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War on Women: Mitch McConnell Doesn’t Brain So Good

Yertle the Turtle opened his mouth today and some stupid fell out: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) shrugged off the idea that Republicans are waging a war on women, calling it a “manufactured issue.” “Talk about a manufactured issue,” McConnell said in an interview with local Louisville, Ky., radio…

Sen. Olympia Snowe calls contraception debate ‘retro’

Retiring Republican Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine said on Monday night that she supports former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) for president and that the current cultural argument over birth control is a “retro debate from the 1950s,” according to a post at BuzzFeed. Snowe was in New York City…

Music Fridays: Good Riddance, Snowe Edition

Olympia Snowe’s departure is causing a lot of lamenting about the end of moderation in the Republican Party. The problem is that Snowe wasn’t a moderate; she’s a hard line conservative who probably falls to the right of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Yes, she voted against the Blunt amendment—in…

Female Republican Senators go rogue, back Obama on contraceptives

Two female Republican members of the U.S. Senate, Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, have broken rank with their party and come out in favor of a new rule issued by the Obama Administration that requires private health insurers to fully pay for the cost of contraception products.…

U.S. female senators press Saudi king on driving ban

WASHINGTON — Fourteen US women senators pressed Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah in a letter Tuesday to lift his country’s unique ban on women drivers, calling it a big step forward on human rights. “We strongly believe it is time to abolish the prohibition on women driving once and for all,…

Clinton urges backing for women in Arab world

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday hailed a draft Senate resolution backing the rights of women in the Arab world as the region is swept by political upheavals. “Women must be included in every aspect of political and institutional reform, because we know that no government…

Obama praises GOP trio for bucking party on finance reform

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama Tuesday hailed a “breakthrough” in his laborious effort to pass sweeping Wall Street reform, after Democrats apparently lined up the votes to pass the landmark bill. Obama praised three Republican senators for reaching across party lines in the bitterly-divided Senate to give the Democratic…

Centrist Republicans deny bowing to tea party pressure

Senate Democratic leaders, stung by their recent inability to gain the filibuster-proof majority needed to pass financial reform or an extension of unemployment benefits, have begun blaming tea party influence for intimidating Republican moderates like Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine. “It’s getting increasingly difficult,” Senate Majority Whip Dick…

Calvinball bipartisanship

Salon used this picture to illustrate the ridiculousness of trying to reach some sort of bipartisan compromise on health care reform. Obviously, that’s Olympia Snowe, whose tepid endorsement of the insurance company giveaway called the Baucus bill doesn’t even insure a yes vote on the floor when a final bill…

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