May 17, 2019

Missouri House passes bill to ban abortions at 8 weeks of pregnancy

Dueling abortion protestors at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Missouri House passed a bill on Friday to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy with a 110-44 vote, HuffPost reports. It comes one day after its Senate passed the bill.

What's next: The bill, which does not include exceptions for rape and incest, will head to the desk of Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who is expected to sign it into law. Missouri would then join Alabama, Ohio, and a wave of other GOP-held states to advance a wave of strict anti-abortion laws.

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CNN crew arrested live on air while reporting on Minneapolis protests

CNN's Omar Jimenez and his crew were arrested Friday by Minneapolis state police while reporting on the protests that followed the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in the city.

What happened: CNN anchors said Jimenez and his crew were arrested for not moving after being told to by police, though the live footage prior to their arrests clearly shows Jimenez talking calmly with police and offering to move wherever necessary.

First look: Trump courts Asian American vote amid coronavirus

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The president's re-election campaign debuts its "Asian Americans for Trump" initiative in a virtual event tonight, courting a slice of the nation's electorate that has experienced a surge in racism and harassment since the pandemic began.

The big question: How receptive will Asian American voters be in this moment? Trump has faced intense criticism for labeling COVID-19 the "Chinese virus" and the "Wuhan virus" and for appearing to compare Chinatowns in American cities to China itself.

How the U.S. might distribute a coronavirus vaccine

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Now that there are glimmers of hope for a coronavirus vaccine, governments, NGOs and others are hashing out plans for how vaccines could be distributed once they are available — and deciding who will get them first.

Why it matters: Potential game-changer vaccines will be sought after by everyone from global powers to local providers. After securing supplies, part of America's plan is to tap into its military know-how to distribute those COVID-19 vaccines.