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President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a rallying call to opponents of abortion, encouraging them to head to the polls to elect conservative lawmakers. Speaking at the Susan B. Anthony List’s annual “Campaign for Life Gala,” Trump took a victory lap for his anti-abortion policies and nominations of conservative justices to federal courts. He warned the group that they must show up at the polls to preserve their gains under his administration.

A bill helping people with deadly diseases try experimental treatments sailed through Congress on Tuesday, a victory for Trump and foes of regulation and a defeat for patients’ groups and Democrats who argued the measure was dangerous and dangled false hope. The measure would give people diagnosed with life-threatening conditions and who’ve exhausted treatment options access to unproven drugs without first getting a sign off from the federal Food and Drug Administration.

A longtime business partner of Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has pleaded guilty to tax fraud in a deal that requires him to cooperate in any ongoing investigations. New York City taxi magnate Evgeny Freidman entered the guilty plea Tuesday. A person briefed on the plea deal says Freidman agreed to cooperate with federal or state authorities. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

After months of debate, the Defense Department approved Monday new restrictions for the use of cellphones and some other electronic devices in the Pentagon where classified information is present or discussed. Officials stopped far short of imposing an all-out ban. The memo, which was obtained by the AP, largely clarifies current procedures and calls for stricter adherence to long-held practices that require phones be left in storage containers outside secure areas where sensitive matters are discussed. .

Source: Associated Press

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