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Kansas lawmaker blasts ‘Taliban-like’ bill defining life beginning at fertilization

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The Kansas state Senate on Monday advanced an tough anti-abortion bill that would define life as beginning at fertilization, strip Planned Parenthood’s role in sex education and force women to be told about a dubious connection between abortion an breast cancer.

The state House has already passed the measure and the full Senate is expected to take it up on Tuesday. According to The Kansas City Star, Gov. Sam Brownback (R) has already said he would sign all anti-abortion bills and the Senate’s support “virtually guarantees” that it will become law.

House Bill 2253 would prevent all abortion providers from providing information to students in public schools, eliminate the exception that allows women to have a mid- or late-term abortion for mental health reasons, prohibit women from claiming abortion medical expenses on their taxes and force abortion providers to tell patients about a disputed link between abortion and breast cancer.

In addition, Senate Republicans voted down Democratic state Sen. David Haley’s amendment that would have clarified that the abortion ban did not apply to some forms of birth control — like IUDs and the morning-after bill — that interfere with fertilization.

“The majority of the public, I believe, don’t want to see birth control outlawed,” Haley said during a heated Senate floor debate.

But state Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook (R) called the amendment “political high jinks.”

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“This is just ridiculous,” Pilcher-Cook opined. “We should be focused on the bill instead of trying to make political points with amendments.”

Republicans also struck down a second amendment that would have exempted women who became pregnant through rape, incest or “aggravated indecency” because they were underage.

During the heated debate, Haley charged that conservative Republicans were trying to inflict “narrow Taliban-like philosophies on our state’s persons.”

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’

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Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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Here are 5 questions Robert Mueller must answer during his Congressional hearings

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller will be testifying publicly before Congress on July 17th, the chairs of the House Judiciary and House Intelligence committees announced on Tuesday.

The special counsel had fought against testifying but was subpoenaed to compel his attendance.

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