Why the White House picked a fight over contraception

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While the White House has taken quite a bit of heat over its decision to mandate that health insurance cover contraception, The Fix notes that this may be a politically useful fight the Obama administration.

“For a White House that has often been accused of trying to undermine Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential race, the contraception debate is perhaps its happiest accident in that quest. After all, while the issue hasn’t exactly been fun to deal with for the White House, what better way to help a social conservative like Rick Santorum in his quest to bring down Romney?”

Meanwhile, The Hill reports that the White House will announce a compromise in response to pressure from Catholic groups and Democrats.

Via The Political Wire.

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