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Pres. Trump pardons turkey at annual WH event

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday partook in the White House’s Thanksgiving tradition of the president “pardoning” turkey, with this year’s lucky bird being one named “Corn.” The White House had conducted a Twitter poll on Monday to see if users wanted Corn or his friend “Cob” to be pardoned, with Cob getting the short end of the drumstick.

The two turkeys were chosen from a flock of 30 presented to the White House by the National Turkey Federation, with the flock having been raised in Iowa. The pair will be retired to and put under the care of veterinarians at Iowa State University, where visitors will be able to study poultry science, veterinary medicine, and farming, the president said.

“We’re here today to continue a beloved annual tradition: the presidential pardon of a very, very fortunate turkey,” Trump said at the Rose Garden event, then joking that “because Thanksgiving is a special day for turkeys–I guess probably for the most part not a very good one, when you think about it.”

He then went on to discuss this year being the 400th anniversary of the pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock in present-day Massachusetts, comparing the hard times they faced during their first winter to the hard times the country is facing right now with the coronavirus pandemic. At another moment, he thanked those who have been working in health care.

At the end of the ceremony, President Trump, accompanied by the First Lady, walked over to Corn to deliver the pardon, saying, “Corn, I hereby grant you a full pardon. Thank you, Corn.”

The tradition originates back in 1863 during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln when he rewarded clemency to a turkey, according to the White House Historical Association, but that the tradition evolved into its current form in 1989 when then-President George H.W. Bush allegedly used the term “pardon.”

This will be Trump’s final turkey pardon as president, with the General Services Administration on Monday night officially beginning the transition of the presidency to President-elect Joe Biden.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Stacy Abrams: ‘No such thing as heartbeat at 6 weeks’, ‘manufactured’ for men to ‘take control of a woman’s body’

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“There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks,” Abrams claimed during an event at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center in Atlanta last week. “It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body.”

As National Review reports, even her own man-hating rhetoric is antithetical to the website of Planned Parenthood which said a “very basic beating heart and circulatory system develop” during the fifth to sixth week of pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood later amended its website to more closely reflect pro-abortion messaging against heartbeat laws, which ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Now the site says a “part of the embryo starts to show cardiac activity” during that time.

Abrams is running for governor in Georgia in a rematch against incumbent Governor Brian Kemp. Abrams lost to Kemp in 2018 by more than 54,000 votes. Additionally, Abrams has never concededto Kemp and has claimed the 2018 election was “stolen from Georgians.”

Abrams words were to suggest that Georgia’s heartbeat law shouldn’t be referred to as the “Fetal Heartbeat Bill.” Her reasoning? Because “that’s medically false, biologically a lie.”

When The View co-host Alyssa Farah asked Abrams “Do you think there should be any legal limits on abortion, such as the third trimester or viability?” Abrams responded: “I believe that abortion is a medical decision, not a political decision…Arbitrary politically-defined timelines are deeply problematic because they ignore the reality of medical and physiological issues.”

“Abortion is a medical decision, not a political decision … The limit should not be made by politicians who don’t understand basic biology or apparently basic morality,” she added.

Kemp is up 6.6 percentage points in RCP polling average over Abrams.

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