Source: New York Times
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 states strict bans, after she learned her fetus has a fatal condition.
The state courts ruling was in response to an appeal from Attorney General Ken Paxton of Texas, who opposed the womans 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 Texass 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....
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.
Source: Associated Press
BY ELLIOT SPAGAT
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 hasnt 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 werent linked. Children had been dispersed to shelters across the country that didnt 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.
On Amazon.com Dec. 8, 2023:
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Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2023
Full of nonsense and lies. It reads like a 16 year olds 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: Were (Republicans) always on the defensive, and were losing. Lets look at who is beating us; first, youve got Biden himself.
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PUBLISHED WED, DEC 6 202311:48 AM EST
UPDATED 44 MIN AGO
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.
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.
McCarthys 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.
McCarthys 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/
Updated to revised version with career length adjusted to 17 years from 16.
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.
Wednesdays 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 didnt.
The lawsuit, filed last year by two of the states 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/
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. McGraws 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. Trinitys 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, McGraws 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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