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AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that most of Texas’ tough new abortion restrictions can take effect immediately — a decision that means as least 12 clinics won’t be able to perform the procedure starting as soon as Friday.

A panel of judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said the law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital can take effect while a lawsuit challenging the restrictions moves forward. The panel issued the ruling three days after District Judge Lee Yeakel said the provision serves no medical purpose.

In its 20-page ruling, the appeals court panel acknowledged that the provision “may increase the cost of accessing an abortion provider and decrease the number of physicians available to perform abortions.” However, the panel said that the U.S. Supreme Court has held that having “the…

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) does not think the bill he helped draft and pass through the Senate should be combined with House-passed legislation, spokesman Alex Conant told TPM and Politico in stories published on Monday.

Rubio has been backing away from the bill, which he drafted with the so-called “gang of eight,” since its passage in June, saying the House should work its will instead. But House Republicans plan to take a very different approach to the one Rubio pushed through with significant bipartisan support only four months ago.

The reason, according to Conant, is that he — not wrongly — thinks the “gang of eight” bill is opposed by majority of Republicans in the House and has always favored a piecemeal approach. While the House GOP is unlikely to pass the comprehensive bill, advocates hope it can be combined in a conference committee with whatever the House passes…

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Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Law

Posted: October 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

finally… some justice

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A federal judge blocked part of Texas’ tough new abortion law as unconstitutional on Monday, just hours before it was set to go into effect.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel made the decision after hearing three days of testimony about the law, among the toughest anti-abortion measures in the country, the Associated Press reports. Among other things, the law would require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, cut back on where and when women can take pills that induce abortions, and block abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Yeakel ruled the law would violate the rights of patients to access abortion and of doctors to do what’s best for their patients. The state is likely to file an emergency appeal.

Lawyers for Texas abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, argued that the new law would shut down a third of abortion clinics in the entire state, and…

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(CNN) — The White House Wednesday denied an accusation from a top Democratic Senator that a House Republican leader told President Barack Obama “I cannot even stand to look at you” during a recent White House meeting on the government shutdown.

“I looked into it and spoke with somebody who was in the meeting and it did not happen,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in response to a question about the charge, which Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Senate Democrat, posted online three days ago.

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Washington (CNN) — A new national poll provides more evidence of the political hit the Republican Party, the tea party movement, and House Speaker John Boehner took over the government shutdown.

According to a CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday, 64% of Americans say they have an unfavorable view of the GOP, an all-time high dating back to 1992 when CNN first asked the question. Only three in 10 say they hold a favorable view of the party.

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“Two prominent advocates of the GOP’s strategy to defund Obamacare in a government funding bill, Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, have seen their favorability numbers drop in separate new polls.

Lee’s favorability in his home state of Utah is down 10 points since June, according to a new poll from Brigham Young University. Overall, voters see Lee unfavorably, 51 percent to 40 percent. Broken down by degree, 40 percent had a “very unfavorable” view of Lee, and 11 percent had a “somewhat unfavorable” view of him.

In June, the same poll found almost the mirror image, with 50 percent of voters viewing him favorably and 41 percent viewing him unfavorably.”*

nobody_represents_the_american_people-460x307What do the American People really think politically?

Depending on what sources you reference, you can get very different answers.  But when you take the most important issues that face our country, issue by issue…..  the Political opinions of American’s become distinct and clear.

“Tea party-backed Representatives Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Steve King (R-IA) on Saturday held a press conference in Egypt to thank the country’s military for overthrowing the elected government, and at one point even seemed to suggest that the Muslim Brotherhood had been behind the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the United States…”.* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

Should President Obama lead the US into a potential war with Syria over use of chemical weapons (with our without approval from Congress)? Is there evidence that President Bashar Al-assad was behind the sarin gas attacks or was it Syrian rebels who wanted it to appear that way? The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.