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House Republican proposes ‘unprecedented’ cuts to women’s health

Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT), chairman of the House Labor, Health and Human Service and Education Committee, has proposed a far-reaching anti-choice bill that boasts $6.2 billion in spending cuts, many of which are achieved through attacks on services for women’s reproductive health. Rehberg’s bill (PDF), which has yet to undergo…

WATCH LIVE: Bernanke faces second day before Senate committee

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke faces a second day of questions on the U.S. and world economy before a Senate committee. In his testimony Tuesday, Bernanke admitted that the U.S. economic data was “disappointing” and a declining changes to the country’s unemployment rate are “frustratingly slow.” Watch live, broadcast on…

Pro-choice groups file lawsuit over Arizona law defunding Planned Parenthood

The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood of Arizona filed a lawsuit against an Arizona law which prohibits Medicaid patients from receiving any covered services at clinics like Planned Parenthood simply because they also provide abortion care. The complaint (PDF) was filed in an Arizona District Court on Monday…

Virginia attorney general pushes law that forces abortion clinics to close

Republican Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli refused on Monday to certify regulations put forward by the Virginia Board of Health granting exceptions to existing abortion clinics from new building regulations passed by the legislature, according to the Virginian-Pilot. The new regulations would otherwise have forced most, if not all, existing clinics…

WATCH LIVE: Bernanke speaks to the Senate Banking Committe

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke faces the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday as he presents his twice-yearly monetary policy report to Congress. The hearing will last for two days. The Wall Street Journal has a list of five things to watch for during the testimony. Watch live, broadcast on MSNBC…

TSA frisks man with ‘world’s largest penis’

The TSA at San Francisco International Airport frisked New Yorker Jonah Falcon after noticing his “very noticeable” package as he went through security on July 9. “I said, ‘It’s my dick,’” Falcon told the Huffington Post, which claims Falcon has the “world’s largest penis.” “He gave me a pat down…

Florida lt. governor: ‘Usually black women that look like me’ aren’t lesbians

Florida’s Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll tried to deflect questions about an alleged same sex relationship with a staffer by saying women who look like her “don’t engage in relationships like that.” Ex-office aide, Carletha Cole said that she was fired shortly after she witnessed Carroll and a female staffer in…

Female Marine calls women in combat an ‘unnecessary risk’

A female Marine who advocates against allowing women to be officially allowed to fight in the infantry appeared on Fox & Friends on Monday morning, saying allowing women in combat is an “unnecessary risk.” Capt. Katie Petronio acknowledged that there “there’s really no front lines anymore” and that women are…

Report: Minnesota Republicans fined $30,000 for improper contributions, spending

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board released a damning report (PDF) on Friday that fined the Minnesota Republican Party and its former chair nearly $30,000 for intentionally circumventing campaign finance law in 2010. The report also found the party’s finances are plagued by sloppy bookkeeping and “out of…

First Lady Michelle Obama: ‘Hope is still there’

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sat down with CBS’s Charlie Rose for an interview broadcast on Monday morning in which he talked about “breaking the fever in Washington,” but ultimately said the American people needed to decide if they want a “sharply ideological shift by the Republicans.”…

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