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Tom Cotton says he can freely oppose abortion rights for rape victims because ‘we live in a democratic society’

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Sunday suggested that women who become pregnant through rape or incest should not have the right to abortions.

In an interview on Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd noted that Cotton’s state of Arkansas and several others are passing draconian restrictions that effectively outlaw abortions in many cases.

“When do you think the fetus has constitutional rights?” Todd asked.

Cotton declined to directly answer the question although he is on record voting for a bill that would force judges to treat fetuses like people.

“When does a fetus have constitutional rights in your mind?” Todd asked again.

“Chuck, what I want to find in this debate is area where we can agree on what we should do if a civil society,” Cotton replied. “If a baby can survive outside of its mother’s womb in a NICU as the amazing doctors are able to do at 22, 20 weeks, then we should protect that life.”

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Todd pressed Cotton about why he has not supported an anti-abortion bill that protect a woman’s right to have the procedure if she is the victim of rape or incest.

“I personally believe that life does begin at conception,” Cotton insisted. “That’s the standard that most Republicans who have held the presidency in modern times held as well. They understand there are certain tragic cases like rape or incest or when a mother’s life is in danger that we ought to an account for. That was the position that Ronald Reagan has as well.”

“But I personally believe life begins at conception,” he added. “As long as we have unelected judges making rules, we should find ways that we can protect the most innocent lives.”

“If you believe that life begins at conception then how do you justify an exception for rape and incest?” Todd wondered.

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“Because we live in a democratic society,” Cotton said, suggesting that other politicians would fight for exceptions to rape and incest. “I recognize not everyone shares my views… I say that one of the major problems of having unelected judges make these kind of decisions, we don’t have the ability to have those democratic debates.”

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Lawrence O’Donnell throttles Donny Deutsch for saying Elizabeth Warren can’t beat Trump: ‘This is pure guesswork’

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Lawrence O'Donnell and Donny Deutsch had quite the exchange in the post-debate conversation on MSNBC Wednesday.

Deutsch tried to say that Sen. Elizabeth Warren's outstanding debate performance doesn't matter because Warren can't win in a match-up against President Donald Trump.

"I do not believe Elizabeth Warren, on stage with Donald Trump, beats him," he told the MSNBC panel. "And I think if we're honest with ourselves and we look hard at ourselves, I think a lot of people agree with me. It's — and I also think when you can label somebody a socialist, 57 percent of this country thinks that word is un-American. I'm not saying it's fair. When he can blanket Elizabeth Warren as a socialist, and he's on stage with her, the Democrats lose."

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Father and daughter drowning at the border fuels anger at Trump immigration policies

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A shocking photograph of a Salvadoran man and his baby daughter drowned in the Rio Grande fueled a surge of emotion around the world Wednesday -- as US Democrats furiously denounced Donald Trump's immigration policies.

"Trump is responsible for these deaths," said Beto O'Rourke, one of several Democratic White House hopefuls who took to Twitter to lash out at the president.

Former vice president Joe Biden, who is also seeking the presidency in 2020, called the image "gut-wrenching."

"History will judge how we respond to the Trump administration's treatment of immigrant families & children -- we can't be silent," he said.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

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Ten Democrats clashed in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, climaxing Thursday with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against nine challengers, including number two candidate Bernie Sanders.

But Wednesday's first take was a spirited encounter between Democrats like ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cory Booker, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on subjects as varied as health care, economic inequality, climate action, gun violence, Iran and immigration.

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