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On the frontline of the abortion wars: 12 hours in a besieged clinic

Rachel is a doctor who provides abortions. She commutes 10 hours each way to work in an area of Alabama that would otherwise not provide the procedure at all

Rachel hunches down in the seat of a Chevrolet rental, adjusting her disguise in the mirror. She pulls down a fedora to partly cover her face, but isn’t convinced it offers enough cover. She puts on a pair of oversize sunglasses.

While the combination conceals her face, it is also not an inconspicuous sight in the pre-dawn Friday hours in a run-down neighborhood in Montgomery, Alabama.

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Backstage WWE and AEW Rumors: Latest on WrestleMania, Marty Scurll and More
The end of the year is upon us which means the rumor mill has begun churning out reports on WWE 's WrestleMania plans, the first of which headlines this week's collection from around the web...
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WWE Survivor Series 2019: Identifying Weak Link for Each Men’s and Women’s T
Survivor Series is the time of year when the WWE brands go to war with each other for bragging rights and to determine which show is the best...
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NFL TV Schedule 2019: Week 12 Live Stream, TV Coverage Map and Game Times
Highlighted by an NFC showdown between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night, Week 12 is loaded with enticing matchups for the national NFL audience...
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The Crown May Be PR for Royals, but We Love It Anyway
The Crown still shines with Season 3.
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BVB 2025: Borussia Dortmund's Plans to Future-Proof Their Transfer Tactics
It is a grey morning in Dortmund. Autumnal rain falls from the sky, orange leaf mulch coats the slick pavements and the wheels of the vehicles thundering past on the Rheinlanddamm send spray fizzing into the air...
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READ: Fiona Hill's opening remarks at impeachment hearing
Fiona Hill's opening remarks on Thursday at impeachment hearing.
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New lung injury may be linked to vaping
Doctors diagnosed a 17-year-old in Canada with "popcorn worker's lung" when he nearly died after vaping THC and flavored e-cigarettes for five months
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Attorneys for Epstein victims say Prince Andrew could face depositions, trial
Britain's Prince Andrew stepped down from public duties on Wednesday, saying the controversy surrounding his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein had caused major disruption to the royal family's work. This follows his interview with the BBC in which he expressed little remorse over his relationship with Epstein or his alleged victims. A mounting list of organizations have cut ties with him. Imtiaz Tyab reports.
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Mark Zuckerberg had dinner with Trump, but Facebook wants you to know it's no biggie
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, the social media company that's been under scrutiny for possibly allowing fake news to influence the 2016 U.S. general election (the same very close election that Donald Trump won), had a previously undisclosed dinner with the president of the United States, it has been revealed. According to NBC News, the dinner also included Facebook board member Peter Thiel and took place at the White House in October. That was just after Zuckerberg testified before Congress on Libra, a cryptocurrency platform and stablecoin that Facebook and partners aim to launch next year.  Read more...More about Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Donald Trump, Tech, and Politics
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Isolated band of protesters holds out on trashed Hong Kong campus
Inside the increasingly empty and trashed campus of a Hong Kong university only a handful of activists held out on Thursday as they desperately searched for ways to escape or hide while squads of police encircled the grounds.
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China Demands President Trump Veto Hong Kong Human Rights Bill Overwhelmingly Approved by Congress
(BEIJING) — China on Thursday demanded President Donald Trump veto legislation aimed at supporting human rights in Hong Kong and renewed a threat to take “strong countermeasures” if the bills become law. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act undermined both China’s interests and those of the U.S.…
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Nebraska the first state to help Trump's quest for citizenship data
After the president's plan for a Census citizenship question failed, he asked states to share their driver's license records
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Impeachment Inquiry Updates: Fiona Hill and David Holmes to Testify
The former top Europe and Russia expert at the National Security Council is expected to testify about grave concerns inside the White House about the Ukraine pressure campaign.
