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Paul Ryan: Stop ‘spending all this time’ on marriage equality

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has made up his mind that marriage should only between a man and a woman so he says people shouldn’t be “spending all this time” talking about the issue. Less than nine months before the 2012 presidential election, social issues like contraception and…

Santorum: Prenatal testing is to ‘encourage abortions’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Sunday suggested that “Obamacare” required free prenatal testing coverage because President Barack Obama wanted to see more disabled babies aborted. The former Pennsylvania senators had told supporters on Saturday that the Affordable Care Act just created the requirement “because free prenatal testing ends up…

Bachmann: The GOP ‘is extremely pro-woman’

Despite Republicans hosting an all male panel this week in a House hearing on the White House contraception decision, Rep. Michele Bachmann felt Sunday morning her party was unquestionably in support of women’s rights. Bachmann appeared on CNN’s State of the Union and was asked by host Candy Crowley if…

Santorum: Obama ‘a Christian,’ but theology not ‘based on the Bible’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Sunday denied that he was not questioning President Barack Obama’s faith in Christianity when he said the president’s theology was not “based on the Bible.” At a tea party rally in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, the candidate had said Obama’s agenda was “about some…

Ron Paul: Santorum is ‘pretending he’s a conservative’

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) is not a believer in new GOP presidential frontrunner Rick Santorum being a true conservative, expressing his usually frank opinion Sunday morning on CNN’s State of the Union. The Texas congressman strongly doubted Santorum could defeat President Barack Obama in the general election, saying “I don’t…

Gingrich: ‘You can’t put a gun rack on a Volt’

With unemployment and the economy improving, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has turned to attacking President Barack Obama on the price of gas. At a campaign event in Suwanee, Georgia, the former House Speaker told supporters that he would bring back cheaper gas because “you can’t put a gun rack…

‘Up’ panel takes on Santorum’s attack on ‘main-line Protestantism’

On Saturday morning’s Up with Chris Hayes, the panel discussed GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum’s remarks from a 2008 speech at Ave Maria University in Florida. In the speech, the former Pennsylvania Senator stated his belief that the United States was founded on Judeo-Christian values, but that they were “Protestant…

New Hampshire lawmaker suggests the pill causes cancer in men

A New Hampshire lawmaker thinks she has found one more reason for health insurance not to cover contraception for women. During a Thursday hearing on a resolution calling for President Barack Obama to exempt religious institutions from covering birth control, state Rep. Jeanine Notter (R-Merrimack) made the surprising claim that…

GOP candidate wants to kick Santorum ‘in the jimmy’ for sexist remarks

The Republican candidate running for former Rep. Gabrielle Gifford’s (D-AZ) seat on Friday responded to Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s comment about women in combat by saying she wanted to “kick him in the jimmy.” “I do have concerns about women in front line combat,” Santorum had told CNN’s John…

Bill Moyers on contraception debate: religious freedom includes freedom from it

In a video essay, Bill Moyers explains how the debate over contraception coverage under the new health care legislation highlights a religious debate that is one of the oldest in America. It’s one our forefathers struggled with, and one we continue to struggle with today. “If an individual Catholic worker…

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