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President Obama Nominates Janet Yellen to Lead Federal Reserve

President Obama Nominates Janet Yellen to Lead Federal Reserve

Yellen signaled that if confirmed, she would focus on strengthening the economy by focusing on jobs and controlling inflation.
Afghan Youth Celebrated in Bamyan

Afghan Youth Celebrated in Bamyan

In Afghanistan, two-thirds of the estimated population of 27 million are young people.
Over 400 Garment Workers Fall Ill in Bangladesh

Over 400 Garment Workers Fall Ill in Bangladesh

Workers at the Starlight Sweater company began to experience stomach cramps and vomiting two hours into their shifts on Wednesday.
Virginia Approves TRAP Laws

Virginia Approves TRAP Laws

The Virginia Board of Health, in a vote of 11 to 2 gave final approval to new regulations on abortion clinics. Opponents of the laws claim that these new regulations will force most of Virginia’s 20 abortion clinics to close. During the hearings, the board listened to arguments from roughly 30 people on either side...
Obama Nominates First Woman to Head Secret Service

Obama Nominates First Woman to Head Secret Service

Yesterday, President Obama announced that he will appoint Julia Pierson to direct the Secret Service. Pierson will be the first woman to lead the Secret Service in United States history. President Obama in a statement, described Pierson, “Julia is eminently qualified to lead the agency that not only safeguards Americans at major events and secures...
Ryan Budget Attacks Affordable Care Act, Medicare, And Domestic Programs

Ryan Budget Attacks Affordable Care Act, Medicare, And Domestic Programs

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chair of the House Budget Committee, released a 2013 budget yesterday that attacks multiple advances made since President Obama first took office in 2009. The Ryan budget would repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which prohibits insurance companies from classifying being a woman as a pre-existing medical condition and eliminated co-pays...
Bill to Repeal Death Penalty Passes MD Senate Committee

Bill to Repeal Death Penalty Passes MD Senate Committee

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s bill to abolish the death penalty has passed in the state Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on a 6 to 5 vote. The bill will now move to the Senate floor, where it is expected to pass. Twenty-six of the Maryland Senate’s forty-seven members have pledged to support the bill. Senator Brian...
VAWA Could Brought Up In House Next Week

VAWA Could Brought Up In House Next Week

  The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) could be brought up in the House of Representatives as early as next week. According to news reports, House Republican leadership are poised to bring VAWA to the floor for discussion. As of now it is unclear if they will bring the inclusive version passed by the Senate...
IL Same-Sex Marriage Bill Advances to House

IL Same-Sex Marriage Bill Advances to House

The Illinois state Senate voted 32 to 21 in favor of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage on Thursday. The law would redefine marriage as the legal union of two people, not specifically a man and a woman. It would also convert civil unions to marriages within a year’s time. Religious institutions and individuals...
President Obama Issues State of the Union Address

President Obama Issues State of the Union Address

In his first State of the Union message since his reelection, President Obama urged quick passage of legislation the women’s movement has supported for many years. This legislation includes: passage by the House of the Senate’s Violence against Women Reauthorization, for Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act (which was filibustered in the Senate by...