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40,000 new laws take effect in 2014
CNN, by Jake Tapper, Shaneika Dabney-Henders

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Posted By:JoniTx, 1/1/2014 12:40:40 AM

(Video) It may have been the least productive year for Congress in history, at least in terms of passing laws – fewer than 60 of which made it through the House and Senate and were signed by President Barack Obama. Across the country, however, state lawmakers were busy getting more than 40,000 bills passed, ones that tackle everything from drones to food stamp benefits. In Illinois for example, teenagers will no longer get to use tanning beds without a doctor´s note. If you live in Delaware, visit the shark fin buffet while you can, a new law will make it illegal to own, sale, or distribute the controversial delicacy.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: thewarden, 1/1/2014 1:05:54 AM     (No. 9675023)

I don´t know about you, but that´s 40,000 too many. Am I right? Good grief, Charlie Brown.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/1/2014 1:38:46 AM     (No. 9675032)

Truly amazing. They had time to pass 40,000 new laws but can´t seem to balance the budget.

How many laws were vetoed ?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/1/2014 2:18:20 AM     (No. 9675044)

My guess is most of these laws are more tools for the government to micromanage your lives with or gouge you for more taxes and or fees.The left is obsessed with trying to punish business anyway they can because they want controlled capitalism,where the business person is allowed to stay in business as long as they knee and bow before Zod.

Most liberals wouldn´t know where to start on starting a business and having to meet payroll all the time but they somehow have superior knowledge for the people who do.

So we´ll have Chinese style controlled capitalism with Europe´s social benefits.

Life can´t be any better.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: curious1, 1/1/2014 2:42:29 AM     (No. 9675051)

This will continue as long as people agree the federal government somehow was given the authority to meddle in private business - they weren´t. Our ancestors failed us when the didn´t immediately drag the commies from office (when they first started doing this) and hang them from the nearest horizontal structure.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rinktum, 1/1/2014 7:32:20 AM     (No. 9675129)

Progressives will never stop in their quest for control. The last thing they want is a free people making decisions regarding their own lives. We are living under creeping tyranny that has been allowed to flourish during the past few years. The progressives are drunk with the power to control our every move and keep pushing forward toward their socialist utopia. There is a solution but I am not sure modern Americans have the stomach for the fix.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MMC, 1/1/2014 7:45:21 AM     (No. 9675137)

Cash is king! More cash only businesses... American ingenuity will follow.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Poobah, 1/1/2014 7:56:14 AM     (No. 9675142)

In the video, Alan Dershowitz says that ObamaCare will result in more access to medicine for the poor. I believe that ObamaCare will result in the poor having more access to insurance. But I’m not sure they will have more access to medical care.

We had a system of emergency-room care that was always available. It was terribly expensive, but the poor couldn’t afford the cost and didn’t pay it. So, in some sense, they received good care for free. So it isn’t really a question of life or death for the poor, it’s a question of whether we are establishing the best delivery system for our healthcare industry and whether that industry will flourish or diminish under the new system.

European governments have tried socialized medicine and the results were poor. Those who could afford it came to the United States for treatment. I believe ObamaCare will cripple our system at least as much as the European socialization has crippled theirs.




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Reply 8 - Posted by: mikkins2, 1/1/2014 8:20:22 AM     (No. 9675166)

I am certain each one was completely necessary and was considered without bias to be fair to all Americans and businesses they will be protecting. None of them are frivolous, and the political establishment, along with their benefactors, will not be exempted from any of them.

Why would any American think differently?

Got Tea?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: franq, 1/1/2014 8:27:36 AM     (No. 9675179)

If there´s any up side to this, it shows how absurd the federal government has become. But we already knew that.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: GoodGrief, 1/1/2014 8:47:55 AM     (No. 9675209)

Posters, these rules are just laws and bureaucratic claptrap. They can be legally rescinded by effective legislators.

We seem to worry like they have amended our Constitution. We need brooms and shredders.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: peterfleming, 1/1/2014 8:49:54 AM     (No. 9675216)

RETROGRESSIVELY, ANTI-LIBERALLY, the socialistic-
ally demented, elected commissars throughout the many States in America, have loaded the citizenry down with 40,000 more burdensome taxes, on the road to totalitarian socialism fascism communism, whatever you want to call it. But, PLEASE, Rinctum, Ann Coulter, Rush Charles, PLEASE DON´T CALL IT PROGRESSIVISM ! OR LIBERALISM !
Falsely using these two great words as a cover up for
taxing away freedom, IS a semantic crime against all Americans innocently pursuing happiness.
Liberal literally means freedom. Try to remember, no matter how painful it may be for you, try to remember that each time you call a Marxist either of those two good words, you are setting back the good life one more small step!
Overcome either your fear, or your ignorance, and call these people who are destroying our lives, call these people what they actually ARE. Get up the nerve, practice using words like socialist statist, collectivist, communist, commie. If it was good enough for Ayn Rand
Ronald Reagan, Milton Friedman, Murray Rothbard, then it´s good enough for you! Dare to be a clear citizen !

