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CNN cuts feed on guest after he cites jihad terror cases involving “refugees”

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By Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch
March 7, 2017

The establishment propaganda media is desperate, and doing all it can to prevent people from knowing the truth about the national security aspects of the “refugee” issue.

“CNN cuts feed right after guest cites refugee crime stats,” by Kyle Olson, American Mirror, March 6, 2017:

There CNN goes again.

During a segment on Donald Trump’s travel ban from terror-prone countries, the news network mysteriously lost its guest as he made a point about refugees.

During an interview with Dana Bash, Congressman Scott Taylor cited a sobering statistic about refugees — and seconds later, his feed from Miami disappeared.

“Just today, the FBI comes out and says 30% — 30% — of their domestic terrorism cases that they’re investigating are folks who are refugees,” Taylor said.

“It’s important not to label all refugees bad people — that’s not why I’m here, but…”

Just as he uttered those words, he wasn’t there.

Multi-colored test bars were in his place.

Bash blamed the “TV gremlins” for the incident.

It wasn’t the first time CNN mysteriously lost its feed as someone was running counter to the network’s editorial narrative.

After playing a clip of the president in February saying he was unaware of discussions his National Security Advisor reportedly had with the adversary, Sanders was asked if it was a problem and he said, “Well, I don’t know. Maybe he was watching CNN fake news. What do you think?” he said with the smirk, apparently attempting to crack a joke.

After an awkward silence, and Burnett smiling and saying, “You don’t buy it…” Sanders replied, “That was a joke.”

But the mystery gremlins apparently didn’t find it funny.

Instantaneously, Sanders earpiece stopped working.

“You don’t buy what he said, obviously,” Burnett continued.

Sanders sat staring, mouth agape.

“Erin?” he said.

“Yes,” she responded. “I’m sorry, senator, you obviously don’t buy what he said.”

“Are we on?” Sanders said, looking off camera.

“Looks like we lost connection with Sen. Sanders so let’s try to get that back up,” Burnett concluded before going to a commercial break.

Two days later, President Trump weighed in on the strange occurrence.

“While on FAKE NEWS CNN, Bernie Sanders was cut off for using the term fake news to describe the network. They said technical difficulties!” Trump tweeted….

The Truth About a Court Decision ‘Banning’ AR-15s

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By Todd Woodard
US Law Shield
March 5, 2017

You might have read some articles or seen headlines about a court upholding a ban on “assault rifles,” including the AR-15. Independent Program Attorneys at the law firm of Walker & Byington, PLLC have received many questions from Members concerned that this ruling has made the AR-15 (and similar semi-automatic firearms) illegal “assault weapons” everywhere in the country. Is this the truth of the matter, or a case of media misinformation?

It is true that a federal appellate court did uphold an “assault weapon” ban; the Maryland federal appeals court, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, upheld a Maryland law as being constitutional that banned certain semi-automatic weapons, including AR-15s. While the decision is disappointing to gun owners everywhere, the good news is that the only people affected by the ruling will be individuals living in the Fourth Circuit. To give North Carolina and Virginia Members peace of mind, this decision upheld a Maryland law that was on the books; it does not apply the law to North Carolina or Virginia.

The bad news, though, is that Marylanders just lost a little more of their Second Amendment rights. Chances are that the case will go to the U.S. Supreme Court in the next few years, so that the Court can decide whether these types of bans are unconstitutional. Until then, the people living in Maryland will not be able to own, protect themselves, or protect their families with so-called “assault rifles.”

Thankfully, Members in most other states can continue to exercise their 2nd Amendment right and own AR-15s and other semi-auto firearms. And as always, this ban is just a reminder that you visit certain states at your own risk! — by Walker & Byington, PLLC

 

Democrats Kill Bill to Protect Babies Born Alive After Botched Abortions

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By Micaiach Bigler
LifeNews.com
March 6, 2017

New Mexico House Democrats blocked a bill Thursday that would have required doctors to provide life-saving medical care to babies born alive after botched abortions.

The Democrat-majority state House committee voted to table the bill in a 3-2 party line vote, The Albuquerque Journal reports.

The bill, sponsored by Minority Whip Rod Montoya, a Republican, would have required abortion practitioners and other doctors to try to preserve the life and health of a baby born alive after a botched abortion. The bill also would have required the same protections for babies born in miscarriages and natural births, according to the report. It would have made it a first-degree felony to intentionally kill an infant born alive after one of these procedures.

