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Orlando gunman’s face, name become journalism challenge

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Anderson Cooper faced the camera, his voice freighted with emotion, and took a stand on covering the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. “We will not say the gunman’s name or show his photograph,” Cooper told CNN viewers on a telecast Monday. “It’s been shown far too much already.” The withholding of such information is an unusual but not unprecedented move by a reporter or news organization, one that some media experts say can be justified. Cooper said on-air that his…

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Planned Parenthood asks court to block Florida abortion bill

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Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit Thursday asking a federal district court to block restrictions on abortions signed into law earlier this year by Gov. Rick Scott. The bill is similar to legislation being challenged in court in other states, including Texas. State and federal laws already prohibit public money for abortion, but Florida’s bill goes a step further by preventing any state funds from going to any service by an organization that also provides abortions. It also requires that doctors…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.24.16 – Hillary nixes a last Dem debate in California

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Last night in Santa Monica, Bernie Sanders called Hillary Clinton‘s decision not to debate him in California “insulting” to the voters in the Golden State. “A number of months ago our campaign and her campaign reached an agreement on a number of debates, including one here in California,” Sanders told the crowd, according to a release issued by the Sanders campaign overnight. He added that it was “insulting to the people of California — our largest state — that she is not prepared…

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Carlos Lopez-Cantera attacks David Jolly on Planned Parenthood vote

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Carlos-Lopez Cantera is taking direct aim at David Jolly in a new digital ad released on Monday. The ad targets the Pinellas County Representative for refusing to support another congressional investigation into the allegations that Planned Parenthood harvested and trafficked in fetal body parts. “David Jolly refused to hold the largest abortion provider in the country accountable last week by voting to end the investigation of the harvesting and trafficking of fetal body parts,” said Courtney Alexander, a spokesperson for Lopez-Cantera. “What’s worse? This isn’t the first…

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Planned Parenthood clinic evacuated; 7 treated

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The latest on the evacuation of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Sarasota: 12:50 p.m. Authorities say hazardous materials teams have found and removed as-yet-unidentified chemicals inside cleaning closets at a Florida Planned Parenthood clinic after staffers were evacuated. Sarasota Police Department Genevieve Judge said in a news release that the teams responded to the clinic after staffers reported respiratory symptoms including shortness of breath. She said seven people were taken to a hospital for evaluation. Planned Parenthood spokesman Andrew Taverrite…

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Hillary Clinton’s Florida effort to be led by former DSCC head Simone Ward

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Simone Ward will direct Hillary Clinton‘s Florida campaign. The 38-year-old Ward had been serving as the national political director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for the past year, the first African-American ever to do so. According to a biography of her published in The Atlantic, Ward began her political year while still attending Oklahoma City University, where she spent a semester interning for Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign. Since then, she’s served stints at the Democratic National Committee, the White House, Mercer & Associates,…

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Activists criticize Dana Young for her support of controversial abortion bill

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More than a month after after it was signed by Governor Rick Scott, abortion rights activists in Florida remain infuriated about the Legislature’s passage of HB 1411, which that denies public resources to women’s health clinics that provide abortion services. To express their anger about the bill, a group of activists gathered in front of Tampa House Republican Dana Young’s district office in South Tampa on Thursday, where they denounced her and Governor Scott for approving the bill. The measure doesn’t eliminate state funding…

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