six, citing differences between himself and his colleagues over cuts in Medicare. What caused Coburn's departure, and how will it affect the workings of the group?
In the light (or should I say "dark") of the Republican's stand against repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" we need to understand the wider context of the fight that pits human rights against the conservative Christians who have taken over the Republican Party.
Those in the powerful, secretive, Washington Christian fundamentalist association known as The Family have led some of the most virulent opposition to health care reform and especially a "public option".
Since 1935, an organization calling itself "The Family" has been able to operate unnoticed in the Beltway. But that invisibility is disappearing because of the sensational sex lives of Mark Sanford and John Ensign.