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Sunday’s vote sees Vladimir Putin hoping to become president again after four years as prime minister.
Mr Putin was Russia’s president from 2000-2008, but was barred by the constitution from standing for a third consecutive term.
He faces four challengers, three of whom he has defeated in previous elections.
The election is being held against a backdrop of popular discontent, sparked by allegations of fraud during December’s parliamentary elections.
Polls will be open from 8am to 8pm in each time zone, with the first opening in the Far East of the country at 20:00 GMT on Saturday, and the last in the western Kaliningrad region closing at 17:00 GMT on Sunday.
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So here’s the latest in the GOP’s attack on women’s health:
Rush Limbaugh is now leading the charge, waging a series of ugly attacks on a Georgetown law student named Sandra Fluke, who bravely testified in Congress to protect a woman’s access to contraception and preventive care.
His response? He called her a “slut” who “wants to be paid to have sex,” adding, “she’s having so much sex, she can’t afford the contraception.” He neglected to mention that Sandra was testifying about her friend who was denied birth control she needed in order to stop ovarian cysts from growing.
Displaying a stunning lack of leadership, Mitt Romney wouldn’t denounce Rush’s point of view, saying, “I’ll just say this, which is, it’s not the language I would have used.”
Our President — on the other hand — called Sandra yesterday to thank her for speaking out for women.
As Democrats, we rally around and support the people who put themselves on the line for the things we believe in. Right now, we need to stand with Sandra.
The attacks coming from the GOP on women’s health are way over the line — and very dangerous.
Mitt Romney has come out in support of the “personhood” amendment, which would have outlawed some forms of birth control and even in-vitro fertilization. Rick Santorum declared contraception is “harmful to women.” It’s happening at the state level, too, like the bill Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is about to sign into law that will force women considering abortions to have ultrasounds, and require doctors to ask them if they’d like a picture.
If we don’t speak out, it’ll continue.
We didn’t fight as hard as we did for health care reform just to have key progress for women repealed by GOP politicians, like the Blunt-Rubio amendment would have done. And we didn’t fight as hard as we did for women’s rights just to have radio “entertainers” like Rush Limbaugh viciously attack women who stand up for the care they need.
Rush Limbaugh said Sandra’s parents should be ashamed of her. President Obama told Sandra that her parents should be proud.
We’re proud, too, because she’s fighting for all of us.
Stand with Sandra and everyone else who’s fighting for women’s health today:
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Democratic National Committee
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This is just pathetic. Any decent human being should have the courage to outright denounce Rush Limbaugh’s vile attacks on Georgetown law student and women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke.
But even after Limbaugh called Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute”, all Republican leaders can do is offer B.S. responses.
Mitt Romney: “I’ll just say this, which is, it’s not the language I would have used.”
Rick Santorum: “He’s being absurd, but that’s you know, an entertainer can be absurd.”
Finally, Speaker Boehner, refusing to speak for himself, had his spokesman say only that Rush’s words were “inappropriate.”
Tomorrow, Republican Leader Cantor will have a national platform on “Meet the Press” to finally outright condemn Limbaugh. Let’s make sure he knows we’re watching and we won’t let him weasel out of this one.
Sandra Fluke is an inspiration to all of us who stand up for women’s access to health care and our right to make our own health care choices. We can’t let the right-wing get away with these disgusting slurs — and neither should Republican in Congress. Call them out >>
Thanks for standing strong.
Sandra Fluke, a student, and not a public figure has had her good name, character and personal regard and safety assaulted by Rush Limbaugh et als. These men have first amendment rights but, IMHO, that does not include the horrible things said about her to entertain right-wing radio audiences. Entertainment is the dodge these men use to further the aims of conservative Republicans. Daily they spout character assassination to further the efforts of the GOP to destroy Barack Obama, Warrior of the Middle Class. Nothing can un-speak those horrible things said about Miss Fluke. The lost of money is the only recourse to stop these attacks. This matter deserves to be brought to court.
Rush Limbaugh has issued a so-called apology. Rush was not at school the day they taught what makes up an apology:
Definition of APOLOGY
Examples of APOLOGY
- The company issued an official apology to its customers for its error.
- Please accept our sincerest apologies for any problems we may have caused.
- He made a public apology for his controversial remarks.
- He refused to accept my apology.
- We received a letter of apology from the company.
- I made my apologies and left.
- Limbaugh Continues Attack on Sandra Fluke, Obama (theroot.com)
- Sandra Fluke vs. Rush Limbaugh: What you need to know, in a nutshell (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- Rush Limbaugh: I’ll Buy Georgetown Women ‘As Much Aspirin To Put Between Their Knees As They Want’ (brandtstandard.com)
- Lets Hope Sandra Fluke Files Lawsuit Against Rush Limbaugh (dekerivers.wordpress.com)
- “It’s Not Entertainment”: Rush Limbaugh Owes Democracy an Apology (mykeystrokes.com)
- Get WLS to pull Rush Limbaugh’s Show off the air. (socialactions.net)
- Will Sandra Fluke sue Rush Limbaugh for calling her ‘a slut’? – Christian Science Monitor (csmonitor.com)
- Rush Limbaugh Apologizes To Sandra Fluke For Calling Her A Slut (businessinsider.com)
- Rush Limbaugh’s ‘Slut’ Attack Costs Him Advertisers (nymag.com)
- Rush Limbaugh calls a Georgetown University law student a “slut” and “prostitute” (haleybehre.wordpress.com)
- WATCH: Bill O’Reilly Attacks Sandra Fluke (huffingtonpost.com)
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