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Texas state senator: Close abortion clinics because sometimes men have anal bleeding

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Donna Campbell
A Texas state senator said Tuesday that she supports a bill which would force nearly all of the state's abortion clinics to close, namely because if a man ever suffers from anal bleeding after a colonoscopy, trained surgeons are needed to help him.

That insight came from state Sen. Donna Campbell (R), who spoke in favor of Senate Bill 537, which would require all abortion clinics in the state to comply with regulations governing surgical centers.

"After a colonoscopy on a man, he comes in bleeding in the emergency room from the rectum and we've got a surgeon on call," Campbell said in video of the hearing, embedded below. "But we don't have somebody on call for a lady who is hemorrhaging in the uterus from a procedure that was done at a facility that was held at less standards. So I applaud this bill. I jumped on this bill as a physician and as a woman."

While the comparison of a rectum and a uterus might strike some as offensive on its face, the analogy also seems to indicate that Campbell may not understand the possible complications from surgical and medical abortions, nor their frequency.


U.N. launches probe of alleged Syria chemical arms attack

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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses participants during the signing ceremony of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes, at the African Union headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa Feburary 24, 2013.
The United Nations said on Thursday it will investigate Syria's allegations that rebel forces used chemical weapons in an attack near Aleppo, but Western countries sought a probe of all claims about the use of such banned arms.

"I have decided to conduct a United Nations investigation into the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. He told reporters the investigation will focus on "the specific incident brought to my attention by the Syrian government."

Syria asked Ban to investigate an alleged chemical weapons attack by "terrorist groups" near the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday, Syrian U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari said.

The deaths of 26 people in that rocket attack have become the focus of competing claims Wednesday from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's supporters and opponents, who accuse each other of firing a missile laden with chemicals.

The Syrian opposition reported a second chemical weapons attack on Tuesday near Damascus.

Ban made clear that the focus of the investigation he announced would be the Aleppo attack.


Gainesville,Florida mayor Craig Lowe arrested on DUI charge, property damage following car crash


Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe
Florida Highway Patrol troopers find Lowe asleep behind steering wheel

Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe was arrested Thursday morning on charges of DUI with property damage, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

A trooper was called to a crash in the area of NE 21st Street and NE 156th Avenue in Alachua County around 2:28 a.m., according to FHP Sgt. Tracy Pace.

When officers arrived around 3:45 a.m., authorities found Lowe asleep behind the wheel of his car. They said Lowe appeared to be intoxicated and his silver Honda Civic was badly damaged.

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Venezuela suspends 'channel of communications' with U.S.

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Venezuelan foreign Minister Elias Jaua speaks during a press conference in Caracas, on March 20, 2013. The Venezuelan government has suspended a "channel of communications" it established with the United States at the end of 2012, Jaua said Wednesday.
Venezuela said on Wednesday it has suspended a "channel of communications" with Washington as it ratchets up tension ahead of elections to replace the late president Hugo Chavez.

Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said the move was a response to "interventionist statements" by US assistant secretary of state Roberta Jacobson, who called for "open, fair and transparent" elections on April 14.

"This channel of communication is suspended at this time, deferred until there is a clear message on what type of relationship the United States wants with Venezuela," Jaua said.

"It makes no sense to continue wasting time," he added.


DHS to let Saudi passengers skip normal passport controls

A Department of Homeland Security program intended to give "trusted traveler" status to low-risk airline passengers soon will be extended to Saudi travelers, opening the program to criticism for accommodating the country that produced 15 of the 19 hijackers behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Sources voiced concern about the decision to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, which issued a report Wednesday on the under-the-radar announcement -- which was first made by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano after meeting in January with her Saudi counterpart. According to the IPT, this would be the first time the Saudi government has been given such a direct role in fast-tracking people for entry into the United States.

"I think you have radical Wahhabism in certain elements in Saudi Arabia, and I think to be more lenient there than in other places would be a mistake," Rep. Frank Wolf told the Investigative Project on Terrorism. "There were 15 [hijackers] from that country, and there is a lot taking place in that region."


Second incident of police brutality caught on camera

A video shows Eddie Lojak this past Saturday - his nose is broken, he has a concussion, a broken rib, chipped teeth, stitches across his face and a chunk of skin ripped from his tongue.

Those injuries happened after a morning of drinking to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and ended with a run-in with Pittsburgh Police.

"Cops came up behind me and shoved me down as hard as he could," Lojak said. "Face first onto the pavement and then they all jumped on me."

That's where the cell phone video picks up the incident. It shows a police officer striking Lojak twice, while three other police officers held him down.

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John Cornyn: No pay for White House budget writers until Obama delivers one

A Texas senator upset that President Obama has yet to deliver his new budget, now 44 days late, is threatening to cut off pay to White House budget writers.

Republican Sen. John Cornyn on Wednesday introduced the No Budget, No OMB Pay Act of 2013, which would withhold the pay for the director of the Office of Management and Budget and top budget officials until the fiscal 2014 budget is delivered.


Federal employees who don't pay taxes would be fired under bill that passed committee

Citing figures indicating that more than 100,000 federal employees owe more than $1 billion in federal taxes, a House committee on Wednesday approved legislation that would require the firing of government workers who are "seriously tax delinquent."

The legislation, introduced by Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, advanced through the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. It now has to pass the full House to be implemented into law.

"Most taxpayers file accurate tax returns and pay the taxes they owe on time, regardless of their income," Chaffetz, a Republican, said during the hearing Wednesday. "Federal employees and individuals applying for federal employment should do the same."

The Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2013 requires the termination of employment for tax delinquent federal employees, while also prohibiting the hiring of new federal employees with a substantial amount of delinquent tax debt.


Hillary Clinton's 'hacked' Benghazi emails: FULL RELEASE

On the back of widespread public interest RT has decided to publish in their entirety a series of memos which were allegedly sent from a one-time White House aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The emails, which were allegedly sent by former political adviser Sidney Blumenthal to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were forwarded to RT by a hacker using the alias "Guccifer."

Guccifer was credited with hacking the AOL email account of Blumenthal last week, though the authenticity of the emails has not been verified.

The purported memos appear to contain sensitive information regarding the September 11, 2012 attacks on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, as well the January 2013 hostage crisis in In Amenas, Algeria.

Blumenthal has been refraining from comments so far. RT reached Blumenthal's son Max, who confirmed that his father will not be making any remarks about the leak.

In the leaked emails distributed to the media, Guccifer copied and pasted the correspondences into new files using bold Comic Sans text layered over a pink background, possibly as a security precaution. The letter 'G' on the memos appears to be the hacker's watermark.

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Abbas: Palestinian Authority, America 'partners' in pursuit of just peace

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PA President Mahmoud Abbas and US President Barack Obama
Palestinian Authority president thanks US counterpart for commitment, saying the two are partners in pursuing peace; Obama says he will not give up on a two state solution, "no matter how hard it is."

America and the Palestinian Authority are "partners in pursuit to just peace that ends occupation and war," said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday.

Speaking at a joint press conference held in Ramallah with his American counterpart US President Barack Obama, Abbas said that Palestinian officials "had good talks with his excellency President [Barack] Obama."

He added that the two discussed the risks that the continuity of settlement building contained for the future of his country.

He thanked the president for US commitment to the Palestinian cause and for the support to the PA Treasury. "I wish to thank the President [Obama] for his commitment to provide support to the Palestinian people," he said.

"We hope to exercise normal life over the free state of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital," Abbas reiterated.