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South Dakota Republican: Planned Parenthood ‘worse than ISIS and lying about it’

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A Republican legislator from South Dakota attacked Planned Parenthood by comparing it to the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group, Talking Points Memo reported.

State Rep. Isaac Latterell (R) argued in a post on his website that like ISIS, “Planned Parenthood abortionists in Sioux Falls are similarly beheading unborn children during dismemberment abortions. Most people are unaware that this is happening, because Planned Parenthood of Sioux Falls denies that they behead or otherwise dismember unborn children.”

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The post, titled “Planned Parenthood worse than ISIS and lying about it,” coincided with Latterell’s introduction of a bill that would bar healthcare providers from performing “the beheading of certain living unborn children and to provide penalties therefor.” Physicians who perform the procedure would face up to 50 years in prison.

The bill, HB 1230, was passed by the GOP-dominated Health and Human Services committee on Tuesday in an 11-2 vote.

According to Latterell, the procedure, which is part of a second-trimester abortion referred to as a dilation and evacuation (aka D and E) has been performed “at least” 7 times since 2008.

But critics of the bill argued that these procedures are unavailable both through Planned Parenthood and at the state’s only abortion clinic, which will not perform abortions after the 14-week mark of a pregnancy. RH Reality Check reported that clients seeking the procedure are typically referred out of state.

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Elizabeth Nash, who is a policy analyst for the healthcare advocacy group the Guttmacher Institute, told the Rapid City Journal that Latterell is trying to make abortion sound “horrible” with the bill.

“What this bill is really about is the inflammatory language and riling up people to be opposed to abortion,” Nash said. “This language is pretty gruesome. It’s inflammatory. It’s designed to get the political juices flowing. It is not really about what medical practice is like.”

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‘I love how this is eating you alive’: Rick Wilson dances on the grave of Trump’s corrupt G7 gambit

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Conservative Rick Wilson on Monday taunted President Donald Trump after he was forced to scrap his plan to host next year's G7 summit at his own golf course.

Reacting to the president's Monday morning tweet in which he bitterly complained about having to cancel plans to award a massive government contract to his own business, Wilson roasted the president for his shameless effort to profit off his office.

"I love how this is eating you alive," Wilson wrote. "The mismatch between the economic status of your supporters and the price point of your resorts is exactly why you keep flogging the hell out of them. Your brand is failing, broken, and poisonous."

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Trump melts down in cabinet meeting when questioned about ISIS: ‘It was me who captured them’

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President Donald Trump reportedly excoriated members of the media on Monday after he was questioned about his decision to pull troops out of Kurdish areas of Syria.

"Plenty of Turks have been killed because of conflicts on their borders," Trump said, according to a pool report. "ISIS was all over the place... it was me who captured them."

After criticizing President Barack Obama, the president continued.

"I'm the one who did the capturing," Trump insisted. "I'm the one who knows more about it than you people or fake pundits."

NOW: From pool report. POTUS says he captured ISIS and “plenty of Turks” have been killed. ?@realDonaldTrump? pic.twitter.com/AnzDXYlnUt

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Legal scholar exposes the strange ‘missing link’ in Rudy Giuliani’s debunked Ukraine conspiracy theory

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Ryan Goodman, a professor at New York University School of Law, has written a new article with NYU colleague Alex Potcovaru exposing the direct link between President Donald Trump's request to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and to investigate a debunked conspiracy theory pinning the blame on Ukraine for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

Writing at Just Security, Goodman and Potcovaru examine past statements made by Giuliani both on cable news shows and on social media, and have discovered that Giuliani's efforts to get Ukraine to probe the 2016 election are also an effort to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

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