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California Bans State-Sponsored Travel to Iowa over Refusal to Provide Medicaid Coverage for Gender-Reassignment Surgeries

California Bans State-Sponsored Travel to Iowa over Refusal to Provide Medicaid Coverage for Gender-Reassignment SurgeriesCalifornia added an eleventh state to its travel blacklist on Friday, banning state-sponsored travel to Iowa over that state's refusal to cover gender-transition surgeries under its Medicaid program.California attorney general Xavier Becerra announced the decision to add Iowa to the travel-ban list, which takes effect October 4 and means public employees and college students will not be able to travel to Iowa on the taxpayer's dime.In May, Iowa governor Kim Reynolds signed a law blocking Medicaid from paying for gender-reassignment surgeries despite the state Supreme Court's ruling earlier this year in favor of charging taxpayers for the procedures. Gender identity is a protected characteristic under Iowa's Civil Rights Act."The Iowa Legislature has reversed course on what was settled law under the Iowa Civil Rights Act, repealing protections for those seeking gender-affirming healthcare," Becerra said in a statement. "California has taken an unambiguous stand against discrimination and government actions that would enable it."California's travel blacklist stems from a 2016 law allowing the Golden State to ban state travel to other U.S. states that roll back protections for LGBT citizens. Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Kentucky are also on the list.



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Moderate 2020 Dems test if Biden stumbles provide opening

Moderate 2020 Dems test if Biden stumbles provide opening“As front-runners like Biden stumble … it creates more opportunities for Michael in this race,” said Craig Hughes, an adviser to Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, one of the two dozen Democrats running for president. Biden is managing the fallout from a stinging attack launched on the debate stage this week by Kamala Harris. The critique seemed to catch Biden off guard, leaving him appearing defensive as he struggled for an appropriate response.



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Venezuela crisis: 'Kremlin-linked' military contractors arrive to provide security for Maduro

Venezuela crisis: 'Kremlin-linked' military contractors arrive to provide security for MaduroKremlin-linked military contractors have flown to Venezuela to provide security for Nicolas Maduro, reports say, as the president says he is willing to engage in talks with the opposition. While the US intensified its push to drive the Venezuelan president from power, Russia has vowed to back its South American ally. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo is set to brief the UN Security Council on 26 January after the US and a string of countries in the region said they recognised opposition leader Juan Guaido as the nation’s legitimate head of state and urged Mr Maduro to step down.



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Secretary of State Pompeo to press Saudi Arabia to provide a 'credible narrative' on Jamal Khashoggi's murder

Secretary of State Pompeo to press Saudi Arabia to provide a 'credible narrative' on Jamal Khashoggi's murderCritics don't expect a forceful reprimand of the Saudis from Pompeo. Some experts said the real audience for his message on Khashoggi may be Congress.



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Fragments found in Brazil museum fire provide some hope

Fragments found in Brazil museum fire provide some hopeRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Firefighters found bone fragments from a collection in the still-smoldering National Museum, an official said Tuesday, raising hopes that a famed skull might somehow have survived a massive blaze that turned historic and scientific artifacts to ashes.



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Pentagon agrees to provide space for 20,000 migrant children

Pentagon agrees to provide space for 20,000 migrant childrenWASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will make space available on military bases for as many as 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children detained after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, a spokesman said Thursday.



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Bizarre Videos May Provide Clues About YouTube Shooter Nasim Aghdam's Motive

Bizarre Videos May Provide Clues About YouTube Shooter Nasim Aghdam's MotiveAuthorities settle on a theory that she was angry about YouTube policies



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U.S. to provide more than $533 million in aid amid African conflicts, drought

U.S. to provide more than $  533 million in aid amid African conflicts, droughtThe United States will give more than $ 533 million in humanitarian aid for victims of conflicts and drought in Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and the West and Central African countries bordering Lake Chad, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday. Tillerson made the announcement at a speech in Virginia before departing for a week-long trip to several African countries. Tillerson contrasted the United States’ work on the African continent, which he said promoted “sustainable growth,” with that of China, which recently pledged $ 124 billion for its Silk Road plan to expand links between Asia, Africa, Europe and other places.



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Putin 'ready to provide recording' of Lavrov-Trump exchange

Putin 'ready to provide recording' of Lavrov-Trump exchangeRussian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Moscow could provide a recording of a controversial exchange between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US President Donald Trump that has plunged the White House into turmoil.



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Sean Spicer on why he can't provide ‘perfect accuracy’: Trump ‘keeps a very robust schedule’

Sean Spicer on why he can't provide ‘perfect accuracy’: Trump ‘keeps a very robust schedule’White House press secretary Sean Spicer said it’s not always possible to provide perfectly accurate information because of President Trump’s busy schedule.



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