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War on Women

Hillary Surges, Reince Priebus Escalates GOP War on Women, Americans Demand Jobs

Brent Budowsky | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Rather than focusing on political tactics and news cycle spin, we focus on creating jobs. The Clintons have a brilliant job-creating (and deficit-reducing) record from the years of the Clinton presidency and can play an extraordinary role in generating new ideas.

Men Who Kick Down Doors

Ann Jones | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Ann Jones

When tyranny and violence are practiced on a grand scale in foreign lands, the practice also intensifies at home. As American militarism went into overdrive after 9/11, it validated violence against women here.


Chris Weigant | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican Party is at a crossroads. It could modernize some of its positions and attitudes, in a bid to stay relevant to national politics in 21st century America. Or it could shrink to becoming a party of the South, the Plains, and a dwindling portion of the Mountain West.

I'm Tired of Having to Be a Feminist

Rebekah Kuschmider | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Rebekah Kuschmider

No one is urging men to lean in. No one is frolicking on stage singing about what body parts men have revealed on film. No one is legislating access to men's reproductive healthcare out of existence. I don't want to fight these fights any more.

Being a Man on International Women's Day

Graham Milne | Posted 05.08.2013 | Women
Graham Milne

Things just seem lighter, and happier. Like everyone rolled out of bed with a little extra oomph this morning. It's the women. The ones behind the counter, the ones waiting for their lattes, they're smiling, laughing, filling the room with a tangible positive aura that infects everyone.

Violence Against Women Is a Choice Men Make: 4 Ways to Make the Right One

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 05.07.2013 | World
Soraya Chemaly

We will never achieve gender justice and close the safety gap without boys and men standing beside us. I know many men believe in equality, some are activists and allies for change. Every day I appreciate the work they do. But there are simply not enough of them.

Friday Talking Points -- When Universes Collide

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The big news in Washington "journalism" circles this week was not the side issue of "did Obama personally come up with the sequester idea?" but the side-side issue of "did Obama personally take Bob Woodward out to the woodshed and beat him mercilessly with a tire iron?" Or something like that...

Jennifer Bendery

2014 Republican Senate Hopefuls Oppose Violence Against Women Act | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats just won themselves some fresh ammunition in the next election cycle: nearly all of the potential 2014 Senate Republica...

GOP Lawmaker's Shocking Domestic Violence Suggestion

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

A Republican state legislator in New Hampshire told a legislative committee Tuesday that people may "like being in abusive relationships" and can leav...

Raise Your Hand If You Like Public Preschool

Margie Omero | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Margie Omero

While support for working women in theory may pervade, so do daily struggles to balance work and family. Efforts to improve preschool options could greatly ease these hardships.

Abortion Coverage Ending For State Senators, No Exception For Rape

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.15.2013 | Detroit

After a memo was sent to Michigan Senate members last week alerting them that "voluntary" abortion coverage will be discontinued, Michigan Senate Dem...

The Clock Starts Now: Women Demand House GOP Action on VAWA

Stephanie Schriock | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Stephanie Schriock

The Republican Party has plenty of backward policy positions, but I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around this one. VAWA is an important part of promoting the health, safety, and economic security of American women.

Jennifer Bendery

House Republicans Back Violence Against Women Act | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than a dozen House Republicans sent a letter to their party leaders on Monday night urging them to "immediately" reauthorize the Vi...

Republican Reformation: Abortion Issue Will Destroy GOP Transformation for 2016

Steven Kurlander | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

If the GOP really wants to change its image, win the next presidential election, and secure its future in American politics, it has to go back to a concept of being an umbrella party of tolerance when it comes to social issues like abortion.

The War on Women Is Political

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Basically, women's reproductive freedoms challenge male domination economically, socially, and religiously, and therefore, what can be more political?

Abortion No Longer About Women

Salon | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics

Is feminism simply about women’s physical presence in the workforce? That’s the conclusion you would draw from reading Ross Douthat’s recent col...

A Rape a Minute, a Thousand Corpses a Year

Rebecca Solnit | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Rebecca Solnit

We have far more than 87,000 rapes in this country every year, but each of them is invariably portrayed as an isolated incident. We have dots so close they're splatters melting into a stain, but hardly anyone connects them, or names that stain.

Abortion as a Blessing, Grace, or Gift -- Changing the Conversation About Moral Values

Valerie Tarico | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics
Valerie Tarico

How can we reclaim the moral high ground in the debate about abortion as a part of thoughtful, wise loving and living? Most Americans think of child...

Having a 'Plan B'

Hannah Weintraub | Posted 03.11.2013 | Teen
Hannah Weintraub

We should be applauding young women who seek out emergency contraception for their maturity in taking control over their sexual lives. No girl should be ridiculed for deploying her back-up plan.

2012 Was Not the Year of the Woman

Melissa Tapper Goldman | Posted 03.02.2013 | Women
Melissa Tapper Goldman

With 2012 closing, some are ready to declare a new Year of the Woman. Apparently, the first one did not do the trick. The anemically aspirational "Year of Whoever" trope reminds us how far whoever still has to go, having exceeded our self-defeatingly low expectations.

2012 And 'The War On Women'

The Huffington Post | Amber Genuske | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics

2012 was the year of the "war on women." From attacks on birth control access to atrociously phrased definitions of rape, womens rights and health rig...

PaulitiFacts Top 10 Political Lies of 2012

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Like all the professional lie-rating agencies PaulitiFacts was overwhelmed with the deliberate and unabashed lies emanating from Mitt Romney and his campaign.

My 2012 'McLaughlin Awards' (Part 1)

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome to the seventh annual homage (which sounds so much nicer than "blatant ripoff," don't you think?) to the television show The McLaughlin Group, since they have the most extensive year-end award category list of anyone around.

Friday Talking Points -- Merry Cliffmas!

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Here is our 238th installment of valiantly attempting to get Democrats to occasionally speak with one voice, and not get lost in the weeds of rhetoric.

The Time is Now to End Discrimination Against Our Servicemembers

Tammy Duckworth | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Tammy Duckworth

Under current law, if a servicewoman becomes pregnant as a result of sexual assault and chooses abortion, her military health insurance will not cover it. As a combat veteran and newly elected member of the House of Representatives, I ask Congress to repeal this discriminatory ban.