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Rick Perry: Joan Rivers might still be alive if NYC had strict Texas abortion law

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At the Texas Tribune Festival this weekend, Texas Governor Rick Perry claimed that if New York City’s outpatient surgical clinics had to operate under the strict laws that would have governed abortion clinics in his state had a judge not struck them down, Joan Rivers might still be alive, MSNBC reports.

Rivers died earlier this month of complications from throat surgery performed at an outpatient surgical clinic instead of a hospital. Many outpatient surgical procedures — such as colonoscopies and endoscopies — are performed routinely and safely outside of hospitals.

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Last year, a federal judge struck down Texas House Bill 2 (HB2) because it would have required abortion clinics to meet the same strict building codes as hospitals. Had it not been struck down, HB2 would have led to the closing of at least a dozen of the state’s 19 clinics.

But at TribFest this weekend, Perry lamented the lack of strict regulations around “clinics,” saying that “clearly, the will of the Texas Legislature — which I agree with — that it is a state’s right to put particular types of considerations into place, to put rules and regulations into place, to make a clinic be as safe as a hospital.”

Then, blurring the lines between the regulations on outpatient surgical clinics and the abortion clinics HB2 would have closed, he added, “it was interesting that, when Joan Rivers, and the procedure that she had done where she died, that was a clinic.”

“It’s a curious thought that if they had had that type of regulations in place,” he speculated, “whether or not that individual would be still alive.”

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Watch the TribFest’s One-on-One interview with Perry below via YouTube.


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Dem lawmaker encourages acting-DNI to ignore White House and deliver the whistleblower report directly to Congress

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Appearing on CNN on Friday morning to discuss an alarming whistleblower report on Donald Trump's actions that the president's administration is withholding from Congress, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) encouraged the acting Director of National Intelligence to hand the report over and ignore the administration.

Speaking with CNN host Jim Sciutto, Swalwell made a direct appeal to acting-DNI head Joseph Maguire.

"This is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to unite and say, we don't want this in our democracy," Swalwell explained. "You know, that's why I wrote the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to, you know, have a bipartisan commission look at this."

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‘Time for a new special counsel’: Ex-DOJ inspector general calls for formal probe of Trump-Ukraine calls

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A veteran law enforcement official called for a new special counsel investigation of President Donald Trump's communications with the Ukrainian president.

An intelligence official filed a whistleblower complaint against the president, and speculation has begun to focus the report concerns Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. aid -- and former Justice Department official Michael Bromwich called for a formal probe.

"Time for a new Special Counsel," Bromwich tweeted.

Bromwich -- inspector general for the Department of Justice from 1994-1999, former assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel for Iran-Contra -- was responding to a summation of the allegations against Trump.

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Defiant Trump tells reporters ‘it doesn’t matter what I discussed’ with Ukrainian PM — then smears Joe Biden

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A defiant President Donald Trump said on Friday that whatever he told Ukraine's prime minister about seeking dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden wasn't important.

As reported by CNN's Jim Acosta, the president told reporters in the Oval Office that "it doesn’t matter what I discussed" recently with Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, and then pivoted to attacking Biden.

"Someone ought to look into Joe Biden," the president said.

In Oval, Trump tells reporters when asked about Ukraine and whistleblower “it doesn’t matter what i discussed” and adds “someone ought to look into Joe Biden” (per WH pool).

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