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The aggressive antichoice legislation coming from the new GOP majority in the House makes perfectly clear that belt-tightening deficit reduction is entirely compatible with an older social agenda committed to pushing American women out of the public ..->

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Kit B (276)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 6:54 am
The War on Women's Futures

Using small-government, libertarian rhetoric, the Tea Party ushered in a new crop of Republican leaders under the banner of fiscal responsibility. But the aggressive antichoice legislation coming from the new GOP majority in the House makes perfectly clear that belt-tightening deficit reduction is entirely compatible with an older social agenda committed to pushing American women out of the public sphere.

These initiatives are well coordinated and poised to make an enormous impact on women’s lives. House Republicans, joined by ten Democrats, passed Mike Pence’s bill to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which in addition to pregnancy termination provides basic reproductive healthcare, STD testing, birth control and cancer screenings to millions of American women. The Republican Party has also proposed eliminating more than $1 billion from Head Start’s budget. As a result, 157,000 children may go without preschool care.

Meanwhile, the South Dakota legislature has considered a bill justifying homicide in the case of imminent harm to a fetus, a law that critics believe may in effect legalize the murder of abortion providers. Republicans in Arizona have proposed different birth certificates for children born to women who are not US citizens in order to nullify the birthright citizenship established by the Fourteenth Amendment. And Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is poised to eliminate most of the collective bargaining rights of public employees, including nurses, teachers and other pink-collar workers who are disproportionately women.

These may seem like disparate policy efforts, but they are not. They are the product of the ethnic and economic anxieties of conservative white Americans whose determination to "take our country back" has been a rallying cry since Barack Obama’s election. Women’s bodies and lives are the terrain on which this conservative movement is making its stand.

Since the introduction of the birth control pill and the legalization of abortion, women in America have significantly reduced the number of children they bear. This decrease in fertility has been particularly striking among white women. Fewer white women marry, most marry much later than in previous generations, far more get divorced and the size of their families has decreased dramatically. Along with these changes, white women’s educational achievement has soared, their participation in the workforce has increased and their health outcomes, lifetime earnings and political participation have improved. Today, more than three in five American women work for pay outside the home.

However shrouded in the language of fiscal austerity, the GOP’s social agenda intends to undo these changes, forcing women back into the domestic sphere. While leaving abortion nominally legal, cuts to family planning services and the legalization of terror against abortion providers would create an environment of compulsory childbearing. Women who can’t control their fertility will be unable to compete for degrees or jobs with their male counterparts. Likewise, without affordable childcare women would be less likely to work outside the home. And without basic rights to organize, women teachers, nurses and other public sector workers would be compelled to accept lower wages and harsher working conditions, shoving many women out of the workforce altogether. In the Republicans’ future America, women will be encouraged to marry younger, to stay in difficult (even abusive) marriages and to rely on male wages.

For white women in particular, this would mean a retreat to the home, where they would be encouraged to bear more children so as to reclaim the racial character of the nation. Immigrant women, however, would be discouraged from having children. Hispanic women have had the highest fertility rates for more than a decade, but efforts to roll back birthright citizenship aim to deny their children access to public education and class mobility, leaving more space for the children of white Americans.

Anxious about a growing immigrant population and the racial and economic strife it could provoke, in the early twentieth century President Teddy Roosevelt famously mocked the expanding class of working women who were pushing for suffrage. In a 1905 address to the National Conference of Mothers, Roosevelt argued that women’s contributions ought to remain primarily within the private sphere. He claimed that the highest service any American (read: white) woman could provide her country was to bear and raise children. Roosevelt acknowledged that the work was hard but insisted that no true mother would exchange the joys and sorrows of parenting for a life of work. He called a woman who avoided motherhood "a creature [who] merits contempt as hearty as any visited upon the soldier who runs away in battle."

