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North Carolina lawmakers want to stop medical schools from teaching abortion procedures

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Lawmakers in North Carolina want to prohibit medical schools from teaching abortion procedures at the state’s public universities.

A provision slipped into the anti-choice HB 465 would prevent taxpayer funding from going toward abortion services, but the measure would also limit instruction on the procedure, reported Think Progress.

“No department at the medical school at East Carolina University or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shall permit an employee to perform or supervise the performance of an abortion as part of the employee’s official duties,” the bill reads.

UNC’s medical school is ranked as one of the nation’s best OB-GYN residency programs and participates in the Ryan Program, which is intended to confront a growing shortage of abortion providers.

Experts say the new legislation could put those programs in jeopardy, along with a family planning fellowship that offers abortion training and research.

Some of those methods developed to terminate pregnancies are used during “miscarriage management” to assist women who develop life-threatening complications.

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“We hear abortion opponents argue that they want to protect women’s health,” said Elizabeth Nash, of the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute. “The last thing in the world you want to do, then, is restrict opportunities to provide training for safe abortion.”

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Republican lawmakers ask judge to destroy smoking gun documents proving GOP’s white supremacy

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Republicans on Monday sought a court order to block damning documents from being used against them in a lawsuit.

"North Carolina Republican lawmakers on Monday asked a court to make sure the files of the now-deceased GOP strategist Tom Hofeller are destroyed, or at least kept secret, instead of being used in a high-profile gerrymandering lawsuit," the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

"The filing comes after the groups behind the lawsuit, including Common Cause, accused Republican lawmakers of making false statements in court in a previous gerrymandering case, when the state’s 2011 maps were ruled unconstitutional," the newspaper noted. "That blockbuster accusation made national headlines and was, it said, based on Hofeller’s files which had been secret until recently."

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Maddow slams Trump’s era of government officials ‘saving the country from the commander-in-chief’ with leaks

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Rachel Maddow on Monday worried about the pattern of government officials leaking to the press to stop President Donald Trump from sabotaging United States' interests to help Russia.

The MSNBC anchor broke down the key questions raised by the bombshell New York Times report that officials were keeping secrets from Trump to protect U.S. interests.

Maddow reminded of a June 2017 story by Michael Isikoff.

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Trump angrily demands newspaper reveal unnamed sources behind bombshell report on his Russia policy

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President Donald Trump on Monday evening again lashed out at The New York Times for reporting on his Russia policy.

"The story in The New York Times about the U.S. escalating attacks on Russia’s power grid is fake news, and the failing New York Times knows it," Trump argued in a tweet sent after 10 p.m.

"They should immediately release their sources which, if they exist at all, which I doubt, are phony," he continued.

"Times must be held fully accountable," he demanded.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1140804748423118848

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