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December 9, 2023

Texas Supreme Court Temporarily Halts Court-Approved Abortion

Source: New York Times

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By J. David Goodman
Reporting from Houston.

Dec. 8, 2023
Updated 11:14 p.m. ET

The Texas Supreme Court late Friday temporarily halted a lower court order allowing a Dallas woman to obtain an abortion in spite of the state’s strict bans, after she learned her fetus has a fatal condition.

The state court’s ruling was in response to an appeal from Attorney General Ken Paxton of Texas, who opposed the woman’s abortion.

The Supreme Court said that, “without regard to the merits” of the arguments on either side, it had issued an administrative stay in the case, to give itself more time to issue a final ruling.

The stay meant that, for the moment, the order from a judge in Travis County district court permitting the abortion was on hold. That order allowed the woman, Kate Cox, to obtain an abortion and protected her doctor from civil or criminal liability under Texas’s overlapping abortion bans.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/08/us/texas-abortion-court-ken-paxton.html?unlocked_article_code=1.Ek0.qlLi.DMQVLSTKIOMH&smid=url-share

For God's sake....
December 8, 2023

'Love Story' actor Ryan O'Neal has died, his son says

LOS ANGELES, Dec 8 (Reuters) - "Love Story" actor Ryan O'Neal has died, his son Patrick O'Neal said in a post on Instagram on Friday.

Link: https://www.reuters.com/world/us/love-story-actor-ryan-oneal-has-died-his-son-says-2023-12-08/

December 8, 2023

Federal judge prohibits separating migrant families at US border for 8 years

Source: Associated Press

Updated 1:34 PM PST, December 8, 2023

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge on Friday prohibited the separation of families at the border for purposes of deterring immigration for eight years, preemptively blocking resumption of a lightning-rod, Trump-era policy that the former president hasn’t ruled out if voters return him to the White House next year.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw tentatively approved a court settlement in October between the Justice Department and families represented by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU says no one formally objected, clearing the way to end the case nearly seven years after it was filed.

Sabraw, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, ordered an end to separations in June 2018, six days after then-President Donald Trump halted them on his own amid intense international backlash. The judge also ordered that the government reunite children with their parents within 30 days, setting off a mad scramble because government databases weren’t linked. Children had been dispersed to shelters across the country that didn’t know who their parents were or how to find them.

Under the settlement, the type of “zero-tolerance” policy under which the Trump administration separated more than 5,000 children from parents who were arrested for illegally entering the country would be prohibited until December 2031.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/border-separated-families-trump-biden-settlement-2720c59c1873a9c3fc53da1aad4d1a80

Suck on that one, Dumpf.
December 8, 2023

MTG's book continues to tank bigly.

On Amazon.com Dec. 8, 2023:

User reviews: 2.6 stars.
56 percent 1 star ratings
6 percent 2 star ratings
38 percent 5 star ratings.

Goodreads: 1.1 with 116 ratings.

From the top listed review:

1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2023
Verified Purchase
Full of nonsense and lies. It reads like a 16 year old’s journal with opinions and no deeper thoughts or proof of anything argued. The cited sources in the back are Facebook posts and Fox News. The only line of truth in this book I found is on page 180: “We’re (Republicans) always on the defensive, and… we’re losing. Let’s look at who is beating us; first, you’ve got Biden himself.”

Added: The price has dropped $3 since it was released in September.
December 8, 2023

GOP bravery

December 7, 2023

Neil Young quits Twitter

Posted on NeilYoungArchives.com.

December 6, 2023

U.S. crude oil falls below $70 a barrel, closing at the lowest level since June

Source: CNBC



By Spencer Kimball

U.S. crude declined 4% on Wednesday, closing at the lowest level since late June with retail gasoline prices hitting the lowest point since January just ahead of the holiday shopping and travel season.

The West Texas Intermediate contract for January fell $2.94, or 4.07%, to settle at $69.38 a barrel, while the Brent contract for February declined $2.90, or 3.76%, to settle at $74.30 a barrel.

