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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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Maine Republican Has Not Apologized for Comparing Abortion to Rape

Maine Republican Has Not Apologized for Comparing Abortion to Rape
The Maine Democratic Party recently sent campaign mailers that reignited a controversy caused by state Rep. c’s (R) statements comparing abortion and rape.
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The Hidden Costs of Abortion Restrictions

The Hidden Costs of Abortion Restrictions
“You walk into our surgery center and it’s so cold and scary. There’s no art. The lights are bright, the recovery rooms smell like bleach. All the staff are wearing gowns and head and foot covers and the patients have to wear the same thing … and there’s nothing comforting about it. The warmth is gone.”
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How an Innocent Oklahoma Woman Spent 20 Years in Prison

How an Innocent Oklahoma Woman Spent 20 Years in Prison
Oklahoma prosecutor Tim Harris stood before jurors deciding Michelle Murphy’s fate and told them police found someone’s blood near her slain baby’s body, blood he implied could be hers.
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Florida Gay Rights PAC Slams (Wait, What?) Democratic Rep

Florida Gay Rights PAC Slams (Wait, What?) Democratic Rep
American Unity PAC, the high-powered super PAC founded by major GOP donor and gay rights activist Paul Singer, has entered a new congressional race — cutting a new round of ads slamming Democratic incumbent Joe Garcia as a scandal-prone Washington hypocrite.
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Obama Continues Crackdown on Whistlebowers

Obama Continues Crackdown on Whistlebowers
James Risen is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. He's also currently under subpoena, possibly facing jail time, because of his reporting.
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Supreme Court Blocks Portions of Texas Anti-Abortion Law

Supreme Court Blocks Portions of Texas Anti-Abortion Law
Over three dissenting justices, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked Texas from enforcing key provisions of HB 2, the massive anti-abortion omnibus bill that has closed all but eight clinics in the state.
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Watch Cory Gardner's Jedi Mind Trick: ‘There Is No Federal Personhood Bill’

Watch Cory Gardner's Jedi Mind Trick: ‘There Is No Federal Personhood Bill’
Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner has made national headlines for adopting a campaign strategy that de facto concedes he can not run on his record, because his Tea Party-era positions are much more conservative than is Colorado. This is the case on litmus test issues such as climate change, renewable energy development, health care reform, LGBTQ equality and, most dramatically, women’s reproductive rights. He's now using Jedi Mind Tricks to further obscure his record, as the accompanying video clearly shows.
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GOP Senate Candidate: Single Women Only Vote 'Democrat' to Get Government Benefits

GOP Senate Candidate: Single Women Only Vote 'Democrat' to Get Government Benefits
New Jersey’s Republican U.S. Senate candidate says he is lagging behind in the polls because of the rise in the number of single women, who he charges “are automatically Democratic” because they rely on social programs like food stamps.
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Missouri Republican Desperate to Close State’s Last Abortion Clinic

Missouri Republican Desperate to Close State’s Last Abortion Clinic
A Missouri lawmaker claims the state’s constitution bans abortion—which conflicts with federal law—and is demanding the state’s attorney general enforce that ban to effectively end legal abortion across the state.
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