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Despite Protests, TX Passes Tough New Abortion Restrictions

Despite Protests, TX Passes Tough New Abortion Restrictions
Republicans used their majority to cut short debate and give preliminary approval early Monday to some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country as time was running out on the Texas Legislature's special session.
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KY Inmate Allowed to Starve to Death in Prison

KY Inmate Allowed to Starve to Death in Prison
A prison doctor has been fired and two other staffers are in the midst of being dismissed after an inmate at the Kentucky State Penitentiary starved himself to death, a case that has exposed lapses in medical treatment and in how hunger strikes are handled at the facility. Prison officials have asked prosecutors to investigate after The Associated Press began asking questions about the inmate's death.
James Kennet
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After Fertilizer Plant Explosion, TX Passes New Regulations... On Uteruses

After Fertilizer Plant Explosion, TX Passes New Regulations... On Uteruses
The arc of history is long, but it does not always bend towards justice. In Texas, it usually veers off and gets lost. A year ago, 15 people died in the fertilizer plant explosion in West, forcing the Texas legislature to pass regulations, but these new laws had jack squat to do with fertilizer plants. Instead, the legislature passed a bill regulating women's uteruses.
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Tea Party Blogger: Gays Worse Than White Supremacists Ever Were

Tea Party Blogger: Gays Worse Than White Supremacists Ever Were
Mary Baker, a right wing activist with the Tea Party Express and leader of Conservative Moms for America, wrote an article for Tea Party Nation explaining how "Gay Supremacists" are worse than white supremacists.
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WhiteHouse.gov Simplifies Privacy Policy, Strips Bureaucratic Language

WhiteHouse.gov Simplifies Privacy Policy, Strips Bureaucratic Language
A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain. "Information you choose to share with the White House (directly and via third party sites) may be treated as public information," the new policy says.
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AZ Governor Signs Bill Authorizing Warrantless Surprise Inspections of Abortion Clinics

AZ Governor Signs Bill Authorizing Warrantless Surprise Inspections of Abortion Clinics
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill into law Tuesday that would allow state Department of Health Services officials to conduct warrantless surprise inspections on any of the nine clinics that provide abortion services in the state.
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TX Forum Hopes to Make GOP Even More Hostile to Gay Rights

TX Forum Hopes to Make GOP Even More Hostile to Gay Rights
If the Texas Eagle Forum has its way, the GOP state and county party committees would preserve their extremist stances and go even farther in embracing the far-right.
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Congressman Demands Federal Investigation into ALEC's Role in NV Rebellion

Congressman Demands Federal Investigation into ALEC's Role in NV Rebellion
Amidst a new "Sagebrush Rebellion" ignited by a Nevada rancher and his armed supporters that threatened to turn violent, Congressman Raúl Grijalva has asked the U.S. Department of the Interior to "investigate the role of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in efforts to pass bills at the state level" that undermine federal authority over state lands and thwart the agency's duties.
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Too Big to Care: Banks Still Restricting Home Loans In 'Non-White' Areas

Too Big to Care: Banks Still Restricting Home Loans In 'Non-White' Areas
Community groups stood together outside Minneapolis City Hall to accuse banks of continuing to “red-line” communities of color and refusing to refinance sub-prime mortgages from 2009-2012. “What the report shows very clearly is that big banks like Wells Fargo are redlining communities of color,” said Anthony Newby, executive director of NOC. “The report shows that redlining is alive and well, and in some ways it’s worse than it’s ever been.”
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Why Marriage Equality Also Needs to Be About Tax Equality

Why Marriage Equality Also Needs to Be About Tax Equality
Alabama's lack of marriage equality means that same sex couples can't file joint returns forcing them to pay more in taxes than they would otherwise. After DOMA's demise, the federal government recognized gay marriages the way they did all legal marriages, but some states — including Alabama — still require for separate tax filings.
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