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DOJ Files Suit Against Lone Star State Over Abortion Law

But is this going to sit well with states’ rights advocates?

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Texas, a famously independent state if there ever was one, has been the subject of great controversy this week, after the US Supreme Court upheld a hotly-contested new abortion law in the Lone Star State.

The law, which would prohibit abortions after six weeks, has drawn a fierce rebuke from the liberal left an the West Wing like, and now it appears as though the Biden administration is willing to weaponize the Department of Justice in order to gut Governor Greg Abbott’s work.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas over its new law outlawing abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday.

The Texas Heartbeat Act, or S.B. 8, signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in May, prohibits all abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, usually around six weeks, and also gives individuals the right to sue abortion clinics or those who help women get abortions in the state.

Garland, joined by Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco and Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, said during a Thursday press briefing that the law is “clearly unconstitutional under longstanding Supreme Court precedent.”

And that wasn’t all…

“It does not rely on the state’s executive branch to enforce the law, as is the norm in Texas and everywhere else,” he said. “Rather, the statute deputizes all private citizens, without any showing of personal connection or injury, to serve as bounty hunters, authorized to recover at least $10,000 per claim from individuals who facilitate a women’s exercise of her constitutional rights.”

“The obvious and expressly acknowledged intention of this statutory scheme is to prevent women from exercising their constitutional rights by thwarting judicial review for as long as possible,” said Garland.

This will only serve to further inflame tensions between Texas and the federal government, at a time in which many are beginning to wonder if Washington knows where to draw the line between states’ rights and national overreach.

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Russia Now Holding Global Grain Supply for Ransom in Ukraine

The Kremlin is running out of ideas.

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With his Ukrainian invasion now looking positively comical in its execution, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin needs a new angle to remain relevant on the world’s stage.  All of the fear that he manufactured regarding his “potent” military has been washed away by the reality on the ground in Ukraine, essentially poking a major hole in his boogeyman routine.

And so now, in a desperate plea for import, the Kremlin is looking to hold the global grain supply hostage. 

Russia will lift its blockade of the Black Sea and once again allow grain to be exported from Ukraine once Western nations lift sanctions, the country’s Deputy Foreign Minister has said.

With millions of tons of grain stuck in Ukraine due to Russia blockading the Black Sea, Western powers have been formulating various plans and schemes to get food exports once again flowing out of Ukraine.

But then came a rather tacit admission.

However, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, Andrei Rudenko, has made clear the restriction of the food supply is a power play by Moscow, saying the flow of food so badly needed by the developing world will only resume once sanctions are lifted on Russia.

According to a report by Russian state news agency Interfax, Rudenko said that Moscow was “ready for dialogue” regarding allowing the export of food from Ukraine, but that an agreement on the issue could only be reached via concessions from the West.

“We have repeatedly commented on the matter [of grain exports] and said that a resolution of the food problem would require a comprehensive approach, including the lifting of sanctions imposed on Russian exports and financial transactions,” the agency reports Rudenko as saying, having also emphasised that Russia was supposedly ready to talk to anyone seeking “a peaceful resolution of all problems”.

“Russia is ready to provide the necessary humanitarian passage, as it is doing every day,” he went on to say.

Russia’s economy is on the brink of total meltdown, as the crippling sanctions have made it near impossible for Russia to pay its debts, and the US is now set to force the nation’s first default in 105 years.

 

With his Ukrainian invasion now looking positively comical in its execution, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin needs a new angle to remain relevant on the world’s stage.  All of the fear that he manufactured regarding his “potent” military has been washed away by the reality on the ground in Ukraine, essentially poking a major hole in his boogeyman routine. And so now, in a desperate plea for import, the Kremlin is looking to hold the global grain supply hostage.  Russia will lift its blockade of the Black Sea and once again allow grain to be exported from Ukraine once Western nations lift sanctions, the country’s Deputy Foreign Minister has said. With millions of tons of grain stuck in Ukraine due to Russia blockading the Black Sea, Western powers have been formulating various plans and schemes to get food exports once again flowing out of Ukraine. But then came a rather tacit admission. However, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, Andrei Rudenko, has made clear the restriction of the food supply is a power play by Moscow, saying the flow of food so badly needed by the developing world will only resume once sanctions are lifted on Russia. According to a report by Russian state news agency Interfax, Rudenko said that Moscow was “ready for dialogue” regarding allowing the export of food from Ukraine, but that an agreement on the issue could only be reached via concessions from the West. “We have repeatedly commented on the matter [of grain exports] and said that a resolution of the food problem would require a comprehensive approach, including the lifting of sanctions imposed on Russian exports and financial transactions,” the agency reports Rudenko as saying, having also emphasised that Russia was supposedly ready to talk to anyone seeking “a peaceful resolution of all problems”. “Russia is…

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AOC Wants Masculinity Examined After Texas School Massacre

This may not be AOC’s most cogent argument surrounding the Second Amendment, but it certainly did provide a good laugh. 

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In the wake of this week’s elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, politicians have wasted no time jumping into the grim spotlight that the tragedy has provided, and some in rather self-serving ways.

We’ve seen our elected officials twist and spin the heinous shooting in all manner of directions, from the predictable calls for more security at our schools, to bringing back the assault weapon ban.

But, in her typically-tangential fashion, House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has managed to squeeze some toxic masculinity into the conversation. 

Controversial Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took aim at Congress and a patriarchal society in a social-media rant in the wake of the shooting at a Texas school that left 21 people dead.

“There’s so many different areas and issues where all of us agree – if not all, an overwhelming amount of us agree. And Congress still can’t get their s*** together,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a nearly hour-long video posted on her Instagram account.

Her suggestion was a bit out there for some.

Ocasio-Cortez also took aim at toxic masculinity that she said glorified aspects such as guns and violence. She told people to “check” the men in their life.

“It just feels like there’s very few role models and examples of people talking about this in healthy ways,” she said. “And it’s a big problem because there are a lot of crises.”

This may not be AOC’s most cogent argument surrounding the Second Amendment, but it certainly did provide a good laugh.

In the wake of this week’s elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, politicians have wasted no time jumping into the grim spotlight that the tragedy has provided, and some in rather self-serving ways. We’ve seen our elected officials twist and spin the heinous shooting in all manner of directions, from the predictable calls for more security at our schools, to bringing back the assault weapon ban. But, in her typically-tangential fashion, House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has managed to squeeze some toxic masculinity into the conversation.  Controversial Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took aim at Congress and a patriarchal society in a social-media rant in the wake of the shooting at a Texas school that left 21 people dead. “There’s so many different areas and issues where all of us agree – if not all, an overwhelming amount of us agree. And Congress still can’t get their s*** together,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a nearly hour-long video posted on her Instagram account. Her suggestion was a bit out there for some. Ocasio-Cortez also took aim at toxic masculinity that she said glorified aspects such as guns and violence. She told people to “check” the men in their life. “It just feels like there’s very few role models and examples of people talking about this in healthy ways,” she said. “And it’s a big problem because there are a lot of crises.” This may not be AOC’s most cogent argument surrounding the Second Amendment, but it certainly did provide a good laugh.

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