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House Republican women push party to drop vote on Texas-style anti-abortion bill

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Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives, facing a revolt from female Republicans in the chamber, dropped plans on Wednesday night for a vote on a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, according to media reports.

The measure, which the White House had threatened to veto, allowed exceptions in cases of rape where the victims had reported the crime to authorities.

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A planned vote for Thursday, which is the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, was derailed after some female Republican lawmakers voiced concern the measure would hurt the party’s chances of widening its appeal to women and younger voters, the Washington Post said.

The newspaper quoted a senior Republican aide as saying concerns about the bill had been raised “by men and women members that still need to be worked out.”

The Post said the Republican-led House would vote instead on a bill barring federal funding for abortion, a measure it has previously approved.

Republican officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

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(Reporting by Peter Cooney; Editing by Ken Wills)


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Judiciary Democrats schedule Trump ‘corruption’ hearing on ’emoluments and profiting off the presidency’

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The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a "corruption" hearing on President Donald Trump's business practices.

The committee on Tuesday, which is controlled by Democrats, posted a notification about the hearing on its website.

The hearing is titled "Presidential Corruption: Emoluments and Profiting Off the Presidency." It is scheduled for Sept. 23 at 2 pm. A witness list was not immediately available.

Trump's opponents have argued that he has violated the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution by profiting off foreign dignitaries who visit his hotels and restaurants.

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Attack on Saudi Arabia came from Iran: US official

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The United States has concluded the weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities was launched from Iranian soil and cruise missiles were involved, a US official told AFP on Tuesday.

The official, who declined to be identified, said the United States was gathering evidence about the attack to present to the international community, notably European allies, at the UN General Assembly next week.

Asked if Washington was certain that the missiles had been launched from Iranian soil, the official answered: "Yes."

The weekend strikes on Abqaiq ?- the world's largest oil processing facility ?- and the Khurais oil field in eastern Saudi Arabia have roiled global energy markets.

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The View audience goes wild when Meghan McCain and Abby Huntsman get schooled on democratic socialism

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Both conservatives on "The View" warned of the dangers of democratic socialism, but co-host Joy Behar drew a rowdy response with her impassioned defense of wealth distribution.

The panelists were discussing Sen. Elizabeth Warren's climb in the polls, and Meghan McCain speculated about the possibility of the Massachusetts Democrat heading into a contested Democratic convention with Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

"I happen to love Elizabeth Warren," Behar said. "I think she would make a magnificent president, and I think this whole talk about she's too far to the left is a lot of hooey, frankly."

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