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Video Round Up: Voters Reject 'Personhood' Ballot Measures, U.S. Lags Behind Other Nations on Parental Leave, More

Video Round Up: Voters Reject 'Personhood' Ballot Measures, U.S. Lags Behind Other Nations on Parental Leave, More

November 6, 2014 — In today's clips, MSNBC's Krystal Ball analyzes Tuesday's election results on antiabortion-rights ballot measures and other issues, while BuzzFeed examines how U.S. parental leave policies stack up compared with the rest of the world.

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MSNBC's Krystal Ball and guests discuss Tuesday's election results, noting that while voters "did overwhelmingly choose Republican candidates," they largely sided with policies favored by the left on ballot measures, including "rejections of personhood" in Colorado (Amendment 67) and North Dakota (Measure 1) and the passage of a referendum in Illinois that asked voters whether health insurers should be required to cover contraceptives. The panel also discusses support for other liberal issues, including raising the minimum wage (Ball, "Krystal Clear," MSNBC, 11/5).


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BuzzFeed looks at U.S. parental leave policies in comparison with those in other countries, noting that "the good 'ol U.S. of A. is the only developed country in the world that doesn't provide new parents with any financial assistance" and that the U.S. also falls short in providing unpaid parental leave in many cases (BuzzFeed, 10/28).


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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reports on an Arizona school board that voted last week to modify a textbook used in honors biology classes by removing a section mentioning abortion (Maddow, "The Rachel Maddow Show," MSNBC, 10/31).