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POLL: Women Voters Abandon GOP In Key Battleground States

President Obama has emerged with an impressive lead in swing states around the country — thanks to women voters abandoning the GOP in droves, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll showing President Obama leading among women voters in the top dozen battleground states by a whopping 18 points — greater than the 12-point gender gap he won with in 2008.

FBI Joins Planned Parenthood Bombing Investigation In Wisconsin

The FBI has joined the investigation into the Sunday bombing of a Planned Parenthood office in Grand Chute, Wisc., an agency spokesman in Milwaukee told TPM.

See more: Homemade Bomb Explodes At Wisconsin Planned Parenthood Office

Arizona Official Considering Banning Ethnic Studies In Universities Too

Two years ago, Arizona outlawed the teaching of ethnic studies in K-12 schools, and now it may expand the prohibition to universities too.

Texas Tries To Keep Voter ID Debate Secret

The state of Texas wants the discussions their Republican legislators had about passing a voter ID law to stay secret.

Democrats Ask Boehner To Back Off His ‘Direct Assault’ On Gay Veterans

Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) and Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) are urging House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to abandon his efforts to defend the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act in a case involving a disabled Iraq war veteran. That veteran, Tracey Cooper-Harris — is on disability and receiving treatment for PTSD and multiple sclerosis — alleges that by failing to provide spousal benefits to her wife, the Veterans Affairs administration is infringing on her constitutional right to equal protection under the law. DOMA prevents federal agencies from recognizing same-sex relationships and Title 38 of the United States Code defines spouses as a person of the opposite sex.

Romney’s China Policy Hypes Military Threat, Ignores Diplomacy And Engagement

The Washington Post reported last week that GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney “is preparing to broaden his challenge to President Obama’s management of foreign affairs.” One issue the former Massachusetts governor has been trying to hit Obama on is China. Romney continues to attack the administration for not doing enough and not spending enough. In a recent op-ed, Romney promised to confront what he called the threat of a “Chinese century” by spending more money

Oil Scare Turns FedEx On To Energy Efficiency

The rising cost of oil isn’t just a hit to the family budget. Businesses are hurt, too. Few are more affected than firms like FedEx. It deploys nearly 700 planes and tens of thousands of trucks and vans every day to deliver packages around the world. And few business leaders are more focused on finding alternatives to petroleum-based fuels than FedEx CEO Fred Smith.

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