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Bitcoin plunges below $8,000 after 7 straight days of declines
Reuters Bitcoin plunged below $8,000 on Thursday, hitting its lowest level in nearly a month. The biggest cryptocurrency has dropped for seven straight days as investors funneled money into stocks, bonds, gold, and other assets. "The downward pressure is being caused by a divergence of investment strategy across all asset classes, which has created indecision and cautiousness," Luna CEO Marcus Swanepoel wrote in a note this week. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Bitcoin plunged below $8,000 on Thursday, hitting its lowest level in nearly a month. The biggest cryptocurrency has dropped for seven straight days as investors have funneled money into mainstream assets.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A big-money investor in juggernauts like Facebook and Netflix breaks down the '3rd wave' firms that are leading the next round of tech disruptionSee Also:Trump reportedly shelved a ban on flavored e-cigarettes to avoid angering votersTrump hails 'cash' coming from US aid package to farmers caught in the China trade war's crosshairs'An overextended market losing its engines': A notorious bear says tons of red flags are piling up around stocks — and doubles down on his call for a 65% plunge
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Correction officer reportedly attacked on Rikers Island
A correction officer was bashed on the head during an attempted stabbing at Rikers Island early Thursday, according to a report. The officer was hit with a wooden object, the president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, Elias Husamudeen, told WPIX. He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said. Additional details about...
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Bushfires and beaujolais: Thursday's top photos
The Guardian’s picture editors select photo highlights from around the world Continue reading...
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Man who filmed killing of Syrian identified as Russian mercenary
Russian who filmed prisoner being tortured to death worked for firm with links to KremlinA Russian-speaking man who filmed the torture and killing of a prisoner in Syria has been identified as a member of Wagner, a Russian private military company with ties to the Kremlin that has aggressively expanded into the Middle East and Africa in recent years.The video, which appears to have been taken in 2017, showed several men in military-style clothing beating a prisoner with a sledgehammer, then beheading him, amputating his arms with a sapper’s trowel and setting his body on fire using gasoline or another accelerant. Continue reading...
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Prince Andrew didn’t step back from royal duties – Queen Elizabeth ‘fired’ him
Prince Andrew didn’t step down from royal duties — he was fired by his mom, Queen Elizabeth II, according to reports in the UK. “The Queen summoned the Duke to Buckingham Palace to tell him her decision,” one of Andrew’s friends told The Sun of the Duke of York’s downfall that royal experts have called...
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Iran begins reconnecting internet after shutdown over protests
Iran on Thursday began restoring internet access in the capital Tehran and a number of provinces, local news agencies and residents said, after a days-long nationwide shutdown meant to help stifle unrest over fuel price hikes.
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New video shows moments before toddler fell to her death on cruise ship
New surveillance video shown to CBS News reveals the final moments before an 18-month-old girl fell to her death off a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Chloe Wiegand was being held by her grandfather Salvatore Anello while the ship was docked in Puerto Rico in July. Prosecutors have charged him with negligent homicide. David Begnaud reports on what the video shows.
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'Flush it down the toilet:' Golden State Warriors coach reacts to heaviest defeat in almost 50 years
It's fair to say Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr wasn't impressed by his team's humiliating 142-94 loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Wednesday.
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Alan Moore drops anarchism to champion Labour against Tory 'parasites'
Comics legend, who has voted only once in his life, makes passionate appeal to help defeat ‘rapacious’ rightwing party in general electionHe may be an anarchist who has voted only once in his life, but the comics legend Alan Moore is calling on his fans to oppose the “rapacious, smirking rightwing parasites” currently in government and join him in voting Labour.UK voters may find choosing between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn unappealing, but the comics legend is in no doubt, declaring “some leaders are so unbelievably malevolent and catastrophic that they must be strenuously opposed by any means available”. Continue reading...
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West Ham and Aston Villa interested in signing free agent Nicolás Gaitán
• Sheffield United also in frame for 31-year-old winger• Gaitán’s contract at Chicago Fore expires in DecemberNicolás Gaitán could be on his way to the Premier League in January, with West Ham, Aston Villa and Sheffield United interested in signing the former Argentina winger on a two-year deal.The 31-year-old is available on a free transfer with his contract at MLS side Chicago Fire due to expire at the end of December. Gaitán, who was perennially linked with a move to Manchester United during his spell at Benfica, has an option to remain in the United States for another year but is understood to favour a return to Europe. He spent the previous season at Chinese side Dalian Yifang. Continue reading...
