Hillary Clinton campaign blasts GOP abortion bill

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Clinton slams Republicans on abortion bill.

DENVER (AP) — A GOP effort to make women wait 24 hours before having an abortion and require doctors to offer an ultrasound beforehand has failed in the Senate with a Republican joining Democrats to defeat the measure.Hillary Clinton, through a spokeswoman, ripped congressional Republicans’ push to block a Washington, D.C., law on abortion and pledged to “fight to make it easier” for women and families. The bill would’ve prohibited abortion providers from accepting payment before the 24-hour period expired and before they gave women medical information about their fetuses. Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, said he was disappointed an abortion bill would fail before getting to the floor.

Bush to bolster a legal and ethical justification for the torture of prisoners swept up in the post-Sept. 11 war on terror, according to a new report by a group of dissident health professionals and human rights activists. A representative for Clinton, a 2016 presidential candidate, said the GOP was trying to “overrule the Democratic process” in a statement released to CNN on Thursday night, shortly before the House vote on the measure. But there are risks as well. supposed inevitability of a second Clinton presidency (Hillary’s husband, Bill, was president in the 1990s) doomed her candidacy seven years ago when a relatively unknown junior senator from Illinois promised Democrats a break with the past. It contends, using newly disclosed emails, that the group’s actions to keep psychologists involved in the interrogation program coincided closely with efforts by senior Bush administration officials to salvage the program after the public disclosure in 2004 of graphic photos of prisoner abuse by American military personnel at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. “The A.P.A. secretly coordinated with officials from the C.I.A., White House and the Department of Defense to create an A.P.A. ethics policy on national security interrogations which comported with then-classified legal guidance authorizing the C.I.A. torture program,” the report’s authors conclude. He defended the measure after critics expressed concerns that it would subject a women who became pregnant after a rape to the requirements. “I do believe people would want to know what is going on and have as much information as possible,” regardless of the circumstances, he said.

The involvement of health professionals in the Bush-era interrogation program was significant because it enabled the Justice Department to argue in secret opinions that the program was legal and did not constitute torture, since the interrogations were being monitored by health professionals to make sure they were safe. On a recent morning, inside the Eastern Indoor Swapmeet Las Vegas, a group funded by the billionaire Koch brothers helped 250 Latinos — some of them illegal immigrants — pass the Nevada driver’s test. The LIBRE Initiative, an expanding grass-roots organization now operating in nine states, organized the four-hour test prep session to teach the rules of the road in Spanish — no tome y maneje (no drinking and driving), el límite de velocidad es sesenta y cinco millas por hora (the speed limit is 65 miles per hour)… Garza said his group is focused on explaining conservative views. For instance, they talk about how a higher minimum wage might not be in the best interest of Latinos because they believe it will hurt businesses and that there are less expensive ways for young Latinos to get health insurance than Obama’s contentious health plan.

Interesting. * There’s an idea out there that if the Court guts subsidies on the federal exchanges, the Obama administration and/or the states might be able to fix matters. Jones have a must-read explaining exactly what the options are, and why there aren’t grounds for much optimism. — gs * Sam Stein reminds us that by now Ebola was supposed to have killed us all, when in fact it’s almost gone from the areas in Africa that were most affected. * Jamelle Bouie is impressed that on criminal justice reform, Hillary Clinton seems to be thinking seriously, and he explains the political calculations underlying it all: What’s important about this, beyond public policy, is that it’s a sign of where Clinton sees the electorate. A Hillary Clinton who believed she needed working class whites to win is not a Hillary Clinton who would embrace this agenda for police reform, or use this rhetoric. No, this Clinton clearly believes that she needs to reconstitute the Obama coalition to win, and to do that, she’ll push forward on key issues for black Americans, Latinos, young women, and other members of the Obama electorate.

Put differently, this speech is a political gamble as much as it is a policy commitment. * Dara Lind argues that whatever Clinton may have said in the past about crime, she’s in the right place now — but what’s even more important is what she’s learned from the mistakes of the past. * When Andy Borowitz is joking that Hillary Clinton is going to adopt all of Bernie Sanders’ positions, you know the idea has firmly entered the mainstream.

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