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The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit Friday in a bid to block Alabama’s strictest-in-the-nation abortion ban, touching off a legal battle that could eventually land before the Supreme Court.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of abortion providers, said the new law “directly conflicts” with the Roe v. Wade decision and “more than four decades of Supreme Court precedent affirming its central holding” on abortion rights.

ABORTION FOES EYE SCOTUS SHOWDOWN IN WAKE OF ALABAMA LAW

“For over 46 years — since the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade — U.S. law has recognized the fundamental constitutional right to make the profoundly important and personal decision whether or not to terminate a pregnancy,” the lawsuit reads.

The Alabama law would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison for the abortion provider. The only exception would be when the woman’s health is at serious risk.

The law is set to take effect in November unless blocked by a judge. The suit, filed in federal court in Alabama, asks the court to block the law and declare it unconstitutional.

HUNDREDS PROTEST ALABAMA ABORTION BAN

The Alabama law was only the latest – albeit the strictest – anti-abortion measure to be passed at the state level in recent months. It comes as conservative lawmakers prepare for a possible battle on the issue before the Supreme Court – where a conservative majority has emerged during the Trump administration.

Even the Alabama bill’s sponsor has acknowledged the far-reaching legislation is aimed at sparking a new Supreme Court review of the landmark Roe v. Wade.

Governors in Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as the sixth week of pregnancy. The Alabama law, meanwhile, would appear to shatter one of the few areas of consensus in the abortion debate — allowing exceptions in anti-abortion laws for rape and incest, which the Alabama legislation does not.

None of the laws has taken effect and all are expected to be blocked by the courts as the legal challenges play out with an ultimate eye on the Supreme Court.

“The American people want a fresh debate and a new direction, achieved by consensus and built on love for both mothers and babies. The time is coming for the Supreme Court to let that debate go forward,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of pro-life organization the Susan B. Anthony List, said in a statement after the Alabama law passed.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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President Trump’s decision to authorize the declassification of key documents from the Russia investigation is “long overdue,” former deputy independent counsel Sol Wisenberg argued Friday.

Trump on Thursday night issued a memo giving Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify any documents related to surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016.

Trump also ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Barr.

The memo read: “The heads of elements of the intelligence community… and the heads of each department or agency that includes an element of the intelligence community shall promptly provide such assistance and information as the Attorney General may request in connection with that review.”

BARR HAMMERED FOR STATING ‘SPYING DID OCCUR,’ DESPITE CONFIRMATION OF TRUMP TEAM SURVEILLANCE

“Today, at the request and recommendation of the Attorney General of the United States, President Donald J. Trump directed the intelligence community to quickly and fully cooperate with the Attorney General’s investigation into surveillance activities during the 2016 Presidential election,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

“The Attorney General has also been delegated full and complete authority to declassify information pertaining to this investigation, in accordance with the long-established standards for handling classified information. Today’s action will help ensure that all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred, and the actions that were taken, during the last Presidential election and will restore confidence in our public institutions.”

Responding on “America’s Newsroom,” Wisenberg said the memo essentially puts U.S. intelligence agencies “on notice” that they need to “cut the stonewalling out.”

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Wisenberg said the move is “obviously necessary” and he was “overjoyed” when he heard the news. He said new information about the origins of the FBI’s counterintelligence probe is still coming out to this day.

“People are tired of the stonewalling. Barr is the person who’s been given the authority to help get to the bottom of it. Unless you give that authority to someone with the power and gravitas of Bill Barr, people are gonna continue to stonewall,” he said.

Wisenberg, however, tamped down expectations from some that former officials could “go to jail” or be tried for crimes as a result of the Justice Department’s review of the Russia probe’s origins.

Fox News’ Talia Kaplan and Mike Arroyo contributed to this report.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham said “not one Democrat will give a damn” about the documents that could be declassified in relation to the surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016.

“You’re gonna find out the mentality of the people investigating the president. You’re gonna find out exactly what they did, you’re gonna find out [George] Papadopoulos was not working with the Russians. They knew early on he had no contacts with the Russians,” Graham said during a Friday appearance on “Fox and Friends”.

