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Cathy Reisenwitz
Cathy Reisenwitz
Editor-in-Chief, Sex and the State
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      Cathy Reisenwitz

      Cathy Reisenwitz is a D.C.-based writer and political commentator. She is Editor-in-Chief of Sex and the State and her writing has appeared in Forbes, VICE Motherboard, the Chicago Tribune, Reason, Talking Points Memo, Bitcoin Magazine, and the Washington Examiner.

A Win For Drug Companies Leaves Taxpayers Holding The Bag

              FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2013 file photo, hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen pills, also known as Vicodin, are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 recommended new restrictions on prescription medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S.  (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

While drug company executives are enjoying rapidly escalating medicine prices, hardworking Americans are watching more and more of their paychecks disappear every month at the pharmacy. There’s a largely unknown program that helps people who fall through the health-insurance and Medicaid cracks to be able to afford their medications. But drug manufacturers want to gut it, leaving taxpayers with the bill.

New Amnesty International report calls for legalizing sex work

1:12 PM 01/31/2014

It just couldn’t be clearer. “Amnesty International is opposed to the criminalization or punishment of activities related to the buying or selling of consensual sex between adults.” Thus begins a recently leaked document from the famed human rights organization calling for an end to prohibitions on sex work. Ironically perhaps, the most important, and controversial portion of this document may be the definitions section.

Police brutality in America: These are not isolated incidents

6:54 PM 08/28/2013

Just last week, several police officers in Stockton, California beat a mentally disturbed man during an arrest, one officer putting a knee on his head and another pulling him by his braids. Earlier this month a police officer beat an Iowa shoplifter so brutally that she was carried to the hospital in a stretcher and left her with sustained vision impairment. The beating happened in front of her daughter. The Minneapolis Police Department is currently facing 61 lawsuits regarding allegations that officers used excessive force that led to injuries.