Court rules in favor of Miss. abortion clinic


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Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic can stay open after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday issued a ruling essentially dooming the state law that had threatened to close it.

The high court’s decision upholds a preliminary injunction against House Bill 1390, which requires all abortion providers to be certified OB-GYNs and have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

Jackson Women’s Health Organization has fought the bill since its April 12, 2012 passage, calling it an unconstitutional attempt to ban abortion in the state.

“I’m jubilant,” said clinic owner Diane Derzis shortly after the ruling. “The courts did the right thing.”

The decision didn’t overturn the state law, but it did agree it places an undue burden on women seeking abortion in Mississippi, which is unconstitutional.

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Thank You for Your Service: How One Company Sues Soldiers Worldwide

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Army Spc. Angel Aguirre needed a washer and dryer.

That’s when he saw an ad for USA Discounters, guaranteeing loan approval for service members. In military newspapers and magazines, on the radio, and on TV, the Virginia-based company’s ads shout, “NO CREDIT? NEED CREDIT? NO PROBLEM!” The store was only a few miles from Fort Carson.

“We ended up getting a computer, a TV, a ring, and a washer and dryer,” Aguirre said. “The only thing I really wanted was a washer and dryer.”

Aguirre later learned that USA Discounters’ easy lending has a flip side. Should customers fall behind, the company transforms into an efficient collection operation. And this part of its business takes place not where customers bought their appliances, but in two local courthouses just a short drive from the company’s Virginia Beach headquarters.

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Persuading poor people to vote against their economic interests is how the GOP wins. It’s scary how good they are at it…

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The One Number That Will Decide This Year’s Election

For the past decade, the working-class vote has determined whether the country swung toward Democrats or Republicans.
MOLLY BALLJUL 24 2014, 12:30 PM ET

What will be the deciding factor in this year’s elections? Will it be Obamacare? The chaos erupting across the globe? The president’s approval rating? Will it be single women voters, Hispanics, young people?

Mike Podhorzer crunched the numbers and found there’s one factor that, with eerie consistency, explains the way elections have swung for the past decade. Podhorzer, the political director of the AFL-CIO, is one of the top electoral strategists on the left. The crucial factor, he found, is Democrats’ vote share among voters making less than $50,000.

Republicans consistently win voters making $50,000 or more, approximately the U.S. median income. The margin doesn’t vary too much: In 2012, Mitt Romney got 53 percent of this…

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Palin Skirts The ‘Media Filters’ With Launch Of Her Digital Video Channel

“Tired of media filters? Well, so am I,” the former Republican vice presidential nominee wrote in an announcement on her Facebook page. “So, let’s go rogue together and launch our own member-supported channel! This will be OUR channel, for you and for me, and we’ll all get to call it like it is.”

The Sarah Palin Channel, described in its formative stages as “a video version of her Facebook page,” costs $9.95 per month or $99.95 for a yearly subscription through Tapp, an online video service founded by former NBC Universal and CNN executives. Active military members can subscribe to the network free of charge.

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Nigeria’s Boko Haram ‘controls’ Damboa in Borno

Nigeria’s militant Islamists are in control of the key town of Damboa in north-eastern Nigeria according to the BBC.

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The vigilante force defending the town fled on Sunday, and Islamist group Boko Haram’s black flag is now flying over Damboa, he said.

At least 40 people were killed when Boko Haram attacked Damboa on Friday, the vigilante leader added.

The group has been fighting since 2009 to create an Islamic state in Nigeria.

In April, it sparked international outrage by abducting more than 200 girls from their boarding school in Chibok, in Borno state, like Damboa.

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Open Carry Activists Hold Event at Dealey Plaza, Site of Kennedy Assassination

One activist appeared on camera to explain that the group, which the Dallas Observer identified as Come And Take It Dallas, gathers every third Saturday of the month to pass out Second Amendment literature. The same speaker then went on a rant against foreigners and refers to President Barack Obama as a “usurper foreigner” born in Kenya.

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