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Riots on the streets of Buenos Aires after Argentina votes against legalising abortion

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The streets of Buenos Aires transformed into a fire-filled riot after Argentina’s Senate voted against the legalisation of abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. 

After a 15-hour debate, 31 senators voted in favour and 38 voted against a bill legalising abortion in the overwhelmingly Catholic countryPer the New York Times, “under current Argentine law, in place since 1921, abortion is legal only in cases of rape or if the pregnancy poses a risk to the woman’s health.”

It’s believed pressure from the Catholic church and Pope Francis are behind the decision not to stray from the strict abortion ban.  Read more…

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Source: https://mashable.com/2018/08/09/argentina-abortion-vote/

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3D-printed guns: activists urge government to block blueprints

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Trump administration settlement allows for digital blueprints for 3D-printed handgun to be freely downloaded as of 1 August

The nation’s three largest gun control advocacy groups are asking a Texas judge to prevent the impending release of a “trove” of digital blueprints for 3D-printed firearms.

Related: DIY 3D-printed guns get go-ahead after Trump administration strikes court deal

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/25/3d-printed-guns-blueprints-activists-urge-government-block

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Pennsylvania: Auditor’s Report Says Marijuana Legalization Would Yield Over $500 Million In New Annual Revenue

A fiscal report issued by the state’s Auditor General estimates that taxing Pennsylvania’s existing retail cannabis market would yield $581 million in new annual revenue.

The report estimates that just under 800,000 Pennsylvanians are currently using cannabis. Statewide polling finds that a majority of voters endorse legalizing and regulating its use by adults.

“The benefits of regulating and taxing marijuana are undeniable,” the report concludes. “As its neighbors weigh the issue, Pennsylvania must act to create its own marijuana market. Otherwise, it runs the risk of losing the revenue from potential customers to other states. It is time for Pennsylvania to stop imagining the benefits of marijuana and realize them.”

Pennsylvania’s Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has previously spoken in support of statewide legalization. Governor Tom Wolfe has expressed support for decriminalizing marijuana possession offenses, but has been reluctant to endorse legalizing the marijuana market.

Full text of the report, “Regulating & Taxing Marijuana: A Special Report on the Potential Revenue & Financial Benefits for Pennsylvania,” appears online here.

Source: http://blog.norml.org/2018/07/20/pennsylvania-auditors-report-says-marijuana-legalization-would-yield-over-500-million-in-new-annual-revenue/

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Colorado denies widow half of late husband’s workers’ compensation due to his marijuana use

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The state of Colorado is denying half the workers’ compensation death benefits to a woman whose husband died while working on a ski lift because he had marijuana in his system.

The post Colorado denies widow half of late husband’s workers’ compensation due to his marijuana use appeared first on The Cannabist.

Source: https://www.thecannabist.co/2018/07/17/colorado-denies-widow-half-of-late-husbands-workers-compensation-due-to-his-marijuana-use/104583/

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Federal auditor orders Tom Price to pay $341K for flights

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Former HHS Secretary Tom Price took 20 trips that did not comply with federal requirements, according to the department’s inspector general, who urged the agency in a Friday report to recover at least $341,000 from the former secretary.

Price, who was forced out last year following a POLITICO investigation into his extravagant use of private and military aircraft, has voluntarily repaid the government about $60,000, but it was not immediately clear how or if he would repay the rest. A department spokesman said it will seek guidance from the Justice Department as to “whether there is legal basis for recoupment.”

Price could not immediately be reached for comment.

The OIG review, which came about 10 months after Price’s resignation, found he spent more than $1.2 million on travel during his tenure at HHS, including use of chartered aircraft and government planes.

Many of Price’s flights were between major cities that offered inexpensive alternatives on commercial airlines, including Nashville, Philadelphia and San Diego. Price also used military aircraft for multinational trips to Africa, Europe and Asia.

Price, a Georgia Republican who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than a decade before President Donald Trump nominated him to take charge at HHS, led the agency for roughly seven months before the travel scandal forced him to resign last September.

Price was the first to depart Trump’s Cabinet, which has undergone major churn amid investigations into officials’ ethical behavior in office. Scott Pruitt was forced out as EPA administrator last week, facing more than a dozen probes into his travel, spending and ties to lobbyists. David Shulkin, who was fired as Veterans Affairs secretary in March, was flagged for improper spending on overseas travel in a scathing inspector general’s report several weeks before his ouster.

The White House has since cracked down on use of private planes, telling Cabinet officials that chief of staff John Kelly must approve almost all travel on “government-owned, rented, leased, or chartered aircraft.”

HHS stressed that the department’s policies changed since Price’s tenure.

“All HHS political appointees have undergone further training regarding government travel rules and procedures and are required to file a checklist before each trip with their supervisor or the Office of the General Counsel,” a spokesperson said.

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/13/tom-price-auditor-travel-685778

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Holly Hunter interview: “The movement that’s happening right now is real. There is not equality”

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The Incredibles 2 actor talks to The Independent about equal pay and playing an ’emotionally satisfying’ leading superhero

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/holly-hunter-interview-incredibles-2-a8444306.html

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Officials admit they may have separated family – who might be US citizens – for up to a year

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ACLU calls revelation ‘horrific’ and blames administration’s poor execution of family separation policy

The Department of Justice told a federal judge Tuesday that it may have mistakenly separated a father and toddler who could both be US citizens for as long as a year, in the process of enforcing the Trump administration zero-tolerance immigration policy.

Related: Trump forced to reinstate ‘catch and release’ after court defeats

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/11/us-immigration-family-separations-doj-us-citizens