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Paul Ryan: GOP will defund Planned Parenthood 

A push by Republican congressional leaders to defund Planned Parenthood could threaten passage of their top-priority legislation to repeal Obamacare because of opposition to the anti-abortion provision by two key GOP senators. 10 more words

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The Story of the 16-Year-Old Who Died in Custody After Being Arrested for Arguing With Her Mother

“There is a reflexive incarceration of girls for behavior that would better be described as everyday adolescent rebellion than juvenile delinquency,” Lindsay Rosenthal, senior program associate and gender justice fellow with the Vera Institute’s Center on Youth Justice, told Jezebel. 294 more words

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Trump team asked State Department for info on women’s issues programs, sparking fears of another witch hunt 

It’s likely a sign that Trump staffers plan to reduce funding and attention to these programs.

…“In our view, gathering names in this manner bears striking resemblance to dark chapters in our history marked by enemies lists and political witch hunts,” the committee Democrats said. 40 more words

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Trump Asks State Dept. To Name Those Working On Gender Equality

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has asked the State Department to list its workers who focus on gender equality and ending violence against women, in what’s being seen as an echo of an earlier request for the Energy Department to list employees who work on climate change. 53 more words

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Pres. Carter: Losing my religion for equality

Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God.

Losing my religion for equality

what a mensch, that one!

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Nigeria's Chibok girls rescued from Boko Haram will be sponsored by African American billionaire Robert Smith — Quartz

Shehu says Smith is “currently sponsoring the education of 24 girls from Chibok, among them the first set of escapees from Boko Haram at the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola.” AUN is owned by Atiku Abubakar, Nigeria’s former vice- president. 80 more words

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How Vera Rubin discovered dark matter 

In the late 1970s, Vera Rubin and Kent Ford of the Carnegie Institution of Washington stared, confused, at the punch-card readouts from their observations of the Andromeda Galaxy. 79 more words

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