“This is not an abortion bill,” Montoya said. “This is a human rights bill for infants who are born alive – whether it’s following an abortion, a miscarriage or a natural birth.”

Here’s more from the report:

The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee heard emotional testimony and debate for about two hours – as supporters of the legislation described the horrors of botched abortions and the killing of infants.

But in the end, the committee’s three Democrats voted to table the bill, preventing it from proceeding through the Legislature.

Opponents of the bill said that laws and medical standards are already in place covering how to handle abortion and other procedures.

Dr. Sandra Penn, a physician for more than 30 years, urged the committee to avoid “political interference” in medical care.

On Sunday, the state House committee rejected two more abortion-related bills, New Mexico Politics reports. One bill would have prohibited abortions after 20 weeks when strong scientific evidence indicates unborn babies can feel pain. The second would have required that a parent or guardian be notified before a minor has an abortion.

Both bills failed in 3-2 party line votes, according to the report.

Though abortion advocates sometimes deny it, babies are born alive after failed abortion attempts. Nurse Jill Stanek became a nationally-known figure after she testified to Congress about finding a baby who was born alive after a botched abortion and left to die at a Chicago-area hospital.

Stanek’s experience shocked and horrified millions of people, and her testimony helped to pass the Born Alive Infants Protection Act under President George W. Bush.

A new federal bill, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, introduced by U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, would strengthen these protections.

In February 2016, LifeNews reported a baby was born alive after a botched abortion at a late-term abortion facility in Phoenix, Arizona. The baby later died at the hospital.

A 911 audio file, obtained by NBC 11 in Arizona, confirmed that the abortion clinic staff saw the 21-week baby was alive and breathing before it died. Reports did not indicate whether the baby was a boy or girl.

One of the nurses said she saw the baby move more than 10 minutes after it was taken from the womb, according to KPNX 12 News. When the nurse took the baby to weigh it on a scale, she said she saw it move and struggle to breath. “Oh my God, this fetus is moving,” she said, according to police.

LifeNews has documented dozens of cases of babies who were miraculously born alive after failed abortions. Melissa Ohden, Gianna Jessen and Claire Culwell are just a few examples. The three women are strong pro-life advocates who speak across the country about how their lives are valuable, even though they almost were killed in the womb by abortionists.

In March 2016, Ohden shared her story during a U.S. Senate Judiciary hearing, and urged lawmakers to support the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

“What I would hope that comes out of this is not only that more children like me are protected and given proper medical care when we survive, but that women receive education,” Ohden told CNSNews.com following her testimony. “Let’s talk about the truth, the truth behind how children feel pain, the truth about what abortion does, the truth of what abortion is.”

The leader of the SPLC is aware the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a Hamas organization

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By Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch
March 5, 2017

This news story is something so rare that I can’t think of even a single other example of it: mainstream media space given to a figure vilified by the Leftist establishment, to rebut that establishment’s charges. Usually the media presents the defamation of the hard-Left Southern Poverty Law Center and the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations as if it were objective, unimpeachable fact. Ordinarily, no mainstream media reporter ever asks why the word of such organizations should be taken as gospel, and no dissenting voices challenging those organizations ever appear. But in this NOLA.com/Times Picayune piece, JR Ball allows former FBI agent John Guandolo space to rebut the SPLC/CAIR charges, and to explain what these organizations are really all about. If the establishment media did this regularly, the influence of both of these unsavory and dishonest groups would vanish in a matter of weeks.

“Louisiana anti-jihad seminar leader fires back at critics, takes aim at Southern Poverty Law Center,” by JR Ball, NOLA.com, March 4, 2017:

Declaring that the Southern Poverty Law Center is giving aid to a terrorist organization, John Guandolo, a former FBI agent and founder of a consulting group focused on the jihadi movement, strongly took issue with those raising concerns about an upcoming law enforcement seminar that his Understand the Threat organization will host in Alexandria. Billed as “understanding and investigating the jihad movement,” the three-day program, scheduled March 7-9 at the Bentley Hotel, is sponsored by the Rapides Parish district attorney’s office.

The event received little public attention until Wednesday (March 1) when the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., took to social media to protest the seminar and Guandolo, a former counter-terrorism specialist who resigned from the FBI in 2008. Among other stains on his record: While working on the federal investigation of U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, Guandolo was having an affair with a key witness against the congressman.

