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There’s little argument that the Republican party has a long way to go in improving its image, let alone its platform, on equal rights. As Robin Marty reports, that’s what makes New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte a compelling choice for vice president. Her recent press appearances also suggest she’s learned a lot from the last Republican vice presidential nominee, Sarah Palin. Let’s see whether the rest of her party has or not.
Over the weekend Vice President Joe Biden came out in support of marriage equality, as did Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Monday. That leaves the following question: is the administration really still “evolving” on this issue or has the evolution happened and it’s just waiting for the election?
Should we be surprised that a black woman who uses a gun against an abusive spouse in a “stand your ground” state is still facing assault charges?
Republicans must be feeling even more threatened by Elizabeth Warren’s candidacy, so much so they’ve resulted in a racist smear campaign targeting Warren’s Native American heritage.
How do you kill an attack ad? By telling the truth.
More and more women candidate ads are popping up. Here are some of the most recent.
Speaking of women candidates, Hillary Clinton continues to be awesome.
Abstinence-only advocates will not be deterred by recent reports that teen pregnancy rates in the US are at a 40-year low due to effective contraception use and insist that “the church ladies are having the best sex.” While it’s unclear how we could judge such a claim, as Paul Canning points out, they also have the highest divorce rates. Maybe that’s the link?
However, it’s 2012. Why are we still judging women without children? Stop.
Also a no-brainer: to help stem the threat of overpopulation one solution is to simply make sure girls get access to quality education.
This story hits a little close to home: more and more academics are turning to food stamps to try and make ends meet.
And finally, well, California. Thanks for trying. Seriously.
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