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“Is There a War on Women?” Obama White House Communications Director Dodges and Squirms

In a Q and A interview today at Netroots Nation, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer could not bring himself to acknowledge that there is a “war on women,” underway in the United States and fudged the issue of how exactly the Administration would either respond to or fight back attacks on women’s rights.

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The Onion: Afterbirthers Demand to See Obama’s Placenta

The Onion reports on new developments in the manufactured controversy over Obama’s citizenship.

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(UPDATED) The Budget Stalemate and the Major Media Fail on Riders

As the uncertainty of the very real-life drama about the budget stalemate and threatened shutdown of the federal government drags on, there is one thing you can count on. Every single major media outlet has gotten the story about riders wrong.

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Rahm Emanuel Has a Chance to Make Women’s History

Rahm Emanuel, Mayor-elect of Chicago, has the opportunity to make history of a sort that could make all the difference to our (women’s) world, not to mention to his.

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Are Women’s Rights on Agenda in Latin America?

For all of President Barack Obama’s pledges that he stands for universal human rights, the fundamental rights of women are likely to be left off the table when he visits leaders in Latin America this week.

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Wisconsin’s Victory on Medicaid Family Planning Waiver Brings Celebration and Caution

In December, Wisconsin won approval of a Medicaid State Plan Amendment, making permanent the very successful MA Family Planning Waiver. Now advocates must protect it from attack.

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Why a Soccer Momma for Obama Hung Up Her Cleats

I was a soccer mama for Obama. But sometime this year, I hung up my cleats.  And because I am pretty ordinary, I think losing me is a big problem for the Democrats. I’ll vote on Tuesday, but I haven’t recruited for the playoffs.

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Weekly Diaspora: Has Obama Failed the Immigration Reform Movement?

After signing a controversial $600 million border security bill last week, President Barack Obama is drawing fire from immigration reform advocates and anti-immigrant conservatives alike.

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Obama to Women: I am not your friend

On Thursday, the news broke that the Obama administration included a ban on abortion coverage that basically meets the notorious Stupak restrictions that had been the focus of attention months ago within the health care reform debates. This means that the compromise that was satisfactory enough to the anti-abortion Democrats months ago to push through the “reform” has been surpassed with this measure; leaving many pro-choice activists asking “why did he do that? he didn’t have to!”

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Weekly Pulse: SCOTUS Nominee Kagan a Cipher on Choice

Despite a long career in legal academia, Kagan has published very little and seems to have studiously avoided taking a stand on almost any controversial issue. 

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