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Losing My Lege: Cupcakes and Open Carry Kick Off 84th Texas Legislature

The 84th Texas Legislature convened this week, with a new batch of lawmakers, lobbyists, and elected officials poised to defend some of Texans' most cherished freedoms: baked goods and the public possession of unlicensed handguns.

The 84th Texas Legislature convened this week, with a new batch of lawmakers, lobbyists, and elected officials poised to defend some of Texans’ most cherished freedoms: baked goods and the public possession of unlicensed handguns.

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House Republicans Pass Doomed Bill Designed to Undo Years of Immigration Policy

An amendment to a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the year prohibits the department from spending any money to process applications for Obama's deferred deportation programs.

The anti-immigration amendment was sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who is also the co-sponsor of a federal bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions for fetal anomalies or for a woman’s health unless her life is in danger.

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Report Card: U.S. Receives ‘D’ for Abortion Care Access in 2014

Though the number of anti-choice laws enacted in states across the United States fell to 27 last year, from 52 in 2013, the country still deserves an overall "D" grade for access to abortion services, according to a report released Wednesday by NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Though the number of anti-choice laws enacted in states across the United States fell to 27 last year, from 52 in 2013, the country still deserves an overall “D” grade for access to abortion services, according to a report released Wednesday by NARAL Pro-Choice America.

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Combating Abortion Stigma Requires More Than Just Storytelling

Certainly, sharing abortion stories can be a powerful act and may reduce self-stigma. But I fear that it distracts from the structural inequalities of race, poverty, age, and education by placing too much emphasis on the individual. And I worry that it lets our politicians and policymakers off the hook.

Certainly, sharing abortion stories can be a powerful act and may reduce self-stigma. But I fear that it distracts from the structural inequalities of race, poverty, age, and education by placing too much emphasis on the individual. And I worry that it lets our politicians and policymakers off the hook.

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Democrats Unveil Ambitious Tax Plan to Help Middle Class

“The tax code today is stacked in favor of people who make money off of money and against those who make money off of hard work,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen said in a speech this week.

“The tax code today is stacked in favor of people who make money off of money and against those who make money off of hard work,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen said in a speech this week.

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Following Well-Worn Scripts, State Lawmakers Renew Assault on Access to Abortion Care

Anti-choice lawmakers across the country have in recent weeks filed barrages of laws that would restrict access to safe and legal abortion.

As state legislative sessions gear up for what could be one of the worst years on record for reproductive rights, anti-choice lawmakers across the country have in recent weeks filed barrages of laws that would restrict access to safe and legal abortion. Many of these laws are identical, or nearly so, to laws that have repeatedly failed in the same states where they are being reintroduced.

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Don’t Read the Comments? As Immigration Advocates, We Must

It is important to critically consider how immigrants are discussed in comment sections, as this has implications for their acceptance, health, and well-being.

It is important to critically consider how immigrants are discussed in comment sections, as this has implications for their acceptance, health, and well-being.

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Supreme Court Denies Review of Marriage Equality, Campaign Finance Cases

The Roberts Court on Monday denied review of a Louisiana ban on same-sex marriage, noting the federal appeals court has yet to rule, as well as two campaign finance related challenges.

The Roberts Court on Monday denied review of a Louisiana ban on same-sex marriage, noting the federal appeals court has yet to rule, as well as two campaign finance related challenges.

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Four New Anti-Choice Bills Introduced in U.S. Senate

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter introduced bills to defund Planned Parenthood and require admitting privileges, among other anti-choice measures.

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter introduced bills to defund Planned Parenthood and require admitting privileges, among other anti-choice measures.

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Christine Pelosi on the ‘Barbara Boxer Standard’ of Feminist Leadership

"Once you run and once you win with an unabashed progressive feminist standard, then it becomes easier for everybody else who’s running," says the chair of the California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus about Boxer’s legacy.

“Once you run and once you win with an unabashed progressive feminist standard, then it becomes easier for everybody else who’s running,” says the chair of the California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus about Boxer’s legacy.

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