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The House passes a bill that makes animal cruelty a federal felony

Source: CNN

(CNN)The House has unanimously passed a bill that makes animal cruelty a federal felony.

The PACT Act -- which stands for Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture -- was approved by the House on Tuesday. The bipartisan act, introduced by Florida congressmen Ted Deutch and Vern Buchanan, will revise a previous law passed in 2010.

"The torture of innocent animals is abhorrent and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law," Buchanan said. "Passing the PACT Act sends a strong message that this behavior will not be tolerated."

Currently, federal law only explicitly prohibits animal fighting, and only criminalizes wrongdoers when they create and sell videos depicting the actual animal cruelty.


Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/23/politics/house-passes-pact-act-trnd/index.html?utm_source=twCNN&utm_term=link&utm_medium=social&utm_content=2019-10-23T18%3A50%3A03



NEW: Trump had advance knowledge and supported a protest by Republicans who told him they planned to

NEW: Trump had advance knowledge and supported a protest by Republicans who told him they planned to barge into a secure hearing room on Capitol Hill where Democrats are holding impeachment testimonies, according to four people familiar with the matter.

https://twitter.com/KevinWhitelaw1/status/1187062531950559233


Trump Backed GOP Plan to Protest Inquiry (1:37 p.m.)

Trump had advance knowledge and supported a protest by Republicans who told him they planned to barge into a secure hearing room on Capitol Hill where Democrats are holding impeachment testimonies, according to four people familiar with the matter.

Trump on Tuesday met with about 30 House Republicans at the White House to talk about the situation in Syria and the impeachment inquiry. During a nearly two-hour meeting, which focused mostly on the impeachment inquiry, lawmakers shared their plans to storm into the secure room, the people said. Trump supported the action, saying he wanted the transcripts released because they will exonerate him, the people said.

About two dozen GOP House members occupied the secure hearing room early Wednesday, delaying a scheduled deposition.

Gaetz et al. are STILL in the room... eating pizza.

https://twitter.com/mkraju/status/1187054713319165954

DEMS are debating right now whether they have Cap Police drag the HOUE GOP out of the SCIF...

DEMS are debating right now whether they have Cap Police drag the HOUE GOP out of the SCIF for shutting down the impeachment inquiry.

There is a fear that this would play right into the GOP’s hands. Maybe the resched and put Cap Police there to guard it next time

https://twitter.com/rachaelmbade/status/1187025586604118022

Matt Gaetz being his usual drama llama self:

Matt Gaetz says he’s about to lead this phalanx of House Republicans into the SCIF to check out what’s going on with the whole impeachment thing



https://twitter.com/sambrodey/status/1187003099354931200


https://twitter.com/owillis/status/1187008040882655232

On the women who fought the Islamic State's territory -- and won.

The story of America’s partners in the ISIS fight cannot be told without talking about the role of the women who led in battle against men who bought, sold and enslaved women. Talk to them and they will tell you they are not just battling ISIS, but the entire mindset that says women are worth nothing and matter none. These women signed up and refused to back down against the men of the Islamic State, and they have pressed forward to write what they call a new chapter for women, not just in Kurdish communities, but across the region. In the process, as I have seen for myself, they have built an experiment in women’s equality that goes well beyond what we have seen until now, anywhere in the world.

For the past two years I have chronicled for my next book the stories of the women who led the battle against ISIS as the partner force for the United States. The respect the American forces felt for these battlefield fighters and commanders is shown in the words they used to describe these women: warriors, leaders, fighters.

This all-women military force sits at the center of a politcal experiment based upon the notion that true equality is possible for women and good for everyone. And brought to you by women who spent four years battling — at close range — men who bought, sold and enslaved women while leading men in that fight.

These young women — from Kurdish, Arab, Christian communities and beyond — have given all to beat ISIS. And on the heels of that fight, these young women created a real-life utopian push for equality in the last place most would expect to find it. On the ashes of the battle against the physical territory of the Islamic State, they launched an unlikely political experiment in which women play a leading role in all political bodies. And all this while almost no one outside its borders was taking note.

Spend time with these women — Kurds, Christian, Arabs — -and it is clear they fight not just to defeat the Islamic State, but to gain against extremism and to advance the idea of women’s equality. After all, who are the first people to pay the price when extremists win? Women and girls. Across communities.

https://medium.com/gaylelemmon/on-the-women-who-fought-the-islamic-states-territory-and-won-732263abfc05

Anita Hill says voters need to press 2020 Democrats on gender violence

Washington (CNN)Social policy and law professor Anita Hill said Tuesday that voters should press Democratic presidential candidates on how they will tackle the issue of gender violence, arguing that little attention has been placed on the topic during this election cycle.