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Newtsche, 1/1/2014 9:03:18 AM     (No. 9675239)

So it´s now officially impossible not to be a criminal, ignorance being no excuse.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: saucy, 1/1/2014 9:05:29 AM     (No. 9675243)

Now gender-free bathrooms in schools in Calif.

How many gang rapes do the girls in high school have to endure before the IDIOTS in SaCRAPimento wake up??!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 1/1/2014 9:11:42 AM     (No. 9675253)

There are stories like this EVERY year. Tens of thousands of laws to do nothing but make us slaves of local, State and Federal governments. Remember the story about the frog in the pot? Altogether now....RIBBIT!!!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Arby, 1/1/2014 9:33:08 AM     (No. 9675292)

Lawyers´ paradise.

The left believes that the purpose of the legislature is to legislate. If they´re not making laws all the time, they´re failing. However, our Montesquieu-inspired system of checks and balance had a different goal: equilibrium. Let´s hear it for equilibrium in 2014.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Me_Opinionated_Nah, 1/1/2014 9:59:11 AM     (No. 9675340)

Way back when, there was a popular comic strip called “There oughta be a law!” Today, a comic strip called “There ought nota be a law!” would probably be as successful as its predecessor. Nowadays, given the oppressive atmosphere of governmental control under which we find ourselves forced to live, maybe even more successful. Do you find it more difficult to remember that once there was a time in America known as “the good ol’ days?” I certainly do.

Best we fasten our seatbelts. Looks like 2014 is gonna be a bumpy year.


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Reply 17 - Posted by: uno, 1/1/2014 10:02:51 AM     (No. 9675358)

This is the New Communism of Unnecessary, Over-Reaching, Over-bearing, High-Handed, Autocratic Regulation brought to you by the Øbamboozler and the Leftist, Progressive Rats!
Let the Sucking begin!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: chicodon, 1/1/2014 10:06:37 AM     (No. 9675361)

Here in California we have over 800 new laws dreamt up by big city liberals. Another reason why many of us in rural areas are urging our counties to secede.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: spahrkl, 1/1/2014 10:20:44 AM     (No. 9675382)

I am interested in reading these laws.

There are more of us than those that run the government, so if we all agree there needs to be a change, let´s do it.

Progressive agendas date back to Woodrow Wilson, who was a liberal Democrat, who was so concerned about civil rights he initiated separating the blacks from the whites in the military. This after the Civil War made this against the law. But then, as usual, if a Progressive, Liberal, Democrat does it, well, rest assured, it is quite acceptable.

So, making laws that are convenient for the Democrats while in power is nothing new but just as unacceptable.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab, 1/1/2014 10:39:38 AM     (No. 9675404)

“Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against—then you’ll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures.

We’re after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you’d better get wise to it.

There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.

Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens?
What’s there it that for anyone?

But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted—and you create a nation of lawbreakers—and then you cash in.

Now that’s the system, Mr. Rearden, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”

Atlas Shrugged

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Reply 21 - Posted by: M2, 1/1/2014 11:02:46 AM     (No. 9675432)

So these were State laws that were passed? I sure hope some of them benefited those in private sector business who can use some relief from the overburdened regulatory mania of politicians.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: NotaBene, 1/1/2014 11:17:20 AM     (No. 9675463)

In Los Angeles as of today plastic bags are forbidden and paper bags will cost 10 c at the supermarket.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 1/1/2014 11:28:04 AM     (No. 9675489)

This socialism thing sure worked like a charm in Detroit, no? You can´t make this stuff up - a town saturated with laws and no people to enforce the laws on. Yep, that socialism gig really is good for us.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: stryker714, 1/1/2014 11:55:29 AM     (No. 9675529)

I once complained to my father that the Georgia Assembly was on this crusade to pass laws day in day out, in downtown Atlanta, while the rest of us worked, were unaware what they were doing. He explained a concept that no law should be passed w/out another law being repealed. Great idea. Like the above poster references-all man made laws are artificial, not natural. Just bc the state passed another law doesn´t mean we have to obey.

