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Texas Bathroom Bill Has Emotions, and Stakes, Running High

“She’s very concerned,” Ms. Miller said. “It’s potentially not a safe situation for her.” Social conservatives, led by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, have denied that the bill discriminates against anyone and have accused critics of exaggerating the potential economic damage. One moderate Republican leader, State Representative Joe Straus, the speaker of the Texas House, has expressed concern that the law could prove damaging and dangerous for transgender people, but supporters of the bill say the issue is public safety and women’s privacy. “Straus doesn’t seem to be concerned about the…

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Pence and Tom Price turn to grassroots to push Obamacare repeal

Vice President Mike Pence and HHS Sec. Tom Price hosted a round-table discussion with a dozen grassroots leaders on Friday to put additional pressure on Republican senators as they gear up for a procedural vote sometime next week on legislation that would repeal Obamacare. Four days after the Senate failed to bring the second version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act to the floor, Pence called the meeting with the grassroots leaders “historic.”  As @POTUS Trump said, inaction is not an option. Obamacare is collapsing all across the country. It’s…

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CDC: Half of homicides of women related to domestic violence

Police say 39-year-old Utah mother Memorez Rackley and her son Jase, 6, left, were shot and killed in June 2017 by her ex-boyfriend, Jeremy Patterson, right, days after Rackley reported harassment  KUTV WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new report from the Centers for Disease Control finds that half of all homicides of women were related to domestic violence. The CDC examined data on more than 10,000 homicides of women over the age of 18 from 18 states between 2003-2014. The agency found that 11 percent of victims experienced some type of…

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Everything you need to know about Anthony Scaramucci

Why are we talking about this Anthony Scaramucci guy? The 52-year-old “Mooch,” as he is sometimes known, is the White House’s new communications director. Before taking the job Friday morning, he was working as the chief strategy officer and senior vice president at the Ex-Im Bank. His appointment was a major reason outgoing White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned. And before that? Scaramucci is a native Long Islander who’s made a fortune in New York finance. He has also been a major donor to Republican candidates and causes, and…

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Cosplay at San Diego Comic-Con

From left: Women play the parts of Wasp, Pixie, Red Sonja and Samus during Comic-Con 2017 in San Diego, July 20, 2017.  Creative costumes took the spotlight at North America’s largest convention for fans of fantasy and sci-fi films and TV, comics, horror, anime, manga and video games. Credit: Bill Wechter/AFP/Getty Images Visitors dressed in cosplay costumes wait in line to enter the San Diego Convention Center during Comic-Con International on July 20, 2017 in San Diego.  Credit: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images Visitors dressed in cosplay costumes cross the street to…

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Lonzo Ball Gets Dating Advice from Shannon Brown: Don’t Bang Kardashians Yet

Lonzo Ball Don’t Bang Kardashians Yet … Says Shannon Brown EXCLUSIVE Lonzo Ball will have plenty of time to crush all the celebrity ass he wants — AFTER he starts to kill it in the NBA … so, don’t go chasing the Kardashians just yet. This is the wise message from ex-Laker Shannon Brown … who knows all about dating famous women.  Of course, Brown famously married R&B star Monica back in 2010 — after Brown had already won 2 NBA titles with the Lake Show. Brown isn’t saying to…

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DJ sues Taylor Swift after losing his job

Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 1989 World Tour on August 21, 2015 in Los Angeles. Christopher Polk/Getty Images Legal proceedings are in motion for a DJ suing Taylor Swift, who says the singer cost him his job.  The singer accused David “Jackson” Mueller, a former Denver radio host, of groping her during a photo session in 2013, and Mueller is suing Swift, claiming he lost his job because of her allegations.  But things are not looking great for Mueller, as a judge sanctioned the DJ on Thursday for destroying…

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“Buffer zone” ordered outside Kentucky’s only abortion clinic

In this Wednesday, July 19, 2017, photo, abortion opponents with a group called Operation Save America gather during a rally in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Dylan Lovan / AP LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Anti-abortion activists were ordered by a judge on Friday to stay away from a “buffer zone” outside Kentucky’s only abortion clinic, which is bracing for protests from a national group. U.S. District Judge David J. Hale issued a temporary restraining order sought by federal prosecutors as a pre-emptive move ahead of vigils organized by Operation Save America, a Texas-based Christian…

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Fetuses may be able to distinguish between languages

Fetuses might be able to differentiate between languages, a new study from the University of Kansas suggests. Researchers say the differences were clear from changes detected in the fetuses’ heart rhythms. In the study, a single bilingual speaker made two recordings — one in English and one in Japanese — that were then played to the fetuses of two dozen pregnant women. English and Japanese are thought to be rhythmically distinct, providing a helpful case study in language contrast. The fetuses were on average about one month away from full…

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Street Scene: Silence Equals Complicity in Workplace Sexism

After Ms. Fowler’s post appeared, Travis Kalanick, Uber’s co-founder and then its chief executive, announced that Ms. Huffington would join with Eric H. Holder Jr., the former United States attorney general who had returned to his previous law firm Covington & Burling, as well as two other female executives at Uber, to investigate Ms. Fowler’s charges and the Uber culture generally. Continue reading the main story Another law firm, Perkins Coie, was also hired to investigate charges of sexism at Uber. On June 6, Perkins Coie released its report, which…

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