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Killing Them Softly: Pope Francis Condemns Income Inequality, Sanctions Gender Inequality

Members of the media and many progressives are beside themselves about Pope Francis.

In his defense of the faceless poor, the pope misses the fact that women are more likely than men to be in poverty—because of the very kind of structural inequality that his church models for the world as an image of holiness.

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Shutdown Ends, Debt Crisis Averted—But Birth Control Still an Issue

In the end, House Republicans got virtually nothing of what they said they wanted: no defunding of Obamacare, no curtailment of the birth control benefit in Obamacare the law of the land. But they'll be back.

In the end, House Republicans got virtually nothing of what they said they wanted: no defunding of Obamacare, no curtailment of the birth control benefit in Obamacare the law of the land. But they’ll be back.

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House Republicans Take Aim at Birth Control in Quest to Scuttle Senate Shutdown Deal

To the House Republicans, who are hostage to their party’s Tea Party faction, there’s probably no dirtier word than “bipartisan”—except, perhaps, for the words “birth control.”

To the House Republicans, who are hostage to their party’s Tea Party faction, there’s probably no dirtier word than “bipartisan”—except, perhaps, for the words “birth control.”

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Shutdown and Default Considered Small Price to Pay for Banning Birth Control, Say Catholic Bishops and Paul Ryan

A screenshot from Rep. Paul Ryan's video greeting that was shown at the Values Voter Summit on Saturday, October 12.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan dances to the bishops’ tune in shutdown and debt limit fights, refusing to compromise because he wants “leverage” to curtail Obamacare contraceptive benefit.

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Budget Committee Hearing on Poverty Turns Into Nun-Bashing Tournament

Sister Simone Campbell throws up her hands under questioning at the hearing, titled "The War on Poverty: A Progress Report."

House budget committee chairman Paul Ryan presided over a hearing called to assess the “war on poverty.” But with a liberal nun on the witness panel, it became a war on religion.

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On Day Two, Right-Wing Confab Turns Up Heat on Abortion Issue

At the Faith and Freedom Coalition's national conference, Ralph Reed lauded Phyllis Schlafly for defeating the Equal Rights Amendment, and Schlafly took credit for turning the GOP against abortion.

On day two of the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference, evangelical leaders clashed on abortion and economic policy. But opposing abortion was deemed a winning issue by movement elders like Phyllis Schlafly and young activists alike.

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Paul Ryan Wants Personhood for “One-Celled Human Embryos”

(Mi Walker/Getty Images)

Well, at least he’s getting nice and specific.

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Susan B. Anthony List Continues Supporting Women in Politics by Scheduling Another Male Keynote

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The leading anti-choice women in politics group has never asked a woman to keynote their annual gala.

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A Question for Anti-Choicers: How, Exactly, Would Your Rape Exception Work?

No politician or pundit should get away with claiming he supports any “exception” without facing the obvious follow-up question: “How, exactly, would it work?”

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Author of Heartbeat Ban Legislation Says Vote for Romney, or Else …

Janet Porter. Photo: Michelangelo Signorile.

Janet Porter is moving beyond abortion bans and throwing her political prowess into electoral politics.

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