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Concerned Women for America’s Lesson From Election? More Media Savvy Candidates

Rep. Todd Akin. Photo: The New Yorker.

Anti-choice groups don’t think their candidates are too extreme, they just need to be better trained.

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ELECTION 2012: Women Told the Nation, Loud and Clear, This Election was About the Economy and Jobs

Photo: Reuters via Politico.

Women have spoken. And they told the nation, loud and clear, that this election was about the economy and jobs. For women, topics like birth control and equal pay are absolutely economic issues for women. I’ve heard some say we voted with our “ladyparts,” which we certainly care about, but it was bigger than that.

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ELECTION 2012: The Under-the-Radar State, County, and City Races That Produced Surprising Results

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On Tuesday, high-profile political coverage in the national media was mainly focused on the US presidential election, some Senate and House races, and a few state ballot measures. Yet there were a seemingly endless number of smaller, less-publicized elections for city- and state-level positions, votes on state initiatives that flew under the radar, and city and county decisions that were only covered in local news.

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ELECTION 2012: A People of Color Majority Alters Politics. Movements Change the World

A supporter of President Obama joins the Election Night victory rally in Chicago. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

Much of the discussion this election cycle has been about changing demographics. But demographics alone aren’t going to run a policy agenda through the system. Huge challenges remain in economic justice, immigration, environment, education and housing reform.

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ELECTION 2012: Obama and His Coalition: Let the Real Hope and Change Begin

Looking ahead to the next four years, this strengthened “marriage” between Obama, Democrats generally, and non-white and women voters could help carve a path to genuinely progressive economic policy.

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This Election Year, Where Are the Real Conversations About Violence Against Women?

Rape, and other forms of violence and abuse such as birth control sabotage or pregnancy coercion, are acts that seek to strip power from women and inhibit their decisionmaking. This election-year, where are the real conversations about violence against women, not just idiotic statements about rape?  

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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a Graphic “Fetus” Poster!

Photo: The Center for Bioethical Reform.

Not content with their ground game, anti-choice zealots are taking over the skies, too.

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Rape Exceptions? Many Women in the United States Are Already Living That Nightmare [TRIGGER]

“Abortion exceptions” are human rights violations and bad public health policy. Any administration that banned abortion “with exceptions” would force every single woman who needs an abortion to live a nightmare scenario: hope that you qualify and can actually get an abortion, or be denied access altogether. Today, all over the country, many women are already living that nightmare.

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Akin’s “Legitimate Rape” Comments Linked to Spousal Rape Bill?

Todd Akin. Photo: The New Yorker.

Akin’s concerns about fabricated rape claims was evident as early as the nineties when he worried that acknowledging spousal rape might give women a way to “beat up on their husbands.”

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Letter to the GOP: I Was Raped and Got Pregnant. Here Is *My* Story [TRIGGER]

I was raped during my freshman year of college. To add to the burden, I got pregnant.

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