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Republican committee chair admits: No evidence Planned Parenthood misused federal funding

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Rep. Jason Caffetz (R-UT), who spearheaded the House GOP committee that investigated Planned Parenthood, admitted on Thursday that there was no indication that the womens’ health organization had misused its federal funding, the Huffington Post reported.

“Did I look at the finances and have a hearing specifically as to the revenue portion and how they spend? Yes,” Chaffetz said during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee meeting. “Was there any wrongdoing? I didn’t find any.”

The congressman’s concession came just over a week after he began the committee’s hearings by suggesting that his parents would still be alive today if some of the $500 million Planned Parenthood gets every year had been used to boost cancer research, instead.

Chaffetz’s admission is also the latest setback in Republicans’ efforts to strip funding from the organization, which were instigated by a series of quickly-debunked videos promoted by an anti-abortion group, the Center for Medical Progress.

Democrats on the committee are now asking to speak to the man behind the videos, David Daleiden, accusing him of taking part in “a host of potentially illegal activities, including filing false documents with government agencies, falsely impersonating a legitimate business concern, soliciting charitable contributions under false pretenses, and secretly recording Planned Parenthood officials without their consent.”

Daleiden’s organization claimed that the videos showed Planned Parenthood officials negotiating the sale of fetal tissue, which is prohibited under the terms of its federal funding agreement. Those allegations incited some conservatives into accusing Planned Parenthood of using that money for abortions, which is not the case.

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Moreover, as MSNBC reported, the organization has also been cleared of any allegations of wrongdoing after investigations in several states.

Chaffetz, who is bidding to become House Speaker following John Boehner’s (R-OH) resignation, said on Thursday that he supported further investigations into Planned Parenthood’s activities, but that “Did we find any wrongdoing? The answer was no.”

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Reparations, concentration camps and racial slurs: Republicans want to turn all discussion of race into pointless culture war debats

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It wasn’t slavery. They are concentration camps. Racial slurs are not a youthful indiscretion.

This week has seen a series of culture-war debates dominate the discourse only to be derailed by bad faith arguments about semantics.

First, on Monday, nearly all of the right-wing ecosystem was engaged to defend the honor of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior and gun rights activists Kyle Kashuv after he revealed that his admission to Harvard had been rescinded. At least one of Kashuv’s classmates in Parkland, Florida, released a number of text messages from him which included racist and misogynistic attacks on fellow students, including the description of black athletes as “niggerjocks.”

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Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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