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‘A target on Roe v. Wade ’: Oklahoma bill making it a felony to perform abortions waits for governor’s decision

By Mark Berman 

Post Nation

May 20 at 2:09 PM 

Oklahoma bill would make performing abortions a felony

 

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Here’s what you need to know about a piece of legislation passed in the Oklahoma House and Senate May 19 that would make it illegal for doctors to perform abortions that weren’t necessary to save the life of the mother. (Sarah Parnass/The Washington Post)

Lawmakers in Oklahoma approved a bill Thursday that would make performing abortions a felony and revoke the medical licenses of most physicians who assist in such procedures.

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Cities begin to challenge a bedrock of justice: They’re paying criminals not to kill

The odds were good that Lonnie Holmes, 21, would be the next person to kill or be killed in this working-class suburb north of San Francisco.

Four of his cousins had died in shootings. He was a passenger in a car involved in a drive-by shooting, police said. And he was arrested for carrying a loaded gun.

But when Holmes was released from prison last year, officials in this city offered something unusual to try to keep him alive: money. They began paying Holmes as much as $1,000 a month not to commit another gun crime.

Cities across the country, beginning with the District of Columbia, are moving to copy Richmond’s controversial approach because early indications show it has helped reduce homicide rates. Continue to Washington Post

Mr. Putin makes moves in Syria, exploiting America’s inaction

via The Washington Post

IN JULY, President Obama said he had been “encouraged” by a telephone call Russian President Vladi­mir Putin had initiated to discuss Syria. The Russians, Mr. Obama confidently declared, “get a sense that the Assad regime is losing a grip over greater and greater swaths of territory” and “that offers us an opportunity to have a serious conversation with them.” Not for the first time, Mr. Obama was supposing that Mr. Putin could be enlisted in a diplomatic settlement to the Syrian civil war along lines Washington and its Arab allies support. Not for the first time, the president appears to have badly misread the Russian ruler.

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