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Yesterday Think Progress published an article titled “POLL: Majority Of Texans Don’t Support The Abortion Restrictions Moving Through The Legislature.”
The article’s author Tara Culp-Ressler writes:
Most Texas residents don’t support Senate Bill 5, the omnibus anti-abortion bill currently advancing in the legislature, according to a new bipartisan poll. In fact, 80 percent of Texans don’t want their lawmakers to be considering abortion-related bills during the special session that Gov. Rick Perry (R) convened at the beginning of the month.
SB 5 combines several attacks on women’s reproductive into one omnibus measure. It would impose unnecessary burdens on abortion providers, force most of the abortion clinics in the state to close their doors, and criminalize abortions after 20 weeks (although one Senate version of the legislation removed the 20-week ban). Anti-choice lawmakers hope that the special session will give them the opportunity to push through SB 5, since its separate provisions failed to advance during the regular legislative session this year.
Today The Associated Press published an article titled “Taliban Militants Storm Afghan Government Compound.”
The article reads:
Taliban militants stormed the presidential compound Tuesday after bluffing their way past two checkpoints, triggering a gunbattle that left eight attackers and three guards dead and sent journalists attending an official event scrambling for cover, officials and witnesses said.
The well-planned daylight assault in a highly fortified zone of the capital was a bold challenge to Kabul’s authority just a week after the Taliban opened a political office in Qatar as the Islamic militant movement said it was willing to begin a U.S.-led peace process.
NATO also formally handed over security for the entirety of the country to Afghan forces just last week. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said it was standing by if needed during the skirmish, Afghan authorities did not call them in for help and thwarted the attack on their own.
IN OTHER NEWS
Yesterday The Raw Story published an article titled “Comprehensive immigration reform bill passes key test vote in the Senate.”
The article’s author Dan Roberts writes:
Hopes of securing a landslide Senate vote in favour of immigration reform were hampered by summer storms on Monday night after several lawmakers were prevented from flying to Washington in time for a key vote.
Nevertheless, the efforts to legalise an estimated 11 million undocumented migrants in the US received a much-needed shot in the arm as 15 Republicans voted in favour of allowing a compromise bill that would toughen border security in exchange for the so-called amnesty.
In total 67 senators voted in favour of proceeding with the revised immigration bill, which includes a border security amendment proposed by moderate Republicans and dubbed a “human fence” or “border surge” because it would double border guard numbers to 40,000.