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The War on Reproductive Rights Will Get a Lot Uglier Next Year

motherjones.com — After a record-shattering year in 2013, the pace of harsh anti-abortion bills introduced in 2014 slowed down. Elections cut short the legislative calendar in many states, and the general assemblies in Texas and North Dakota, two anti-abortion heavyweights, didn't meet. But brace yourself for 2015.

This GOP Lawmaker Wants a Woman to Get Permission From the Father Before Having an Abortion

motherjones.com — A Missouri Republican is pushing a bill that would allow a man who gets a woman pregnant to stop her from having an abortion. The measure would force a woman who wants an abortion to obtain written permission from the father first-unless she was the victim of "legitimate rape."

Catholic Church Argues It Doesn't Have to Show Up in Court Because Religious Freedom

motherjones.com — When Emily Herx first took time off work for in vitro fertilization treatment, her boss offered what sounded like words of support: "You are in my prayers." Soon those words took on a more sinister meaning. The Indiana grade school where Herx was teaching English was Catholic.

Tennessee Voters Just Made It Easier To Restrict Abortion-And the GOP Isn't Wasting Any Time.

motherjones.com — For years, as lawmakers in other conservative states passed onerous restrictions designed to limit abortion access, deep-red Tennessee stood out as an exception-because the state's constitution forbade many of the harshest anti-abortion measures. But that changed on Election Day.

The Fight for Abortion Rights Just Got a Whole Lot Harder

motherjones.com — The GOP wave didn't just crash into the US Senate. It flooded state legislatures, as well. By Wednesday evening, Republicans were in control of 67 of the nation's 99 state legislative chambers-up from 57 before the election. It's still unclear which party will control two other chambers.

Republican David Perdue Wins Georgia Senate Race

motherjones.com — There weren't many bright spots on the map for Democrats this year. But in Georgia, the party was hoping that Senate candidate Michelle Nunn might harness the state's changing demographics for an upset against GOP nominee David Perdue. The state's growing black population, however, and a mammoth effort by Democrats to register these new voters, weren't enough to boost Nunn to victory.

Mitch McConell Wins Reelection

motherjones.com — We have entered the McConnellsance. After 18 months, this YouTube video, and a staggering $73 million in campaign and outside spending, Mitch McConnell, a senator who was sometimes more despised in his deep-red home state than President Barack Obama, has won reelection against Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Today's Biggest Showdown Over Guns Is in Washington State

motherjones.com — The most closely watched battle over gun regulations this Election Day is in Washington state, where voters will weigh in on two opposing ballot measures: Initiative 594, which would expand background checks for gun buyers, including those purchasing firearms at a gun show or online; and Initiative 591, which would forbid any background checks beyond the limited regime required by federal law.

North Dakota Pro-Lifers: Don't Call Our Personhood Amendment a "Personhood Amendment"

motherjones.com — North Dakota is poised to become the first state in the country to recognize a fertilized egg as a person. At least, that's what opponents say about a controversial ballot measure to amend state's constitution. Supporters say that's total bunk.

GOP Senate Hopeful: "Less Than 2,000" Women Sued My Company For Pay Discrimination

motherjones.com — David Perdue, a former CEO and the Republican nominee for Senate in Georgia, has a lady problem-at least according to recent polls, which show Democrat Michelle Nunn ahead with women voters in this toss-up election.
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Dec 19, 2014

@zackbeauchamp @swin24 Why would I mute him when I could unfollow him and make him way angrier?

Dec 19, 2014

The Sony hack episode of the "Good Wife" is gonna be clutch

Dec 19, 2014

"In the annals of American firefighting, the early 1800s were a dark time." SOLD. bit.ly/1AB3Ujz pic.twitter.com/dq6s7368iK

Dec 18, 2014

RT @jamespoulos: DANIEL DAY LEWIS RT @HuffPostPol: White House says "sophisticated actor" hacked Sony, declines to blame North Korea huff.to/1Aw0XRt

Dec 18, 2014

All of the the terrible anti-abortion bills states will try to pass in 2015—that we know of: bit.ly/1v4m5KE pic.twitter.com/olFk5DQwVS

Dec 17, 2014

A model predicting when grandmothers are most likely to die, but it's based entirely on student emails to college professors @UpshotNYT

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