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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.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Joe Biden signs bill to declassify Covid origins information



Sone information may be kept under wraps for national security reasons

U.S. President Joe Biden has signed a bill requiring all information relating to the origins of COVID-19 be declassified.

Biden says he shares the Congress goal of releasing as much information as possible about the virus.

But, he says his Administration will still keep national security in mind when deciding what to publish.

The bill passed unanimously in the Senate and House of Representatives before being sent to the White House.

For several months now, Washington has been debating the origins of the virus.

It follows a report by the U.S. Energy Department which says the pandemic arose from a lab leak.

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Ron DeSantis breaks silence over Donald Trump charges



The Florida Governor says he won’t get involved

Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis has broken his silence on the Manhattan District Attorney pursuing charges against Donald Trump.

DeSantis has vowed his office will not get involved if the matter trickles into the former President’s adopted home state – that is Florida.

But the Florida governor stopped well short of offering support to Trump, instead poking fun at the situation.

A New York grand jury is in the final stages of determining whether Trump should face charges over an alleged payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

This is all related to an alleged affair.

The dismissive and tongue-in-cheek comments made by DeSantis travelled quickly.

Trump’s allies immediately started attacking the Florida governor across social media, suggesting he will face a political price for failing to rally around Trump.

This was before the former president responded himself, saying “Ron DeSanctimonious will probably find out about false accusations & fake stories sometime in the future, as he gets older, wiser, and better known”.

The episode is just another example of the tension and rivalry between two of the GOP’s biggest stars as they battle for party supremacy.

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Xi Jinping visits Russia to meet Vladimir Putin



Russia-China Summit comes as ICC accuses Putin of committing war crimes

President Xi Jinping traveled from China to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The dictators held a nearly five-hour long closed-door meeting.

In front of the cameras, they praised their friendship.

Currently, China and Russia share similar goals and stand in opposition against the United States and Western influences.

Putin signalled that Russia is ready to review China’s proposal for resolving the situation in Ukraine which has now entered into its second year.

However, critics are expressing skepticism about Beijing’s role as a peacemaker.

Western leaders who back Ukraine worry that instead of peace, China will soon provide lethal aid to Russia.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Joe Biden has come under fire for not responding with tough talk.

The China-Russia Summit comes after an arrest warrant was issued for Putin from the ICC for war crime charges.

White House officials say they are working on arranging a call between Biden and Xi.

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