BARR HAMMERED FOR STATING ‘SPYING DID OCCUR,’ DESPITE CONFIRMATION OF TRUMP TEAM SURVEILLANCE

“The bottom line is there’s gonna be a lot of information about, they were warned about still this is a bad guy you can’t trust him. They blew through every stop sign,” he added.

The senator’s comments came after President Trump on Thursday night issued a memo giving Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify any documents related to spying on the Trump campaign.

Trump also ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Barr. The memo read: “The heads of elements of the intelligence community… and the heads of each department or agency that includes an element of the intelligence community shall promptly provide such assistance and information as the Attorney General may request in connection with that review.”

TRUMP GIVES AG BARR AUTHORITY TO DECLASSIFY DOCUMENTS RELATED TO 2016 CAMPAIGN SURVEILLANCE

But Graham believes that while some will find the declassified documents interesting, “not one Democrat will give a damn.” Still, he believes the disclosure will warrant an action to ensure no other presidential campaign gets spied on without a good reason.

“I’m gonna look at all of it to make sure it never happens again,” the senator said. “I want to make sure we have FISA laws that can detect when somebody is giving the court a bunch of garbage.

“I wanna make sure we have rules that you just can’t open up a counterintelligence investigation on a presidential candidate without having a good reason.”

Graham added that that FISA court is important “because the people are out to get us,” but “if you can take the law into your own hands for political purposes, it is not good for democracy.”

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During the same appearance, Graham also fired back at the New Yorker magazine over its portrayal of him – together with Barr and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell – as someone shining the shoes of Trump.

“If I’m helping the president it is good for the country, because I think I got something to offer to him,” Graham said.

“He is doing a really good job. If you want a strong military you got one. If you want a humming economy you got one. If you want to take on the enemy differently than Obama did – that’s exactly what we are doing.”

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Former ICE acting director Tom Homan slammed Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood for her “disgusting’ statement that the deaths of children in custody at the border was an “intentional” policy decision.

“It’s a disgusting comment,” Homan told “Fox and Friends” on Friday morning in response to Underwood’s remark during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Wednesday, which prompted the committee to vote to expunge her comments from the record.

“At this point, with five kids that have died, 5,000 separated from their families, I feel like, and the evidence is really clear, this is intentional,” Underwood said. “It’s a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration, and it’s cruel and inhumane.”

“At this point, with five kids that have died, 5,000 separated from their families, I feel like, and the evidence is really clear, this is intentional,” Underwood said. “It’s a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration, and it’s cruel and inhumane.”

— Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood

DEM REBUKED AFTER CALLING CHILD DEATHS ‘INTENTIONAL’ IN FIERY EXCHANGE WITH DHS BOSS

Homan said the Illinois Democrat’s comments were disrespectful to the people of the Border Patrol and ignores the vital and good work the agency does.

“The men and women of border patrol, they didn’t talk about the 4,000 lives they saved last year. They have saved over 4,000 people that were in medical distress when they found them,” he said.

They have saved over 4,000 people that were in medical distress when they found them.”

— Tom Homan

“These men and women of the Border Patrol, they are fathers and mothers and sons and daughters, too. They don’t leave their love for life at the station when they start the shift. They do everything they can to protect these people, so to dishonor them in this way insulting.”

Homan went on to point out that what Underwood’s comments didn’t mention – the Democrats’ failure to address immigration and instead create incentives for migrants to make dangerous illegal crossings into the U.S.

ICE AGAIN SEEKS DETENTION OF MARYLAND TEENS ACCUSED IN MURDER OF 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL

“What she didn’t mention, let’s pull the curtain back on this, when [Fiscal Year 2019] appropriations bill was signed, that committee came together after the government shut down to come up with the budget,” he said, accusing Democrats of failing to take action against parents who use “smuggler organizations” to bring their children into the U.S.

“So she and her party leaders look in the mirror because of their intentional actions they opened the groundswell and now [Unaccompanied Alien Children] are at an all-time high like I said they would be. It was their actions that caused the UACs to come to begin,” he said.