In the meantime, Rino Gov Bill Haslam made sure he did his patriotic duty to tax and spend, to push a new Tn law to collect taxes on internet purchases, with Amazon in the sites. So the "You´ve Got Mail" type small book stores backed him saying, "yup this is necessary to level the playing field so we´s won´tz go out of business". Oh sure. They sure didn´t mention there is already an extra tax on internet purchases called shipping and handling. So now maybe now I won´t buy from either source-short circuit the law and the "revenue" as well.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Tom Kilbride, 1/1/2014 12:05:13 PM     (No. 9675543)

These are gifts from legislators who believe that just one more chain will set you free.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Butch59, 1/1/2014 12:08:16 PM     (No. 9675550)

And as #15 stated, all of these new laws will be a lawyers paradise. Just think of all the lawsuits that will be filed because of them. And the huge piles of money to be made (for lawyers of course). And ultimately, the entire costs will be borne by the taxpayers. Isn´t that the way it´s done nowadays?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Janjan, 1/1/2014 12:48:42 PM     (No. 9675623)

CNN believes that only 60 new laws passed in Congress is ´unproductive´.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 1/1/2014 1:19:33 PM     (No. 9675685)

And the legal profession rejoices.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: steph_gray, 1/1/2014 2:26:16 PM     (No. 9675777)

Many on this thread seem to assume the 40,000 laws are federal - the article says they are not, only state and local. This is somewhat encouraging in that all of us have a chance to fight them locally. A friend of mine in 2013 practically single-handedly prevented the town next door to mine from passing an outright gun ban; she spoke out eloquently against a crazed moonbat on the council, and she won. So she stopped socialism by 1 local law. If more of us could do this, maybe we can start fighting the tide.

On the other hand, I would not be surprised at all to discovered that the Communist Feds instituted even more than 40,000 new regulations with all the force of law but none of the democracy. :-(

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Reply 30 - Posted by: absalom, 1/1/2014 3:12:43 PM     (No. 9675812)

While our Founders were exposed to and familiar with the notions of the French Enlightenment; they escaped the heresies of the French Revolution. Nevertheless by mid-nineteenth century, progressive and socialist nostrums were all the rage within the European intelligentsia and had found their way into our universities. By the time of our Gilded Age, the GOP was the vehicle for our current progressive politics; the D´s embraced it under Wilson in ´12. Cold reality is simple. We do NOT have a principled conservative party and never did; in the English tradition of Pitt and Palmerston. More are beginning to finally grasp this which is why the Tea Party is the future not the corrupt republicrat party now in power.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: byzantine, 1/1/2014 3:15:43 PM     (No. 9675816)

40,000 new laws... And no end in sight...

You know this can all be summed up rather quickly.. and that simply put is; Whenever a new law is written, another freedom dies.

And that is the message which needs to be driven into every ignorant reactionary American´s head.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Megrits, 1/1/2014 3:30:42 PM     (No. 9675840)

Its only gonna take two more, the two our communist in chief wants the most. Open borders and the complete inability of the american people to defend themselves. He´s already stolen our right to control our own bodies, our healthcare. I know I sound depressing, and that´s because I am. I never thought the american people would be stupid enuf to let this happen, but obviously, the scales have tipped and Americans don´t know what liberty is anymore. Too many illegals voting, the voter fraud on the commie side and the intentional dumbing down of our young people in what is supposed to be education. We HAD the best health care system in the world, created by the best and the brightest, stolen right out from under us by people who shouldn´t be trusted making a health care decision for a rabid squirrel, much less another free human being. Take a look at government education; this is what government "health" care is going to look like. A bunch of unqualified, affirmative action, politically correct morons dictating life and death decisions. It´s very difficult for me to speak to members of my own family, who voted for this thieving charlatan, they´re much to old to have known better.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: gilbi, 1/1/2014 10:40:54 PM     (No. 9676135)

What we need in this country are election laws that give the right to vote only to people who pay income tax.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 1/1/2014 11:04:26 PM     (No. 9676159)

We are deliberately being overwhelmed by immigrants who come here knowing nothing about the country and immediately are voting and making decisions. They are told that the Democrats are for the "little peoople". The Republicans are for the rich. They vote accordingly. First generation Americans are not Americans. It takes three generations to make an American.

The Labour Party in Britain broke up the unity of the people by flooding the country with immigrants. Our Democrats are doing the same here. The melting pot has not been able to work, defeated by the fiction that everyone should retain their own culture.

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Attorney General Eric Holder strayed from prepared remarks to slam the way he was “treated” by a House committee the day before, calling it evidence of “ugly and divisive” civil rights challenges facing him and President Barack Obama. Speaking to the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network at its annual convention in New York on Wednesday, Holder talked about the state of civil rights today and brought up a House committee hearing Tuesday that grew contentious, according to video from Mediaite and reports from outlets including Capital New York. “The last five years have been defined by significant strides and

