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Congressional Republicans want nothing to do with Alabama’s extremist abortion law: conservative columnist

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With the rash of states passing extreme abortion restrictions, culminating in the total ban passed this week by Alabama, conservative Trump-skeptic Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin wrote on Thursday that the tide seems to have turned — and after years of saber rattling against Roe v. Wade, Republicans in Congress are suddenly fearful of backlash from women around the country.

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Rubin noted that two Republicans, Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) refused to endorse Alabama’s abortion ban, with McSally saying “That’s a state issue. I’m focused on my work here,” and McCarthy explicitly rebuking the bill’s lack of provisions for rape and incest.

“The pro-choice forces are marshaling resources, engaging in massive organizing in all 50 states as part of its Stop the Bans initiative, financing legal challenges and pressing presidential candidates to explain their plan to address abortion bans,” wrote Rubin, and NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue is already mounting a plan of attack against the GOP anywhere they attack abortion rights.

“Republicans in red statehouses, as Hogue put it, are engaged in a macabre ‘one down-manship’ as they race to outdo one another in crafting severe, oppressive legislative,” continued Rubin. “There’s a ‘drunken headiness of the extreme fringe’ of the GOP, she says.”

“National Republicans, including Trump, had better sober up quickly,” concluded Rubin. “They’ve triggered a fierce backlash that may make the female voters of 2018 look docile in comparison.”

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Three dead in Chile protest violence

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Three people died in a fire in a supermarket being ransacked in the Chilean capital early Sunday, as protests sparked by anger over social and economic conditions rocked one of Latin America's most stable countries.

Santiago's Mayor Karla Rubilar told reporters two people burned to death in the blaze and another later died in hospital, after the huge store controlled by US retail chain Walmart was looted.

They were the first deaths in two days of violent unrest in which protesters have set buses on fire, burned metro stations and clashed with riot police in the city of seven million -- despite a curfew imposed overnight until 07:00 Sunday.

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Boeing wants it to fly, but travelers fear the 737 MAX

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On September 12, Boeing started putting out 30-second videos in which employees tout its planes' safety, hoping to reassure travelers about the 737 MAX that's been grounded worldwide since two crashes that killed 346 people.

"Safety is at the core of our business. We have put hundreds of engineers to work to ensure that this airplane is 100 percent ready," says Jennifer Henderson, chief test pilot for the 737, in one of the clips.

"When the 737 MAX returns to service I will absolutely put my family on this airplane," she stressed.

But on a Facebook page for Boeing enthusiasts where the clip was posted, the response is negative.

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EU pursues Brexit ratification despite delay request

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Brussels officials on Sunday pressed on with plans to ratify the divorce deal as European leaders considered Prime Minister Boris Johnson's reluctant request for a Brexit delay.

Ambassadors and senior officials from the other 27 member states met Sunday after British MPs forced Johnson to send EU Council president Donald Tusk a late request to postpone the withdrawal.

"The EU is keeping all options open and has therefore initiated the ratification process so that it can be handed over to the European Parliament on Monday," an EU diplomat told AFP.

"The EU will probably pursue this strategy until there is clarity on the British side," he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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