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US Supreme Court Throws out Texas Abortion Restrictions ….

The ruling was 5 to 3 against the Texas Law which made reulations so strict for abortions that few places could perform them…

Other states had followed Texas in trying find a was to ban abortions in a suppossedly ‘legal’ way….

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down Texas abortion restrictions that had caused more than half of the state’s abortion clinics to close.

The decision was a win for abortion rights advocates, who say that state legislatures around the country have passed more than 200 restrictions on abortion in the last five years.

The challenged Texas provisions required doctors who perform abortions at clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and said that clinics must meet hospital-like standards of surgical centers.

Similar restrictions have been passed in other states, and officials say they protect patients. But abortion providers and medical associations say the rules are unnecessary and so expensive or hard to satisfy that they force clinics to close.

The opinion was written by Justice Stephen G. Breyer and joined by Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. dissented…..


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The Supreme’s dance to the left in their recent rulings…

The NY Times is out with a piece a piece that points at the US Supreme Court leaning to the left with Justice Scalia gone…

If the Senate confirms Merrick Garland?

They assume it will move further to the left…

The court’s decisions continued a
leftward trend, one that would have
probably been amplified by the
addition of Judge Garland to the court.

The court issued liberal decisions in 56 percent of cases so far this term, according to a widely accepted standard developed by political scientists that considers signed decisions in argued cases. The share is only slightly lower than in the 2014-15 term, which had the highest share of liberal decisions since the court led by Chief Justice Earl Warren in the 1950s and 1960s.

Judge Garland would probably fit squarely among the liberal bloc of the court, according to an analysis of his appeals court record. (A low-end estimate would put him slightly more conservative than Justice Stephen G. Breyer, and a high-end estimate more liberal than Justice Sonia Sotomayor.)

With eight justices, some major
decisions were deadlocked.

The eight-member court issued a handful of 4-4 opinions, decisions that were directly affected by the death of Justice Scalia in February and the absence of a Justice Garland. The last time the court had a vacancy longer than this one was in 1987-88, when Justice Anthony M. Kennedy filled the seat of Lewis F. Powell Jr. eight months after Justice Powell’s retirement.

On Thursday, the court was evenly split in a case considering whether the Obama administration could shield as many as five million unauthorized immigrants from deportation and to allow them to work. The tie resulted in a major loss for the administration, affirming the lower court decision and upholding a nationwide injunction blocking the program….


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Daily Kos on Brexit…Trump and Barack Obama…

Brexit is not a warning about an advent of Trump, and the reason is Barack Obama

By Laurence Lewis  @ Daily Kos

You’re going to be reading a lot of stories about the Brexit vote being a warning that Donald Trump can win. Those stories will be wrong.

Brexit apparently has won, and the primary reason is the economic turmoil wrought by the greed and at times open cruelty of British austerity, as imposed by David Cameron and George Osborne. Labour didn’t run against austerity in the last British election, and was punished for it. The British people were punished with more austerity. A brutal economy always feeds extremism, and that is how Britain got Brexit. The irony was that Cameron and Osborne had to fight desperately against the consequences of their own policies. And if you think I’m ignoring Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, that’s because he was almost invisible during the Remain campaign, and his support was tepid if not feigned. Britain has austerity and no credible national leaders. Hence Brexit.

While much of Europe was electing right wing governments that imposed austerity, the United States was electing Barack Obama. The Obama stimulus was a starkly different approach from European austerity. A larger stimulus would have done more to fuel a robust recovery, but the stimulus that was enacted stopped the economic free fall, and got the United States back on the right track. More needs to be done, and will be done, but the difference with Europe and particularly Britain is obvious. The extremism fueling the Trump campaign is neither as broad or deep as the extremism fueling Brexit. Because President Obama and Congressional Democrats ensured that the United States did not end up with the sort of brutal economic program the Republicans would have imposed, and that Cameron and Osborne in Britain did impose.

Simply put, the extremism fueling Brexit does not have the same resonance in the United States. Because our economy is not suffering the way Britain’s economy is suffering. And the economic agenda of Hillary Clinton is very deliberately designed to build on the success of the Obama economic agenda. The United States has alternatives that Britain did not have. And the United States will not follow Britain’s path into extremism because it hasn’t been on a parallel economic path….


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The Brit’s go to the Polls on The European Union…

The Vote to either stay or leave the European Union looks close by the last polling…..

American trading markets are holding their breaths…..

So are a LOT of other people….