The posts, asserting that Guandolo “often” targets and vilifies mainstream Muslim leaders in his presentations, were quickly — and widely — shared and debated. Heidi Beirich, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project director, said Guandolo “is a known Islamophobe, and his misinformation adds fuel to the hateful environment targeting Muslim community members.”

Guandolo, who did not respond to an earlier interview request, sent a statement to The Times-Picayune following the publication of an earlier story.

“The Southern Poverty Law Center is giving direct aid and comfort to Hamas which is a terrorist organization,” Guandolo, founder of Understanding the Threat, wrote in his emailed response. “The leader of the SPLC is aware the Council on American Islamic relations [sic] (CAIR) is a Hamas organization because he sat next to (Understanding the Truth Vice President) Chris Gaubatz at a Senate hearing where (he) spoke about it.”(Gaubatz) spent six months undercover (at CAIR) where he retrieved over 12,000 documents indicating (CAIR) is directly involved in fraud, sedition and terrorism. So we can only assume SPLC is intentionally supporting a terrorist organization in violation of U.S. law.”…

. . . . . . .EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story called Understanding the Threat anti-Islamic; that is an allegation made by the Southern Poverty Law Center against Guandolo….

National Reciprocity Bill Makes its Way to Congress

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By Beth Baumann
Bearing Arms
March 4, 2017

Earlier this week, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced Senate Bill 446, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would allow Americans to conceal carry a firearm across state lines.

“This bill strengthens both the constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and the power of states to implement laws best-suited for the folks who live there,” Cornyn said in a statement obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. “This legislation is an important affirmation of our Second Amendment rights and has been a top priority of law-abiding gun owners in Texas for a long time.”

Both the NRA and Gun Owners of America (GOA) came out in favor of SB 446.

“The current patchwork of state and local gun laws is confusing and can cause the most conscientious and law-abiding gun owner to run afoul of the law when they are traveling or temporarily living away from home,” Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA, said in a statement. “Senator Cornyn’s legislation provides a much needed solution to a real problem for law-abiding gun owners. Law-abiding citizens should be able to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while traveling across state lines.”

“GOA is very grateful to Sen. Cornyn for introducing legislation into the Senate that will allow citizens to protect themselves and families while traveling across the country,” Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, said in a statement. “Let’s hand gun grabbers a crushing defeat. Rolling back the restrictions that have prevented gun owners from fully exercising rights protected by the Second Amendment will go a long way in saving lives.”

The bill currently has 31 co-sponsors, all of which are Republican Senators.

Back in January, a similar bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC).

Trump administration and Congress seek to slash UN funding in wake of new anti-Israel action

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By Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch
March 3, 2017

“Classifying the IDF, one of the most professional and responsible military forces in the world, alongside terrorist groups like ISIS and Boko Haram is an absurdity.”

And more than an absurdity: it’s a monstrous injustice, and it clearly demonstrates the perfidy of the United Nations, which at this point is little more than a tool of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The U.S. shouldn’t just slash funding to it, but defund it altogether, withdraw from it, and expel it from New York.

“Trump Admin, Congress Seek to Slash U.N. Funding in Wake of New Anti-Israel Action,” by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, March 2, 2017:

The White House and Congress are considering slashing U.S. funding to the United Nations in light of its most recent effort to declare the Jewish state’s fighting forces a chief violator of children’s rights, according to multiple conversations with U.S. officials.

The U.N. is working to add the Israeli Defense Forces, or IDF, to a list of entities such as terror groups that are responsible for inhumane acts against children.

The move would be just the latest anti-Israel salvo by the U.N., which caused controversy late last year when, with the backing of the Obama administration, it moved to condemn Israel for building homes for Jewish people in Jerusalem.

The latest action against Israel would add the IDF to the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflicts, which would designate the Jewish state’s fighting forces as one of the worst offenders of children’s human rights in the world. Other groups and entities on the list include terrorist entities and forces that kill children en masse.

The move has prompted outrage in the White House and on Capitol Hill, where multiple U.S. officials told the Washington Free Beacon that they will no longer stand by as the U.N. singles out Israel for criticism. The effort to counter what they described as the U.N.’s anti-Israel bias is likely to include cutting a large portion of U.S. funding to the organization.

One senior White House official familiar with the Trump administration’s thinking on the matter told the Free Beacon that the president and his senior-most advisers are sick of seeing Israel treated as a pariah by the U.N.

“The Israeli Defense Forces are among the most humane, professional armed forces on the planet,” said the official, who was not authorized to speak on record. “Israel has been aggressively refining its protocols to minimize civilian casualties—so much so that after the 2014 conflict in Gaza the United States sent a delegation to study their best practices.”