Meet the 2016 Republican Nominee
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American Thinker, by Daren Jonescu    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/9/2014 6:45:01 AM     Post Reply
How does the Republican Party establishment choose its presidential candidate? Typically, constitutionalists accuse their establishment rivals of being moderate, risk-averse, stubborn old fools who lack faith in conservative principles. This is a soothing interpretation, as it begins from the hypothesis that the contest between conservatives and the GOP elite is a family feud. But there is another hypothesis -- less soothing, but, at least from an outsider´s bird´s-eye view, more reconcilable with the facts. This hypothesis is that America has reached a stage of progressive soft despotism in which the only important family feud in national politics is between the fundamentally

RAND study: By our estimate, 3.9 million
people signed up for ObamaCare, not
7.1 million like the White House says

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Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/9/2014 4:25:19 AM     Post Reply
A caveat right off the bat: RAND’s estimate only runs through March 28 whereas the actual deadline for signing up was March 31st. Given the crush of traffic on Healthcare.gov in late March, many more people could have signed up over those last three days than were captured by these numbers. On the other hand, the White House was claiming six million sign-ups as of March 27. There’s no way to reconcile that with RAND’s data. One of them is wrong. Maybe both, in fact. There’s a big spike in Medicaid, just as everyone expected. There’s a less big but

Researchers raise
questions about flu drugs

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USA Today, by Michelle Healy    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/10/2014 1:17:52 AM     Post Reply
A new review is questioning the effectiveness of two key drugs enlisted in the fight against influenza and in turn the investments by governments to stockpile the drugs in the event of a global flu outbreak. The antiviral drugs Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir ) are commonly used to treat influenza in healthy adults and children. In the case of Tamiflu, the drug does shorten symptoms of influenza by about half a day - as the manufacturer suggests - but there is insufficient evidence to support claims that it reduces hospital admissions or serious complications, such as confirmed pneumonia or

Holder on Gohmert exchange: ‘What
attorney general has ever had to
deal with that kind of treatment?’

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Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/9/2014 7:08:41 PM     Post Reply
Eric Holder ventured off script in a speech Wednesday to the National Action Network, the organization led by MSNBC host and recently-exposed FBI informant Al Sharpton. “I’m pleased to note that the last five years have been defined by significant strides and by lasting reforms,” said Holder at the conference of black activists, before improvising “even in the face, even in the face, of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly, and divisive adversity.” “If you don’t believe that, if you look at the way, forget about me, forget about me, if you look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated

Democrat Elijah Cummings Faces
Up to Five Years in Federal Prison

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Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/10/2014 5:20:42 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) could face up to five years in federal prison for obstructing a Congressional proceeding. On Wednesday, Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and five Subcommittee Chairmen on the committee sent a letter to Ranking Member Cummings demanding an explanation for his staff’s queries from the IRS, why the Minority hid these efforts from the Majority, and why the Ranking Member denied such actions by his staff at a February Subcommittee hearing: “Although you have previously denied that your staff made inquiries to the IRS about conservative organization True the Vote that may have led to additional

Top conservative: 2016 not
Ted Cruz´s turn, favors Mike
Pence-Rand Paul ticket

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
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A founding father of the conservative movement who is now a star among Tea Party activists is urging the GOP to choose a governor to duel Washington “insider” Hillary Clinton for the White House, saying that 2016 isn´t the best time for Sen. Ted Cruz to run. Often called the “funding father” of conservatism for pioneering direct mail fundraising, Richard A. Viguerie believes that the Texas senator is a “game changer” for the movement but that the best way to beat Clinton is with a candidate from outside the beltway. “I don´t think it would be best for the conservative movement for

George Bush´s paintings
are ´copied off Google images
and Wikipedia´ art critic claims

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Independent [UK], by Rob Williams    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/9/2014 10:47:55 AM     Post Reply
As a former President of The Most Powerful Country In The World, George W Bush has significantly greater access to world leaders than most budding artists. (Snip) Art critics have pointed out that a number of the 30 portraits in the exhibition appear to be based on images thrown up by a cursory search of the person´s name in Google Images. In some cases the portrait seems to have been based on the very first image result on the search engine. Rather remarkably, even the portrait of his own father, someone who he surely could have asked to sit for him, appears to be based on an Associated Press portrait which appears on the first page of

Hercules Actor Kevin Sorbo:
Hollywood, Media Ignoring
‘The Crime of the Century’

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Cybercast News Service, by Michael W. Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/9/2014 6:57:56 PM     Post Reply
Although the news media and Hollywood relish telling stories about horrific crimes and serial killers, they are strangely silent about Dr. Kermit Gosnell, an abortionist who killed living, viable babies by snipping their spinal cords with scissors, and who is “America’s most prolific serial killer,” said actor Kevin Sorbo and his wife Sam Jenkins in a video to promote funding for a movie about Gosnell. “Kermit Gosnell is America’s most prolific serial killer,” says Kevin Sorbo, who starred in the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. “For more than three decades he was an abortion doctor in Philadelphia, where he


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