Today’s conservatives are fueled by this same impulse. They, too, seek to define women’s citizenship as rooted in motherhood, and they are prepared to use state power to enforce this vision. But even a brief glance around the world tells us that nations that oppress women into lives of compulsory motherhood are weak, not strong. Afghanistan, Angola, Congo, El Salvador and Indonesia severely restrict abortion. They are also countries where women are raped with impunity and victimized by domestic violence, where education gender gaps are enormous and where women’s labor brings only poverty wages. Meanwhile, Denmark, Australia, the Netherlands and Sweden boast some of the most open abortion laws, the most supportive family benefits and many of the best conditions for women in the world. American women may not yet recognize the war being waged on their future, but we must awaken to it immediately. The stakes for women—and for the nation—are too high to ignore it.

by Melissa Harris-Perry for Truthout and The Nation/ Sister Citizen

Kit B (276)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 7:01 am

Just more of that "small government" with their hands in a choke hold around the neck and uterus of all women. It's well past time for all women to put a stop to this constant abuse of basic rights. For reasons I frankly don't want to know, nothing is more important to the GOP/T then a fetus from the moment of conception till birth. After the birth? Then it's just one more of the lazy working class.

In reality this is not about abortion, that's an emotional trigger to get more women to support an agenda, they are aiming to control both production and reproduction. Welcome to the future, corporate America - owns your rights. The republicans carry the water and the corporations make the decisions.

Arielle S (313)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 7:39 am
It's back to the old "pregnant in the summer and barefoot in the winter" mentality - yay...just what we need. As Katharine Hepburn said, “I never realized until lately that women were supposed to be the inferior sex.”

John C (75)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 8:09 am
Contract with America = "give what they want with a twist!"
People thought they were voting for fiscal conservatives. (That is how they presented themselves.)
What they actually got was the "Uterus Police!"

Kit B (276)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 8:21 am

I've been wondering just how inferior we are supposed to be, Arielle. I think the evidence should be clear now that the "small government" and "create jobs" campaign logos were nothing more then that...Logos and rhetoric for the campaign. A small government does not Tell people what to do or when do it, it does the basics of keeping a country running. So where is the infrastructure repair and updating? Got potholes and broken roads? See Mr Boehner!

Where are the "Great Ideas", Mr Boehner?

Robert S (111)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 8:29 am
The voting block that makes up the Christian Right, is the hand in the glove that is the Republican party. Together they make a fist shaken at the present, demanding we go back to what in many ways was a dark oppressive place, which for them is sentimentalized, and fondly thought of as the good old days. And perhaps they were the good old days...for the oppressors.

Terry King (113)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 8:35 am
We seem to be seeing the reversal of decades of advances in women's, labor, and human rights at the hands of the oligarchy!

Robert S (111)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 9:20 am
Some of what small c conservatives see as government overreach creates a real bond between "their" ideas and "ours". I submit this link to amplify the point. It is noteworthy, that we and they enjoy overlap as pointed out here, and together we both oppose tyranny in the name of Religion or government influenced by same. We must acknowledge and celebrate and collaborate on common causes.

Please view here

and here,

I think Maddow's point here twice underlined in these segments extremely important

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 10:09 am
Noted with disgust..thanks Kit. Is dictating the same as thinking?

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 10:28 am
Noted and thanks Kit .Good to see Ya :)
Back to the days of husbands keeping their wives barefoot ,pregnant and in the kitchen comes to mind while reading this article .Not much else to say about it other than its draconian thinking .

rt ,very interesting links . I can think it wonderful that we can collaberate on these two common causes ,I can't help but wonder if there is a whole lot more that they agree with their fellow Republican's on that they want our government to have no say in ,like Social Security , Medicare , Medicaid etc. that we on the left can't collaberate on because we believe in personal responsibility as well as social responsibility . So I will hold off on the celebration for now !
However having said that I am sure that there are differences of opinions in the Republican party as there are differences in the Democratic party . I for one agree with some of the arguements Republicans make only we differ on the solutions . I wouldn't take the approach of throwing the baby out with the bath water which some Republican's do. I happen to think there are solutions which can solve the problems that doesn't have to be so distructive and drastic . What we are all hearing now coming from some of these Tea Party candidates is a good example of over kill by placing the burden on those who can least afford it .

