What Joe Biden’s Flip-Flop On The Hyde Amendment Means For The Democratic Party (HBO)

Joe Biden no longer wants to be the only 2020 Democrat who supports a controversial rule to block federal funding for most abortions.

Biden said Thursday night that he doesn’t support the Hyde Amendment, a restriction added to the federal budget annually that prevents any money from going toward abortions — except in cases of rape, incest, or serious threats to the mother’s health. The U-turn comes just a day after his campaign told the New York Times Wednesday that he was still in favor of the rule.

Biden’s initial support made him the only 2020 candidate to come out in favor of Hyde, while a slew of his 2020 opponents — including the top three female candidates — almost immediately reiterated that they wanted to do away with the rule entirely.

On Wednesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren flat-out called Biden’s original stance wrong and pointed out that Hyde most directly affected low-income women through Medicaid.

“Understand this: Women of means will still have access to abortions,” Warren said during an MSNBC town hall Wednesday night. “Who won’t will be poor women.”

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Cory Booker all doubled down this week as well and said they support repealing Hyde. Abortion groups, too, quickly came after Biden’s support for the law.

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Madonna says she feels ‘raped’ by New York Times profile | AFP

Pop icon Madonna was unimpressed by a profile of her in the New York Times, calling the newspaper “one of the founding fathers of the patriarchy.”

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‘Error of judgement’: New York Times apologizes for ‘anti-Semitic’ cartoon

The New York Times has been forced to apologise for printing an anti-Semitic cartoon. It appeared in the paper’s international edition, and depicts the Israeli Prime Minister as a guide dog leading President Trump, who’s wearing dark glasses and a skull cap. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9t6s

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Images of dead ducks and sick children were enough for Trump to expel Russian diplomats from US

The current CIA director reportedly played on Donald Trump’s emotions to persuade him to expel dozens of Russian diplomats, using pictures of dead ducks and sick children that she claimed had been exposed to Novichok.

The New York Times reports that the president was reluctant to throw out any Russian officials in the aftermath of the Salisbury poisonings in Britain last year, until Gina Haspel, who was CIA deputy director at the time, showed him pictures of children ‘sickened by the Novichok’ and ‘a photograph of ducks that British officials said were inadvertently killed by the sloppy work of the Russian operatives’.

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Ellsberg sees Vietnam era parallels with Assange

Daniel Ellsberg who famously leaked the “Pentagon Papers” to the New York Times during the Vietnam era sees parallels between his case and the one against Julian Assange today. (April 12)

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The Long, Painful Legacy Of Blackface In America (HBO)

Ralph Northam is still the governor of Virginia—for now. But he’s facing increasing pressure to resign after a conservative media site unearthed a photo of a man in blackface on Northam’s page in a 1984 medical school yearbook.

Northam insists it isn’t him in the photo. And the New York Times today reported that a group of his medical school classmates is standing behind him. “We fully believe Governor Ralph Northam is neither of the individuals in those repugnant costumes,” they wrote in a letter. “We attended classes with the Governor. We socialized with him. We knew him very well.”

But even if Northam can prove he isn’t in the photo, there’s another problem: In a press conference on Saturday, Northam admitted he had “darkened” his face for fun around the same time. “That same year, I did participate in a dance contest in San Antonio in which I darkened my face as part of a Michael Jackson costume,” he said. “I look back now and regret that I did not understand the harmful legacy of an action like that.”

Northam may not have understood that “harmful legacy” back in the 80’s—plenty of people didn’t. In fact, many still don’t understand it now.

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‘Corruption is in Russia’s DNA’: NYT opinion piece slammed for ‘xenophobia’

A recent New York Times opinion piece has claimed, controversially, that ‘corruption is in Russia’s DNA’. The article was met with harsh criticism from a number of journalists and readers of the publication. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9nqy

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