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This Week In Politics

(Left to Right) Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, President Obama and John Boehner at the unveiling of the Rosa Parks statue at the U.S. Capitol

Another look at the political week that was…

●      The House Republicans appear to be backing down and may finally pass the Violence Against Women Act.

●      Chuck Hagel was finally confirmed as the new Secretary of Defense and Jack Lew was confirmed as the next Secretary of the Treasury.

●      Legendary Watergate reporter Bob Woodward claims the White House threatened him for claiming the sequester was their idea, but the emails released to BuzzFeed appear tame and mild.

●      Conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia calls the Voting Rights Act a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”

●      Justice Sonia Sotomayor passionately defended the Voting Rights Act, representing the liberal point of view on the Court.

●      Sigh.  It looks like we are going to have yet another government shutdown fight this month.

●      GOP Congressman Louie Gohmert says the national debt is just like slavery.

●      President Obama attends dedication of Rosa Parks statue in the Capitol.

●      The "war on women" is still in full effect, as Oklahoma is trying to deny women birth control because anti-choice Republicans falsely claim it “poisons their bodies,” and a bill in Kansas will protect doctors who mislead women about their pregnancies.

●      We are extremely lucky to have a Senator Elizabeth Warren who continues to be a vocal defender of consumers and a tough critic of big banks which caused the financial crisis.

Zerlina Maxwell is a political analyst and soon-to-be attorney.  You can follow her on Twitter @ZerlinaMaxwell.