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New Congressional Leadership: Status Quo for GOP, More Progressive Democrats

Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and Harry Reid all won re-election to their leadership positions. But Elizabeth Warren's inclusion in Democratic leadership could signal more progressive priorities.

Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and Harry Reid all won re-election to their leadership positions. But Elizabeth Warren’s inclusion in Democratic leadership could signal more progressive priorities.

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Alabama Attorney General Tries to Delay Lawsuit Challenging Abortion Restrictions for Minors

Rather than respond to the merits of a lawsuit claiming the law is unconstitutional, attorneys for the State of Alabama claim they can't understand the allegations in the complaint.

Rather than respond to the merits of a lawsuit claiming the law is unconstitutional, attorneys for the State of Alabama claim they can’t understand the allegations in the complaint.

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Backlash Continues Against Right-Wing Legislation Mill ALEC

There’s been a sea change in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing lobbying group that crafted some wide-ranging legislation proposed and enacted by conservative legislatures across the country.

There’s been a sea change in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing lobbying group that crafted some wide-ranging legislation proposed and enacted by conservative legislatures across the country.

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Lawsuit Challenges Votes for Tennessee’s Anti-Choice Amendment 1

A federal lawsuit claims election officials improperly counted ballots of those who voted in favor of Amendment 1 but abstained from casting a vote in the gubernatorial election.

A federal lawsuit claims election officials improperly counted ballots of those who voted in favor of Amendment 1 but abstained from casting a vote in the gubernatorial election.

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The Legal Fight to Save Cincinnati’s Last Clinic

Cincinnati is a metropolitan area of more than two million residents, and if state Republicans get their way, it will become the nation’s largest urban area without a single abortion clinic.

Cincinnati is a metropolitan area of more than two million residents, and if state Republicans get their way, it will become the nation’s largest urban area without a single abortion clinic.

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GOP Opposition to Immigration Reform Could Lead to Another Government Shutdown

Mitch McConnell’s promise of no government shutdowns seems irreconcilable with his resolve to use the budget process to “push back” against Obama's "executive overreach" on immigration reform.

Mitch McConnell’s promise of no government shutdowns seems irreconcilable with his resolve to use the budget process to “push back” against Obama’s “executive overreach” on immigration reform.

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Texas Lawmakers Could Tackle Minimum Wage, Marriage Equality, Pre-K Education

Monday was the first day for Texas lawmakers to begin filing legislation for the 84th Texas Legislature, which convenes January 15, and the hundreds of proposed bills ranged from the expected—including minimum wage raises and marriage equality efforts from Democrats—to the fringe, including one Republican's crusade against Daylight Saving Time.

Monday was the first day for Texas lawmakers to begin filing legislation for the 84th Texas Legislature, which convenes January 15, and the hundreds of proposed bills ranged from the expected—including minimum wage raises and marriage equality efforts from Democrats—to the fringe, including one Republican’s crusade against Daylight Saving Time.

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Abortion Restrictions Loom in Tennessee After Anti-Choice Ballot Initiative

Republican Beth Harwell, the speaker of the Tennessee House, said last week that she will use a successful anti-choice ballot initiative as the impetus to back three new anti-choice bills.

Following the passage last week of Amendment 1, the Republican-dominated Tennessee legislature will move forward with anti-choice laws as soon as possible, a state GOP lawmaker said.

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Will the Roberts Court Buy Conservatives’ False Choice on Health-Care Subsidies?

Conservatives offer up a series of false choices for the Supreme Court in their challenge to health insurance subsidies in federal exchanges, including wrongly comparing the ACA to Medicaid. It shouldn't work, but it might.

Conservatives offer up a series of false choices for the Supreme Court in their challenge to health insurance subsidies in federal exchanges, including wrongly comparing the Affordable Care Act to Medicaid. It shouldn’t work, but it might.

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Obama Expected to Nominate Loretta Lynch as First Black Female Attorney General

Lynch, a Harvard graduate and the current U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn, would be the first Black woman to serve as attorney general and only the second woman to ever hold the position.

Lynch, a Harvard graduate and the current U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn, would be the first Black woman to serve as attorney general and only the second woman to ever hold the position.

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