Katy Steinmetz

Katy Steinmetz is a TIME reporter based in San Francisco. In addition to working on features for TIME and TIME.com, she contributes to TIME's Swampland, Healthland and NewsFeed blogs. She pens a weekly column on language called Wednesday Words and acts as impresario for political columnist Joe Klein's annual road trips.

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American Crossroads and the Ascendant Super PACs

The leaders of American Crossroads, the conservative super PAC formed last year under the watch of Karl Rove, sat down with reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in D.C. this morning. The subject of the discussion was, of course, money: the role deep-pocketed super PACs will play in 2012 and the specific spending plans of …

The Absurdity of Sending Palin’s E-mails Via Snail-Mail

The amount of money the state of Alaska and news organizations are spending on the Sarah Palin e-mails — copying costs, shipping costs (or flight costs), man-hour costs, and opportunity costs — should inspire some skull-clutching. It’s all the more extravagant considering how much of the content has been redacted, how old the e-mails …

The Heart of Conservative Values: Not Where It Used to Be?

The Public Religion Research Institute released a report on Thursday about the Millennial generation (roughly those ages 18 to 29) and where they stand in today’s culture wars, particularly concerning abortion and religion. One finding was that Americans in general, and particularly Millennials, have “decoupled” part of the traditional …

The Real Birth Certificate Winner: Hawaii’s Department of Health

The Hawaii Department of Health, unlucky keeper of President Obama’s long-form birth certificate, has been bombarded with hundreds of demands for information since the birther fervor heated up in 2008. According to Janice Okubo, the department’s public information officer, many of those requests come from the same people over and over …

Study: How to Get Positive Results From Negative Ads

Members of Congress may have landed themselves a budget deal on Friday, but their actions and reactions leading up to the accord will likely resurface as campaign-ad fodder. As with every cycle, some of those ads will be negative. But only some of those, ranging as they do from petulant mudslinging to polite objections, will have the …

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