Politics

DeSantis Judge Strikes Down DeSantis’s House Map

The Associated Press reports: A state judge has ruled that a congressional map approved by Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and drawn by his staff is unconstitutional because it breaks up a district where Black voters can choose their representatives. Leon County Circuit Judge Layne Smith said Wednesday that he will issue a formal order Thursday or Friday to keep …

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Trump Pick Loses Nebraska GOP Gov Primary [VIDEO]

NPR reports: In Nebraska, Jim Pillen has won the Republican primary for governor, according to a race call from The Associated Press. Riding the endorsement of Gov. Pete Ricketts and much of the state’s GOP establishment, Pillen, a hog producer and University of Nebraska regent, held off rival candidates that included Charles Herbster – a political newcomer backed by former …

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Steve Schmidt: John McCain Lied To Me About Affair

The New York Times reports: The senior strategist for Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign said on Sunday night that he had lied to discredit a New York Times article that reported on Mr. McCain’s close relationship with a female lobbyist, a claim that the candidate and the campaign attacked at considerable length at the time. The statement from Steve …

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Son Of Late Dictator Elected President Of Philippines

Reuters reports: The son of the disgraced late Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos vowed on Tuesday to work for all people after his stunning election victory, and told the world to judge him by his presidency, not his family’s past. Ferdinand Marcos Jr, better known as “Bongbong”, become the first candidate in recent history to win an outright majority in a …

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Dem Rep Launches Bid To Succeed Term-Limited HI Gov

The Hill reports: Rep. Kaiali’i Kahele (D-Hawaii) said Saturday he will run for governor of the state, making formal a campaign he had hinted at for months. Kahele will begin the contest just three months before Hawaii Democrats pick a nominee to replace term-limited Gov. David Ige (D). He is likely to be among the front-runners, along with Lt. Gov. …

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Washington Post Wins Top Pulitzer For Riot Coverage

The Washington Post reports: The Washington Post was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service on Monday for its coverage of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and its aftermath. The prize, considered American journalism’s highest honor, recognizes the work of more than 100 journalists across the Post’s newsroom, many of whom contributed reporting from the Capitol …

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Man In FDNY Shirt Heckles Roe Protesters: “You Have No Choice, Your Body Is Mine, You’re Having My Baby”

Newsweek reports: A viral video showing a man telling abortion rights protesters that “your body is mine” and “you’re having my baby” has sparked outrage on social media. The Supreme Court leak prompted many more protesters than usual to gather outside the Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on Saturday. Closed captions on the clip described the man …

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Esper: I Stopped US Strikes On Venezuela And Iran

Mediaite reports: According to a transcript of the interview provided by CBS, Esper told correspondent Norah O’Donnell, “it’s important to our country, it’s important to the republic, the American people, that they understand what was going on in this very consequential period — the last year of the Trump administration.” “And to tell the story about things we prevented: really …

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GOP Rep Backs Abortion Exceptions For Rape, Incest

The Hill reports: Republican Rep. Nancy Mace (S.C.) on Sunday said she supports exceptions for abortions in the case of rape, incest and life of the mother, citing her personal experience with rape when she was a young girl. Asked if she thinks exceptions to abortion for victims of rape and incest should be codified by federal law, Mace told …

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Protesters Rally Outside Homes Of Kavanaugh, Roberts

Washington DC’s CBS News affiliate reports: Rain did not stop dozens of pro-choice protesters that took to the streets of Chevy Chase, Md. to pay a visit to the homes of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh. “You don’t get to take away my bodily autonomy and get enjoy your Saturday at home. You can do one or …

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SNL Takes On Leaked Supreme Court Draft [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: “Saturday Night Live” dug deep for its opening sketch this weekend, far into the text of a leaked draft opinion indicating that the Supreme Court has voted to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision, at the section where the draft opinion’s author, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., cites legal theory from 13th century England. As …

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Steve Schmidt Unleashes Epic Twitter Thread Against “Rotten, Entitled, Spoiled, Mean, Bully” Meghan McCain

The Insider reports: John McCain’s former campaign manager Steve Schmidt vented about the late senator’s daughter on Twitter, describing Meghan McCain as “a bully, entitled, unaccomplished, spoiled and mean.” Her tantrums and antics, Schmidt alleged in an 11-part Twitter thread, left the veteran senator “appalled and embarrassed” by his daughter during his 2008 campaign trail. According to the Washington Examiner, …

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Sinn Fein Party Wins Control In Northern Ireland

The Associated Press reports: The Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein, which seeks unification with Ireland, hailed a “new era” Saturday for Northern Ireland as it captured the largest number of seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly for the first time in a historic win. With almost all votes counted from Thursday’s local U.K. election, Sinn Fein secured 27 of the …

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Generic Poll Shows Voters Prefer Pro-Choice Democrats Over Anti-Abortion Republican Candidates By 13 Points

Yahoo News reports: A new Yahoo News/YouGov poll, one of the first to be conducted entirely after the leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s controversial draft opinion, suggests that Republicans risk overplaying their hand on abortion ahead of the 2022 midterms — and that Democrats could benefit if the hot-button issue is on the ballot. The survey of 1,577 U.S. adults, …

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GOP Operative Behind Ballot Harvesting In Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: City elections officials last week received applications from more than three dozen Republican voters across a pocket of the neighborhood. Those applications requested that mail ballots be delivered not to the voters’ homes, but to P.O. Box 54705, an address registered to a recently formed GOP political action committee, according to state data. Many of those …

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Lifting The Lid On Late NYC Mayor Ed Koch’s Gayness

The New York Times reports: As his 70s ticked by, Mr. Koch described to a few friends a feeling he could not shake: a deep loneliness. He wanted to meet someone, he said. Did they know anyone who might be “partner material?” Someone “a little younger than me?” Someone to make up for lost time? “I want a boyfriend,” he …

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Clarence Thomas: Government Shouldn’t Be “Bullied”

CNN reports: Justice Clarence Thomas, following the leak of a draft majority opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, said Friday that government institutions shouldn’t be “bullied” into delivering what some see as the preferred outcome. “The events of earlier this week is one symptom of that,” Thomas said. He added that “you cannot have a free society” without stable institutions. His …

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POLL: Fetterman +39 In PA Dem Senate Primary Race

Penn Live reports: With less than two weeks to go before the May 17 primary election, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is maintaining a comfortable lead in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary, while the Republican races for Senate and governor appear to be up for grabs, according to a new poll. Fetterman leads U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb 53 percent to …

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Chief Justice John Roberts Condemns “Appalling” Leak

CNN reports: Chief Justice John Roberts said Thursday that the leak of a draft opinion that would strike down Roe v. Wade is “absolutely appalling” and stressed that he hopes “one bad apple” would not change “people’s perception” of the nation’s highest court and workforce. In his first public appearance since the leak on Monday, Roberts also said that if …

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Collins Opposes Senate Bill To Codify Abortion Rights

The Washington Post reports: Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), one of two prominent Republican senators who support abortion rights, said Thursday that she does not support a Democratic measure that would create statutory right to the procedure, arguing that the legislation does not provide sufficient protection to antiabortion health providers. The statement from Collins comes as the Senate is preparing to …

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