And then there is this…
On a 52-48 vote, the Senate has confirmed Cory Wilson to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals - the 200th federal judge confirmed under Trump and the GOP Senate, and the first time in four decades that there is not a single circuit court vacancy nationwide.
Trump Campaign advisor convicted of child sex charges
DC statehood just passed the House
Read the Bill
Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops, Intelligence Says
The Trump administration has been deliberating for months about what to do about a stunning intelligence assessment.
Trump was told in March that Putin has placed a bounty on the heads of American soldiers in Afghanistan.
Russia has paid off some of those bounties. How many of the 20 Americans KIA in Afghanistan since March were assassinated because Trump refused to take action? How many were killed before this because Putin knew Trump is too weak to stop him?
Recent SCOTUS decisions have been very favorable to liberals and today, again Roberts sided with the more liberal judges and confirmed an existing precedent.
The measure would have required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of a clinic.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Louisiana’s tough restriction on abortion violates the Constitution, a surprising victory for abortion rights advocates from an increasingly conservative court.
The 5-4 decision, in which Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the court’s four more liberal justices, struck down a law passed by Louisiana’s legislature in 2014 that required any doctor offering abortion services to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. Its enforcement had been blocked by a protracted legal battle.
Two Louisiana doctors and a medical clinic sued to get the law overturned. They said it would leave only one doctor at a single clinic to provide services for nearly 10,000 women who seek abortions in the state each year.
The challengers said the requirement was identical to a Texas law the Supreme Court struck down in 2016. With the vote of then-Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court ruled that Texas imposed an obstacle on women seeking access to abortion services without providing any medical benefits. Kennedy was succeeded by the more conservative Brett Kavanaugh, appointed by President DonaldTrump, who was among the four dissenters Monday.
Hong Kong will be further knee-capped by China and all the demonstrations there against that will be quashed.
China passed a contentious new law for Hong Kong on Tuesday that would empower the authorities to crack down on opposition to Beijing, risking deeper rifts with Western governments that have warned about the erosion of freedoms in the territory.
The swift approval by lawmakers in Beijing, less than two weeks after they first formally considered the legislation, signaled the urgency that the Communist Party leader, Xi Jinping, has given to expanding control in Hong Kong after the territory was convulsed by pro-democracy protests last year.
The lawmakers voted unanimously for the national security law for Hong Kong, according to Lau Siu-kai, a senior Beijing adviser on Hong Kong policy, as well as two Hong Kong newspapers that serve as conduits for official policy from Beijing, Wen Wei Po and Ta Kung Pao.
SUPREME COURT DECISION TODAY!!! - Awaiting T’s taxes decisions…but so far no big announcement on that.
(Update: No taxes decision today - anticipate possibly Thursday July 2nd OR Monday July 6th.)
Check here for decisions - they come in 10 minute intervals
A step in the right direction…but FB is bowing to public and financial pressure to curb their platforms of violent profiles. Boogaloo certainly fits that description.
Facebook announced Tuesday that it is removing groups dedicated to the Boogaloo extremist movement one month after federal officials alleged the anti-government network’s adherents used the platform to plan the murder of a federal agent.
The social media giant said it removed 220 Boogaloo Facebook groups and 95 Instagram accounts that violated its policies against organized violence. It said 400 additional groups that were tangentially associated with the movement would be taken down, too.
“Today we are designating a violent U.S.-based anti-government network as a dangerous organization and banning it from our apps. This network uses the term boogaloo but is distinct from the broader and loosely-affiliated boogaloo movement because it actively seeks to commit violence,” a Facebook spokesperson wrote in a statement.
The Jobs Report is out and Trump is doing a victory lap for people getting their jobs back as they come off of furlough. Oy.
U.S. Customs Seizes 13-Ton Shipment of Human Hair Weaves, Believed to Have Been Cut From Prisoners in Chinese Internment Camps
Just a good hearted message.
Another rocker protesting T’s use of music…Neil Young.
I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux & this is NOT ok with me https://twitter.com/bymorganmatzen/status/1279157689034182658
— Neil Young Archives (@NeilYoungNYA) July 4, 2020
Young became a U.S. citizen in January. The following month, he criticized the Trump campaign’s use of his music at rallies in an open letter posted on his website. In it, he called the president “a disgrace to my country.”
“‘Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World’ is not a song you can trot out at one of your rallies,” Young wrote. “Perhaps you could have been a bass player and played in a rock and roll band. That way you could be on stage at a rally every night in front of your fans, if you were any good, and you might be…”
Young also publicly objected to Trump’s use of his songs in his 2016 campaign.
Adele, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Village People, R.E.M. and the estates of Tom Petty and Prince are among a raft of other artists to demand Trump stop using their tracks at his rallies
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A bit of Stephen Miller spotting…
The Dakota Access pipeline must shut down by Aug. 5, a district court ruled Monday in a stunning defeat for the Trump administration and the oil industry.
The decision is a momentous win for American Indian tribes that have opposed the Energy Transfer Partners LP project for years. It comes just a day after developers scuttled another project, the Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline, after years of legal delays.