Texas Republicans Suddenly Realize Cutting Birth Control Access Increases Unintended Pregnancies
Texas lawmakers are reportedly reconsidering their decision to defund their state’s family planning clinics last year after the state’s Health and Human Services Commission informed them of a fact that most high school students are aware of: Woman are more likely to have unintended pregnancies if they do not have access to contraception. The latest projections from the commission indicate poor women will deliver as estimated 23,760 more babies than they would have between 2014-15 as a result of reduced access to subsidized birth control. The projections, which The Texas Tribune reports were recently circulated among lawmakers, come in the aftermath of the Republican-controlled legislature’s passage of a two-year budget that moves $73 million from family planning services to other programs. The HSS also predicts an uptick in births will cost taxpayers an additional $273 million, primarily in Medicaid expenses. …MORE
Talk of the United States losing its sole superpower status is nothing new, but a new intelligence report puts a date on when that might happen: it’s just 18 years away. Still, though the U.S. will lose its dominance by 2030, no one country will be sitting on top of the world. The National Intelligence Council on Monday released its report Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds , which states that by that time “no country – whether the U.S., China, or any other large country – will be a hegemonic power.” It foresees a reverse in history, where Asia will have more weight in the global economy, accompanied by a new “democratization” at both the international and domestic level. Countries like India, Brazil , Colombia, Indonesia, Nigeria, South Africa , and Turkey are all expected to become important players in the global economy
Days before season two of the hit HBO series Girls premieres, Fueled by Ramen Records, home to Paramore, fun., Gym Class Heroes and Cobra Starship, will release the show’s official soundtrack. The album Girls – Volume 1 will hit stores and digital retailers on Jan. 8 and feature new Santigold track “Girls,” the soundtrack’s lead single, as well as exclusive tracks from fun., Grouplove and Michael Penn and songs by Belle & Sebastian, Robyn , Fleet Foxes, Oh Land and Harper Simon . A digital-only deluxe edition includes a bonus track from Tegan & Sara. PHOTOS: Scores That Rock: 10 Musicians Who Crossed Over to Movies Says Girls creator Lena Dunham in a release issued on Monday: “Music is such a huge part of my creative process. …
Days before season two of the hit HBO series Girls premieres, Fueled by Ramen Records, home to Paramore, fun., Gym Class Heroes and Cobra Starship, will release the show’s official soundtrack. The album Girls – Volume 1 will hit stores and digital retailers on Jan. 8 and feature new Santigold track “Girls,” the soundtrack’s lead single, as well as exclusive tracks from fun., Grouplove and Michael Penn and songs by Belle & Sebastian, Robyn , Fleet Foxes, Oh Land and Harper Simon . A digital-only deluxe edition includes a bonus track from Tegan & Sara. PHOTOS: Scores That Rock: 10 Musicians Who Crossed Over to Movies Says Girls creator Lena Dunham in a release issued on Monday: “Music is such a huge part of my creative process. ..
Our film incubation period appears to be disappearing. Sure, scripts are still written, packaged, sold off to who knows where and readapted five years later, but the trend seems to be toward rapid releases following big news events and alarmingly popular books. The rights to risque bestseller ”Fifty Shades of Gray” were scooped up by Universal in March, a few months shy of the book’s one-year publishing anniversary. You might ask yourself what current event would make a perfect screenplay–where, embellished by Hollywood, a wrongly accused ( so we’re led to believe), libertine protagonist runs all over a foreign land trumpeting his innocence and hiding from bloodthirsty police. This synopsis should sound familiar, because it’s the “plight” of anti-virus software king John McAfee in Belize, who, it transpired Monday, has sold the rights to his story to a Montreal-based TV production company. According to the Hollywood Reporter , McAfee entrusted Impact Future Media with his story because he feels the company will “honor his life story in an honest and truthful manner.” The film is tentatively titled “Running in the Background: The Story of John McAfee.” Impact says it hopes to recount the wanted expatriate’s tale across film, print, and TV. The company is still seeking investors and production partners. McAfee, according to the Reporter, is linked to Impact through one of the company’s clients, cartoonist Chad Essley, who also does cartoon work for McAfee’s website whoismcafee.com, the home of his intrepid fugitive yarns. That escapade ended last week when the 67-year-old American was arrested for illegally entering Guatemala , where he was hoping to receive asylum. Neither Guatemalan nor U.S. authorities have granted McAfee any assistance, which means he’ll be sent back to Belize for questioning in the shooting death of his neighbor in that country. Throughout his odyssey, McAfee has maintained his innocence, claiming he’ll be harmed if detained in Belize
Once again, Japan has fallen into recession less than a week before their national elections. It is widely expected that the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will win a majority in the lower house as voters take action to revive a dormant economy and reverse its deflationary spiral. Shinzo Abe, who leads the LDP party, has promised large-scale spending increases and a 2 percent inflation target, which combined could lead to a substantial reversal of the yen’s strength. In order to change the complacency surrounding Japan’s faltering economy and the country’s almost habitual deflation, it will require some form of unexpected stimulus. Simply increasing the budget while providing never-ending forms of quantitative easing will unlikely move the needle very much. However, Japan’s economy may actually respond positively to a substantial decline in the yen against the U.S. dollar and the euro, similar to what occurred from March 1995 to June 1998.
Stocks edged higher on Monday as technology shares bounced back after recent weakness and McDonald’s posted strong monthly sales. Technology stocks were led by Hewlett-Packard Co , which climbed 2.6 percent to $14.16 on rumors that activist investor Carl Icahn is building a stake in the PC maker. The stock is down 44.5 percent for the year and ranks as the Dow’s worst performer. The S&P technology index was up 0.3 percent. Tech also was supported by Cisco Systems , which gained 2.4 percent to $19.79 after the company presented its midterm growth strategy on Friday
The family of Nigeria ‘s finance minister made an emotional appeal for kidnappers to free her 82-year-old mother on Monday, saying the elderly woman was in fragile health. Kamene Okonjo, mother of Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, was abducted from her home on Sunday in Nigeria ‘s oil-producing Delta state where kidnapping is rife. “Around lunch time yesterday, some gunmen came to the compound and forced the gate open and took my mother away. The family is upset and traumatised,” the minister’s younger brother Onyema Okonjo told Reuters at the house. “To abduct a grandmother more than 80 years old is sad. We appeal to them to release her as soon as possible because her health condition is not good,” Onyema added. Other members of the family sat outside in the sweltering heat as dozens of people arrived to offer support
Monday’s weekly export inspections report showed a slowing interest, which in part could be the result of Tuesday’s impending 7:30 AM CST USDA monthly crop report. Importers may be awaiting its results for marketing direction. Wheat inspections for near term export was estimated at 13.9 million bushels, down from 14.6 the week prior, and the four week average of 10.7. Corn inspections were 7.8 million bushels versus 10.4 last week, and the four week average of 12.2 and 37 a year ago. Bean inspections came in at 46.6 million bushels, down from 51.9 last week, four week average of 55 and a year ago of 29.9. The only one of concern is corn, as each week unveils a lower and lower export demand pace on two fronts