Backlash in Wisconsin after raising gay pride flag

Flying a gay pride rainbow flag over the Wisconsin state Capitol for the first time Friday drew backlash from conservative Republican lawmakers who said it was divisive. (June 7)

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Roadblock in bid to repeal Missouri abortion ban

Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft says the state Constitution prohibits a referendum on Missouri’s new eight-week abortion ban. The ACLU submitted a referendum petition on the legislation. (June 6)

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday June 5th: DDay commemoration on England’s south coast; Republican Senators oppose tariffs on Mexico; Big Washington state wildfire; Severe weather in Minnesota.

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Rep. Amash applauded by crowd at Mich. town hall

The only Republican in Congress to accuse President Donald Trump of impeachable conduct was largely applauded during a town hall in his Michigan district. Rep. Justin Amash spoke to hundreds of people Tuesday night in Grand Rapids. (May 29)

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GOP holds US House seat in Penn. special election

Republican Fred Keller, a conservative state lawmaker, won the special election for Congress on Tuesday in a heavily Republican district that sprawls across areas of central and northern Pennsylvania that are a stronghold for President Trump. (May 22)

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GOP’s Amash stands firm on Trump impeachment call

On the question of whether President Donald Trump should be impeached, Rep. Justin Amash is the lone Republican saying “Yes.” Outside the Capitol Building Tuesday, Amash said he is “defending the Constitution.” (May 21)

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GOP at McGahn hearing: Dems want fight, not facts

The ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee accused Democrats of theatrics when they held another hearing with an empty witness chair, this time for former White House Counsel Don McGahn who refused to appear before the committee. (May 21)

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What It’s Like at an Alabama Clinic Still Performing Abortions (HBO)

The day after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, signed a bill that put her state on the path to banning almost all abortions, a 20-year-old woman from Tennessee walked into an abortion clinic with an ex-boyfriend and underwent the procedure.

“I’m a single mom of three kids,” said the woman, who asked to remain anonymous, after having an abortion. “I have nothing to offer this child. You know, like, I’m already spread thin. I have my other three to take care of.”

She was one of about 20 women who had the procedure that day at the Alabama Women’s Center. Because there, it was business as usual. The ban — which is certain to be challenged in court — won’t go into effect for several months. Meanwhile, abortion is still legal in the state.

Dalton Johnson co-founded the Alabama Women’s Center in 2001, and since then, the center has had to adapt and sue over multiple new laws and ordinances designed to shut its doors.

“It’s been one thing after another. You know, I kind of feel almost at home in the federal courthouse,” Johnson said. “It’s been admitting privileges. It’s been the zoning.”

“The anti-choice group sued the City of Huntsville for issuing my business license, and so that was a whole battle that we had to fight and pay for out of pocket. And, of course, we prevailed in that one. The building codes,” she added. “And probably some more I just can’t even think of.”

So for Johnson, the latest law isn’t much of a surprise. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t emotionally affecting the staff at the clinic, as they answered phones and cared for patients.

“As I was leaving the house this morning, I started to feel like these butterflies in my stomach. The fear was coming over me,” said Makeda Harris, the center’s receptionist. Most days, she’s the first face a patient would see at the clinic.

Outside the clinic, protesters line up every day holding signs and imploring the women who walk inside to choose life. Many of them are regulars, and the staff knows them by name. A mother and daughter prayed outside Thursday after one woman, shielded by the bright umbrellas of the escorts who volunteer in the parking lot, walked in.

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Biden rejects anger in call for national unity

His party may be enraged by Donald Trump’s presidency, but Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden insisted Saturday that Democrats will not defeat the Republican president if they pick an angry nominee. (May 18)

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