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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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Koch Bros. Give Millions to Anti-Choice Efforts in the States

The billionaire Koch brothers like to pretend they have no interest in opposing abortion, contraception or LGBTQ rights. So why did their secret organization give millions to a lobbying group that does?

The billionaire Koch brothers like to pretend they have no interest in opposing abortion, contraception, or LGBTQ rights. So why did their secret organization give millions to a lobbying group that does?

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Report Surveys Abortion Restriction Landscape One Year After Akin’s ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment

Although his "legitimate rape" comment may have cost Todd Akin an election, it hasn't stopped Republicans across the country from trying to legislate legal abortion out of existence.

A new report from the National Women’s Law Center shows that although Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment may have cost him an election, it hasn’t stopped Republicans across the country from trying to legislate legal abortion out of existence.

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Background Check Errors Make It Harder for Women, People of Color to Get and Keep Jobs

The impact of faulty FBI background checks is a lesser-known but potentially more harmful threat to American workers.

While public outrage over the NSA leaks continues, the impact of faulty FBI background checks is a lesser known but potentially more harmful threat to American workers.

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Budget Committee Hearing on Poverty Turns Into Nun-Bashing Tournament

Sister Simone Campbell throws up her hands under questioning at the hearing, titled "The War on Poverty: A Progress Report."

House budget committee chairman Paul Ryan presided over a hearing called to assess the “war on poverty.” But with a liberal nun on the witness panel, it became a war on religion.

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Political Men Behaving Badly: Weiner and Filner Won’t Quit Even as More Info Emerges

Amid calls for them to drop out of politics, New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner—former congressional colleagues who have both been caught behaving badly around women—are standing their respective ground.

Amid calls for them to drop out of politics, New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner—former congressional colleagues who have both been caught behaving badly around women—are standing their respective ground.

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‘He Said/She Said’ Journalism: A Growing Threat to Public Health

Jenny McCarthy talks to CNN about her son's autism.

Actress Jenny McCarthy got more pushback for her anti-science statements on morning TV than most politicians do for making similarly discredited statements about reproductive health care.

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‘Here Is Your Brain on Race’: Democrats Engage in Hearing on Race and Justice

In her testimony, Maya Wiley (above) sought to draw a distinction between overtly racist attitudes and the biases, both conscious and unconscious, that determine the shapes of institutions, and limitations to access experienced by people of color.

Exploring overt racism, unconscious bias, and the ravages of inequality, Democratic lawmakers sought solutions in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict.

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House Committee Advances D.C. Spending Ban on Abortion

If a budget is not adopted by July 1, the government will shut down.

Every year since 1996, Congress has blocked the District of Columbia from spending its own local tax dollars to fund abortions for low-income women. This year is no different.

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