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Cup of Joe – 6/25/22

The U.S. Supreme Court  overturned Roe v. Wade, allowing states to ban abortions for the first time in nearly 50 years.

New York Times: “The ruling will test the legitimacy of the court and vindicate a decades-long Republican project of installing conservative justices prepared to reject the precedent, which had been repeatedly reaffirmed by earlier courts. It will also be one of the signal legacies of President Donald Trump, who vowed to name justices who would overrule Roe. All three of his appointees were in the majority in the 6-to-3 ruling.”

“The decision, which echoed a leaked draft opinion published by Politico in early May, will result in a starkly divided country in which abortion is severely restricted or forbidden in many red states but remains freely available in most blue ones.”

Wall Street Journal: “The ruling, one of the most consequential in modern memory, marked a rare instance in which the court reversed itself to eliminate a constitutional right that it had previously created.”

The decision effectively ends abortion access for roughly 40 million women and girls in more nearly two dozen states. It also ends the legitimacy of the Supreme Court forever. Once an institution takes away rights, it becomes illegitimate.

President Biden took a deep breath before giving his remarks on the Supreme Court’s abortion ruling, the New York Times reports.  Said Biden: “Today the Supreme Court expressly took away a constitutional right for the American people. They didn’t limit it, they simply took it away.”  He added: “It’s a realization of extreme ideology and a tragic error of the Supreme Court in my view.”

“The Supreme Court’s ruling Friday to eliminate the broadly supported constitutional right to abortion ignited a political firestorm in an already heated election year, landing less than five months from a slew of contests for Congress, statehouses and governor,” NBC News reports.

“The Supreme Court’s historic decision enables states to ban abortion. It also allows Congress to outlaw abortion nationally, for the first time in a half-century, giving the winners of the 2022 elections new powers to determine whether abortion stays legal.”

“Democrats vowed political revenge at the ballot box, with President Joe Biden immediately seeking to channel the backlash by urging voters to put Democratic candidates in power so they can maintain a woman’s right to end a pregnancy.”

Axios: Democrats campaign on abortion ruling while GOP sticks to inflation.

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) said he will seek to ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, moving quickly following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Friday overturning the constitutional right to an abortion, the Washington Post reports.

Former Vice President Mike Pence praised the Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion, saying, “Today, life won,” the New York Times reports. He added: “Having been given this second chance for life, we must not rest and must not relent until the sanctity of life is restored to the center of American law in every state in the land.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) declared the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade “a historic victory” but said the work of antiabortion conservatives is “far from done,” the Washington Post reports.

He added: “In less than 140 days, things are going to change.”

Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) reminded Americans that New York remains a “safe harbor” for those seeking abortions and said that those most likely to suffer from today’s Supreme Court ruling are “low-income individuals and people of color,” the New York Times reports.

She added: “This decision is a grave injustice.”

“I trusted Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh when they testified under oath that they also believed Roe v. Wade was settled legal precedent, and I am alarmed they chose to reject the stability the ruling has provided for two generations of Americans.” — Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), quoted by the New York Times.

Washington Post: “Without the landmark precedent in place, the national abortion landscape will change quickly. First, 13 states with ‘trigger bans,’ designed to take effect as soon as Roe is overturned, will ban abortion within 30 days. Several other states where recent antiabortion legislation has been blocked by the courts are expected to act next, with lawmakers moving to activate their dormant legislation. A handful of states also have pre-Roe abortion bans that could be brought back to life.”

“Elsewhere in the country, the post-Roe landscape is less certain.”

The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll finds 71% of respondents, including 60% of Republicans, said they believed the decision to terminate a pregnancy should be left to a woman and her doctor, with just 15% saying it should be regulated by the government.

Also potentially relevant: 61% of respondents, including 38% of Republicans and 39% of independents, said they were less likely to vote for a candidate who supports laws that ban or severely restrict abortion.

“Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Friday called for overturning the constitutional rights the court had affirmed for access to contraceptives and LGBTQ rights in an opinion concurring with the majority to decision to overturn Roe v. Wade,” The Hill reports.

