The Hill's 12:30 Report: Alabama abortion bill revives national debate

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Alabama abortion bill revives national debate

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The real winner of this debate: Hulu:

The Alabama Senate passed a bill to ban nearly all abortions, sending the measure to Gov. Kay Ivey's (R) desk. Ivey has not said whether she will sign or veto the passed bill.

What abortions would be legal if signed?: The bill outlaws all abortions, including for rape and incest, but would allow abortions to save the mother's life. 

What would happen to those involved in an illegal abortion: "Anyone performing an abortion could be punished by 10 to 99 years in prison, but no criminal charges would be filed against a person undergoing the procedure." 

Proponents are hoping this will overturn Roe v. Wade: "The bill's proponents say they hope the legislation, along with abortion restrictions in other states, will set up a Supreme Court battle that will see the overturning of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that was the first to legalize abortion." 



Yikes -- from a top Democrat in Alabama: Alabama state Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton (D) had harsh words for the passage of the Alabama abortion bill. She said on CNN's "New Day": "I think we raped women last night. We made women of Alabama the model of the new Roe v. Wade. I think that this is just a horrible bill."

"The Handmaid's Tale" is trending: "The Handmaid's Tale" trended on Twitter after the Alabama vote.

^Why I said Hulu lucked out on the timing: Season 3 of Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" premieres on June 5.

From Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMissing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department's overture to Rudy Giuliani On The Money: Trump downplays urgency of China trade talks | Chinese negotiators cut US trip short in new setback | Trump sanctions Iran's national bank | Survey finds Pennsylvania, Wisconsin lost the most factory jobs in past year Meghan McCain, Ana Navarro get heated over whistleblower debate MORE: "The abortion bans in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Mississippi are appalling attacks on women's lives and fundamental freedoms. Women's rights are human rights. We will not go back."

From Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul Buttigieg2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats MORE, a 2020 Democrat: "The Alabama legislature is ignoring science, criminalizing abortion, and punishing women. Instead, the government's role should be to make sure all women have access to comprehensive affordable care, and that includes safe and legal abortion."

Other reactions from 2020 Democrats:


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Let's do the thing:

Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley and Alexander BoltonDonald Trump Jr. has agreed to comply with a subpoena from Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrLawmakers applaud Trump's ban on flavored e-cigarettes Trump to hold campaign rally in North Carolina day before special House election Hoekstra emerges as favorite for top intelligence post MORE (R-N.C.) and will speak to the panel in June.

According to a source briefed on the deal: "Questions about the Trump Tower project in Moscow and the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya are fair game." 


'Yeah, sure, this job sounds fun!' -- said no one, ever:

Via The Hill's Olivia Beavers and Morgan Chalfant, "A new U.S. prosecutor is about to enter the center of a partisan firestorm in Washington. John DurhamJohn DurhamThe worst is still to come for Jim Comey James Comey's next reckoning is imminent — this time for leaking House Republicans claim victory after Mueller hearings MORE, a longtime Justice Department official who is serving as a U.S. attorney in Connecticut, has reportedly been picked by Attorney General William Barr to review the origins of the FBI's investigation into Russian interference."





Dems' rite of passage:

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, "the path to the Democratic presidential nomination begins in Iowa and New Hampshire -- but these days it also includes a preliminary stop in Studio 3A at NBC News headquarters in New York's Rockefeller Center. That's the studio from which Rachel Maddow broadcasts her eponymous MSNBC show -- the highest-rated on the liberal-leaning network -- five nights a week."

Why Maddow is appealing, besides the liberal appeal: Maddow draws a big crowd and that's especially important in a fragmented media environment. 

Last Monday: Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeNRA deems O'Rourke 'Salesman of the Month' after Arizona gun store sells out of AR-15s during 'Beto Special' MSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump pushes back over whistleblower controversy MORE (D-Texas) appeared on Maddow's show to hit reset on his campaign that has been lackluster so far. 

