Janet Reitman

Independent Journalist


Opinion Articles & Editorials Written By Janet Reitman

DateArticle NameLocation
03/08/17Betsy DeVos' Holy War on Educationrollingstone.com
A few weeks after September 11th, 2001, with the nation reeling from the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., about 400 or so of the country's leading Christian conservative investors convened at the luxury Phoenician resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. They were there for the 17th annual meeting of the Gathering, a four-day, invitation-only philanthropic and networking event for the Christian donor class, whose members often describe themselves, simply, as "believers." The perks awaiting them in their off hours i...
04/18/16GOP 'King of Dirty Tricks' on RNC's Plan to Stop Trumprollingstone.com
Depending on whom you talk to, Roger Stone, the veteran GOP strategist and consigliere to a long line of Republicans, most recently Donald Trump, could be one of the sleaziest operatives in American politics, or the most effective. He has played a role in no fewer than nine presidential campaigns, starting with Richard Nixon's 1972 re-election bid, where he cut his teeth "trafficking in the black arts," as he's put it. He's lobbied for casino operators, consulted with Ukrainian politicians, was instrumental in stopping the...
03/18/16What Went Wrong With Marco Rubio?rollingstone.com
If there was a moment during the early primary season when you could almost feel the self-delusion infecting the Republican establishment, it was on the night of the South Carolina primary, when an utterly deflated Jeb Bush, onetime shoo-in for the nomination, suspended his campaign, and Marco Rubio, the supposed "last best hope" of the GOP, declared a sort of victory without actually winning. The Florida senator had come in second, barely, eking out a win over Ted Cruz by two-tenths of a point – though, as it would be argu...
04/22/15Abortion Rights at Risk: The GOP Opens a New Front in the War on Womenrollingstone.com
Tammy Loertscher had no idea that seeking a pregnancy test would ultimately put her in jail. That, though, is what happened last summer to the blond 29-year-old nursing aide from Medford, Wisconsin, who, after confirming her pregnancy at a local health clinic, admitted to her doctor that she'd recently stopped using methamphetamines and pot. According to a sworn statement she later filed in a civil suit, Loertscher had been struggling for more than a decade with a severe thyroid condition that, if untreated, left her lethar...