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Alabama Governor Signs Nation’s Most Restrictive Anti-Choice Law

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Missouri Senate Votes to Ban Most Abortions After 8 Weeks

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Trump Declares National Emergency, Blacklisting Chinese Telecom Huawei

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President Trump declared a national emergency Wednesday over what he called threats to American technology, barring U.S. telecoms from installing foreign-made equipment. The move appears to be aimed at punishing Huawei, the Chinese maker of telecommunications gear and consumer electronics. It’s the latest escalation of the U.S. trade war with China, after Trump followed through last week on a threat to hike tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports.

Trump Delays Plans for Tariffs on Foreign Cars and Auto Parts

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Trump to Announce “Merit-Based” Immigration Plan to Limit Asylum Cases, Family Reunifications

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White House Refuses House Judiciary Committee Request for Documents

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U.S. Won’t Join “Christchurch Call” Against Online Extremism

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: “The social media dimension to the attack was unprecedented. And our response today with the adoption of the Christchurch Call is equally unprecedented as well. Never before have countries and tech companies come together in the wake of a horrific attack to commit to an action plan that will deliver collaboratively, work in new technology built to make our communities ultimately safer.”

So far the Christchurch Call has the support of 16 countries, the European Commission and eight tech giants. But the Trump Administration said Wednesday it was “not currently in a position to join the endorsement.” The White House cited concerns the agreement could violate the First Amendment. In a New York Times opinion piece last weekend, Prime Minister Ardern wrote she supports free speech rights but “that right does not include the freedom to broadcast mass murder.”

Six Civilians Killed in Yemen as Saudi-Led Coalition Bombs Fall on Sana’a

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Sudanese Troops Fire on Pro-Democracy Protesters as Military Rulers Suspend Talks

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Israeli Forces Fire on Gaza Protesters Marking Nakba Day

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Trump Officials Claim Photos of Iranian Missile Boats Sparked Tensions

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Trump administration officials said Wednesday that photographs showing Iranian boats equipped with missiles were the cause of the recent escalation between the U.S. and Iran, claiming they were evidence that Iranian paramilitaries in the Persian Gulf were preparing to target U.S. naval vessels. The New York Times cited three unnamed officials who made the claim, which widely contradicts other officials — including Europeans, Iraqis, members of both parties in Congress and some Trump administration officials — who reportedly said the missiles are likely defensive weapons.

Top British Commander Denies U.S. Claims of Increased Threat Posed by Iran

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Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika: “No. There’s been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria. We’re aware of their presence, clearly, and we monitor them along with a whole range of others because that’s the environment we’re in.”

Just hours after General Chris Ghika made those comments, U.S. Central Command disputed them in a statement.

DOT Orders a Halt to Flights Between the U.S. and Venezuela

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Arctic Ocean Temperatures Soar as Nearly All Old Arctic Sea Ice Has Vanished

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California Investigators Find PG&E Sparked Worst Wildfire in State History

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NYC’s Met and Natural History Museum Sever Sackler Family Ties Over Opioid Epidemic

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Trump Pardons Media Baron Conrad Black, Who Authored Glowing Biography of Trump

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Joins 2020 Race Pledging to Fight for Working Families

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Bill de Blasio: “I will take on the wealthy, I will take on the big corporations, I will not rest until this government serves working people. As mayor of the largest city in America I’ve done just that. Donald Trump must be stopped. I’ve beaten him before and I will do it again.”

Courtesy of Democracy Now

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