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GFM.

There was a bit of drama yesterday in the Texas battle to deny funding to Planned Parenthood affiliates. To sum up: Texas is trying to deny state funding to Planned Parenthood affiliates, including those that don't "directly" provide abortions. In retaliation, the Obama Administration cancelled federal funding for all of Texas' women's health programs. Texas is going to continue funding those programs on its own, but not Planned Parenthood affiliates. The Texas rule was supposed to go into effect yesterday. Planned Parenthood sued, arguing that it has a constitutional right to that funding.

On Monday, a district court judge agreed with Planned Parenthood in a terribly reasoned opinion that avoids the major Supreme Court precedent on the issue, which is squarely in Texas' favor. Yesterday, Judge Smith of the Fifth Circuit, whom you may recall was recently in the news, put the kibosh on the district court judge's decision and allowed Texas to withhold the Planned Parenthood funds. It was a rather fast turnaround, but it's only temporary. In the meantime, Planned Parenthood is funding the affected affiliates itself. Imagine that, funding your own damned activities! (I use the term "damned" advisedly.)

In other news:

Newspaper report: USAToday remains the most widely-read print daily in the United States. NYTimes circulation is up an insane 73% year over year, due to digital subscriptions. WaPo circulation fell 7.84% over the same period.

Taliban suicide bombers killed 7, injured dozens in Kabul after Obama's visit.

Elderly sisters, aged 94 and 93, fought off armed carjacker in New Jersey. Nice work, ladies.

Last one, just for the headline, which I am quoting exactly: "Dinosaurs were DRAINED of blood by GIGANTIC HORROR FLEAS." I'm going to make it my new go-to for shock value. That's how the pros do it. Examples: "U.S. debt ACCELERATES due to GIGANTIC HORROR OBAMA." "Shoppers were RUN DOWN by GIGANTIC HORROR CART (that I may or may not have pushed from across the store)." "GIGANTIC HORROR BOYFRIEND keeps STEALING the covers."


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