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Reporter for @MotherJones. Formerly @tnr and @chronicle. I should be angrier, louder, and have access to a time machine. mredden (at) motherjones (dot) com

The Obama Administration Pledged to Fix the Asylum System for Women. Six Years Later… — I meet Melanie, 23, at the DC office of the immigration attorney who's been handling her quest for for asylum here in the US. She is zaftig and chic. Her fingernails, big enamel earrings, and the tips of her afro are all the same brilliant shade of scarlet.

"Twenty-week bans are devastating for women like me." — A top priority for the new Republican Congress is passing a new law banning abortions after a fetus is 20 weeks old. But on Wednesday, GOP women concerned about the party's image managed to delay the vote. The bill, however, is by no means dead.

The Secret History of the GOP's New Abortion Ban — Just hours after the newly Republican Congress was sworn in on January 6, Reps. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced a bill that would ban nearly all abortions after a fetus is 20 weeks old.

The Group Behind America's Biggest Anti-Abortion March Now Says Birth Control Causes Abortions — Each year on January 22-the anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling in Roe v. Wade-the March for Life draws thousands of protesters to Washington, DC, for what organizers bill as "world's largest anti-abortion event." But this year, there's an added wrinkle: Organizers of the march have spent the past six months arguing that birth control pills are a form of abortion.

The War on Reproductive Rights Will Get a Lot Uglier Next Year — 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 — 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 — 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. — 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 — 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 — 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.
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Jan 30, 2015

RT @AdamAton: This is an official portrait for astronaut Leland Melvin. Also, his handle is @Astro_Flow. I'm in awe.

Jan 30, 2015

RT @timothypmurphy: "according to people familiar with his thinking" is one of the best political cliches that also carries deeply dystopian overtones

Jan 30, 2015

RT @alanzilberman: Important update: debate between @jonathanchait and @tanehisicoates somehow made its way into DC neighborhood email chain about a dead cat

Jan 30, 2015

I did not expect people to go to bat for the Nazis (over, y'know, their fellow citizens) but I guess I should have known better.

Jan 30, 2015

When a deadly fungus hit Nazi POWs, the US moved them to safety. Guess what happened when it was black prisoners?

Jan 29, 2015

@dliebelson And also we don't misclassify employees as independent contractors.

Jan 29, 2015

@dliebelson Uber, but for journalists who need a belt of scotch and need it like, yesterday.

Jan 29, 2015

Why did nobody tell me @JHreadsTNR exists until just now? You're all fired.

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