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Virginia approves toned-down abortion ultrasound bill

Lawmakers in Virginia approved Wednesday a watered-down version of a highly contested bill requiring women in the eastern US state to undergo an ultrasound prior to an abortion. By a 65-32 vote, the Republican-dominated House of Delegates gave its green light to 11th hour revisions proposed by Governor Bob McDonnell…

Judge rules Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional

A district court judge ruled Wednesday that the Defense of Marriage Act discriminated against married same sex couples and violated the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law. The Defense of Marriage Act was enacted in 1996 and Section 3 of the law, which the case challenged, defined marriage…

Contraception battle spreads to state legislatures

The political fight over the new federal contraception mandate has made its way to several state legislatures, where conservative lawmakers hope to block the Obama administration’s new rules, according to Politico. In recent weeks, a controversy has erupted over the issue of employers being required to provide birth control coverage,…

GOP refuses to broadcast House Dems’ contraception hearing

Updated, below — When House Republicans invited an all-male panel to discuss why religious institutions oppose giving their female employees access to reproductive health products, Democrats proposed a single female witness, who was promptly denied. In response, Democrats are planning their own contraceptives hearing — but the problem is, Republicans…

CNN host to Franklin Graham: ‘You’re a Republican in preachers clothing’

Evangelist Franklin Graham is still refusing to say whether he believes President Barack Obama is a Christian. The son of Rev. Bill Graham ignited a controversy on MSNBC Tuesday with comments that suggested he had some doubt about the president’s faith. When questioned directly about the issue by CNN’s Kyra…

Elderly poverty rates 200% higher for blacks and Latinos: report

A new report finds that black and Latino Americans are significantly more likely to be have difficulty retiring than white Americans on average. University of California, Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education examined statistics from 2008 to 2010 and determined that black and Latino retirees were more likely to…

Obama to propose cut to corporate tax rate

The White House on Wednesday will announce plans for a corporate tax overhaul that would reduce the overall rate while increasing revenues by eliminating loopholes and subsidies, US media reported. The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal said the plan would reduce the overall rate from 35 percent to 28 percent…

VA gov backs off support for ultrasound bill

Supporters of the Virginia ultrasound bill may have lost a key ally Tuesday evening when Governor Bob McDonnell (R) withdrew his unconditional support for the controversial legislation, according to The Washington Post. The decision came after McDonnell’s staff held a meeting with delegates and found the ultrasounds being more invasive…

Dem proposes vasectomy limitations in wake of anti-abortion legislation

A Georgia Democrat has devised a clever response to her Republican colleagues’ recent zest for imposing big government regulations on female reproductive rights: regulate vasectomies as well. The proposed law, put forward by Rep. Yasmin Neal (D), would ban the practice of male sterilization except in cases where a man…

Christie: Santorum Satan remarks are ‘by definition relevant’

Republican New Jersey Gov. Christie says that Rick Santorum’s warning that Satan is targeting the U.S. should be a relevant topic in the U.S. presidential race. “This is a spiritual war,” Santorum said during a speech as Ave Maria University in 2008. “And the Father of Lies has his sights…

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