Equal Time with Martha Burk (general)

Michael Bloomberg spent $12 million last year trying to get members of the Senate to vote for background checks, but his return on investment was lousy.  So this year Mr. Bloomberg has as a new strategy.  Instead of trying to change lawmaker’s minds, he’s going to try and change their faces.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but nearly 50 women in the U.S. are murdered with a gun, most often by a husband or boyfriend every month of the year. Congress could protect women and save lives with a few fixes that wouldn't infringe on the rights of lawful gun owners -- if they had the political will.

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Lately we've been awash in a debate over whether a Muslim should serve as President, triggered by Republican candidate Ben Carson, who said Islam is inconsistent with the constitution. As a woman in the U.S., I don't fear the possibility of a Muslim in the White House nearly as much as I fear the radical Christians now seeking the GOP nomination.

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Get ready for Pope, Pope, and more Pope 24-7 this week, as the pontiff makes his rounds in the nation’s capital.  No doubt Pope Francis is kinder and gentler than his predecessors, especially on issues that affect women, like abortion and ending a marriage. But on one issue of great importance -- priest sex abuse -- the pontiff is not as good as he looks.

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It was down to the wire before a decision was made to include Carly Fiorina, the only woman in the race, in this week’s Republican presidential debate. Will a woman in the prime-time lineup help the Republican cause?  It could, but it depends much more on how she appeals to the majority of voters – other women.

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Contrary to assertions by Republican candidates that most immigrants are rapists and criminals, the majority of people migrating to our shores from other countries are now female.  Real immigration reform must take into account some of the unique needs of women working to become U.S. citizens.

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Labor Day was created in the 19th century by the unions, to celebrate the economic achievements of American workers. But if we look at the 21st century “economic achievements” by U.S. corporations in taking advantage of their low wage employees, we might as well rename it Labor Exploitation Day.

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Women have made steady gains in many areas since they got the right to vote in August of 1920, but there is still work to do.  When elected officials refuse to back pro-woman policies, today's females should borrow a page from the suffragists and use their votes to hold elected officials accountable.

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With the right to bear arms no matter the consequences firmly established in U.S. law and psyche of its citizens, the NRA has to push new laws to stay viable and keep Congress and state legislatures firmly in its political pocket. One of the newer so-called gun rights the group has cooked up is campus carry.  Will students heading back to college this month be packing heat along with the books and booze?  In nine states the answer is yes, with more on the way.

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Hooray for Netflix.  The company jumped in front of 99% of corporate America last week when it announced an unlimited first year leave policy for new parents after the birth or adoption of a child.  You heard right – unlimited.  And it applies to fathers as well as mothers.

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