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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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House Vote Threatens Government Shutdown if Obamacare Not Defunded

Generation Opportunity's ad features the image of a young woman on a gynecologist’s table, feet in stirrups, terrorized by a monstrous Uncle Sam standing between her legs.

What do Friday’s House vote, Ted Cruz’s crusade, and a creepy anti-Obamacare ad have in common? They’re all linked to the Koch brothers.

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Pillard Nomination Clears Judiciary Committee

Cornelia "Nina" Pillard stands next to President Obama, as he announces her court nomination at the White House this past June.

In a party-line vote Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Nina Pillard to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. But prior to the vote, Republicans made it clear they are not done fighting President Obama’s judicial nominees.

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