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All Common Ground Lost: The Right’s Opposition to the Violence Against Women Act

The brewing fight over VAWA suggests there is today no common ground in American politics as to how best to wage the struggle for gender equality—or even if that is a shared desirable goal.

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Penny-Wise and Pound-Foolish: Proposed Funding Cuts for Response to Violence Against Women

This week, Senators Leahy and Crapo introduced a bill to reauthorize and amend the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The bad news is that the proposed bill substantively slashes funding by almost 20 percent.

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Sarah Palin’s Great Feminist Magic Trick

Sarah Palin is rallying conservative women around the country to unify around her special brand of feminism. But it’s feminism’s cheap knock-off and it doesn’t exactly withstand the test of – well – anything.

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Biden’s Legacy Tied to International VAWA

The Obama Campaign has trumpeted Sen. Joe Biden’s work as sponsor of the Violence Against Women Act. But many people may not know that Biden is again working for women worldwide on the International Violence Against Women Act.

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Grading the Candidates: McCain Failing From Child Care to Reproductive Rights

An independent group of economists rates the candidates during the financial crisis on ten critical issues for women. McCain barely passes, Obama scores high.

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McCain Supporter Made Up Attack

Pittsburgh police say that the woman who alleged an attacker who mugged her and cut a “B” into her cheek after seeing a John McCain bumper sticker on her car has admitted to making the story up.

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