New York Times: “Some legal experts have raised concerns that justices could apply the argument for overturning Roe to limiting access to contraceptives. As a result, those who support birth control access worry that legislators could use a ban on abortion to make birth control less available.”

Jia Tolentino: “Support for abortion has never been higher, with more than two-thirds of Americans in favor of retaining Roe, and fifty-seven per cent affirming a woman’s right to abortion for any reason. Even so, there are Republican officials who have made it clear that they will attempt to pass a federal ban on abortion if and when they control both chambers of Congress and the Presidency.”

“Anyone who can get pregnant must now face the reality that half of the country is in the hands of legislators who believe that your personhood and autonomy are conditional—who believe that, if you are impregnated by another person, under any circumstance, you have a legal and moral duty to undergo pregnancy, delivery, and, in all likelihood, two decades or more of caregiving, no matter the permanent and potentially devastating consequences for your body, your heart, your mind, your family, your ability to put food on the table, your plans, your aspirations, your life.”

“I think it’s a big step backward. I’ve always believed in a woman’s right to choose, and I stick to that view, and that’s why the U.K. has the laws that it does.”— British prime minister Boris Johnson, quoted by the New York Times, on the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.

“This decision is inconsistent with what Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh said in their testimony and their meetings with me, where they both were insistent on the importance of supporting long-standing precedents that the country has relied upon.” — Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), quoted by the New York Times, adding that “throwing out a precedent overnight that the country has relied upon for half a century is not conservative. It is a sudden and radical jolt to the country that will lead to political chaos, anger, and a further loss of confidence in our government.”

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has put her home in Maine up for sale and intends to purchase “a slightly smaller house with more land,” the Bangor Daily News reports.  Their current home “has been the site of numerous protests.”

Former President Donald Trump lauded the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade to Fox News, saying: “I think, in the end, this is something that will work out for everybody.”

But the New York Times reports Trump has repeatedly and privately told people that he believes the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade will be “bad for Republicans.”

“The decision, Mr. Trump has told friends and advisers, will anger suburban women, a group who helped tilt the 2020 presidential race to Joe Biden, and will lead to a backlash against Republicans in the November midterm elections.”

Attorney General Merrick Garland said, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, “that states cannot ban mifepristone, a medication that is used to bring about an abortion, based on disagreement with the federal government on its safety and efficacy,” Axios reports.

According to the Washington Post, Garland also signaled the Justice Department “is preparing for legal battles on a host of related issues — from women traveling to states where the procedures are legal, to accessing pills that can induce abortions.”

“Congress gave final approval on Friday to a bipartisan compromise intended to stop dangerous people from accessing firearms, ending nearly three decades of congressional inaction over how to counter gun violence and toughen the nation’s gun laws,” the New York Times reports.

“The House approved the measure 234 to 193 one month to the day after a gunman stormed into an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and used a semiautomatic rifle to kill 19 children and two teachers, sparking outrage across the country and a flurry of negotiations on Capitol Hill. The measure now heads to President Biden, who is expected to sign it.”

“The Senate approved bipartisan legislation on Thursday aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of dangerous people, after a small group of Republicans joined Democrats to break through their party’s longstanding blockade of gun safety measures and shatter nearly three decades of congressional paralysis on toughening the nation’s gun laws,” the New York Times reports.

“It would enhance background checks for prospective gun buyers ages 18 to 21, requiring for the first time that juvenile records, including mental health records beginning at age 16, be vetted for potentially disqualifying material. The bill would provide incentives for states to pass ‘red flag’ laws that allow guns to be temporarily confiscated from people deemed by a judge to be too dangerous to possess them. And it would tighten a federal ban on domestic abusers buying firearms, and strengthen laws against straw purchasing and trafficking of guns.”

For the first time publicly, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) explained why he backed the bipartisan gun bill, Politico reports.

Said McConnell: “We’ve lost ground in suburban areas. We pretty much own rural and small-town America. And I think this is a sensible solution to the problem before us, which is school safety and mental health. I hope it will be viewed favorably by voters in the suburbs that we need to regain in order to hopefully be in the majority next year.”

Charlie Sykes: “On Thursday we got a stark reminder that farcical fascism is still fascism.”

