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Republican congressman apologises for referring to ‘consensual rape’ in debate over Missouri abortion bill

Republican congressman apologises for referring to ‘consensual rape’ in debate over Missouri abortion billA Republican Missouri legislator apologised on Friday for saying that some sexual assaults are "consensual rapes" during a debate over a new, restrictive antiabortion bill."I'm not trying to make excuses," said representative Barry Hovis, who represents the city of Jackson in southeastern Missouri. "Sometimes you make a mistake and you own up to it."The lawmaker, who was elected in 2018, made the remark while speaking on the State House floor, arguing that the measure's eight-week window for abortions "gives [rape survivors] ample time" for the procedure.Critics say many women do not know they are pregnant until after eight weeks, and the bill provides no exceptions for rape or incest.The 30-year veteran of the Cape Girardeau Police Department then touched on his experience handling rape cases."Let's just say someone goes out and they're raped or they're sexually assaulted one night after a college party – because most of my rapes were not the gentleman jumping out of the bushes that nobody had ever met," Mr Hovis said."That was one or two times out of a hundred. Most of them were date rapes or consensual rapes, which were all terrible."Representative Raychel Proudie, a Democrat, quickly rebuked him."There is no such thing, no such thing as consensual rape," she said to applause from the chamber.Mr Hovis later told The Washington Post that he misspoke and said he believes "there was no such thing as consensual rape."He added that, in all his years in law enforcement, he took the testimony of rape victims seriously."When a rape is reported, and I'll speak for myself, you always take the word of the victim," he said.Missouri's GOP-controlled House passed the antiabortion bill on Friday, which prohibits abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy.The bill comes as lawmakers in multiple states have passed restrictive abortion laws that advocates on both sides say are aimed at getting the Supreme Court to consider overturning Roe v Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalised abortion nationwide.Mr Hovis' remarks recalled a controversial comment made in 2012 by Todd Akin, a former Missouri congressman, that "legitimate rape" rarely causes pregnancy.After losing a 2012 race for US Senate, Mr Akin tried to clarify his words, saying he should have said "legitimate case of rape."The Washington Post




POSTED MAY 18, 2019 4:31 AM

Ocasio-Cortez Sides With Buffett on How Errant CEOs Should Pay

Ocasio-Cortez Sides With Buffett on How Errant CEOs Should PayThe freshman New York Democrat retweeted a CNBC article about how the Berkshire Hathaway chairman recently told shareholders that if a bank needs a government bail-out, the responsible CEO and his or her spouse should lose their net worth. In the CNBC story she retweeted, originally published on May 4, the day of Berkshire’s annual meeting in Omaha, Buffett was quoted as responding to a shareholder’s question regarding the Wells Fargo scandal in 2016 involving the creation of fake accounts. The story pointed out Berkshire is one of the largest shareholders in Wells Fargo.




POSTED MAY 18, 2019 12:19 PM

China, Iran foreign ministers meet amid Middle East tensions

China, Iran foreign ministers meet amid Middle East tensionsBEIJING (AP) — Iran's foreign minister praised his country's relations with China during talks with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing amid heightened tensions and efforts by Tehran to keep its world markets open following the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.




POSTED MAY 17, 2019 10:56 PM

Boeing acknowledges flaw in 737 MAX simulator software

Boeing acknowledges flaw in 737 MAX simulator softwareBoeing acknowledged Saturday it had to correct flaws in its 737 MAX flight simulator software used to train pilots, after two deadly crashes involving the aircraft that killed 346 people. "Boeing has made corrections to the 737 MAX simulator software and has provided additional information to device operators to ensure that the simulator experience is representative across different flight conditions," it said in a statement. Its statement marked the first time Boeing acknowledged there was a design flaw in software linked to the 737 MAX, whose MCAS anti-stall software has been blamed in large part for the Ethiopian Airlines tragedy.




POSTED MAY 18, 2019 8:22 PM

Comey tears into Bar for 'slimming his own department'

Comey tears into Bar for 'slimming his own department'Reaction to Comey's remarks from former independent counsel Sol Wisenberg and national security attorney Bradley Moss.




POSTED MAY 17, 2019 11:18 PM

Huawei founder says growth 'may slow, but only slightly' after U.S. restrictions

Huawei founder says growth 'may slow, but only slightly' after U.S. restrictionsIn remarks to the Japanese press and reported https://s.nikkei.com/2VMJSaT by Nikkei Asian Review, Ren reiterated that the Chinese telecom equipment maker has not violated any law. "It is expected that Huawei's growth may slow, but only slightly," Ren told Japanese media in his first official comments after the U.S. restrictions, adding that the company's annual revenue growth may undershoot 20%. On Thursday, Washington put Huawei, one of China's biggest and most successful companies, on a trade blacklist that could make it extremely difficult for Huawei to do business with U.S. companies, a decision slammed by China, which said it will take steps to protect its companies.




POSTED MAY 18, 2019 4:47 PM

Record number of migrants puts 'severe pressure' on Border Patrol facilities, local shelters

Record number of migrants puts 'severe pressure' on Border Patrol facilities, local shelters“The whole system is under severe pressure,” said David Kim, assistant chief patrol agent for the Border Patrol’s El Centro sector in California.




POSTED MAY 17, 2019 6:12 PM

2020 Vision: There are 14 white male Dems running for president. So why should Kamala Harris settle for veep?

2020 Vision: There are 14 white male Dems running for president. So why should Kamala Harris settle for veep?Few have suggested that any of the white guys in the race would be better suited to serve as vice president. That dubious honor, it seems, has so far been reserved for candidates of color — black women in particular.




POSTED MAY 17, 2019 12:39 PM

Here Is Russia's Plan to Build a Fleet of Su-57 Stealth Fighters

Here Is Russia's Plan to Build a Fleet of Su-57 Stealth FightersThe Su-57 is coming—76 of them over the next decade, to be exact.Russian President Vladimir Putin announced at a Kremlin meeting that the Russian Defense Ministry plans to procure 76 Su-57 fifth-generation fighters by 2028, himself acknowledging that these new quantities dwarf previous Russian defense ministry estimates: "The 2028 arms program stipulated the purchase of 16 such jets… In the nearest future we will sign a package contract to supply 76 such jets equipped with modern weapons of destruction and provided with the necessary land infrastructure."The announcement defies the western defense analysis consensus, which concluded that the Su-57 will not enter production until the late 2020’s. Even then, it was alleged that Russia lacks the industrial output to churn out Su-57 fighters in militarily meaningful numbers.If the Kremlin’s new forecast proves to be accurate, what accounts for this drastic output increase?




POSTED MAY 18, 2019 5:45 AM

Vineyard Vines arrives at Target on Saturday. How to shop the limited-edition collaboration

Vineyard Vines arrives at Target on Saturday. How to shop the limited-edition collaborationSet your alarm clock if you're interested in shopping Target's latest designer collaboration, Vineyard Vines. The new collection goes on sale May 18.




POSTED MAY 18, 2019 12:44 PM

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