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Trump Signs Law to Let States Defund Planned Parenthood

He rolls back Obama's funding protection

(Newser) - President Trump has signed into law a bill so controversial that Mike Pence had to cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate when two Republicans refused to support it: the rollback of President Obama's protection for Planned Parenthood funding . The bill allows states to withhold Title X federal family-planning... More »

US: No More Funding for UN Population Fund

Group's supposed support of 'coercive abortion' in China cost it: State Dept.

(Newser) - Just days after he took office in January, President Trump put back in place the "Mexico City policy" that keeps federal funds from being funneled to international aid organizations that provide abortions, or even info about them. Now the United States has officially yanked US donations from the United... More »

Trump Threatens University's Funding After Milo Protest

President says UC Berkeley had better allow 'free speech,' not '[practice] violence'

(Newser) - The UC Berkeley campus erupted in anger Wednesday night during a protest that turned violent against a scheduled speech by far-right Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos (the speech ended up being canceled). President Trump weighed in on the incident on Twitter, per the Hill , and it was clear from his message... More »

Alaska Station Has Played Album Nonstop Since June

Bill Withers' 1971 album 'Just As I Am' has been looped 24/7

(Newser) - When Anchorage-based FM radio station KONR was born in 2012, those who tuned in were treated to forest sounds while programming got sorted out. And now, with money dry and volunteers short, the station has run out of programming and resorted to playing the 1971 Bill Withers album Just As ... More »

69% Say No Planned Parenthood-Caused Shutdown: Poll

Quinnipiac poll also finds gender gap in how organization is viewed

(Newser) - Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday there would be no government shutdown , but if there turns out to be one anyway, nearly 70% of Americans would oppose a shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding, per Politico . The findings, based on a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, also reveal that 52%... More »

House GOP Relents, Funds Homeland Security

Measure drops fight against Obama's immigration policies

(Newser) - In a major victory for President Obama, the Republican-led House relented today and backed legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department through the end of the budget year, without restrictions on immigration. The measure passed 257-167 and now goes to Obama's desk for his signature. House Speaker John Boehner... More »

60% of YouTube Channels May Lose Funding

Google readies overhaul based on viewership

(Newser) - YouTube channels are facing a reckoning: As it seeks to make the site more television-like, Google is launching a second round of investments in YouTube channels—but only 30% to 40% are likely to get a new installment of cash, an exec tells Advertising Age . At the moment, YouTube has... More »

Bill Gates' Latest Buy: Fake Poop

Inventors of self-powered toilets vie for funding

(Newser) - Bill Gates has so much money that he's apparently now dropping it on fake poop. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has ordered up some 50 pounds of the stuff, made of soybean paste, that will be used to test out high-tech toilets designed to function without electricity or... More »

Komen Cash Pours Back into Planned Parenthood

Groups re-forge bond after funding debacle

(Newser) - As the dust settles on this year's Planned Parenthood funding controversy, Susan G. Komen Foundation dollars are making their way back into the organization's coffers. Komen will fund at least 17 Planned Parenthood affiliates this year, approximately matching last year's figure. While some funding applications were rejected... More »

Pro-Life Komen VP Pushed Defunding

Karen Handel painted move as non-political: insider

(Newser) - Susan G. Komen Foundation leaders have given several reasons for the charity's now-reversed cuts to Planned Parenthood funding —but here's one they didn't mention. Komen's VP for public policy, abortion-rights opponent Karen Handel, fueled the decision, an insider with the group tells the Huffington Post... More »

Komen Changes Reason for Planned Parenthood Cuts

Says it prefers to fund groups offering direct breast health services

(Newser) - As the backlash against it continues to grow, the Susan G. Komen Foundation has changed its explanation for dropping its Planned Parenthood funding. Initially, the group said it had decided not to fund any organization currently under federal investigation . Now, leaders say the cuts have nothing to do a congressional... More »

Senators to Komen: Restore Planned Parenthood Cuts

22 Democrats sign letter to breast cancer charity

(Newser) - The outcry over the Susan G. Komen foundation's decision to cut Planned Parenthood funding has made its way to Capitol Hill. Some 22 Democratic senators—a large number for such an undertaking, notes the Plum Line blog at the Washington Post —have signed a letter calling on Komen... More »

Komen Website Gets Hacked

Meanwhile, founder Nancy Brinker tries to 'set the record straight'

(Newser) - It looks like the Susan G. Komen Foundation isn't quite done taking flak for its decision to cut its funding of Planned Parenthood . was hacked in the wee hours of the morning, reports the Atlantic Wire . A section of the homepage that read, "Help us get... More »

O'Donnell to GOP: Hannity's 'in My Back Pocket'

Senate hopeful complains party leaving her in the cold

(Newser) - Feeling sorely underfunded, Christine O’Donnell has warned the GOP she has a secret weapon: She says she’s “got Sean Hannity in my back pocket, and I can go on his show and raise money by attacking you guys,” top Republicans tell Howard Fineman of the Huffington... More »

Funding for Independent Films Dries Up

We need government help, say small-budget movie-makers

(Newser) - With no public funding and credit lines frozen, American independent filmmakers are finding it tough to make a movie these days. “I mean if Osama bin Laden gave me money to film, I’d take it,” Todd Solondz tells Bloomberg . The financial crisis has heavily curbed bank financing,... More »

No Wedding Gifts, Please; Just Fund My Startup

(Newser) - A Silicon Valley couple has forsaken a traditional wedding registry for venture capital, Gawker reports. “The World's First Start-up Wedding Registry” doesn’t ask guests for appliances or candlesticks; instead, they can give enough to “feed an outsourced engineer for a day” or pay a month’s worth... More »

Privatize Abortion Funding to Save Health Care Reform

Independent fund could finance procedures, diffuse criticisms of govt. plan

(Newser) - Abortion threatens to derail the push for health care reform, as opponents use the prospect of subsidized procedures to turn pro-life Americans against the whole plan, writes Meredith Simmons for Slate. Progressives are indignant—abortion is a health procedure, they argue, and should be covered like any other. But excluding... More »

Deal Near on Calif. Budget Gap

(Newser) - The California Legislature and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are just steps away from an agreement that would close the state’s $26.3 billion deficit, the Los Angeles Times reports. Talks are expected to conclude today. “I don’t think there is anything that would make negotiations shut down at... More »

Why Cancer Researchers Are Playing it Safe

Long-shots are risky to fund, so grants go to less ambitious studies

(Newser) - If you're a cancer researcher, it's harder to get money to investigate a potentially field-changing question than to find out whether a food's tastiness affects dieting. The reason is simple but problematic: With limited funding available and lots of research to do, grant-givers don't want to lose money on a... More »

Would-Be Car-Battery Kings Jostle Over $2.4B From Feds

States seek to become lithium-ion capital of US

(Newser) - Some 165 companies and states are battling for a $2.4 billion Obama administration grant aimed at making the US a leader in electric-car batteries, the Wall Street Journal reports. General Motors, Dow Chemical, and General Electric are among the firms vying for the money; states like Michigan, Kentucky, and... More »

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