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OPINION
September 13, 2012 | Meghan Daum
It's a strange time to be a woman. I say this not because state legislatures enacted no less than 95 restrictions on reproductive rights this year. I say it not because at the same time, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker repealed his state's equal pay law and Wisconsin state Sen. Glenn Grothman conjectured that "money is more important for men. " Or because, just last month, an alarming number of male legislators demonstrated serious confusion about the birds and the bees. I'm saying it because Naomi Wolf has written a book about her vagina.
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WORLD
September 3, 2004 | John Daniszewski, Times Staff Writer
Organizations concerned with reproductive health and sexual education sharply criticized the Bush administration Thursday, saying that its policies are contributing to the AIDS pandemic and the deaths of women during childbirth and from unsafe abortions. The criticism came on the final day of the three-day Countdown 2015 conference in London. About 700 representatives of governments and groups from 109 countries gathered to assess progress toward goals set in 1994 at a U.N.
NEWS
June 4, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- As President Obama continues to enjoy a gender gap over the GOP front-runner Mitt Romney, Democrats in Congress hope to help widen their party's advantage among female voters by portraying Republicans as the enemies of paycheck equity. Republican senators are expected to block the Paycheck Fairness Act, and on the eve of Tuesday's vote in the Senate, Obama and his allies said the bill would help women breadwinners at a time when Americans continue to struggle in the difficult economy.
NEWS
April 26, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- As the battle intensifies over keeping student loan interest rates low, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the Republican plan to gut a public health fund to pay for it “another assault on women's health.” Republicans want to eliminate what they call a “slush fund” established under the nation's new healthcare law to pay for keeping student loan rates low, and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has proposed taking $6 billion from the fund to pay for the costs of avoiding a loan rate hike this summer.
NEWS
April 23, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- It's legislative spring-cleaning time in Congress, where lawmakers are engaged in a busy week of should-pass legislation as both parties seek to tally accomplishments before taking a break to campaign during the upcoming recess. The Senate is closing in on passage of a long-debated overhaul to the Postal Service that would save Saturday delivery and make it more difficult for the government to close rural post offices. The postal bill still faces dozens of possible amendments, including one from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
NEWS
May 3, 2012 | By Morgan Little
The latest volley in the fight for women voters,  “The Life of Julia,”  has pitted the Obama campaign's vision of a country under Mitt Romney's leadership against the president's record.  "The Life of Julia" is essentially an interactive timeline, a tool that examines the life of a composite of American women -- a fictional character named Julia -- and the different ways in which the policies of Obama and Romney would affect  her....
NEWS
May 31, 2012 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - Even as political fights over abortion and contraception grab headlines, very few American women identify issues of women's health as something they want to hear about from candidates this year, according to a new survey from the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation. Only 2 percent of registered female voters named “women's issues” as a top priority in this year's campaign. If abortion is included, that number rises only to 5 percent. By contrast, 60% registered women identified the economy as the top issue, making it far and away the most important issue in voters' minds, the national poll found.
NEWS
May 8, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
For the Obama campaign, the creation of “The Life of Julia” was the latest campaign gimmick - drawing in female voters through social media to an infographic showing what a young woman's life might look like under the policies of a White House run by Mitt Romney, rather than by President Obama. But Romney does not seem amused. “This little cartoon that they have on the life of Julia really reveals the weakness of the president's policies,” the presumed Republican nominee told Fox News host Sean Hannity during a taped interview that aired Tuesday night.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
For those of you under the impression that there's currently a “ war on women ” underway in America, this weekend in a column for Fox News' website , writer Suzanne Venker set the record straight: Men are actually the ones under siege. In the piece, titled “The War on Men,” Venker said that men are less interested in marriage than they were 15 years ago because, thanks to the sexual revolution, “women aren't women anymore”; instead, they've become “angry” and “defensive.” Her argument may not have been that sound, but Venker's column certainly worked as click-bait, lighting up Twitter and drawing responses from numerous media outlets.
NATIONAL
May 3, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli, Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - If Barack Obama's first presidential campaign was part cultural phenomenon, part national movement, his second may look a bit more modest - like a series of well-run Senate campaigns. Facing the reality of running as a bruised incumbent in a politically divided country, Obama's advisors say they are plotting a strategy that doesn't depend on a wave of support to lift the president's chances across the country. And it won't hinge on a single theme based on ideas such as "hope" and "change" that defined the campaign and captured the zeitgeist in 2008.
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