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Oklahoma Court Rules That Unwanted Oral Sex Isn’t Rape If Victim Is Unconscious From Drinking

Credit: Oklahomawatch.org

Oklahoma is truly on a roll this week for reproductive freedom and women’s rights. Just a few days before criminalizing abortion doctors, which effectively makes abortion illegal statewide, a state court issued a stunning ruling when it found that state law doesn’t criminalize oral sex with a victim who is completely unconscious. The ruling, …

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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Admits To Molesting Teenagers Decades Ago, Receives 15 Months In Banking Violations Case

Dennis Hastert at today's sentencing hearing (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Dennis Hastert, former U.S. Speaker of the House, was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday to 15 months in federal prison with two years of supervised release in his hush money case.  The sentence also requires the man who once was the second in line for the presidency to comply with …

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One Perfect Instagram Post Perfectly Links Women’s And LGBT Struggles, Drops Mic On GOP Mansplaining And “Bathroom Bill”

Tribune Papers

One of the greatest breakthroughs in the modern movement for basic human and civil rights has been different contemporary leaders’ ability to highlight, link, and strengthen the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and economic modality. The concept, known officially as Intersectionality, describes the ways in which oppressive institutions of …

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“If We Take Care Of Morality, God Will Take Care Of The Economy” Oklahoma Legislature Approves Bill Banning Nearly All Abortions

Charles Dharapak/AP

New law making it illegal for doctors to perform abortions already being called “the most draconian statewide anti-abortion measure ever.” While America continues to distract itself with the ever-expanding circus that is the GOP Primary Cycle, state legislatures nationwide are not-so-quietly continuing their all-out assault on reproductive rights and women’s …

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Ted Cruz Thinks Trans People Should Only Pee At Home If They Aren’t Comfortable With “Bathroom Bills”

Photo Credit: Raw Story

Equates peeing to “imposing your lifestyle on others” Following North Carolina’s passing of HB2, the so-called “Bathroom Bill” which along with barring local and countywide officials from passing ordinances prohibiting discrimination against LGBT persons also stipulates that trans-people must use the bathroom of their “biological origin,” similarly discriminatory legislation has begun …

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War On The Poor and People Of Color: Federal Judge Upholds Controversial Voter ID Law In North Carolina

A voting rights rally in Winston-Salem, N.C., in 2015.
Travis Dove for The New York Times

A new era of voter suppression post-Voting Rights Act. A federal judge on Monday afternoon upheld systemic GOP-passed changes to voter eligibility in North Carolina elections, including an enormously controversial voter identification provision that civil rights groups insist unfairly targets black Americans, minority populations, and economically disparaged demographics statewide. It is believed …

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The American Authoritarian On Full Display Today: Trump Says Protesters ‘Don’t Love Our Country’ To Cheering Throngs

(Credit: AP/Carolyn Kaster/Salon)

“You know in New York we had some protesters, they’re all paid for,” he says as the crowd chants “Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump.” After a few weeks of moderately toning things down in a vague attempt to sound presidential, Donald Trump has reverted to his old authoritarian, say-what-you-want-deal-with-consequences-later ways this afternoon …

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