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Kansas Gov. Brownback stages weird ‘re-enactments’ of himself signing anti-abortion bill

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Republican Kansas Governor Sam Brownback promoted a bill banning a rare abortion procedure by holding four different re-enactment ceremonies of himself signing it around the state, Think Progress reported.

Brownback held the ceremonies at three different Catholic high schools, as well as a Catholic church education building, touting his approval of Senate Bill 95. The measure prevents women from undergoing a second-trimester procedure known as dilation and evacuation, which is used in about 8 percent of abortions in the state. Opponents have described the procedure as “dismemberment abortions.”

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“I am profoundly disappointed that Governor Brownback has chosen to hold a publicity tour for this reprehensible law,” South Wind Womens’ Center head Julie Burkhart said in a statement. “Reenacting this bill signing in front of children is not only a publicity stunt, but also spreads hate and disrespect.”

According to WDAF-TV, the only exception under the new law would apply to women who are “near death in the operating room.”

Meanwhile, state Attorney General Derek Schmidt is reportedly enlisting lawmakers’ help to defend the bill in court after it takes effect on July 1. The Associated Press reported that Schmidt estimated needing up to $450,000 over the next two fiscal years, including $50,000 by the end of June.

Watch WDAF’s report, as aired on Tuesday, below.

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‘Possible war in the Middle East’: Editor explains why Trump’s visa attack on Iran is ‘lame’ response to oil field bombing

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As the United States is searching for ways to draw down on decades-long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, serious conflicts might be afoot, one Daily Beast reporter told MSNBC Sunday.

World News editor Christopher Dickey told host Kendis Gibson he doesn't understand the point of barring Iranian diplomats from being able to come to the United Nations General Assembly meeting this fall. During a "Meet the Press" interview Sunday morning, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said that the U.S. should deny the visas. The statement prompted Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to call her out for "warmongering," and said she was out of touch with Americans who don't want to get into another costly Middle East war.

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‘Please give me the audacity of a mediocre white man’: Editor unleashes on Justice Brett Kavanaugh

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Managing Editor Tiffany Cross, who co-founded The Beat DC, unleashed on the most recent Supreme Court Justice to be outed for sexual misconduct.

Max Stier, a classmate of Justice Brett Kavanaugh came out with another story of the justice forcing his naked penis into the hand of a woman. The FBI was supposed to do a full investigation into Kavanaugh, and Stier gave them the information. Somehow, however, the investigation either wasn't completed, wasn't revealed or was ignored, because none of the information revealed was released.

Cross said that there are some who normally would have said, "man if only we knew about these allegations during the confirmation hearing." The problem, of course, is that it was known, Cross explained. It was simply ignored by Republicans in the majority. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is an excellent example of a pro-choice, pro-woman senator who claimed she trusted Kavanaugh. She's suffered the consequences from her home-state in wake of the vote. In the past four years, she has dropped from being the most favored senator in the country to among the least.

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Benjamin Netanyahu ditches campaign rally after new data shows him losing — now he’s turning to Trump

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the fight for his political career after failing to form a coalition government in his previous reelection.

An MSNBC report revealed that Netanyahu was a no-show at a campaign rally after his team got a new poll that showed him losing on Tuesday.

Five months ago, the election was inconclusive, so Netanyahu declared himself the victor. The law dictates he must choose his coalition government by May, which automatically resets and requires another election. Ironically, it's one of the ways that Netanyahu was able to rise to power in his first election.

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