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How a cop stalled his child sex abuse trial for decades
Retired cop Leonard Forte said he couldn't be tried for the rape of a 12-year-old because he was dying. That was in 1995. He's still alive and free.       
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These Flashes of Paul George-Kawhi Leonard Brilliance Should Scare the NBA
If one of the markers of great showmanship is to always leave the audience wanting more, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George succeeded in their debut performance...
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Walmart is reportedly opening 500 stores in China, doubling its store count
AP/ Elizabeth Dalziel Walmart reportedly has plans to open 500 new stores in China in the next five to seven years. The news was first reported by Chinese newspaper, China Daily, and later followed up by CNN to include additional details.  According to China Daily, the new locations will include a mix of smaller stores and supercenters as well as warehouses to fulfill online orders. Walmart first opened its doors in China in 1996 and has since grown to have 433 stores there.  Sign up for Business Insider's retail newsletter, The Drive-Thru, to get more stories like this in your inbox.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Walmart reportedly has plans to double its store count in China, opening 500 new stores in the next five to seven years. The news was first reported by Chinese newspaper, China Daily, followed up with additional details by CNN. A spokesperson for Walmart was not immediately available to comment when contacted by Business Insider. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Applebee's made the best comeback of 2018. Here's how the restaurant chain turned around.See Also:Walmart employees in El Paso, including one who saved dozens in mass shooting, are back at work after the store reopensWalmart hired off-duty police officers at its El Paso locations ahead of reopening the store where 22 people were killed in a mass shootingWalmart will start Black Friday on Thanksgiving DaySEE ALSO: If you bought anything from these 19 companies recently, your data may have been stolen
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Former Disney star Brenda Song says she was 'not Asian enough' for 'Crazy Rich Asians,' director responds
Brenda Song revealed to Teen Vogue she was denied an audition for "Crazy Rich Asians" because her "image was basically not Asian enough."       
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Dems unite against POTUS, spar over qualifications for WH
The 10 Democratic presidential candidates on the debate stage in Atlanta Wednesday night were in agreement over the House impeachment inquiry, but sparred over issues like paid family leave, abortion rights and voter suppression. Ed O'Keefe reports on the fiery and sometimes contentious debate.
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José Mourinho faces media for the first time as Tottenham manager – live!
New Spurs manager to be quizzed on replacing PochettinoMourinho told Tottenham have no money to spend in January Feel free to email Will or tweet @Will_Unwin 12.35pm GMT Get in the mood for Mourinho with everything he needs to do at Spurs ... Related: José Mourinho at Tottenham: the winners, losers and potential signings 12.15pm GMT Welcome one and all. José Mourinho is the new Tottenham boss, while Mauricio Pochettino is left to lick some wounds and ponder his next move. Mourinho is the man of now and the next four years, supposedly. Today he will respond to the why, what and who in terms of Tottenham but he knows the ultimate answer will come on the pitch over the coming months. Continue reading...
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Secret Service stops suspicious vehicle trying to get into White House complex
The unauthorized vehicle tried to get into the White House complex by following an authorized vehicle, the Secret Service said.
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Secret Service: Driver tries to get into White House complex
Secret Service said around 6 a.m. Thursday, a vehicle trailed an official vehicle through the gate at Lafayette Park trying to get into the complex
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On Prince Andrew, UK Labour's Corbyn says nobody is above the law
Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Thursday that nobody was above the law and anyone who had done something wrong should be open to investigation, when asked about whether Prince Andrew should make a statement to U.S. authorities.
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The Morning After: SpaceX blew the top off of a Starship
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Yesterday, a SpaceX Starship split wide open, but the company says it's not really a big deal. Also, doctors are putting people in suspended animation, and Verizon's 5G coverage maps are very specific for a reas...
