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Maine House passes bill requiring MaineCare to pay for abortions

AUGUSTA — House lawmakers gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill that would require Maine’s Medicaid program and private insurance companies to pay for abortion services.

The 79-63 vote followed roughly two hours of emotional yet respectful debate and fell largely along party lines, with every Republican opposing the measure and all but eight Democrats voting in support. The proposal, which would make Maine the 16th state to spend public funds on abortions, is the first of several abortion-related bills expected to get strong consideration this session.

“No one – no politician, no insurance company – should ever come between a person and their health care provider,” said bill sponsor Rep. Joyce McCreight, D-Harpswell. “We have created a system that opens the door for those with means to pay, while slamming it for those less fortunate. It is unfair and it is discrimination.”

With Democrats controlling both chambers of the Legislature and Democrat Gov. Janet Mills in the Blaine House, abortion rights defenders are hoping to score major legislative victories in Maine this year even as they fight against attempts to restrict access to abortion in other states.

The bill now heads to the Maine Senate, where Democrats hold a smaller majority.


Colorado Democrats deliver on major changes to health care, education and the environment

Democratic lawmakers ended their work reshaping Colorado on Friday, delivering on most of their campaign promises before the giant rubber band ball fell to mark the end of the session.

Sweeping changes on education, health care and the environment, coupled with a host of social policy changes such as a ban on gay conversion therapy and new gun control legislation, ensure the 2019 legislative session will be remembered as one of the most transformative in decades.

The General Assembly adjourned Friday night after one of the most conflict-filled legislative sessions in recent memory. The 120 days were punctuated with late nights, long-winded debate and lawsuits.

Nevertheless, Democrats, who had complete control of the legislative agenda for the first time in four years, and Gov. Jared Polis were able to pass legislation they believe will drive down the cost of health care, pay for full-day kindergarten and overhaul regulations for the oil and gas industry.

“This is what we ran on,” said state Sen. Julie Gonzales, a Denver Democrat and freshman lawmaker. “This is the transformative policy we fought for.”

Despite all of their efforts, Democrats are leaving some work unfinished, such as figuring out how to provide paid family leave statewide and repealing the death penalty — policy questions that bitterly divided the Senate caucus.

On the other side of the aisle, Senate Minority Leader Chris Holbert said he was proud of his caucus’ work slowing down legislation and adding substantive amendments to bills Republicans saw as threats.


Florida Man filmed attempting to pawn baby.

A Florida man might not want to take Snapchat video suggestions from his nephew anymore.

According to Sarasota police, Brian Slocum walked into a pawnshop on Tuesday evening. He had his infant son in a carrier when he approached the clerk.

The 43-year-old single dad then put the carrier on the counter, spun it around, and asked what he could get for the baby.

“This is what I got. I know [there’s] no one under 18 in here, but he’s barely used, 7-1/2 months old, what do you think he’s worth?” Slocum is heard on a video that was posted on his Snapchat.

He didn’t get an offer. The Sarasota Police Department got a phone call instead from the clerk.

“The pawn shop clerk did take the comments made by Mr. Slocum very serious and we appreciate him immediately notifying [us],” the department said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

The police “utilized vast resources from several divisions to locate the child and identify Slocum,” detectives said.


Leaked Letters Reveal NRA Chief's Spending

“National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre billed the group’s ad agency $39,000 for one day of shopping at a Beverly Hills clothing boutique, $18,300 for a car and driver in Europe, and had the agency cover $13,800 in rent for a summer intern, according to newly revealed NRA internal documents,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“The documents, posted anonymously on the internet, provide new details of the clothing, travel and other expenses totaling more than $542,000 that Ackerman McQueen Inc. alleges Mr. LaPierre billed to it.”


Justice Democrats take Biden quote out of context in attempted hit


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Chris Stapleton - Daddy Doesn't Pray Anymore

Kris Kristofferson - Loving Her Was Easier

O'Rourke Won't Unconditionally Support Any Democrat

“Beto O’Rourke on Friday refused to commit his unconditional support to Democrats down the ticket in 2020 should he secure his party’s nomination, in a contentious exchange with a New Hampshire voter,” CNN reports.

Said O’Rourke: “I can’t take a pledge to support every single Democrat in the country. I need to know about them first, right? Would you want me to make a blanket commitment about people I know nothing about, who I’ve never met?


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Mortal Kombat 11 Dev Diagnosed With PTSD After Working On Violent Game

Mortal Kombat 11, thanks to the capabilities of the current generation of gaming, is the most viscerally violent game in the series. But that looks to have had a negative impact on the development team behind the title.

During an interview with Kotaku, an unnamed developer spoke about the research process for the game. To better represent the brutality in the game, developers conducted thorough research on violent imagery. "You’d walk around the office and one guy would be watching hangings on YouTube, another guy would be looking at pictures of murder victims, someone else would be watching a video of a cow being slaughtered... the scary part was always the point at which new people on the project got used to it. And I definitely hit that point.”

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