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Why Do States Keep Wasting Money on Doomed Abortion Bills?

States waste money on abortion billsThis month, Ohio governor John Kasich signed a ban on abortions after 20 weeks. This isn’t the first 20-week ban to be signed into law, and it almost certainly won’t be the last. It’s happened enough that we have a pretty good idea of exactly what will happen next, and a cynical theory about why, despite their dubious value in actually reducing the number of pregnancy terminations, lawmakers in red states just won’t quit passing unconstitutional abortion restrictions.

Eighteen states have enacted laws banning abortion at 20 weeks’ gestation. Of those, 15 have gone into effect and the three that have been legally challenged—Arizona, Idaho, and Georgia—have been struck down by courts. It doesn’t take a constitutional scholar to understand why: Roe v. Wade dictates that American women have a right to elective abortion to the point of fetal viability, which the court has decided happens at around 24.5 weeks. Twenty weeks is less than 24.5 weeks. Ergo, unconstitutional, at least with existing precedent.

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The Subpoena That Rocked The Election Is Legal Garbage, Experts Say

Comey subpoena legal garbage: expertsThe warrant connected to the FBI search that Hillary Clinton says cost her the election shouldn’t have been granted, legal experts who reviewed the document released on Tuesday told The Huffington Post.

FBI Director James Comey shook up the presidential race 11 days before the election by telling Congress the agency had discovered new evidence in its previously closed investigation into the email habits of Clinton, who was significantly ahead in the polls at the time.

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Trump National Security Adviser Met With Leader Of Party Founded By Nazis

Mike FlynnGeneral Mike Flynn, Donald Trump’s pick to serve as his national security adviser, met several weeks ago with Heinz-Christian Strache, the head of Austria’s anti-immigrant Freedom Party, which was founded after World War II by former Nazis.

Strache described the meeting, which was first reported by The New York Times, on his Facebook page, where he also announced signing a “cooperation pact” with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Donald Trump's sons behind nonprofit selling access to president-elect

Trump sonsA new Texas nonprofit led by Donald Trump’s grown sons is offering access to the freshly-minted president during inauguration weekend — all in exchange for million-dollar donations to unnamed “conservation” charities, according to interviews and documents reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity.

And the donors’ identities may never be known.

Prospective million-dollar donors to the “Opening Day 2017” event — slated for Jan. 21, the day after inauguration, at Washington, D.C.’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center — receive a “private reception and photo opportunity for 16 guests with President Donald J. Trump,” a “multi-day hunting and/or fishing excursion for 4 guests with Donald Trump, Jr. and/or Eric Trump, and team,” as well as tickets to other events and “autographed guitars by an Opening Day 2017 performer.”

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Lawyers file details of $25M Trump U. settlement: report

Trump U lawsuit details revealedLawyers late Monday filed the details of President-elect Donald Trump's $25 million settlement over lawsuits concerning Trump University, according to a new report.

Trump approved the proposed terms in an effort to resolve three pending lawsuits against the controversial real estate seminar program, Politico reported.

The settlement submitted to a federal court in San Diego indicates Trump is personally guaranteeing that $25 million will be given to the plaintiffs’ lawyers by Jan. 18, two days before his inauguration.

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Report: Trump Donated $10K to West Bank Settlement

Trump donated to West BankPresident-elect Donald Trump made a $10,000 donation to institutions in a West Bank settlement in 2003, a report published Sunday claims. Yaakov “Katzele” Katz, one of the founders of the settlement of Beit El, told an Israeli radio station that Trump made the donation to honor David Friedman, his personal friend and recently announced pick for U.S. ambassador to Israel.

Friedman, who’s faced scrutiny since his nomination for his hardline stance on liberal U.S. Jews and a two-state solution in the Middle East, is president of the American Friends of Bet El Institutions. Trump reportedly made his donation at a gala dinner for Friedman.

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Trump nominates Vincent Viola as secretary of the Army

Vincent ViolaPresident-elect Trump nominated Vincent "Vinnie" Viola as secretary of the Army Monday, according to a release.

Viola is founder and executive chairman of Virtu Financial, a former Army infantry officer and also owns the NHL's Florida Panthers.

"I am proud to have such an incredibly accomplished and selfless individual as Vincent Viola as our Secretary of the Army," Trump said in a statement. "Whether it is his distinguished military service or highly impressive track record in the world of business, Vinnie has proved throughout his life that he knows how to be a leader and deliver major results in the face of any challenge.

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