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President Barack Obama Wins Second Term

via Steve Holland and John Whitesides, Reuters President Barack Obama rolled to re-election and a second term in the White House on Tuesday with a clear victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney as the Democrat overcame deep doubts about his handling of the U.S. economy. Romney called Obama to concede after the president’s victories in … Continue reading

Walmart’s First-Ever Retail Worker Strike Spreads To 12 Cities In 8 States

via Alice Hines, The Huffington Post The first retail worker strike against Walmart has spread from Los Angeles, where it began last week, to stores in a dozen cities, a union official said Tuesday. Walmart workers walked off the job in Dallas, Seattle, the San Francisco Bay area, Miami, the Washington, D.C., area, Los Angeles, … Continue reading

GOP Senate Nominee: Victims Of ‘Legitimate Rape’ Don’t Get Pregnant (And Even If They Do, They Still Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Have Abortions)

via Evan McMorris-Santoro, Talking Points Memo Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill, justified his opposition to abortion rights even in case of rape with a claim that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses that prevent pregnancy. “First of all, from what I … Continue reading

Many Governors Are Still Unsure About Medicaid Expansion

via Michael Cooper, The New York Times How well the new health care law succeeds in covering millions of the poorest Americans will depend largely on undecided governors of both parties, who gathered here this weekend and spoke of the challenges of weighing the law’s costs and benefits in a highly charged political atmosphere and … Continue reading

Rhode Island Passes ‘Homeless Bill Of Rights’

via Jason McLure, The Huffington Post Rhode Island’s governor is expected to sign into law the first “Homeless Bill of Rights” in the United States as early as next week, formally banning discrimination against homeless people and affirming their equal access to jobs, housing and services. The legislation, which won final approval by the state … Continue reading

Missouri House Passes A Bill Allowing Medical Professionals To Deny Women’s Access To Contraception

via Zachary Bernstein, ThinkProgress The Missouri House passed a “conscience bill” yesterday to allow health care workers to deny health care to women. Under the law, medical professionals cannot be fired or discriminated against for refusing to provide contraception or perform abortions if it conflicted with their personal views, while employers do not have to … Continue reading

Tennessee’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Is Dead

via The Huffington Post A controversial bill in Tennessee meant to restrict public school discussion of sexuality and LGBT issues is set to die without a vote after the key GOP sponsor announced on Monday that he simply wouldn’t bring it up. “With that assurance and the opposition of some people who didn’t want to … Continue reading

Missouri ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Advances

via Nick Wing, The Huffington Post A bill in Missouri meant to eliminate any mention of sexual orientation in the state’s public schools advanced to committee on Thursday after a first reading. The brief wording of HB 2051 gets right to the point: Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, no instruction, material, or extracurricular … Continue reading

Missouri Also Wants Your Boss To Ok Your Birth Control

via Jessica Pieklo, Care2 Causes Last week Missouri picked up where Arizona left off, tackling two abortion bills, including one that would allow employers to deny coverage for birth control pills unless employees provide proof the pills are used for a “medical need”. Missouri Republicans strongly believe that employers should be the ones left in … Continue reading

The Equal Rights Amendment: Now Is the Time

[Editress’ Note: Today marks the 40th anniversary of the day Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972, which guarantees equal protection under the law regardless of sex, but today it is still not included in our Constitution. Today we are facing a War on Women. We must fight back. The ERA must be ratified … Continue reading

Arizona Bill Promotes Teaching Adoption Over Abortion

via Andrea Kelly, Arizona Public Media The state House education committee passed a bill Monday that would prohibit school districts and charter schools from promoting abortion as a better alternative to childbirth and adoption. SB 1009 would require schools to talk about adoption as the preferred alternative to abortion when the issue comes up in … Continue reading

Panera Cares Cafe Tests “Humanity” With Pay-What-You-Can

via Sylvia Rector, The Detroit Free Press, USA Today Dearborn, Michigan – The plan went like this: The menus at Panera Cares Cafe wouldn’t list prices, only suggested donations, and rather than handing money to a clerk, customers would drop their coins and bills into donation bins at the counter. They could pay the full … Continue reading

Female Candidates For Congress On Upward Trend

via Susan Davis, USA Today The roster of congressional candidates for this year’s elections is taking shape and one trend is emerging: 2012 could be another “Year of the Woman” in American politics. The moniker was famously applied in 1992 when four women were elected to the Senate, a high watermark for the chamber that … Continue reading

Anonymous Donors Pay Off Kmart Layaway Accounts

via Margery A. Beck, AP, Yahoo News The young father stood in line at the Kmart layaway counter, wearing dirty clothes and worn-out boots. With him were three small children. He asked to pay something on his bill because he knew he wouldn’t be able to afford it all before Christmas. Then a mysterious woman stepped up … Continue reading

Campaign Disarray May Hinder Surging Gingrich

via Justin Sink, The Hill While Newt Gingrich’s popularity is surging in the Republican field, a series of reports Wednesday questioning his campaign’s financial stability and organizational aptitude are raising serious doubts about the former Speaker’s ability to capitalize on his newfound popularity. The Washington Times is reporting that it is possible that Gingrich will … Continue reading

Occupy EVERY Street

Don’t Quit, 99%.  Get Louder. Occupy Every Street. United States Alabama Occupy Auburn Occupy Birmingham Occupy Huntsville Occupy Mobile Occupy Tuscaloosa Alaska Occupy Alaska Occupy Anchorage Arizona Occupy Arizona Occupy Flagstaff Occupy Phoenix Occupy Prescott Occupy Sedona Occupy Tempe Occupy Tucson Occupy Yuma Arkansas Occupy Arkansas Occupy Fayetteville Occupy Little Rock California Occupy Arcata Occupy … Continue reading

Minimum Wage Raised In Four States, Washington First To Top $9

Four states have announced that they will be raising their minimum wage rates for 2012, led by Washington state, which will become the first in the country with a minimum wage over $9 per hour. The 37-cent bump in Washington will hike the wage to $9.04, or $1.79 per hour more than the federal minimum … Continue reading

Florida Sets Presidential Primary For Jan. 31, 2012

Florida will hold its presidential primary on Jan. 31, a decision that is expected to prompt other states to move up their primary and caucus dates. A special committee made the decision Friday, thwarting efforts by national GOP leaders to push back the nominating process. Officials in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina have … Continue reading

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