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Republican lawmakers propose new anti-abortion ‘ultrasound’ bills

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Despite the firestorm it created last year, Republican state lawmakers have introduced new legislation to require women to undergo an ultrasound before terminating their pregnancy.

A Republican lawmaker on Tuesday introduced a measure to the Michigan House that would require women to be subjected to the invasive procedure before receiving an abortion, Talking Points Memo reported. The bill, introduced by state Rep. Joel Johnson (R), notes that “a state is permitted to enact persuasive measures that favor childbirth over abortion, even if those measures do not further a health interest.”

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Though the bill only mandates a “diagnostic ultrasound examination of the fetus,” an aide for Johnson confirmed a transvaginal ultrasound would be required.

A similar bill, introduced to the Tennessee legislature by State Sen. Jim Tracy (R), requires women to specifically undergo a “fetal transabdominal ultrasound” rather than a transvaginal ultrasound.

Under the bill, the ultrasound technician would be required to make the fetal heartbeat audible and offer the patient a printed copy of the ultrasound image.

“This is a bill whose only purpose is to shame and belittle women,” Corinne Rovetti of the Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health told WATE. “To make women feel as if they don’t know they’re pregnant and therefore the law tells them they must have an ultrasound.”

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Critics have also noted that since most abortions are performed in the first trimester, the fetus would be too small to be viewed by an transabdominal ultrasound.

“This is the kind of issue you have when you have nonmedical professionals trying to legislate on a medical issue,” Jeff Teague, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee, told The Tennessean.

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Bill Maher rips Trump and ‘the gang that couldn’t do treason straight’ on Real Time

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HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher ripped the incompetence of the Trump administration after acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney confessed that there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine in Rudy Giuliani's search for foreign election assistance.

"It's not just that he's always breaking the law, it's that he obviously wants you to know about it," Maher said. "The Joker doesn't want to get caught this bad."

"This is Trump's definition of three-dimensional chess, 'I'm going to distract you from impeaching me by committing more crimes," he said.

"It's like he comes home and Melania says to him, 'you have lipstick on your color,' and he says, 'you should see my d*ck,'" Maher said.

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‘Stand with Hong Kong’ shirts fill the stands at Nets game as NBA is protested for China subservience

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The National Basketball Association was protested on Friday for bowing to pressure from China.

The NBA has been harshly criticized for standing by the oppressive regime instead of standing in solidarity with the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

"Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA," New York magazine correspondent Yashar Ali reported Friday. "They're all wearing 'Stand With Hong Kong' T-shirts."

Photos from the protest:

1. Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA.

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Trump polling close friends over whether he should fire Mulvaney: report

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President Donald Trump is considering firing Mick Mulvaney, his acting White House chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget, The Atlantic reported Friday.

"Mick Mulvaney's job was in danger even before his disastrous press conference yesterday, and his equally disastrous attempt to walk that performance back," The Atlantic reported. "The fumble could not have been more poorly timed: According to multiple current and former White House officials, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to relay private conversations, Trump has been steadily souring on Mulvaney for weeks."

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