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The Daily BeastMay 22, 2019
Pentagon Wants to Send 10,000 Troops to Middle East Amid Rising Iran Tensions: Report
Saul Loeb/GettyThe Pentagon is set to present plans to the White House on Thursday outlining the deployment of up to 10,000 troops to the Middle East amid rising tensions with Iran, the Associated Press reports.

According to the anonymous officials cited in the report, the troops would be defensive forces, though it is not yet clear if the White House will approve sending all of them or just some of them. The deployment would also reportedly include sending additional Patriot missile batteries, and ships have been discussed.

Reuters reported earlier Wednesday that the Defense Department was considering a plan to send 5,000 additional troops.

Read more at The Daily Beast.



Democracy NowApr 26, 2019
Planned Parenthood President: Trump's "Pro-Life" Agenda Is Killing Thousands in the U.S. and Globally
A second federal judge has blocked a gag rule that would have stripped federal funding known as Title X for Planned Parenthood and other clinics that refer patients for abortions or even mention abortion as an option. The judge's ruling halts the rule, which was announced by President Trump in February and was scheduled to go into effect on May 3. Washington state Federal Judge Stanley Bastian ruled against the changes to Title X funding Thursday, saying they would require clinics "to face a Hobson's choice that harms patients as well as the providers." This came two days after an Oregon judge issued a preliminary injunction to stop the gag order from going into effect, calling the rule a "ham-fisted approach to public health policy." Title X covers non-abortion services like STD prevention, cancer screenings and contraception, and provides over $280 million in funding for 4 million mostly low-income women every year. We speak with the president of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen. She says the gag rule would force doctors "to compromise the oath that we took to serve our patients."
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