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Guest: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen & Rep. Betty Sutton

By The Ed Show, The Ed Show - March 1, 2012

Guests: Jeanne Shaheen, Terry O`Neill, Caroline Heldman, Sandra Fluke, Betty Sutton, Sam Stein

ED SCHULTZ, HOST: Good evening, Americans. And welcome to THE ED SHOW tonight from New York.

Well, today is the first day of Women`s History Month. The Republicans, they celebrated it and kicked off the month by voting in the Senate to let your boss take charge of your health care.

And Rush Limbaugh doubled down on his ugly attack on a 24-year-old college student. Sandra Fluke is here to respond for the first time tonight.

This is THE ED SHOW -- let`s get to work.

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REP. NANCY PELOSI (D), CALIFORNIA: Republicans are kicking off Women`s History Month by bringing the Blunt Amendment to the floor in the United States Senate.

SCHULTZ (voice-over): The war on women takes center stage in the Senate, as 48 senators voted to roll back women`s rights.

SEN. BARBARA BOXER (D), CALIFORNIA: We have men on the other side of the aisle here, for the most part, telling women what their rights should be.

SCHULTZ: New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen will weigh in.

What will it take for Republicans to denounce their leading voice, as he attacks college student Sandra Fluke?

RUSH LIMBAUGH, RADIO HOST: It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.

SCHULTZ: Tonight, Sandra Fluke is here exclusively to respond to Rush Limbaugh`s disturbing comments.

Plus, reaction with NOW`s Terry O`Neill and Professor Caroline Heldman.

A federal judge in Montana is under fire for sending a despicable racist anti-Obama e-mail.

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is here to talk racism in the Republican Party.

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SCHULTZ: Good to have you with us tonight, folks. Thanks for watching.

The first battle may be over, but Republicans are vowing to continue the war. Today, the Senate voted to table the Blunt Amendment, 51 to 48. The measure would have given your boss a say in your health care. It would give an employer or an insurance company the authority to deny any essential or preventative care from contraception to cancer screenings for any reason.

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BOXER: Now, Mr. Blunt is giving insurance companies a way to say, "Oh, we really feel sorry that you have cancer. We`re really sad that you have diabetes. We`re really torn apart that you might have a stroke. But, you know what? We have a moral objection to the kind of therapies that are out there today, so we`re sorry."

That`s what the Blunt Amendment does.

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SCHULTZ: It`s an effort to stop the Obama administration policy that would require health insurance coverage to include birth control and emergency contraception. The president offered a compromise to religious institutions exempting them from the policy.

But that wasn`t good enough for the GOP.

Senator Bernie Sanders says it`s an attack on women.

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SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I), VERMONT: Let me add my strong belief that if the United States Senate had 83 women and 17 men rather than 83 men and 17 women, my strong guess is that a bill like this would never even make it to the floor.

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SCHULTZ: Yet four out of the five Republican women in the Senate voted for the measure, including Susan Collins, who made this statement before the vote.

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