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., first allowed Underwood’s words to remain on the record, stating that “the language is appropriate and that it should not be taken down.”

The decision eventually led to a vote over whether to take down Underwood’s words from the record. After a 9-7 vote, Underwood’s words were taken down.

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Underwood later took to Twitter to comment on what happened: “For over a year, it’s been clear that policies at the border have harmed the physical and mental health of migrant children.”

“I believe, at this point, failure to change these broken policies based on that knowledge is intentional and unacceptable,” she added.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., took to social media on Thursday during a tornado warning in Washington, D.C., and swiftly tried to connect it to climate change — prompting one meteorologist to call her out for not knowing “the difference between weather and climate.”

The freshman congresswoman began by sharing a video on Instagram briefly showing the conditions outside, as heavy rains drenched the region and prompted a brief, and rare, tornado warning inside the Beltway.

“There’s people stuck outside. We need to get them out,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “This is crazy.”

The Green New Deal advocate then shared a story published by PBS in March questioning if climate change makes tornadoes worse and put emphasis on a quote from the piece that read, “Rather than lie squarely in the Great Plains, America’s tornadoes appear to be sliding into the Midwest and Southeast.”

The tornado warning followed a devastating tornado in Missouri’s capital of Jefferson City the night before.

“Tornadoes are challenging to link to climate change links due to their nature (geographically, limited, acute patterns, how they form, etc.),” Ocasio-Cortez told her followers as she reviewed the article. “But we DO know that tornadoes HAVE been changing. They are no longer being limited to the Great Plains, and are shifting to other regions of the country.”

“The climate crisis is real y’all … guess we’re at casual tornadoes in growing regions of the country,” she later wrote on Instagram.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue, though, argued that she was confusing climate change with “weather” in the capital region.

“The Congresswoman @AOC does not know the difference between weather and climate,” wrote Maue, who also works with the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute. “Let’s try an easy analogy: Weather is what outfit you wear heading out the door. Climate is your closet wardrobe.”

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, running to deny President Trump of the Republican Party’s 2020 nomination, admitted this week that voters are just really not interested in a challenger.

Weld officially launched his long-shot bid in April to block Trump’s renomination, saying “There is no greater cause on Earth than to preserve what truly makes America great. I am ready to lead that fight.”

He also called Trump a “one-man crime wave” and urged the president to resign.

BILL WELD OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES LONG-SHOT GOP PRIMARY BID AGAINST TRUMP

But now, Weld is conceding that Republican voters actually approve of Trump and there’s little enthusiasm for anyone in the GOP to seriously challenge the president in 2020 — though he takes credit for cutting into Trump’s support within his own party.

“A primary challenger can, as Pat Buchanan did, help to create that unrest,” Weld told C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers,” referring to the former Nixon speechwriter and conservative commentator who challenged former President George H.W. Bush in the 1992 Republican primaries. Bush survived the challenge but ultimately lost to Democrat  Bill Clinton in the general election.

“A year is a long time. Eighteen months is forever in national politics, and a lot is going on,” Weld continued, asserting that Trump erred this week by telling congressional Democrats he won’t work on an infrastructure bill unless they halt their investigations of him.

“The president is just abdicating his responsibility as president. I think that is so outrageous that I think it’s going to sink in over time in the consciousness of the American people that we can’t have this guy doing this job,” Weld added.

“The president is just abdicating his responsibility as president. I think that is so outrageous that I think it’s going to sink in over time in the consciousness of the American people that we can’t have this guy doing this job.”

— Bill Weld

WELD COULD FACE SCRUTINY ON PARTY LOYALTY, LOBBYING, MORE AMID TRUMP PRIMARY CHALLENGE

Trump has been enjoying near universal approval among Republicans, according to various polls, often getting over 90 percent approval. The president fares worse in general opinion polls, with his approval rating lurking around 40 percent.

Yet Weld isn’t the only Republican thinking about challenging Trump. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who earned praise from Trump critics, is reportedly considering a bid.

