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Fischer brags: Republicans going ‘back to the dawn of creation’ on women’s health

American Family Association radio host Bryan Fischer confirmed Democrats’ worst fears on Wednesday, insisting that standing for equal rights is so evil that America risks “God’s judgement” if it doesn’t join Republicans in their push for a return “to the dawn of creation” when it comes to women’s health care.…

5 Questions For: Immigration advocate Benita Veliz, on being a DREAMer and nearly being deported

The day after her appearance at the convention, Benita Veliz wanted to be clear: not everyone who gets deported is a DREAMer. “Not everyone who is in removal proceedings should be allowed to stay in the United States,” the DREAM Act advocate at a press conference Thursday. “I was put…

5 Questions For: MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry on political diversity and being ‘better off’

This year’s political convention season, says MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, got complicated. Although she is in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention this week, she missed going to Tampa, Florida last week for its Republican counterpart because real life got in the way. Hurricane Isaac’s path, which initially threatened the…

Fluke tells Soledad O’Brien GOP policies make women feel ‘under attack’

Womens’ rights activist Sandra Fluke, who became a lightning rod in the debate over contraception rights this year, said Wednesday that the phrase “War on Women” isn’t just a disagreement regarding policy on reproductive issues or a way to frame the discussion over them. “To me, the frame is less…

Robertson: Democrats are ‘going after God’

The Democrats’ advocacy of same-sex marriage in this year’s party platform seemed to fluster Pat Robertson on Tuesday’s episode of The 700 Club, as he bemoaned the loss of the party formerly known as the party of “rum, Romanism and rebellion.” “You have insulted the Catholic Church with your rules,…

5 Questions for: Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)

Raw Story caught up to Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) shortly before a rally by Democrats from the District of Columbia calling for their community to become an independent state, New Columbia to talk about not only that issue but her run-in with House Republicans regarding her exclusion from testimony…

Jon Stewart’s team takes on Charlotte’s local culture

As Jon Stewart and his Daily Show crew descended on North Carolina – “one of the country’s top Carolinas,” he called it – he sent his band of correspondents into the city to get their take on the Democratic National Convention’s host city Tuesday night. Stationed at the NASCAR Hall…

Ryan: I wasn’t blaming Obama for Janesville plant closing

In an interview on The Today Show Tuesday morning, Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said criticism about his anecdote about a plant that closed before Barack Obama became president has been misplaced, and that he wasn’t trying to blame Obama for the facility shutting down. “That is not…

Top immigration aide steps down amid sexual harassment allegations

The chief of staff for the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) department has resigned amid accusations of intimidating and sexually harassing male employees. According to the Associated Press, Suzanne Barr, a longtime aide to Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano, is leaving her post “with great regret,” saying in a letter…

Democratic convention chair: ‘As a nation, we are better off’ than four years ago

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s appearance on CBS This Morning was part of a media blitz by Democratic Party officials to re-frame their response to the question of whether Americans are better off now than they were four years ago. “When you’re unemployed, you’re struggling,” said Villaraigosa, who will chair…

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