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Republicans Want to Exempt Their Own Insurance From Obamacare Changes

As President Donald Trump's 100th day in office approaches, Republicans have introduced an amendment to their healthcare plan in hopes of reviving it. The Republicans' newest healthcare plan to repeal and replace Obamacare not only allows state insurance marketplaces to waive out of crucial Obamacare protections, but, ironically, actually preserves these protections for members of Congress and their staff via an exception to the amendment.

Trump's Administration Is Ending An Asylum Program That Helps Families

In a move that marks a setback for vulnerable people seeking asylum in the United States, the Trump administration is ending an asylum program. To make matters even more devastating, the program is designed primarily to protect women and children by ...

You Can Participate In The Seventh Action Of Women's March

As part of its "10 Actions in 100 Days" activism campaign, the Women's March announced We Belong Together, its seventh action. The We Belong Together initiative focuses on the power of families, children, and unity in the resistance movement. It part...

17 Issues To Advocate For In 2017

In 2017, advocacy and civic engagement are playing an increasingly prominent role in Americans' lives. After the election of Donald Trump as president, many Americans have increased their involvement in public policy advocacy - some have even decided to run for office.

"Trumpcare" Is A Tregedy For Women's Health

On Monday evening, House Republicans released two bills outlining their proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act. These bills propose extensive changes to existing healthcare policies - particularly around availability and affordability of coverage, especially for low-income individuals.

Title X Is Crucial To Birth Control Access

Title X is a law that provides funding for comprehensive family planning services to low income families. Indeed, each year millions of Americans use services provided by Title X funding. However, given the Trump administration's recent anti-choice actions, some are wondering if Donald Trump will get rid of Title X.

If Trump Tries To Fire Mueller, It'll Be A Real Mess

On Monday, rumors emerged that President Donald Trump is allegedly considering firing Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor who was appointed to investigate the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia; the White House has countered these claims. Still, in light of these new reports, many are likely wondering what would actually happen if Trump tried to fire Mueller.

This Is What Was Allegedly Leaked To 'The Intercept'

On Monday, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it was charging NSA contractor Reality Winner after she allegedly leaked classified material to news website The Intercept. Following this announcement, many are likely wondering what the document that Winner allegedly leaked to The Intercept contained and whether or not the information in these documents has been confirmed as accurate.

Trumpcare's Fate Could Depend On The CBO Score

On Wednesday afternoon, Congress will know more details about the controversial revised American Health Care Act (AHCA) that recently passed the House. More specifically, the revised AHCA's Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score will be released, providing analysis of the budgetary implications of the health care bill.

The Newest Way To Provide Feminist Resistance

As part of its "10 Actions in 100 Days" activism campaign, the Women's March on Washington recently announced its "Hear Our Vote" initiative, which encourages women and men to register to vote, particularly in upcoming local elections. Along with ann...

Trump's Administration May Lash Out Against Affirmative Action

On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that it had obtained an internal Justice Department document which indicated that the Trump administration may think that affirmative action discriminates against white college applicants. According to the Times, the document obtained by the paper consisted of an internal announcement to the civil rights division of the Justice Department.

Some States Are Increasing Birth Control Access & Availability

Unfortunately, women's reproductive healthcare perpetually hangs in balance under the Trump administration. To account for the uncertainty around the contraceptive mandate of Obamacare, some states are taking action to ensure that birth control remains accessible and low-cost for American women, with or without Obamacare.

How Trump's Budget Is A Feminist Issue

President Donald Trump's proposed budget is expected to be revealed on Tuesday and it, unfortunately, seems to include massive cuts to popular and widely-used programs. More specifically, Trump's budget proposes an $800 billion cut to Medicaid over the next ten years, something which, if implemented, would be incredibly detrimental for low-income Americans - particularly women.

The GOP Needs A Simple Majority To Open Health Care Debate, But It Won't Be Easy

On Tuesday, Senate Republicans are set to vote on heath care legislation. Many people are closely following the upcoming vote due to its controversial nature, as legislative sparring over health care reform has dominated much of Congress' year thus f...

Planned Parenthood Is Closing More Clinics

Under the Trump administration, Planned Parenthood has been a perpetual target of defunding threats. While the administration thankfully has not yet succeeded in federally defunding Planned Parenthood, the organization has still taken a hit in several states. Across the country, Planned Parenthood clinics are preparing to close or have already closed.

Sessions Could Have Been Held More Accountable

Day Two of Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination hearings for Attorney General came to a close Wednesday. During these hearings, senators on the Judiciary Committee asked an array of questions on many topics, including women's rights.