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who unsuccessfully ran for president in 2016, is “actively thinking about” launching a challenge to Trump, but hasn’t yet made concrete moves.

Weld, meanwhile, has been campaigning in New Hampshire and actually maintains a campaign staff. He told C-SPAN that he will expand his campaign into other states.

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“We’re hiring, we’re staffing up. Within the next couple of weeks I’m going to be in Maryland, in Texas, in California — so we’re starting to travel more broadly,” he said, calling it “the makings for a very serious challenge.”

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Thursday that Robert Mueller plans to testify in front of Congress “in private.”

Democrats have been vying for Mueller to clarify his report’s findings on Russian interference in the 2016 election since the investigation finished at the end of March.

MUELLER MUST TESTIFY IN CONGRESS BEFORE ANY TRUMP IMPEACHMENT PROCESS BEGINS: DEMOCRATIC REP. GARAMENDI

Nadler, who was on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” said his committee feels it’s important for the American people to hear what Mueller has to say.

“We would see a transcript” of the interview, he said.

The congressman said Mueller sees himself as apolitical and “he doesn’t want to participate in anything that he might regard as a political spectacle, especially if the Republicans on the committee start asking him about the beginning of the investigation. I’m speculating really,” he told Maddow.

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Trump said he would leave the decision up to Attorney General William Barr who stated last week he would not stop Mueller from testifying.

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Famed former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger will mark his 96th birthday Monday, but he hasn’t retired from sharing his insights on global affairs.

At a gathering in Washington last week, Kissinger spoke about the Trump administration’s upcoming Middle East peace plan, dubbed the “Deal of the Century.”

Other veteran diplomats in attendance included national security adviser John Bolton and former Israeli ambassador Zalman Shoval.

TRUMP MIDDLE EAST ENVOY JASON GREENBLATT: PEACE PLAN IS WEEKS AWAY

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger addresses the Senate Armed Services Committee, Jan. 25, 2018, with former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz in the background. (Associated Press)

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger addresses the Senate Armed Services Committee, Jan. 25, 2018, with former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz in the background. (Associated Press)

Both Kissinger and Shoval reportedly spoke about the Middle East peace plan, set to be unveiled in Bahrain in June.

Kissinger — who served as secretary of state and national security adviser under presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford — went on to praise Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying he “correctly analyzes the situation.”

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu correctly analyzes the situation.”

— Henry Kissinger

The first part of the Trump plan, which has been two years in the making, will be revealed June 25-26 during a conference that will bring together government and business leaders from around the world in a bid to increase investment in the Palestinian economy.

The conference won’t be addressing the most contentious parts of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians — such as borders, the status of Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees and Israel’s security.

KUSHNER: MIDDLE EAST PEACE PLAN TO BE UNVEILED AFTER RAMADAN

In a statement with Bahrain, the White House said the June workshop will give government, civil and business leaders a chance to gather support for economic initiatives that could be possible with a peace agreement.

The U.S. hopes Arab countries will invest in Palestinian territories, fix crumbling infrastructure and support other industrial projects in an effort to convince the leadership to accept the peace plan.

“The Palestinian people, along with all people in the Middle East, deserve a future with dignity and the opportunity to better their lives,” Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, said in a statement Sunday.

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“Economic progress can only be achieved with a solid economic vision and if the core political issues are resolved.”

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In a biting monologue Thursday night, Fox News’ Laura Ingraham went after Nancy Pelosi, saying the House speaker has an “obsession” with President Trump, calling her “the leader of the do-nothing party” and questioning her mental fitness.

“Nancy Pelosi doesn’t seem well,” Ingraham said on “The Ingraham Angle. “The Pelosi I remember was a hard-charging California congresswoman with big, bold legislative ideas. Although Republicans opposed her Obama-era tax-and-spend, the stimulus or her ObamaCare cramdown, at least she was doing something. But now she spends her days obsessed with President Trump, muttering and sputtering,”

TRUMP SLAMS DEMS AS ‘DO NOTHING PARTY,’ CALLS POST-MUELLER PROBES A ‘FISHING EXPEDITION’

Ingraham mocked Pelosi, playing clips of the lawmaker from San Francisco struggling to find her thoughts at news conferences.

