News Roundup: Abbott tests positive for COVID after fundraiser; Republicans attack Afghan refugees

News Roundup: Abbott tests positive for COVID after fundraiser; Republicans attack Afghan refugees

In the news today: One day after attending a crowded Republican fundraising meeting, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tested positive today for COVID-19. As Republicans cast about for a new Afghanistan narrative, Tucker Carlson and the party’s white nationalist base focus their attention on demonizing Afghan refugees fleeing the chaos. The hard-right Supreme Court continues to use the so-called “shadow docket” to change the boundaries of American law without explanation, including by granting a host of exemptions to religious groups that simply don’t want to abide by pandemic emergency restrictions.

Here’s some of what you may have missed:

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