Sarah’s News Roundup 04.20.19

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has said she is receiving increased threats against her life sparked by “violent rhetoric” and has accused Trump of stoking right-wing extremism.

It comes after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced a new “security assessment to safeguard” Ms Omar.

Trump has stepped up his attacks against Ms Omar, calling her “out of control”.

He also said Mrs Pelosi “should look at the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful US HATE statements Omar has made” before defending her.

Nancy Pelosi replied: “The President’s words weigh a tonne, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger.”

She added that security officials are reviewing Ms Omar’s protection and “will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces”.

A Louisiana abortion clinic has asked the Supreme Court to remove regulations that could leave the state with just one clinic.

A divided high court had previously agreed to block the law pending a full review but an appeal filed with the court said the justices should declare the law an unconstitutional burden on the rights of women seeking an abortion.

Louisiana abortion providers and the district judge who initially heard the case said one or possibly two of the state’s three abortion clinics would have to close under the new law and there would be only two doctors who could meet its requirements.

The Hope Medical Group clinic in Shreveport and two unidentified doctors said in their appeal that the justices should strike down the law without even holding arguments because the decision clearly conflicts with the Texas ruling from 2016.

David and Louise Turpin, who pleaded guilty to abusing twelve of their thirteen children for at least nine years, have been sentenced to life in prison.

Judge Bernard Schwartz said: “You have severed the ability to interact and raise your children that you have created and brought into this world. The only reason that your punishment is less than the maximum time in my opinion is because you accepted responsibility at an early stage in the proceeding. And you spared your children having to relive the humiliation and the harm they endured in that house of horrors.”

They are expected to serve the rest of their lives behind bars, unless granted parole in 25 years.

The children, four of whom gave victim impact statements, told the court they still love their parents despite the abuse they endured.

Clare Bronfman has pleaded guilty to her role in an alleged sex trafficking operation.

The 40-year-old heir to the Seagram alcohol fortune was accused of using more than $100m to fund the suspected sex cult Nxivm.

She pleaded guilty on two counts – conspiracy to conceal and harbour illegal immigrants for financial gain, and fraudulent use of identification.

She told the court in Brooklyn that she was “truly remorseful”: “I wanted to do good in the world and help people. However, I have made mistakes.”

Six people in total have been accused of being involved with Nxivm.

Bronfman is the fifth to plead guilty, with just one defendant – the suspected cult leader Keith Raniere – due to go on trial next month.

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