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Senate Moves Closer to Vote on Unemployment Extension

When Senate Democrats overcame a threatened filibuster of a bill to extend unemployment compensation, even they were surprised. But they're not out of the woods yet.

When Senate Democrats overcame a threatened filibuster of a bill to extend unemployment compensation, even they were surprised. But they’re not out of the woods yet.

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New Texas Voter Registration Cards Cause Confusion, Largely for Women Voters

Austin resident Ashli McKee's voter registration card.

Texas’ new voter identification law is causing confusion in at least one county, where female voters are wondering why names they never legally used are showing up on voter registration cards.

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Right-Wingers Again Try to Scuttle UN Convention on Rights of Disabled

Last year, Republican senators, led by far-right ideologues Michael Farris and Rick Santorum, defeated ratification of a U.N. treaty based on the Americans With Disabilities Act. Will they succeed again this year?

Last year, Republican senators, led by far-right ideologues Michael Farris and Rick Santorum, defeated ratification of a UN treaty based on the Americans With Disabilities Act. Will they succeed again this year?

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Anatomy of the War on Women: How the Koch Brothers Are Funding the Anti-Choice Agenda

The assault had been years, even decades, in the making. But three years ago, a Supreme Court case, the U.S. Census, and anti-Obama backlash set the course for the arsonists who trained their flame-throwers on women's fundamental freedoms.

The assault had been years, even decades, in the making. But three years ago, a Supreme Court case, the U.S. Census, and anti-Obama backlash set the course for the arsonists who trained their flame-throwers on women’s fundamental freedoms.

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Shutdown Ends, Debt Crisis Averted—But Birth Control Still an Issue

In the end, House Republicans got virtually nothing of what they said they wanted: no defunding of Obamacare, no curtailment of the birth control benefit in Obamacare the law of the land. But they'll be back.

In the end, House Republicans got virtually nothing of what they said they wanted: no defunding of Obamacare, no curtailment of the birth control benefit in Obamacare the law of the land. But they’ll be back.

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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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Cruz, Carson Thrill ‘Values Voters’ With Obama-Bashing and a Side of Misogyny

Ted Cruz (R-TX) intoned, with apocalyptic implications, that the nation stood “on the edge of cliff,” and that only a few years stood between the cliff and the fall of the nation into “oblivion.”

At the 2013 Values Voter Summit, Ted Cruz lies about Obamacare birth control benefit, while Dr. Ben Carson says there’s no war on women because people give their seats up for the ones who are pregnant.

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Iowa Right to Life Asks Supreme Court to Overturn Law on Corporate Election Spending

Led by attorney James Bopp Jr. (above), the anti-choice advocacy group wants to spend money on political campaigns without declaring itself a political action committee. Will the Roberts Court let it?

Led by attorney James Bopp Jr., the anti-choice advocacy group wants to spend money on political campaigns without declaring itself a political action committee. Will the Roberts Court let 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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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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