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South Carolina Republican state senator Penry Gustafson debates a six week abortion ban at the state legislature


South Carolina's six-week abortion ban

South Carolina is set to become the latest US state to place severe limits on abortion access after the state Senate passed a bill that would implement a six-week abortion ban – notably before many women even know they are pregnant. Gov. Henry McMaster said he plans to sign the bill into law soon.
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The suspected Chinese spy balloon drifts to the ocean after being shot down off the coast in Surfside Beach, South Carolina.

REUTERS/Randall Hill

What We're Watching: US-China balloon fallout, Iranian "amnesty"

As US shoots down Chinese spy balloon, China cries foul

If we'd told you a week ago that the recent US-China thaw would be upended by X, you'd have probably guessed X had something to do with Taiwan, US semiconductor export controls, or perhaps China's covert profiteering from Russia's war in Ukraine. Nope. It was all over ... a balloon.

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