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House Republicans to pregnant women: Fetal life is more important than your health

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WASHINGTON – The House Judiciary committee on Thursday approved a broad measure that limits access to abortion for women whose health may be harmed by carrying a pregnancy to term.

The panel passed HR 3 “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” in a mostly party-line vote of 23-14, sending it to the House floor. One Democrat, Pedro Pierluisi of Puerto Rico, crossed the aisle to vote for it.

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The Judiciary markup (pdf) stripped some of the legislation’s most controversial provisions, including language that would have restricted abortion access under Medicaid to victims of “forcible rape” or underage incest. But it leaves intact a significant change to current abortion funding laws, which allows women to obtain abortions if their health is in danger even if the risk of death is not imminent.

Clause (2) of Section (309) carves out an exemption “in the case where a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would, as certified by a physician, place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself.”

“This bill jeopardizes the ability of insurance companies to cover abortion care, even for women with wanted pregnancies who experience unanticipated health-related complications, such as breast cancer,” said Nancy Keenan, president of the pro-abortion-rights group NARAL. “Abortion may be the best option to protect their health and ensure they can have children in the future, yet this bill tells insurance companies they can’t cover this care.”

A top Republican priority sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), the bill seeks to curtail abortions largely by eliminating tax incentives and subsidies for private insurance plans that cover abortion. It would effectively discourage insurance providers from providing abortion care, and raise costs for businesses and consumers that purchase plans that cover abortion.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) called it “an unprecedented attack on women, families, and their rights under the Constitution. Let’s not pretend this is about government funding.”

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Nadler accused Republicans of duplicity for portraying tax incentives as federal funding, arguing that it contradicts the party’s view of taxes. He said the argument also implies that tax exemption for religious entities would constitute the federal funding of religion, a violation of the First Amendment.

“H.R. 3 does not ban abortion,” countered committee chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). “It also does not restrict abortions, or abortion coverage in health care plans, as long as those abortions or plans use only private or state funds.”

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Mike Pompeo screamed at reporter she couldn’t find Ukraine on a map — she did and the interview was shut down

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went off on an NPR reporter during an interview, according to a transcript of the full interview and the report from Kelly on air.

"All Things Considered" co-host Mary Louise Kelly has reported on national security and foreign policy for decades. Ahead of her interview with Pompeo, she cleared with the State Department that they could discuss Ukraine and Iran as part of their interview. It was approved. Yet, when the moment came, Pompeo lost his cool.

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Mitt Romney whines he’s bored and doesn’t care about impeachment because ‘no one is watching’

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It's clear some U.S. Senators are continuing to breach the oath they took to be impartial and consider the impeachment professionally, according to CNN reporter Mike Warren.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), who was once seen as an independent thinker, proved he's over it, when he lamented to other senators he wanted to go home because no one is paying any attention anyway.

Speaking to Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN), who has already admitted that Trump is guilty but he doesn't care, Romney was overheard complaining during the last break.

“I think we’ve got another 6 hours," said Braun.

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Internet mocks Trump for stealing Star Trek Starfleet logo for his Space Force

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President Donald Trump announced the logo for his new Space Force, and folks online indicated it looked surprisingly similar to the Star Trek logos for the command ships.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1220821545746141187

As a new show begins about the life of retired Admiral Jean-Luc Picard, Trekkies worldwide have connected to celebrate the on-going stories of the various command ships in the Starfleet.

Perhaps that is the reason folks took to the internet to mock the president for his team having no other creative ideas for their own logos.

However, as one former Air Force Lieutenant pointed out, the logo is similar to the one he wore back in 2005. He noted that it wasn't so much that Trump stole the logo, rather the Air Force stole it decades ago.

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