Politics

SCOTUS To Hear Mississippi Abortion Case On Dec 1st

CNN reports: The Supreme Court will hear a case concerning a Mississippi abortion law on December 1, the court announced on Monday, teeing up one of the most substantial cases of the term in which the justices are being asked to overturn Roe v. Wade. Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act, passed in 2018 but blocked by two federal courts, allows abortion …

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Sinema Opposes Dem Plan For Drug Pricing Reform

Politico reports: The White House has a new headache as it struggles to get its multitrillion-dollar party-line spending bill passed: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s objections to drug pricing reforms that are already struggling to make it through the House. The Arizona Democrat is opposed to the current prescription drug pricing proposals in both the House and Senate bills, two sources familiar …

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Netanyahu Mocks Biden “Falling Asleep” At Meeting

Mediaite reports: Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to mock President Joe Biden during a Facebook Live on Sunday, invoking a debunked video that was manipulated to look like Biden fell asleep during a meeting with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. “The videos on social media, however, have been misleadingly cropped: seconds later, longer footage shows that Biden responds to Bennett,” …

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Axios: Beto O’Rourke To Announce Bid For TX Governor

Axios reports: Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke is preparing to run for governor of Texas in 2022, with an announcement expected later this year, Texas political operatives tell Axios. O’Rourke’s entry would give Democrats a high-profile candidate with a national fundraising network to challenge Republican Gov. Greg Abbott — and give O’Rourke, a former three-term congressman from El Paso and 2020 …

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WaPo Poll: Virginia Gubernatorial Race In A Toss-Up

The Washington Post reports: Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are locked in a tight race for Virginia governor, with McAuliffe standing at 50 percent to 47 percent for Youngkin among likely voters in a Washington Post-Schar School poll. Among registered voters, McAuliffe has a 49 percent to 43 percent edge over Youngkin — but neither lead is statistically …

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“Death To Gays” Boxer Manny Pacquiao Announces Run For President Of Philippines: “I Fight Outside The Ring”

The Associated Press reports: Philippine boxing icon and senator Manny Pacquiao says he will run for president in the 2022 elections. Pacquiao accepted the nomination of his PDP-Laban party at its national convention on Sunday, pledging to honestly serve the Filipino people who he said have been waiting for a change of government. “I am a fighter, and I will …

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France Recalls US Ambassador Over Submarine Deal

CNN reports: The French government has immediately recalled its ambassador to the US for consultation in response to the recently announced national security partnership with the United Kingdom and Australia. Philippe Étienne, the French ambassador to the US, confirmed the news when reached for comment. In a statement, Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, said …

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Kremlin Employs “Clone” Candidates To Squash Critics

Politico Europe reports: Boris Vishnevsky has been in politics for some 30 years. In that time, he thinks he’s participated in at least that many electoral campaigns. So when Vishnevsky — a central opposition figure in St. Petersburg fighting pro-Kremlin candidates — started campaigning for this year’s legislative elections, he wasn’t expecting any surprises. Then he saw a voting poster …

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Milley: Calls To China Were “Routine” Part Of My Job

The Associated Press reports: The top U.S. military officer said Friday that calls he made to his Chinese counterpart in the final stormy months of Donald Trump’s presidency were “perfectly within the duties and responsibilities” of his job. In his first public comments on the conversations, Gen. Mark Milley such said calls are “routine” and were done “to reassure both …

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Clarence Thomas Claims Supreme Court Isn’t Political

Axios reports: Justice Clarence Thomas on Thursday, during rare public remarks at the University of Notre Dame, warned against politicizing the Supreme Court. Thomas, 73, also criticized some of his colleagues, without naming names, for veering into the role of politicians, saying that “[w]hen we begin to venture into the legislative or executive branch lanes, those of us, particularly in …

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GOP Rep Who Voted To Impeach Trump Will Retire

The Washington Post reports: Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio), one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach former president Donald Trump, on Thursday announced he will not seek reelection in 2022, citing a desire to “build a fuller family life” as well as “the toxic dynamics inside our own party.” Gonzalez, a former professional football player, was once seen as a …

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Obama Endorses Trudeau Ahead Of Canadian Election

CTV News reports: With less then a week until election day, former U.S. president Barack Obama has waded into the fray to bolster the campaign of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, who he describes as his “friend.” Even after Obama left office, the pair have maintained friendly relations, with the former president visiting Trudeau at an Ottawa brewery for a pint …

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North Korea Fires Ballistic Missiles Off Coast [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: North Korea launched two ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday, the country’s first ballistic missile test in six months and a violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions that ban North Korea from conducting such tests. Hours after the missiles were launched, South Korea announced that its president, Moon Jae-in, had just …

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Gavin Newsom Easily Survives Recall Effort [VIDEO]

Yahoo News reports: California Governor Gavin Newsom easily survived a recall election Tuesday in a closely-watched race that drew national attention and campaign visits from President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the Associated Press projected less than an hour after polls closed in the state. “No is not the only thing that was expressed tonight,” the governor said. “I …

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Marine Le Pen Launches Third Bid For French President

Politico Europe reports: Marine Le Pen hit out at Emmanuel Macron on Sunday and sought to tamp down talk that controversial TV star Eric Zemmour is stealing her thunder on the far right as she launched her third bid for the French presidency. Le Pen told her far-right National Rally members in the seaside town of Fréjus, southern France, that …

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Amy Coney Barrett: Justices Are Not “Partisan Hacks”

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports: In the wake of a controversial decision on abortion rights, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett told a crowd of more than 100 here that she doesn’t believe the highest court in the land is politically driven. “My goal today is to convince you that this court is not comprised of a bunch of partisan …

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Stephen Breyer: “I Don’t Intend To Die On The Court”

Mother Jones reports: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has been on something of a media blitz this past week, giving a series of well-publicized interviews about his new book, The Authority of the Court and the Peril of Politics. Today, he appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, where he once again disappointed Democrats by refusing to say when …

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Bush Condemns Domestic Extremists In 9/11 Speech

The Independent reports: Former president George W Bush recalled images of chaos and death rejoined by stories of service and kindness in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks during a memorial service in Pennsylvania, surrounded by families of the 40 passengers and crew members who wrestled control of a plane to avoid untold destruction 20 years ago. He said …

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CEO Offers To Relocate TX Staff Over Abortion Law

CNBC reports: Salesforce told thousands of employees in a Slack message on Friday that if they and their families are concerned about the ability to access reproductive care in the wake of Texas’ aggressive anti-abortion law, the company will help them relocate. “These are incredibly personal issues that directly impact many of us — especially women,” Salesforce told employees in …

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LIVE VIDEO: Bidens Attend Manhattan 9/11 Memorial

The Washington Post reports: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden are scheduled to travel to three locations, starting with New York City, then moving on to Shanksville, Pa., and finally Arlington, Va. Their day begins at Ground Zero in New York City for a ceremony that begins at 8:30 a.m. At 8:46 a.m. they will hold a moment of …

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