Trial Begins For Anti-Abortion Movement's Public Enemy Number One

George Tiller has long been the anti-abortion effort's favorite target: The Kansas doctor's clinic was bombed in 1986; he was shot in both arms by an opponent in 1993; his clinic was once blockaded for six straight weeks. Now, he's catching heat again.He is one of the few doctors who performs late-term abortions in the country, and it's unclear, according to reports, whether he got a valid second opinion (which is required by state law) before performing the procedures. He is being charged with 19 misdemeanors.The trial started yesterday, and it's not the landmark case you might expect it. At issue isn't the law permitting late-term abortion is certain instances, it's whether or not Tiller met the requirements of those certain instances. We can expect lots of legalese, looking for loopholes, and he-said, she-said from both sides.The case is an outgrowth of a long battle between Kansas's former Attorney General Phill Kline, and Tiller. At issue in this case is whether Tiller's second opinions were valid, and whether the physician who provided them was his full-time employee (she testified that she was not).Ironically, the trial could result in a conviction of the doctor by a pro-choice Attorney General, who was appointed by President Obama's very own Department of Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Kathleen Sebelius (who is already in hot water over the issue of abortion).Stay tuned.
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Sin City is doing something good for its less fortunate citizens as well as those who've broken the law this month. The city of Las Vegas, Nevada will drop any parking ticket fines for those who make a donation to a local food bank.

A parking ticket can cost up to $100 in Las Vegas but the whole thing can be forgiven by bringing in non-perishable food items of equal or greater value to the Parking Services Offices at 500 S. Main Street through December 16.

The program is designed to help the less fortunate during the holidays.

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For more than 20 years. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has served the citizens of Maine in the U.S. Senate. For most of that time, she has enjoyed a hard-fought reputation as a moderate Republican who methodically builds bridges and consensus in an era of political polarization. To millions of political observers, she exemplified the best of post-partisan leadership, finding a "third way" through the static of ideological tribalism.

However, all of that has changed since the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Voters in Maine, particularly those who lean left, have run out of patience with Collins and her seeming refusal to stand up to Trump. That frustration peaked with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign looks to be getting a huge big shot in the arm after it's faced some difficulties over the past few weeks.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a leading voice in the Democratic parties progressive, Democratic Socialist wing, is expected to endorse Sanders' campaign at the "Bernie's Back" rally in Queens, New York this Saturday.

Fellow member of "the Squad," Ilhan Omar, endorsed him on Wednesday.

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The U.K. is trying to reach its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, but aviation may become the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.K. by that same year. A new study commissioned by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and conducted at the Imperial College London says that in order for the U.K. to reach its target, aviation can only see a 25% increase, and they've got a very specific recommendation on how to fix it: Curb frequent flyer programs.

Currently, air travel accounts for 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions, however that number is projected to increase for several reasons. There's a growing demand for air travel, yet it's harder to decarbonize aviation. Electric cars are becoming more common. Electric planes, not so much. If things keep on going the way they are, flights in the U.K. should increase by 50%.

Nearly every airline in the world has a frequent flyer program. The programs offer perks, including free flights, if customers get a certain amount of points. According to the study, 70% of all flights from the U.K. are taken by 15% of the population, with many people taking additional (and arguably unnecessary) flights to "maintain their privileged traveler status."

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