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Federal judge blocks Mississippi from closing down state’s only abortion clinic

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A federal judge in Mississippi on Monday temporarily prevented the state’s only abortion clinic from being closed down.

“Today’s ruling provides the state’s only abortion clinic and its doctors with critical protection to continue providing the safe and legal reproductive health care to which Mississippi women are constitutionally entitled,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III extended an injunction he had issued against a law that threatened to shut down the Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Jordan said the state Department of Health could not shut down the clinic while a legal challenge to the measure continues.

“Closing its doors would — as the state seems to concede in this argument — force Mississippi women to leave Mississippi to obtain a legal abortion,” Judge Jordan wrote.

The law requires doctors who perform abortions to have privileges to admit patients to a local hospital, even though it is rare for women to experience severe complications when terminating a pregnancy. Gov. Phil Bryant (R) has admitted his goal is to shut the Jackson clinic down.

The physicians at the Jackson clinic are certified obstetrician-gynecologists, but local hospitals have refused to grant them admitting privileges. Health Management Associates Inc., which owns five hospitals in the area, refused to grant them privileges because doing so could create “internal and external disruption of the hospital’s function and business within this community.”

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Michael Moore warns that Trump will be hard to beat: ‘He hasn’t lost one inch of his fired-up insane base’

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Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore thinks that Democrats had better get ready for a very tough fight in the 2020 presidential election.

Even though polls continue to show that President Donald Trump is historically unpopular, Moore believes that the president's base is fired up to reelect him and will crawl over glass to vote for him again next year.

In particular, Moore was struck by the massive enthusiasm that greeted the president at his big kickoff rally in Orlando, Florida.

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Canada is taking advantage of Trump’s tariff pratfalls by scooping up new trade partners: report

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As American manufacturers reel and U.S. farmers see their economic well-being being destroyed by Donald Trump's trade wars, the Canadian government is stepping into the breach and boosting their own trade relations, reports Politico.

As part of their Global Translations podcast, Politico notes that countries -- and manufacturers -- are not standing by helplessly as Trump threatens and changes directions on trade on almost a daily basis.

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Hope Hicks told Congress that Trump was ‘serious’ about accepting foreign help: Jerry Nadler

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Former White House communications director Hope Hicks told Congress on Wednesday that President Donald Trump really does welcome foreign assistance to help him win elections, according to Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY).

In a statement released Thursday, Nadler revealed that "Ms. Hicks made clear that she understood the President to be serious when he said that he would accept foreign interference in our elections" and "she also made clear that even she knew that such foreign assistance should be rejected and reported to the FBI."

Nadler then put Hicks's testimony in the broader context of Trump telling ABC News' George Stephanopoulos last week that he would welcome the help of a foreign government who came to him and offered him dirt on a political opponent.

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