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Louisiana health officials tried to claim that dentists could treat Planned Parenthood patients

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Louisiana officials argued to a federal judge that dentists, cosmetic surgeons, and nursing home caregivers, among others, were qualified to provide services normally offered at Planned Parenthood clinics, Mother Jones reported.

“It strikes me as extremely odd that you have a dermatologist, an audiologist, a dentist who are billing for family planning services,” US District Court Judge John deGravelles said during a Sept. 2 hearing. “But that is what you’re representing to the court? You’re telling me that they can provide family planning and related services?”

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deGravelles’ remark came in response to a filing by attorneys for the state department of health and hospitals stating that there were 2,000 providers in the state accepting Medicaid who could offer family planning services.

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed to strip $730,000 worth of Medicaid reimbursements from the state’s two Planned Parenthood facilities last month following the release of a series of videos by an anti-abortion group, the Center for Medical Progress.

Jindal’s administration has not backed off of that goal, despite the videos being widely debunked and investigations in other states clearing the organization of any wrongdoing. Planned Parenthood has asked for an injunction to block the removal of the funding.

Other conservatives, including Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), have called for the group to be cut off from federal funding. Cassidy has reportedly argued that there are 100 clinics “scattered all over the state” capable of taking Planned Parenthood patients.

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In reality, a revised listing sent by the state on Sept. 8 showed that only 29 providers can do so, including 24 offering the same range of services as Planned Parenthood. Of the providers listed in the new filing, one is not taking new patients for breast cancer or cervical cancer screenings, only three offer contraception services, and two of them have wait times ranging from two to seven weeks.


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Trump attacks the homeless for sleeping in ‘our best highways, our best streets’ and vows to ‘do something about it’

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued an angry broadside against America's homeless population.

The Washington Post's Josh Dawsey reports that Trump, during a conversation with reporters, complained that homeless people are living in "our best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings."

The president then said that people who live in these buildings pay "tremendous taxes" and want "prestige," and then vowed that "we'll be doing something about it."

Trump says homeless people are living in "our best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings" where people pay "tremendous taxes" and want "prestige." Says he's speaking to tenants who "want to leave the country." He adds: "We'll be doing something about it."

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‘SLAP CUFFS ON HIM NOW’: Internet hammers House Dems for treating Corey Lewandowski with kid gloves

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Trump loyalist Corey Lewandowski testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and it quickly devolved into a circus in which the former Trump campaign manager refused to answer basic questions from Democrats.

During the hearing, the House Judiciary Democrats sent out a tweet accusing the White House of orchestrating a coverup of the president's actions as outlined by special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

However, many Twitter users went on to hammer the Democrats for purportedly treating the constantly obfuscating and stalling Lewandowski with kid gloves.

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Trump responds to Cokie Roberts’ death by complaining that she ‘never treated me well’

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Journalist Cokie Roberts died on Tuesday and President Donald Trump didn't hesitate to make her passing all about himself.

Per CNN's Daniel Dale, Trump was asked by reporters if he had a comment about Roberts' death at the age of 75 this week, and he responded by complaining that she didn't give him favorable coverage.

"I never met her," the president replied. "She never treated me nicely. But I would like to wish her family well. She was a professional and I respect professionals... never treated me well, but I certainly respect her as a professional."

Per pool, here's Trump on the death of Cokie Roberts: “I never met her. She never treated me nicely. But I would like to wish her family well. She was a professional and I respect professionals...Never treated me well, but I certainly respect her as a professional.”

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