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House Expected To Vote On D.C. Abortion Bill

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The U.S. House takes up today a bill that would ban some abortions in the District. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks, (R-Ariz.), would prohibit women from getting an abortion after their 20th week of pregnancy, except to save the life of the mother. 

Franks' bill is supported by a majority of Republicans and has 222 co-sponsors but because the measure made it to a vote under a procedure known as suspension of the rules, it will need a two-thirds majority vote to pass. 

That seems unlikely, though, since most Democrats oppose the measure, including D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. Earlier this year, Norton was denied from speaking at a hearing on the bill — a courtesy usually afforded to members of Congress whose jurisdictions a piece of legislation would affect.

Both Norton and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray see the bill as yet another instance of a conservative congressman trying to impose his social agenda on D.C. residents who never voted for him, according to the Associated Press.

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'Game Of Thrones' Evolves On Women In Explosive Sixth Season

The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show.
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In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Perdue Farms, one of the largest poultry companies in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.
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Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

Party insiders and backroom deals: One author on why we need to bring back old-time politics.

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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