Other candidates who have appeared on Maddow's show: "In January, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gave her first major interview after announcing her candidacy to Maddow. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTrump reignites court fight with Ninth Circuit pick MSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Gillibrand Gillibrand relaunches PAC to elect women Analysis: 2020 digital spending vastly outpaces TV ads Two years after Maria, Puerto Rico awaits disaster funds MORE (D-N.Y.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellMarkey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Swalwell to DNI: 'You do not have to be a part of a lawless administration' MORE (D-Calif.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) are among the other candidates who have taken their seats since then." 



She spoke in Nashua, N.H. The line:

^And here are a few protesters:


The latest 2020 polling:

According to a new Emerson Polling survey, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE is leading Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest Krystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MORE (I-Vt.) 33 percent to 25. Followed by: Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest Pelosi wants to change law to allow a sitting president to be indicted MORE (Mass.) each have 10 percent support and are followed by South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) with 8 percent support.



Joe Biden is the most popular Democratic presidential candidate, according to a new Gallup poll. The numbers: "About 53 percent of all Americans view Biden favorably, while 35 percent have an unfavorable view. That favorability rating beats out all other Democratic presidential contenders, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who comes in second with 46 percent."



GOP worries farmers hurt by trade tensions:

A Republican lawmaker said the trade tensions between the U.S. and China are not great for farmers, raising worries about the fallout.

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerBolton returns to political group after exiting administration Overnight Defense: Trump ousts Bolton in shocker | Fallout, reaction from GOP senators | Senate spending talks in chaos | Dems eye vote to nix Trump border emergency The Hill's 12:30 Report: Bolton out as national security adviser MORE (R-Ill.)  said on CNN's "New Day": "Look, it's not great for farmers and here's why: the Chinese have basically decided to go after Trump's base ... there's some pain and it's terrible and we need to do everything we can to make sure we alleviate that as much as possible." 

What Kinzinger was referring to:China's retaliatory tariffs are aimed at U.S. agriculture and other products.



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The House and Senate are in. President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is in Indianapolis for the day.

1:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House's full schedule today:

2:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump Senate Judiciary Committee requests consultation with admin on refugee admissions State Department's top arms control official leaving MORE.

3:15 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.

30 years ago today: The final episode of "Family Ties" aired.

8 a.m. EDT Thursday: The Hill is hosting an event on the future of work, "Workers and The Innovation Age." Featured speakers: Sens. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownBipartisan housing finance reform on the road less taken Hillicon Valley: Google to promote original reporting | Senators demand answers from Amazon on worker treatment | Lawmakers weigh response to ransomware attacks Senate Democrats want answers on 'dangerous' Amazon delivery system MORE (D-Ohio) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanCost for last three government shutdowns estimated at billion The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation MORE (R-Ohio); Reps. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) and Tim WalbergTimothy (Tim) Lee WalbergPro-trade group targets Democratic leadership in push for new NAFTA The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Restrictive state abortion laws ignite fiery 2020 debate On The Money: Mnuchin signals officials won't release Trump tax returns | Trump to hold off on auto tariffs | WH nears deal with Mexico, Canada on metal tariffs | GOP fears trade war fallout for farmers | Warren, regulator spar over Wells Fargo MORE (R-Mich.); and Megan J. Smith, founder and CEO of Shift7 and former U.S. chief technology officer. Details and how to RSVP:



This morning: The House held a hearing on the Boeing 737 Max aircraft. Livestream:

11 a.m. EDT: President Trump gave a speech at the 38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol. Livestream:

1:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gives a eulogy at the funeral for former Sen. Richard Luger (R-Ind.) in Indianapolis. Livestream:

7 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump pushes back over whistleblower controversy White House releases menu for Australian state dinner MORE host the White House Historical Association Dinner in the East Room of the White House.  Livestream:



Today is National Chocolate Chip Day.


Make Tomatoes Flavorful Again:

Via, scientists have discovered a gene to make tomatoes more flavorful again. Details:


The best and worst states to live:

U.S. News & World Report released a list of the best and worst states the live. The full list and metrics:

No. 1: Washington

No. 2: New Hampshire

No. 3: Minnesota


No. 48: Mississippi

No. 49: Alabama

No. 50: Louisiana


And because you made it this far, here's a cat who loves ice cream cones: