Congressional Republicans are giving up on years of promises to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood as Democrats prepare to take control of the House, a major setback for the conservative movement after controlling both chambers of Congress and the White House for the past two years. The futility of the congressional efforts were clear as the lame-duck session of Congress convened this week and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) briefly tried — and failed — to rally support for one last bid to push through Planned Parenthood cuts, Obamacare repeal and other conservative priorities. But most Republicans, already rattled by the possibility of a shutdown next week triggered by President Donald Trump’s border wall demands, dismissed his bid.Story Continued Below That's infuriated anti-abortion groups, who plan to take their fight to state legislatures and the courts. “They had two years to defund Planned Parenthood and they failed,” said Kristan Hawkins, the … [Read more...] about GOP lawmakers’ reality: They won’t cut Planned Parenthood
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Sue Fish, an experienced clinic escort at the Greater Boston Health Center, first grabs a morning beverage — maybe a coffee or a water — and then checks herself in for her usual shift. Marked by her neon “volunteer” vest, she faces however many protesters will be accompanying her for the day — ranging from a few to a sea of them — and she doesn’t flinch. But there was one instance, just one, the 69-year-old recalled, in which she had to briefly excuse herself, step inside, and take a deep breath. While volunteering, she had made eye contact with a young boy sitting in the nearby Caffe Nero with his father. Soon, the pair began making friendly exchanges — waving at each other and playing hide-and-seek through the window. Within moments, things took a turn. “[The father] stopped to chat, and one of the protesters came over and started saying horrible things to him about that I ‘kill babies’ — and there was a child … [Read more...] about What’s it like being a clinic escort for Planned Parenthood? Meet Sue Fish, an experienced volunteer.
David Crary, Ap National Writer Updated 1:37 pm PDT, Wednesday, October 10, 2018 FILE - In this July 10, 2018 file photo, protesters hold signs supporting Planned Parenthood in Seattle, as they demonstrate against President Donald Trump and his choice of federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his second nominee to the Supreme Court. On Wednesday, Oct. 10 Planned Parenthood unveiled a plan to protect access to abortion as widely as possible even if the Supreme Court moves to curtail women's right to undergo the procedure. less FILE - In this July 10, 2018 file photo, protesters hold signs supporting Planned Parenthood in Seattle, as they demonstrate against President Donald Trump and his choice of federal appeals Judge Brett ... more Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 … [Read more...] about Planned Parenthood launches plan to protect abortion access
Jul 18, 7:16 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Alex Perry 07/18/18 AT 6:43 PM With its billions of monthly users, Facebook is considered fertile ground for political spending in the online age. President Trump has been the biggest recent spender for political ads on the platform and by a fairly wide margin, according to the New York Times.The data comes from a study conducted by researchers from New York University which focused their findings on Facebook ad spending in May — when Facebook started letting any user see who paid for a political ad on their news feed. That level of transparency was a way to appease users' concerned about foreign meddling in U.S. elections but also allowed the researchers to figure out which domestic entities are spending the most on Facebook.Trump’s political action committee paid $274,000 in Facebook ads since the researchers started collecting data … [Read more...] about Donald Trump, Planned Parenthood Among Top Facebook Ad Buyers This Summer
A new mailer by Democratic governor candidate Jeff Greene features a photo taken while he was on the grounds of Mar-a-Lago Club. Jeff Greene, the billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, took advantage of his status as a member of President Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago Club to do a photo shoot for a campaign mailer pledging to make Trump pay personally for his frequent Florida visits. “If Trump wants to vacation here at Mar-a-Lago, he can pay for that himself,” declares an 8-by-10 color mailer that shows Greene standing with hands on hips looking at the Palm Beach mansion from one of its swimming pools. The photo appears to have been taken from the club’s oceanfront pool across A-1-A from the main mansion. Greene spokeswoman Claire VanSusteren said the candidate visited Mar-a-Lago for the photo shoot and no digital manipulation was involved in the image. The mailer dovetails with a 30-second Greene TV ad that says … [Read more...] about Rare Democratic campaign photo op from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago