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SCOTUS Can't Turn Back Time On Abortion Rights, But It Can Do Something Worse

Edited to add: The salient point here is that while overturning Roe directly would create a lot of political blowback, they don't need to directly overturn it to have the same effect.

Laura Hercher -BuzzFeed Contributor

For the first time since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, five justices hostile to reproductive rights sit on the US Supreme Court. And while many have focused on whether or not this new majority will overturn Roe v. Wade, that question is a distraction. We are not headed backward into the land before Roe — we are headed forward into uncharted territory.

Over the past 25 years, even as Roe v. Wade was upheld, abortion opponents demonstrated that state laws restricting access can be just as effective as an outright ban — so long as the Supreme Court permits infringements on the right to choose. The court’s new right-wing majority can accelerate this process without overturning Roe v. Wade — and potentially avoiding the backlash from a country where the majority of citizens are pro–abortion rights.

A patchwork of state laws would make it seem like access to abortion is tied to geography, but that would be an illusion. People with money, in every state, will always be able to get whatever care they require. This was true before Roe, and it is much more straightforward in today’s world, where air travel is routine and services can be arranged on the internet.

The people quite literally left behind will be an assortment of vulnerable individuals: women lacking money to pay for services out of pocket, working women unable to negotiate an unexplained leave from home or work, women who fear their partners, the very young, the developmentally delayed.

It also means that means that some people will be able to avoid the birth of a child with a genetic disease or disability, and some people will not. Such diseases will become something that happens primarily to certain people in certain places.

More at link:

Air New Zealand Trolls Trump With Adorable 'Naughty List' Kids In Not-so-subtle Christmas Ad

The “Nicest Christmas Ever” commercial includes a direct quote from the U.S. president.

Air New Zealand’s latest Christmas commercial uses kids on Santa’s “naughty list” to take a not-so-subtle poke at U.S. President Donald Trump.

In the “Nicest Christmas Ever” spot, kids on the naughty list gather for a global summit on how to make amends, taking turns with ideas such as a “30 percent reduction in hair-pulling.”

But the U.S. representative ― sporting a red “Make Christmas Great Again” cap ― won’t help them.

“I have to say I’m not naughty at all,” he insists. “In fact, I’m the nicest person I know.”
The other children in the room laugh at the assertion.

More at link: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/air-new-zealand-trump-christmas-ad_us_5c009caee4b0249dce73579f

Most of GOP leadership has been compromised by Russian money: Trump biographer

And we are all SO shocked! None of us had ANY IDEA R leadership was compromised, or that this is the reason behind McConnell refusing to bring the resolution protecting Mueller up for a vote, or why none of them will stand up to Trump...
Finally, someone is saying it out loud.


A biographer who detailed the relationship between Donald Trump and the Russian mob explained that Russia’s financial links to the United States extend far beyond the president.

Craig Unger, author of House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia, wrote in a Reddit AMA that one of the biggest surprises in his book is how Trump has been compromised “for decades.”


In the 90’s, Unger wrote, Russians began sending money to Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX), a longtime congressman who later became House Majority Leader. He also suggested that the mafia was sending money to other Republicans as well.

“I believe most of the GOP leadership has been compromised by” Russian money, the author added. “The Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee run by Mitch McConnell got millions from [Soviet-born businessman] Leonard Blavatnik.”

“As for the endgame,” Unger concluded, “I think it is already [beginning] to unravel.”

Bumper sticker on a car in front of me today sums it up:

"Putin's bitch is not my president."

Australian firefighters with cute native & rescue animals - 2019 charity fundraising calendar!

A little off-topic, but I am a firm believer in positive things that make us smile amidst all the angst. We need morale boosts!

Every year Australian firefighters create calendars of firefighters posing with cute animals to sell as a fundraiser for charities.

There is also a cat calendar with rescue kittens:

And a dog calendar:


Rachel just introduced Indivisible guide 2 which was JUST released; up next one of staff writers

She is interviewing one of the congressional staffers who helped write it. Most of you know about the first Indivisible guide written right after the election by former congressional staffers on how to interact with your congress critters. RAchel says actions in new one will help act as a check on WH.

TActical difference in this one is it's offensive rather than defensive.

Rarely mentioned reason FL governor election so important & GOP more freaked than about GA:

FL has 29 electoral votes. They have had problems with corruption and voter suppression in their elections at least since 2000, enabled by GOP governors. A democratic governor can do a lot to clean up elections in a state. It would be a game changer nationally in both presidential and down-ballot races and therefore control of Congress.

GA also has had a lot of corruption in elections, probably even more, but they only have 16 electoral votes and about half the number of congressional reps of FL.

Of course this is only one of many reasons why this election is so important, but I don't hear it often mentioned.

THis means Adam Schiff head of house intel! THis means...OMG. What a game changer.

Guys, please put the state and the race when you post! We dont all know all the races in the country

MSNBC predicting Cruz as winner for TX senate.

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