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Trump administration abruptly surrenders: Undocumented teen girl released to obtain abortion

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On Sunday, the federal government released an undocumented teenager just days after she filed a complaint accusing President Donald Trump’s administration of detaining her against her will and preventing her from obtaining a safe and legal abortion.

Vice News’ Carter Sherman said that the girl — known in court documents as “Jane Moe” — filed paperwork on Thursday accusing the Office of Refugee Resettlement of refusing to allow her to seek treatment to terminate an unintended pregnancy.

On Friday the Trump administration announced that it would release Jane Moe to the care of a sponsor on Jan. 29, but the release appears to have gone through ahead of schedule.

Jane Moe, 17, is the fourth girl to accuse the Trump administration of blocking timely access to abortion services. In each case, courts have sided with the girls.

“While we are relieved that Jane Moe is reunited with her sponsor, the government blocked her from her abortion for more than two weeks, before deliberately moving her out of their custody only when we filed to take them to court,” said American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) staff attorney Brigitte Amiri in a statement.

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Amiri continued, “We continue to pursue all avenues to ensure that no other young woman like her is forced to continue a pregnancy against her will for purely political reasons.”

This week, anti-choice activist and far-right Christian Teresa Manning abruptly left her post at the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Manning was reportedly escorted from the building by security personnel.

Read Vice’s full report here.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s IT consultant reveals he saw girls who ‘couldn’t have more than 15 or 16’ on private island

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ABC News broke a story just after midnight Thursday about a former IT consultant of Jeffrey Epstein's who resigned because he couldn't take some of the things he was seeing on Epstein's private island compound.

The island, which has been called "pedophile island" by locals, had "topless women everywhere.

"There were photos of topless women everywhere," said contractor Steve Scully, who began working for Epstein in 1999 and continued for six years. "On his desk, in his office, in his bedroom."

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‘Names are going to start coming out’: New report says more elites will be exposed in the Epstein case — and ‘DC is on edge’

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Will other powerful people — presumably men — get taken down as a result of the sex trafficking case against Jeffrey Epstein?

That’s the hope of many closer followers of the story, but it’s far from clear what, if any, fallout there will be. Epstein’s connections to Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump have raised suspicions about potential evidence of their wrongdoing, such suspicions remain unproven. Alan Dershowitz has already faced accusations of being involved in Epstein’s crimes, though he denies the charge vigorously.

But a new report from Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman says that “DC is on edge” over the Epstein case, and any elites who have run in his circles could be involved. Dozens of girls, if not more, are believed to be involved in his alleged sex trafficking, and lawyers for some of the women who have accused Epstein are strongly suggesting that other high-profile figures will be implicated.

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‘It’s so un-American’: Internet scorches Trump supporters for racist chants of ‘Send her back!’

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The ignoble highlight of President Donald Trump's rally in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday was when his fans doubled down on his racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color and targeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), chanting "Send her back! Send her back!"

Political commentators of all stripes were gobsmacked by the crowd's naked racism — and buried them in condemnation:

The crowd at Trump’s rally chanting “send her back” after the President viciously and dishonestly attacked Ilhan Omar is one of the most chilling and horrifying things I’ve ever seen in politics.

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