North Carolina Lawmakers Fail to Repeal Notorious “Bathroom Bill”
The Washington Post – After convening a special legislative session to consider repealing the infamous House Bill 2 (H.B. 2), otherwise known as “bathroom bill,” North Carolina legislatures failed to do just that, leaving the law in place. Among other things, the law requires people to use the public restroom that matches the sex on their birth certificates, which has sparked numerous boycotts and protests of the state.
Kremlin Says U.S.-Russia Ties are “Frozen”
Independent – Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said, “Almost every level of dialogue with the United States is frozen. We don’t communicate with one another, or we do so minimally.” The statement comes after months of worsening U.S. ties with Russia, in part due to repeated claims that Russia interfered with the U.S. Presidential election.
The U.S. State Department, however, has denied that claim, with spokesman John Kirby stating, “Obviously, we don’t agree and have issues with Russia on a variety of issues, but dialogue has not been broken.”
Texas to Cut Planned Parenthood Off from Medicaid Funding
The Texas Tribune – After over a year, Texas is making good on its threat to cut Planned Parenthood off from the state’s Medicaid program. On Tuesday, Texas health officials delivered a final legal notice to the organization that says they will lose Medicaid funding in 30 days unless the organization appeals the decision in the next 15 days “by requesting an administrative hearing with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.” Planned Parenthood says they will take their appeal to the court instead.