“Yes, Jeffrey Clark was a clownish Iago; the theories about Italian satellites were certifiably insane; Trump’s election lies were absurd and easily debunked; and the smoking guns are right there in plain sight. But even so, it was a damned close run thing.”

“The President of the United States was moments away from installing a seditionist crony as the nation’s top law enforcement officer and using the Department of Justice to execute his coup.”

“The line held. Thank God. But that line was thin, and it might not be there the next time around.”

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), chair of the January 6 Committee, said that “significant new streams of evidence have necessitated a change to the panel’s hearing schedule, including the potential for additional hearings,” Politico reports. “After the committee’s Thursday hearing — which will focus on former President Donald Trump’s effort to deploy the Justice Department to help overturn the 2020 presidential election — House investigators will resume hearings in July.”

“In the past 24 hours, there has been an uptick in the number of violent threats against lawmakers on the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, and all lawmakers on the committee are likely to receive a security detail,” the Washington Post reports.

A new Quinnipiac poll finds that Americans, by a 64% to 30% margin, believe that the January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol was planned rather than spontaneous.

However, Americans are split about whether or not they think Donald Trump committed a crime with his efforts to change the results of the 2020 presidential election, with 46% saying he did commit a crime and 47% saying he did not commit a crime.

Brian Lowry: “For those who have talked about the production qualities of the Jan. 6 committee hearings, it was particularly notable how Thursday’s news-breaking hearing built toward the revelation of the names of the members of Congress that had allegedly sought pardons.”

“It was structured very much as if it was building toward a dramatic climax, saving the most newsworthy element — the one seemingly destined to reverberate loudest in the days ahead — to close the presentation.”

Rick Hasen: “In a 2019 ruling requiring the former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify at a congressional hearing about former President Donald Trump’s alleged abuses of power, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson declared that ‘presidents are not kings.’ If we take that admonition from our next Supreme Court justice seriously and look at the evidence amassed so far by the House select committee on the Jan. 6 attack, we can — and in fact must — conclude that the prosecution of Mr. Trump is not only permissible but required for the sake of American democracy.”

“This week’s hearings showed us that Mr. Trump acted like he thought he was a king, not a president subject to the same rules as the rest of us…”

“The evidence and the testimony offered demonstrates why Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Justice Department should convene a grand jury now, if it hasn’t already, to consider indicting Mr. Trump for crimes related to his attempt to overturn the results of the election, before he declares his candidacy for president in 2024, perhaps as early as this summer.”

Playbook spoke to British documentarian Alex Holder — whose raw video footage was subpoenaed by the January 6 Committee — and learned about an unscheduled call Donald Trump had with Russian president Vladimir Putin during a packed day of campaigning just days before the presidential election.

“I’m not surprised that Donald Trump is having recriminations about his decision and McCarthy’s to oppose the independent commission and to refuse to participate in the select committee. It will go down as a historic and strategic blunder by both of them.” — Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), quoted by the Los Angeles Times.

Peggy Noonan: “Mr. Trump’s national polling numbers continue underwater, but the real test will be to see those numbers after the Jan. 6 hearings are over. I believe we’ll see Rep. Liz Cheney’s kamikaze mission hit its target, and the SS Trump will list…”

“The 1/6 hearings are doing nothing to help Mr. Biden—some thought they would—but they are sinking Mr. Trump.”

Rich Lowry: “I thought the January 6 committee wouldn’t have any chance of reaching this cohort of Trump backers. Instead, by revisiting the insanity of the post-election period and sucking Trump into responding, the committee has seemingly enhanced the sense of Trump fatigue among these voters, at least at the margins.”

William Saletan: “One of Donald Trump’s favorite tricks is arm-twisting officials into announcing an investigation of his political opponent. He doesn’t really care about the investigation, because investigations are about facts. All he cares about is the announcement, which he can use to smear his opponent.”

“In the Jan. 6 plot, he did it again…”

“It’s the same play, again and again. Trump never cares about the facts. All he wants is a useful narrative. And for that, he just needs a statement. Leave the rest to him.”

