While all eyes were on the anti-abortion bill in Texas this week, another fight over women’s health has been brewing in Ohio. Thursday night, Ohio lawmakers approved a budget bill that includes several anti-abortion provisions, among them requiring a doctor to perform an ultrasound, inform the patient if the fetus has a heartbeat, and tell her the statistical probability of her fetus being carried to full term before performing an abortion. read more
Starting next week, North Carolina—which has the fifth highest jobless rate in the country—will become the only state in the union with no safety net for the long-term jobless. Thanks to reforms in the state's unemployment insurance laws, North Carolina's 71,000-plus long-term unemployed residents will lose access to the federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program. read more
State and local elected officials staged a day-long fast on Thursday in solidarity with the hunger strikers currently protesting massive budget cuts to Philadelphia public schools. The state district attorney, three members of the city council, six state representatives, four state senators and one U.S. congressman participated in the fast. read more
1. Michelle Obama joined Instagram. Everyone except Rihanna can cancel their accounts now.
2. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has placed a moratorium on using most chimpanzees, whose genetic makeup resembles humans. The chimps are retiring everyone. The chimps are alright. read more
After Texas governor and former Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry was catapulted back into the national spotlight this week for his kerfuffle with State Senator Wendy Davis, All In with Chris decided to dig a little deeper into his recent record.
The Governor made grim history Wednesday evening when he presided over the state’s 500th prisoner execution since the reinstatement of capital punishment in 1982. The execution of Kimberly McCarthy, convicted of robbing and murdering her neighbor, was the 261st conducted under Perry. read more
On the surface, it seems like a no-brainer: With interest rates at historic lows, the U.S. government could be borrowing money for next to nothing to rebuild its crumbling roads and bridges, all while creating jobs to combat its stubbornly high unemployment rate. read more