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According to a new study by the Guttmacher Institute (you can read the full study here, if you're that kind of full-study-reading nerd), President Obama's war on God and the First Amendment, also known as the no co-pay contraception provision of the Affordable Care Act, is working. Like, really working.

The proportion of privately insured U.S. women who paid zero dollars out of pocket for oral contraceptive pills increased sharply, from 15% to 67%, between the fall of 2012 (before the ACA’s contraceptive coverage requirement took effect for most women) and the spring of 2014.

Because we are A Lady, and therefore cannot do math good, we don't know for sure, but that sounds like a lot! And it's not just that more women are saving money on birth control pills; more women are saving on vaginal rings, injectable contraceptives, and IUDs too.

Let's let Senior Public Policy Associate Adam Sonfield, the study's lead author, helpfully (for real!) mansplain it to us:

This analysis shows that the contraceptive coverage guarantee under the ACA is working as intended. Large numbers of women are now able to obtain highly effective birth control methods without co-pays or deductibles, making it easier for them to choose the method they can use most consistently and effectively to avoid an unplanned pregnancy.

Also, he did not add but we are thinking, that means more money for shooooooz!

It also means that the latest Republican scam, promoted by Colorado Senate candidate Cory Gardner and others, is exactly that: a scam. See, there's this hot new trend among the exact same people who've been saying this provision violates the First Amendment because it forces god-fearing tax-paying Americans to pay for women to have sex -- all by themselves, because men are never involved in that. And if women want to have sex, all by themselves, instead of closing their legs like they should, they should just go down to the corner liquor store and buy some birth control with their own out-of-pocket money. These same exact people are now claiming that it's Obama and the Democrats and the anti-woman organizations like Planned Parenthood who really want to take away your contraception -- with Obamacare! Their solution is to make certain types of birth control pills (but not all those other types of contraception that more and more women are choosing to use thanks to Obamacare) available over the counter, without a prescription, so squeamish employers don't even have to worry their pretty little heads thinking about how their employees might be using their insurance coverage for birth control. This way, women can just pay for contraception out of pocket, so everybody wins -- except, of course, women who use contraception.

Despite the outrage, and even the lawsuits to stop the president from personally shoving birth control down every American woman's throat, it seems like women are pretty happy to have easier and more affordable access to a full range of contraception options that 99 percent of American women use, or have used, at some point in their lives.

That's bad news for Republicans who are trying to get rid of the very thing that's making women's lives so much better. But it's excellent news for women. Thanks, Obama. But for real. Thanks.

[Guttmacher Institute]

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Republicans are devouring each other's carcasses, and we are here for it! Especially when one of those Republicans is King Kris of the Kansas Votefucker Klan ... errr, Clan! It's been a week since Kansans cast their votes in the gubernatorial primary, and the GOP looks to be rolling up its sleeves for a slugfest.

As we type, Kobach leads by 298 votes out of more than 314,000 cast -- a whopping 0.00095 percent, if you round up! The Kansas GOP begged Donald Trump to stay out of the race and leave the field clear for sitting governor Jeff Colyer, who took over when Sam Brownback wandered off to bring Jesus to the Hottentots on behalf of the US government. Safe bet that Colyer would be gearing up for the general election now if President Twitterthumbs hadn't flapped his yap. So thanks for that, Donny!

No, really, THANKS!

Remember the hanging chad debacle in Florida? Now picture it in a landlocked state with more cows than people. It's like fantasy island for Devin Nunes, ALLEGEDLY.

Oh, but we are to kid!

After first insisting he wasn't going to recuse from the counting, Secretary of State Kris Kobach (one and the same!) wrote Colyer a fabulously bitchy letter agreeing to hand off the tabulation to his deputy, Eric Rucker. Colyer had made the shocking suggestion that Kobach delegate responsibility to the Kansas attorney general, rather than his own political appointee, and Kobach was stretched out on the settee with a fit of the vapors at the gross impropriety of it all!

I will not breach the public trust and arbitrarily assign my responsibilities to another office that is not granted such authority by the laws of Kansas.

After several anguished paragraphs, Kobach closed by remonstrating that Colyer was betraying his office by destroying the faith of Kansans in the sacred integrity of their electoral process.

As governor of Kansas, your unrestrained rhetoric has the potential to undermine the public's confidence in the election process. May I suggest that you trust the people of Kansas have made the right decision at the polls and that our election officials will properly determine the result as they do in every election.

Said the guy whose entire adult life has been dedicated to whipping up panic about millions of imaginary illegal alien voters.

So now these two princes can kick the crap out of each other WITH VOTES, specifically, provisional ballots cast by unaffiliated voters under the supervision of poorly trained poll workers. Kansas holds closed primaries, meaning only registered Republicans can vote to select the GOP candidate, BUT an unaffiliated voter can cast a vote by checking a box identifying as a Democrat or a Republican at the polling place. This was news to some poll workers, who mistakenly directed over one thousand unaffiliated voters to use provisional ballots without checking the box indicating party preference. Whoops!

So, will those provisional ballots be counted based on voter intent? Or tossed based on strict interpretation of the statute? And does Kansas law mandate tossing mail-in ballots that arrive without a postmark on Wednesday, since there's no forensic proof that they were mailed before midnight on Tuesday? And how disgusted will the Kansas electorate be when one of these assholes emerges from the melée holding the other one's scalp? And how many millions of dollars are going to be spent on litigating the Republican primary while this nice lady Laura Kelly, the Democratic minority whip of the Kansas Senate, is out campaigning for November?

Even before this debacle, Kobach looked significantly weaker against Kelly than Colyer, with self-funded Libertarian Jeff Orman threatening to throw a wrench in the works. The Wichita Eagle reports on a Remington Research Poll conducted in July:

In a Kelly-Orman-Kobach race, the poll puts Kelly and Kobach effectively in a dead heat — 36 percent for Kelly and 35 percent for Kobach, with Kelly's lead within the margin of error. Orman has 12 percent.

Colyer leads in a three-way race with Kelly and Orman, according to the poll. In that scenario, Colyer receives 38 percent of the vote, while Kelly gets 28 percent and Orman receives 10 percent.

Which is ONE POLL, in a deeply red state, but ... Kobach is a crap candidate who's likely to emerge from this fight with two black eyes and a pissed off base. If there's anyone who can blow this election, it's Kris Kobach.

Keep fighting, Kris! You can do it! (And now we need a shower.)

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[Kobach letter / Wichita Eagle / Mother Jones / Kansas City Star]

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While most people spent this weekend telling Nazi punks to fuck off, a couple 11-year-olds were in Las Vegas hacking into voting machines. Why? BECAUSE IT'S FUN!

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