Democratic state lawmaker proposes 'Testicular Bill of Rights' in protest of abortion 'heartbeat bill'

Despite her realization that it has little hope of passing, Georgia Democratic state Rep. Dar'shun Kendrick told Rolling Stone she's "dead serious" about her much ballyhooed "Testicular Bill of Rights" she trumpeted Monday morning on Twitter.

As a way of protesting the Georgia House of Representatives passing a bill last week banning abortions after the fetal heartbeat detection, Kendrick spelled out how she wants to "regulate" men's bodies:

Before men can get Viagra or or "any erectile dysfunction medication," they have to get permission from their sexual partners.

  • Vasectomies are banned, and doctors who perform them are charged with crimes.

  • It's "aggravated assault" for men to have sex without condoms.

  • Paternity testing is required between six and eight weeks of pregnancy — and then fathers-to-be must start paying child support "IMMEDIATELY."

  • Men who want to purchase porn or sex toys must endure a 24-hour waiting period.

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What the ‘Captain Marvel’ premiere meant to these women

Wet snow is falling outside a Washington, D.C., movie theater as Christie Joesbury spots her target: a man wearing a baseball cap with the word “geek” bolted to the front in plastic letters. As the organizer of a D.C.-based group called Geek Nite Out, Larry Waldman, the man in the cap, has arrived two hours before the theater’s 7 p.m. showing of “Captain Marvel.” He traveled from his home in Maryland to secure a spot in line and to greet the 30 or so group members who have signed up to attend the film’s opening night. Joesbury, a data support specialist originally from England, is the first to arrive.

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Moms at Amazon are calling for backup child-care benefits

Backup child care gives working parents access to subsidized care for times when their child or nanny is sick, schools are closed or an emergency arises. A group of working mothers at Amazon that calls itself the “Momazonians” is asking for this benefit, according to a Bloomberg report. It’s perk that’s not only common among their tech peers but is becoming increasingly offered to employees including Starbucks baristas and Best Buy retail workers. (Amazon founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

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NEW RULES: refer patients for abortions & no funds for clinics federal funds under the Title X program

House Democrats want the Trump administration to explain recent changes that reshape the federal government’s family-planning grant program.

In a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services, Energy and Commerce Committee leaders said the administration’s new rule undermines congressional intent for the program by reducing — instead of increasing — access to health care.

“We have serious concerns regarding the final rule’s compliance with the Title X statute, the public health implications of this action, and the administration’s rationale for these changes,” the Democrats wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar.

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Women's national soccer team players sue for equal pay

Players for the U.S. women's national soccer team have filed a federal gender discrimination lawsuit seeking pay equal to that of their male counterparts.

The action comes just three months before the team will defend its title at the Women's World Cup.

The class-action lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court in Los Angeles under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. It alleges gender-based discrimination by the U.S. Soccer Federation.

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Despite Trump’s claims, his national emergency declaration hasn’t eliminated his problem with suburban women

Democrats seized control of the House after the 2018 elections for a fairly straightforward reason: They picked off a number of mostly suburban seats that had been held by Republicans.

[ Who do Democrats have to thank for winning the House? Women voters.]

You could see this coming. When Stephen K. Bannon, former adviser to President Trump, warned last July that the Republican Party was losing college-educated white women — a group that overlaps with suburban women — we took a look at what polling showed.

Bannon was right.

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A New Benefit: Some Companies Help Workers Pay Down Student Loans

Kelly O'Brien graduated from college six years ago with a political science degree and $28,000 in student loan debt.

"It was stressful, because coming out and having to have a payment of about $217 a month, it just seemed like a lot of money to pay back when you don't really know where you were going to be working, how much you're going to be making," she says.

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A Water Crisis Is Growing In A Place You'd Least Expect It

For months, Rev. Falicia Campbell kept a secret from her congregation, her friends and even her adult children. It was a secret she was ashamed to divulge: She was living without running water.

Like a growing number of Americans, the 63-year-old Chicago resident couldn't afford to pay her rising water bills. She inherited her mother's house in Englewood, a poor neighborhood on the city's South Side, and last year received a $5,000 bill.

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Supreme Court Stops Louisiana Abortion Law

The Supreme Court, divided 5-4, has temporarily blocked implementation of a Louisiana abortion law nearly identical to the Texas law the high court struck down in 2016. The court's action, however, is only a pause.

It allows abortion-rights proponents time to bring an appeal to a newly constituted conservative court majority that may nonetheless be willing to reverse course dramatically on the subject of abortion.

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Jean Templin
‘Late-term’ abortions — demystified The answers to all of your questions

President Trump in his State of the Union address on Tuesday called upon Congress to “pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.”

This comes after two recent pieces of legislation made headlines — one that incorporates the Roe v. Wade standards into New York state law, and a now-tabled Virginia bill that would have eased access to “late-term” abortions if the health of the mother were at risk.

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Jean Templin
Bet everything on electric: Inside Volkswagen's radical strategy shift

WOLFSBURG, Germany (Reuters) - If Volkswagen realizes its ambition of becoming the global leader in electric cars, it will be thanks to a radical and risky bet born out of the biggest calamity in its history.

The German giant has staked its future, to the tune of 80 billion euros ($91 billion), on being able to profitably mass-produce electric vehicles - a feat no carmaker has come close to achieving.

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Jean Templin
Single women are defying the usual gender gap by purchasing more homes than single men

Single women are defying the usual gender gap by purchasing more homes than single men, even though female workers earn just 80 percent of what their male counterparts make.

Unmarried American women own around 22 percent of homes, while unattached men own fewer than 13 percent in the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan areas, according to online loan broker LendingTree, which used Census Bureau data from 2017 to reach its conclusions.

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Choosing greatness: It's Trump's Speech, But Women Have a Message, Too


On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to give his second State of the Union speech, addressing a new class of Congress that has a record number of minorities and women.

Sitting behind Trump during the speech will be Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who kept House Democrats unified against the president in a brutal fight over wall funding that triggered the longest partial government shutdown in the country's history.

The speech will be given a week later than the originally scheduled date of Jan. 29, after Pelosi blocked Trump from delivering his address until the government reopened.

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Jean Templin
Trump ignites California’s paradigm shift


Delaine Eastin, the former California schools chief and legislator whose longshot bid for governor fizzled last year, has been in enough elections to know the difference between a stormy campaign season and a fundamental shift in the political climate.

Which is why the Democrat told a postelection symposium last week there's something familiar about the political moment at hand. The rhetoric of President Donald Trump, she said, reminds her of when Gov. Pete Wilson championed three conservative ballot measures more than two decades ago.

"They were being poked in the eye by a bully," Eastin said of young and minority Californians in the '90s. "When you look at Trump, what you see is the worst of that, quadrupled."

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Jean Templin