Britons were voting on Thursday on whether to stay in the European Union in a referendum that has split the nation and is being nervously watched by financial markets and politicians across the world.

An Ipsos MORI poll for the Evening Standard newspaper, conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday, suggested support for “Remain” stood at 52 percent while “Leave” was on 48 percent.

Two other polls published late on Wednesday also suggested a modest late swing towards “Remain,” but the overall picture was of a vote that was too close to forecast.

Much will depend on turnout, with younger Britons seen as more supportive of the EU than their elders but less likely to vote….

It is only the third referendum in British history. The first, also about membership of what was then called the European Economic Community, was in 1975.

The four-month campaign, which has exposed bitter divisions in the ruling Conservative Party, was dominated by immigration and the economy, and shaken by the murder of pro-EU Labour lawmaker Jo Cox last week…..


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Dem’s will try hold their ‘sit-in’ for 24 hours….

The Republican leadership has closed shop and gone home….

The Democrats will continue their protest for a few more hours….

The Democrats KNOW that there will be NO passage of the either of the two amendments  they want….

This plays to Urban area Democrats….

It brings back feelings of the 1960s protests and fits into the campaign to get a vote on the President’s appointment of Merrick Garland to the US Supreme Court…..

It should help them in bringing out voters in November….

The Democrats ARE fundraising off it….

And the Democrats ARE trying to express their anger at the Republicans political power gained in 2010….


This event could be used by Republicans if the Democrats gain a majority  also in the future….

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Democrats keep the pressure up in the House…Update….

In the era of Donald Trump and showmanship with social media…..
The Dempcrats use the stage to confront Republicans on doing SOMETHING against gun violence …
This sit-In is unprecedented in the US House….
While the Republicans have tried to cut the pictures from the chamber…Democrats HAVE found a way get the images out….They have found a way to use social media to bring their story out…And directly confront the Republicans and the National Rifle Association
This IS bare knuckle politics….
Democrats ARE taking this back to the 1960’s Civil Rights protests….
Donald Trump has started this…..
Democrats are taking it 100 steps forward…..
 By Hunter   @ Dailky Kos

 House Democrats and their Senate allies are continuing their sit-in to demand action be taken on America’s gun violence epidemic. There’s word that Republicans will attempt to take back the floor tonight to vote on a veto override of the administration’s new fiduciary rules, but Democrats are vowing to keep the floor afterwards.

If Paul Ryan does order the House gaveled back into session, good news: That will mean the C-SPAN cameras will get switched back on, giving America a better view of the sit-in. Right now members are relying (quite effectively) on Periscope videos by individual participating members. That footage, in turn, is being used by C-SPAN to report on events from the floor.

Some highlights from the last hour: Sen. Elizabeth Warren brought Dunkin’ Donuts. Jim Clyburn, Elijah Cummings and others have given rousing speeches calling for action; later tonight members plan to read aloud from Martin Luther King Jr’s Letters from a Birmingham Jail.

Stay tuned to see what happens. There’s been no attempt to end the sit-in so far—but if there is one, it’ll be broadcast on C-SPAN. Won’t that be nice.

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 · 9:39:59 PM EDT · Kerry Eleveld

GOP leadership reportedly aiming for a 10PM ET vote:



The American Civil Liberties Union has been against the use of the No-Fly list also….


The Protest is over ….Dem’s said for Now?…..The House will reconvene  July 5…Dem’s are unsure what will happen then…

Democrats are still searching on how to deal with the politics of this…

Republicans are using the rules of the House as the majority party….But the Senate Republicans HAD a vote….Ryan went hard against a vote….

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Apple Chief to help Paul Ryan Fundraise…

It’s JUST Business?

Apple CEO Tim Cook will host a fundraiser with House Speaker Paul Ryan next week as the iPhone maker tries to strengthen its relationships with key Republicans — despite its decision to pull support for the GOP convention because of its distaste for Donald Trump.

Cook will help generate cash for Ryan at a private breakfast on June 28 in Menlo Park, Calif., along with Gary Wipfler, the company’s treasurer, according to an invite obtained by POLITICO on Monday. The money benefits not only the speaker but a joint fundraising committee aimed at helping to elect other House Republicans.

