Sunday, 22 January 2012

Weekly news wrap-up: Oh, happy day!!!

Let's celebrate the good things that happened this week that have nothing to do with the damn GOP primary:

  • The Obama administration announced that most employers will be required to include contraception coverage in their health plans with zero co-pays or deductibles. This is a huge victory for women who have fought for birth control to be covered in the same way as Viagra.
  • President Obama didn't fall for Republican shenanigans and nixed the Keystone XL pipeline. A courageous move, seeing how oil executives told him there would be "political consequences" if he rejected the proposal. But! The fight isn't over. They are developing plans for a new route. 
  • United Wisconsin organizers turned in ONE MILLION signatures to recall Governor (AKA the Koch brothers' pool boy) Scott Walker. They only needed 540,000. Amazing! They also collected enough signatures to start the recall of the lieutenant governor and four Republican state senators. GO BADGERS!!!!
  • Looks like the Stop Online Piracy Act  (SOPA) in the House and the Senate's Protect IP Act (PIPA) are going down in flames - at least in their current forms. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid postponed a vote on the act that was to take place on Tuesday. Senator Al Franken broke my heart with his co-sponsoring of this crap. Yea, he's from Hollywood, but he's also a great progressive. Shame!!!
Did I miss anything? What news are you celebrating this week?

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