Toni C (508)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 10:31 am
I can't believe people actually swallowed all that crap that came out of the mouths of Tea Party and extreme right wing Republican candidates before the last election. That they actually voted for them is even harder to believe! I know, they "thought" they were electing for the "good of the country"... yeah, right!! I hope they're all awake now and smelling the coffee... realizing campaign rhetoric was nothing more than a bag of hot air. Once elected, these extremists are not interested in helping the country but repressing the people and destroying what is left of our democracy... all in the name of the almighty dollar.

patricia lasek (317)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 11:41 am
If they think they can shut us up, they're crazier than I thought.

Robert S (111)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 12:23 pm
They hope to fool enough of those who oppose us to continue to vote against their own interests using fear and lies, and enough of those who could be with us but think us/ or the eternal "them", scary or immoral for one reason or another, appealing to zealotry, bigotry, and mute our voices by dividing, as our only hope is in unity, and the monied, empowered, know it, as their think tanks have told them so.

Carrie B (306)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 1:10 pm
It seems that too many rights and ideals in this country are taking backward steps, and racism is alive and thriving. We have come so far to go so far back.

pam w (139)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 1:45 pm
"Roosevelt argued that women’s contributions ought to remain primarily within the private sphere. He claimed that the highest service any American (read: white) woman could provide her country was to bear and raise children."

Who else said this? Oh, I know....HITLER!

Robert S (111)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 2:09 pm
Great men when viewed by us when they are gone do not have the gift of rebuttal nor advantage of hindsight nor historical perspective with which to defend themselves from our critic. As for Hitler, there is no defense, but one wonders why any would compare him to a great man.

Roger G (154)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 2:09 pm
yes this 21st century seems to be one of full social regression to the stone age !

Kit B (276)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 2:39 pm

In the perspective of time any things said about what a woman should or should not do becomes either the source for anger or humorous. We have and will continue to be the source of influence and a large corner of the working market. That some men are and were misogynistic, ill informed troglodytes is certainly not a surprise to any woman. I take comfort in the many men that have no compunction about standing shoulder to shoulder with women to stand for fair and equal treatment.

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 2:45 pm
keep babies indoors.

Marco C (31)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 2:47 pm
In many ways, it seems as though they are advocating for a return of the dark ages. Welcome to retro- civilization. They really all ought to be put back in their boxes, one by one.

Despite the fact that this type of nonsense cannot be taken seriously, it seems to have an audience among the undereducated and perceived disenfranchised and must therefore be taken seriously. It is becoming clearer as to why education is being systematically dismantled.

HIstory has shown us what happens when this type of human behaviour is not checked. Perhaps history must cycle as it always does and we cannot learn from our past mistakes, seems we never do.

Don't forget to bring your weinies to the tea party carnaval of family values barbeque of reason book burning and return to family values hate rally of all things frustrating the right wing. Don't forget to sign up for the no fee Burka fitting, it's just beyond the uterus check booth across from the women's rights return dumpster, and don't leave without your free corporate sponsored household work and kitchen aprons, such thoughtfullness.

Can an inquisition be far behind?

Kit B (276)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 3:04 pm

I think Marco that the Inquisition maybe just round the corner. We have those who currently question the motives of any woman who suffers a miscarriage, worse there are those who want all miscarriages investigated.

Bonnie B (103)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 5:01 pm
Ah yes, the GOP's purported concern for a "big government" that interfers in citizens lives, unless, of course, those citizens are female. In that case they feel they have every right to interfere in the most important, intimate decissions of that citizen: the care of her own body, how many children she wishes to have (and support) and her own well being.

Their contempt for women and their belief that women are second class citizens without the same rights as men is manifest and obvious to anyone who is not blinded by certain ideologies. If anyone ever thought that our fight for full citizenship under the law was over with Roe v. Wade, they were wrong. This fight is and will be constant until it is written into the Constituion (ERA) and even then will never end until the wish for power over ends...which is,of course, never.

