The Open Carry Conundrum, GI Bill-Funded Bible Schools, and That Undercover Planned Parenthood Video

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July 16, 2015

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5 Points On That Controversial Undercover Planned Parenthood Video

The Gist: Abortion opponents are up in arms over an undercover video that purportedly shows a high-level Planned Parenthood official discussing the sale of tissue taken from aborted fetuses.

Graham Throws 'Not A Scientist' Line Back At GOP Climate Change Deniers

The Gist: The Republican South Carolina senator took shots at climate deniers within his own party, saying he was “surprised” to find so many in the GOP’s ranks.

Undocumented Moms: Texas Is Denying Birth Certificates To Our U.S.-Born Kids

The Gist:  Undocumented immigrants have filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Texas for a policy that they say is intended to deny their U.S.-born children birth certificates.

From The Reporter's Notebook


Newswriter Caitlin Cruz pointed out a significant moment for Barack Obama during his Iran news conference: the acknowledgement of male rape victims. When asked about the allegations surrounding comedian Bill Cosby, President Obama laid out a very clear definition of rape while also highlighting an often forgotten population: "If you give a woman, or a man for that matter, without his or her knowledge a drug and then have sex with that person without consent, that's rape.”

Agree or Disagree?


Brendan Gilfillan thinks that despite the disaster of Iraq, Republicans' reaction to the Iran deal suggests that they actually support another military intervention in the Middle East over nuclear weapons.

Say What?!


This report was not designed for a man of Mr. Trump’s massive wealth. For instance, they have boxes once a certain number is reached that simply state $50 million or more. Many of these boxes have been checked." 

– Trump filed his personal finance disclosure forms — they put his net worth at $10 billion.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive


From a TPM Prime member: "Of course "open carry" is obscene. I don't know the precise percentages–and doubt anyone does for that matter–but the vast majority of open carry is hand guns. When open carry is not a hand gun, it's an assault rifle. No one open carries a single-shot break action hunting rifle. The entire ethos of "open carry" is about toting a weapon designed for shooting people, not deer or rabbits."

Related: Remember when the man openly carrying his new firearm was robbed of it at gunpoint?

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What We're Reading


The GI Bill funds educational pursuits that do not meet the minimum standards that the U.S. Dept. of Education requires for other federal funds, including sex and Bible schools. (The Center For Investigative Reporting)

The meticulously managed rollout of Hillary Clinton, a candidate voters think they know already. (The New York Times Magazine)

How the Iran deal works, explained in a 3-minute video. (Vox)


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