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Kate Smith: American singer
Kathryn Elizabeth Smith, known professionally as Kate Smith and The First Lady of Radio, was an American singer, a contralto, well known for her rendition of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America". She had a radio, television, and recording career spanning five decades, which reached its pinnacle in the 1940s. Smith became known as The Songbird of the South after her enduring popularity during World War II.

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Election results' impact on abortion rights in Virginia and Kentucky

Democrats have claimed victory in key races in Virginia and Kentucky after Tuesday's elections. It may also be a win for abortion rights activists. CBS News reporter Kate Smith joined CBSN to discuss..
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Congress members from border districts oppose wall funding

All nine members of Congress representing districts along the U.S.-Mexico border are opposed to funding President Trump's request for $5.7 billion for a border wall. CBSNews.com reporter Kate Smith..
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2020 Democrats speak out against Alabama abortion bill

Democrats running for president in 2020 are coming out against Alabama's restrictive abortion bill. The measure would virtually outlaw the procedure, without exceptions for rape and incest. CBSN..
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Missouri governor says Planned Parenthood clinic in jeopardy

Missouri Governor Mike Parson spoke publicly for the first time since Planned Parenthood announced its St. Louis clinic's license to perform abortions is in jeopardy of not being renewed. CBS News..
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2020 Democrats join #NoMoreBans abortion protests

Abortion rights advocates held rallies across the country Tuesday to protest recent state laws restricting the procedure. CBSN political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns and CBSNews.com reporter Kate Smith..
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Tennessee lawmakers wrap up second day of debate on controversial abortion bill

Tennessee state lawmakers wrapped up the second day of hearings on a controversial amendment that would ban abortions after a woman knows she is pregnant. The measure is expected to pass the..
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Louisiana could become first state with no access to abortion

Louisiana could become the first state with no access to abortion if its restrictive new law is upheld at the U.S. Supreme Court. CBS News reporter Kate Smith has been following this story and she..
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Sponsor of Louisiana abortion law calls it a "common sense" health measure

Louisiana state Representative Katrina Jackson says a law requiring abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges is just "common sense," but some medical experts disagree. The Supreme Court..
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Planned Parenthood fights for its abortion license in Louisiana

With some of the most restrictive abortion regulations in the country, Louisiana could potentially be left with just one abortion clinic. CBS News reporter Kate Smith joins CBSN from Shreveport,..
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Louisiana's controversial abortion law puts clinics at risk of closure

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case involving Louisiana's restrictions on abortion providers. The law leaves the state's three abortion providers at risk of closure. CBS News reporter Kate Smith..
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What's at stake as Supreme Court takes up Louisiana abortion case

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to rule on a controversial abortion law in Louisiana. CBS News reporter Kate Smith joins CBSN from New Orleans with details.
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Planned Parenthood prepared to spend at least $45 million for 2020 election

Planned Parenthood says it will spend at least $45 million in battleground states during the 2020 campaign season and the group is endorsing dozens of candidates who support abortion rights. CBS News..
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Supreme Court to hear major abortion case from Louisiana

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on a Louisiana law that would require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. If the law is upheld, it could..
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Planned Parenthood secretly builds new "mega-clinic" in Illinois

Planned Parenthood is opening a new "mega-clinic" in southern Illinois, close to states where abortion access is restricted. CBS News reporter Kate Smith got exclusive access to the facility and joined..
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Abortion rates hit record low rates across U.S.

The number of abortions performed in the U.S. has hit its lowest level since Roe vs. Wade legalized abortion nationwide nearly 50 years ago. Since 2014, the number of abortions has reportedly declined..
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Violence against abortion clinics hits record high

The number of attacks and disruptions against abortion clinics across the country has reached a record high. The National Abortion Federation reported over 1,300 violent acts were committed against..
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Anti-abortion activists rally against Illinois abortion law

This year, states across the Midwest and South have been busy passing laws to restrict access to abortions, but in Illinois lawmakers did just the opposite. CBS News reporter Kate Smith attended one..
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Missouri's 8-week abortion ban blocked, but other restrictions go into effect

Missouri's 8-week abortion ban would have gone into effect today, but it was blocked by a federal judge. CBS News reporter Kate Smith joined CBSN from Missouri with details on what restrictions are..
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Missouri's eight-week abortion ban blocked by federal judge

A federal judge has blocked Missouri from enforcing its ban on abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy. Planned Parenthood and the ACLU asked the judge to issue a temporary restraining order to stop..
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3 charged with threatening violence against Planned Parenthood facilities

