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 Clinton5 things to know about Boris Johnson Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota The Hill's Morning Report — Trump applauds two-year budget deal with 0 billion spending hike 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 ButtigiegPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Biden announces plan to counteract mass incarceration Nashville radio host blocked by employer from airing his interview with Buttigieg 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 BurrOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Sanders mounts staunch defense of 'Medicare for All' | Biden, Sanders fight over health care heats up | House votes to repeal ObamaCare 'Cadillac Tax' | Dems want details on fetal tissue research ban Top North Carolina newspapers editorial board to GOP: 'Are you OK with a racist president?' Hillicon Valley: Senate bill would force companies to disclose value of user data | Waters to hold hearing on Facebook cryptocurrency | GOP divided on election security bills | US tracking Russian, Iranian social media campaigns 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 DurhamJustice gives Congress new details on 'spying' probe GOP takes aim at Comey, Brennan Comey: Trump peddling 'dumb lies' 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'RourkeO'Rourke calls Trump event 'almost an impromptu Nuremberg rally' after 'send her back' chants Biden's lead narrows in early voting states: poll New CBS poll shows Biden with 7-point lead in New Hampshire 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 HarrisPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Democrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission Biden announces plan to counteract mass incarceration MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandDemocrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission Harris, Nadler introduce bill to decriminalize marijuana Gillibrand says she doesn't regret calling for Franken to resign MORE (D-N.Y.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment Moulton campaign makes formal case to DNC to be added to debate stage Bullock makes CNN debate stage 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 BidenPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Booker takes swipe at Biden criminal justice reform plan Panel: Has Joe Biden been wrong on everything for 40 years? MORE is leading Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Warren introduces bill to cancel student loan debt for millions Democrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission MORE (I-Vt.) 33 percent to 25. Followed by: Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Warren introduces bill to cancel student loan debt for millions Democrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission 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 Kinzinger GOP lawmaker decries 'send her back' chants: 'This ugliness must end' House panel advances bill to protect elections from foreign interference GOP lawmakers say Trump wrong to criticize Biden in Japan 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.



This tree could tell some stories:

This tree predates the monument's dedication in 1885.



The House and Senate are in. President TrumpDonald John Trump5 things to know about Boris Johnson Conservatives erupt in outrage against budget deal Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota 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 PompeoKudlow: 'The president doesn't make things up' Democrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission Trump threatens Guatemala with penalties over migration 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 BrownThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump applauds two-year budget deal with 0 billion spending hike The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment On The Money: Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency | Tech giants on defensive at antitrust hearing | Democrats ask Labor Department to investigate Amazon warehouses MORE (D-Ohio) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanFighting the opioid epidemic: Congress can't just pass laws, but must also push to enforce them The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Rising number of GOP lawmakers criticize Trump remarks about minority Dems 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 TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump targets Mueller ahead of testimony Trump pays respects to late Justice Stevens at Supreme Court Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail 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: