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Texas Republican fumes ‘like a child’ after colleague removes his ‘Former Fetus’ anti-choice sign

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Texas lawmakers traded barbs on Wednesday in response to a visit to the state Capitol in Austin by a delegation from the reproductive rights organization Planned Parenthood.

According to the Texas Tribune, state Rep. Jonathan Stickland and other Republicans embellished their office name plates with the phrase “Former Fetus,” intended as a jab at Planned Parenthood, who anti-choice activists view with hostility because of the range of reproductive services the nonprofit provides to women, including abortion.

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“In honor of their visit, I put this sign up on my office door,” proclaimed Stickland in a Facebook post. “Organizations that murder children are not welcome in my office.”

Other lawmakers, like Republican legislator Charlie Geren, found the signs offensive. Geren took Stickland’s sign down and handed it over to personnel in Stickland’s office, which angered the anti-choice legislator.

“It’s just been ripped down and thrown in my staffer’s face by Charlie Geren,” fumed to the Tribune.

Geren responded that Stickland is overreacting, saying that the doctored signs are a violation of rules instituted by the State Preservation Board.

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“Tearing them down is hardly the deal,” Geren said minutes after Stickland took to the social medium Twitter to complain. “If Stickland wants to act like a child, that’s fair, but I did not rip it down.”

Melissa Conway, a spokeswoman for the anti-choice group Texas Right to Life, expressed disappointment that Stickland and other lawmakers were not being allowed to express their distaste for Planned Parenthood and its mission to make reproductive health care accessible to all women.

Conway told the Tribune that she is “saddened by reports of intimidation to remove the signs.”

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According to the Tribune, “More than 100 Planned Parenthood supporters attended a rally at the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon. Many had come to lobby state lawmakers to continue funding the state’s breast and cervical cancer screening program for low-income women. The conservative Texas Senate is considering restructuring the program, which last year served about 34,000 women.”

Democratic state Sen. Kirk Watson said at the rally, “I believe we will get to a point where decisions that are made in this building, when it comes to issues of women’s health, will be decisions based upon health, and not based upon politics.”


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The Internet pummels CNN for booking Lewandowski the morning after he admitted to lying on TV: ‘Why would you do this?’

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Corey Lewandowski admitted to the House Judiciary Committee that he had lied in TV appearances -- so social media users were appalled that he was booked the following morning to appear on CNN.

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager was confronted with false statements he had made in appearances on MSNBC and CNN, where he was scheduled to appear at 8 a.m. on "New Day," according to the show's executive producer.

COMING UP: Former Trump campaign manager @CLewandowski_ LIVE on @CNN's @NewDay at 8amET on yesterday's contentious hearing and impeachment.

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Trump exonerates himself in weird third-person tweet: ‘President Trump didn’t do anything wrong or illegal’

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President Donald Trump declared himself exonerated by former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in an early morning tweet.

The president tagged Lewandowski, who testified Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee, and "Fox & Friends" in a Twitter post reacting to coverage of the congressional hearing.

"As Corey Lewandowski stated very clearly yesterday in front of the House Judiciary Committee, President Trump didn’t do anything wrong or illegal," Trump tweeted about himself. "But they all know that. The Democrats are hurting our Country, and getting nothing done. Shameful!"

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‘Trump people lie — we know that’: Ex-House GOP staffer shreds Democrats for letting Lewandowski off the hook

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MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski denounced President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as "rude" and "insolent" -- but her fellow "Morning Joe" panelists ripped House Democrats for letting him off the hook with obstructing their investigation.

Lewandowski turned the House Judiciary Committee hearing into a "circus," Brzezinski said, and panelists agreed he unlawfully claimed executive privilege, and a former Republican House staffer said he should have been charged with contempt of Congress.

"He was a mini Trump," Brzezinski said. "You can speak to Corey Lewandowski in real life, and often you can see someone who doesn't seem like Trump. In front of the cameras, he was playing for an audience of one. He was rude, he was insolent, he was stonewalling and, ultimately, being revealed to be a liar after being shown that he went on a national TV show, Ari Melber, it's not like a camera was shoved in his face, and he chose to lie to the American people."

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