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Woman who tried to induce abortion with coat-hanger charged with aggravated assault with a weapon

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A Tennessee woman accused of trying to induce an abortion with a coat-hanger is being charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, attempted procurement of a miscarriage and attempted criminal abortion. Amy Yocca allegedly tried to carry out an abortion at 24 weeks, filling up a bath-tub with water and trying to expel the fetus with a coat-hanger. When she started bleeding out her boyfriend took her to the hospital, where medical staff delivered a boy.

Yocca, who’s been in jail since December 2015, was initially charged with attempted first-degree murder. When a judge asked her if she understood the charges against her, she replied, “Uhh, vaguely,” reports News Channel 5.

The state of Tennessee might expect more tragedies like Yocca’s. In 2015, the state—which, by the standards of the South, allowed slightly better access to abortion—passed a strict abortion law inaugurating a series of restrictions. Women seeking abortions have to undergo in-person “counseling” and wait 48 hours, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Clinics performing more than 50 procedures have to be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers.

As Think Progress noted, both supporters and opponents of the restrictions pointed to the fact that a quarter of Tennessee abortions were sought by women in surrounding states, with anti-abortion forces decrying “abortion tourism” in the state. Pro-choice advocates and health providers pointed to a different underlying issue.

“Abortion rights in the South are going away, and it’s tragic,” Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee president Jeff Teague told the Tennessean. “We’re creating a situation where women only in certain parts of the country have access. If the abortion amendment passes, we’re likely to see similar rights disappearing here.”

Looks like that might get in the way of Donald Trump’s plan for women if Roe v. Wade is overturned—in his 60 Minutes interview with Leslie Stahl, he said of women in states that outlaw abortion, “they’ll perhaps have to go, they’ll have to go to another state.”

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‘Expect the worst’ as Trump doubles down on racist rhetoric to rile up his base: columnist

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In a column for the Daily Beast, commentator and Sirius radio host Dean Obeidallah claims that all signs point to Donald Trump doubling down on racist rhetoric in an effort to rally his base as his internal polling shows him losing the key states that propelled him to the White House.

As Trump officially launches his re-election bid in Orlando on Tuesday night, Obeidallah notes Trump is falling back on what helped him appeal to disgruntled white workers in the Midwest and that he will likely ramp up attacks on undocumented immigrants -- including official actions.

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‘It can be hacked’: Election experts already see red flags in the Democrats’ 2020 nomination process

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The Democratic National Committee may reverse course on its plans to increase participation in 2020 presidential caucus states by offering off-site voting options—starting with telephone voting in Iowa and possibly online voting in other states.

That prospect of a reversal, at least in the early nominating caucuses, stems from growing concerns in top party circles about protecting the “integrity of the process” in a post-2016 climate, said James Roosevelt III, co-chair of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee.

“It is entirely possible,” said Roosevelt. “The committee is going to be looking to be convinced that it will work. I think the committee is subject to competing pressures. One is to honor Iowa’s commitment to participatory democracy. And the other is to a heightened sensitivity that did not exist four or certainly eight years ago to the integrity of the process.”

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Trump was ready to ‘blow up everything’: Biographer Michael Wolff on why Mueller didn’t indict

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It is not an easy task to discern the truth when confronting a president and his allies who have created their own reality, one in which truth and lies have no absolute meaning and are, for them, ultimately interchangeable.

Donald Trump does this on a personal level: he has lied at least 10,000 times while president.

During his recent interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Donald Trump continued to lie in public, asserting that he did not try to fire special sounsel Robert Mueller. As multiple sources and witnesses agree, this is not true. Trump also asserted that he can do anything that he wants, according to the Constitution: He apparently believes he is a king or emperor. This too is a lie. The Constitution grants the president no such powers, and was drafted by the framers to stop demagogues and would-be tyrants such as Donald Trump.

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