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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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Big Money Bankrolls Opposition to Movement to Overturn Citizens United

Big Money Bankrolls Opposition to Movement to Overturn Citizens United
An historic vote in the U.S. Senate earlier this year to amend the constitution to reverse Citizens United and stem the flood of money into our elections – expected to top $1 billion this election cycle – has the Koch brothers spooked.
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California Is Legally Obligated to Lessen Its Prison Population, Prop 47 Diverts Those Savings to Education.

California Is Legally Obligated to Lessen Its Prison Population, Prop 47 Diverts Those Savings to Education.
This November 4th, when Californians go to the polls, they will have the opportunity to vote on Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act. This initiative is a criminal reform to reclassify some nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, permitting re-sentencing for prisoners serving time for crimes classified as felonies prior to its passage. California currently has a tremendous prison overcrowding problem, and the state is required to do something about this within the next two years.
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Top Virgina GOP Consultant on Why Homosexuality is Wrong: It's 'Where 'Poop' Comes Out of'

Top Virgina GOP Consultant on Why Homosexuality is Wrong: It's 'Where 'Poop' Comes Out of'
Steve Waters, a rabidly anti-gay bigot who is a leading Virginia GOP operative, has some interesting things to say about the evils of homosexuality. Whether it's wondering if Obama would fly the Christian Flag to the lack of liberals' tolerance to the perversion of marriage by men who put 'part of [their] anatomy where 'poop' comes out of," Mr. Waters certainly has a way with words.
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Republican Thinks Gays Shouldn't Serve In The Military Because of Massages

Republican Thinks Gays Shouldn't Serve In The Military Because of Massages
Rep. Louie Gohmert was an in-studio guest on the "Point Of View" radio program Tuesday, where he went off on a bizarre tangent about Ancient Greece in trying to make the case that allowing gays to serve in the military "is not a good idea."
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5 Years Later, Religious Right's Dire Predictions About Hate Crimes Law Still Haven't Come True

5 Years Later, Religious Right's Dire Predictions About Hate Crimes Law Still Haven't Come True
Here we go again. If Religious Right activists are to be believed, any day now the government will throw pastors in jail, have people “fined $500 a day” for reading the Bible and “start rolling out the boxcars to start hauling off Christians.” These are among the claims that were made this year by conservative politicians and movement leaders, who warn that America is now witnessing a “war on religion.”
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The Trollslayers: 3 Women Who Took on the Internet’s Misogynistic Underbelly

The Trollslayers: 3 Women Who Took on the Internet’s Misogynistic Underbelly
At the height of the age of chat rooms and online message boards—around the dawn of the new millennium—trolls looked a bit different than they do now. Rather than being people who use anonymous Twitter accounts to send death threats, trolls were people who would pose deliberately outrageous or derailing arguments just to make people mad.
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Trenton's Michael Brown Mural Ordered Painted Over by Police

Trenton's Michael Brown Mural Ordered Painted Over by Police
A Trenton, New Jersey, mural of Michael Brown, who was shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson Missouri, has been painted over at the request of local police. Artists from the Sage Coalition painted it two weeks ago.
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Indiana to Cut Off Food Stamps for 65,000 Residents

Indiana to Cut Off Food Stamps for 65,000 Residents
Indiana will next year cut off food stamp benefits to tens of thousands of residents who have not secured jobs or participated in work training programs.
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#Compassion: US Cities Criminalizing Sharing Food with Homeless

#Compassion: US Cities Criminalizing Sharing Food with Homeless
As the number of U.S. cities criminalizing sharing food with the homeless continues to rise as a result of burdensome requirements on food pantries and individuals, rights groups are condemning the cities for their focus on punishment over solutions.
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