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Cheat Sheet: May 14, 2013

Convicted abortion doctor Gosnell gets life in prison

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, a Philadelphia abortion doctor, was convicted Monday of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies who were delivered alive and killed with scissors. Former clinic employees testified that Gosnell routinely performed illegal abortions past Pennsylvania’s 24-week limit, that he delivered babies who were still moving, whimpering or breathing and that he and his assistants dispatched the newborns by “snipping” their spines, as he referred to it. Prosecutors had sought the death penalty because Gosnell killed more than one person and his victims were vulnerable, but Gosnell’s own advanced age had made it unlikely he would ever be executed before his appeals ran out. Prosecutors agreed to two life sentences without parole. (Source)

Democrats in Triage Mode on White House Scandals

As three separate scandals—the IRS targeting the tea party, the Justice Department’s phone-records grab from the AP and Benghazi—erupt simultaneously, congressional Republicans are hoping to fold them into a single narrative of an unaccountable and overreaching White House that cannot be trusted. However, congressional Democrats—knowing the fate of a progressive agenda and their own priorities lie with the continued political strength of the White House—hope to treat and triage the emerging scandals independently. (Source)

Virginia couple arrested for skinny dipping

A Virginia couple was arrested shortly before 3 a.m. on Sunday on a South Carolina beach after police say the couple was found nude. According to North Myrtle Beach police, Jasmine Kim Walton, 21, Potomac Falls, and Kyle Martin Schnoebelen, 22 of Fairfax, had gone skinny-dipping and returned to find their clothes missing. Walton was charged with public disorderly conduct and public nudity. Schnoebelen was charged with public nudity. (Source)

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