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Despite Protests, TX Passes Tough New Abortion Restrictions

Despite Protests, TX Passes Tough New Abortion Restrictions
Republicans used their majority to cut short debate and give preliminary approval early Monday to some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country as time was running out on the Texas Legislature's special session.
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Abortion Politics Flare as Fetal Homicide Bill Advances

Abortion Politics Flare as Fetal Homicide Bill Advances
Senate Republicans on the Judiciary Committee advanced a fetal homicide bill Wednesday night that, for limited use, would write “personhood” language associated with the hardline anti-abortion movement into state law.
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MN Nice Rebuttal: Structural Racism at Root of Offensive Remarks

MN Nice Rebuttal: Structural Racism at Root of Offensive Remarks
Others booed, but Rep. Rena Moran (DFL-St. Paul) thought for several hours before responding to a remark Rep. Jim Newberger (R-Becker) had made about North Minneapolis. During a debate on funding for the North Star rail line Newberger said “Boy, wouldn’t that be convenient, to have that rail line going from the prison to North Minneapolis." After hearing some grumbling he quickly added, “or to any section of our state.” Boos were heard in the House chamber.
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VIDEO: Native Americans Protest Columbus Statue at MN State Capitol

VIDEO: Native Americans Protest Columbus Statue at MN State Capitol
Minnesota’s legislature is considering a bill that would change the engraving on the statue from “Discoverer of America” to “Christopher Columbus landed in America.” A co-sponsor of the House bill includes Rep. Dean Urdahl (R-Grove City), who taught high school government classes 35 years. That change misses the point, say Native Americans who marched through downtown St. Paul Saturday to the Columbus statue.
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Statetap: Weed-crazed Colorado Celebrates 420

Statetap: Weed-crazed Colorado Celebrates 420
Happy 420. A dank cloud is wafting across the state in honor of marijuana legalization. Rocky Mountain PBS I-News has compiled a look at the legal pot trade a year-plus into Colorado’s great experiment.
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Lawmakers Try to Stop Bleeding Money on CO’s Multimillion-Dollar Empty Prison

Lawmakers Try to Stop Bleeding Money on CO’s Multimillion-Dollar Empty Prison
The 948 one-person cells of Colorado State Penitentiary II have been empty for nearly three years. The abandoned facility costs taxpayers $20 million per year. Now, lawmakers say they’re working on a plan to put the facility back to use.
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People's State of the Union on the Steps of Minneapolis City Hall: VIDEO

People's State of the Union on the Steps of Minneapolis City Hall: VIDEO
Advocates for citizens fed up with police harassment and mistreatment of workers are successfully getting the attention of Minneapolis city leaders. This week, Neighborhoods Organizing For Change Field (NOC) Organizer Mike Griffin led a "people's state of the union" presentation at Minneapolis City Hall that outlined systemic labor issues for low-wage workers and how certain city laws are being abused by police to harass minorities. The presentation got the support and participation of several city council members.
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Hippies Were Happy

Hippies Were Happy
Hippies have a bad reputation, especially among conservatives. In 1967, the “National Review” said that hippies were self-indulgent and had a “horrified rejection of work and production”. Their thinking, “if indeed thinking it can be called, is more like orgiastic love-spluttering than coherent thought.” They might cause “outbreaks of polio and typhoid”.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."
On 25 March 1965, Martin Luther King led thousands of nonviolent demonstrators to the steps of the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, after a 5-day, 54-mile march from Selma, Alabama, where local African Americans, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) had been campaigning for voting rights.
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Slain Teen's Grandmother Questions Mayor About Police "Extreme Violence"

Slain Teen's Grandmother Questions Mayor About Police "Extreme Violence"
The Grandmother of Tony Robinson, a 19-year-old man shot by police in Madison, Wisconsin submitted a question to the Mayor of Madison at a debate on Thursday night. Sharon Irwin wanted to know "what are you going to do to stop this extreme violence."
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