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The Friday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by lamplight.Recommended Reading:Julia Serano: [Content Note: Transphobic narratives] On Transgender People and 'Biological Sex' MythsRagen Chastain: [CN: Fat hatred] Slate's Hiring Policy: No Fat Chicks?Shay...Show More Summary

Why I Help Escort Women to the Doors of Kentucky’s Last Abortion Clinic

A clinic escort discusses her work and how she's preparing for a week of large anti-abortion protests at her clinic. Beginning this weekend, the anti-abortion group Operation Save America will descend on Louisville, Kentucky, in an attempt to shut down the last abortion clinic in the state, EMW Women’s Surgical Center. Show More Summary

Trump administration seeks to sidestep border wall environmental study: sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol plans to use a 2005 anti-terror law to sidestep an environmental impact study for a section of President Donald Trump's border wall that will pass through a Texas national refuge for endangered ocelots, according to two government sources familiar with the matter.

Trophy hunter slays son of Cecil

Xanda, pictured above, was four years old when Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer killed his father, Cecil, with an arrow. Xanda survived the loss and grew into a mature male who mated and had cubs of his own. Photo by Fish Eagle Safaris USA This week, Vietnam agreed to the rescue and relocation of 1,000 bears who live on bear farms. Show More Summary

Who is new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci?

They call him the Mooch. Anthony Scaramucci (pronounced scare-uh-MOOCH-ee), a New York financier, TV personality and GOP donor, is the latest addition to the Trump administration’s top ranks. Hours after his hiring as White House communications director, Scaramucci appeared in front of reporters...

U.S. Reps urge DOE to jumpstart naval bomb-grade uranium program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Democratic lawmakers urged the U.S. Energy Department to move faster with a research program on converting nuclear reactors in the Navy's submarines and carriers from bomb-grade uranium to a safer fuel, a letter viewed by Reuters showed.

Abortion Supporters Want United Nations to Push “Universal Access” to Abortion

At a high-level meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council this week, the council’s president had to reassure abortion supporters that the UN remains committed to achieving targets on universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights in the ministerial declaration it adopted on UN development goals. Show More Summary

Taxpayers Will Have to Pay Planned Parenthood’s $156,000 Legal Fees After It Got Away With Breaking the Law

Missouri taxpayers are being forced to foot a huge legal bill for the abortion chain Planned Parenthood after the state tried to hold one of its abortion facilities accountable for not complying with the law. A federal appeals court upheld a decision Thursday that forces the state’s taxpayers to pay the $156,000 legal bill, the […]

Is It Reasonable to Expect R. Kelly’s Former Musical Collaborators to Denounce Him?

R. Kelly’s alleged sexual misdeeds have been in the public record for decades. Half his lifetime ago, in 1994, he married his then-15-year-old protégée Aaliyah with a falsified legal document. At the turn of the millennium, thanks to the reporting of Jim DeRogatis and Abdon M. Show More Summary

Firing Mueller? Pardoning cronies? Trump could get away with that and more if Congress doesn't act

President Trump is besieged. He is reportedly looking for ways to close down the Russia investigation by the Justice Department. He already tried at least once, when he fired FBI Director James Comey. He still has the power to fire Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller. President Nixon fired a special...

PETA Offers Urgent Information for Safeguarding Animals During Missouri Fire

Because the Missouri Fire continues to burn in Cascade and evacuation warnings are in place, PETA is offering important advice for ensuring the safety of animal companions should residences... The post PETA Offers Urgent Information for Safeguarding Animals During Missouri Fire appeared first on PETA.

Dozens of Members of Congress Want Quick Vote to Grant Charlie Gard U.S. Residence for Treatment

Dozens of members of Congress are seeking a quick vote to grant U.S. residence to Charlie Gard, the British boy whose life is at stake in a UK court system that is favoring ending treatment without transfer. A House committee has already voted to Grant Charlie Gard permanent residence to be able to come to […]

State Department will ban U.S. citizens from traveling to North Korea

The State Department said Friday it will prohibit U.S. citizens from traveling to North Korea starting late next month, citing the risk of arrest and imprisonment by the authoritarian regime in Pyongyang. The decision by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson bars use of U.S. passports "to travel in,...

For cast of 'Me the People,' skewering Trump through (a different kind of) theater

Out in the real world, Donald Trump was navigating meetings in France and Donald Trump Jr. was fielding questions about Russia. Inside a theater on Manhattan's Upper West Side, though, characters from the Trump universe were singing, preening and impersonating. “Working Moms of America, I’m honored...

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