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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) will likely introduce a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks, on encouragement from reproductive health opposition groups, the conservative Weekly Standard reported on Wednesday.

Rubio advisors subsequently told CBS News and CNN that Rubio is likely to announce the bill next week, following the Senate’s weeklong recess to honor the July 4th holiday.

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“We do expect that the bill is going to be introduced shortly in the Senate,” National Right to Life Committee executive director Douglas Johnson told Politico Wednesday. “I think you’ll see, probably, a consensus emerge where all the pro-life senators are on one bill shortly. But it’s not my place to announce that.”

According to the Standard, the move is largely seen as a salve to conservatives to make up for criticism Rubio received from fellow Republicans over his being part of the “Gang of 8” that spearheaded the immigration bill passed on June 27 that includes a way for undocumented immigrants to eventually earn U.S. citizenship.

Another 20-week abortion ban, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, passed in the House of Representatives on a 228-196 vote on June 18, but a similar bill is likely to face heavy resistance in the Democrat-controlled Senate, as well as the threat of a veto from President Barack Obama. On the state level, a similar ban was pushed forward by Texas lawmakers late Tuesday night, but not before attracting national attention thanks to a 13-hour filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis (D).

“The most I can tell you is we think [Rubio would] be a wonderful chief sponsor of the bill,” Johnson told Politico.

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Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?

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The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.

"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.

The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."

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White nationalist Republican ridiculed after only 2 people show up for his town hall meeting

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Embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suffered further humiliation on Saturday when only two people showed up for his town hall meeting with Iowa constituents.

King, who was stripped of all committee assignments for his white nationalism, was been an embarrassment for Republicans with his constant racism and misogyny.

A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.

https://twitter.com/corinne_perkins/status/1162806565109473280

Rep. King was quickly mocked in the comments.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/sedespres/status/1162811223186006018

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Democrats could flip the Texas state house in 2020 — and reshape the national map

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Blue Texas? Democrats have long dreamt of winning Texas’s 38 electoral votes in the presidential election. That may still be a long shot, but a recent “Texodus” from Congress has given new talk to a political transformation across the Lone Star State that could have massive ramifications down the ballot and for decades to come.

This article was originally posted at Salon.

Four of the state’s GOP members of Congress have announced their retirements in recent weeks, an unusual torrent of departures signaling that a storm is coming. And evidence shows that it’s not just hitting Texas’s federal delegation. It’s coming to Austin, too.

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