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House GOP Picks All Men for New Committee Chairs

Although there are more women in Congress than ever before in history, House Republicans filled every one of their open committee chair spots with men.

Although there are more women in Congress than ever before in history, House Republicans filled every one of their open committee chair spots with men.

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Colorado Legislator’s Extreme Views May Backfire on State’s GOP

Gordon Klingenschmitt, a state legislator in Colorado who's set to take office in January, sees demonic forces at work in everyone from reproductive health-care providers to President Obama, and his extreme views may hurt Colorado's Republican Party.

Gordon Klingenschmitt, a state legislator in Colorado who’s set to take office in January, sees demonic forces at work in everyone from reproductive health-care providers to President Obama, and his extreme views may hurt Colorado’s Republican Party.

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New Congressional Leadership: Status Quo for GOP, More Progressive Democrats

Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and Harry Reid all won re-election to their leadership positions. But Elizabeth Warren's inclusion in Democratic leadership could signal more progressive priorities.

Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and Harry Reid all won re-election to their leadership positions. But Elizabeth Warren’s inclusion in Democratic leadership could signal more progressive priorities.

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GOP Opposition to Immigration Reform Could Lead to Another Government Shutdown

Mitch McConnell’s promise of no government shutdowns seems irreconcilable with his resolve to use the budget process to “push back” against Obama's "executive overreach" on immigration reform.

Mitch McConnell’s promise of no government shutdowns seems irreconcilable with his resolve to use the budget process to “push back” against Obama’s “executive overreach” on immigration reform.

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Texas Lawmakers Could Tackle Minimum Wage, Marriage Equality, Pre-K Education

Monday was the first day for Texas lawmakers to begin filing legislation for the 84th Texas Legislature, which convenes January 15, and the hundreds of proposed bills ranged from the expected—including minimum wage raises and marriage equality efforts from Democrats—to the fringe, including one Republican's crusade against Daylight Saving Time.

Monday was the first day for Texas lawmakers to begin filing legislation for the 84th Texas Legislature, which convenes January 15, and the hundreds of proposed bills ranged from the expected—including minimum wage raises and marriage equality efforts from Democrats—to the fringe, including one Republican’s crusade against Daylight Saving Time.

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Abortion Restrictions Loom in Tennessee After Anti-Choice Ballot Initiative

Republican Beth Harwell, the speaker of the Tennessee House, said last week that she will use a successful anti-choice ballot initiative as the impetus to back three new anti-choice bills.

Following the passage last week of Amendment 1, the Republican-dominated Tennessee legislature will move forward with anti-choice laws as soon as possible, a state GOP lawmaker said.

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Post-Election Reproductive Rights Roundup

On this episode of Reality Cast, I talk to a lawyer from the Center for Reproductive Rights about what’s going on in Oklahoma. I also talk about how anti-choice politicians defeated the “war on women” narrative, and what happened with ballot initiatives dealing with reproductive rights.

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Obama Expected to Nominate Loretta Lynch as First Black Female Attorney General

Lynch, a Harvard graduate and the current U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn, would be the first Black woman to serve as attorney general and only the second woman to ever hold the position.

Lynch, a Harvard graduate and the current U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn, would be the first Black woman to serve as attorney general and only the second woman to ever hold the position.

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Republicans Still Determined to Repeal Affordable Care Act, Birth Control Benefit and All

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) told reporters Thursday that the House will vote again to entirely repeal the Affordable Care Act, regardless of what the newly Republican-dominated Senate does.

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) told reporters Thursday that the House will vote again to entirely repeal the Affordable Care Act, regardless of what the newly Republican-dominated Senate does.

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Neo-Confederate Who Says Civil Rights Are ‘Make-Believe’ Wins County Council Seat in Maryland

Michael Anthony Peroutka, who is one of the country's most extreme right-wing candidates with close ties to a national hate group, was elected Tuesday in Maryland's Anne Arundel County.

Michael Anthony Peroutka, who is one of the country’s most extreme right-wing candidates with close ties to a national hate group, was elected Tuesday in Maryland’s Anne Arundel County.

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