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Kevin McCarthy Smear Campaign Was Engineered by Anti-Abortion Zealot Steven Baer

Chicago-based GOP operative Steven Baer has one apparent goal: to end legal abortion in this country forever. To do that, he is unafraid to use his email account, rumors, and his electronic Rolodex to destroy the careers of anyone he perceives as standing in the way.

Chicago-based GOP operative Steven Baer has one apparent goal: to end legal abortion in this country forever. To do that, he is unafraid to use his email account, rumors, and his electronic Rolodex to destroy the careers of anyone he perceives as standing in the way.

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Campaign Week in Review: New Lies From Fiorina, Trump’s Wife Is ‘Into’ Women’s Health

The biggest campaign news on reproductive rights this week continued to be Carly Fiorina, who doubled down on the biggest lie she has told so far.

The biggest campaign news on reproductive rights this week continued to be Carly Fiorina, who doubled down on the biggest lie she has told so far.

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Congress Temporarily Funds Government, Including Planned Parenthood

The U.S. House voted to avoid a government shutdown and fund Planned Parenthood, but the right-wing fight against women's health care is far from over.

The U.S. House voted to avoid a government shutdown and fund Planned Parenthood, but the right-wing fight against women’s health care is far from over.

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House Speaker Boehner to Resign Amid Planned Parenthood Fight

Boehner doesn’t have to worry about losing his speakership or the damaging effects on party morale that a failed attempt to oust him would have. He can comfortably pass a “clean” temporary spending bill that includes funding for Planned Parenthood.

Boehner doesn’t have to worry about losing his speakership or the damaging effects on party morale that a failed attempt to oust him would have. He can comfortably pass a “clean” temporary spending bill that includes funding for Planned Parenthood.

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Senate Prepares to Kick Off Planned Parenthood Shutdown Fight

Mitch McConnell offered up a bill on Tuesday that would fund the government, but defund Planned Parenthood. The bill is expected to receive a vote on Thursday.

Mitch McConnell offered up a bill on Tuesday that would fund the government, but defund Planned Parenthood. The bill is expected to receive a vote on Thursday.

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House Likely to Vote After Labor Day to Defund Planned Parenthood

It’s not clear which proposal will be voted on, but the GOP-led House is likely to vote to defund Planned Parenthood shortly after the August recess.

It’s not clear which proposal will be voted on, but the GOP-led House is likely to vote to defund Planned Parenthood shortly after the August recess.

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Senate Passes Medicare ‘Doc Fix’ Bill, Including Anti-Choice Language

Reproductive rights advocates were disappointed on Tuesday when the U.S. Senate passed a bill reforming Medicare payments that also included Hyde Amendment language.

Reproductive rights advocates were disappointed Tuesday when the U.S. Senate passed a bill reforming Medicare payments that also included Hyde Amendment language.

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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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The Other “Cliff:” Cuts to WIC Could Cripple Programs Serving Those Already Clinging to the Edge

Photo: Bloomberg Businessweek.

In the first eight days of fiscal cliff negotiations, both sides almost seem to have resigned themselves to stalemate. But a possible austerity crisis could cripple already feeble programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.

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Afternoon Roundup: Republicans Set to Strip Health Care From Millions, Abstinent Teens with STDs?

It’s the dawn of a new year and with it comes new stories on the same old issues, I’m afraid. Republicans in the House are looking to pass a repeal of the health reform law, a new study shows a surprising percentage of “abstinent” teens with STDs, and Iran is gearing up for HIV/AIDs prevention efforts with a new campaign targeting women and young people.

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