🇺🇸 Roe By Law
May 11, 2022

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ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 5/10: Biden Job Approval, Rasmussen Reports Approve 41,
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ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 5/4: Direction of Country, Economist YouGov Right Track 27,
Wrong Track 62
D 5/4: Gen. Congress Vote, Economist YouGov Republicans 47,
Democrats 53

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Huff Post: Conservative Pundit Shares Candidate’s Misogynistic ‘Housewife’ Line At Her Door

Daily Beast: Inside the Relentless Campaign to Ruin North Carolina Congressman Madison Cawthorn

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The Blaze: Biden's incoming press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called Fox News 'racist'

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Musk Talks Trump Twitter, Gas Prices Hit New Record, Pummeling the Port of Odesa


US: Liberals wail after Musk says he would reinstate Trump on Twitter: ‘This hellsite could become even worse’ (Fox News)

US: Gas prices hit all-time highs with no immediate relief in sight (NBC)

World: Russia pummels vital port of Odesa, targeting supply lines (AP)

US: Biden finally admits soaring inflation a 'real tough problem,' suggests it may get worse (NY Post)

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US: Some Covid-19 Patients Relapse After Taking Paxlovid, Puzzling Doctors (WSJ) [subscription]

US: Gun violence spiked in first year of pandemic, CDC finds (The Hill)

US: Mike Tyson avoids criminal charges for punching plane passenger (Daily News)

US: Target, CVS, Walgreens impose baby formula purchasing limits due to shortage (Fox Business)

US: 'One of the greatest mysteries of our time': Congress to hold UFO hearing next week (POLITICO)

POLITICS

Roe By Law

Following the leaked Supreme Court draft that suggested Roe v. Wade will be overturned, Congressional Democrats are pursuing legislation that would codify the right to an abortion nationwide.

News Coverage from the Right: Schumer to force doomed abortion 'show vote,' as tough midterms loom for Democrats (Fox News)

News Coverage from the Left: Some Republican states set to ban abortion without exceptions for rape and incest (Yahoo)

From the Flag: The measure isn’t expected to get enough votes to pass. Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said this week that Republicans plan to “criminalize abortion.” Last week we covered the initial reaction after the draft was leaked. Here’s more from both sides.

LEFT-LEANING SENTIMENT

GOP’s Radical Pursuits Turn Off Voters, Dems Should Pack the Court


  • Lacking the votes in Congress to codify the right to abortion at the federal level, the best option Democrats have is packing the court.
  • The GOP fought a decades-long battle to overturn Roe v. Wade, but now the issue threatens to turn off voters ahead of the midterms, so the issue is being downplayed.
  • Republicans radical desire to ban all abortions and control women’s bodies will lead to a fight against contraceptives and the eventual criminalization of miscarriages.

“What It Will Take to Fix This” Jordan Weissmann, Slate: “It took conservatives and the religious right nearly 50 years to undo the constitutional right to an abortion. Thanks to the institutional disadvantages working against Democrats, clawing those rights back could very easily become its own generational challenge, long on defense and short on instant gratification. … In the very short term, Democrats lack the votes to enact a federal statute protecting abortion rights. … In order to have the best possible shot of restoring abortion rights nationally, Democrats will likely need to win back control of the Supreme Court—either to reestablish a constitutional right to the procedure or bless a federal law codifying Roe. That task will be very, very difficult in the near future, given the relatively young ages of the conservative justices … The most surefire way to do it would be for Democrats to either pack the court or otherwise reform it to reshuffle the high bench’s ideological balance.”

