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Female congressional candidates at Netroots Nation: War on Women is real

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Friday Massachusetts Senate candidate and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau champion Elizabeth Warren garnered a standing ovation twice at liberal blogger get-together Netroots Nation in Providence, Rhode Island.

Her speech, a stump adapted for a lefty audience, earned the biggest cheers when she drew a clear line in the sand between progressives like herself and the “Romney-Brown version” of economic policy.

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Warren took issue with Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s assurances that “corporations are people.” In a laryngitis-drenched voice, she said, “People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they love, they cry, they dance, they live and they die. Learn the difference. And Mitt, learn this. We don’t run this country for corporations. We run it for people.”

The panel, titled “2012 and the War on (and for) Women,” delved into the slew of anti-choice measures at the state and federal levels that have been attempted or enacted. Two other congressional candidates also spoke during the session: Darcy Burner, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington state, and Mazie Hirono, who would be the first Asian-American in the U.S. Senate if elected.

Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel asked about a Kaiser Family Foundation poll that found only three in ten women believe there has been a legislative assault on women’s reproductive rights.

Hirono responded, “It’s so clear that there is an all out frontal assault on reproductive rights. Are people not paying attention?”

But perhaps the most poignant moment of the panel came when Burner asked the audience to stand if you’ve had an abortion, or to stand if you’ve supported someone who had one.

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Watch the full video, broadcast via Netroots Nation on June 8.

Watch live streaming video from fstv1 at livestream.com

With additional reporting by Megan Carpentier.

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[Correction: This story initially misspelled Darcy Burner’s name.]


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The two conservative co-hosts of "The View" agreed the House hadn't turned up enough evidence yet to impeach President Donald Trump, but Meghan McCain erupted when she was interrupted for a commercial break.

Conservative Abby Huntsman has been more open to the impeachment inquiry, saying that Trump's actions toward Ukraine had been inexcusable, but she's not convinced he committed a crime worthy of impeachment.

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At a House impeachment hearing, Democratic counsel Daniel Goldman asked the two witnesses about a connection between calls from the White House for Ukraine to investigate Burisma and the Bidens.

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