8 hrs ago
International Business Times
House Passes Ban On Abortion After 20 Weeks
The Republican-controlled House passed legislation Tuesday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, offering social conservatives a symbolic gift even as the bill has zero chance of becoming law.
13 hrs ago
CBO: 8 million to gain legal status...
About 8 million immigrants living unlawfully in the United States would initially gain legal status under sweeping legislation moving toward a vote in the Senate, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday, adding the bill would push federal deficits lower in each of the next two decades.
17 hrs ago
Lofgren to lead Dems vs. abortion bill
The face of the Democratic opposition to a bill that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks will be California Rep. Zoe Lofgren.
18 hrs ago
Do rapes result in fewer pregnancies than consensual intercourse? A review of the research
Partisan debate about pregnancy and rape re-emerged last week with a bill that would ban abortion 20 weeks after fertilization, when some researchers say fetuses are capable of feeling pain.
Mon Jun 17, 2013
Sentinel & Enterprise
The House Judiciary Committee gathered Wednesday to pass another anti-abortion bill, and the nameplates on the majority side told the story: In all, the nameplates of 23 misters lined both rows on the GOP side; there isn't one Republican woman on the panel.
Fri Jun 14, 2013
Editorial: Franks' facts
We recognize that the issue of abortion is a lightning rod for strong opinions in this country, especially in the halls of Congress.
What the real outrage should be in the "Trent Franks 20 wk abortion ban" debate
A couple of days ago I wrote about the "outrage" generated by innocent remarks Rep. Trent Franks made regarding a woman getting pregnant as a result of rape.
Kansas City InfoZine
House Committee Approves Bill to Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks
By Jacqueline DelPilar - A bill banning abortion after 20 weeks is likely to come up for debate on the House floor next week after being approved Wednesday by the Judiciary Committee.
Republicans are no longer trying to hide their hatred of women
On Capitol Hill, Rep. Trent Franks explained why he supports a national 20-week abortion ban without exceptions for rape an incest by claiming that pregnancies resulting from rape are very rare , a very similar claim to how former Rep. Todd Akin defended his extreme anti-abortion views.
Thu Jun 13, 2013
The Weekly Standard
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Republicans Pick Female Lawmaker to Manage Abortion Bill
U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn will replace Representative Trent Franks to manage debate on a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy after he questioned whether many pregnancies are caused by rape, said House Republican leadership aides.
Wed Jun 12, 2013
Today's edition of Idiots on Parade
An Arizona Republican Trent Franks is under the impression that the rate of pregnancy resulting from rape is virtually non existent.
Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., stands by comment that pregnancy rate "very low" from rape
Despite calls from Republican leaders for members of their party to stop talking about rape in the context of the abortion issue, Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., waded directly into that territory Wednesday and is standing by his comment that the number of pregnancies resulting from rape is "very low."
GOP congressman: Rate of pregnancies from rape is 'very low'
Democrats on the committee, including Rep. Zoe Lofgren , responded by pointing to similar comments made by then-Rep. Todd Akin in his 2012 Senate campaign.
Tue Jun 11, 2013
Statement on the Introduction of the Wireless Tax Fairness Act
In response to U.S. House of Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Trent Franks introducing the Wireless Tax Fairness Act , which would place a five year moratorium on any new and discriminating taxes and fees imposed on wireless consumers' monthly bills, CTIA-The Wireless AssociationA President and CEO Steve Largent said: "On behalf of the more than 300 ... (more)
Sat Jun 08, 2013
Strange bedfellows: Revelations of NSA spying have created odd bipartisanship
This week's revelations of government spying by the NSA have fostered some new and unusual alliances in Congress.
Fri Jun 07, 2013
Inside Bay Area
President Obama defends surveillance programs in San Jose
President Barack Obama on Friday defended his administration's mass collection of telephone and Internet records, saying it's thoroughly overseen by Congress and judges and strikes the right balance between security and privacy.
Thu Jun 06, 2013
House Dem: Cellphone unlocking should never be a crime
Legislation backed by the wireless industry that would allow consumers to "unlock" their cellphones doesn't go far enough to remove the threat of criminal penalties, Rep. Zoe Lofgren said Thursday.
The Washington Post
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Congress Moves To Protect Phone Unlockers - A Small Step Towards Fixing the DMCA
Congress looks poised to create a new legal shield for mobile phone unlocking, making it clear that people who switch wireless carriers won't face civil suits or criminal penalties under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.