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Amnesty says Google and Facebook threaten human rights
Getty/Business Insider composite Amnesty International has attacked the business models of tech giants Google and Facebook, describing them as "surveillance-based." In a damning new report, Amnesty argues that because Facebook and Google scoop huge amounts of detail personal data on their users, their business models effectively depend on constant surveillance. The organization argued the two firms build up detailed profiles of individuals and groups, predict people's interests and behavior, and sell access to advertisers. A Facebook spokesperson said the company "fundamentally disagrees" with Amnesty's report. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Global human rights organization Amnesty International attacked Google and Facebook in a no-holds-barred report, claiming the two tech giants' business models "threaten human rights." In the report, Amnesty described Google and Facebook's predominantly ad-based business models as "surveillance-based," and said the "mass harvesting and monetization of data – primarily for the purpose of advertising – has meant that surveillance has become the 'business model of the internet'."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Most maps of Louisiana aren't entirely right. Here's what the state really looks like.See Also:Google restored a World War II-era wooden airplane hangar and turned it into a huge new LA office — take a look insideI took a class at Google on how to get the best search results, and I learned 5 tricks everyone should knowSnap CEO Evan Spiegel says that Snapchat fact-checks political ads: 'We don't allow things like misinformation to appear in that advertising'SEE ALSO: ANTITRUST AND BIG TECH: The three most likely outcomes of the regulatory clampdown on big tech and what it means for digital media
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Nicaragua continues to be on its bullshit
It's been a while since we talked about Nicaragua, but the nefarious crap that's been going on in the Central American nation for more than a year hasn't stopped. In fact, according to the United Nation's human rights office, things are most certainly getting worse. From Reuters: The U.N. human rights office on Tuesday criticized the arrest of 16 anti-government protesters in Nicaragua accused of arms trafficking, saying that the charges appeared to have been “trumped-up.” On Monday, Nicaraguan authorities said the 16 detainees included student protesters such as Nicaraguan and Belgian national Amaya Coppens, who has been arrested previously. Nicaraguan police also said the protesters were suspected of planning to carry out terrorist attacks in the Central American country, which has been roiled by demonstrations against the administration of President Daniel Ortega since April last year. Rupert Colville, a spokesman in Geneva for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, told reporters the arrests looked like an attempt to silence criticism of the government. So yeah, same greasy tricks, different year and people. President/ gutter trash dictator Daniel Ortega and his Vice President/power hungry despot/wife Rosario Murillo have been using their nation's military, police and masked militia-types to terrorize those opposed to their government's abusive policies for over a year now. Violence and incarceration have been used as ways to shut up members of Nicaragua's judiciary, students protestors, intellectuals, members of the media and anyone else willing to stand up to the Ortega government. It's believed that at least 320 civilians have been murdered since protests, sparked by Ortega's plans to screw with his citizen's social security system, started in April of 2018. Read the rest
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How a Master Illustrator Turned an Old English Carol Into the Perfect Children’s Book for Thanksgiving
Peter Spier’s take on The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night is full of mischief and beauty.
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Macy's posts bigger same-store sales drop, cuts 2019 profit outlook
Macy's Inc cut its annual profit forecast for the second time this year on Thursday after a bigger-than-expected drop in third-quarter comparable store sales due to weak international tourism and sluggish mall traffic.
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Turkey stalks Wisconsin mail carrier
A Wisconsin mail carrier is being stalked by a turkey that follows his truck while he makes his appointed rounds. He says it started over the summer and continues a week before Thanksgiving (Nov. 20)       
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Trump impeachment hearings: What to know for Thursday’s testimony
Two pivotal witnesses – Fiona Hill, a former National Security Council official, and David Holmes, the political counselor at the US Embassy in Kyiv — are set to testify Thursday in the impeachment inquiry on Capitol Hill. Hill was present for a July 10 meeting at the White House in which US Ambassador to the...