Cook is hosting the fundraiser on his own accord, as Apple does not have a corporate political action committee like Facebook, Google and other tech giants in Silicon Valley. Still, the move reflects Apple’s desire to court Republican and Democratic officeholders alike, even at a time when it has serious reservations about Trump



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The GOP Majority US Senate says ‘No’ to Dem’s Gun Control amendments…

ANYBODY who thought that the Democratic efforts to coax even one change in Federal laws against gun control, or even gun violence was VASTLY FOOLING THEMSELVES…

The whole Senator Murphy filibuster along with the accompanying cry for action ain’t going ANYWHERE…

Americans LOVE their guns…

Don’t matter if they are killing each other with gun’s made for solider s at war…Things are NOT connected…

Democrats who live in certain gun friendly area’s won’t dare step up on this….To do so is to give away your job….

Heck even Bernei Sanders Supports small sized gun makers ….

So after the dust settles on the latest mass shootings?

Things go back to normal…

The American way….

(Oh and the Terrorist thing?…That’s just a detour the Republicans are taking to throw the  blame the President for something that has little to do with the Orlando and other Domestic situations)….

The Senate on Monday failed to advance four separate measures aimed at curbing gun sales, the latest display of congressional inaction after a mass shooting.

Eight days after a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State killed 49 people in an Orlando, Fla., nightclub, the Senate deadlocked, largely along party lines, on amendments to block people on the federal terrorism watch list from buying guns and to close loopholes in background check laws. Families of gun violence victims looked on from the Senate chamber as the votes were held.

Further action on gun safety measures or mental health provisions seemed unlikely before the fall election, given the rush to finish a series of spending bills and the relatively limited time that Congress will be in session before November.

In addition, the four gun measures were attached to legislation that contains several other thorny issues, such as the question of whether to take passports away from terrorism suspects, which suggests there will be little chance for further debate….


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Federal Judge tells Texas the Federal Government makes Syrian policy…

In America?

The Federal Government makes Foreign Policy….

NOT the states….

Texas has no case against the federal government and a refugee settlement organization over how Syrian refugees are settled within the state’s borders, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

With Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) leading the charge, the state’s health and human services commission sued in December to challenge how the Obama administration and the International Rescue Committee worked together to resettle Syrian refugees.

In an 18-page order, U.S. District Judge David Godbey dismissed each and every claim brought by Texas. It’s not yet clear whether the state will appeal.

“Today’s decision upholds and affirms America’s proud history in providing refuge for the world’s most vulnerable,” Jennifer Sime, the IRC’s senior vice president of U.S. programs, said in a statement. “Refugees are fleeing violence and persecution and want nothing more than to live a safe and peaceful life.”

In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris last year, Texas had sought more information from the IRC about the refugees it planned to bring into the state. The resettlement organization replied that it was looking to resettle six Syrian refugees in early December, but refused to provide more information about them, citing State Department rules.

That’s when Texas sought to block the resettlement altogether.

But at every step of the way, the state’s efforts failed….


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The AR-15 Rifle story is complicated…It was kinda Illegal…It isn’t now…

There REALLY isn’t a concrete reason to have the weapon in any area that has a LOT of people around….

The riflfe is similar to the one solider’s use in war zones…

Effirts to completely ban the weapon, or those simimlar to it have NOT been successful….

There are ALWAYS ways law makers can and do make the purchase of thes type of weapons legal….

Even after this latest incident?

THAT is NOT gonna change….

American’s LOVE their guns and will NOt give them up , No matter how many people are hurt by people using them…

In this latest incident in Orlando?

The rifle was LEGALLY bought….

Efforts by Democratic lawmakers to stop people from owning guns in th past have resulted in some losing their jobs….

The current anti-gun reaction always occurs after a mass shooting, even with kids….

And it always disappaears a short whiloe later…..Gun Control is NOT a winner for Democrats no matter how much it should be….

Omar Mateen, the Orlando shooter, used an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle and a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol to kill 49 people at the Pulse nightclub Sunday. The same style of rifle was also used by the shooters at San Bernardino, California; Umpqua Community College in Oregon; Sandy Hook and several other mass shootings in recent years. On Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton described the rifle as a “weapon of war” that should be banned, and President Obama concurred. But an effective ban could be difficult to devise.

The AR-15 used to be illegal. President Bill Clinton’s assault weapons ban, which was in effect from 1994 to 2004, banned the AR-15 and other guns that were too similar to military-style weapons. However, this law did not prohibit Americans from owning semi-automatic weapons;1 it capped how many military features an individual gun could have. During the ban, a semi-automatic rifle like the AR-15 could legally have any one of the following features, as long as it didn’t have two or more of them: a folding stock (making the gun slightly easier to conceal), a pistol grip (making the weapon easier to hold and use), a bayonet mount, a flash suppressor (making it harder to see where shots are coming from), or a grenade launcher.

