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Doctors Performing Abortions Could Be Sentenced to Three Years Jail Time

A bill passed today in the Oklahoma Legislature would make performing an abortion a felony, carrying a penalty of up to three years in prison. The measure, which passed 33-12 with no debate, would also prevent any doctor who has performed an abortion from obtaining or renewing their medical license. Oklahoma anti-abortion Republican Gov. Mary Fallin hasn’t indicated if she will sign it into law, the AP reports.

Should the bill become law, it would stand as one of the most aggressive anti-abortion measures in recent memory, and would almost certainly be quickly challenged in court as unconstitutional. Oklahoma GOP Senator Nathan Dahm, who introduced the measure, hopes the law could eventually help overturn Roe v. Wade.

Governor Fallin has signed anti-abortion legislation in the past. Earlier this month, Fallin signed House Bill 1409, requiring a 72 hour waiting period prior to performing abortions. In April, she signed a bill banning a common method of second trimester abortions.

Indeed, Fallin takes great pride in her anti-abortion record. Her official campaign website boasts that the Governor has signed “every pro-life measure that came to her desk, including a bill to to prohibit abortion after 20 weeks when the child is proved to be viable and can live outside the womb; a bill to prevent standard health insurance policies from covering abortion; and a bill requiring physicians to be present when RU-486 (an abortion drug) is taken.”

The Oklahoma State Medical Association opposes the measure, saying in a statement, “Legislation like this obstructs the safe provision of high quality medical care for women. Health care decisions should be made jointly by patients and their trusted health care providers – not by politicians who lack medical training and who clearly do not have women’s best interests in mind.”

 

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Mark Your Calendar: Schumer Releases Trump Impeachment Schedule

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has just released the schedule for the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump.

The Article of Impeachment will be transmitted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday. That week will focus on the administrative elements of the trial.

The following week, starting February 8, the actual impeachment trial will begin.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had requested a two-week delay, but Schumer and Pelosi did not grant his wish.

CNN’s Jeremy Herb posted the document:

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‘Seditious Conspiracy’: Ethics Complaint Filed Against Rep. Madison Cawthorn, Other GOPers Over Capitol Coup

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An ethics complaint has been filed against three Republican members of Congress over their participation in events that led to the violent and deadly January 6 attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol.

Reps. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, and Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs of Arizona are accused of “a seditious conspiracy to use force to prevent Congress from carrying out its constitutional and statutory duties to count the votes of the Electoral College,” by the Campaign for Accountability, a government ethics watchdog founded by two former members of CREW.

If the House Ethics Office finds any or all of the three Republicans violated federal law, the group is asking for them to be expelled.

Cawthorn spoke at President Trump’s January 6 rally (photo), barely hours before the armed insurrection.

“This crowd has some fight in it,” Cawthorn told Trump’s MAGA supporters. “The Democrats, with all the fraud they have done in this election, the Republicans hiding and not fighting, they are trying to silence your voice. Make no mistake about it, they do not want you to be heard.”

North Carolina’s WLOS reports that “despite his tweets urging ‘millions of patriotic Americans stand for their country,’ Cawthorn said he felt no culpability in what unfolded” the day of the attempted coup.

“I don’t feel I had any responsibility for them attacking the Capitol,” Cawthorn said.

Two days before the domestic terror attack he posted this:

Gosar and Biggs also bear significant responsibility, according to the lead organizer.

“Far-right activist Ali Alexander, who helped rally Trump’s supporters ahead of Congress’ electoral count, has claimed he planned a rally that preceded the riot with the support of Gosar and Biggs,” The Hill reports, citing an article in The Washington Post.

 

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Biden Vows to Confront Domestic Violent Extremism – Orders DNI, FBI, DHS to Conduct Comprehensive Threat Assessment

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On its second full day in office the Biden administration is vowing to confront the “serious and growing national security threat” of domestic violent extremism, in the wake of the deadly January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, incited by President Donald Trump and his allies.

President Joe Biden has ordered the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to task the FBI and Dept. of Homeland Security with conducting a joint comprehensive threat assessment on domestic violence extremism (DV), White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Friday afternoon.

“The January 6 assault on the Capitol and the tragic deaths and destruction that occurred underscored what we have long known: the rise of domestic violent extremism is a serious and growing national security threat,” Psaki said, promising the administration “will confront this threat with the necessary resources and resolve” by “developing policies and strategies based on facts on objective and rigorous analysis.”

The Biden administration wants “fact based analysis, upon which we can shape policy,” Psaki said.

She also promised the National Security Council will “focus on countering domestic violent extremism,” and said the administration will “focus on addressing evolving threats, radicalization, the role of social media, opportunities to improve information sharing, operational responses, and more.”

In 2009, during the Obama administration a senior analyst for domestic terrorism at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security authored a report that warned of the threat of right wing extremist domestic violence. Outraged Republicans forced then-DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to scrap the report.  In a 2017 op-ed he wrote that white nationalists have become even more emboldened as a result.

Watch Press Secretary Jen Psaki announce the Biden initiative to combat domestic violent extremism:

 

 

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