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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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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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NYPD Shutters Muslim Mapping Unit – But What About Other Tactics?

NYPD Shutters Muslim Mapping Unit – But What About Other Tactics?
The New York Police Department is disbanding the unit that mapped New York’s Muslim communities, their places of worship, and businesses they frequent – based on nothing but their religious beliefs and associations. To this we say: Good Riddance.
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Republican Thinks LGBT Rights As Bad As 'Skinheads And Radical Islam'

Republican Thinks LGBT Rights As Bad As 'Skinheads And Radical Islam'
Last week, we reported that South Carolina state senator Mike Fair had succeeded in getting the University of South Carolina-Upstate to cancel a satirical performance called "How To Be A Lesbian In 10 Days Or Less" because he thought it was "recruiting" students to become lesbians.
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