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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), a top 2016 contender, has reiterated his support for a Wisconsin bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy,
with no exceptions for rape or incest.

With 20-week abortion bans gaining momentum on Capitol Hill and in states nationwide, Walker’s office confirmed to the Daily Beast this week that the governor intends to sign the bill, which supporters expect will move quickly through Wisconsin's GOP-controlled legislature. A joint state House and Senate committee hearing on the bill is scheduled next week.

The issue of rape exemptions nearly tanked a federal version of the bill in the U.S House of Representatives, when female Republicans objected to a provision that required assault victims report their rapes to the police if seeking an exemption. A compromise that broadened the exemption passed the House earlier this month. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is also considering a presidential run, has promised to introduce a Senate version of the 20-week ban soon.

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Herman Cain's website, CainTV, on Thursday took a jab at former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) for launching another presidential bid.

Herman Cain, who suspended his own 2012 presidential campaign in December 2011, tweeted a link to the article by Cain Media writer Robert Laurie about "a doomed Rick Santorum candidacy."

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A man from the Phoenix area reportedly plans to hold a rally and “draw Muhammad” cartoon contest on Friday outside the mosque that the two Garland, Texas gunmen and alleged Islamic State sympathizers attended.

Television station KPNX reported that Jon Ritzheimer planned to hold the event in response to the cartoon contest that was hosted by anti-Muslim activist Pam Geller on May 3 in Garland, Texas. That competition was interrupted by two armed men who were allegedly Islamic State sympathizers and who opened fire outside before being killed by security officers.

The mosque where the new contest is planned, the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix, is the same one the gunman attended before the attack, according to CNN.

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