Senate GOP Refuses to Even Debate the Notion that Women Have a Right to Contraception

Senate GOP Refuses to Even Debate the Notion that Women Have a Right to Contraception

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a bill aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections, a legislative setback for Democrats that they hope will be a political winner in November’s elections.

The vote was 56-43 to move ahead on the measure, short of the 60 votes necessary to proceed.

Democrats…

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White House Says Marijuana Policy Is States’ Rights Issue, Republicans Disagree and think the Feds should Decide for Everyone

White House Says Marijuana Policy Is States’ Rights Issue, Republicans Disagree and think the Feds should Decide for Everyone

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration believes marijuana policy is a states’ rights issue, the White House said Monday in opposing Republican-led legislation that would prevent Washington, D.C., from using local funds to decriminalize marijuana possession.

The GOP-sponsored House amendment would prevent D.C. “from using its own local funds to carry out locally-passed marijuana policies, which…

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Texas GOP’s secret anti-Hispanic plot: We Don’t Want Them Voting

Texas GOP’s secret anti-Hispanic plot: We Don’t Want Them Voting

“These metrics would be useful to identify the ‘nudge factor’ by which one can analyze which census blocks, when added to a particular district [they] help pull the district’s Total Hispanic pop … to majority status, but leave the Spanish surname RV [registered voters] and TO [turnout] the lowest,” Opiela writes to the mapmaker.

Interiano responded two days later: “I will gladly help with this…

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American drug companies don’t want to pay US taxes—but they want global customers to pay US drug prices

Playing both sides of the “what am I” game. Telecom corps doing the same thing with utility/common carries/information service definitions.

American drug companies don’t want to pay US taxes—but they want global customers to pay US drug prices

Playing both sides of the “what am I” game. Telecom corps doing the same thing with utility/common carries/information service definitions.


Lara Logan Goes Back To Work At CBS

Lara Logan Goes Back To Work At CBS

After much speculation about whether she’d return to CBS News at all, Lara Logan was officially back at work Wednesday following a more than six-month leave of absence from “60 Minutes” prompted by her flawed report on Benghazi.CBS News spokesman Sonya McNair confirmed to the Associated Press that Logan had resumed work. She offered no details about exactly when Logan had returned to the network…

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I’m not a Democrat. I’m an anti-Republican (the Rational Position)

I’m not a Democrat. I’m an anti-Republican (the Rational Position)

Today, my voting record says I’m a Democrat. I voted for Kerry in 2004 and Obama in 2008 and 2012. I nearly always support Democrats in House, Senate, and gubernatorial elections. But I don’t identify closely with or feel deep loyalty to the Democratic Party, its agenda, or its electoral coalition.

You could say that I’m less a Democrat than an anti-Republican. I vote the way I do because I want…

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Robert Reich: 10 ways to close the inequality gap

Robert Reich: 10 ways to close the inequality gap

We are near or have already reached that tipping point. As French economist Thomas Piketty shows beyond doubt in his “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” we are heading back to levels of inequality not seen since the Gilded Age of the late 19th century. The dysfunctions of our economy and politics are not self-correcting when it comes to inequality.

But a return to the Gilded Age is not…

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Just to be Clear, Every State Looking to Curtail Voting Rights has Something in Common

Just to be Clear, Every State Looking to Curtail Voting Rights has Something in Common

Missouri’s constitution provides that “all elections shall be free and open; and no power, civil or military, shall at any time interfere to prevent the free exercise of the right of suffrage.” This is a problem, according to a large bloc of the state’s lawmakers who want to prevent the free exercise of the right of suffrage. So they are currently pushing a state constitutional amendment that…

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Legal Pot in the US Is Crippling Mexican Cartels

Legal Pot in the US Is Crippling Mexican Cartels

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that pot farmers in the Sinaloa region have stopped planting due to a massive drop in wholesale prices, from $100 per kilo down to only $25. One farmer is quoted as saying: “It’s not worth it anymore. I wish the Americans would stop with this legalization.”

via Legal Pot in the US Is Crippling Mexican Cartels | VICE News.

File this under the “duh”…

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