U.S. crude and the global benchmark have fallen for five straight days, despite efforts by OPEC+ to boost prices by promising to slash supply in the first quarter of 2024.

Prices at the pump in the U.S., meanwhile, have followed oil prices lower to hit $3.22 a gallon on average as of Wednesday, the lowest price since Jan. 3, according to AAA.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2023/12/06/us-crude-drops-below-70-per-barrel-gas-prices-fall-to-11-month-low.html

More good stuff from Smokin' Joe Biden.
December 6, 2023

Former speaker Kevin McCarthy will retire from Congress at end of year

Source: Washington Post

By Mariana Alfaro, Jacqueline Alemany and Leigh Ann Caldwell

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the former House speaker who was ousted from his position in October in a revolt by hard-right members, will not seek reelection to his congressional seat and will retire from Congress at the end of this month, he announced Wednesday.

“I have decided to depart the House at the end of this year to serve America in new ways,” McCarthy said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. “I know my work is only getting started.”

McCarthy’s retirement will bring to an end a 17-year House career in which he rose quickly through the ranks of Republican leadership, culminating with his stint as speaker. His ouster marked the first time in history that the House voted to remove its leader, a move that threw the chamber into a period of instability.

McCarthy’s departure before the end of his term means California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will have to call a special election to replace him.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/12/06/kevin-mccarthy-retire/

Good riddance.

Updated to revised version with career length adjusted to 17 years from 16.
December 6, 2023

Wisconsin Trump electors settle lawsuit, agree Biden won in 2020

Source: Washington Post

By Patrick Marley

MADISON, Wis. — In a legal settlement Wednesday, the 10 Republicans who signed official-looking paperwork falsely purporting Donald Trump won Wisconsin in 2020 have agreed to withdraw their inaccurate filings, acknowledge Joe Biden won the presidency and not serve as presidential electors in 2024 or in any election where Trump is on the ballot.

Wednesday’s civil settlement marks the first time pro-Trump electors have agreed to revoke their false filings and not repeat their actions in the next presidential election. It comes as Republicans in two other states face criminal charges for falsely claiming to be presidential electors, and investigations are underway in three additional states.

Documents released as part of the settlement revealed one of the Wisconsin Republicans appeared to refer to the attempt to install Trump for a second term as a “possible steal.” That Republican expressed skepticism about the plan but told others he was going along with it in part because he feared he would face blowback from Trump supporters if he didn’t.

The lawsuit, filed last year by two of the state’s rightful electors, alleged the Republicans had taken part in a conspiracy to defraud voters and sought up to $200,000 from each Trump elector. No money is being exchanged as part of the settlement.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/12/06/wisconsin-trump-fake-electors-lawsuit/

December 6, 2023

Dr. Phil Will Team With Trinity Broadcasting to Launch New TV Network

By Brian Steinberg/Variety

Even a personality as well-known as Dr. Phil McGraw needs a little faith to get by when it comes to launching a new TV venture.

The daytime-TV legend, who announced a month ago that he planned to debut a TV network with a new primetime show that he would lead, is teaming up with Trinity Broadcasting Network, a large religious broadcaster that is a significant owner of TV stations. McGraw’s company, Merit Street Media, expects to distribute its new lineup of programming via cable, satellite and broadcast stations, and has secured “commitments already exceeding 65 million television homes,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. Trinity’s programming is available on satellite distributors such as DirecTV and Dish and cable systems owned by Charter and Altice, among others.

While Trinity, founded in 1973 by minister Paul Crouch, offers programs such as “Turning Point With Dr. David Jeremiah” and “The Watchman With Erick Stakelbeck,” McGraw’s new outlet will not offer any sort of faith-based messaging or programming. Organizers expect the new network to be anchored by “Dr. Phil Primetime” and said it “will feature four hours of original prime time content, including a live prime news hour.”


I mean who really cares about this guy now? And I certainly wouldn't call him a "legend" as the story does.

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