A 2004 report commissioned by the Department of Justice on the effects of the assault weapons ban concluded that the law was largely ineffective at limiting access to weapons with the power of the AR-15. According to the report, the ban focused on “features that have little to do with the weapons’ operation, and removing those features is sufficient to make the weapons legal.” The report noted that several semi-automatic rifles were functionally equivalent to the AR-15 and untouched by the ban….



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Donald Trump goes back to being Trump….

His speech yesterday was controlled …..

Ah, in the beginning…..


Donald Trump went back to being ‘That Guy’……

The contents of the speech was pure Trump doubled down….

He went back to the primaries….

He’s trying to sell a BAN on Muslims….A large-scale surveillance ‘Big Brother’ effort against ALL Muslims in THIS country…..

Donald Trump was telling you to be AFRAID….

CNN fact checks Trump's speech on the shooting

 And he was patting himself on the back for reminding evryone to be worried about Muslims….But if you go with him ?…He would make things alright..He’d make America ‘GREAT Again!’

The Orlando shootings made TERRORISM spread across the media….

Trump jumped on board….

Except this wasn’t really about THAT at all….

But Trump doesn’t care….

In the end?

He is Just about being the loudest guy in crowd looking for a audience 

A Good amount of us  KNOW better ….(Even some in Media finally)

We look at him for who he is…

Nothing more…

The sidewalk act has gotten old….

Donald Trump responded Monday to the worst terror attack since 9/11 with a no-holds-barred attack on Muslims and Hillary Clinton that played loose with the facts and was rife with inflammatory rhetoric.

He claimed Clinton wanted to disarm Americans and let Islamic terrorists slaughter them, while seeming to overinflate the number of Syrian refugees and insinuating the perpetrator of the Orlando attack was a foreigner.
In a speech pulsating with tough talk that will likely please his supporters, the presumptive Republican nominee also renewed his call for a ban on Muslim migration into the United States — and extended it to cover all nations with a history of terrorism. Hinting at a huge expansion of presidential power, he vowed to impose such a system by using executive orders.
“The current politically correct response cripples our ability to talk and to think and act clearly,” Trump said framed by two American flags at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. “If we don’t get tough, and if we don’t get smart, and fast, we’re not going to have our country anymore. There will be nothing, absolutely nothing, left.”
Trump’s speech Monday was a clear attempt to use the fallout from Sunday’s attack in Florida that left 49 dead to position himself as a strong agent of change determined to flush out a culture of weakness and incompetence that he said had let terrorism fester and threatened the existence of U.S. culture itself…..
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Trump buddy wants to go after Hillary Clinton’s close advisor /friend…Abedin as a ‘terrorist agent’…

Hillary Clinton’s longtime assistant is Huma Abedin. (Who is married to former NY House Rep  Anthony Weiner )…

Abedin was born in Michigan, to Muslim parents from India and Pakistan , who raised her in  Saudi Arabia….

As Hillary Clinton has risen in the news, there have been media looks at the Clinton / Abedin working relations and Abedin herself….

One can’t be surprised that with the Donald Trump anti-Muslim rants that Trump himself or one of his surrogates would go after Abedin as suspect….(This isn’t first time a GOPer’s has questioned Abedin for her background and religious upbringing…

Under Trump would ‘McCarthyism be brought back?

In the wake of Sunday’s deadly terrorist shooting in Orlando, Donald Trump’s longtime friend and informal adviser wants the presumptive Republican nominee to hit Hillary Clinton even harder, suggesting the former secretary of state’s top aide Huma Abedin could be a “Saudi spy” or a “terrorist agent.”

Only Trump, Stone said on Sirius XM’s “Breitbart News Daily,” will be able to draw the necessary amount of attention to the matter.

“I also think that now that Islamic terrorism is going to be front and center, there’s going to be a new focus on whether this administration, the administration of Hillary Clinton at State was permeated at the highest levels by Saudi intelligence and others who are not loyal Americans,” Stone said. “I speak specifically of Huma Abedin, the right-hand woman, now vice-chairman or co-chairman of vice—of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.”



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Attack in Orlando leaves 50 dead…53 wounded…

In a action that lasted for 3 hours….

