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Montana House Passes Telemedicine Abortion Ban

The president of Planned Parenthood of Montana has said the bill would restrict abortion access in a state that has a large rural population.

The president of Planned Parenthood of Montana has said the bill would restrict abortion access in a state that has a large rural population.

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Federal Court: Seattle Wage Hike Will Stand

The 43-page ruling rejects every constitutional challenge brought against Seattle's $15 an hour minimum wage law.

The 43-page ruling rejects every constitutional challenge brought against Seattle’s $15 an hour minimum wage law.

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African-American Leaders Condemn GOP for Holding Up Lynch Confirmation

African-American civil rights leaders and members of Congress are harshly criticizing Republicans and Mitch McConnell for making Loretta Lynch wait longer than any attorney general candidate in the last 30 years to get a vote.

African-American civil rights leaders and members of Congress are harshly criticizing Republicans and Mitch McConnell for making Loretta Lynch wait longer than any attorney general candidate in the last 30 years to get a vote.

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Idaho Telemedicine Abortion Ban Moves Through Senate

An Idaho senate committee on Monday approved a proposal that would effectively ban telemedicine abortion in the state, sending the bill to the full senate for amendment.

An Idaho senate committee on Monday approved a proposal that would effectively ban telemedicine abortion in the state, sending the bill to the full senate for amendment.

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Report: Obamacare Brings Dramatic Decrease in Uninsured Rate

A greater percentage of Americans have health insurance than any time in the past 40 years, according to an announcement made by the Obama administration Monday.

A greater percentage of Americans have health insurance than any time in the past 40 years, according to an announcement made by the Obama administration Monday.

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McDonald’s Employees Allege Unsafe Working Conditions in At Least 19 Cities

McDonald's officials dismissed the employees' claims, which include stories about workers sustaining burns on the job, as a public relations strategy orchestrated by activists hoping to damage the corporation's brand.

McDonald’s officials dismissed the employees’ claims, which include stories about workers sustaining burns on the job, as a public relations strategy orchestrated by activists hoping to damage the corporation’s brand.

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Ohio Lawmakers, Spurred By Powerful Anti-Choice Group, Introduce 20-Week Abortion Ban

Ohio lawmakers on Monday introduced a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks, making the state the sixth in the country to introduce such a measure this session.

Ohio lawmakers on Monday introduced a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks, making the state the tenth in the country to introduce such a measure this session.

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Report: Low-Income Detroit Residents Once Again Face Water Shutoffs

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Thousands of Detroit residents will once again face having their water service shut off, according to a report by the ACLU of Michigan. Plans are being made by city officials to shut off water service for at least 26,000 Detroit residents.

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GOP-Controlled Florida Committee Approves Waiting Period Bill

A Florida bill designed to delay a person’s decision to get an abortion was approved Thursday by a house committee. The bill, HB 633, would amend the state’s “informed consent” law by requiring patients to wait at least 24 hours to obtain the procedure after meeting with their physician.

A Florida bill designed to delay a person’s decision to get an abortion was approved Thursday by a house committee. The bill, HB 633, would amend the state’s “informed consent” law by requiring patients to wait at least 24 hours to obtain the procedure after meeting with their physician.

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Why It Might Not Be a Bad Thing if the Senate’s Human Trafficking Bill Dies (Updated)

Some advocates don’t think the JVTA is worth trying to save in the first place. At best, it has a few useful provisions and might give some more money to victims and services. At worst, it could actually make life more difficult for the very youth the bill is trying to help.

Some advocates don’t think the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act is worth trying to save in the first place. At best, they say, the JVTA has a few useful provisions and might give some more money to victims and services. At worst, it could make life more difficult for the vulnerable populations that the bill seeks to protect.

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