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House Republicans Signal Support for Budget, No Extension for Unemployment Benefits

House Republicans Signal Support for Budget, No Extension for Unemployment Benefits
House Republicans signaled support Wednesday for a budget deal worked out a day earlier, a plan narrowly drawn but promoted as a way to stabilize Congress' erratic fiscal efforts, avert another government shutdown and mute some of the partisan rancor that has damaged Americans' attitudes about their lawmakers.
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Andrew Taylor
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Abhor-tion: TX Reproductive Health, Family Planning Clients Down 77 Percent Since 2011

Abhor-tion: TX Reproductive Health, Family Planning Clients Down 77 Percent Since 2011
Documents from the State Health Services Council's most recent meeting reveal that Texas' 2013 budget for reproductive health and family planning has yet again dropped in clients served since 2011. There was a total drop of 77 percent in clients served from 202,968 people in 2011. This year, just 47,322 patients were served, while the cost per patient has continued to increase.
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Top Democrat Repeats Social Security Lies

Top Democrat Repeats Social Security Lies
Numerous times over the past few years, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., has been President Obama's guy in the Senate — especially on progressive issues. However, over the weekend on Fox News Sunday, Durbin said "Social Security will be broke in 20 years," which sounds awfully GOP-ish.
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Wendy Davis Introduces Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Bill

Wendy Davis Introduces Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Bill
Texas State Senator Wendy Davis is touting a bill she wrote to reduce the rape kit backlog in the state. Over 23,000 kits remain untested because of budget cuts and labor constraints. The bill also will improve DNA and evidence collection on site at hospitals.
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California Underfunds Mental Health Programs Then Blames State's Mental Health Problems on Yoga

California Underfunds Mental Health Programs Then Blames State's Mental Health Problems on Yoga
The unfortunate timing of Prop 63's passing at the apex of the real estate bubble has relegated California's mental health spending measure to a backfill for cutting tax dollars. The earmarked $5 billion became an example of "fiscally responsible budget cuts" before it ever could go into effect. The state auditor released a report that detailed Prop 63's remaining spending, but missed the key point — its underfunding.
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California Women's Group Denounces Gov Brown’s Attempts to Weaken Domestic Violence Penal Code

California Women's Group Denounces Gov Brown’s Attempts to Weaken Domestic Violence Penal Code
The California Chapter of the National Organization for Women announced that they will be waging a very public campaign to call on Governor Brown to remove the provision in the budget bill that eliminates domestic violence enforcement mandates from police officers and departments.
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Stock Cuts and Bonds: Chicago Struggles to Fund Schools

Stock Cuts and Bonds: Chicago Struggles to Fund Schools
Chicago Public Schools recently asserted — again — that there was a way to "improve" community schools, cut budgets, $52 million dollars worth. The decision to eliminate administrative and operational expenses is touted as a means to help close an estimated $1 billion deficit, just as school closures were supposed to do. The earlier claims proved untrue, will this one?
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Bob George and Betsy L. Angert
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Indecent Proposal: $20 Billion in Food Stamps Cut for a Few Farm Subsidies

Indecent Proposal: $20 Billion in Food Stamps Cut for a Few Farm Subsidies
The 2013 agriculture bill that was passed in the Senate proposes a few modest but welcome cuts to programs subsidizing big agriculture, but it also insures that millions of the poorest Americans will once again struggle with hunger. Sadly, Democratic Senators like Missouri's Claire McCaskill voted for the bill.
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House GOP Aims to Exacerbate Already Painful Austerity by Further Slashing Education, Interior, State Departments

House GOP Aims to Exacerbate Already Painful Austerity by Further Slashing Education, Interior, State Departments
Republicans controlling the House pressed ahead Tuesday with efforts to slash funding for the departments of Education, Interior and State that go deeper than those already implemented under a painful round of automatic austerity.
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Andrew Taylor
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American Indian Youth Suffering Due to Sequestration

American Indian Youth Suffering Due to Sequestration
While people in Congress are concerned about the impact of the sequester on people who fly in airplanes and who visit the White House, they have no concern for Indian young people who have never flown in an airplane and who will never visit the White House because they are trapped in the cycle of poverty.
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