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Here’s How Trump’s Sexism Is Destroying Women’s Lives

3yrs ago from Raw Story
Trump is a wrecking ball of male ego, who has rolled over women from his Manhattan playboy days to the presidency. Now in the Oval Office, his sexism is magnified by his need for the Religious Right as a base. He has weakened equal pay laws, restated the Gag Rule and lined up a Supreme Court nominee who wants to reverse Roe vs. Wade. The man is waging a war on women. His presidency is …
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Federal Judge Orders Wisconsin to Pay for Gender Reassignment Surgery for Two Medicaid Recipients

3yrs ago from The Blaze
Wisconsin must pay the gender reassignment surgery for two transgender Medicaid recipients, a federal judge in Madison has ruled. What happened? Cody Flack of Green Bay and Sara Ann Makenzie of Baraboo filed a lawsuit in April that claimed that Wisconsin's denial of coverage for transgender surgeries violated the Affordable Care Act and their "equal protection rights," the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. A rule that excludes coverage of “undefined transsexual surgery" was adopted in 1996, the report said. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge William Conley granted a preliminary injunction to bar enforcement of the rule. Conley also suggested the injunction be expanded to include “any transgender Medicaid patient whose doctor recommends the surgery,” according to the report. “The likelihood of ongoing, irreparable harm facing these two individual plaintiffs outweighs any marginal impacts on the defendants' stated concerns regarding public health or limiting costs," Conley wrote in a 39-page order. Have they planned surgeries? Flack, 30, could get …
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Immigration Top Issue for US Voters, Economy a Close Second: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

3yrs ago from Raw Story
Immigration tops the economy and healthcare as the most important issue determining Americans’ vote ahead of the midterm elections in November, a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll shows. Reuters/Ipsos data shows that immigration became a top concern for registered voters in the United States after the Trump administration in May announced its “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigrants, saying they would be criminally charged. The policy became a political lightning rod in mid-June with disclosures that …
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Immigration Is Emerging as a Top Issue in the Midterm Elections — Especially Among Republicans

3yrs ago from The Week
The nation's recent focus on immigration policy has struck a chord with voters. Immigration is now one of the top issues of interest among people polled by HuffPost and YouGov this week, with 35 percent of voters choosing the topic as one of their top two concerns for the upcoming midterm elections. Overall, immigration emerged as the number one issue, though Democrats and Democratic-leaning respondents chose healthcare and gun policies as their top two. While just 19 percent of blue voters picked immigration as a priority, a whopping 55 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters said it was a top concern. The second most popular issue for Republicans was the economy, with 38 percent. Among both parties, focus on immigration is on the rise. HuffPost reports that in March, 10 percent of Democrats and 43 percent of Republicans said it was one of their top issues. The fact that immigration made the overall top two is in stark contrast to a 2016 Pew Research poll, when immigration was not counted even in the top five issues of interest. Back then, the economy and terrorism were the biggest issues, with 84 percent and 80 percent of respondents marking the issues as "very important" to their vote, respectively. Analysts point out that there are still months to go until the midterms in the fall, and that voters want to hear more from candidates about health care. However, 44 percent said they wanted campaigns to focus even more on immigration, while 11 percent wished they'd say less. The survey was conducted June 22-24 among a demographically representative 1,000 U.S. adults who were interviewed online. See more survey results at HuffPost. Summer Meza
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Taming the "Gig" Economy

3yrs ago from Green Left Weekly
"Old fashions please me best; I am not so nice To change true rules for odd inventions." William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, 1593. On May 21 Australian Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt introduced a small but potentially significant private member's bill into the House of Representatives. It is a bill to re-establish "old fashions", like fairness, equity and justice. The bill is a key step towards taming the gig economy because it re-asserts rules that have been ignored to accommodate odd, and not so nice, inventions. The Fair Work Amendment (Making Australia More Equal) Bill 2018 aims to classify so-called "gig economy" workers as employees to give them minimum pay and workers’ rights.
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Actress Demands Male Hollywood Actors Take Pay Cuts If They’re Serious About Equality

3yrs ago from The Blaze
Actress Salma Hayek said that male actors should be open to voluntarily accepting a pay cut if they're serious about evening the playing field in Hollywood's gender wage disparity. What are the details? Hayek, who has made claims to have been personally victimized by disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein, is leading the charge against Hollywood to change its policies with an eye toward evening out the industry's wage gap. "It is not just the producers," Hayek said Sunday at a Women in Motion talk at the Cannes Film Festival. "It is actors, too." Hayek — who has been a vocal supporter of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements — then called "time's up" on the entertainment industry's wage gap. "Time's up. You had a good run but it is time now to be generous with the actresses," she added. "If actors ask such inflated fees it will leave nothing for actresses. If the movie's budget …
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