Less than a month after Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement and Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade’s already a hot topic in courtrooms dealing with abortion-adjacent cases. In the legal battle over a Texas fetal burial law that went to trial on Monday, the federal district judge introduced the case by acknowledging the emotional stakes involved—and promising he’ll decide the case based on “current legal precedent, not potential future rulings.” Lest you think that’s unrelated, Judge David Ezra cited the Supreme Court vacancy and “speculation” about Roe’s fate. It’s the second time Texas has tried to implement a fetal burial law. The first effort, via the Health and Human Services Commission, came in 2016. Another district court judge, Sam Sparks, struck that rule in 2017. He concluded it was vague, caused undue burden on women, and had “high potential” for irreparable harm.” This second attempt, an actual state law—called Senate Bill 8—requires health clinics and hospitals to bury or cremate fetal tissue from ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages, and abortions. Judge Ezra agreed to block February implementation of the law on the basis of the 2017 ruling and recognition that abortion rights proponents arguments were sound. There’s an obvious, overarching problem: The law treats everything from a blastocyst or embryo to a fetus as a person. It’s an overt effort to deter women from seeking abortion—and to sneakily establish embryos as legal entities deserving of the same treatment as people, a.k.a. an effort to entrench the notion of embryonic personhood. One woman who lost a pregnancy at 11 weeks and had to have an abortion procedure to remove the pregnancy tissue has already testified. She told the court of how she found herself—immediately pre-procedure, already hooked up to an IV—presented with a choice between hospital and private burial. The form listed her relationship to her “tissue” as “mother.” Having a burial disrupted her grieving process: She was forced to treat the loss of a pregnancy as the loss of a person. She had no control over what happened next to the product of her body she hoped would become her child. One can only hope her testimony made an impact. Attorney General Ken Paxton’s statement on the case leaves little room to doubt that the state’s willing to employ whatever rhetoric they find effective, no matter how distant from the truth, to argue for the law’s reasonableness.
Anyone who is still waiting for Republicans to be outraged that Donald Trump’s lily-livered betrayal of the United States at the treason summit had best go have lunch. Because that ship has sailed. And honestly, if you’re still worried about whether this, or the next thing, or the thing after that, will bring forth some member of Trump’s top staff who resigns in protest, or a Republican politician who snaps the party out of its blind personality cult … stop worrying about it. That ship sailed weeks ago. As The Nation explained earlier this week, the treason summit wasn’t just a one-day event, and it certainly wasn’t a one-man event. There was nothing that Trump did that he hasn’t done before. And there’s absolutely no surprise in the Republican reaction—pretend to be offended, wait a few days, pretend all is well when nothing at all has changed. Because nothing at all has changed. Not only has Trump not apologized for his words or actions—as if any apology could be sufficient—he’s done what he always does. Doubled down. Tripled down. By throwing on more insults at intelligence officials, continuing to refuse to make a clear statement about Russia’s intent to help him in the 2016 election, and continuing to not only cast doubt on Russia’s intent but to attack the leadership of the intelligence community. Russiagate isn’t just the narrow story of a few corrupt officials. It isn’t even the story of a corrupt president. It’s the story of a corrupt political party, the one currently holding all the levers of power in Washington. There’s a reason why Republican senators and representatives have been going to Moscow to pay homage. And a reason why more have lined up such trips after Donald Trump did the Traitor Shuffle. This wasn’t new. This wasn’t unexpected. This isn’t only Trump.
The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● NC-09: Dan McCready, a Marine Corps Iraq veteran and solar energy businessman, may be running in a decidedly red district, but he's emerged as one of the strongest Democratic contenders in the nation this cycle. He also received a boost when an extremely conservative pastor, Mark Harris, unseated Rep. Robert Pittenger in the May GOP primary. McCready has a wide $1.8 million to $296,000 cash-on-hand edge over Harris, who didn't respond to recent poll from a conservative think tank that put McCready up 43-36. This suburban Charlotte seat voted for Trump by a difficult 54-43 margin, but McCready has very much put this one in play, so we're moving our rating from Lean Republican to Tossup. Race Ratings Changes ● AZ-Gov: Likely Republican → Lean Republican ● IN-09: Safe Republican → Likely Republican ● NC-09: Lean Republican → Tossup ● NY-19: Lean Republican → Tossup ● SC-01: Safe Republican → Likely Republican
x Vimeo Video The train wreck that is the Trump Presidency is gathering momentum. If anyone had doubts Donald Trump is up to his eyeballs in Russian naughtiness, the joint Trump-Putin press conference may open some eyes. (You know, if multiple convictions and indictments weren’t enough.) Honestly, Vladimir Putin may have played his mark a little too well. Trump’s fealty to Putin was just a little too, well, obvious. So obvious in fact that many Republicans are up in arms over the performance—at least until the next time someone yells “tax cut!” After a firestorm of criticism, President Trump kinda’ sorta’ walked back one word (yes, one word) of his press conference. He can’t even do a proper political walk-back. In the face of forty-five minutes of throwing his own administration and the (occasionally evil) United States intelligence community under the bus, one word ain’t going to fix it. Even Paul Ryan almost grew a spine. Almost. Enjoy the cartoon and be sure to stop by my Patreon page!
We begin today’s roundup with Aaron Blake’s analysis of the weakness of Donald Trump: For the third time this week, President Trump has been forced to walk back something he said about Russia. First it was comparing his own intelligence community's credibility to Vladimir Putin's. Then it was his statement that Russia wasn't still interfering in U.S. elections. And now it's his apparent plan to allow Russia to interview Americans it accuses of crimes, including a former ambassador. It was all one giant, self-inflicted wound. And it all did precisely what Putin hopes and what Trump seems to fear most: made Trump look weak and ineffectual. Philip Gordon, from the Council on Foreign Relations, and Ivo H. Daalder, former NATO ambassador and current president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, give their expert analysis of Trump’s foreign policy weakness: Trump’s attacks on nato allies and his questioning of the principle of collective defense are even more damaging in the wake of the Helsinki summit, during which he showed himself to be shockingly deferential to Russia and Putin. While his statements on Moscow’s election interference got the most press, his inability to condemn Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, bombing in Syria, and poisoning of people on British soil were at least as noteworthy. If the U.S. president is afraid of stressing differences with Russia at a press conference, could allies ever count on him to confront Russia on a potential European battlefield?
Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic, has expressed his bewilderment over the US’ charges against Russian gun activist Maria Butina, who, he says, has done nothing illegal, yet finds herself in an American jail. Read Full Article at RT.com
India's reserve position with the IMF also declined by $ 13 million to $ 2.476 billion
Moderators are being told to lock the accounts of those suspected to be children.
Washington may slap import taxes on all $505 billion worth of Chinese goods should it become necessary if the trade conflict with Beijing escalates, US President Donald Trump told CNBC. Read Full Article at RT.com
No Marvel, no problem as DC Comic characters, the first female Doctor Who and Star Wars: The Clone Wars vie for the spotlight.
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Electro-static Levitation Furnace (ELF): Today the crew exchanged sample cartridges to prepare for ground-commanded operations in the ELF. The ELF is an experimental facility designed to levitate, melt and solidify materials by containerless processing techniques using the electrostatic levitation method. With this facility, thermophysical properties of high temperature melts can be measured and solidification from deeply …
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had another full house which made for a good time. Our own Connie Loizos, Matthew Lynley and I were joined by Renata Quintini, a partner at Lux Capital. Today’s episode is a grab bag of topics, including […]
The Data Transfer Project is a new team-up between tech giants to let you move your content, contacts, and more between apps. Founded by Facebook, Google, Twitter, an Microsoft, the DTP today revealed its plans for an open source data portability platform any online service can join. While many companies already let you download your […]
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Blavity, the digital lifestyle media company geared toward black millennials, recently closed a $6.5 million Series A round led by GV with participation from Comcast Ventures, Plexo Capital and Baron Davis Enterprises. As part of the investment, GV Partner John Lyman is joining Blavity’s board of directors. As the media landscape continues to change, with […]
Ninety-five burials found in Texas likely belong to African Americans who were forced to work on plantations in the state's convict-leasing system.
TOKYO (AP) - Japan's parliament on Friday approved a contentious law allowing up to three casino resorts to open in this wealthy nation and possibly lure more foreign visitors. The bill was approved and enacted into law at the upper house after bulldozing by the ruling bloc. The lower house ...
The Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York has a reputation for being a popular destination for those seeking respite from the oppressive heat and congestion of the city during the summer months. Those venturing out to parks and beaches between now and Labor Day (September 3) will have the opportunity to experience a site specific installation of Narcissus Garden by Yayoi Kusama (previously), presented by MoMA PS1 as a part of the Rockaway! More
Titan is ready for its close-up: NASA has released a stunning six-image portrait of Saturn’s largest moon. The wall-worthy print features half a dozen mosaics, constructed using data gathered over 13 years by […] The post You’ll Want to Hang This High-Res Image of Saturn’s Moon on Your Wall appeared first on Geek.com.
WADSWORTH, Ill. (AP) - An estimated $3 million in fire and water damage following a fire at a pyramid home guarded by a pharaoh statue in suburban Chicago may force the owners to knock the tourist attraction down. Spokeswoman Yolanda Fierro says if the Gold Pyramid House's owners decide to ...
Cartier is banking on diverse stones and bold colors in its new Coloratura High-Jewelry collection.Colors drawn from all over the world combine in the Coloratura High-Jewelry from Cartier which was announced during the Haute Couture Fashion week 2018 in Paris. The collection was launched at a party that was hosted on a typical French style barge that was docked at the famous Quai Debilly.With the intensely colored pieces in the collection, the French luxury house which creates everything from timepieces to fragrances and leather goods is hoping to appeal to an international audience that wants a dash of both tradition and new-fangled design.Cartier has banked on gemstones which are decades old and others that have been acquired recently to flesh out the collection and create pieces such as the Laterna necklace. The alluring necklace has its heart a rubellite which is hollowed out to fit perfume and features a jeweled crown. In the Chromaphonia necklace, the focus is on emeralds that originated from Afghanistan, which are fashioned into beads and interspersed with garnets and diamonds to create a signature piece.African themes are evident in the Kanaga necklace, which is created from diamonds on which is suspended rows of spinel beads. Indian influences are also represented in the Holika bracelet, which draws upon the colors that are often used in the festival of Holi; Japanese designs and hues are relied upon in the creation of the Yoshino necklace.Click on the slideshow for more details.http://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin
At Chanel’s Haute Couture 2018 show model Adut Akech’s couture outfit — a sublime green hued bridal gown — was appreciated both for its color and stellar design. The gown importantly relied on tweed in a pastel shade and featured work created by the Maisons D’art of the company including atelier Montex.The bridal gown was modeled after a two piece suit. Comprised of a jacket that was fitted to model Adut Akech, it was complemented by a dress that swept to the floor. Designs used in the embroidery of the gown were fashioned after the green olive leaves featured on the attire worn by members of the “Academie Francaise”. The olive leaves on the coat along with its trim which formed an intricate pattern were embroidered by hand by atelier Montex using shades of sea green rocaille beading.With tweed inspired style, the bridal gown matched many of the other outfits that were showcased as part of the Chanel Fall-Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture collection. The unique gown however easily stood apart from the rest of the collection which relied on silver, black, grey and subtle shades of pink.A fascinator by Maison Michel topped off the bridal gown ensemble, and it featured embroidery created by atelier Montex and was paired with a veil in tulle.Click on the slideshow for more details.http://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin
Ilott is racing in GP3 this season with the multi title-winning ART Grand Prix team, and lies second in the points behind teammate Anthoine Hubert after four rounds. He secured his first win in the Formula 1 feeder category in the reverse-grid second race at Paul Ricard last month, before going on to score another victory in the first race in Austria a week later.Coming off the back ... Keep reading
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj claimed career-best figures of eight for 116 as South Africa restricted Sri Lanka to 277 for nine by stumps on the opening day of the second Test match at the Sinhalese Sports Club grounds on Friday.
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) Rory McIlroy has the word ''NASTY'' written on the soles of his golf shoes and he's talking about ''going out swinging'' in a bid to end his four-year major drought.
Julian Edelman had the appeal of his four-game suspension denied earlier this month, and the New England Patriots receiver is reportedly not planning to pursue other avenues in which he can have the ban overturned.According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Edelman has no plans to take his case to federal court the way Tom Brady did with his four-game suspension in the Deflategate scandal. Instead, the 33-year-old is focusing all his time and energy on being ready for Week 5. Edelman, of course, is more familiar than most with Brady’s case, and he saw how Brady dragged it out and still lost. There’s a reason Edelman tried to win his appeal on a technicality, and that’s because it’s extremely difficult to win an appeal of a performance-enhancing drug suspension. The results in federal court would almost certainly be the same.
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