‘Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh wrote that the goal was to remove the courts from the issue [of abortion].’ Not even a year has passed.

Gilead

Abortion


Fig. 1. Sign at demonstration in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, May 3, 2022. Janni Rye, via Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

Last June, the court majority in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization said it was attempting to “heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh wrote that the goal was to remove the courts from the issue.[1]

John Dinan, “State battles over abortion are leading to state constitutional amendments – an option in all states and available directly to citizens in 18 states,” Conversation, April 12, 2023, https://theconversation.com/state-battles-over-abortion-are-leading-to-state-constitutional-amendments-an-option-in-all-states-and-available-directly-to-citizens-in-18-states-203394

Lori Rozsa and Caroline Kitchener, “DeSantis signs Florida bill banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy,” Washington Post, April 13, 2023, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/04/13/florida-abortion-six-week-ban/

Tierney Sneed, “DOJ will take emergency dispute over medication abortion rules to the Supreme Court,” Cable News Network, April 13, 2023, https://www.cnn.com/2023/04/13/politics/abortion-pill-mifepristone-appeals-court/index.html

Robert Barnes and Ann E. Marimow, “The Supreme Court temporarily restores full access to key abortion medication,” Washington Post, April 14, 2023, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/04/14/supreme-court-abortion-mifepristone/

Donald Trump

Coup attempt


Fig. 1. “Jake Angeli (Qanon Shaman), seen holding a Qanon sign at the intersection of Bell Rd and 75th Ave in Peoria, Arizona, on 2020 October 15.” Photography by TheUnseen011101 [pseud.], October 15, 2020, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

Brian Stelter writes:

Practically every media lawyer I know has marveled at the strength of Dominion’s case. “There are so many emails and texts. Each one might be actual malice,” says Jeff Kosseff, a cybersecurity law professor at the US Naval Academy and a careful observer of the pretrial proceedings. Kosseff tells me he is not ruling out “the chance of a courthouse-steps settlement on Monday morning,” moments before opening arguments. “Preventing the Murdochs from taking the stand would likely be worth an inflated settlement,” Kosseff says. But he suspects there is “no advantage for Dominion to settle now.”[2]

Dylan Byers, “Rupert’s Headline Risk,” Puck, April 12, 2023, https://puck.news/ruperts-headline-risk/

Stephen Battaglio, “In a blow to Fox News, judge rules network withheld evidence in Dominion case,” Los Angeles Times, April 12, 2023, https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2023-04-12/fox-news-voter-fraud-discovery-misconduct-dominion-giuliani-tape

Brian Stelter, “Fox News Heads to Trial in Peril: ‘No Advantage for Dominion to Settle Now,’” Vanity Fair, April 13, 2023, https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2023/04/fox-news-dominion-trial

Michael C. Bender, “The Conundrum of the DeSantis Base: Pro-Trump and Anti-Trump Voters,” New York Times, April 14, 2023, https://www.nytimes.com/2023/04/14/us/politics/desantis-trump-republican-voters.html

Finances


Fig. 1. Trump International Hotel, Las Vegas, undated image credited to https://www.flickr.com/photos/glynlowe/ [bad link], CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

In a statement issued before questioning began on Thursday, his lawyer, Ms. [Alina] Habba, said that “President Trump is not only willing but also eager to testify before the attorney general today,” adding that, “He remains resolute in his stance that he has nothing to conceal, and he looks forward to educating the attorney general about the immense success of his multibillion dollar company.”[3]

Ben Protess, Jonah E. Bromwich, and William K. Rashbaum, “Trump Is Questioned in N.Y. Attorney General’s Lawsuit,” New York Times, April 13, 2023, https://www.nytimes.com/2023/04/13/nyregion/trump-letitia-james-deposition.html


Imperialism

Russia

Ukraine


Fig. 1. “Destroyed Russian military vehicles located on the main street Khreshchatyk are seen as part of the celebration of the Independence Day of Ukraine in Kyiv, August 24.” Photograph by Gleb Garanich for Reuters, August 24, 2022,[4] fair use.

Jenny Strasburg, “Russia Ordered to Pay Ukraine’s Naftogaz $5 Billion for Assets Seized in Crimea,” Wall Street Journal, April 13, 2023, https://www.wsj.com/articles/russia-ordered-to-pay-ukraines-naftogaz-5-billion-for-assets-seized-in-crimea-5629032

Alex Horton, “Russia’s commando units gutted by Ukraine war, U.S. leak shows,” Washington Post, April 14, 2023, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2023/04/14/leaked-documents-russian-spetsnaz/

Ishaan Tharoor, “The U.S.’s gloominess on the war in Ukraine is now clear to see,” Washington Post, April 14, 2023, https://www.washingtonpost.com//world/2023/04/14/gloom-united-states-outlook-ukraine-russia-outcome-leak/


  1. [1]Robert Barnes and Ann E. Marimow, “The Supreme Court temporarily restores full access to key abortion medication,” Washington Post, April 14, 2023, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/04/14/supreme-court-abortion-mifepristone/
  2. [2]Brian Stelter, “Fox News Heads to Trial in Peril: ‘No Advantage for Dominion to Settle Now,’” Vanity Fair, April 13, 2023, https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2023/04/fox-news-dominion-trial
  3. [3]Ben Protess, Jonah E. Bromwich, and William K. Rashbaum, “Trump Is Questioned in N.Y. Attorney General’s Lawsuit,” New York Times, April 13, 2023, https://www.nytimes.com/2023/04/13/nyregion/trump-letitia-james-deposition.html
  4. [4]Reuters, “Ukraine puts destroyed Russian tanks on display in Kyiv,” August 25, 2022, https://www.reuters.com/news/picture/ukraine-puts-destroyed-russian-tanks-on-idUSRTSALV9Q

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