Hot News Stories (1/29/16)

The Daily Beast (Harris County, TX) It didn’t take long after Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson announced the indictment of anti-Planned Parenthood videomakers David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt for the conspiracy theories to swirl.

NPR (Midland, Texas) For the past five years, the Texas Legislature has done everything in its power to defund Planned Parenthood. But it’s not so easy to target that organization without hurting family planning clinics around the state generally. Of the 82 clinics that have closed, only a third were Planned Parenthood.

Variety (USA)Trapped, a documentary about how restrictive state laws are forcing abortion clinics to close in parts of the country will premiere as Supreme Court Weighs Abortion Laws. The film will open in New York and Washington D.C. on March 4, which coincides with opening arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a case that looks at Texas state regulations that abortion rights advocates claim limit access to the procedure, and could leave the state with dramatically fewer clinics.

The Daily Beast (Washington DC) The Pentagon announced Thursday a series of changes to its maternity policy, saying female troops could receive as much as 12 weeks of paid leave, new fathers could take 14 paid days off, and the military would pay for troops to freeze sperm and eggs.

Of Note:

Washington Post (Des Moines, Iowa) Republican presidential contender Donald Trump held a rally for Veterans in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday after skipping the Fox News GOP debate.

Huffington Post (Des Moines, Iowa) Governor Chris Christie’s argument against Planned Parenthood funding in last nights GOP debate mischaracterized the federal funding that the organization receives.

Washington Post (Washington DC) Republican presidential candidates weighed in on immigration, the Islamic State and criminal justice reform in last nights Fox News debate. The Washington post fact checks twelve interesting claims.

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