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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…

Massachusetts town vows to defy indefinite detention law

A small town in Massachusetts says it is “opting out” of a federal law that allows the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without trial. The city of Northampton on Thursday passed a strongly worded resolution (PDF) to protest provisions of the federal government’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which even…

Rep. Maloney slams all-male Issa birth control hearing

Rep. Carolyn Mahoney (D-NY) appeared on Current TV’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Thursday night to discuss Thursday’s Congressional panel on birth control. Mahoney, like many, was taken aback at the panel’s near-total exclusion of women and its refusal to hear the testimony of female witnesses. Rep. Mahoney and her…

Santorum attacks media over backer’s ‘bad joke’ on contraception

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum took a page from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s playbook on Friday and lashed out at CBS News for asking him about a major supporter who dismissed the need for contraception by saying women could put an aspirin “between their knees.” “This is someone who…

Warren: Birth control battle ‘why people really hate politics’

Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, who is running for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, appeared on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the current battle over insurance plans that cover contraception. In response to a White House proposal, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) has proposed a rule that would allow…

Bernie Sanders: I’m more of a deficit hawk than many Republicans

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Thursday told Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee they were hypocritical for vowing to reduce the federal deficit while supporting wars overseas and tax breaks for wealthy Americans. The committee was holding a hearing on the President’s 2013 budget with Treasury Secretary Geithner.…

Top Santorum donor: Women could use aspirin ‘between their knees’

In a startling outburst Thursday, the multimillionaire who’s given most to a super PAC supporting former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) for president remarked that universal contraception coverage for women shouldn’t be needed because, “Back in my day, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives.” “The gals put it between their knees…

Romney: Entrepreneurs should just ask parents for money

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney suggested to a group of business people in Michigan on Thursday that entrepreneurs should ask their parents for money instead of using loans from the federal government. In a speech to the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce, the former Massachusetts governor blasted the Obama…

Maddow wonders whether Maine GOP ‘rigged’ caucuses

In a segment Wednesday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explored the murky waters currently occupied by the Maine GOP, which she suggested may have actually “rigged” the recent caucuses in favor of Mitt Romney. “Hey, beltway media: over here!” she said. “This is not a Ron Paul conspiracy theory. I…

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