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Christian family planning clinic offers a plastic surgeon but not abortions — and will likely get federal funds under Trump

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A former crisis pregnancy center operating out of Texas is rebranding itself along the lines of Planned Parenthood — but without offering abortion or condoms, reports Jezebel. The goal is to secure federal funding, while promoting a subtle anti-abortion message.

Obria claims to provide a holistic approach to women’s health, offering ovulation calendars and a plastic surgeon for “the full mommy makeover.” But unlike Planned Parenthood, they refuse abortions. Their mission statement reads that they are “being led by God” and “support for marriage and family.”

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“I didn’t recreate the wheel … I’m using Planned Parenthood’s model, and it’s working,” Obria’s CEO, Kathleen Eaton Bravo, told Politico.

Yet they’re abstaining from promoting an explicit anti-abortion message, as crisis pregnancy centers have previously done. That rebrand is meant to draw in new customers and also take advantage of money earmarked for the full women’s health services offered by Planned Parenthood.

Changes made to Title X funding by the Trump administration that are set to go into effect soon, will bar federal funding for health groups that refer patients to abortion services, Jezebel notes. They are also pushing for “non-traditional” organizations to apply.

If Obria gets federal funding they are set to provide health care to the state’s roughly 1.8 million women in need of health services in Texas, the Associated Press reports.

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Betsy DeVos’ DOE threatens to cut university funding for positive portrayal of Islam

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The U.S Department of Education threatened to pull federal funding from a Middle East studies course jointly run by Duke University and the University of North Carolina because it portrays Islam too positively.

The DOE ordered the universities to change their program or lose its federal grant money. In a letter to UNC, the department criticized the program, arguing that topics like Iranian art and film have “little or no relevance” to the Middle East studies program. The letter also argues that the program “appears to lack balance” because its programs are not focused on the discrimination faced by “religious minorities in the Middle East," including Christians and Jews.

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Wall Street is ignoring the omens of recession — here’s why

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The Federal Reserve seems a lot more concerned about the state of the economy than it’s been letting on.

The Fed lowered its target interest rate by a quarter point on Sept. 18, the second such cut since July – and the first reductions since the Great Recession more than 10 years ago.

Judging by the words of Fed Chair Jerome Powell, this isn’t that big a deal. In his statement following the decision, he said: “We took this step to help keep the U.S. economy strong in the face of some notable developments and to provide insurance against ongoing risks.”

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Elizabeth Warren accuses Congress of complicity in Trump’s continued abuses

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren accused the U.S. Congress of complicity in President Donald Trump's continued abuse of power late Friday, after reports surfaced of his alleged attempts to solicit foreign meddling in the 2020 presidential election, and reiterated her demand that Democrats use their majority in the House to pursue impeachment.

Warren's tweeted statement came hours after the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's opposition to a Ukrainian prosecutor in 2016.

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