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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.”

“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.

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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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GUILTY: Jury rules Michael Flynn’s former business partner is guilty of lobbying for Turkey

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Michael Flynn's former business partner Bijan Kian was found guilty by a jury for illegally lobbying for a foreign country.

The information was uncovered as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and as the Justice Department's crackdown on illegal foreign lobbying, CNN explained.

Flynn has had a difficult go in his court case, but information Flynn gave was helpful, according to the DOJ.

Kian is an Iranian-American businessman who was charged with conspiring to hide his lobbying work for Turkey without registering as a foreign agent for the Turkish government.

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House Democrats forced to apologize for Trump after he screws up another meeting with foreign leader

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President Donald Trump humiliated himself again when meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday. In a meeting, Trump bragged about a conversation he had with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“I was with Prime Minister Modi two weeks ago, and we talked about this subject. And he actually said, ‘Would you like to be a mediator or arbitrator?'” Trump said, noting that Modi specifically talked about Kashmir as what he'd be mediating.

The problem is that India came out saying Trump was lying, as BeltwayBreakfast reported.

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Trump is a ‘chaos agent’ whose luck is due to ‘run out’: political scientist

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Brian Klaas, an assistant professor of global politics at University College London, thinks that President Donald Trump has been incredibly lucky so far in his presidency -- but he warns that luck is due to run out in the near future.

Writing in the Washington Post, Klaas points out that Trump has not experienced anything like the major crises that have plagued other presidents during their tenures in office and has instead only faced crises of his own making.

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