“The U.S. and European economies slowed sharply in June as surging prices of energy and food weakened demand for other goods and services, business surveys showed, increasing the risk of recessions around the world,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“The new figures on manufacturing and services activity underline how dark the outlook has become in both Europe and the U.S. Russia’s war in Ukraine has hit global growth as high inflation spread across the globe. Economies also face continuing supply-chain disruptions and the prospect of rising interest rates that curb business investment. Europe faces additional pressure from a possible energy shortage this winter.”

The Economist “has built a statistical model to examine the relationship between food and fuel-price inflation and political unrest. It reveals that both have historically been good predictors of mass protests, riots and political violence. If our model’s findings continue to hold true, many countries can expect to see a doubling of unrest this year.”

“The greatest risk is in places that were already precarious: countries such as Jordan and Egypt that depend on food and fuel imports and have rickety public finances. Many such places are badly or oppressively governed. In Turkey the supply shock has accelerated ruinous inflation caused by dotty monetary policy. Around the world, the cost-of-living squeeze is adding to people’s grievances and raising the chance that they will take to the streets. This is more likely to turn violent in places with lots of underemployed, single young men. As their purchasing power falls, many will conclude that they will never be able to afford to marry and have a family. Frustrated and humiliated, some will feel they have nothing to lose if they join a riot.”

“Georgia investigators are scrutinizing Rudy Giuliani’s appearance before state lawmakers in 2020, where he peddled baseless claims of voter fraud and encouraged legislators to appoint a new slate of presidential electors,” CNN reports.

“The special purpose grand jury — which has been investigating whether former President Donald Trump or his allies violated the law in their efforts to flip the 2020 election results in Georgia — has heard testimony from at least four witnesses regarding Giuliani’s activities.”

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) “will deliver testimony next month to Fulton County prosecutors investigating Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 elections,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

“Oliver Dowden, the chairman of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative party, resigned on Friday, saying it could not carry on with business as usual after two crushing by-election defeats and someone had to take responsibility,” Reuters reports.

U.S. prosecutors broadened a seditious conspiracy charge against Oath Keepers  founder Stewart Rhodes and eight co-defendants, the Washington Post reports. The new indictment does not allege new facts, but gives the Justice Department more leeway in proving a violation of the historically rare, Civil War-era charge in this case.

“On the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the Biden administration proposed sweeping changes to the landmark law that would bar schools, colleges and universities from discriminating against transgender students, a move that comes as the battle over transgender rights moves to the front lines of the culture war,” the Washington Post reports.

“The proposal would extend the protections of Title IX, which prohibits schools that get federal funds from discriminating on the basis of sex, to transgender students, compelling schools to accommodate and protect them. This includes permitting them to use bathrooms that align with their gender identity, using their correct pronouns and addressing bullying based on their gender identity.”

“Canada will ban the manufacture and importation of harmful single-use plastics by the end of the year, the government said, in a sweeping effort to fight pollution and climate change,” the Washington Post reports.  “Most plastic grocery bags, cutlery and straws would come under the ban, with a few exceptions for medical needs.”

“Taiwan scrambled jets on Tuesday to warn away 29 Chinese aircraft in its air defense zone, including bombers that flew south of the island and into the Pacific, in the latest uptick in tensions and largest incursion since late May,” Reuters reports.

The FDA ordered Juul “to stop selling e-cigarettes on the U.S. market, a profoundly damaging blow to a once-popular company whose brand was blamed for the teenage vaping crisis,” the New York Times reports.

“A billionaire fundraiser for former President Donald Trump on Wednesday lost a bid to dismiss criminal charges he lobbied the U.S. government on behalf of the United Arab Emirates without disclosing his affiliation,” Reuters reports.

“Thomas Barrack had pleaded not guilty to charges of illegal lobbying and lying to U.S. law enforcement, and faces a September trial.”

Politico: “Newsom has stressed that he isn’t challenging President Joe Biden — either on his stewardship of their party or as a candidate in two years. He’s reminded people that Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris separately trekked across the country to stump for him in his recall election.”

“But taken together, the moves have been widely interpreted as a relatively young executive using the specter of a future presidential bid to shine a bright spotlight on himself. And they’ve been enough to elicit early brushbacks from allies of Biden and Harris.”

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