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Budget Deal Reached, Leaving Koch Brothers Seething

Pro-choice Democrats in vulnerable U.S. Senate seats are under attack as never before by Americans For Prosperity, the flagship organization of the Koch brothers' sprawling network of spending groups.

The Koch brothers are pressuring members of Congress not to vote for the federal budget deal worked out by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan.

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Defense Bill Will Not Include Gillibrand’s Military Sexual Assault Amendment

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Though the National Defense Authorization Act will be passed with no amendments, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has also introduced the Military Justice Improvement Act, which would remove prosecution of sexual assault from the military chain of command, as a stand-alone bill, and she says she will continue to fight for its passage.

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Jameis Winston, and the Overlapping of Football Culture and Rape Culture

Florida State University star quarterback Jameis Winston was recently accused of raping a fellow student.

Florida State University star quarterback Jameis Winston was recently accused of raping a fellow student. Football culture clouds our ability to see him as anything other than a famous kid with amazing athletic skills, while rape culture demands that we mistrust the victim, question her credibility, and try to poke holes in her story.

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Momentum Builds for Gillibrand’s Military Sexual Assault Amendment

In a way, the military can create a perfect storm for triggering an eating disorder.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s renewed push comes on the heels of a new poll reporting that six in ten Americans support letting independent prosecutors, rather than the chain of command, decide whether to prosecute cases of sexual assault and other serious non-military crimes.

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Air Force Colonel Acquitted of Groping Charges

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, in his mug shot taken directly after the groping incident allegedly took place.

The former head of the U.S. Air Force’s sexual assault prevention branch was acquitted Wednesday of assaulting a young woman outside a Virginia bar.

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Gillibrand Starts Final Push to Reform Military Sexual Assault Prosecutions

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The senator is optimistic that her amendment, the Military Justice Improvement Act, could reach even the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster.

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Retired Generals Join Gillibrand in Push for Sexual Assault Remedy

(From left) Brig. Gen. David McGinnis, retired Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, retired Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton.

The U.S. Army’s first woman three-star general and its former top psychiatrist join a former Obama Pentagon appointee to argue for removing prosecution of sex crimes by military members from the chain of command.

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Gillibrand’s Drive Challenges Senate Power Brokers on Military Sexual Assault Remedy

Sen. Claire McCaskill has said she will filibuster her Democratic colleague's Military Justice Improvement Act, which would remove prosecution decisions for serious crimes like sexual assault from the military command.

Studies suggest that Gen Xers like Kirsten Gillibrand question authority and reject seniority, while Baby Boomers like Claire McCaskill treasure loyalty and play by the rules. A proposal to stem the military’s sexual assault crisis may just be the result of generational divide.

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A Case Study in Awful: The 8 Worst Parts of the Recent Naval Academy Rape Hearing

Naval Academy Coat of Arms.

I take a look at some of the horrible insinuations, statements, and questions used by defense attorneys to impugn the character of a 21-year-old female midshipman.

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Federal Lawsuit Seeks Removal of U.S. Naval Academy Superintendent From Rape Case

A lawsuit filed after the close of an Article 32 hearing in a Naval Academy rape case argues the military justice system is biased against victims of sexual violence.

A lawsuit filed after the close of an Article 32 hearing in a Naval Academy rape case argues the military justice system is biased against victims of sexual violence.

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