PERSONAL STORIES OF RAPE TOLD DURING DEBATE OF SC'S FETAL HEARTBEAT BILL: A bill was being debated that would ban all abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected; Mace, a Republican lawmaker, wanted to add an exception for rape and incest. When some of her colleagues in the House dismissed her amendment — some women invent rapes to justify seeking an abortion, they claimed — she could not restrain herself. “For some of us who have been raped, it can take 25 years to get up the courage and talk about being a victim of rape,” Mace said, gripping the lectern so hard she thought she might pull it up from the floor. “My mother and my best friend in high school were the only two people who knew.” As one Republican legislature after another has pressed ahead with restrictive abortion bills in recent months, they have been confronted with raw and emotional testimony about the consequences of such laws. Female lawmakers and other women have stepped forward to tell searing, personal stories — in some cases speaking about attacks for the first time to anyone but a loved one or their closest friend.
PROTESTERS CONVERGE ON ALABAMA'S CAPITOL OVER ABORTION BAN: The demonstration came days after Gov. Kay Ivey signed the most stringent abortion law in the nation— making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases unless necessary for the mother's health. The law provides no exception for rape and incest. "Banning abortion does not stop abortion. It stops safe abortion," said Staci Fox, CEO and president of Planned Parenthood Southeast, addressing the cheering crowd outside the Alabama Capitol. Marchers on Sunday said the measures have energized supporters of legalized abortion, and they say they are digging in for a legal and political fight. Along the route they took, the protesters passed by scattered counterdemonstrators raising signs against abortion. Two speakers at the rally on the Capitol steps shared their stories of having an abortion, including a woman who came out of the crowd to describe the abortion she had after being raped at a party at age 18.
OPPONENTS OF BILL FORCING SHERIFFS TO COOPERATE WITH ICE WANT GOVERNOR TO VETO: About two dozen protesters stood across the street from the Executive Mansion Saturday using signs, chants and a mariachi band to urge Gov. Roy Cooper to veto a bill that would force local jails to cooperate with immigration officials. “This is to show Gov. [Roy] Cooper that we are here,” said Stefania Arteaga, statewide immigrants’ rights organizer for the N.C. ACLU, as the six-piece band played in the background. “And we want you to hear this.” The protesters oppose House Bill 370, which would require county jail officials to comply with federal immigration detainers — a request to hold someone in jail even through they are eligible for release. The bill has been approved by the state House of Representatives and is being considered by the Senate. Saturday’s protesters want Cooper to veto the bill if it makes it to his desk. The rally was organized by Companeros Inmigrantes De Las Montanas, Siembra NC and the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina.
TRUMP AND SON-IN-LAW LIKELY ENGAGED IN MONEY LAUNDERING: Anti-money-laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank recommended in 2016 and 2017 that multiple transactions involving legal entities controlled by Donald J. Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be reported to a federal financial-crimes watchdog. The transactions, some of which involved Mr. Trump’s now-defunct foundation, set off alerts in a computer system designed to detect illicit activity, according to five current and former bank employees. Compliance staff members who then reviewed the transactions prepared so-called suspicious activity reports that they believed should be sent to a unit of the Treasury Department that polices financial crimes. But executives at Deutsche Bank, which has lent billions of dollars to the Trump and Kushner companies, rejected their employees’ advice. The reports were never filed with the government.
NUCLEAR WASTE TIME BOMB SITS ON A TINY PACIFIC ISLAND: In 1980, a massive concrete dome — 18 inches thick and shaped like a flying saucer — was placed over the fallout debris, sealing off the material on Runit. But the $218 million project was only supposed to be temporary until a more permanent site was developed, according to the Guardian. However, no further plans were ever hatched. In 1983, the Marshall Islands signed a compact of free association with the U.S., granting the island nation the right to govern itself. But the deal also settled “all claims, past, present and future” tied to the nuclear testing, and left the dome in the care of the island government. According to a 2017 report by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, among the fallout material was plutonium-239, an isotope that is one of the world’s most toxic substances, and one with a radioactive half-life of 24,100 years. The staying power of that material is the problem. It’s still there, only 18 inches of concrete away from waters that are rising. Cracks have reportedly started to appear in the dome. Part of the threat is that the crater was never properly lined, meaning rising seawater could breach the structural integrity.