Texas Senate Passes Bill Removing Abortion Coverage from Health Insurance Plans, Even for Rape Victims

Texas Republicans still don’t give a shit about women:

The Texas Senate voted Tuesday to eliminate insurance coverage for abortion through private insurance plans and plans purchased through the federal health care exchange.

Sen. Larry Taylor (above) sponsored SB 575 because he doesn’t want anyone to have to pay for abortion coverage if they don’t want to:

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Megyn Kelly’s Excellent Defense of Free Speech and the Muhammad Cartoons

I can’t remember the last time I said this, but Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly is fantastic in this debate over the Muhammad cartoons with syndicated radio host Richard Fowler.



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A Child Asks: Why Hasn’t There Been an Atheist President?

Kate Cohen‘s daughter wants to be the first woman President. But since Hillary Clinton may stand in the way of that goal, Kate suggested she aim for a different “first”:



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The Intentions of the Charlie Hebdo Cartoonists and Pamela Geller Are Worth Discussing

A couple of nights ago, the American Freedom Defense Initiative and its director Pamela Geller hosted a “Muhammad Cartoon Exhibit.” As you know by now, two extremists began shooting their guns in the parking lot and were soon killed by police (who deserve a lot of credit for saving countless lives inside the building).

As Terry suggested the other day, you can find Geller odious while still defending her group’s right to host this contest.

But I want to bring up another question: Is there a difference between the cartoons at Geller’s event in Texas and those in Charlie Hebdo?

Absolutely.

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Judge Finally Rules That Rowan County (NC) Board of Commissioners Must Stop Christian Prayers at Meetings

Years before the Supreme Court decided Greece v. Galloway, the Rowan County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina was praying to Jesus at virtually every meeting.

The ACLU of North Carolina warned the Commissioners about the problem in 2012, only to have their letter ignored. So they filed a lawsuit to stop the Christian prayers in March of 2013:

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