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President Barack Obama discusses his proposed federal budget. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Looking Back at Pro-Choice's Battles

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(AP Photo/Doug Mills, file) In this April 5, 1992 file photo, pro-choice demonstrators gather on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington. For many abortion-rights activists, the debate over health care reform has been frustrating, even disheartening, as they see their political allies on the defensive over the issue and their anti-abortion rivals on the attack. It's been 40 years since the Supreme Court's landmark decision over a woman's right to choose in Roe v. Wade . How has the landscape over the issue of abortion and the politics of reproductive health changed since? Here's a round-up of our best coverage over the past decade on the changing climate, both in public opinion and in legislatures inside the Beltway and out, over abortion. 2012's War on Women , E.J. Graff "For the ladies, the year’s sound track could have been a strangled gasp, followed by snorting and laughing out loud. The attacks on women’s health, on contraception, on abortion, on the definition...

The President's Fantasy Cabinet

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As the president’s second term gets underway, experts and activists look back and weigh in on who Obama should have chosen to serve, if partisan politics (and reality) were no object. Secretary of State John Kerry would be a safe bet and a solid Secretary of State. But I’m not sure if a safe, solid Secretary of State—or a solid Secretary of Defense—is precisely what America needs now. That Kerry turned against the Iraq war and revised his views on the use of force is a credit to him. President Obama has clearly decided that he wishes to pursue a prudent, status quo-oriented foreign policy. But as the Middle East threatens to implode and with America’s moral leadership increasingly in doubt, a better choice would be someone at least slightly outside the Washington consensus—someone who saw foreign policy as a way to fashion new opportunities rather than manage the same set of threats. Though the Obama administration may not agree , the Arab Spring is...

Our Most-Trafficked Pieces in 2012

My So-Called Ex-Gay Life A deep look at the fringe movement that just lost its only shred of scientific support Ten Arguments Gun Advocates Make, and Why They're Wrong A guide to the debate we'll be having, or at least we ought to have The Coming Obama Landslide How Paul Ryan makes a big win much more likely for the current president Romney Wins ... And It Won't Matter The former Massachusetts governor won the first presidential debate. Too bad it won't change the campaign. Pressing on the Upward Way A profile of life in one of the country's poorest counties Game, Set, Obama The president did exactly what he needed to in tonight's debate: He used Romney against Romney. The Emptiest Candidate in Presidential Election History Mitt Romney truly believes in nothing. Say Hello to President Romney The unlikely scenario in which the former Massachusetts governor wins the White House. The Truth about Welfare Mitt Romney's latest ad perpetuates on several myths about cash assistance for the...

A History of Violence

In the wake of Friday's mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the latest in a year filled with massacres occuring at distressingly regular intervals, President Barack Obama called for "meaningful action" and said in a vigil in the small, quiet town on Sunday, "Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose? ... if we’re honest with ourselves, the answer is no. We’re not doing enough. And we will have to change." We here at the Prospect have thought that things have needed to change with American gun policy for years, and have many suggestions for how Congress and the White House should move forward on this issue. Here's our best coverage on guns and gun policy: A Tragedy Made in the USA , Steve Erickson Ten Arguments Gun Advocates Make, and Why They're Wrong , Paul Waldman How Should We Approach Gun Control? , Jamelle Bouie Yes, We Should Keep Talking...