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Lindsey Graham: Stop trying to redefine rape or we won’t get an abortion bill going again

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Potential Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham spoke at the Family Research Council’s “ProLifeCon” and urged conservatives to help him find a “way out of this definitional problem with rape,” Right Wing Watch’s Miranda Blue reports.

Sen. Graham admitted that those who oppose all exceptions to abortion — including Pope Francis — are “intellectually consistent and honest,” because “the baby is the baby,” but argued that banning access to abortions for rape victims is a political non-starter.

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“Some of us who have these exceptions do so in a democratic society believing that there are some places we will not go,” he said.

“But don’t let that become the issue,” he implored the crowd. “That is a disagreement that overshadows, at times, the commonality” of those who oppose legalized abortion.

“I hope and pray,” Graham continued, “that we can find a way to overcome the current conflict about definitions. If we do not — shame on us all because this is a debate worth having. We will win, if we can focus on the baby at 20 weeks.”

“I’m going to do more than bring my bill up — I’m going to need your help to find a way out of this definitional problem with rape.”

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“The rape exception will be part of the bill — that’s the Hyde position — we just need to find a way to get ourselves into a spot where we’re debating what a ‘legitimate rape‘ is,” he said, referencing the unfortunate phrasing of the former GOP Senate candidate from Missouri Todd Akin.

Late last year, Missouri State Representative Rick Brattin also used that phrasing after he filed a bill that would outlaw abortions in all cases but those of “legitimate rape.”

Graham does not believe this to be an effective rhetorical strategy. “We’re not here to talk about ‘legitimate rape,'” he said. “We’re here to talk about saving babies at 20 weeks.”

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Watch Graham speak about “the current conflict over definitions” below via Right Wing Watch.

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‘He’s empty’: Psychiatrist warns Trump is in a ‘psychotic-like state’

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Dr. Lance Dodes warned that things were going to get worse under President Donald Trump in 2017. That's precisely what happened.

"Is that what we're seeing this week?" MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell ased the psychiatrist.

"Absolutely. Donald Trump, because he has a fundamental need to be all-powerful and all loved, can't stand challenges," Dr. Dodes said. "And the nature of democracy is that it challenges people. We have more than one opinion. So the more -- it was predictable once he got into a position where people would challenge him, there are two parties, he would become more unhinged.

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I think Trump’s people sit around ‘thinking up new ways to be cruel’: Senator

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On Wednesday's edition of MSNBC's "All In," Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) tore into the Trump administration for its treatment of migrant children, as yet more reports come in of children being denied basic services in squalid conditions, and as Trump considers ways to get around the federal consent decree placing limits on how long they can be detained.

"We already know from so many child specialists that detaining children in these kinds of facilities does irreparable damage to them," said Hirono. "There are alternatives to family detention this administration could care less about ... the only way to get around the consent agreement is by getting around it by proposing or having this rule, which will be immediately challenged. They want to detain families indefinitely, children indefinitely, held in situations that do them absolutely no good when there are alternatives."

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Maddow: You have to watch what the lying White House does — and not what they say

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow opened her show with a quick assessment of her thoughts on the ridiculous that the president of the United States regurgitated into the mouths of his supporters Wednesday.

She began by noting that they don't do press briefings at the White House anymore; instead, they've turned to talking to the president directly as he enters or exits the building to go off on his campaign trips or vacations.

"Today the president held a long one of these," she said. "One of the ones where he tried to push everyone's buttons, the president is denouncing the prime minister of our allied Denmark. He's calling her nasty. That will get some headlines. The president attacked American Jews for a second straight day today, saying they have dual loyalty because they're Jews. Americans of other religions don't have that dual loyalty or his suspicions of dual loyalty, Jewish-Americans do, because of their religion."

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