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New Obama Appointee Understands Connections Between Health and Economy

By appointing policy leaders like Melody Barnes, President-Elect Obama appears to have pulled together an economic team that understands the connections between health and the economy.

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The New Health Czar

President-Elect Obama’s choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, will be responsible for implementing any health care reform Obama or the new Congress is able to pass. Will women’s health be on his agenda?

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Roundup: Medical Students Decide Whether to Become Abortion Provider; RH Groups Set Priorities

Washington Post examines abortion provider training; EMILY’s List staffer to be White House communications director; Reuters examines priorities of reproductive health groups; Raleigh News-Observers editorializes in favor of “common ground” approaches on abortion.

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Obama’s Women’s Issues Point Person, Karen Kornbluh, Gets It

When it comes to actual solutions for families, Obama’s policy “brain” Karen Kornbluh has a clear and comprehensive prescription–with programs that go as far as many advocates’ wilder dreams.

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Sen. Clinton to Head State Dept: Advocate for Women Worldwide?

As Secretary of State, women’s rights champion Sen. Clinton will have the opportunity to act as an ambassador for women and girls worldwide, say advocates of international women’s health.

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Will Anti-Choice Forces Take Advantage of Bush Legacy?

Even with victories on anti-choice initiatives, and even with this election, individual state legislatures remain dangerous arenas in which we struggle to preserve every woman’s rights.

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VIDEO: Sen. Hillary Clinton Considered for Secretary of State

Champion of women’s health and rights Sen. Hillary Clinton is being considered for Secretary of State.

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Funding to Push Women for Obama’s Cabinet Dries Up

Funding the Women’s Appointments Project to suggest women for President Obama’s Cabinet hasn’t materialized, a blow for a process that has been operating in presidential election years since 1976.

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Obama to Restore UNFPA Funding, Says Congresswoman Maloney

At the launch of UNFPA’s annual State of the World report, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, a longtime advocate of international women’s health, told reporters that President-Elect Obama will restore UNFPA funding.

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Envisioning Obama’s Health Care Agenda

We know that health care will be one of the top priorities for the Obama administration. How is the new administration shaping up to deal with health care reform?

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