Your Birth Control Could Be Affected By This Bill

House Resolution 586, otherwise known as the "personhood bill," was recently introduced into the House of Representatives and referred to committee for consideration. If this bill became law, it would dictate that human life begins at fertilization, thereby banning all abortions.

Even Republicans Are Outraged About Trump Ending DACA

On Sunday, news came out that President Donald Trump has reportedly decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, something which would place the lives of hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients - otherwise known as Dream...

Here's How Many Dreamers Trump's DACA Plans Would Devastate

On Sunday, news emerged that President Donald Trump has reportedly decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. If the policy is canceled, it would end the legal status of DACA recipients, who are often referred to as "Dr...

The CBO Score For An Obamacare Repeal Is... Abysmal

On Monday evening, two Republican senators announced that they would not be supporting the revised Better Care Reconciliation Act, effectively ending Republican prospects of passing an Obamacare replacement bill for now. However, Senate Republicans have now indicated that they will seek to pass a bill to repeal Obamacare with a delayed replacement plan - the effects of which would be devastating.

The Personhood Bill Vote Could Approach Soon

As many know, a bill entitled the "Sanctity of Life Act," otherwise known as the "personhood bill," was recently introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill defines life as "beginning at fertilization" and aims to end abortion in the ...

A GOP Lawmaker Asks Why Men Should Pay For Maternity Care

During an interview on a radio show last Friday, Pete Olson, a Texas congressman, made a comment on prenatal and maternity coverage that has stoked widespread backlash. In his opposition to health insurance plans that cover essential benefits like pr...

Don't Expect To See The Senate Version Of The AHCA Anytime Soon

In May, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Following the bill's passage, Senate Republicans announced that they would be crafting their own version of a healthcare bill for consideration. However, since then, little information has been made public about the content of this bill, leaving many to wonder what exactly is happening with the AHCA.

These Senators' Reasons For Killing The Health Care Bill Aren't Encouraging

On Monday evening, two more Senate Republicans announced that they would not be supporting the revised Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), essentially "killing" the bill. However, while this decision did help halt the passage of a bill that could ...

Pro-Choice Legislators Have A Compelling New Strategy

During a time seemingly dominated by attacks on women's reproductive rights, pro-choice legislators are now adopting an exciting new strategy to help ensure women's access to abortion and protect their reproductive rights. The strategy legislators are using consists of sponsoring and introducing proactive abortion bills, or "abortion-out-loud" bills, which seek to actively help protect and expand women's reproductive rights.

Domestic Terrorists Are The Problem - Not Refugees

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump's administration released a draft of an Executive Order that, among other things, prohibits Syrian refugees from entering the United States as well as seeks to temporarily ban the United States from accepting more refugees from any country. While Trump's refugee ban is supposedly intended to reduce terrorism, it is completely misguided.

Trump Withdraws Transgender Bathroom Protections

In an anticipated move Wednesday evening, the Trump administration withdrew transgender bathroom protections developed under the Obama administration, providing guidance on making bathrooms available to transgender students. The guidelines that the Trump administration is rescinding were established by the Obama administration last May.

These Residents Want Congress' "Hands Off DC"

On Monday evening, residents of the District of Columbia, along with the city's Mayor, Muriel Bowser, gathered to protest a House committee vote to override a D.C. law making assisted suicide legal in certain circumstances. This protest and a related...

How The US Legal System Fails To Protect Rape Survivors

In the past year alone, there have been several high-profile cases demonstrating how the U.S. legal system continues to fail sexual assault survivors. From Brock Turner, the Stanford University student who was sentenced to only six months in prison f...

How to Counter Nine Arguments About The Gender Pay Gap

Tuesday, April 4 is Equal Pay Day, a day which symbolizes how far into the current year women must work in order to make the same amount of income that men made last year. As special attention is given to the gender wage gap today, you may hear many ...

All The Presidents That Have Been Impeached In History

Following weeks of increasing controversy, talk about the potential impeachment of President Donald Trump has reached fever pitch. With Rep. Al Green's call for impeachment, some observers are probably wondering if any U.S. president has ever been impeached before. The answer: Two presidents in U.S.

The Equal Rights Amendment Is Still So Important For Women

Wednesday, March 22 marks the 45th anniversary of the congressional passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). However, while the amendment passed through Congress decades ago, it has not yet been ratified by three-fourths of the states and is ther...

Why GOP Senators Will Probably Have To Give Up On Defunding Planned Parenthood

The U.S. Senate plans to hold a controversial vote to consider repealing Obamacare on Tuesday. However, in the lead-up to the vote, there has been little clarity about the contents of the bill that will be debated and possibly voted upon. This lack o...