The White House official signaled that the Trump administration would pursue a vastly different approach to the U.N. than its predecessor.

The Obama administration came under criticism from the pro-Israel community on numerous occasions for failing to defend Israel adequately in the face of international criticism. This culminated in a flurry of anger late last year when the Obama administration, in one of its final official acts, permitted the U.N. to officially chastise Israel in a break with decades of U.S. policy.

“In a region where the use of civilians, including children, as human shields is routine, singling out Israel for condemnation is, in a word, ridiculous,” the White House official said. “If the United Nations’ Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict has nothing better to do with the United States taxpayer dollars that fund it than engage in a vendetta against our ally Israel, perhaps we should rethink that support.”

Rep. Peter Roskam (R., Ill.), a vocal defender of Israel, expressed disappointment in the U.N.’s latest action. He told the Free Beacon that Congress is prepared to reduce U.S. financial support for the U.N., which comprises a significant share of the organization’s operational budget.

“The United States Congress is already taking a serious look at United Nations funding levels in light of a number of recent actions unfairly targeting Israel,” Roskam said. “Classifying the IDF, one of the most professional and responsible military forces in the world, alongside terrorist groups like ISIS and Boko Haram is an absurdity.”

“If the U.N. goes through with this,” Roskam said, “the calls for reduced funding will grow even louder.”…

This Abortionist is Personally Lobbying Legislators to Kill Babies in Late-Term Abortions

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By Macaiah Bigler
LifeNews.com
March 3, 2017

In February, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks when strong scientific evidence indicates unborn babies can feel pain. The bill also would prohibit brutal dismemberment abortions, commonly performed in the second trimester, which involve tearing apart the baby in the womb, limb by limb.While polls indicate public support for these limits, abortion activists like Lisa Perriera are working hard to keep these abortions legal in Pennsylvania.

An abortion practitioner at the Philadelphia Women’s Center, Perriera recently spoke with The Huffington Post about the legislation, calling pro-life lawmakers’ reasoning “malarkey.”

The liberal news outlet reports:

The legislation’s supporters argue that certain abortion procedures are “inhumane” and unsafe. They also say fetuses can feel pain by the 20-week mark, although medical research disputes that assertion.

Perriera, who also does advocacy work as a board member of the Women’s Law Project, a Pennsylvania-based women’s rights group, dismissed the logic of conservative lawmakers trying to justify abortion restrictions.

“These laws are always couched in the way that they are there to make things safer for women, and that is just malarkey,” she said.

Sari Stevens, Pennsylvania Planned Parenthood’s chief lobbyist, also blasted the pro-life legislation, claiming that pro-lifers are ignoring medical facts.

Perriera told the news outlet: “It is a safe medical procedure that I know how to do. If a woman is asking me to have a procedure, and that’s the right choice for her, who is a legislator to tell me that she shouldn’t be able to have that safe medical procedure?”

Abortion never is safe for the unborn child, however. And there is strong scientific evidence that unborn babies feel pain at 20 weeks or earlier, despite what abortion activists claim.

Notably, a number of groups have pointed to serious ethical issues with the study abortion activists often use to claim unborn babies don’t feel pain until much later. Both the New York Times (“Study Authors Didn’t Report Abortion Ties”) and USA Today reported ethical issues with the study in 2005.

The science of fetal pain is well-established. Dr. Steven Zielinski, an internal medicine physician from Oregon, is one of the leading researchers into fetal pain. He first published reports in the 1980s to validate research showing evidence for unborn pain.

He testified before Congress in the past that an unborn child could feel pain at “eight-and-a-half weeks and possibly earlier” and that a baby before birth “under the right circumstances, is capable of crying.” Researchers also have found that unborn babies respond to touch as early as six weeks.

Dr. Colleen A. Malloy, a professor of neonatology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, told a U.S. Senate committee last year that “anesthesiologists, and surgeons use pain medication” for unborn babies at the 20-week stage, “because it’s supported by the literature completely.”

“I could never imagine subjecting my tiny patients to a horrific procedure such as those that involve limb detachment or cardiac injection,” Malloy added.

At 20 weeks, the unborn child has all the parts in place – the pain receptors, spinal cord, nerve tracts, and thalamus – needed for transmitting and feeling pain, extensive research indicates. The unborn child responds to touch as early as week 6; and by week 18, pain receptors have appeared throughout the child’s body.

