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Friday, August 14, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015 - 17:16:00

Planned Parenthood responds to state's termination of Medicaid contract

Here is the statement from Planned Parenthood of the Heartland in response to Gov. Asa Hutchinson ordering the termination of Planned Parenthood's Medicaid contract, in apparent violation of federal law.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 - 17:09:00

The war against Planned Parenthood open line

Friday's open line.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 - 16:59:00

The Medicaid Mess Continues Edition

The ongoing fallout related to a massive Medicaid purge, the Little Rock School District, lethal injections in Arkansas, the brief and unwelcome political return of Justin Harris and the likely candidacy of U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge as the Democratic challenger to U.S. Sen. John Boozman — all covered on this week's podcast.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 - 16:55:00

Hutchinson prepared to challenge feds, says he is "standing up for Arkansas values"

The governor's office on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's termination of Planned Parenthood's Medicaid contract "Even though we anticipate a federal review, standing up for Arkansas values is most important to the Governor."

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Friday, August 14, 2015 - 15:49:00

Gov. Asa Hutchinson orders DHS to terminate Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood, in defiance of federal law

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has directed the Department of Human Services to terminate Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood. "Termination will be effective 30 days from the date of the letter attached," Hutchinson said in statement. The feds have recently told two other states that this maneuver violates federal law.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 - 15:30:00

James Carville appearing at Hillary Clinton fundraiser next week

James Carville is headlining a fundraising event for Hillary Clinton at Rep. Clarke Tucker's home next week. Here's a little Carville story.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 - 14:45:00

Kentucky clerk refuses to issue same-sex marriage licences, in defiance of court order

Kim Davis, a County Clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, has stopped issuing marriage licenses, claiming a religious objection to same-sex marriage, the New York Times reports. Davis's actions come in defiance of an order from a federal judge on Wednesday. On Thursday, the office refused to issues licenses to two same-sex couples.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 - 13:27:00

Mike Huckabee says crazy stuff, contd.

I still think Mike Huckabee doesn't quite have his mojo for loco. But he's still saying goofy stuff and people are at least laughing at him. Better to be laughed at than to be ignored.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 - 13:00:00

Wendell Griffen boycotting Gov. Asa Hutchinson's "Restore Hope Summit"

Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen will not be attending Gov. Asa Hutchinson's "Restore Hope Summit," set to be held on August 25 and 26 at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock, and Griffen is encouraging others to boycott the event.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 - 11:44:00

Talking Points Memo flags cancelled Justin Harris appearance at Ted Cruz event

Talking Points Memo highlights Benji Hardy’s reporting on a “courage award” originally scheduled to be given to Rep. Justin Harris last night at a Ft. Smith event also featuring a speech by Sen. Ted Cruz. Harris remains politically toxic, and rumors have circulated that the Cruz camp had a hand in nixing the appearance.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 - 11:22:00

Jeb Bush: "mission accomplished" by brother George W. Bush in Iraq

I keep thinking that Jeb Bush is going to establish himself as the choice of establishment GOPs but he seems awfully rusty as a candidate. Anyways, here's this today from Bloomberg News: "The 'mission was accomplished' when it came to Iraq's security at the end of his brother's time in the White House, Bush said."

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Friday, August 14, 2015 - 09:59:00

Mike Huckabee, polling in single digits, says more stuff

Mike Huckabee has a problem, which is that people keep forgetting that he is running for president.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 - 09:29:00

Sorry Republicans, Donald Trump is here to stay

Media pundits — and GOP strategists — keep predicting the demise of The Donald. But Trump keeps on pumping.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 - 08:49:00

Low-income parents and the Medicaid verification mess

There's one group of Arkansans who find themselves caught in the state's Medicaid verification mess whose situation hasn't been mentioned by most media accounts: parents of dependent children with very low incomes.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 - 06:12:00

Former Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin endorses Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton nabs endorsement from former Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin.

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