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Republican heavyweight says no to 15 week abortion ban



Republican heavyweight, Chuck Grassley, has vowed to say no to a 15 week abortion ban

Republican heavyweight and the longest-tenured GOP Senator, Chuck Grassley, has pledged to vote against a national abortion ban after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Grassley joins a growing chorus of conservative lawmakers opposed to the idea. An Iowa senator since 1980, he is seeking an eighth term during November’s midterms.

But the race is tightening, with Grassley facing off against Democrat Mike Franken. A Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll from July found the incumbent senator leading Franken by 8 percentage points, 47 per cent to 39 per cent.

While Grassley leads, it’s his narrowest margin recorded by an Iowa Poll since he was first elected.

This may have promoted his decision to back away from a strict abortion ban, during  a televised debate with his Democratic challenger.

Grassley says he’s “never favoured abortion” but does favour “the exception for rape, incest and the life of the mother.”

But the remarks are by no means an indication he’s walking away his anti-abortion stance entirely.

Last year, he was one of 43 GOP lawmakers who sponsored a federal ban on aborting pregnancies beyond 20 weeks.

In September, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham introduced a bill aimed at banning an abortions after 15 weeks with few exceptions.

But Republicans are likely to have met this bill with a cold reception because recent data shows just how many voters disapprove of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

One poll found up to 60 per cent of voters support abortion rights in most cases.

Since the Supreme Court’s controversial abortion ruling in June, 26 states have prohibited or severely limited the termination of pregnancies.

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Big tech caught in political drama



Nine Google employees were escorted out of company offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, following a sit-in protest against a cloud contract with Israel’s government.

The protest in Sunnyvale targeted Thomas Kurian’s office, CEO of Google’s cloud division, while in New York, it occupied a common area on the tenth floor.

Videos showed Google security staff and local police involved in the removal. Four workers in New York and five in Sunnyvale were reportedly detained, but details of any charges remain unverified.


The protest aimed to pressure Google to drop a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract known as Project Nimbus, citing concerns about its involvement with the Israel Defense Forces.

The protesters included software engineers and activists from groups opposing tech contracts with Israel. This incident reflects ongoing activism within tech companies regarding political issues, such as Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture



U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?



The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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