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Shutdown and Default Considered Small Price to Pay for Banning Birth Control, Say Catholic Bishops and Paul Ryan

A screenshot from Rep. Paul Ryan's video greeting that was shown at the Values Voter Summit on Saturday, October 12.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan dances to the bishops’ tune in shutdown and debt limit fights, refusing to compromise because he wants “leverage” to curtail Obamacare contraceptive benefit.

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What John Boehner Can Learn From Abortion History About Ending the Shutdown

The pressures are intensifying on John Boehner, the Speaker of the House—the person who does have the power to end the shutdown by bring a no-strings attached budget bill.

House Speaker John Boehner, like New York’s George Michaels during the state’s 1970 abortion vote, has the opportunity to do the right thing, even if it costs him his speakership. But will he do it?

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At Any Cost: How Catholic Bishops Pushed for a Shutdown—and Even a Default—Over Birth Control

The U.S. Catholic bishops want to be known as the champions of the poor and struggling. But they're happy to block services to the needy to further their anti-contraception agenda.

The U.S. Catholic bishops want to be known as the champions of the poor and struggling. But they’re happy to block services to the needy to further their anti-contraception agenda.

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Reid and Pelosi Celebrate Opening of Obamacare Exchanges Amid Government Shutdown

Nancy Pelosi with Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) on the left, and Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) on the right. Behind Harkin stands Lee Saunders, president of AFSCME.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid joined union leaders in celebration of the official launch of the Affordable Care Act, and laid the government shutdown at the feet of Republicans.

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For 37 Years, Reproductive Rights Have Been Unaffordable for Women of Color

The federal Health Equity and Access Under the Law for Immigrant Women and Families Act would lift current barriers lawful immigrants face in accessing affordable health insurance.

On the 37th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, we call on our elected officials to remove restrictions on abortion coverage and help finally fulfill the promise of Roe for women of color.

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Boxer: GOP Uses Shutdown to Reinvigorate ‘War on Women’

Barbara Boxer (center) was joined at the podium by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) (right) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) (left).

On Sunday night, the House voted to make averting a government shutdown contingent on delaying health care for women. Senate women are crying foul.

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What Happens to the Federal Courts in a Government Shutdown?

To the House Republicans, who are hostage to their party’s Tea Party faction, there’s probably no dirtier word than “bipartisan”—except, perhaps, for the words “birth control.”

It may be just a game for Republicans in the House, but the effect of their politicizing the judiciary has very real consequences.

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House GOP Threatens Shutdown Over Contraception, Obamacare

House Republicans have found a new hostage to take in the fight to prevent a government shutdown: contraception.

House Republicans have pegged the continued funding of the federal government to a one-year delay in the implementation of the portion of Obamacare that mandates employer-provided health-care plans to offer coverage for prescription contraception with no co-pay.

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Stabenow: Cruz ‘Fauxlibuster’ Clips Would Make Great Obamacare Ads

“I wish we had money to pay for ads,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow said. “I’d like to take what he said on the floor and make sure that every American had the opportunity to hear it.”

“I wish we had money to pay for ads,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow said. “I’d like to take what he said on the floor and make sure that every American had the opportunity to hear it.”

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Attack on Food Stamps Is Bad for the Poor and the Economy

The Tea Party holds an ideology blind to the role food stamps play in the economy.

While Thursday’s Republican-led bill to slash food stamps is highly unlikely to pass the Senate, it shows the influence of the Tea Party as the ideological foundation for House Republican leadership—an ideology blind to the role food stamps play in the economy.

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