Three young men have been arrested for threatening mass shootings against Planned Parenthood this month. CBS News reporter Kate Smith joined CBSN to discuss the recent threats against abortion clinics.
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Planned Parenthood refuses Title X federal funding due to "gag rule"

In a stand against the Trump administration's so-called "gag rule," Planned Parenthood has refused Title X federal funding. CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford reports on the decision, and reporter..
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Planned Parenthood and other clinics at risk as Title X "gag rule" goes into effect

A Trump administration change to Title X bars clinics from offering abortion services or even providing abortion information. CBS News reporter Kate Smith joins CBSN to discuss the new rules that go..
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Emotions run high in Tennessee for second day of hearings on total abortion ban

Tennessee lawmakers engaged in a heated exchange with witnesses during a hearing on a total abortion ban for the state. CBS News reporter Kate Smith joined CBSN to discuss what she witnessed during the..
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Will Tennessee pass a total ban on abortion?

Tennessee state lawmakers are hearing testimony on a controversial amendment that would ban abortions at any time during pregnancy. The original bill, which would prohibit abortion once a fetal..
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Tennessee lawmakers consider one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the U.S.

Tennessee lawmakers are deliberating a near- total ban on abortions in the state. The amended "fetal heartbeat" bill would ban abortions at any time after a "viable pregnancy is presumed to exist or..
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Tennessee lawmakers considering total abortion ban

The state judiciary committee in Tennessee is holding hearings this week on an amendment to the fetal heartbeat bill proposed earlier this year. The new changes to the bill would totally ban all..
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Planned Parenthood's new president speaks out

Alexis McGill Johnson was named acting president of the organization on July 16, and sat down with CBS News reporter Kate Smith.
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Planned Parenthood president says lawsuit will address "heartbeat" ban in Missouri

Planned Parenthood is filing suit against Missouri's new anti-abortion law. In her first televised interview, Planned Parenthood's acting president told CBS News reporter Kate Smith the lawsuit will..
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Planned Parenthood's new leader on "what's at stake" in abortion fight

Planned Parenthood and the ACLU have filed a lawsuit against Missouri challenging a state law that would ban abortions after 8 weeks. This comes two weeks after Alexis McGill Johnson took over as..
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New head of Planned Parenthood: "We are very concerned about Roe"

The new acting president of Planned Parenthood, Alexis McGill Johnson, sat down with CBS News reporter Kate Smith for her first interview and talked about the group's priorities amid a surge in..
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Judge hears Arkansas anti-abortion challenges; state could be left with only one clinic

Arkansas could become the seventh state in the country to have only one remaining abortion clinic. A federal judge heard challenges to three of the state's recently-passed anti-abortion bills on..
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Planned Parenthood ousts president after only 8 months

Dr. Leana Wen is leaving her role as president of Planned Parenthood after less than a year, citing "philosophical differences." CBS News reporter Kate Smith joined CBSN to discuss the latest on the..
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Leana Wen out as Planned Parenthood president

Planned Parenthood has removed Dr. Leana Wen as president of the organization. This comes as Planned Parenthood and the future of abortion has come under the microscope across several states in the..
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Missouri abortion ban could go on the ballot in 2020

Missouri's abortion ban may be put to a vote in 2020. The state's appellate court has decided to allow the ACLU to begin collecting signatures to put the new law to a public vote. The ACLU needs to..
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Abortions can continue at St. Louis Planned Parenthood

Missouri’s last remaining abortion clinic, Planned Parenthood of St. Louis, will be allowed to continue providing abortions after a state administrative commissioner gave the clinic a motion to stay..
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ACLU and others file lawsuit against Georgia's "heartbeat" abortion law

The ACLU, Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood announced they've filed a lawsuit challenging a new abortion law in Georgia. The "Living Infants Fairness and Equality" Act bans all..
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Planned Parenthood won't comply with Missouri exam rule

Missouri's last remaining abortion clinic, Planned Parenthood of St. Louis, says it will not comply with a new state requirement to conduct a second pelvic exam before an abortion. CBS News reporter..
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Today in History for June 17th

Highlights of this day in history: The Watergate scandal begins to unfold; The Battle of Bunker Hill during the American Revolution; O.J. Simpson arrested in the slayings of his ex-wife Nicole and..
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Planned Parenthood building new Alabama facility despite state's attempt to ban abortion

Planned Parenthood is going ahead with construction on a new health care facility in Birmingham, Alabama, despite the state's near-total ban on abortions, which is being challenged in court...
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'A song is never just a song': The complicated history behind the controversy over Kate Smith's 'God Bless America'

The Yankees and Flyers cast aside Kate Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" after learning of racist songs she sang in the early 1930s.
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