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Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Sunday insisted that even though Republican Senators blocked the Democrats' equal pay bill last week, her party is fighting for women's rights.

"I find this war on women rhetoric just almost silly," she said on CBS' "Face the Nation" when asked if Republicans opposed equal pay for women. "It is Republicans that have led the fight for women’s equality. Go back through history, and look at who was the first woman to ever vote, elected to office, go to Congress, four out of five governors."

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Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) is making sure nobody forgets businessman David Perdue's (R) flap about her level of education in the Georgia Senate race.

Handel, who is competing with Perdue and a number of other candidates in the Georgia primary, recently released a new radio ad hitting Perdue for bashing Handel for not finishing her college degree.

"I'm Karen Handel. When I heard David's comments I thought bless his heart, he's been overseas too long and lost touch with our values: hard work and making the most of life. That's what makes Georgia great," Handel said in the ad. "I left a troubled home at 17, finished high school, got a job, and attended some college. I worked my way up in the private sector and became Georgia's first elected Republican secretary of State."

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Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) has cast some doubt on the long-running narrative that it was late Sen. Daniel Inouye's (D-HA) dying wish that Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) succeed him in the Senate.

When Inouye passed away, he wrote in a letter to Abercrombie stating that he would like Hanabusa to replace him. However, Abercrombie appointed his Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to the vacant spot, setting up a primary battle between Hanabusa and Schatz for the 2014 election.

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Federal authorities ended their round-up of a Nevada rancher's cattle on Saturday, citing public safety concerns as self-described militias gathered to protest the government action. At one point, armed individuals had blocked a section of an interstate highway, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

So, having effectively intimidated federal officials from performing their duties, right-wingers who had come to view the showdown as some kind of proxy battle for the future of American freedom quickly claimed victory.

"We won the battle," Ammon Bundy, one of rancher Cliven Bundy's sons, told Reuters.

Cliven Bundy has been feuding with the federal Bureau of Land Management over his use of federal land to graze his cattle. The BLM said it had instructed Bundy, who has not paid for land privileges since 1993, to keep his animals off the land before it started to round them up last week. Bundy countered that his claim to the land pre-dated the federal government's.

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