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White House Offers 'Accommodation' On Contraception

The Obama administration generated intense opposition with a ruling that says employers must fully cover birth control in workers' health plans. There's an exception for churches that oppose contraception but no exception for large institutions like universities that are church-affiliated. Now the White House is offering "an accommodation" to the Catholic Church and other critics.
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WaPo McCartney: D.C. Employment Fraud, Franchot Against Gas Tax, Kaine Against Requirement For Contraception Coverage

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about the 90 D.C. workers suspected of employment fraud and what it means to Gray's Administration.


Secretary Donovan Talks Multi-Billion Deal

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan talks with host Michel Martin about the settlement reached yesterday between federal and state officials and major banks. It was an effort to address unfair banking practices that led to the mortgage crisis. President Obama praised the deal, but critics say the settlement is inadequate.

White House Details Changes To Controversial Contraception Rule

The administration says it is accommodating objections raised by religious groups. They won't be required to pay for or provide contraceptive coverage to employees. But insurers who cover those workers will.

If Women Are In Combat, Men May Try To Protect Them, Santorum Says

The Republican presidential contender applauds the job women have been doing in the U.S. military. But he says if they are put into combat situations then male soldiers may do things to protect them. And that might compromise missions.

Santorum's Support Goes Beyond Social Conservatives, Strategist Says

In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, Santorum strategist John Brabender said the candidate's victories this week show he has broadened his base.

Halos Can Turn To Horns, Corporate Donors Find

Corporations that have been big donors to Susan G. Komen are receiving lots of complaints from abortion-rights supporters. The flap demonstrates the dangers of associating your company with another organization you can't control.
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Cuccinelli Receives Award At CPAC

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli picked up an award at an annual conservatives conference in D.C. this week.

Rules Requiring Contraceptive Coverage Have Been In Force For Years

Many employer health plans have effectively been required to cover prescription birth control since 2000. And more than half the states have similar rules.