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Republican lawmakers reject strengthening vaccination laws as measles outbreak spreads

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This year, America is experiencing the worst outbreak of measles in 20 years, and according to Politico, Democratic lawmakers in Colorado, Arizona, New Jersey, Washington, New York, and Maine have all introduced bills to tighten vaccination requirements for school-aged children — and Republican lawmakers have by and large rejected all of these measures.

On the flip side, in Mississippi and West Virginia — where vaccination laws are strict — Republican lawmakers are now proposing bills to make it easier for parents to opt their children out.

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Every state mandates that children receive vaccines in order to attend public schools. But most states offer a religious exemption, and some offer a “philosophical exemption” that lets parents skip vaccines for virtually any reason — including debunked claims that vaccines are linked to autism or brain damage. (Every state exempts children who are medically incapable of receiving vaccines, like those with immune deficiencies.)

Measles is one of the most contagious known diseases, with each sickened person infecting 12 to 18 more people on average. While most people recover from the disease, it can cause life-threatening complications, like pneumonia and encephalitis. By far the most effective way to prevent it is mass inoculation.

The “antivax” movement has long been associated with wealthy, liberal suburbs. But between liberal stronghold states like California passing tough new vaccination requirements, and President Donald Trump endorsing vaccine conspiracy theories, the issue appears to be resettling along more partisan lines.

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Trump refusing to pay for New Mexico security and barricades — while trying to change the state from blue to red

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President Donald Trump thinks he will win New Mexico. He's repeated the factoid multiple times, including to a group of oil and gas workers and executives Wednesday at a conference in Pittsburgh, PA. But he also made two significant mistakes to put that support in jeopardy.

First, the president indicated he was building his "wall" on the border of Colorado, which is north of New Mexico. It would mean that New Mexico was now part of Mexico.

Second, it was reported by the Albuquerque Journal that their city is yet another one Trump's campaign is refusing to pay for security costs.

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Intel Committee has ‘recent evidence’ Ukraine witnesses are working together to ‘coordinate’ their stories

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House investigators have "recent evidence" of witnesses working to coordinate their testimony before Congress, a Democratic congressman revealed on MSNBC on Wednesday.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who sits on the Intelligence and Judicial committees, was interviewed by MSNBC Chris Hayes.

"Final question, what is the timeline here?" Hayes asked. "There is some transparency argument that at some point this can’t be behind closed doors, the American people, all of us, Republicans, Democrats, citizens and journalists have to hear what’s happening."

"You’re absolutely right and there will be a public phase," Swalwell replied.

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Rudy Giuliani is looking for a lawyer — after saying he didn’t need one: report

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On Wednesday, CNN reported that President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani is looking for a defense attorney to represent him.

This report comes after Giuliani said last week that he would not seek legal representation unless he believed he needed it.

Giuliani is currently under criminal investigation for the scheme he apparently helped facilitate in the Ukraine, where Trump withheld military aid in the fight against Russia while demanding their leaders investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee.

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