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Kirsten Gillibrand announced she’ll be holding a reproductive rights town hall in visiting St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday. “This is an emergency, and we need to fix it,” tweeted the New York senator and 2020 presidential candidate.
A new law in the state bans most abortions in at the eighth week of pregnancy. The restrictions have been challenged in federal court and have yet to take effect, but other policies have already severely restricted access to abortions.
Women seeking to terminate their pregnancy in Missouri are must undergo a 72-hour waiting period and counseling intended to discourage abortion. And due to other policies, only one licensed abortion provider in the state remains open.
With one licensed abortion provider left in the state, the people of MO know what a post-Roe reality would look like: They're already living it.I'll be there on Sunday to hold a reproductive rights town hall. This is an emergency, and we need to fix it. https://t.co/tiPXiuU9gC
Missouri abortion clinic to stay open – for now – after judge's order
Pete Buttigieg unveiled an $80 billion proposal to bring high-speed internet access to rural Americans.Pete Buttigieg unveiled an $80 billion proposal to bring high-speed internet access to rural Americans.
The 2020 candidate also announced his intention to invest $50 billion to help farmers combat climate change over the next decade, and proposed dramatic increases to teacher pay in a wide-ranging plan to boost the economy of rural America.The 2020 candidate also announced his intention to invest $50 billion to help farmers combat climate change over the next decade, and proposed dramatic increases to teacher pay in a wide-ranging plan to boost the economy of rural America.
Buttigieg is one of 20 presidential candidates looking to woo voters at the Iowa State Fair.Buttigieg is one of 20 presidential candidates looking to woo voters at the Iowa State Fair.
Mayor @PeteButtigieg rides the giant slide with a little boy who asked him to ride with him #IowaStateFair pic.twitter.com/hT2u2T1qvzMayor @PeteButtigieg rides the giant slide with a little boy who asked him to ride with him #IowaStateFair pic.twitter.com/hT2u2T1qvz
Congressman Kevin McCarthy, the Republican minority leader of the House, has expressed support for the protestors in Hong Kong.Congressman Kevin McCarthy, the Republican minority leader of the House, has expressed support for the protestors in Hong Kong.
Lawmakers from both political parties have expressed support for the pro-democracy protestors.Lawmakers from both political parties have expressed support for the pro-democracy protestors.
To the thousands of young people in Hong Kong who are speaking UP for human rights and speaking OUT against the Communist Party of China: we see you waving the American flag, and we hear you singing our national anthem.America stands for freedom. America stands with Hong Kong.To the thousands of young people in Hong Kong who are speaking UP for human rights and speaking OUT against the Communist Party of China: we see you waving the American flag, and we hear you singing our national anthem.America stands for freedom. America stands with Hong Kong.
John Hickenlooper is considering ending his 2020 presidential bid and entering the race for Colorado’s Republican-held Senate seat, the New York Times is reporting.John Hickenlooper is considering ending his 2020 presidential bid and entering the race for Colorado’s Republican-held Senate seat, the New York Times is reporting.
Hickenlooper, who served as the governor of Colorado from 2011 to 2019, is unlikely to qualify for the next round of presidential debates in September. The Times reports that he discussed changing tracks with Michael Bennet, who himself is a 2020 presidential candidate and currently Colorado’s Democratic senator.Hickenlooper, who served as the governor of Colorado from 2011 to 2019, is unlikely to qualify for the next round of presidential debates in September. The Times reports that he discussed changing tracks with Michael Bennet, who himself is a 2020 presidential candidate and currently Colorado’s Democratic senator.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York has reportedly been asking Hickenlooper to enter the senate race for months. If he does choose to redirect his focus, Hickenlooper could be a key player in Democrats’ efforts to retake senate from the Republicans.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York has reportedly been asking Hickenlooper to enter the senate race for months. If he does choose to redirect his focus, Hickenlooper could be a key player in Democrats’ efforts to retake senate from the Republicans.
California senator Dianne Feinstein says she supports her state’s efforts to fight the Trump administration’s policy of denying permanent residence to immigrants who have ever received public assistance.California senator Dianne Feinstein says she supports her state’s efforts to fight the Trump administration’s policy of denying permanent residence to immigrants who have ever received public assistance.
The Trump administration announced yesterday a new policy of denying green cards to people who have legally immigrated to the US if they ever accepted food stamps, housing assistance, Medicaid or other forms of government assistance.The Trump administration announced yesterday a new policy of denying green cards to people who have legally immigrated to the US if they ever accepted food stamps, housing assistance, Medicaid or other forms of government assistance.
