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Stacey Abrams to expand voting rights work to 20 states ahead of 2020

Source: AJC

Las Vegas – Stacey Abrams is set to announce an expansion of her voting rights group on Tuesday, with plans to help train staffers in 20 states this year who will seek to combat voter suppression in the 2020 elections.

The Georgia Democrat is expected to unveil the plans during a speech to a labor union in Las Vegas, then follow it up with an event this weekend at a Gwinnett County elementary school where technical issues triggered hours-long lines in November.

The new initiative increases the likelihood that she will prepare for a rematch in 2022 against Republican Gov. Brian Kemp rather than run for president, an idea she hasn’t publicly ruled out.

The program, Fair Fight 2020, will focus mostly on battleground states and will be run through an arm of the Fair Fight voting rights group that Abrams launched after ending her campaign for governor.

Read more: https://www.ajc.com/blog/politics/stacey-abrams-expanding-voting-rights-group-nationally/eeper6tpb1qNSUsZiOkHYJ/

The Term 'Natural Birth' Shames Moms. It's Time to Lose It

Having a C-section or getting an epidural doesn't mean you're less of a mother.

I don’t often think about giving birth to my son anymore. Now that he's almost two it's hard to even remember what it was like to be pregnant. But I recently came across a blog post from a women’s clinic in London that reminded me of one of the worst parts of pregnancy for me—the constant emphasis on the idea of a "natural birth." The post encourages pregnant women to have a "feminist birth," and claims that "the goal is normal vaginal delivery for all women."

It reminded me of the messaging I was inundated with before I had my son. Strangers on the street, other pregnant women, and even overzealous Instagram influencers would extol the virtues of a "natural birth," by which they meant an unmedicated, home birth.

While all the books I'd read had language that seemed rooted in empowerment (Women are amazing! Women are powerful!) they always felt to me like they were destined to lead to feelings of shame. Whenever I made the mistake of telling people I planned on getting an epidural, I almost always had to endure a lecture on the virtues of unmedicated labour and how incredible a home birth could be. Forget about if it was physically possible for me, if that was something I wanted to experience or not.

In the end, I had to be induced and I had an epidural to manage the excruciating pain. Twelve hours after my first contraction I had a vaginal delivery and went through the exact same thing every person who gives birth does: exhaustion, delirium, and transformation. The process of getting there, how the baby came out, and what amount of pain I was willing to bear had little to do with the end result—I now had a human being to care for.



How we should react to Curt Schilling, from the @ewarren archives of "how to do things":


Edit for context:


Andrew Gillum: Morning shenanigans with the #squadCNN.


Simone Biles becomes the first woman in history to land a triple-double (floor exercise):


Disturbing video taken in #Shenzhen just across the boarder with #HongKong.


Vintage Clowns

Breaking News: Jeffrey Epstein was not under suicide watch when he took his own life.


Last month, a week after being denied bail on federal sex trafficking charges, Mr. Epstein was found unconscious in his cell at the jail with marks on his neck. Prison officials had been investigating that incident as a possible suicide attempt.

Mr. Epstein was housed in a special unit with extra security, but he was not under suicide watch, according to a prison official.

The authorities did not immediately explain why he was not under additional safeguards, given the earlier incident. The F.B.I. said it was investigating, and Attorney General William P. Barr said in a statement that a special inquiry would be opened into what happened.

“I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody,” Mr. Barr said. “Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered. In addition to the FBI’s investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein’s death.”

I just got off the phone with Q (obvious satire).

I just got off the phone with Q.

Was at car wash so bad connection, but here’s what I think they said.

Don’t quote me.

Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide on 8/10/19.

8 + 10 + 19 = 37

The name Bill Barr has 8 letters.

37 + 8 = 45

Donald Trump is the 45th President.



Has anybody seen JFK Jr hanging around the jail?


The Instagram reaction to Epstein's suicide from Lynne Patton, Trump-appointed regional director...

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