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every American should know about current abortion law in America.

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With so many states changing abortion laws, these 3 facts will keep you current on a major topic of debate.

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A special Mother’s Day message with a twist on this week’s news.

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HONOR THE FALLEN

3 Marines died in Afghanistan this week.

One American diplomat says the best way to honor them is to continue negotiations with the group that killed them.

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What Happened:

  • Roadside bomb targeted a convoy near Bagram Airfield, a major transportation hub for American forces. Taliban claimed responsibility.
  • 3 Americans killed, 3 injured. Initial reporting: an American contractor killed. That contractor, an Afghan, survived.
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“Firefighter Slutman bravely wore two uniforms and committed his life to public service both as a New York City firefighter and as a member of the United States Marine Corps.”

NYC Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro speaking about Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, a 15-year veteran of the NYFD. Slutman, 43, was married with 3 daughters.
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“He was all around a great guy with an upbeat attitude who loved the Corps through and through… He would know how to get everyone’s morale and attitude back on track.”

Marine veteran Sam Belli who served previously with Sgt. Ben Hines, 31, who joined the Marines in 2006, also deployed previously to Iraq.
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“I am the proudest dad on earth.”

Erik Hendriks, father of Cpl. Robert Hendriks, 25, who was on his first deployment. Hendriks and others were part of a mission to train NATO troops. In 2018, 13 American soldiers died in Afghanistan. 7 soldiers have died so far in 2019. Approximately 14,000 soldiers are currently serving in America's longest war.
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“The best way to honor our fallen heroes and their families is to make sure those responsible are brought to justice, and to end the Afghan war with a peace agreement that ensures Afghanistan is never again a threat to the US while dramatically reducing our burden.”

U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad who spearheads negotiations between the U.S., Afghanistan gov't, and the Taliban, which could potentially lead to America's withdrawal.
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What do you think? Some believe America can withdraw without negotiating with the Taliban, arguing talks only elevate the group known for terrorizing its own people. Others say, negotiating peace with all parties will produce the best results for Afghanistan & America.

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American or ISIS Bride…
Or Both?

A father heads to a U.S. court today to fight for his daughter’s return to America after she ran away to join ISIS in Syria.

The U.S. says she’s not a citizen.
Her family says she is.

What this legal debate teaches us about U.S. citizenship.

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What To Know:
U.S. Citizens

  • Babies born to non-citizens in the U.S. are automatically citizens EXCEPT babies born to diplomats.
  • Citizenship is required for a U.S. passport.
  • U.S. citizenship (regardless of when you receive it, at birth or later) may be revoked by the U.S. gov’t under certain circumstances.
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HODA MUTHANA

  • Born in New Jersey; her father served as a Yemeni UN diplomat.
  • In 2014, she fled Alabama to marry an ISIS fighter in Syria.
  • She admits to calling for the murder of American citizens online. Posted a photo allegedly burning her U.S. passport.
  • Now lives in a Syrian refugee camp w/ her toddler son & wants to return to U.S.
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Citizenship Case

  • U.S. says: she is NOT a citizen b/c her father was a diplomat at the time of her birth.
  • Muthana’s family says: she was born a citizen and obtained a U.S. passport in 2004. Family admits in 2016, a gov’t letter informed them Muthana’s citizenship was revoked over inaccuracies re: father’s diplomatic position dates.
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What The Law Says:

  • You can lose your citizenship if you partake in certain acts, with the intention of rejecting your citizenship status.
  • These acts include being convicting of treason, and either obtaining citizenship in, serving in the armed forces of, or, declaring allegiance to a “foreign state.”
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Lingering Legal Issues

  • ISIS is not considered a “foreign state” under U.S. law.
  • Muthana hasn’t been charged with any crime.
  • Citizen can formally renounce their U.S. citizenship: Did Muthana officially do that?
  • Besides citizenship debate, does the U.S. gov’t have other legal grounds to reject her reentry to America?
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Across the pond, a similar case has emerged in United Kingdom concerning a 15-year-old British citizen who fled to join ISIS in Syria in 2015. The UK intends to revoke her citizenship citing a law that allows it do so when it is “conducive to the public good."

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We asked and you answered! In honor of "National Read Across America" day - Here are some favorite books from SmartHER Readers!

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