The administration is trying to deny green cards to legal immigrants if they’ve ever received public assistance or if the administration believes they may in the future. That’s not who we are as a country. I fully support California’s effort to fight this rule. pic.twitter.com/cV5g3Of4VdThe administration is trying to deny green cards to legal immigrants if they’ve ever received public assistance or if the administration believes they may in the future. That’s not who we are as a country. I fully support California’s effort to fight this rule. pic.twitter.com/cV5g3Of4Vd
The new rules, which would take effect mid-October, would also subject immigrants seeking permanent status to a wealth test, to establish if they have enough money to support themselves and their families.The new rules, which would take effect mid-October, would also subject immigrants seeking permanent status to a wealth test, to establish if they have enough money to support themselves and their families.
California’s San Francisco and Santa Clara counties filed a lawsuit today challenging the rules, arguing that the changes would increase public health risks and financially harm the counties.California’s San Francisco and Santa Clara counties filed a lawsuit today challenging the rules, arguing that the changes would increase public health risks and financially harm the counties.
The newly announced policy “turns our back on the immigration that’s been the fabric of our nation,” Feinstein said in a statement.The newly announced policy “turns our back on the immigration that’s been the fabric of our nation,” Feinstein said in a statement.
This morning, Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), proposed an edit to the famous poem on Statue of Liberty, which currently reads: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”This morning, Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), proposed an edit to the famous poem on Statue of Liberty, which currently reads: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
On NPR’s Morning Edition he offered: “Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.”On NPR’s Morning Edition he offered: “Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.”
Trump official: Statue of Liberty poem should mean 'poor who can stand on own two feet'Trump official: Statue of Liberty poem should mean 'poor who can stand on own two feet'
“We are going to fight to make sure every voice is heard,” said Stacy Abrams announcing a new initiative called Fair Fight 2020 at the IUPAT convention in Las Vegas.“We are going to fight to make sure every voice is heard,” said Stacy Abrams announcing a new initiative called Fair Fight 2020 at the IUPAT convention in Las Vegas.
Abrams said she’s leaving it to others to get voters excited to cast their ballots in the upcoming election, confirming that she won’t be running for president. Instead, she will work in battleground states to help strengthen voter protections ahead of next year’s general election.Abrams said she’s leaving it to others to get voters excited to cast their ballots in the upcoming election, confirming that she won’t be running for president. Instead, she will work in battleground states to help strengthen voter protections ahead of next year’s general election.
The effort will cost between $4m and $5m, according to the Washington Post, and will target 20 states.The effort will cost between $4m and $5m, according to the Washington Post, and will target 20 states.
That’s it from me today. My west coast colleague Maanvi Singh will be taking over the blog for the next few hours.That’s it from me today. My west coast colleague Maanvi Singh will be taking over the blog for the next few hours.
Here’s where the day stands so far:Here’s where the day stands so far:
The former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has decided she will not run for president, instead focusing on a national voting rights initiative.The former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has decided she will not run for president, instead focusing on a national voting rights initiative.
The Justice Department announced it had reassigned the warden of the Metropolitan correctional center following Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide. Two other jail employees have been placed on administrative leave.The Justice Department announced it had reassigned the warden of the Metropolitan correctional center following Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide. Two other jail employees have been placed on administrative leave.
Trump predicted the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong will “work out”, while acknowledging it is a “very tough situation”. “I hope it works out for everybody, including China, by the way,” Trump told reporters before traveling to Pennsylvania.Trump predicted the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong will “work out”, while acknowledging it is a “very tough situation”. “I hope it works out for everybody, including China, by the way,” Trump told reporters before traveling to Pennsylvania.
Trump also acknowledged that his proposed tariffs on Chinese imports could affect US consumers’ holiday shopping, contradicting his past false claims that Americans were not bearing the cost of his trade war.Trump also acknowledged that his proposed tariffs on Chinese imports could affect US consumers’ holiday shopping, contradicting his past false claims that Americans were not bearing the cost of his trade war.
The president’s comments came hours after his administration announced that some of the Chinese tariffs set to go into effect on 1 September would actually be delayed until 15 December, causing US markets to rally after yesterday’s losses.The president’s comments came hours after his administration announced that some of the Chinese tariffs set to go into effect on 1 September would actually be delayed until 15 December, causing US markets to rally after yesterday’s losses.
Maanvi will have more on Abrams’ decision and the Hong Kong protests, so stay tuned.Maanvi will have more on Abrams’ decision and the Hong Kong protests, so stay tuned.
Stacey Abrams has been floated as a possible candidate for multiple offices since she narrowly lost her 2018 gubernatorial race in Georgia.Stacey Abrams has been floated as a possible candidate for multiple offices since she narrowly lost her 2018 gubernatorial race in Georgia.
I am grateful for all the encouragement I received to run for U.S. Senate, and I’m committed to doing everything I can to help elect a Democrat to that seat next year. #gapol pic.twitter.com/5o14BqgqwOI am grateful for all the encouragement I received to run for U.S. Senate, and I’m committed to doing everything I can to help elect a Democrat to that seat next year. #gapol pic.twitter.com/5o14BqgqwO
She announced back in April that she would not run against Republican Senator David Perdue, despite extensive lobbying from Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer.She announced back in April that she would not run against Republican Senator David Perdue, despite extensive lobbying from Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer.
