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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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Republican Kevin McCarthy gets taken down by former top GOP colleague

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was attacked by a former Republican colleague who alleged McCarthy and his fellow members of Congress have allowed the House GOP to become the official shill for the White House.

In a profile for the New York Times, former Oversight Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) shamed the GOP House for the way that a once-respectable institution has fallen.

“Congress no longer operates as an independent branch of government, but as an appendage of the executive branch,” said Davis. “He is made for that role.”

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Former senator reveals to Maddow how one brave Democrat can reveal key document in impeachment trial

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Near the end of Wednesday's impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that an agreement had been made to allow senators to read supplemental testimony from Vice President Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams.

The document will remain classified, despite claims that there is no classified material in the document, only evidence that is damning to the president.

"In terms of this document potentially being improperly classified, which is something that has been raised in writing by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and raised on the floor of the Senate tonight by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)," MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow noted. "Obviously, it was the vice president's office that said it was classified, they are getting publicly criticized for that. If it has been improperly classified and it should be something that the public can see, who adjudicates that?"

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Florida Republican Matt Gaetz admits Trump’s legal defense was ‘like an 8th grade book report’ — only worse

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) admitted that President Donald Trump's team of lawyers weren't quite the legal eagles that he thinks they might be, said Politico reporter Andrew Desiderio.

Questioned about his take on the way the case is unfolding in the Senate, Gaetz said that the House presented it like it was going to be on "cable news." For many that may be an insult, but it appears to Gaetz that was a compliment.

Desiderio said that Gaetz then lamented that the White House presented their case more like “an 8th-grade book report.”

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