A Muslin man born in New York walked into a popular gay club in Orlando Florida and ended up killing 50 of the people inside and wounding another 53 before police ended the standoff….

(Officals are cautioning that some injuries could have been the result of law eneforcement actions)

The subject had been investigated by the FBI 3 years ago after speaking about terrorist ties, but was not deemed a threat…He worked in Florida as a security guard , which enabled him to purchase guns legally….The subject had open talked about his hatre of jews, blacks , women and gays….The subject had been in a abusive marruage which resulted in a divorce ….

It was the worst act of terrorism on American soil since Sept. 11, 2001, and the deadliest attack on a gay target in the nation’s history, though officials said it was not clear whether some victims had been accidentally shot by law enforcement officers.

Gov. Rick Scott of Florida said on Monday that he had asked President Obama to issue a federal emergency declaration for his state.

“Yesterday’s terror attack was an attack on our state and entire nation,” Mr. Scott said in a statement. “This morning, I have asked President Obama to declare an emergency so that the full resources of the federal government can be made available for all those impacted by this horrific massacre.”

In a letter to Mr. Obama, Mr. Scott sought two forms of federal aid: “provision of health and safety measures,” as well as “management, control and reduction of immediate threats to public health and safety.” An emergency declaration by Mr. Obama would give Florida up to $5 million in initial federal funding…..



The incident has reopened the terror and gun issues….Law Enforecenmet has NOT found any direct connection to terror groups now or before …so far…There is a clear anti-gay part to the incident though…

The politican’s have also weighed in the incident in terms of terrorism….

It sure looks like this was HATE CRIME more than ANYTHING else….

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“Slow Jamming the News” with President Obama….

…from the ‘Tonight Show’ starring Jimmy Fallon Featuring Barack Obama……

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Political Roundup for June 10, 2016…RRH Elections

Happy Birthday to John Edwards and Elliot Spitzer!


Hillary: The meme giveth and the meme taketh away. The iconic photograph of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton using her BlackBerry while wearing sunglasses that when viral in 2012 may have prompted the probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails. After the photo went viral a recordkeeping official in the State Department who was responsible for Freedom of Information Act searches started to inquire about whether Clinton had been assigned a State.gov email address. The investigation snowballed from there.

Trump: While President Obama was endorsing Hillary Clinton, another former 2012 Presidential candidate was throwing her support to Donald Trump. 2012 Green Party and Peace & Freedom Party candidate Rosanne Barr is backing Donald Trump for President. Barr who ran for President on a ticket with Cindy Sheehan is an anti-war socialist. So she clearly finds agreement with Trump’s opposition to the Iraq War, opposition to free trade and support for socialized medicine.

Trump: According to PPP latest poll 46% of Pennsylvania voters polled think that the Phillie Phanatic is more qualified to be president than Republican nominee Donald Trump. Only 40% of respondents said that Trump would be the better commander-in-chief and 14% said they didn’t know.

French: David French lays out the legal case why no Republican delegate are actually bound to vote for Donald Trump and makes a very convincing argument that the embarrassing and failing candidacy of Donald Trump can be dumped at the Republican National Convention.

Stein: The Green Party missed the June 1st deadline for getting their presidential nominee on the ballot in Arizona and is going to court to try and get on the ballot.

Johnson: The latest Fox News Poll has Libertarian Gary Johnson at 12%. Johnson is starting to poll close to the 15% he needs to be included in the Presidential debates. The Fox Poll has at Clinton 39%, Trump 36%, Johnson 12% with 14% saying Other/Won’t Vote/Don’t Know….


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Michelle Obama knocks Donald Trump at CUNY Commencement Speech

I guess we know who she WILL NOT be voting for….

In tones both aspirational and political, Michelle Obama on Friday used her last commencement address as first lady to salute graduates of the City College of New York as “living, breathing proof that the American dream endures,” while also criticizing “name-calling” leaders who engage in “anger and intolerance.”

Mrs. Obama did not specifically mention Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president. But her intent could not have been clearer as she warned that “leaders who rule by intimidation — leaders who demonize and dehumanize entire groups of people — often do so because they have nothing else to offer.”

“Here in America, we don’t give in to our fears,” she told the class of 2016, with its 3,848 graduates, in an outdoor ceremony on the college’s Manhattan campus. “We don’t build up walls to keep people out because we know that our greatness has always depended on contributions from people who were born elsewhere but sought out this country and made it their home.”…


Here’s her speech…..


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