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Anti-abortion bus to target Obama in key states

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WASHINGTON — An anti-abortion group plans to launch a bus tour next week through five key states in this year’s White House race to highlight President Barack Obama’s “extreme” record on the polarizing issue.

The Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) on August 20 will embark on a tour of 30 cities in five swing states — Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia and Florida — with a bus banner reading: “Women Speak Out: Abortion is Not Health Care.”

The bus passengers will call for the defeat of Obama and his “team of fellow abortion extremists in Congress” in the November 6 election, the group said in a statement.

The group meanwhile lauded Paul Ryan, tapped Saturday to be the Republican vice presidential candidate, as a “longtime pro-life advocate,” further cementing his popularity among the party faithful.

The group accuses Obama of having expanded taxpayer funding of abortions through his landmark health care reform, which allows federal subsidies to be used to cover abortion in cases of rape, incest or to save the mother’s life.

The 2010 health care reform law — which will expand medical coverage to some 32 million Americans — specifies that federal funds are not to be used to cover abortions for other reasons.

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The SBA List will also demand that the US government cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, which provides discounted medical procedures — including abortions for as little as $300 — to low-income women.

Republicans have long called for the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion, and the issue is among the most polarizing in American politics.

Last week Obama sought to rally women voters by accusing rival Mitt Romney’s Republicans of wanting to turn the clock back to the 1950s by limiting women’s access to contraception and other services.

Obama said a Romney repeal of the health care law would deny vital medical services to women, including in some cases free birth control, breast cancer screenings and other preventive care insurance firms must now cover.

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Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6

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President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.

Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.

Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.

— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019

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Here are 10 women who wouldn’t be silenced in 2018

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It's been 26 years since the so-called "Year of the Woman," when a record number of women were elected to Congress in 1992. Four senators and 24 representatives were sent to Capitol Hill, following contentious Supreme Court hearings for then-nominee Clarence Thomas, who was accused by Anita Hill of sexual harassment.

On several levels, the themes of 1992 have made repeat, and amplified, appearances this year. The #MeToo movement became fully realized with women reclaiming and reframing their stories, as President Donald Trump, himself accused many times of sexual predator behavior settled further into the White House. Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh, also accused of sexual assault, to the Supreme Court, and while Kavanaugh would go on to attain a seat on the highest court in the land, serial sexual predator and former beloved comedian Bill Cosby was sent to prison for the drugging and rape of Andrea Constand, only one of dozens of women who have spoken out against Cosby with credible accusations of assault.

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US ‘model soldier’ gets 25 years in prison for Islamic State support

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A U.S. Army sergeant described by former colleagues as a one-time “model soldier” was sentenced to 25 years in prison at a federal court in Hawaii on Tuesday after pleading guilty to providing material support to the Islamic State militant group, a local news outlet reported.

Ikaika Erik Kang, 35, agreed to a plea deal in August on four counts of breaking antiterrorism laws in which he accepted a proposed 25-year sentence.

Judge Susan Oki Mollway accepted the terms of the plea deal at Tuesday morning’s hearing, Hawaii’s KHON2 news channel reported. Kang told the court he knew what he did was wrong, KHON2 reported.

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