· · · · · 

Senate Republicans Block Rule Making Union Elections Easier

Labor advocates say the rule change is necessary to reduce anti-union intimidation by employers.

Labor advocates say the rule change is necessary to reduce anti-union intimidation by employers.

· · · · · 

Republicans Finally Relent in Funding Fight Over Immigration

After months of delays and exercises in legislative futility, House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday finally allowed the passage of a “clean” funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security that would not block any of President Obama’s actions to temporarily protect some unauthorized immigrants from deportation.

After months of delays and exercises in legislative futility, House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday finally allowed the passage of a “clean” funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security that would not block any of President Obama’s actions to temporarily protect some unauthorized immigrants from deportation.

· · · · · 

The Latest Anti-Choice Strategy: Less Planned Parenthood Bashing, More Insurance Bans

To win over the middle, anti-choice leaders argued at CPAC, it's more helpful to message around "incremental" abortion restrictions like 20-week bans or insurance coverage restrictions.

To win over the middle, anti-choice leaders argued at CPAC, it’s more helpful to message around “incremental” abortion restrictions like 20-week bans or insurance coverage restrictions.

· · · · · 

Barbara Mikulski, Longest Serving Woman in Congress, Will Not Seek Re-Election

At a press conference announcing her decision, Mikulski said she had asked herself, “Do I spend time my raising money, or do I spend my time raising hell?”

At a press conference announcing her decision, Mikulski said she had asked herself, “Do I spend time my raising money, or do I spend my time raising hell?”

· · · · · 

Meet the Islamophobic CPAC Mainstage Speaker Behind the ‘Abortion Barbie’ Posters

Sabo (right) had a thing or two to say about Islam, immigration, Ted Cruz, and art at the nation's largest conservative gathering.

Sabo, a Los Angeles-based street artist and right-wing folk hero, had a thing or two to say about Islam, immigration, Ted Cruz, and art at the nation’s largest conservative gathering.

· · · · · 

Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, Immigration ‘Moderates,’ Take Focus Off Families at CPAC

Jeb Bush speaks at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference.

Both possible 2016 presidential contenders said changes to immigration law should focus less on family ties and more on economic factors.

· · · · · 

CPAC’s Worst, Weirdest ‘Jokes’

Phil Robertson speaks at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference.

Among this year’s attempts at conservative “humor”: Sean Hannity’s X-ray utero-vision, Ted Cruz’s quip about not beating his wife, and the guy from Duck Dynasty calling STIs “the revenge of the hippies.”

· · · · · 

At CPAC, 2016 Hopefuls Stick to Rote Remarks on Abortion

Carly Fiorina speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference.

Even in front of this red-meat-friendly audience, references to abortion rights by presidential hopefuls were mostly passing and routine.

· · · · · 

Walmart Pay Raise Falls Short for Working Mothers and Broader Economy

For Walmart workers like Fatmata Jabbie, a refugee from Saudi Arabia with two young children and a third on the way, a slightly higher hourly wage doesn’t do her much good if she can’t get enough hours.

For Walmart workers like Fatmata Jabbie, a refugee from Saudi Arabia with two young children and a third on the way, a slightly higher hourly wage doesn’t do her much good if she can’t get enough hours.

· · · · · 

Corporate Health-Care Giant Says Affordable Care Act Benefits Women

Women who are insured on the federal health exchanges are better able to access needed diagnostic care and treatments than uninsured women, according to a brief submitted by the Hospital Corporation of America to the Supreme Court.

The Hospital Corporation of America donates more to Republican candidates and PACs than Democratic ones, but it doesn’t want to see the Supreme Court rule against the Obama administration in King v. Burwell because it finds that the ACA works as intended and benefits its bottom line.

· · · · ·