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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.

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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‘Odd Radio Circles’ perplex astronomers studying the newly discovered phenomenon

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Astronomers believe they have discovered a new, bizarre type of cosmic object that is invisible to all wavelengths of light except radio.

This story originally appeared at Salon.

The strange circular objects in question have been unofficially dubbed "Odd Radio Circles" (ORCs); three of them were discovered in a recent data accumulated during a preliminary survey by the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, a radio telescope array in Western Australia. A fourth Odd Radio Circle was discovered when researchers sifted through old data from 2013.

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Bill Barr quietly pulls off a shake-up in a federal prosecutor’s office — but why?

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Attorney General Bill Barr’s attempt last month to push U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman out of his position at the Southern District of New York blew up in his face. While Berman was ousted, Barr didn’t get the replacement he wanted, and House Democrats are now investigating.

But last Friday night, Barr successfully pulled off a similar maneuver in the Eastern District of New York. Richard Donoghue no longer leads that office, as he has taken the position of principal associate deputy attorney general at Main Justice. Seth DuCharme, who had been principal associate deputy attorney general and worked under Barr, will now serve as the acting U.S. attorney for EDNY.

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Here’s the huge blunder Trump made against Jeff Sessions on the eve of the Alabama GOP primary

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On the eve of the Republican primary in Alabama, President Donald Trump may have committed a blunder that could backfire for his preferred candidate.

Trump is backing former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville in his campaign against Jeff Sessions, who held the seat until retiring to become Trump's attorney general.

In a campaign call with the former Auburn coach, Trump brought up current University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban. But Trump, who has repeatedly questioned Joe Biden's mental prowess, screwed up Saban's name.

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