Kit B (276)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 5:09 pm

Well said Bonnie, and yes we must pass the ERA.

Yvonne White (229)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 5:50 pm
Women-hating RepubliCONs are so scared they might be Retro-Actively Aborted that they HAVE to Try to keep us bare-foot & pregnant or doing menial, poverty-waged work!:(

Marti Williams (170)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 5:51 pm
Noted...the Republicans want to return to the time of the Patriarchs...

Lin Penrose (92)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 5:54 pm
Thanks Kit. Females and support systems for them, are not the only target the GOP wants to regain and maintain overwhelming control of. They (ruling congress +) want All of Everything that has a vestige of a power.. and make that power controlled by a few of the chosen with very short term visions. An old, perhaps overworked saying is, 'becareful what you wish for'. The GOP congress and well wishers, should deeply think about the consequenses of their wishes and actions in the present.

Carol H (229)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 4:59 am
noted, thanks Kit

Laverne Wallace (59)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 6:18 am

Sarah Z (10)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 9:14 am
Sad face...

Robert S (111)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 9:28 am
submitted, in hope.

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 9:46 am

Robert you know I love ya like I love my morning coffee, darlin I'm confused that is the same article I submitted here. I did change the name, but other wise the exact same content.

Trish K (93)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 9:55 am
These Tea baggers and republican'ts are merely following their leader, Ronald Reagan their Messiah. Poor President Reagan only had Alzheimer's. If some group had the balls to analyze the F_word network, and those who don't deny birthers and their thinking , plus the party who Hates women more than blacks and mexican immigrants, could really start a revolution of thought. Who will tell the truth here or who is not afraid to tell the truth that rupert murderdick has dementia and is running this country into hell, women first, with his legions of hate mongers that will say anything the old demented man wants them to say for money.
Seen Rupert lately ? In which sanitarium and where in hell is Rupert Murderdick ?

Vivien Green (153)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 10:42 am
Noted. Sisterhood is powerful and women are not going to give up the Rights they have fought long and hard for. Yes we have to be aware. Sharia Law has been introduced into some parts of England but many Human Right activists in the UK are not just letting it happen . To quote the phrase " The price of freedom is eternal vigilance" we cannot become complacent.

Sue Matheson (79)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 11:28 am
ha! that'll be the day...

Robert S (111)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 12:31 pm

Wait....I and caffeine in the morning are in the same league? Let me slowly rest back into my seat, having levitated for a moment, upon hearing this

I found this at the very site where your link takes me, and though it is not the same, they, being at that same address seem to have confused each other...for one another.

So, and I hope its worth it, here is what i tried to send, but taking up more space...

In Its Crusade Against Choice, Has the GOP Gone Too Far?
Katha Pollitt

In South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa, legislators have proposed bills that would arguably permit a pregnant woman’s mate or relatives (or maybe just anyone) to murder her abortion provider to protect her fetus. Although the bill was shelved in South Dakota, that state’s legislature passed (with a solid majority) a bill that would force women seeking an abortion to visit an antichoice crisis pregnancy center and then wait seventy-two hours so the message can sink in. In Georgia a state legislator wants to criminalize miscarriages—never mind that medical science knows very little about what causes miscarriage, which ends as many as one in four pregnancies, to say nothing of those precious fertilized eggbabies who are flushed out along with menstrual blood without the woman even knowing they were there. Bills restricting abortion are also under way in Pennsylvania, Kansas, Virginia, Florida, Indiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Ohio—where a “Heartbeat Bill” would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected (five or six weeks after conception or, according to some antichoicers, eighteen days). Not to be outdone by the states, Congressional Republicans are up to their own antics: redefining rape as “forcible rape”; making it near impossible for people to buy health insurance with abortion coverage or for insurance plans to offer it; cutting the Title X Family Planning program for low-income families. Indiana’s Mike Pence managed to zero out funds for Planned Parenthood, and Pennsylvania’s Joe Pitts has proposed a bill that would allow hospitals receiving federal dollars to refuse to terminate a pregnancy even when necessary to save a woman’s life.

