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Komen founder: ‘The responses we are getting are very, very favorable’

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The founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure on Thursday insisted that the public response to her organization’s decision to discontinue its partnership with Planned Parenthood had been “very, very favorable.”

CEO Nancy G. Brinker told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell called reports that the Komen Foundation cut funds for breast cancer screenings a “mischaracterization.”

“We are not defunding Planned Parenthood,” Brinker claimed. “We have three grants that will go on this year and they will probably be eligible for the next grant cycle.”

The MSNBC host pointed out that those funds would only continue through the end of the grant cycle.

“But you’ve said that this is the one group out of 2,000 grantees, Planned Parenthood is the only group that comes under the rubric of this new policy, which is to not fund any organization that is under investigation,” Mitchell noted. “And the investigation from Congressman [Cliff Stearns (R-FL)], many believe is trumped up.”

“The investigation isn’t the only issue,” Brinker replied. “Many of the grants we were doing with Planned Parenthood do not meet new standards of criteria for how we can measure our results and effectiveness in communities.”

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“What do you do about the fact that donors are pulling back?” Mitchell pressed. “Some people would say that the anger that’s being expressed is going to hit you in the pocketbook. You have worked so hard to create a bipartisan organization. Look at your Facebook page. Your Facebook page has people cutting pink ribbons in half. Your branding is at stake.”

“Andrea, all I can tell you is that the responses we are getting are very, very favorable,” Brinker asserted.

Watch this video from MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, broadcast Feb. 2, 2012.

 
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Ocasio-Cortez: ‘We’re going to fight to repeal the Hyde Amendment’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) started a petition Saturday seeking to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds for abortions, arguing the restriction overwhelmingly harms low-income Americans and women of color. AOC emailed her supporters:

“Since 1976, our government has banned federal funding for abortion care — specifically, for Medicaid recipients. Countless studies have shown that due to this amendment, millions of women have been forced to go through with pregnancies that, given the funding, they would have otherwise terminated. "

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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‘Weakness doesn’t win elections’: Indivisible co-founder explains why members are holding #ImpeachTrump rallies

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The growing support to commence impeachment proceedings by House Democrats is driven by their need to fire up grassroots support to hold control of the chamber, an Indivisible co-founder explained on MSNBC.

"The call for impeachment continues. this as protesters are hitting the street in more than 140 rallies planned across the country. Organizers say the "Impeach Trump" event is a day of action urging House Democrats to start impeachment proceedings," MSNBC's Richard Lui reported Saturday.

"A new survey from the indivisible project finds 80 percent of their respondents say the House should start impeachment proceedings," he noted. "Right now in the House, 63 Democrats and one Republican support impeachment."

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