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Laura Bassett is a political reporter at The Huffington Post focusing on women's issues. She has a Master's degree in English Literature and gender studies from Georgetown University and has previously worked for U.S. Congress, Island Press and the Washington Post. She can be reached at lbassett@huffingtonpost.com or on Twitter @lebassett.

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Scott Walker Runs Ad Supporting Equal Pay After Repealing Wisconsin's Equal Pay Law

(795) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 11:37 AM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) released an ad on Tuesday in which his female lieutenant governor applauds his support for equal pay for women -- just two years after the governor signed a bill repealing the state's equal pay law.

"Under Scott Walker, workplace discrimination will always be illegal...

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David Perdue Dismisses Pay Discrimination Lawsuit: 'It Was Less Than 2,000' Women

(380) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 1:46 PM

David Perdue, Georgia's Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, defended himself Sunday night against charges that he paid female managers less than male ones when he was CEO of Dollar General, saying "it was less than 2,000 people" who brought the lawsuit against the company.

"There was no...

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GOP House Candidate Marilinda Garcia Plagiarized Parts Of Floor Speech On Same-Sex Marriage

(340) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 11:42 AM

Marilinda Garcia, a Republican U.S. House candidate from New Hampshire, plagiarized portions of a 2012 speech she gave against same-sex marriage, according to an analysis by the left-leaning group Granite State Progress.

Garcia, who was named a "rising star" by the Republican National Committee, delivered...

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Texas Latinos Overwhelmingly Support Abortion Rights

(126) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 3:06 PM

Despite the pervasive stereotype that most Latinos oppose abortion rights for religious reasons, new polling in Texas shows that Latino voters in the state overwhelming support a woman's right to have an abortion without interference from politicians. But the terms "pro-choice" and "pro-life" aren't resonating with...

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Women Worry Too Much About Roofies, Says Conservative Think Tank

(126) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 2:47 PM

The conservative think tank the American Enterprise Institute posted a video on Monday telling women they should stop worrying so much about date-rape drugs.

Caroline Kitchens, a researcher at AEI, explains in the think tank's "Factual Feminist" video blog that "our fear of being drugged and sexually...

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Senate Candidate Joni Ernst Endorses Federal Personhood Bill For Fetuses

(280) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 12:36 PM

Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst said she would support a federal bill that gives legal personhood rights to fetuses from the moment of fertilization, effectively wiping out legal abortion in the United States.

Ernst voted for a fetal personhood amendment in the Iowa State legislature in 2013,...

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Scott Walker Dodges Questions On Abortion, Birth Control

(137) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 6:28 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has made it clear in the past that he believes abortion should be illegal, even in cases of rape and incest. But now that Walker is neck-and-neck in the polls against pro-choice Democrat Mary Burke, he is dodging questions on abortion and trying...

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State Rep: Democratic Congresswoman Will Lose Because She's 'Ugly As Sin'

(920) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 11:48 AM

A Republican state lawmaker wrote in a blog post last week that U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-N.H.) will likely lose her re-election race in November because she is "ugly as sin" and "looks matter in politics."

The New Hampshire blog Miscellany Blue first reported that New Hampshire...

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GOP Candidate: Single Moms Are 'Automatically Democratic Because Of The Benefits'

(423) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 4:05 PM

New Jersey Republican Senate candidate Jeff Bell said Monday that he is unpopular among women voters because of a rise in single mothers who "need benefits to survive," the Asbury Park Press reported.

Bell, who is lagging 20 points behind incumbent Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)...

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Greg Abbott: Abortion Clinic Closures Are Manageable 'Inconvenience' For Women

(378) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 3:09 PM

Texas officials filed a memorandum with the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday in defense of an anti-abortion law that has shut down 80 percent of clinics in the state, arguing that the law is merely a manageable "inconvenience" -- not an undue burden -- to Texas women.

Texas Attorney...

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Susan G. Komen Partners With Fracking Firm, Despite Possible Cancer Links

(232) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 4:42 PM

The breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure has entered into a year-long partnership with a major oil field services company, the blog Fuel Fix reported Wednesday.

The Houston-based company Baker Hughes is selling 1,000 pink-painted drill bits as a “reminder of the importance of supporting...

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Map Shows Abortion Access In Texas Now Only For Wealthy

(171) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 12:43 PM

A series of draconian anti-abortion laws in Texas has closed all but eight of the 44 clinics that operated across the state in 2013. The remaining clinics are all concentrated in urban, high-income areas of the state, leaving poor women unable to reach them easily.

A new...

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Anti-Abortion Groups Are Still Fighting Birth Control Coverage In Court

(83) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 12:35 PM

Anti-abortion groups are still fighting the Obama administration's birth control coverage rule in court, despite a new accommodation that gives employers a way to opt out of providing the coverage directly.

Americans United for Life, an anti-abortion advocacy group, on Tuesday filed an amicus curiae brief with the...

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Scott Brown: I've Supported Women's Access To Contraception 'Since I Was 18 Years Old'

(109) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 3:49 PM

New Hampshire GOP Senate candidate Scott Brown defended his record on reproductive rights in a debate with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) Monday, claiming that he has supported women's access to contraception "since [he] was 18 years old."

When Brown represented Massachusetts in the Senate, he cosponsored a bill...

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Netanyahu Gushes About His Relationship With Obama

(390) Comments | Posted October 5, 2014 | 12:14 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is feeling "quite good" about his relationship with President Barack Obama, he said in a Sunday interview.

"I don't want to sound like an old married couple, but the president said that he's had more meetings with me than with any other foreign leader,"...

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Reince Priebus Dodges Tough Questions About Texas Abortion Law

(747) Comments | Posted October 5, 2014 | 11:59 AM

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, tried Sunday to defend the Texas anti-abortion law that shut down 13 clinics this week. But he avoided discussing what the law actually does.

"The issue for us is only one thing, and that's whether you ought to use...

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Lindsey Graham: Obama Is 'All In' On Ebola But Not ISIS

(105) Comments | Posted October 5, 2014 | 11:43 AM

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday that he approves of President Barack Obama's decision to put boots on the ground in Africa to control the Ebola outbreak and wishes the president would do the same in Iraq and Syria to control Islamic militants there.

"It seems to be...

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CDC Chief On Ebola: The U.S. 'Won't See A Large Number Of Cases'

(13) Comments | Posted October 5, 2014 | 10:11 AM

Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Sunday that he is "confident" the United States will not see an Ebola outbreak, despite concerns raised by the string of mistakes made by a Texas hospital treating an infected patient.

Frieden said on CNN's "State of...

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Situation In Texas Is 'Urgent' After 13 Abortion Clinics Close Overnight

(802) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 12:50 PM

Thirteen abortion clinics shut down in Texas overnight after a federal appeals court decided to allow a strict new anti-abortion law to go into effect. The closures left only seven providers in Texas, and all are concentrated in urban areas. Abortion providers are now scrambling to inform women...

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Voters Motivated By Equal Pay, Paid Family Leave, Poll Shows

(16) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 1:00 PM

A strong majority of voters support federal efforts to ensure paid family leave, equal pay for women, affordable child care and an increased minimum wage, according to a poll released Thursday by Lake Research Partners.

The poll of 800 registered voters, commissioned by the Make It Work campaign, found...

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