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Native American Woman Nominated to Arizona Federal Bench

If confirmed, Diane J. Humetewa (above) will be the only active member of a Native American tribe to serve as a federal judge, and the first Native American woman to do so.

If confirmed, Diane J. Humetewa will be the only active member of a Native American tribe to serve as a federal judge, and the first Native American woman to do so.

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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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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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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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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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Navy Rape Hearing: Was the Midshipman Wearing Underwear the Night of the Party?

A woman at the Naval Academy, after reporting gang rape by football players, is put on trial. Meanwhile, an Air Force case shows how chain of command protects perpetrators.

A woman at the Naval Academy, after reporting gang rape by football players, is put on trial. Meanwhile, an Air Force case shows how chain of command protects perpetrators.

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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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‘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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