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The ACLU Suit Against U.S. Bishops, GOP Sensitivity to Women, and HPV Misinformation

On this episode of Reality Cast, I talk to Brooke Tucker from ACLU Michigan about their lawsuit against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In another segment, I discuss how the Republican Party tries to become more sensitive to women without actually changing policy, and Katie Couric airs an unbalanced program on the HPV vaccine.

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Terry McAuliffe Considers Retaining Bob McDonnell’s Secretary of Health

Virginia Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe.

Dr. Bill Hazel was involved in an effort to salvage McDonnell’s reputation after the governor became the focus of national attention for pushing a bill that, as originally written, would have subjected women to forced vaginal probes prior to receiving an abortion in the state.

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Texans: If You’re Not Scared, You’re Not Paying Attention

Was it true belief, absolute ignorance, or ruthless political opportunism that caused Texas legislators to decimate the state's family planning safety net and, as the numbers now show, wrest reproductive autonomy out of the hands of tens of thousands of Texans?

Was it true belief, absolute ignorance, or ruthless political opportunism that caused Texas legislators to decimate the state’s family planning safety net and, as the numbers now show, wrest reproductive autonomy out of the hands of tens of thousands of Texans?

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Michelle Obama’s Garden Is Political

First Lady Michelle Obama is interviewed in the White House vegetable garden.

People who think food is apolitical don’t know much about food, just like people who think taking care of kids isn’t important don’t know much about kids. Devaluing either isn’t just ignorant, it’s dismissive of the women who take on these essential roles to life and society.

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Congressman Touts Stem-Cell Lab Tour Despite Opposing Stem-Cell Research

Rep. Mike Coffman touted his visit to a stem-cell laboratory even though he’s on record opposing research with embryonic stem cells, which are used in the lab he toured.

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), who’s widely seen as one of the most vulnerable incumbents in Congress, touted his visit to a stem-cell laboratory even though he’s on record opposing research with embryonic stem cells, which are used in the lab he toured.

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‘If We Each Have a Torch, There’s a Lot More Light’: Gloria Steinem Accepts the Presidential Medal of Freedom

(From left) Ms. Magazine and Women's Media Center co-founder Gloria Steinem, National Press Club President Angela Greiling Keane, and Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal at the National Press Club lunch.

“I’d be crazy if I didn’t understand that this is a medal for the entire women’s movement,” Steinem told a gathering at the National Press Club Monday.

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Sen. Leticia Van de Putte on Texas Women

“It’s time that women are listened to and respected for their views,” Sen. Van de Putte says in an interview with the Texas Tribune at TribFest, in which she discusses the future of women in Texas politics following her remark (“Did the President hear me or did the President hear me and refuse to recognize me?”) that sparked roars of cheering during the filibuster of SB 5.

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Texas State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte Expected to Run for Lieutenant Governor

Leticia Van de Putte is expected to announce her candidacy any day now.

The San Antonio Democrat is expected to announce her candidacy any day now. With Wendy Davis running for governor, a Davis-Van de Putte platform would stand in stark contrast to the hard-right politics espoused by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

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‘Follow the Leader’ Examines Conservatism, White Boys, and Political Entitlement (Oh My!)

In this screenshot from 'Follow the Leader,' Ben (middle) prays with Cuccinelli (right) and other staff over a meal at a restaurant.

While respectful and serious in the treatment of its subjects, Follow the Leader is a rollicking romp through patriarchy. It is entertaining, illuminating, and a springboard for conversations beneficial to those of us who would prefer to see more than only conservative white boys angling for the oval office.

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Contraception Extremism and the Right-Wing Bubble

I should not have to choose between keeping my job and losing my dignity.

How did the Republicans get themselves into this shutdown mess? Part of the problem is they are remarkably out of touch, and you can look no further than Republican discourse on contraception to see how bad it’s gotten in the right-wing bubble.

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