“The thalamus, which is the center of pain consciousness in the brain, develops during weeks 8 through 16, and the nerve tracts connecting the spinal cord and thalamus are themselves in place by week 20,” said Randy O’Bannon of National Right to Life. “Like infants, the unborn child cannot speak and describe his or her pain experience, but there are the usual physiological indicators that indicate pain awareness.”

“As early as 18 weeks, an unborn child injected with a needle releases stress hormones, just as adults do when experiencing pain. Hormone levels in those babies decrease when pain-relievers are supplied,” he added. “Studies indicate that anencephalic infants, whose cortex is severely reduced if not altogether absent, experience pain as long as other neurological structures are functioning.”

In 2016, the Family Research Council published an extensively researched document on the science of fetal pain. The report includes more than 30 studies, testimonies, medical evidence and real-life experiences in its exposition of the science of fetal pain as the weeks advance post-fertilization.

Obama White House Ban On Lead Ammunition Has Been Trashed

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By Matt Vespa
Townhall
March 5, 2017

After President Donald J. Trump’s upset win over Hillary Clinton, the Obama White House went on what could be arguable called a F-you tour. Former President Obama released more Gitmo detainees, banned offshore drilling, ended the Cuban wet foot, dry foot and Cuban Medical Professional Parole Programs (screwing over Cuban refugees), and designated almost 2 million acres national monuments that will prevent further natural gas and oil exploration.

In what many called a petty swipe at hunters and rural Americans, the 44th president also banned lead ammunition on federal lands. With Ryan Zinke confirmed as out new interior secretary, he immediately repealed the ban this week (via The Hill):

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order Thursday overturning a ban on using lead ammunition on wildlife refuges.Zinke signed the order on his first day in office, overturning a policy implemented by former Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe on Jan. 19, the Obama administration’s last full day in office.

Ashe’s policy banned the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on all FWS wildlife refuges that allow hunting or fishing, as well as in all other hunting or fishing regulated by the agency elsewhere.

It was meant to help prevent plants and animals from being poisoned by lead left on the ground or in the water.

“After reviewing the order and the process by which it was promulgated, I have determined that the order is not mandated by any existing statutory or regulatory requirement and was issued without significant communication, consultation or coordination with affected stakeholders,” Zinke wrote in his order.

Zinke also signed an order Thursday asking agencies within his purview to find ways to increase access to outdoor recreation on the lands they oversee.

We’ll see if we can reverse other last minute action items that the Obama administration undertook, but right now the Trump White House is dealing with getting the rest of his cabinet confirmed, Obamacare repealed and replaced, and leaks within the administration.

Muslim who claimed visa denied by Trump ban, who Schumer got into US, arrested for sexual assault of 12-year-old girl

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By Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch
March 3, 2017

India was not among the seven countries named in Trump’s immigration ban, so Tanveer Hussain is lying to begin with. In any case, his arrest demonstrates the risks involved in the Democrats Let-Them-All-In-and-Anyone-Who-Demurs-Is-A-Racist-Islamophobe approach.

The Qur’an teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take “captives of the right hand,” 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59) The implication there is that if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that such abuse would be justified.

“Indian athlete who got high-level help for U.S. visa now accused of sexual assault,” by Annie Gowen, Washington Post, March 3, 2017:

CHANDIGARH, India — It was a long journey for Indian snowshoe champion Tanveer Hussain and his team manager to the World Snowshoe Championships in Saranac Lake, N.Y., last weekend.

The two men were initially denied visas to travel to the United States in the chaotic days following the Trump administration’s travel ban. The reasons for the rejections remain unclear — India is not among the seven countries named in Trump’s executive order — but after the intervention of Saranac Lake’s mayor and the office of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi reversed its decision.

Hussain and team manager Abid Khan arrived Feb. 23 in the bucolic Adirondacks town, which had been following their visa ordeal and extended them a hero’s welcome. Locals offered congratulations and free lodgings at an inn that in the snow looked like a “fairy tale scene from a movie,” Khan said in a Facebook post.

The “fairy tale” was shattered Wednesday, when Hussain, 24, was arrested and charged with felony sexual abuse and child welfare endangerment, police said.

The parents of the 12-year-old girl allegedly involved said the incident happened Monday, after the end of the three-day snowshoe competition, and reported it to local authorities.

Chief Charles A. Potthast Jr. of the Saranac Lake Village police force said the girl was playing pool Monday afternoon with other young people at the inn where Hussain was staying.