This Won't Be These Activists' Last March

Hundreds of thousands of people attended the Women's March on Washington this weekend. I was one of the many marchers in D.C., and spent some of my time talking with Women's March participants who were new to activism, but joined at what was certainl...

A Government Shutdown Under Trump Is Possible

As April 28, the deadline for the federal government to pass a fiscal year 2017 spending bill, rapidly approaches, many are speculating as to whether there will be a government shutdown under President Trump. Many budget experts say that there is abo...

7 Seriously Sexist American Laws

Unfortunately, the year 2017 offered a poignant reminder that sexism in the United States and around the world is still very much alive and well. While many may know that most women experience some form of sexism on a regular basis, fewer probably re...

Some Of Texas' Most Selfless Hurricane Harvey Heroes Are Also DACA Recipients

On Sunday, news emerged that President Donald Trump has reportedly decided to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, something which would profoundly impact the lives of the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients in the United States.

Jeff Sessions Threatens To Withdraw Funding From Sanctuary Cities

During the White House press briefing on Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned sanctuary cities that they must comply with federal immigration laws or face federal funding cuts. Sessions' announcement perhaps does not come as a complete surprise, as President Trump signed a controversial and, according to the Washington Post, constitutionally-questionable Executive Order back in January that denied federal funding to sanctuary cities.

Kellyanne Conway Consulted For The The Planned Parenthood "Sting" Video Makers

Last week, Rewire reported that recently-revealed financial disclosure forms show that Kellyanne Conway consulted for the Planned Parenthood sting video creators via their organization called the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). The CMP is currently under criminal investigation in California for allegedly using false identities to secretly record conversations with abortion providers and to inaccurately characterize Planned Parenthood as profiting from the sale of fetal tissue after abortions.

The Constitution Does Not Say Whether A President Can Be Indicted

Recently, many have speculated about the possibility of impeaching Donald Trump, following the emergence of allegations that Trump asked former FBI director James Comey to end the agency's investigation of Michael Flynn ( the administration denies these claims). In addition to impeachment speculation, many are also wondering whether Trump could be indicted on criminal charges as a sitting president.

Trump's Tax Return Has A "Client Copy" Stamp

On Tuesday evening, Rachel Maddow revealed a pages from Donald Trump's 2005 tax return on her show. While many are focusing on the content of the return, others have also pointed out that there is a "client copy" stamp on Trump's tax return, meaning ...

A Federal Climate Change Report Leaks Before Trump Can Deny Its Harrowing Findings

On Monday, the New York Times reported that it had received a leaked copy of a draft federal climate change report that contained some pretty damning information linking human behavior to climate change. The leaked climate change report appears to co...

Trump Didn't (Technically) Break The Law By Sharing Classified Info

On Monday, news emerged that Donald Trump allegedly disclosed highly classified information to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister during a meeting at the White House last week (the White House, via multiple national security advisers, has denied these claims). While the notion of a U.S.

Trump's 2005 Tax Return Poses One Huge Question

On Tuesday evening, Rachel Maddow revealed a partial copy of Donald Trump's 2005 tax return on her show. The return is garnering a lot of attention because Trump has famously refused to adhere to presidential precedent and release his own returns. Ho...

Natural Disasters & Domestic Violence May Have An Alarming Connection

The consequences of a natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey are, unfortunately, many. Lives are lost, people are injured, property is damaged, and it can take years to return to a true sense of normalcy. However, some impact of natural disasters are...

Trump's Border Wall Is Not Part Of The New Spending Deal

On Sunday evening, Congressional negotiators reached an agreement that, once passed, will fund the federal government through the end of September. The agreement is largely considered a win for Democrats and, notably, the government budget deal doesn't include border wall funds, as Trump and his supporters may have hoped it would.

Trump's News Conference Sets A Dangerous Precedent

Today during his first press conference since July, Donald Trump refused to call on Jim Acosta, a Senior White House Correspondent for CNN. Though the President-elect is by no means obligated to answer each and every question presented to him, his tr...

A Closer Look At The Goldwater Rule

Recently, a great deal of confusion resulted from conflicting reports that the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) had seemingly overturned the Goldwater Rule, which states that mental health professionals cannot offer commentary on the mental health of public officials if they have not examined them.

Why You Shouldn't Celebrate The Health Care Bill Failure Just Yet

On Monday evening, two Republican senators announced that they would not be supporting the revised Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), essentially "killing" Republicans' chances of passing the Obamacare replacement bill in its current form. While the revised BCRA will not move forward, the healthcare bill's failure should (sadly) not celebrated just yet.

How Trump's Presidency Is Hurting Millennial Women

Back in January, following Donald Trump's inauguration, millions of women around the world marched in solidarity to stand up for their rights. They did so with good reason. Just 100 days in, Trump's presidency has already hurt women, both in the Unit...

