Hashtags and anti-Viagra bill used to fight Kentucky's restrictive new abortion laws

Hashtags and anti-Viagra bill used to fight Kentucky’s restrictive new abortion laws

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Love is in the air this weekend in a lot of places, but in Kentucky, abortion rights supporters are mounting a cheeky campaign to fight back against recently passed state laws that strengthen abortion restrictions across the state

The story starts two weeks ago when Kentucky’s State Senate passed an “informed consent” bill that requires a woman seeking an abortion to have a consultation with her doctor 24 hours prior to the procedure. The measure tweaks a pre-existing law that most women were able to satisfy by listening to a pre-recorded message via phone, according to Louisville’s Courier-Journal Read more…

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Hashtags and anti-Viagra bill used to fight Kentucky’s restrictive new abortion laws

Bernie thinks a Bernie presidency is as big a deal as first woman president

Bernie thinks a Bernie presidency is as big a deal as first woman president

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WASHINGTON — Bernie may have come off as a bit of a bro during Thursday’s debate with Hillary Clinton.

Sanders seemed to pooh-pooh the historic nature of Clinton’s campaign to be the first female U.S. president, arguing if he got to the White House it would be just as unique.

“Well, you know, I think from a historical point of view, somebody with my background, somebody with my views, somebody who has spent his entire life taking on the big money interests — I think a Sanders victory will be of some historical accomplishment as well,” he said when asked about whether he was worried he might be blocking history. Read more…

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Rand Paul drops out of 2016 presidential race

Rand Paul drops out of 2016 presidential race

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WASHINGTON — Rand Paul ended his presidential campaign today, calling it an “incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House.”

“Although, today I will suspend my campaign for President, the fight is far from over. I will continue to carry the torch for Liberty in the United States Senate and I look forward to earning the privilege to represent the people of Kentucky for another term,” Paul wrote in a statement.

Paul’s campaign was always going to be an uphill battle. While his primary opponents were debating over who was the most conservative, Paul was one of the only candidates in the race who made forceful arguments for reducing federal drug penalties and reining in the nation’s intelligence agencies. Unlike his rivals, Paul was also outspoken about his wariness of American military intervention. Read more…

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Korean youth sleep out in the cold by a statue memorializing sexual slavery

Korean youth sleep out in the cold by a statue memorializing sexual slavery

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SEOUL — Each night on a street of the South Korean capital, college students slide into their sleeping bags and hunker down for the night in subzero temperatures.

They’re not homeless; they are making a statement. For more than a month, they have been sleeping rough to protest the Japanese government’s calls for the removal of a statue that memorializes thousands of Korean “comfort women” forced into prostitution by the Japanese empire.

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A student protesting by the statue.

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Banners put up to appeal to the South Korean government.

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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton were closer than anyone ever expected

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton were closer than anyone ever expected

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Bernie Sanders, voice straining as he spoke in a hotel ballroom near the Des Moines airport on Monday night, was triumphant

“It looks like we are in a virtual tie,” Sanders said to a roaring crowd of jubilant supporters. “While the results are still not complete, it looks like we’ll have about half the Iowa delegates.”

Just a little while earlier, Hillary Clinton had claimed victory in the Iowa caucuses, rankling Bernie Sanders supporters, especially since the results were continuing to roll in. It is unclear when a final tally will be available

Clinton said she was “breathing a big sigh of relief” after the Iowa contest. The state famously stung her in 2008, when she finished third in the Iowa caucuses. Read more…

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Meet #StickerKid, hero of Hillary Clinton's Iowa speech

Meet #StickerKid, hero of Hillary Clinton’s Iowa speech

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While Hillary Clinton said she was breathing a “sigh of relief” after just barely winning the Iowa caucuses on Monday night, Bernie Sanders wasn’t the only one sharing the spotlight.

A sticker-clad college student was seen making faces behind Hillary Clinton as she spoke after the caucuses in Iowa Monday night, who quickly became known as #Stickerboy, or #Stickerkid, to those watching at home on Twitter.

We caught up with him backstage.

The culprit, we learned, is Drake University student Peter Clinkscales. He’s “a simple man” who likes “pretty, dark-haired women and breakfast food,” according to his Twitter profile. And he’s still undecided. Read more…

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Loser Donald Trump's tweet about losers comes back to haunt him

Loser Donald Trump’s tweet about losers comes back to haunt him

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Donald Trump will never eat his words but perhaps he should delete his tweets

While Trump predicted a historic victory in Iowa caucuses, just three hours after the caucuses began, the major networks declared Ted Cruz the winner. Cruz is currently ahead of Trump 27.6% to 24.3%. That leaves Trump in second place, making him — using one of his very favorite epithets — a loser.

Just one year ago, Trump had this to say about second-place:

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Trump is still predicted to do well in New Hampshire. But his loss here was noticed by everyone — except, perhaps, by the candidate himself, who added a new note to his usual “winner” refrain Read more…

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Marco Rubio comes 3rd in Iowa. He declares victory.

Marco Rubio comes 3rd in Iowa. He declares victory.

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio placed third in the Iowa caucus Monday — behind Sen. Ted Cruz and businessman Donald Trump.

But you wouldn’t know it from the speech Rubio delivered to his supporters, where he praised Iowans for helping him exceed expectations in the first primary contest of 2016.

“Tonight we have taken the first step, an important step, toward winning the nomination,” Rubio, the first candidate to address his supporters Monday night, said to raucous applause.

With nearly all precincts reporting, Rubio held the third-place spot behind Trump, having won a little more than 23.1% percent of the vote against Cruz’s 27.6% and Trump’s 24.3% Read more…

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Donald Trump faces new test: Will people vote for a loser?

Donald Trump faces new test: Will people vote for a loser?

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Donald Trump’s whole campaign has been based on winning. But after a major setback in Iowa, he’s now going to have to cope with being seen as a loser — at least for now.

Trump’s disappointing second-place finish in the key early-voting state on Monday night, barely ahead of Marco Rubio, comes after recent polls showed him ahead of Ted Cruz. He’s now facing huge pressure to hold onto his lead in New Hampshire, where recent polls have him with three times the support of any of his competitors.

Trump was remarkably gracious and restrained — and unusually brief — as he sought to portray the setback as a victory after he barely finished ahead of Marco Rubio in the state. Read more…

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Donald Trump, you're the loser: Cruz wins Iowa

Donald Trump, you’re the loser: Cruz wins Iowa

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Ted Cruz has won Iowa’s GOP caucuses, giving the hardline conservative senator a huge boost in his quest for the Republican nomination and making a loser of Donald Trump.

The Associated Press has called the state for Cruz who led Trump 27.7% – 24.4% with 84% of precincts reporting. Marco Rubio was in third place with 23%.

“Tonight is a victory for the grassroots,” Cruz declared, portraying himself as the second coming of Ronald Reagan. “Whatever Washington says, they cannot keep the people down.” Read more…

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Donald Trump, you’re the loser: Cruz wins Iowa