Rally the Lasses

Irish citizens living all over the world are traveling back to their home country to challenge one of the strictest abortion bans in the world.

The referendum today could potentially result in the repeal of the republic’s Eighth Amendment, which outlaws nearly all abortions in the country, forcing thousands of women each year to leave the country in search of abortion services.

Pro-choice activists in Dublin dressed in red and white, evoking the imagery of The Handmaid’s Tale, a novel which deals heavily in the issues of bodily autonomy.

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Deadly Heat Wave Hits Pakistan

A deadly heat wave in Pakistan has killed upwards of 65 people.

At least 65 people have died in the city of Karachi in Pakistan as a deadly heat wave moves through the country with temperatures topping 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

The organization that runs the city’s central morgue reported the deaths which have not yet been confirmed by city officials.

The heat wave comes at a particularly difficult time, as Muslims around the world celebrate the month of Ramadan, which includes fasting for nearly 15 hours per day.

In 2015, a similar heat wave overwhelmed the country’s morgues and hospitals.

Scientists have predicted that parts of South Asia will be too hot for humans to inhabit by 2100 if nothing is done to curb climate change.

Not So Fast

The U.S. president has cancelled talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that had been planned to take place in Singapore June 12.

The cancellation naturally comes on the heels of the president’s not-so-subtle insinuations that he should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in the Korean peninsula.

In keeping with his passive-aggressive style, the president notified North Korea of the cancellation via a letter — although we do have to admit that this is a step up from a Tweet.

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Defender of the Opiate Manufacturers

The Guardian is reporting that the president’s newest lawyer, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, helped Purdue Pharma executives, which produces Oxycontin, to avoid jail-time in the mid-to-early 2000s.

The company was involved in an investigation into its deceptive marketing practices brought on by the U.S. attorney for the Western District for Virginia.

Giuliani reportedly helped Purdue to secure a deal that limited future prosecution of the company, exempted its executives from jail-time, and allowed Purdue to continue conducting business with the federal government, which, naturally, allowed them to continue to rake in profits in the billions.

Oxycontin is one of the main culprits at the center of a national opiate epidemic that has killed at least 300,000 people over the last thirty years.

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Say Goodbye to Dodd-Frank

Congress made the bipartisan decision Tuesday to exempt all but 10 U.S. banks from key regulations in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

The act was passed after the 2008 economic crisis, which was brought on by decades of risky lending on the part of Wall Street banks.

However, on Tuesday, Congress voted overwhelmingly — 258-159 — to exempt banks with less than $250 billion in assets, despite the fact that banks’ profits are skyrocketing.

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Women Keep Winning

Women won big again in Tuesday’s primary elections in Georgia, Kentucky, and Texas with Georgia candidate Stacey Abrams becoming the first black woman to receive the nomination for governorship from a major party in U.S. history.

Lupe Valdez also made history in Texas by becoming the first openly gay and first Latina candidate to win a major party nomination for the Texas governorship.

Valdez will face off against incumbent Governor Greg Abbott, who has recently come under fire for his lackluster response to a school shooting in Santa Fe last Friday.

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