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Oklahoma landlord threatens to evict a mom for breastfeeding on her porch

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A building manager in Oklahoma threatened a mother and her family with eviction after neighbors complained that she was breastfeeding her infant child on her own porch.

Missy Smith has lived in her apartment for “around a year,” SheKnows reports, and Smith has rented from the same property manager for longer than that. But after a tipster filed a complaint, management notified Smith that if she got caught again feeding her child without the use of a bottle, she would be forced to take her stuff and move somewhere else.

Smith writes on Facebook that employees of the management company informed her that “my breastfeeding is child endangerment. That by me breastfeeding outside of my home I am putting my daughter in danger because a ‘pervert’ might see her nursing.”

Cognizant that breastfeeding is a legal practice in the state of Oklahoma, Smith called police for backup against what she felt was an unlawful threat of eviction. The dispatcher who answered Smith’s call sympathized with the landlord, however, and instructed the nursing mother to obscure breastfeeding from view when outdoors, “or stay inside.”

Smith confronted her property manager with legal text supporting her right to breastfeed her child. The rental company has since halted any process to evict Smith and her family.

A “nurse in” protest — which one of Smith’s friends organized while the mom of an infant was still facing the prospect of getting kicked out onto the street — is still scheduled to take place this Sunday.

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Advocacy group MomsRising points out that, despite breastfeeding’s clear health benefits, the American policy environment makes it difficult — if not impossible — for many women to breastfeed for a whole year (which the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends), let alone two (the length of time preferred by the World Health Organization).

“Most mothers are not breastfeeding exclusively for any length of time,” MomsRising relays on its website. 11 percent of American women make it through a baby’s first six months without supplementing with formula. In contrast, however, 74 percent of new mothers report they want to breastfeed, but that lack of maternity leave, unsupportive work environments, and “discrimination in public, and from stores, restaurants, airports, and employers” discourages some 60 percent of women from achieving their personal breastfeeding goals.

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Who are all these white men running for president — and why?

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The country’s last presidential election was wide open, with incumbent president Barack Obama termed out of office and his vice president, Joe Biden, opting not to run as his replacement. While the vacancy looked like an opportunity for the 16 Republican men (and one woman) who ran in 2016, Democrats essentially cleared the field for Hillary Clinton, the first woman to win the party’s presidential nomination. Her only two challengers were white men; one who eventually became a star at the center of his own political movement and the other who was shortly reduced to strumming his guitar shirtless for attention.

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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