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March 17, 2014
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* Sexual Assault in the Military
* Federal 20-week abortion ban
* Voting Rights Act
* Unemployment Benefits
* Paycheck Fairness
* Immigration Reform
* Farm Bill - food aid (SNAP)
* HR 1565 - Public Safety &
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This week's issue highlights these key developments here and in the Middle East:
This week's EZ Read brings you these stories and some that may have slipped past your news feed.
Shrugging Off Past Setbacks, Obama Plans Personal Role in Middle East Peace Bid
President Obama, after avoiding a hands-on role in Middle East peacemaking since the setbacks of his first term, plans to plunge back into the effort, his advisers said this week, starting with an urgent appeal to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.
Gaza left out of Mideast peace talks
[A]s Secretary of State John F. Kerry prepares to publicly present outlines of a proposed peace deal, the isolated and besieged Palestinian territory called the Gaza Strip is the rarely mentioned elephant in the bargaining room - a huge obstacle to a permanent settlement of the decades-old conflict.
Consul: Israel stronger than perils
The Truth Behind the Palestinian Water Libels
The Seven Most Common Lies About Abortion
Chances are, you know someone who has had an abortion. Statistically, it's a near-certainty: In the U.S., one in three
women will have an abortion by the age of 45. But despite how incredibly common abortion is, it remains mired in stigma and misinformation. Much of what we may think we know about this subject is actually outright lies told by abortion opponents to dissuade women out of seeking safe and legal abortion care.
Agreement Reached on Debate for Military Sexual Assault Measure
Just two days after suffering a setback for her Military Justice Improvement Act (S. 1752), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced on Wednesday that a unanimous consent agreement had been reached that would allow the measure to be debated on the Senate floor.
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Abortion-Rights Backers on Offense After 3-Year Drubbing
Abortion-rights supporters are playing a new position: offense. The volume of state-level, pro-abortion-rights legislation outstrips that of any year since the early 1990s, when states sought to codify access to the procedure, said Elizabeth Nash, states issues manager at the Guttmacher Institute, a New York-based reproductive health researcher.
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By the time you know you're pregnant...
For all the talk about Republican policymakers moving past divisive culture-war fights, especially in an election year, there can be no doubt that GOP officials still have abortion rights on their minds.
Separation of Religion & State
So-Called Religious Liberty Bills Pervert our First Amendment
If you have been observing the debate regarding the so-called "religious liberty" bills popping up in state after state - Kansas, Arizona, Georgia, and elsewhere, you will be aware that these bills have nothing to do with religious liberty and everything to do with oppression of minorities.
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Poll points to confusion over discrimination laws
"Three-quarters (75%) of Americans incorrectly believe it is currently illegal under federal law to fire or refuse to hire someone because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender." This matters, of course, because three-quarters of the country is wrong.
Democrats Push IRS To Limit Dark Money's Political Power With Strict New Rules
A group of 13 Democratic senators sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday urging the agency to adopt stringent new limits on the level of political spending allowed for social welfare nonprofits.
It's (Still) Only Women Pols Who Get Judged on Their Family Life
t's felt like an awfully retro week in American politics. In Texas, gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis hashed out 20-year-old details of her former marriage in a lengthy New York Times Magazine profile, while in Washington, wannabe presidential candidate Rand Paul diligently stirred a pot of about the same vintage, with comments about the 1990s marital troubles of his imagined future rival, Hillary Clinton..
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In Kentucky Senate race, Bill Clinton plays a starring role
During Bill Clinton's first-inaugural festivities, a 14-year-old girl from Kentucky presented the new president with an honorary bouquet of red roses at the base of the Lincoln Memorial. Two decades later, that girl, Alison Lundergan Grimes, is a candidate to become Kentucky's first female senator. And Clinton - an uncle figure whom Grimes counts as a friend, mentor and adviser - is playing a starring role in her campaign and will appear at a sold-out Grimes fundraiser Tuesday.
Having a Gun in the House Doesn't Make a Woman Safer
Christy Salters Martin is a professional boxer and the owner of a concealed carry permit. But when she attempted to leave her husband, she was shot with her own gun. Today, she cautions other women against making the same mistake. "Just putting a weapon in the woman's hand is not going to reduce the number of fatalities or gunshot victims that we have. Too many times, their male counterpart or spouse will be able to overpower them and take that gun away."Read Full Article
In light of the bill permitting guns on our state's college and university campuses, which is likely to be approved by the state House of Representatives in the coming days, I have a matter of practical concern that I hope you can help with: When may I shoot a student?Read Full Article
When May I Shoot a Student?
The Brown Grad Student Who Chased The NRA Out Of Rhode Island
Sam Bell is in the third year of a PhD program in geology at Brown University. Geology as in rocks. But Bell also moonlights as the the state coordinator of The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, the state affiliate of the 10-year-old Progressive Democrats of America. And in his work with The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, Bell was instrumental to the investigation that ultimately led to the National Rifle Association paying the second largest campaign finance fine in the state's history.Read Full Article
Ohio Election Laws Eliminate Opportunities for Voters
Just a few weeks ago the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, made up of Republicans and Democrats, released their recommendations based on testimony from election officials, experts and voters from around the country. Ohio Governor John Kasich and members of the Ohio legislature must not have read the report. If they had, they wouldn't have passed and signed two election bills last week that reduce access to voting.Read Full Article
UCLA student council rejects divestment resolution
The UCLA student council rejected a resolution calling for divestment from five American companies that are accused of abusing Palestinian human rights.
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How Menachem Begin Made Peace With Israel's Greatest Enemy: Egypt
Four years after the Yom Kippur War, when Menachem Begin was elected prime minister of Israel, he made it clear that he was willing to negotiate with Egypt.
The Taj Mahal of the Middle East
Kibbutz Neot Semadar is best known for its array of organic products grown and prepared on the kibbutz and as "that place with the weird, colorful tower sticking up in the sky in the middle of nowhere."
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