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Houston grand jury won’t indict Planned Parenthood — instead charges anti-abortion duo

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A grand jury in Harris County, Texas opted not to charge Planned Parenthood officials and instead indict the two anti-abortion activists who secretly filmed them, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The jurors indicted David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt for tampering with a governmental record. Daleiden was also indicted on a separate charge of prohibition of the purchase and sale of human organs.

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The health care organization said in a letter to lawmakers that Daleiden secretly recorded its staff and patients more than 60 times over the past eight years, while also using fake aliases and government identification cards and creating a fake company in order to gain access to facilities and medical conferences.

Merritt and Daleiden accused Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast of improprieties in April 2015 after releasing video footage allegedly showing an official negotiating reimbursement fees in connection with the “procurement” and donation of fetal tissue. The videos spurred Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to open an investigation into the group’s practices.

Similar accusations were made against Planned Parenthood on a national level after the release of several deceptively-edited videos by an anti-abortion group, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). Not only were the CMP’s videos quickly debunked, but investigations at both the congressional and state level failed to produce evidence of wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood.

The healthcare group filed a federal lawsuit against the CMP late last week, accusing it of conspiracy and fraud.

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Republicans love the Constitution — until it applies to them: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot unleashed on President Donald Trump's latest scandal he's calling Ukraine-gate. But when it comes to Republicans, he called them outright complicit.

In his Sunday column, Boot noted that a mob boss doesn't have to overtly say “pay up, or we will destroy your store” to be guilty of extortion. In Trump's case, he tends to say things in a way that it is understood what he wants people to do, according to former "fixer" Michael Cohen.

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Hate for Trump sets new record of Americans who can’t stand a president

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A new poll shows a record number of Americans can't stand the president of the United States.

According to the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal public opinion poll, an astounding 69 percent of Americans don't like Trump personally.

During the early 2000s, President George W. Bush enjoyed the benefit of Americans finding him likable and wanting to "have a beer" with the sober leader. That measure of "likability" has been a kind of inspiration for political leaders searching for voters based not on issues but on personality.

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Here’s how the law governing whistleblowers applies to the Trump Ukraine complaint

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This week it was revealed that President Donald Trump did something so concerning that an intelligence staffer felt the need to report the incident and file for whistleblower protections.

Trump asked Ukraine to look into scandals about former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter. For nearly a year, Trump's former attorney Rudy Giuliani was admittedly working to persuade officials in Ukraine to find "dirt" on the Bidens that they could use in the election. While the accusations against the younger Biden have been disproven, it's suspected, but not confirmed, that this was the incident detailed in the complaint.

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