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Rep. Madison Cawthorn calls women ‘earthen vessels’ in weird anti-choice rant

Rep. Madison Cawthorn calls women ‘earthen vessels’ in weird anti-choice rant

Wow. This guy. Seriously. I know that the potentially seismic Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Supreme Court case could vaporize Roe v. Wade and its precedents once and for all, so this is the anti-choice crowd’s Empire Strikes Back moment, but sheesh. Is this really the way to reach out to women who may be feeling just a bit marginalized as the 66% Catholic Club (aka SCOTUS) signals it will likely, at the very least, sand Roe down to a nub?…

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Judge says former Border Patrol chief’s horrific tweet to survivor was ‘classic’ rape threat

Judge says former Border Patrol chief’s horrific tweet to survivor was ‘classic’ rape threat

Jenn Budd, a former Border Patrol agent turned whistleblower who was raped while training at its academy in the 1990s, has been a fierce critic of abuses committed by the agency and its officers. That outspokenness has continued to make her a target, like when the agency’s former chief made a rape threat to her over social media this past September. Rodney Scott was installed by the previous administration, and this past June he was dismissed by President Joe Biden. Rightfully horrified, Budd…

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Right-wing so-called ‘journalists’ exploit Waukesha tragedy, drawing neo-Nazis there to protest

Right-wing so-called ‘journalists’ exploit Waukesha tragedy, drawing neo-Nazis there to protest

It was predictable that, given their histories of using dubious pretenses to whip up public animus against leftist protesters—particularly against Black Lives Matter and antifascists—right-wing propagandists would seize upon the Nov. 21 tragedy in Waukesha, Wisconsin, when a Black man killed six people and injured 62 others by driving an SUV through a Christmas parade, to exploit for their own purposes. Sure enough, pseudo-journalists like Andy Ngo and Tim Pool rushed to promote the spurious claim that the man was…

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Honolulu demands answers after Navy finds petroleum in Red Hill drinking water

Honolulu demands answers after Navy finds petroleum in Red Hill drinking water

On Thursday, the Navy confirmed what residents had feared about the Red Hill drinking water well that serves the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam area: Petroleum has been found in the water. “We have pretty conclusive indications that there are volatile petroleum products in the well and we determined that it is the likely source of the contamination of our water distribution system across the Navy system,” U.S. Pacific Fleet Deputy Commander Blake Converse said during a virtual town hall. The news comes five days after residents…

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Trump’s personal COVID-19 negligence set the tone for millions, and we’re still suffering for it

Trump’s personal COVID-19 negligence set the tone for millions, and we’re still suffering for it

A fashionable take among conservatives these days is to say President Joe Biden deserves the blame for not stopping the COVID-19 pandemic in its tracks. To my mind, that’s a little like squatting on the hood of your neighbor’s car, taking a beluga-worthy dump, and then shouting, “Hey, I thought you were gonna wash this thing! It’s a freakin’ eyesore!” We shouldn’t be surprised, of course. This is what conservatives do. After Republicans handed them-President Barack Obama the economic equivalent of a perforated Ebola monkey…

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This Week in Statehouse Action: Gifts That Keep On Giving edition

This Week in Statehouse Action: Gifts That Keep On Giving edition

“It is December, and nobody asked if I was ready.” —Sarah Kay RUDE. Because I’m certainly not ready (especially since I realized that Thanksgiving was somehow only a week ago), and I would have appreciated being consulted on the matter. But much like Republican state lawmakers’ attempts to subvert democracy, women’s right to determine what happens to our own bodies, and COVID-19 safety measures, time keeps on keepin’ on, so here we are, in December, whether we like it or…

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Ohio pastor who bragged about hunting people is charged in shooting death of Casey Goodson Jr.

Ohio pastor who bragged about hunting people is charged in shooting death of Casey Goodson Jr.

The now-retired Ohio sheriff’s deputy/pastor who shot and killed 23-year-old Casey Goodson Jr. on Dec. 4, 2020 after earlier bragging to a congregation about being able to “hunt people” is finally facing charges, according to ABC News. Jason Meade shot Goodson in the back five times, netting him charges including two counts of murder and one count of reckless homicide Thursday. He has also faced continued criticism from protesters who have called into question the absence of footage from police body cameras or dash cameras in the shooting. …

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News Roundup: Another shutdown fight; Boebert ‘crossed a line’

News Roundup: Another shutdown fight; Boebert ‘crossed a line’

In the news today: Another government shutdown battle. What’s the reason for this one? It doesn’t matter. It literally never matters. In the meantime, Rep. Lauren Boebert is being called out by a Colorado paper for her ongoing, incoherent attacks on a Muslim colleague; former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows is now calling himself fake news rather than standing by the leaked book revelation that Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 before he showed up—and refused to be tested—at…

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Arizona cop shoots man in wheelchair 9 times as his back was turned to the officer. The man died

Arizona cop shoots man in wheelchair 9 times as his back was turned to the officer. The man died

It’s a matter of when—and not if—a Tucson police officer who fatally shot a man in a motorized wheelchair will be fired, police officials have said. Ryan Remington, an officer with the Arizona police department for four years, was working a security detail Monday night at a Walmart when he fired nine times at Richard Lee Richards, killing the 61-year-old man suspected of shoplifting and brandishing a knife, according to the Associated Press. Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus announced at a news conference on…

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Caribbean Matters: Congratulations to Barbados, a republic after nearly 400 years

Caribbean Matters: Congratulations to Barbados, a republic after nearly 400 years

In a dramatic overnight ceremony and celebration in Barbados, which began Monday, Nov. 29, and continued into Tuesday, Nov. 30, the sun set on Barbados’ status as a colony of the British Empire, with Queen Elizabeth as its titular head of state. Barbados is now a parliamentary republic and though it will retain membership in the commonwealth, after close to 400 years of being a colony, the island will no longer bow to royalty.  The ceremony took place in the same square in Bridgetown where a statue of…

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