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Leave young men and women, single moms, and struggling families behind is GOP mantra!

Party leaders initially encountered objections from some more moderate Republicans leery of cutting Planned Parenthood’s funds and from presidential contenders, Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida, who threatened to oppose the measure if it wasn’t strong enough.In the end, Cruz and Rubio voted “yes.” Moderate GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Mark Kirk of Illinois voted no, the only lawmakers to cross party lines, while Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., did not vote.The Senate bill would all but erase the health care overhaul by dismantling some of its key pillars, including requirements that most people obtain coverage and larger employers offer it to workers.

Source: News from The Associated Press

Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Welcome My Baby

When I was born no one was happyNo one smiledNo one said, “Welcome my baby,Welcome my sister.”Why? What is my sin?I am a human, a girl.A woman is brutally beatenon the street without reasonA girl is slanderedStoned by the peopleA woman is forced to have illicit relationsoutside of her marriage.She cannot defend herselfA man burns his wife’s bodyNo one defends herWhy? What is her sin?I can’t be silent.I can’t accept that.I want to say, “Welcome my babyWelcome my sister.” By Manizha

Source: Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Welcome My Baby

Labour sweeps to conclusive victory in Oldham byelection | Politics | The Guardian

Labour has comfortably won its first parliamentary byelection since Jeremy Corbyn became leader, storming ahead of Ukip by 10,835 votes in Oldham West and Royton in Greater Manchester.Jim McMahon, the 35-year-old leader of Oldham council, will swap the town hall for Westminster after persuading 17,322 people to vote for him. Turnout was 40.26% – not an embarrassment on a very rainy Thursday in December. McMahon increased Labour’s share of the vote to 62.27%, up 7.49% from the general election in May.

Source: Labour sweeps to conclusive victory in Oldham byelection | Politics | The Guardian

Berkeley City Council Approves Laws Targeting Homeless: SFist

In a contentious public meeting that went well into the night, the City Council of Berkeley Tuesday passed a set of laws specifically designed to target the city’s homeless population. The laws, which include a ban on occupying more than 2-square-feet of sidewalk space, are an attempted response to the city’s growing population of homeless. Several members of the city council vocally opposed the new laws, and at least one Councilmember decried the measures as punitive.In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin explained his opposition to the new laws.

Source: Berkeley City Council Approves Laws Targeting Homeless: SFist

NY Post Changes San Bernardino Massacre Cover To Emphasize “Muslim” Over “Murder”: Gothamist {NY Post Encouraging hate and harm to people who are believers in Islam}

Fourteen people were killed and over a dozen more were seriously injured in yesterday’s horrific shooting in San Bernardino, California. The two main suspects, a married couple, were killed during a gun battle with police, and authorities are now piecing together the details of the case. But things like investigations and facts didn’t stop the NY Post from making the decision to change their initial front cover headline—”Murder Mission”—to “Muslim Killers” with all the subtlety of high school teens bullying each other on Snapchat.

Source: NY Post Changes San Bernardino Massacre Cover To Emphasize “Muslim” Over “Murder”: Gothamist

Israel arrests members of ′Jewish terror group′ over killing of Palestinian family | News | DW.COM | 03.12.2015

Israeli police did not say how many far-right extremists were arrested, their names, or any details of the case, due to a restriction by the court.The July 31 attack in Duma, a village outside Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, ignited smoldering Palestinian anger over a frozen peace process and illegal Jewish settlement building in land Palestinians claim for a future state.Tensions have also arisen over the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the third most holy site in the Islamic world and most holy site for Jews, who call it the Temple Mount.The international community, Israeli and Palestinian leaders condemned the attack as Israeli authorities vowed to crack down on Jewish extremism.Daily attacksViolence has spiraled out of control, claiming the lives of 19 Israelis and one Jewish US citizen in near daily stabbing, shooting and car ramming incidents.Israel blames the Palestinian media and leadership of inciting the violence.At least 97 Palestinians, 58 claimed by Israel to be assailants, have been killed since October. The others have been killed mainly in protests and clashes with Israeli security forces.Earlier this week the Israeli rights group B’Tselem accused Israel of carrying out a “shoot-to-kill policy,” – charges denied by Israeli authorities.

Source: Israel arrests members of ′Jewish terror group′ over killing of Palestinian family | News | DW.COM | 03.12.2015

More than 1,000 women in secret Facebook group name men who troll women online – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

More than 1,100 women are tackling online abuse by naming and shaming “trolls” in a Twitter campaign which launched this morning.Members of a secret Facebook group are tweeting out names of more than 150 men who trolled Clementine Ford — with comments including “go to the bathroom and kill yourself” and “bitches like you are the reason why some men are prone to violence” — after a male Meriton employee was fired for calling her a “slut” online.The hashtag #EndViolenceAgainstWomen and screenshots of the abuse would also be included.Within 20 minutes of its launch this morning the hashtag was trending at number one in Australia.Sydney author and columnist Kerri Sackville is leading the charge against the men she has labelled trolls, saying she is sick of seeing women, particularly those in the media, maliciously threatened with rape and murder online.”When you abuse one woman you abuse all of us … I said to my friend there has to be something we can do,” Sackville told the ABC.

Source: More than 1,000 women in secret Facebook group name men who troll women online – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Paul Ryan Throws Down G.O.P. Gauntlet for 2016 – The New York Times No interest in serving public or governing just seeking advantage for GOP? Loser/Fail!

“Our No. 1 goal for the next year is to put together a complete alternative to the left’s agenda,” Mr. Ryan said, speaking in the Great Hall at the Library of Congress, a setting designed to highlight the importance he placed on the speech. “Only government that sends power back to the people can make America confident again.”

Source: Paul Ryan Throws Down G.O.P. Gauntlet for 2016 – The New York Times