The back-and-forth between Trump and Pelosi continued Thursday with the speaker asking the president’s family to hold an intervention with the president due to his meeting walkout Wednesday. Trump responded by saying Pelosi was “not the same person, she’s lost it.”

Ingraham agreed with Trump.

“Number one, when you cannot produce a coherent thought, maybe it’s time to hang it up. Number two, you’ve had the gavel for four months and you have nothing to show for it but resistance. And number three, you as leader of the Democrats are doing a grave disservice and real damage to America by repeatedly refusing to recognize the legitimacy of the duly elected president of United States and his appointed Cabinet,” Ingraham said.

Ingraham also played clips of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden struggling with his speech and implied that both Biden, 76, and Pelosi, 79, were too old to hold positions of power in the Democratic Party.

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“Both Joe Biden, the 2020 front-runner, and Speaker Pelosi are not just out of step for the American people on key issues, to watch and to observe them, we see that they have lost a step or two or three. Period,” Ingraham said.

“They look like they belong in commercials for Visiting Angels. They shouldn’t have their hands on any levers of power. Stay away. Yesterday she seemed to struggle with the whole subject-verb-direct-object thing.”

Visiting Angels is a senior home care provider.

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The media are dutifully reporting that Michael Avenatti has been charged with stealing a huge amount of money from the porn star who made him famous.

What almost no one is doing is looking at how television was Avenatti’s enabler.

All the shows that constantly featured Avenatti — often covered by video of Stormy Daniels in tight-fitting dresses — made a judgment that he was a credible attorney.

Or at least good TV.

Or at least a reliable source of overheated attacks on President Trump, which they also viewed as good TV.

That helps explain why Avenatti made 121 appearances on CNN this past year, and 108 on MSNBC (plus two on Fox). He was sometimes on those networks several times a day. That’s in addition to Avenatti being featured on “The View,” Colbert, and other programs.

The press often talks about character in presidential campaigns. Much of the media essentially vouched for his character, even when he made empty promises and unsubstantiated charges.

LATEST AVENATTI CHARGES REIGNITE CRITICISM OF MEDIA THAT ONCE LAUDED HIM

Avenatti says he’ll be totally exonerated in the case involving Stormy, who dumped him a couple of months ago and said he’d been “extremely dishonest” with her. He is, of course, entitled to the presumption of innocence.

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But the new indictment is pretty detailed in charging that Avenatti forged a document robbing Stormy of nearly $300,000 from a book deal, in part to pay for a Ferrari and other elements of his luxurious lifestyle.

This follows two other indictments, one alleging a massive extortion scheme aimed at Nike, the other charging that he diverted money from his former partners and clients.

CNN’S BRIAN STELTER DELETES TWEET CLAIMING HE COVERED AVENATTI STORY: ‘I GOT MIXED UP’

When Avenatti started exploring a presidential bid, some anchors and reporters indulged his delusion. They asked him about going up against the other Democratic candidates. There were some cringe-worthy moments.

Perhaps the lowest moment came when Avenatti began representing the third Brett Kavanaugh accuser, Julie Swetnick. He went on television and demanded that the FBI interview her. Her wild allegations turned out to be totally uncorroborated, her confirming sources nonexistent.

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The latest indictment has been widely reported, but now that he’s facing multiple criminal charges, there’s been little reflection on why the man who was so welcome in their TV studios.

Vanity Fair now reports, in addition to allegations from an ex-girlfriend that Avenatti abused her and raged against her — which he denies — that the lawyer screamed at and threatened TV staff members behind the scenes. “His temper often flared when producers and bookers tried to vet stories he was involved in,” Emily Jane Fox reports. Yet these outlets made no public mention of such clear signs of a volatile personality.

The $130,000 in hush money paid to Stormy Daniels was a legitimate story. But the media that made Michael Avenatti famous in the process really led their viewers and readers astray, as is clear now that he’s infamous.

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