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Eco-Visionaries review – the salt plains will die and the jellyfish shall rise
Royal Academy, LondonA mixture of dystopia and daydream, this show lets artists, architects and designers look to the future. It’s bad news for sacred lands and rhinos – but a great time to be a jellyfish‘We power our future with the breast milk of volcanoes,” whispers a seductive voice. On a big screen in the Royal Academy, dreamy aerial drone footage pans across the endless white expanse of the Bolivian salt flats, while a tank of eerie green battery juice bubbles in the corner of the room.The narrator is recounting the poetic myth of how the Salar de Uyuni salt plain came to be. According to Aymara legend, the great white desert was formed by the breast milk and tears that flowed from Tunupa, a goddess in volcano form, who wept when her baby volcano was taken away from her.The mountain might have another reason to weep now. The world’s tech companies have set their sights on extracting one of the planet’s largest lithium reserves from beneath the salty crust of the Salar. “Resources begin their life in sacred landscapes,” the narrator continues. It is “the lifeblood of our technological dreams … to power the global green energy revolution”.This strange mix of poetry, science and narrative speculation sets the tone for an exhibition that is thought-provoking and frustrating in turns. Eco-Visionaries brings together artists, architects and designers whose work is inspired by our current environmental crisis. Rather than offering critical analysis or practical measures, it mostly occupies the realm of fictional scenarios and dreamy futures, veering towards climate emergency as immersive entertainment. There are some powerful moments, but overall the mood feels less visionary than plaintive, as if the problems are so far beyond our control that all we can do is make elegiac installations about them.“We wanted to make the topic accessible to as broad an audience as possible,” says curator Gonzalo Herrero Delicado. The exhibition began life at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon last year, and extra works have been added in an attempt to please the wider RA audience, including pieces by fashion hype-priest Virgil Abloh and enviro-art darling Olafur Eliasson. Abloh’s contribution is one of his new designs for Ikea, a wooden farmhouse-style chair with one leg propped up by a doorstop – only here it is cast in bronze. It is apparently a comment on rising sea levels and the precariousness of our makeshift solutions, but it reads more like a gilded monument to the Swedish furniture giant’s PR stunt (the launch of Abloh’s furniture collection saw people camping outside stores overnight). Eliasson, meanwhile, has brought his familiar photographs of melting ice, which feels like an invitation to head to Tate Modern to see the rest. Continue reading...
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Watch a 5'2" player dominate a college basketball game
Darnell Rogers, listed at 5'2", 150 pounds, is starring for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. Here he is driving to the hoop against LSU: Darnell Rogers is 5'2 and he was getting BUCKETS against LSU.
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Fallout from Gordon Sondland’s impeachment testimony
The public hearings in the Trump impeachment inquiry continue Thursday with testimony from a former National Security Council official and a State Department employee. They follow Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland’s revelation that there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine. "Face The Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss the impact of Sondland’s testimony and what to expect from Thursday’s hearing.
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Video shows girl's final moments with grandfather before cruise ship death
The video, which has not been released publicly, will be a key piece of evidence in Salvatore Anello's criminal trial Video shows girl's final moments with grandfather before cruise ship death
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After Twitter, Google cracks down on political ads
The company is making it harder for political advertisers to target specific types of people
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Utah woman fights criminal charge after kids see her topless at home
She says she and her husband had taken off their shirts to keep their clothes from getting dusty while they worked in their garage.
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Dust storm turns Australian city red
A dust storm turned the sky bright orange in the Australian city of Mildura. It was exacerbated by the same gale force winds and high temperatures that have contributed to deadly bushfires sweeping across Australia's east coast.
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UAW President Gary Jones resigns amid federal corruption allegations
UAW President Gary Jones resigned amid an ongoing federal corruption probe. He has been implicated in the investigation and had been on leave.       
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Trevor Noah unpacks fifth Democratic debate, especially Joe Biden's egregious word choice
The Democrats have wrapped up their fifth 2020 presidential candidate debate at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, and Trevor Noah jumped in straight afterwards to highlight the most awkward bits. But especially Joe Biden's... uh... bad, bad, bad word choice when discussing legislation aiming to end violence against women. "No man has a right to raise a hand to a woman in anger, other than in self-defense and that's rarely ever occurred. And so we have to just change the culture. Period. And keep punching at it and punching at it and punching at it," Biden said.  "What are you doing? What are you doing, Joe?" said an almost speechless Noah.  Read more...More about Joe Biden, Democratic Debate, The Daily Show, Democrats, and Trevor Noah
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