Has the GOP finally gone too far? I’ve long been skeptical of the argument that Republicans, once in power, would back away from restricting abortion for fear of waking the famous prochoice sleeping giant. That prediction assumed a monolith of single-issue prochoice voters and overlooked the way restrictions tend to work. With a few exceptions, like South Dakota’s proposed abortion bans in 2006 and ‘08, the antichoicers have become rather clever at geography and whittling: focusing on state legislatures in the most antichoice states, on aspects of abortion that don’t have a lot of popular support (so-called “partial birth abortion,” teenagers’ right to privacy), on driving clinics out of business one by one through targeted regulations and passing laws that seem reasonable on their face (why not punish the murder of a pregnant woman as a double killing?) but when taken together would build up the legal case for overturning Roe. Not many people are going to get active because there is now only one clinic in Mississippi when fifteen years ago there were six. Unless you’re deeply versed in abortion realities, a twenty-four-hour waiting period may not seem like much of a burden.

But you know what the Bible says about pride. Puffed up with their triumph in the 2010 elections—and worried about keeping their ever more reactionary base on board—Republicans at the state and federal level are letting their misogyny, their fundamentalism and their sheer nuttiness show. When Congress gets rid of federal funds for birth control for low-income women and antichoice activist Janet Porter gets two fetuses to “testify” at a hearing on the Ohio “Heartbeat Bill” by projecting their ultrasound images on a screen in living color, a shark has been seriously jumped. What’s next—a vial of talking sperm? (Porter is not some marginal loony by the way; she was a co-chair of Mike Huckabee’s Faith and Family Values coalition during his 2008 campaign.) And maybe—just maybe—the sleeping giant is opening its eyes.

On Saturday, February 26, demonstrations were held all around the nation in support of Planned Parenthood and reproductive rights. I went to the one at Foley Square in Manhattan. It was a lively gathering, and a pretty packed one too—according to the Gothamist website, 6,000 people were there. Lots of young people, belying the stereotype that twentysomethings take reproductive rights for granted. Lots of men. A stellar lineup of speakers, including Chuck Schumer, Kathleen Turner, Amanda Marcotte and the fiery Anthony Weiner. Lots of funny signs: Sex Happens. More Weiner Less Boehner and (on a giant pink penis) Why Are the Republicans Such Dicks??

Yes, why? Not content with depriving women of reproductive healthcare, House Republicans want to starve them and their children too. Their budget cuts the Women, Infants and Children Health and Nutrition program by $750 million and Head Start by $1 billion. It cuts $50 million from a block grant that pays for prenatal healthcare for 2.5 million low-income women and healthcare for 31 million children each year. As Charles Blow writes in the New York Times, proposed cuts to medical research strike directly at efforts to roll back the US infant mortality rate, now the highest among advanced economies. The Republicans seem bent on proving the truth of the bitter joke that “prolifers” care about children only before they are born. As for caring about women? Even as fetal vessels, the ladies just don’t count. After all, one in five women has visited a Planned Parenthood clinic—often for routine gynecological care. Is the GOP going to set up a replacement network of clinics to provide Pap smears and breast exams and STD testing and such? Or is Jesus now the national gynecologist? What on earth is the matter with these people?

Of course, it’s possible that the real point is to throw buckets of spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks. Even if most of these bills fail and the worst cuts don’t happen, the terms of debate will have shifted away from reproductive care as a social good. At the Los Angeles Times, Patt Morrison urges prochoicers to send a donation to Planned Parenthood in honor of Mike Pence and Joe Pitts—and drop them a note to let them know. It’s a great idea. The way things are going, Planned Parenthood will need every cent.

Sharon Karson (82)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 2:13 pm
Given how well MOST men in government have handled responsibility and vision for the future, I think we should go much farther back than the GOP's want and start ourselves a matriarchy.

