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Iowa passes 6-week abortion ban during late night vote; Idaho disbands maternal death review committee

Iowa abortion ban Iowa Republicans passed a ban on abortion after 6 weeks of pregnancy in the middle of the night Tuesday during a one day special session. The bill, House File 732, claims to ban abortion after a “fetal heartbeat” is detected. However, there is no actual heartbeat at 6 weeks of gestation because the heart of …

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Louisiana asks the most conservative court in the nation to invalidate another portion of the Voting Rights Act

The state of Louisiana asked the 5th Circuit on Thursday to require a district court to consider throwing out Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act — a move designed to bring the case to the conservative Supreme Court majority. Background The case, Robinson v. Ardoin, was brought against Louisiana in 2022 by civil rights …

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The Supreme Court declines to review two cases of qualified immunity awarded to cops who killed citizens

The Supreme Court ended its 2022-2023 term last week with a crescendo of injustice, issuing rulings that harm racial minorities, gender/sexual minorities, and the working class. In Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, the conservative majority ruled that considering race in order to help minorities is illegal discrimination, but, in 303 Creative v. Elenis, considering …

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Gun violence in America: Disagreement and misunderstanding result in shootings

Note 1: The point of this article is not to fearmonger about crime — overall, violent crime has decreased significantly since the early 1990s and is currently at about the same level as violent crimes in 2016. The point of this article is to document a uniquely American phenomenon: the easy availability of firearms (see note 2) combined with the …

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Supreme Court rules against innocent people in prison and Navajo water rights

After two weeks of surprisingly good results, including one prohibiting (obvious) racial gerrymandering and another upholding the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Supreme Court returned to its regularly scheduled injustice yesterday. Innocent but in prison The first case, Jones v. Hendrix, revolves around a very technical legal issue that essentially boils down to when people held in federal prison …

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House GOP’s 2024 budget proposal: Weakened Medicare, higher retirement age, and tax cuts for the wealthy

The Republican Study Committee, of which about three-quarters of House Republicans are members, released its proposed 2024 budget last week. The document, described by the Committee as “a statement of priorities,” lays out the GOP vision for America: weakened Medicare, higher Social Security retirement age, and lower taxes for the wealthy. Medicare The GOP plan brings back a …

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Oklahoma approves the nation’s first taxpayer-funded religious charter school

Earlier this month, the Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board voted 3-2 to approve the first publicly funded religious charter school in the United States. St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual Charter School, proposed by the Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and Diocese of Tulsa, is part of a Christian nationalist push to fund religious …

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