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Congress Passes Violence Against Women Act

Includes the provisions covering LGBT women and immigrants and expanding the jurisdictions of Native American tribal courts to crimes committed by non-Indians. Not a moment too soon.

President Obama is expected to sign the bill.

House GOP Lets Violence Against Women Act Die Without A Vote

So when I said this:

But The Violence Against Women Act of 2012 passed the House earlier this year, and while partisanship and social conservatism have held up reconciliation of the House and Senate versions of the bill, it is still expected to eventually pass and be signed into law.

That was obviously far from true. Hollow victory for anyone wishing to score claim chowder points against me, though.

The GOP’s reason for letting the bill die:

In April, the Senate with bipartisan support passed a version of VAWA that extended protections to three groups of domestic violence victims who had not been covered by the original law, but House Republicans refused to support the legislation with those provisions, saying the measures were politically driven.

What three groups were those, you ask? LGBT, undocumented immigrants, and Native Americans. I don’t even understand the inclusion of Native Americans, and although I know why Republicans voted against additional protection for undocumented immigrants and LGBT women, I can’t at all sympathize. Even believing that someone is destroying our economy or committing an abomination against The Lord doesn’t justify tolerating violence against them.

Tea Party Candidate Comes Down with Serious Case of Ideologically-Transmitted Crazy Mouth

Representative Todd Akin, who is running for Senate under the Tea Party banner, appeared on KTVI-TV in St. Louis today and claimed that it’s “really rare” for rape to result in pregnancy:

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Akin then went on to say that we’re definitively winning the War on Drugs, that Latinos are a privileged class in the U.S., and that George W. Bush was recently voted most popular American President ever by a stunning majority of Middle-Eastern nations.