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Justice Department Finds Widespread Discrimination in Ferguson, But Will Not Bring Charges Against Michael Brown’s Killer

The Department of Justice announced Wednesday the findings of its two civil rights investigations related to the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last August. Image: KTVU.com The post Justice Department Finds Widespread Discrimination in Ferguson, But Will Not Bring Charges Against Michael Brown’s Killer appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Republicans Finally Relent in Funding Fight Over Immigration

After months of delays and exercises in legislative futility, House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday finally allowed the passage of a “clean” funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security that would not block any of President Obama’s...Show More Summary

GOP-Led Pennsylvania Legislature Goes After Philadelphia Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Less than a month after becoming the 20th municipal ordinance in the country to guarantee paid sick leave to workers, Philadelphia’s “Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces” measure is coming under attack by a bill moving throughShow More Summary

Alabama Supreme Court Orders End to Marriage Licenses for Same-Sex Couples

Tuesday night's ruling calls on probate judges across the state to ignore a federal court order and stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Image: Shutterstock The post Alabama Supreme Court Orders End to Marriage Licenses for Same-Sex Couples appeared first on RH Reality Check.

The Latest Anti-Choice Strategy: Less Planned Parenthood Bashing, More Insurance Bans

To win over the middle, anti-choice leaders argued at CPAC, it's more helpful to message around "incremental" abortion restrictions like 20-week bans or insurance coverage restrictions. Image: Shutterstock The post The Latest Anti-Choice Strategy: Less Planned Parenthood Bashing, More Insurance Bans appeared first on RH Reality Check.

New Mexico Republicans Push Anti-Choice Bills Through House Committees

HB 390 would amend existing state law to include a ban on abortions after 20 weeks' gestation, while HB 391 would require physicians to provide notice of a planned abortion procedure of a non-emancipated minor to one parent or guardian...Show More Summary

West Virginia Governor Vetoes 20-Week Abortion Ban

West Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have outlawed abortion after 20 weeks' gestation. Image: Shutterstock The post West Virginia Governor Vetoes 20-Week Abortion Ban appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Barbara Mikulski, Longest Serving Woman in Congress, Will Not Seek Re-Election

At a press conference announcing her decision, Mikulski said she had asked herself, “Do I spend time my raising money, or do I spend my time raising hell?” Image: ABC News/Youtube The post Barbara Mikulski, Longest Serving Woman in Congress, Will Not Seek Re-Election appeared first on RH Reality Check.

What the Net Neutrality Victory Should Teach Us About Other Progressive Fights

Contrary to the narratives being pushed by some in the activism community, the win in the fight for net neutrality wasn’t because liberals managed to somehow "want" it badly enough. This was not a matter of willpower, but one of enormous...Show More Summary

Making It More Affordable to Raise a Baby Won’t Make Abortion Demand Obsolete

Can the abortion rate be reduced by improving social services? New data from the Brookings Institution suggests that answer is no, which makes sense: Women have abortions for more complex reasons than simply being too poor to parent. Image: Shutterstock The post Making It More Affordable to Raise a Baby Won’t Make Abortion Demand Obsolete appeared first on RH Reality Check.

The Fate of the Affordable Care Act Rests in John Roberts’ Hands. Again.

Challengers get their second shot Wednesday to try and gut Obama's historic health-care reform law. Will the chief justice stand in their way again? Image: Steve Petteway/ Wikimedia Commons The post The Fate of the Affordable Care Act Rests in John Roberts’ Hands. Again. appeared first on RH Reality Check.

20-Week Abortion Ban Sent to West Virginia Governor’s Desk

The West Virginia Senate last week passed a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks, four weeks before a fetus is widely recognized as “viable,” the standard for legally-protected abortion in the United States. Image: Shutterstock The post 20-Week Abortion Ban Sent to West Virginia Governor’s Desk appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Minnesota’s Birth Control Coverage Protections Would Include Religious Exemption

The proposal includes an exemption that would allow religious institutions to forgo offering health insurance plans that include contraception coverage for their employees. Image: Shutterstock The post Minnesota’s Birth Control Coverage Protections Would Include Religious Exemption appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Meet the Islamophobic CPAC Mainstage Speaker Behind the ‘Abortion Barbie’ Posters

Sabo, a Los Angeles-based street artist and right-wing folk hero, had a thing or two to say about Islam, immigration, Ted Cruz, and art at the nation's largest conservative gathering. Image: Emily Crockett The post Meet the Islamophobic CPAC Mainstage Speaker Behind the ‘Abortion Barbie’ Posters appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, Immigration ‘Moderates,’ Take Focus Off Families at CPAC

Both possible 2016 presidential contenders said changes to immigration law should focus less on family ties and more on economic factors. Image: C-SPAN The post Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, Immigration ‘Moderates,’ Take Focus Off Families at CPAC appeared first on RH Reality Check.

CPAC’s Worst, Weirdest ‘Jokes’

Among this year's attempts at conservative "humor": Sean Hannity's X-ray utero-vision, Ted Cruz's quip about not beating his wife, and the guy from Duck Dynasty calling STIs “the revenge of the hippies.” Image: Raw Story/YouTube The post CPAC’s Worst, Weirdest ‘Jokes’ appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Can Abercrombie’s ‘Look Policy’ Accommodate a Religious Headscarf?

That's the question before the Roberts Court in a case that pits the religious rights of employees against the duty of an employer to accommodate them. Image: WikiMedia Commons The post Can Abercrombie’s ‘Look Policy’ Accommodate a Religious Headscarf? appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Losing My Lege: These Bills Are the Icing on the Hate-Cake

Our right-wing state lawmakers are so proudly hateful that they actually celebrated banning marriage equality by cutting a cake. They've also already filed a slate of oppressive and unnecessary legislation this session. Image: Shutterstock The post Losing My Lege: These Bills Are the Icing on the Hate-Cake appeared first on RH Reality Check.

At CPAC, 2016 Hopefuls Stick to Rote Remarks on Abortion

Even in front of this red-meat-friendly audience, references to abortion rights by presidential hopefuls were mostly passing and routine Image: ACU/Youtube The post At CPAC, 2016 Hopefuls Stick to Rote Remarks on Abortion appeared first on RH Reality Check.

The Middle Ground in the Fight Over ‘Viagra for Women’

Some advocates are calling the Food and Drug Administration's historical hesitation to approve a drug that would treat low sex drive in women sexist; others are saying the development of the medication itself is sexist. Who's in the right? Image: Shutterstock The post The Middle Ground in the Fight Over ‘Viagra for Women’ appeared first on RH Reality Check.

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