Barack Obama

Breaking: Obama Reverses the Global Gag Rule

by Cara January 23, 2009

It’s official. The gag rule is no more.  (At least until our next anti-choice president, if legislative action isn’t also taken.) International funding can now go to organizations that provide abortions with other funding, or simply offer counseling about abortion as an option from a different provider.  Desperately poor women with high risk pregnancies won’t [...]

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Senate Passes Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

by Cara January 23, 2009

Great news! Yesterday, the Senate passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The new Democratic-led U.S. Senate flexed its expanded muscle on Thursday by overwhelmingly passing a bill to reverse a 2007 Supreme Court decision that made it tougher to sue for pay discrimination. Approved 61-36, the measure is similar to one that Senate Republicans [...]

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by Cara January 21, 2009

I have absolutely nothing to add to the abundant commentary that has been made so far about Barack Obama’s inauguration.  All that can be said has been. It was a hugely historic moment that I feel privileged to have seen.  But it’s not the end of our problems, economic, racial or otherwise.  And so on. [...]

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What is the Future of Abstinence-Only Sex Education?

by Cara January 19, 2009

I’ve written quite a bit lately — either directly or more indirectly — about abstinence-only education and the dangerous, detrimental effects it has on youth and their ability to protect themselves from STDs and unplanned pregnancy.  Study after study shows that abstinence-only education doesn’t work.  Studies also show that countries that use an honest, comprehensive [...]

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Add Your Voice: End the Genocide in Darfur

by Cara December 16, 2008

Now that a Democrat has been elected to the White House, progressive groups everywhere are clamoring to have something positive done about their cause for the first time in 8 years or more. You’ve probably been getting a lot of email alerts, and asked to write a lot of letters. But one of the most [...]

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Vote Obama! (Or: What Do I Have to Live for Now?)

by Cara November 13, 2008

Obama Win Causes Obsessive Supporters To Realize How Empty Their Lives Are h/t Sudy Tweet

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Yoko Ono on Barack Obama

by Cara November 10, 2008

This morning, Yoko Ono — who previously refused to take a stance on the election, saying that she preferred grassroots organizing — posted an open letter showing that she too has gotten caught up in the Obama craze.  She gets the catchphrase wrong, but I think the sentiment still holds true, certainly enough to get [...]

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And This is Why I’m Glad I’ve Never Voted for Ralph Nader

by Cara November 7, 2008

Because even Fox News is smart enough to call him out on being an ignorant, racist ass for saying Barack Obama is an “Uncle Tom.” For more, see Bint. And hey Nader? Fuck you. Tweet

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Reporting Back From Erie

by Cara November 3, 2008

Canvassing Erie, Pa was contradictorily both really exhausting and really energizing. It was a strictly GOTV (Get Out The Vote) operation, meaning that we were done trying to convince people to be on our side — the goal was to make sure that the people who are on our side cast their ballots. Tweet

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McCain Doesn’t Seem Sure About Why McCain Should Be President, Either

by Cara October 25, 2008

It looks like even McCain’s arguments for why he should be president are actually arguments for why he shouldn’t. John McCain kicked off a campaign swing in two Western states Friday with a new warning that electing Barack Obama could create unchecked Democratic control in Washington. Republican incumbents and challengers are facing stiff battles in [...]

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