May 25, 2018

Exit polls show Ireland votes to remove abortion ban

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Exit polls in Ireland indicate that Irish citizens have voted "by a landslide margin" to repeal the Constitution's Eighth Amendment, which banned abortion, the Irish Times reports.

Why it matters: The abortion ban was inserted in a referendum 35 years ago, and exit polls show that voters chose to remove it by 68%, compared to 32% who voted against. Axios' Dave Lawler notes this follows other notable shifts in social issues in Ireland over recent years.

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#MeToo gets Weinstein

A man carries out Weinstein's walker. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein is now a convicted rapist, two years and four months after accusations against him helped ignite the #MeToo movement.

Why it matters: To date, #MeToo has resulted in hundreds of powerful men losing their jobs. Seven have been criminally convicted, with four others still facing charges.

JPMorgan Chase to pull support for some fossil fuels

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JPMorgan Chase said Monday that it won’t directly finance new oil and gas development in the Arctic and will significantly curtail its financing of the extraction and burning of coal.

Why it matters: JPMorgan is the world’s largest funder of fossil-fuel companies, according to a report by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN). The announcement follows similar moves by other big banks and investment firms, including Goldman Sachs and BlackRock.