Ohio Hearbeat Bill Blocked

Ohio Republicans were not able to gain enough votes to overturn outgoing Governor Kasich’s veto of the restrictive abortion bill.

The proposed legislation would have banned all forms of abortion after a fetal hearbeat is detected, which in many cases can occur as early as six weeks — a point at which many women aren’t even aware they are pregnant.

There was even discussion surrounding the implementation of the death penalty for both health care providers who performed abortions as well as women who received them.

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Japan to Withdraw from IWC, Resume Whaling

The island nation has announced its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission and says it will resume commercial whale hunting.

The decision flies in the face of everything science tells us about the importance of biodiversity and the need to conserve it.

Whales play an integral role in the marine ecosystem, and at a time when humanity bears the responsibility of one of earth’s greatest mass-extinctions, it is entirely ill-advised.

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Monday Digest

Members of the Iron Triangle Press team are busy celebrating the holidays, so we’ve compiled today’s headlines into one quick Monday Digest — regular content will resume Wednesday.

It’s the holiday season and families around the world are gathered together to celebrate a world’s worth of traditions, but that doesn’t mean the news cycle is taking a break.

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House Buckles to Trump’s Demands

After a tumultuous day of many back-and-forth decisions, the House passed a funding bill with $5 billion allocated for the construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The vote was 217 to 185; funding for multiple government agencies will expire at midnight tonight.

The bill will now return to the Senate where it is widely expected to fail due to extreme opposition to such immense funding.

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BREAKING: Funding Bill Falls Apart

Only hours after it appeared as though the government would avoid a shutdown, the president has reversed course and says he will not sign the bill.

House Speaker Paul Ryan made the grim announcement Thursday mid-afternoon, attributing the change in course to the fact that the bill does not contain what the president considers to be adequate funding for the border wall he wants to construct along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The prevailing opinion is that the president is making a last-ditch effort to push the border wall funding through before Democrats take control of the House in January.

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Shutdown Temporarily Averted

The Senate was able to pass a short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown just ahead of the holidays.

Assuming the House passes the bill as well, which appears highly likely, it will keep the government funded through February 8.

The decision will postpone the ongoing battle over border wall funding until next year when the incoming Democratic majority in the House will take control.

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Michael Flynn’s Sentencing Postponed

A Washington, D.C. federal judge has postponed sentencing for former national security advisor Michael Flynn, but not without first expressing his disgust.

Flynn has admitted to lying about his meetings with Russia’s ambassador throughout the 2016 election campaign as well as admitting to working as an unregistered foreign agent on behalf of the Turkish government.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan agreed to postpone Flynn’s sentencing on the condition that Flynn continue to aid federal prosecutors with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as well as others.

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Martha McSally Appointed to Senate

After losing to Kyrsten Sinema in a contentious run-off election, Martha McSally will still make it to the Senate after being appointed to Arizona’s second seat by Governor Doug Ducey.

Ducey had previously appointed Republican Jon Kyl to fill the seat left vacant by Senator John McCain’s passing earlier this year.

Kyl, however, sent a letter last week announcing his resignation in the interests of allowing the new appointee to serve a full two-year term alongside the newly elected freshman congresspeople.

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