Erika Eichelberger

Erika Eichelberger


Erika Eichelberger is a reporter in Mother Jones' Washington bureau. She has also written for The NationThe Brooklyn Rail, and TomDispatch. Email her at eeichelberger [at] motherjones [dot] com. 

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Pro-Gun Fanatics Cash in on Sandy Hook Shooting

| Fri Dec. 21, 2012 3:56 PM EST

"Our Second Amendment rights are hanging by a thread. President Obama just announced he's on the warpath... [T]his is an all-out EMERGENCY." So reads a fundraising email blasted out Wednesday by the National Association for Gun Rights.

Since Adam Lanza massacred 20 children and 7 adults in Newtown a week ago, gun control is on the national mind more than any time since probably 1994. Several pro-gun lawmakers and public figures have had a change of heart in recent days. And on Wednesday, Obama came out in support of renewing a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, and requiring background checks on all gun sales. That is bad news for gun rights groups all over the country. But it sure helps them raise money.

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Boehner's Plan B: "For Backing Out"

| Thu Dec. 20, 2012 11:52 AM EST

On Monday, President Obama rolled out his latest deficit deal compromise, which would reauthorize the Bush tax cuts for those making under $400,000, extend unemployment benefits, and cut Social Security spending. It's pretty close to the deal House Speaker John Boehner offered last Friday. But on Tuesday, Boehner pulled out a not-so-fun sounding "Plan B," which involves letting tax cuts expire for those with income above $1 million...and then just not really dealing with the rest of that fiscal cliff thing.

Democrats say Plan B is a signal that Boehner has backed out of negotiations over the fiscal cliff. And now the center-left Center for American Progress has taken a look at Plan B, and found it wanting.

How to Get Republicans to Care About Women's Issues: Snacks

| Thu Dec. 13, 2012 11:28 AM EST

After a year in which men told American women that they were "prostitutes" for using birth control, that rape isn't real if you get pregs, and that women should have a transvaginal probe stuck in them before they could get an abortion, a record number of non-men were elected to Congress. So how will female lawmakers use that power to advance women's interests?

A few high-profile female lawmakers and policy people discussed just that at a Center for American Progress event on Tuesday in Washington. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter, and other lady luminaries joined PBS' Judy Woodruff for a download on what women voters expect from Congress' female contingent, and how to keep American women politically engaged, and fighting for their interests post-election.

Soledad O'Brien Slams GOP Senator on Food Stamps

| Tue Dec. 11, 2012 3:10 PM EST

While President Obama and the Democrats have talked a lot about protecting the middle class from tax hikes and entitlement cuts in any debt deal that eventually emerges from the fiscal nightmare, it looks increasingly likely that food stamps will come under the knife. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate budget committee, has taken the lead recently in attacking these "gifts" to the poor. Monday night on CNN, Sessions said the food-stamp program—which now serves a record 47 million peopleis "out of control" and needs to be cut down to size. But Soledad O'Brien took him to school.

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