“There was a moment when the two were alone, and that’s when the incident occurred,” Potthast said. The girl told police there was a “passionate kiss” and that Hussain touched her in an intimate area on top of her clothing.

Hussain remains jailed on $10,000 bond. Khan said the athlete told him he had done nothing wrong.

Muddasir Mir, the president of the SnowShoe Federation of India, said the next court hearing is set for Monday.

“It’s an unfortunate situation, both for the community there in the U.S. who supported us and the federation,” Mir said. “We have full faith in the American law and as there is a court proceeding going on, that is going to be my only comment.”

Hussain hails from the Indian side of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, which is predominantly Muslim. He placed in the top 50 at the World Snowshoe Championships last year in Italy, Mir said, though he failed to place in the top 100 this year.

Hussain’s brother, Yunus Ali, said the family has not been able to speak to Hussain since his arrest.

“In Kashmir, we have a tradition of showing love to children. We hug and kiss a child here, and our society doesn’t see it as a crime,” he said.

Hussain and Khan claimed they were indirect victims of the U.S. travel ban when their first attempt to procure visas was turned down in late January, the first business day after Trump’s travel ban was put in place. Khan told the BBC that an employee at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi told them they were being rejected because of “ current policy.”…

This Republican Senator Will Oppose the Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

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By Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com
March 3, 2017

Last month, LifeNews.com profiled a pro-abortion Republican senator who says she will oppose the bill to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

Now another pro-abortion Republican senator says she will also oppose the legislation. Senator Susan Collins of Maine says she wants to split the defunding Planned Parenthood provisions from the bill to repeal Obamacare. If Republican leaders don’t do that, Collins plans to vote against the legislation entirely.

Together, the two pro-abortion Republican Senators could potentially derail the entire process to both repeal abortion-funding Obamacare and defund the Planned Parenthood abortion company.

Republican leaders are still working on the final language of the legislation, but the general thought is Republicans will use the reconciliation budgetary process to pass the bill as they did last time to both defund Planned Parenthood and repealed Obamacare. Pro-abortion President Barack Obama ultimately vetoed that legislation.

Some leading pro-life lawmakers want that exact legislation brought back. But, as the Hill reports, it is a no-go for Senator Collins.

“I don’t think it makes sense to have the defunding of Planned Parenthood linked to this issue at all,” said Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from Maine who voted against the repeal effort in 2015 because it included language defunding Planned Parenthood.

“If the House Republicans want to bring it up, it should be in a separate bill. I would oppose that bill, but it further complicates the negotiations to have it included in this bill.”

Because Republicans are going to repeal ObamaCare through reconciliation, a special budget maneuver that only needs 50 votes to pass because it can’t be filibustered, they can only lose two votes from their members.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a pro-abortion Republican from Alaska, has already said definitively she won’t support repeal if it includes Planned Parenthood language.

“I, for one, do not believe that Planned Parenthood has any place in our deliberations on the Affordable Care Act,” Murkowski said. “Taxpayer dollars should not be used to pay for abortions, but I will not vote to deny Alaskans access to the health services that Planned Parenthood provides.”

The news is not a surprise. Murkowski has defended the abortion giant Planned Parenthood numerous times. In 2011, she stood up for the abortion group’s taxpayer funding even after undercover videos showed staff at Planned Parenthood assisting alleged sex traffickers in getting abortions and STD testing for the girls they victimize.

Then in 2015, Murkowski joined two other Senators to try to strip a Planned Parenthood defunding provision from a similar Senate bill, according to The Hill.

In January, House Speaker Paul Ryan said the bill to repeal Obamacare also would cut off taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups. The bill also would redirect tax dollars to federally qualified community health centers to ensure people have access to quality health care.

A recent survey found that community health centers not only provide more comprehensive health care than Planned Parenthood, excluding abortions, they also outnumber the abortion group’s facilities by 20 to one.

The U.S. Senate took the first step in paving the way for a vote on defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion corporation in early January. The Senate approved on a party-line vote a budget resolution bill. This repeal resolution is the first step in the process to re-direct Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding to legitimate health care entities and repeal Obamacare using the budget reconciliation procedure.

President Donald Trump promised to sign a bill that would defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

Recent polls also indicate Americans support the defunding efforts. New polling found 56 percent of Americans in battleground states want Planned Parenthood defunded.

ACTION: Contact U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Contact Senator Susan Collins.

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