"We have been listening to presidential debates and I have been trying to keep track, but I haven't heard one question about gender violence posed to the candidates. That needs to be addressed," Hill said, speaking at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington. "I think this is something that we need to be raising awareness about. If you go to a town hall and you're in a primary state, I hope you'll raise your hand and ask the candidates what they're going to do about gender violence."

Hill, who accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of workplace sexual harassment during his confirmation hearing back in 1991, also said she had experienced "profound disappointment and sadness" after Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the court last year amid allegations of sexual misconduct that nearly prevented him from being cleared by the Senate.

Asked by an attendee what emotions she felt after Kavanaugh, who was nominated by President Donald Trump, was confirmed, Hill replied: "It was profound disappointment and sadness. Because the perception that so many people had from that was that we haven't made any advances in 28 years, and I know that that is not the case."

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/22/politics/anita-hill-2020-democratic-candidates-brett-kavanaugh/index.html?utm_medium=social&utm_term=link&utm_source=twCNN&utm_content=2019-10-22T21%3A20%3A05

Anonymous author of Trump 'resistance' op-ed to publish a tell-all book

Source: WaPo

The author of an anonymous column in the New York Times in 2018, who was identified as a senior Trump administration official acting as part of the “resistance” inside the government, has written a tell-all book to be published next month.

The book, titled, “A WARNING,” is being promoted as “an unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of the Trump presidency” that expands upon the Times column, which ricocheted around the world and stoked the president’s rage because of its devastating portrayal of Trump in office.

The column described Trump’s leadership style as “impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective,” and noted that “his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.”

The author of the column, which was titled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration” and was published Sept. 5, 2018, was known to the Times but identified by the Times only as a senior official in the Trump administration. The person has not been publicly identified.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/anonymous-author-of-trump-resistance-op-ed-to-publish-a-tell-all-book/2019/10/22/b9ea2f42-f45a-11e9-ad8b-85e2aa00b5ce_story.html



Women to take their place among New York's all-male lineup of statues in Central Park

The statue of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth will be dedicated in August and help mark 100 years of women's right to vote.


A one-third scale clay model of Sojourner Truth, left, Susan B. Anthony, center, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton offers a preview of the Central Park installation. AP

New York's Central Park has 23 statues of men who left their mark in history but not a single one honoring the accomplishments of a woman.

That will change after a city commission voted Monday to erect a monument depicting three pioneers in the fight for women’s rights: Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth. The likeness of Truth, an escaped slave and abolitionist, was added to the sculpture in response to criticism that African American suffragists were initially excluded.

“This statue conveys the power of women working together to bring about revolutionary change in our society,” said Pam Elam, president of the Monumental Women nonprofit of volunteer advocates, historians and community leaders, with key support from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. The organization’s statue fund privately raised $1.5 million to create and maintain the new monument and for an associated educational program.

The work will be dedicated in August on The Mall, a stately park promenade lined with American elms. Next year marks 100 years since American women won the right to vote.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/women-take-their-place-among-new-york-s-all-male-n1069836?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

Meet the 2019 Glamour Women of the Year:

For the past 29 years, the Glamour Women of the Year Awards has honored game changers, rule breakers, and trailblazers. This year’s class of extraordinary winners are no exception.

In the 29 years that we’ve celebrated Women of the Year, our honorees have broken glass ceilings, shattered records, and redefined success on their own terms. This year we welcome eight new women into this sisterhood who, like the honorees before them, are using their chosen profession and inimitable spirit to push our culture forward.

Like soccer player Megan Rapinoe, who not only helped pave the U.S. Women’s National Team’s path to World Cup glory—scoring six goals during the competition—but led a tireless fight for equal pay. In March 2019, on International Women’s Day, Rapinoe and the rest of the team sued their bosses for gender discrimination. Flash-forward to their epic win this summer, when the stadium started chanting, “Equal pay! Equal pay!” as they took their victory lap. Or teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who made a two-week voyage to the United States on a sailboat—and stood up to world leaders everywhere, challenging them to take action on climate change. As well as actors like Charlize Theron and Yara Shahidi, who, while at different points in their careers, refuse to play it safe either onscreen or in their individual crusades.

We couldn't be prouder to introduce you to Glamour’s 2019 Women of the Year. They are a diverse group, including an author, director, actors, and activists fighting to make a lasting difference. But despite their different fields, our honorees have one thing in common: They’re warriors on the front lines of change.

















https://www.glamour.com/story/women-of-the-year-2019-honorees



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