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Bernie Sanders returns from surgery to smack down GOP ‘witch hunt’ on Planned Parenthood

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) criticized his Republican colleagues on Tuesday for attacking Planned Parenthood while denouncing what he described as a pointless vote.

“Now is not the time to continue a witch hunt for an organization that provides critical health care services, from reproductive health care to cancer screenings and preventative services to millions of women,” Sanders said on the Senate floor. “No one is forced to seek care at Planned Parenthood. It is a choice — a choice millions of women make freely and proudly.”

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The Democratic presidential candidate made mention of the recent attack against a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado, noting that the group had already been the subject of “vicious and unsubstantiated statements.” Instead of trying to defund it, he said, he hoped that legislators would move to expand its services.

“It is also my sincere hope that people throughout this country — including my colleagues here in the Senate and across the Capitol in the House — understand that bitter, vitriolic rhetoric can have serious, unintended consequences,” Sanders said.

The senator, who made his remarks a day after undergoing hernia surgery, also denounced the GOP’s efforts to push a bill through that would not only defund Planned Parenthood, but gut the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare,” knowing that President Barack Obama would probably veto it.

“This is just another reason why the American people have so little respect for the Congress,” Sanders said.

Watch Sanders’ remarks, as aired on C-SPAN on Tuesday, below.

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Black Londoner explains George Floyd protester support with story of how cops murdered his brother

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In an interview with MSNBC's Molly Hunter, a Black Londoner explained why he turned out for a protest near Trafalgar Square in support of Americans who have hit the streets in the U.S. over the murder of George Floyd by four former Minneapolis police officers.

According to the man -- identified as Daniel and who was wearing a COVID-19 mask and a New York Yankees hat -- his brother was also murdered by police and the cops walked free.

"You've been marching all day," Hunter began. "Look, I have two questions for you: what was it like watching the U.S. this week from London? Does it resonate?

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Trump security advisor goes off on Antifa rant to duck grilling on president’s ‘vicious dogs’ protester threat

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Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" with Jake Tapper, White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien ducked directly defending the president's Saturday threat to use "vicious dogs and ominous weapons" of Washington D.C. protesters, by instead talking about supposed Antifa activity during the George Floyd protests.

After reading the president's tweet, host Tapper pressed,  "Do you think messages like that are helping to unite the country and calm fears?”

With O'Brien noting, "[Trump] was trying to de-escalate. He didn’t want violence, he’s trying to stop the violence that we saw that took place overnight," he then went on to drag in reports being pushed by Donald Trump's administration that Antifa -- which he mentioned frequently during the entire interview -- had taken over the protests.

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WATCH: NYC cop filmed pulling down Black protester’s mask so he can pepper spray him in the face

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In a video posted to Twitter by Anju J. Rupchandani, a man she claimed was her nephew had his protective COVID-19 mask pulled down by a New York City police officer so that he could spray him in the face at close range with pepper spray.

In the video, the  young man can be seen with his hands in the air and making no move towards the white officer who suddenly reaches out to yank down the mask and blast him with the noxious spray.

As Rupchandani wrote, "I am heartbroken and disgusted to see one of my family members a young black man w/his hands up peacefully protesting and an NYPD officer pulls down his mask and pepper sprays him.

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