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China Abandons One-Child Policy

Today, China abandoned its 35 year-old one-child policy. 

Based on the now debunked threat of overpopulation that was popularized by Stanford University scholar Paul Ehrlich, the communist government subjected the Chinese people to forced sterilizations and abortions. Many new-born babies were either killed or left to die. 

Today, the Chinese population suffers from a dangerous gender imbalance that favors boys over girls at a ratio of 117:100, and a demographic implosion that threatens future economic growth and prosperity. 

The one-child policy is a reminder of what happens when governments are allowed to interfere in deeply personal decisions of individual citizens and their families.

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Breaking: Ohio Gov. John Kasich signs 20-week abortion ban into law; vetoes “heartbeat bill”

  • Last week, two separate abortion restrictions cleared the Ohio legislature and moved toward Gov. John Kasich’s desk. 
  • The one that dominated headlines was the “heartbeat bill,” it would have made it illegal for Ohio women to terminate a pregnancy after six weeks.
  • On Tuesday, Kasich signed the other one, the 20-week abortion ban, according to the Associated Press.
  • Despite its being unconstitutional under Roe v. Wade, the 20-week ban is more likely to hold up in court than the heartbeat bill.
  • Laws similar to the heartbeat bill have been struck down in North Dakota and Arkansas.
  • But abortion restrictions like those put forth in the 20-week ban stand in a number of states. Read more

Judge upholds Connecticut’s assault weapons ban 

The Hartford Courant: A federal court in Hartford, Conn., upheld the state’s tough assault weapons ban, saying it is constitutionally valid. 

“The court concludes that the legislation is constitutional,” senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello, wrote in a decision published late Thursday. “While the act burdens the plaintiffs’ Second amendment rights, it is substantially related to the important governmental interest of public safety and crime control.”

The state Legislature enacted comprehensive restrictions on ownership of semiautomatic weapons and ammunition early last year in the emotionally charged weeks following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Troubled gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 first grade students and six adults with a now-banned, AR-15 Bushmaster assault rifle his mother bought.

Follow updates on this story at Breaking News.

Photo: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signs a historic gun control bill into law on April 4, 2013. (Michael McAndrews / Hartford Courant)

Christie administration held Sandy funds hostage, mayor says

MSNBC: Two senior members of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration warned Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer earlier this year that her town would be starved of hurricane relief money unless she approved a redevelopment plan favored by the governor, according to the mayor, emails and personal notes.

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Photo: Gov. Chris Christie waves to spectators on the beach after officially opening the newly rebuilt boardwalk in Belmar, N.J., in May 2013. (Courtesy Office of the Governor/Tim Larsen via NBCNews.com)

Nixon: State, local agencies to respond after Ferguson grand jury decision

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced that the National Guard is part of a contingency plan when the Ferguson grand jury decision is reached. The grand jury is expected to complete their work in the Michael Brown shooting case this month.

Follow updates on Breaking News.Photo: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon takes questions from reporters on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, after he announced the creation of a commission to investigate issues raised by protests in Ferguson after the shooting death of Michael Brown. (David Carson / Post-Dispatch)
BREAKING: Gov. Nixon, Mayor Slay and County Exec. Dooley are doing a presser at UMSL at 5:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. CT. Verdict announcement will likely come soon after.

Info on 5:30 p.m. CT news conference, w @GovJayNixon and state & St. Louis officials. #Ferguson

BREAKING: Governor Jan Brewer's Decision On Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill (7:49 PM) [LIVE]
  • BREAKING - VETOED: AZ Gov. Jan Brewer announces she will veto AZ law allowing discrimination of gays based on religious belief.
  • Brewer announces veto of SB 1062.
  • Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer VETOES “religious freedom” bill SB 1062 that would have legalized anti-LGBT discrimination
  • BREAKING: Brewer says she has vetoed the controversial legislation; calls it ‘broadly worded’
  • Brewer says bill “does not represent a present concern.” … “I have vetoed 1062 moments ago.”
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BREAKING: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley To Reportedly Call For Confederate Flag's Removal From Statehouse Grounds [LIVE UPDATES]
Officials and civil rights activists have increased their calls called for the flag's removal after nine people were fatally shot at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston last week. BuzzFeed News report...
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What We Know So Far

  • Officials and community leaders have called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Capitol grounds.
  • Gov. Nikki Haley will reportedly call for the flag’s removal later Monday.
  • Several family members of the nine people Dylann Roof, 21, allegedly shot and killed at a historic black church in Charleston told him they forgive him during a dramatic court appearance on Friday.
  • Roof is suspected of fatally shooting three men and six women who gathered for a prayer meeting at a historic black church in Charleston Wednesday night. Officials said the shooter sat at the church meeting for an hour before opening fire.
  • U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has launched a hate crime investigation into the attack.
  • President Obama addressed the tragedy Friday, saying, “the apparent motivations of the shooter remind us that racism remains a blight that we have to combat together.”
  • “There is absolutely no doubt in my mind this is a hate crime,” Charleston’s police chief said Thursday. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she has launched a hate crime investigation into the attack.