August 24, 2012
Re "GOP hadn't planned on this debate," Aug. 22 Is The Times kidding? The GOP and the tea party elements that have taken it over have been spoiling for this debate ever since they captured the House and numerous state legislatures in 2010. After running on the economy and jobs, the Republicans have instead introduced bills seeking to limit women's access to reproductive health services, to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood, to put women's clinics out of business and even to restrict access to contraception.
June 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Congress returns its attention this week to women's issues, with the Senate voting on legislation to ensure paycheck equity as GOP front-runner Mitt Romney tapped a Republican congresswoman to be his campaign liaison in the House. Women remain among the most sought-after voters, and Democrats are trying to shore up their historic advantage with females. President Obama has enjoyed a gender gap advantage among women, but Romney does better among white women, according to recent Gallup polling.
June 4, 2012 |
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.
May 31, 2012 |
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.
August 26, 2012 |
BOSTON - Rejecting Democratic efforts to convince voters that Republicans would “wage a war on women” with their policies, Mitt Romney offered an unusual defense of his Massachusetts healthcare plan in an interview that aired Sunday, and offered another condemnation of Missouri Congressman Todd Akin. Akin created an uproar and major political problem for his party when he made the baseless assertion in an interview last Sunday that after a “legitimate rape,” women have a biological mechanism to prevent a pregnancy.
January 6, 2014 |
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly, in a video released Monday to introduce his campaign manager, blames Gov. Jerry Brown's prison policy for the rape and murder of a 76-year-old woman in Stockton, and argues that the governor's attempts to reduce prison crowding amounted to a true “war on women.” “I believe in women, I don't believe in early release for criminals who prey on women,” Donnelly says in the two-and-a-half-minute video....
April 11, 2012 |
MENDENHALL, Pa. -- Within hours of Rick Santorum's withdrawal from the presidential race Tuesday, leading Republicans were focused on the difficult task ahead: uniting a fractured party behind Mitt Romney. That work got underway in Pennsylvania on Tuesday night shortly before Romney's appearance at the Chester County GOP dinner where the state's junior senator made a plea to members of his party to set aside their loyalties and get behind the former Massachusetts governor. “He can't do this alone.
February 17, 2003 |
Hundreds of thousands of chanting, placard-waving people marched through downtown Sydney on Sunday to protest Australia's possible involvement in a U.S.-led war on Iraq. Organizers estimated the crowd at 500,000; police said at least 200,000 people showed up but agreed that it was Australia's biggest protest since the Vietnam War. Australia is one of Washington's staunchest allies and has deployed 2,000 troops to the Mideast. Prime Minister John Howard reaffirmed his support for U.S.
January 29, 2009 |
Barack Obama ended four wars during his first week as president. With just a few words and strokes of his pen, the president ended the war on terror, the war on Islam, the war on science and the war on women. In his first executive orders, Obama effectively dismantled the elaborate structures that supported the Bush administration's "war on terror." On Jan. 22, he ordered the closure of the Guantanamo prison and a halt to the much-criticized military commission trials.
March 2, 2012 |
In unleashing his sharp words against a law student this week, talk show host Rush Limbaugh - who called the student a “slut” and a “prostitute” for advocating expanded access to birth control - sparked rebukes from President Obama, fellow Republicans and longtime sponsors of his talk show. Obama entered the fray Friday when he called Sandra Fluke, a third-year Georgetown University law student, to express support after she drew Limbaugh's ire when she testified in favor of the administration's new rule requiring employers to offer health insurance plans that cover birth control.