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Daily Pulse: Obama to Outline Vision For Health Reform

President Obama’s speech today before a special joint session of Congress marks the final phase of health care reform and gives him his last chance to recapture the debate.

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Daily Pulse: Deep Six the Gang of Six

More news from the health care reform debate: from the fraudulent groups supporting the town-hall brawls to the fraud behind ‘crisis pregnancy centers’, Lindsay Beyerstein brings it all together, in one place!

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Weekly Pulse: The Rocky Road to Reform

Healthcare dominated domestic politics last week. The president wants a bill passed before the August deadline that keeps healthcare costs in check. A new CBO study said the Dem’s healthcare bills won’t cut spending.

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Should Tiller’s Assassin Be Charged As A Domestic Terrorist?

The man who shot a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in D.C. was labeled by the FBI as a domestic terrorist, yet Scott Roeder, who assassinated Dr. George Tiller and who has been associated with a range of anti-choice groups that engage in violent rhetoric and clinic blockades has not. Should he be charged as a domestic terrorist? Many in the pro-choice community think the ultimate costs of doing so may outweigh the benefits.

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Despite Loss on Family Planning, Women’s Groups See Success in the Stimulus

National women’s rights advocacy groups are using their newfound political clout with the Obama administration to shape the $825 billion economic stimulus package.

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Obama Begs Waxman to Yank Birth Control from Stimulus

President Barack Obama has signaled he will not go to bat for birth control in the economic stimulus bill — a move likely to set off a firestorm among powerful forces in the Democratic Party.

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Mega-Church Pastor Flexes Political Muscle on World AIDS Day

Rick Warren is positioning himself as the powerbroker who can muster support from the religious right for AIDS initiatives, and Obama will need bipartisan allies. The question is what concessions Warren will ask in return.

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RH Reality Check Interviews Nobel Prizewinner Herald zur Hausen

Prof. Herald zur Hausen’s Nobel Prize-winning research paved the way for the first vaccine against cancer in medical history, the HPV vaccine.

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Nobel Prize Awarded to Virologist Who Linked HPV to Cervical Cancer

German virologist Harold zur Hausen’s Nobel Prize is a reminder that there is overwhelming scientific consensus that HPV is the cause of cervical cancer.

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Palin, Protector of Children vs. Her Record

Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin styles herself as a fierce protector of children and families, but her record on health insurance for children and pregnant women raises doubts about her priorities.

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