“The fights to be waged require a deep commitment to the job, and I do not see the U.S. Senate as the best role for me in this battle for our nation’s future,” Abrams said in a video announcing her decision.“The fights to be waged require a deep commitment to the job, and I do not see the U.S. Senate as the best role for me in this battle for our nation’s future,” Abrams said in a video announcing her decision.
But some have speculated she may seek a rematch against Republican Governor Brian Kemp when he comes up from re-election in 2022.But some have speculated she may seek a rematch against Republican Governor Brian Kemp when he comes up from re-election in 2022.
The news that Stacey Abrams will not run for president comes as the former Democratic gubernatorial candidate prepares to elevate her voting rights initiative to a national level.The news that Stacey Abrams will not run for president comes as the former Democratic gubernatorial candidate prepares to elevate her voting rights initiative to a national level.
The Washington Post reports:The Washington Post reports:
The initiative, called Fair Fight 2020, takes its name from the organization that the Georgia Democrat founded last year after narrowly losing her bid to become the nation’s first black female governor. Abrams is set to announce the program Tuesday during a speech at the convention of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades in Las Vegas.The initiative, called Fair Fight 2020, takes its name from the organization that the Georgia Democrat founded last year after narrowly losing her bid to become the nation’s first black female governor. Abrams is set to announce the program Tuesday during a speech at the convention of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades in Las Vegas.
Abrams, 45, who for the past several months has said she was considering a bid for president, will instead focus on helping Democratic Party leaders and activists in 20 states to immediately begin building systems to make sure their voters have minimal problems casting ballots and that those ballots are counted.Abrams, 45, who for the past several months has said she was considering a bid for president, will instead focus on helping Democratic Party leaders and activists in 20 states to immediately begin building systems to make sure their voters have minimal problems casting ballots and that those ballots are counted.
Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has decided not to pursue a White House bid after toying with the idea for months.Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has decided not to pursue a White House bid after toying with the idea for months.
The New York Times reports:The New York Times reports:
Ms. Abrams will instead put her efforts into preventing voter suppression, including working with state parties in battleground states to more closely monitor voter protection ahead of next year’s general election.Ms. Abrams will instead put her efforts into preventing voter suppression, including working with state parties in battleground states to more closely monitor voter protection ahead of next year’s general election.
The move comes after civil rights groups raised questions about voter suppression and election rigging in Ms. Abrams’ 2018 race against Brian Kemp, a Republican who was Georgia’s secretary of state.The move comes after civil rights groups raised questions about voter suppression and election rigging in Ms. Abrams’ 2018 race against Brian Kemp, a Republican who was Georgia’s secretary of state.
Ms. Abrams is set to speak Tuesday afternoon at the at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Convention in Las Vegas. She is likely to remain atop any Democratic nominee’s vice-presidential wish list. ...Ms. Abrams is set to speak Tuesday afternoon at the at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Convention in Las Vegas. She is likely to remain atop any Democratic nominee’s vice-presidential wish list. ...
Ms. Abrams made her decision in recent days, aides said, as she decided she is comfortable with current crop of Democratic candidates.Ms. Abrams made her decision in recent days, aides said, as she decided she is comfortable with current crop of Democratic candidates.
Authorities in Dayton delivered an update on the investigation into the recent mass shooting that left 10 dead, including the gunman.Authorities in Dayton delivered an update on the investigation into the recent mass shooting that left 10 dead, including the gunman.
Police say it's "inconclusive" whether the Dayton mass shooter intended to murder his sister, who was one of the 9 people killed https://t.co/H9n7JKbYS7 pic.twitter.com/V4m1jx6We7Police say it's "inconclusive" whether the Dayton mass shooter intended to murder his sister, who was one of the 9 people killed https://t.co/H9n7JKbYS7 pic.twitter.com/V4m1jx6We7
Among the victims was the shooter’s 22-year-old sister, and Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said there is still significant disagreement among investigators whether he intended to kill her or if she was simply caught in the spray of gunfire.Among the victims was the shooter’s 22-year-old sister, and Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said there is still significant disagreement among investigators whether he intended to kill her or if she was simply caught in the spray of gunfire.
Authorities also updated the casualty count from the shooting, clarifying that nine victims were shot and killed by the attacker and another 17 were wounded by gunshots.Authorities also updated the casualty count from the shooting, clarifying that nine victims were shot and killed by the attacker and another 17 were wounded by gunshots.
The police chief added that there is no indication any disagreement occurred to set off the shooter. “This was a plan well before he got to the Oregon District,” Biehl said.The police chief added that there is no indication any disagreement occurred to set off the shooter. “This was a plan well before he got to the Oregon District,” Biehl said.