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Five Poisons of Privatization

Five Poisons of Privatization
Essential human needs are being packaged into products to be bought and sold. The right to food and water, education, health care, public spaces, and unrestricted speech shouldn't be based on who can pay the most, or on who can generate profits with the slickest marketing pitch.
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Republicans Under Age 30 Support Marriage Equality

Republicans Under Age 30 Support Marriage Equality
Fifty-one percent of Republicans under age 30 support the freedom to marry, according to a meta-analysis of national polling data and trends on the freedom to marry by Dr. Jan van Lohuizen, George W. Bush's 2004 lead pollster, and Joel Benenson, President Barack Obama's lead pollster in 2008 and 2012.
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TX Medicaid Rally Draws Crowd of 1,200 - Wheelchairs Included

TX Medicaid Rally Draws Crowd of 1,200 - Wheelchairs Included
At least 1,200 protesters marched and rode wheelchairs down Congress Avenue to the south steps of the Texas Capitol on Tuesday to demand that lawmakers expand Medicaid by accepting federal funds. These funds from the Affordable Care Act are estimated to cover an additional 1.5 million Texans.
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Speaker Hubbard Makes An Appearance with Men in Capes at Pro-Life Rally

Speaker Hubbard Makes An Appearance with Men in Capes at Pro-Life Rally
Speaker Mike Hubbard is preening about his involvement in the so-called "pro-life rally" Tuesday in Montgomery - so much so that we wouldn't be surprised to see him sporting a peacock tail. What's up with the hats and capes? It's like some kind of reverse skunk outfit.
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Feds Probe Denver for Violating Deaf Prisoner Rights

Feds Probe Denver for Violating Deaf Prisoner Rights
The federal Justice Department is investigating Denver – which touts itself as “one of America’s most accessible cities” — for failing to provide sign-language interpreters for deaf prisoners.
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Red States Overwhelmingly Choose to Hand Over Health Care Reins to the Feds

Red States Overwhelmingly Choose to Hand Over Health Care Reins to the Feds
The official count is in: the federal government will be running 26 exchanges for the states - the same states that theoretically hate "big government."
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Romney Emerges from Seclusion to Whine About Obama 'Berating Republicans'

Romney Emerges from Seclusion to Whine About Obama 'Berating Republicans'
In his first public comments since his Election Day defeat, Mitt Romney is criticizing President Barack Obama for "berating Republicans" instead of leading. The former Republican presidential nominee tells Fox News that Washington's latest budget battle wasn't "a success" for the president.
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MN Lawmaker Calls Homosexuality An 'Unhealthy Sexual Addiction'

MN Lawmaker Calls Homosexuality An 'Unhealthy Sexual Addiction'
Minnesota state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen (R), a vocal opponent of marriage equality, said homosexuality is a choice, and referred to it as an "unhealthy, sexual addiction."
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Bernanke Agrees '100%’ with Elizabeth Warren That Big Banks Are Smashing Small Ones

Bernanke Agrees '100%’ with Elizabeth Warren That Big Banks Are Smashing Small Ones
On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testified before the Senate Banking Committee. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) asked Bernanke about the $83.5 billion subsidy that Big Banks get every year from American taxpayers.
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Voting Rights Act Meets the Supreme Court: Will Ballot Box Discrimination Get the Boot?

Voting Rights Act Meets the Supreme Court: Will Ballot Box Discrimination Get the Boot?
The most potent weapon in fighting discrimination at the ballot box was before the Supreme Court on Wednesday in a case that weighs the nation's enormous progress in civil rights against the need to continue to protect minority voters.
The justices were hearing arguments in a challenge to the part of the Voting Rights Act that forces places with a history of discrimination, mainly in the Deep South, to get approval before they make any change in the way elections are held.
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