“With Roe, the GOP is the Dog That Caught the Car” Alex Shephard, The New Republic: “For decades, they have been working their voters into frothing hysteria over the need to protect the unborn from abortionists and their Democratic protectors. But what this means in practice—prosecuting women who have miscarriages, deaths from ectopic pregnancies, a precipitous rise in America’s already abysmal childbirth mortality rates—is far less appealing. From a public health standpoint, the draft decision leaked on Monday is an abomination. From a political standpoint, it imperils midterm victories that were for all intents and purposes inevitable. Some Republicans have applauded the decision—Kristi Noem and Josh Hawley among them—but many others have kept mum, either focusing on criticizing the leak itself or saying nothing at all. … Senate Republicans … Roe talking points … are lies and efforts to distract from the truth: that Republicans aspire to enact a nationwide ban on all abortions at any point in pregnancy.”

One more opinion piece from the Left: Republicans aren't even bothering to lie about it anymore. They are now coming for birth control Heather Digby Parton, Salon

RIGHT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Democrats Consider Abortion a Political Winner


  • The bill Democrats plan to put to a vote in Congress has stripped out many of the more radical aspects included in 2021’s version, such as discussions of misogyny, racism, and gender identity.
  • While some believe the leaked draft and outrage concerning Roe v. Wade will hurt Republicans during the midterms, it’s unlikely because most people do support some restrictions on abortion.
  • Democrats have embraced abortion much in the same way ancient pagans thought it proper to throw away deformed or sickly babies.

“Democrats hide abortion bill radical roots” Byron York, Washington Examiner: “The bill that Schumer will force to a vote on Wednesday … was introduced last year, long before any leaked Supreme Court draft … But the 2022 version … is not the 2021 version of the bill. Not by a long shot. With abortion now center stage, Democrats have made a lot of changes to their abortion-legalizing bill. … One particularly notable part of the 2021 bill is its tortured use of the words ‘women’ and ‘woman.’ … ‘The terms … used in this bill to reflect the identity of the majority of people targeted and affected by restrictions on abortion services and to address squarely the targeted restrictions on abortion, which are rooted in misogyny,’ … That stuff about Reproductive Justice? … Nonbinary people? … White supremacy? Nowhere to be found. Now that Democrats know the public will be watching, thanks to the Supreme Court leak, they don't want people to see what they really think about abortion.”

“Watch out, Democrats. The abortion ruling may help Republicans.” Marc A. Thiessen, The Washington Post Op-ed: “Democrats seem convinced that if the Supreme Court does in fact overturn Roe v. Wade, the decision would provide them with a political lifeline before the November midterm elections. … Don’t be so sure. … Yes, polls show that most Americans say they don’t want the high court to overturn Roe. But polls also show that most Americans don’t know what overturning Roe actually means. A 2019 study reported that 65.7 percent of Americans incorrectly believe that if Roe were overturned, abortion would be illegal everywhere in the United States. It would not. But a Fox News poll released this week finds most Americans agree with the Mississippi abortion law at the heart of the Supreme Court case. The survey found that 54 percent favor state laws banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, except in the case of a medical emergency — exactly what the Mississippi law does.”

One more opinion piece from the Right: Overturning Roe Howard Sachs, American Thinker

FLAG THIS

Nearly 6 in 10 Americans Support Federal Abortion Law


Polling conducted last week found 58% of US adults support a federal law making abortion legal nationwide, while 42% were opposed (CBS News/YouGov).

Meanwhile, in a survey gathered last month prior to when the Supreme Court draft opinion was leaked, 59% of US adults said abortion should be legal in “all or most cases,” while 39% said the opposite. Those percentages have held steady for the past several years (Pew Research).

Flag Poll: Do you support a federal law codifying the right to get an abortion? Join our discussion here.

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Dust Bowl Begins, Think of a Number, Oxygen Candles

On May 11, 1934, a massive storm sent millions of tons of topsoil flying from across the parched Great Plains region of the United States as far east as New York, Boston and Atlanta. Above is a photograph of a farmer and his two sons during a dust storm in Cimarron County, Oklahoma. 

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Today I Learned "oxygen candles" release oxygen when burned. They are used as an emergency supply of oxygen in submarines, airplanes, and the space station.

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