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Governors threaten to withdraw from Title X program over “gag rule” targeting abortion providers

Protesters hold signs as they march to the White House during a rally March 8, 2017, to support women’s health programs and demonstrate against the global gag rule.
Protesters hold signs as they march to the White House during a rally March 8, 2017, to support women’s health programs and demonstrate against the global gag rule. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The Trump administration’s proposed Title X changes specify that federal family planning funds, which are used for reproductive health care services, “may not directly or indirectly facilitate, promote or encourage abortion in any way.”

The border wall won’t just stop people. It will stop migrating animals and ruin entire ecosystems.

A Mexican gray wolf prances at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.
A Mexican gray wolf prances at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Jim Clark/Wikimedia Commons

When Donald Trump was elected in 2016, one of his forefront promises was to “build that wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border — a phrase his supporters chanted across the country as if it were campaign gospel.

The idea has always been painfully controversial, but now, more than 2,800 scientists have backed a recent paper on the wall’s dire threat to the environment.

Former federal prosecutor: Paul Manafort’s defense has a “very low likelihood of success”

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Paul Manafort’s attorneys on Tuesday laid out their defense against the 32 counts of bank fraud and tax evasion their client faces in his first trial, painting the former Trump campaign chairman as a victim of associate Rick Gates, whom they claim is responsible for the false bank and tax documents for which Manafort is standing trial.

Desiree Akhavan made The Miseducation of Cameron Post for “everybody”

Director Desiree Akhavan of ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 21 in Park City, Utah
Director Desiree Akhavan of ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 21 in Park City, Utah Rich Polk/Getty Images

Desiree Akhavan had wanted to make a film adaptation of The Miseducation of Cameron Post for years.

“I read the book in 2012, I loved it,” Akhavan said in a phone call Tuesday. “It was my girlfriend at the time who said, ‘You have to make this a film. ... It’s going to be so good as a film.’ I thought it was way out of my comfort zone and my abilities.”

Is the city of Denver doing enough to avert its affordable housing problem?

Julie Holzhauer reacts after a sheriff’s deputy arrives at her home to serve an eviction order in 2011.
Julie Holzhauer reacts after a sheriff’s deputy arrives at her home to serve an eviction order in 2011. John Moore/Getty Images

Denver’s economic boom and low unemployment rate have attracted more than 100,000 new residents since 2010, but not everyone has benefited equally from such growth. While the population has exploded, the number of available housing units has not, resulting in an increasingly unaffordable — and for many low-income residents or first-time homebuyers, inaccessible — real estate market.