What A Critical Terror Threat Level Means For The UK

Following yesterday's tragic bombing at the Manchester Arena, the United Kingdom has raised its international terrorism threat level to critical. In light of this news and of yesterday's events, it is important to take a closer look at what exactly i...

Six-Month Report Card: Everything Congress Has (And Hasn't) Done Under Trump

The 115th Session of Congress is taking a short recess on June 30. In light of Congress' first half of the 2017 year coming to a close, it's important to reflect on the decisions that have been made since Donald Trump took office. Needless to say, Am...

How Trump's Budget Would Affect Women

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump's administration revealed its first comprehensive budget proposal. The proposal suggests extensive funding cuts for many federal programs and agencies. The cuts proposed by Trump's budget could particularly negatively affect women in the United States, who seem to stand to lose the most should the changes suggested by the budget come to fruition.

Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro Discusses Trump & Anti-Semitism

In the two months that Donald Trump has been president, attorneys general across the county have already taken on leading roles challenging his policies. Most of that has been through legal channels, such as when Democratic state attorneys general un...

Most Voters In Republican Swing Districts Support Planned Parenthood

A recent poll conducted Public Policy Polling on behalf of Planned Parenthood revealed that a majority of voters in Republican-held swing districts do not support defunding Planned Parenthood or dismantling Obamacare.

Here's What You Need To Know About The Health Care Vote-A-Rama

On Tuesday evening, Senate Republicans voted to proceed to open debate on health care reform and they're just getting started. The debate is expected to take up to 20 hours and will likely include the offering of many amendments. After debate closes,...

Presidents Share Classified Info All The Time, But Trump's Case Is Unique

On Monday evening, the Washington Post reported that Donald Trump allegedly shared highly classified information with Russian officials during a meeting last week. This news has received a substantial amount of attention and has likely led many to wonder if a president has ever shared highly classified information before - or if Trump is the first to do so.

New York's Free College Tuition Program Leaves Room For Improvement

New York state recently passed legislation that would provide free college tuition to many students. The new law will be implemented this fall and is being heralded for its progressiveness. While the law is certainly admirable, there are still many w...

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A High Schooler Was Arrested By ICE Right Before Prom

Spring should be an exciting time for seniors on their way to college. Unfortunately, for one student at New York's Ossining High School, June was not marked by momentous occasions like the prom and Senior Skip Day, but detention and possible deporta...

This Is How Frighteningly Easy It Is To Hack The Voting Machines In America

At the DEF CON conference in Las Vegas this past weekend, conference attendees demonstrated just how terrifyingly easy it is to hack into the United States' voting systems, something that particularly resonates in light of potential Russian interference in last year's presidential elections.

Trump's State Department Request Raises Questions

On Thursday, The New York Times reported that the Trump transition team emailed a questionnaire to State Department employees reportedly requesting information on gender equality-related programming. Since the news was released, there has been much speculation as to why this particular information was supposedly requested.

This Is How You Can Fight For ERA

March 22 marks the 45th anniversary of the U.S. congressional passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which guarantees American women equal rights under the law. However, while the amendment passed Congress, it has not yet been ratified by enoug...

These Texas Abortion Bills Are An Affront To Women

Two anti-abortion bills passed through the Texas State Senate on Monday and will now head to the Texas House of Representatives. These Texas anti-abortion bills impose strict limits on a woman's freedom of choice and quality of care. The first bill, ...

Trump Slashed Funding For Combating Right-Wing Violence

In the wake of the Charlottesville tragedy last weekend, you might be wondering what could have been done to prevent it from happening. Unfortunately, some programs that work to counter the white nationalism and violent extremism that contributed to ...

Some Of The Ways The American Healthcare System Hurts Women

One of the standout issues with the American Health Care Act that was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this month was how it would affect women's health. While, if ultimately passed, the bill could certainly make healthcare options and ...

UNITED STATES POLICIES AND POLITICS

Why Trump Would Have A Really Hard Time Changing Libel Laws

On Sunday, Donald Trump's Chief of Staff Reince Priebus indicated that the president's administration has "looked at" making changes to libel laws, potentially threatening press freedoms. Priebus' assertion has led many to wonder whether the president can change libel laws and, if so, how this change would occur.

California Democrats & Republicans Take Same Approach To Climate Change

On Monday evening, members of the California legislature voted to pass a bipartisan plan to extend the state's climate change program until 2030. According to the Los Angeles Times, the measure continues the state's 5-year-old cap-and-trade program, which requires businesses to buy permits if they wish to engage in activities which release greenhouse gases into the environment.