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This Week In Politics

President Barack Obama signs the Violence Against Women Act, joined by Attorney General Eric Holder, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Vic

Another look at the political week that was...

●      Kentucky Senator Rand Paul does a real talking filibuster to block the confirmation of the new CIA Director John Brennan.  While interesting to watch this nearly 12 hour filibuster failed.

●      The talking filibuster is news because it’s very rare.  Normally, Republicans simply block President Obama’s appointments, like they did again this week with Caitlin Hannigan who has been tapped for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

●      Arkansas is officially the worst state in America when it comes to reproductive choice.  The state passed an unconstitutional ban on all abortions after the first trimester.

●      Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez passed away after a two year battle with cancer.

●      We are coming up on the 10 year anniversary of the Iraq War invasion and turns out the United States wasted $60 billion.

●      President Obama officially signed the Violence Against Women Act Thursday, in a special ceremony with advocacy organizations in attendance.

●      Senate Democrats are considering another push towards filibuster reform.

●      The “new” Paul Ryan plan for Medicare is just as bad as the old Ryan plan.

●      Good news: immigration reform has a strong chance of passing. Bad news: bipartisan legislation requiring universal background checks for gun purchasers does not.

Zerlina Maxwell is a political analyst and soon-to-be attorney. Follow her on Twitter: @ZerlinaMaxwell.