Penelope P (222)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 3:02 pm
Lets look at it honestly-want to be a free person
Then remember that it is what is between the legs that counts. Get yourself a dangly one
If you can't afford the full deal get a codpiece and take hormone pills that way you can grow a beards and lower your voice so it makes the right Right sound.

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 3:10 pm

For fear of placing the republicans in league with those of us who do have a healthy love and respect for sex, I don't usually refer to them as dicks. This wonderful quote from the article Robert offered us is just too good to let pass.

"Sex Happens. More Weiner Less Boehner and (on a giant pink penis) Why Are the Republicans Such Dicks??" Sign from the Planned Parenthood protest.


Penelope P (222)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 3:12 pm
We have overpopulation as a problem we are told-the above action might also cut global warming problems a bit.
Anyway quite seriously have they thought this through-If women were forced out of the work force then as things stand in many cases it would be impossible to rely on masculine wages as the men's wages are too small-
This would cut down too any opportunity that big corporations had to sell things as no-one could afford their goods.It would impact on stocks and shares which a large part of the income of the wealthiest as profits in many companies would crash.
For God's sake it is in their interest to have women working as the double income when it goes buying is the force that puts the money into their pockets

Furthurmore what human wants to feel that the only reason his partner is with him is his wage packet-It would lead to a lot of really miserable duplicitous marriages.

It would also of course like all quick pathways to poverty lead to crime

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 3:31 pm
A few mantras regarding the pro-choice movement/sexual revolution are "Keep Your Laws Off My Body" My second favorite "If Men Became Pregnant Abortion Would Be A Sacrament" and my top pick (which makes the most sense from an intelligent perspective, don't you agree?)"AGAINST ABORTION? DON'T HAVE ONE"

Simple, done, like cigarettes and liquor!

Trust me, I'll die before I will allow any one (a GOP "man" no less!!!!) to ever get into my underpants checking whether I am menstruating, having a miscarriage it an abortion???? OH GOOD head spins when I think of this agenda...I must be having a nightmare, that has to be it...this can simply not be happening)

Once religion and politics slept together, it's been hell for women ever since. I simply do not understand why FACTS do not diminish the GOP followers...FACTS...actual reports, clinical studies, statistics...whatever it takes to debunk the myths surrounding abortion/women's rights...Apparently Americans are likely not paying attention or, more to the point, We have a very short attention span...

These developments are extremely disheartening, morally unconsciounable....the combined efforts of a calculated Republican response coupled with new found power (here is BIG problemo numero one....where were we, the progressives, the independents, the Dems....what were we could this happen, when were we sleeping, how did we get here?) Women are now being tossed back into the Middle Ages... this vitriolic stance, soon to be the undoing of what women and men fought tooth and nail to achieve...infects our country...again, again and yet again....somehow there must be hope for a conscious awakening....otherwise please stop the planet I want to get off.

How moral corruption claimed the soul of the Republican party is simply beyond my comprehenion...I just cannot believe women, once again, bear the greatest burden (of the sexes) in every day life~ Very sad and heartwrenching to the base of my core...thank God I have not birthed females in my lifetime...current and future generations of sweet angels of Heaven must be saved from the wrath of the devil incarnate. WOMEN...UNITE...REVOLT...NOW...

Beth M (46)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 4:42 pm
..*Be quiet sister and let the men think for you*..that sounds nice...imagines a world where All men are wise and good*..imagines a world where All women r contented enuff to just sit and smile...x

Eternal G (745)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 5:32 pm
Their oppressive attitude reflects the fact they are bullies.
Meaning; by this they'll only aggravate the feelings of revolt in the people, their sort is to be compared with dinosaurs at the brink of EXTINCTION !! I have full trust in that!

patricia lasek (317)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 6:27 pm
sharon Karson, I like your thinking! Kudos, Cyber-Sis!

Robert S (111)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 7:50 pm
On day for women, stark reminders of struggle
On the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, it was clear that gender equality still has a long way to go in Egypt, as a "million woman march" attracted only a few hundred people. NBC's Anne Thompson reports from Tahrir Square in Cairo.
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