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Weekly Pulse: Nebraska’s Sweeping Abortion Ban on Collision Course with Supreme Court

Yesterday, Nebraska’s Republican governor signed a sweeping new law that criminalizes almost all abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation and another bill which forces women to undergo extensive mental health assessment prior to obtaining an abortion before 20 weeks.

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Weekly Pulse: WV Mine Had Over 1,300 Health and Safety Violations

A massive explosion ripped through the Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia on Monday, killing 25 miners and leaving 6 others missing and presumed dead. The mine had an egregious record of health and safety violations.

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The Pulse: House Passes Health Care Reform

Last night, the House of Representatives passed comprehensive health care reform. Here’s a rundown of some of the more inflammatory issues, what’s in the bill, what’s not, what some will continue to fight for even after the bill is signed into law.

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What Will Coakley’s Defeat Mean for Health Care Reform?

Even with Brown’s election, procedural options exist for the Democratic majority to pass health reform in the next 10 days. Do the Dems have the fortitude to make this happen?

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Weekly Pulse: What’s Next For Health Care Reform?

The Senate passed its health care bill in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve. 
Next, representatives from the House and the Senate will merge their respective bills in a conference committee.

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Weekly Pulse: Senate Prepares to Cast First Votes

The Senate is scheduled to begin voting on proposed amendments to the health care reform bill today. It takes 60 votes to pass an amendment and most of the proposed measures for the health care bill will never pass. It’s a great opportunity to grandstand over pet issues, however.

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Weekly Pulse: Crunch Time in the Senate

In the Weekly Pulse, Lindsay Beyerstein reports on this week’s developments on health care reform, the public option, and new recommendations on mammogram screening for breast cancer detection.

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Weekly Pulse: The Stupak Setback

A clique of anti-choice Democrats in Congress joined forces with Republicans to pass an amendment forcing women to choose between affordable health insurance and abortion coverage, even if they pay for abortion coverage with their own money. Pro-choice Democrats and women’s health activists are up in arms over the eleventh hour deal

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Weekly Pulse: Joe Lieberman and the Opt-Out Revolution

Progressives rejoiced when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced this week that the final Senate health care bill would include a public option. But the jubilation was short-lived

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Weekly Pulse: Pelosi Champions Public Option

As health care reform moves into the closed-door, intra-party negotiation phase, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is emerging as a champion of a public option, though she has wavered about how tough that plan should be on payouts to providers.

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