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Commentary: Caught in a draft

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Many Americans, most notably Chief Justice John Roberts, were aghast at the leak of Samuel Alito’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

Roberts ordered an investigation into the “appalling” breach of etiquette and said he hoped “one bad apple” would not spoil the public’s trust in the Supreme Court, an ...Read more

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Commentary: Hearing threat to Roe vs. Wade, I thought of my gay marriage -- and Jim Obergefell's fight

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I've thought about Jim Obergefell often since we first spoke nine years ago, after his historic marriage to his husband on an airport tarmac outside Baltimore.

He's come to mind mostly during big moments in my own life as a gay man in America.

I thought of Jim and his late husband, John Arthur, when I first considered proposing to my husband, ...Read more

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Black residents want Biden to call out racism and white supremacy in Buffalo visit

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The White House said President Joe Biden would travel to Buffalo on Tuesday to grieve with victims and their family members after what police described as a racially motivated mass shooting on Saturday that left 10 people dead.

But members of that tightknit community say they want more from the president than his condolences. ...Read more

Trump's sway gets blurred in 3-way, down-to-wire Senate race

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Pennsylvania is at the heart of a dramatic midterm primary election race. On the Republican side there is a former Wall Street executive vying with a celebrity physician and a surging conservative firebrand. Their likely rival is a Democrat recovering from a stroke.

For months, the GOP race for an open U.S. Senate seat was between Mehmet Oz, ...Read more

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Some of pop's biggest stars teamed with Planned Parenthood for this Roe v. Wade ad

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Planned Parenthood has tapped scores of young musicians, entertainers and influencers to condemn the U.S. Supreme Court's potential decision to strip their "constitutional right to abortion" by overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

In the New York Times on Friday, 160 female, male and nonbinary individuals listed their names on a full...Read more

Supreme Court rules for Ted Cruz, strikes down limit on post-election gifts to winners

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ruled for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Monday struck down the legal limit on how much candidates can collect from big donors after an election is over.

Siding with Cruz, the court's conservative majority said the $250,000 limit on post-election gifts to winning candidates violates their rights to free speech....Read more

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Starbucks offers to reimburse employees for abortion travel

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Starbucks Corp. is expanding its U.S. health care benefits to cover travel for abortion and gender-affirming procedures.

Employees and their dependents who don’t have access to those procedures within 100 miles of their home can be reimbursed for eligible travel expenses, Starbucks said Monday in a blog post.

“Like many of you, I’m ...Read more

Online data could be used against people seeking abortions if Roe v. Wade falls

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When the draft of a Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked to the press, many of us who have been studying privacy for vulnerable individuals came to a ...Read more

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Commentary: Reversing Roe will make American democracy harder to fix

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If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, as the recently leaked draft opinion suggests, arguments over how to regulate abortion will move from the courts to the legislatures, in Washington and 50 state capitals. Many critics of the decision, and even some of its defenders — I find myself in both camps — say this is where the debate ...Read more

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With Roe v. Wade in the balance, abortion takes center stage in political ads

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LOS ANGELES — The anticipated overturning of Roe vs. Wade quickly became the focus of political ads coast to coast.

“A woman’s fundamental rights ... hang in the balance,” a New Hampshire senator warns.

A candidate for governor in Alabama accuses the incumbent of “aiding and abetting murder.”

“Our freedom is on the ballot,” ...Read more

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Commentary: Reversing Roe will make American democracy harder to fix

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If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, as the recently leaked draft opinion suggests, arguments over how to regulate abortion will move from the courts to the legislatures, in Washington and 50 state capitals. Many critics of the decision, and even some of its defenders — I find myself in both camps — say this is where the debate ...Read more

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Editorial: The day could be approaching when Supreme Court rulings are openly defied

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The breakdown of U.S. Supreme Court legitimacy may already have begun as the public perception of the court morphs from one of respectful observances of the law as interpreted by the nation’s top judicial scholars to a view of them as little more than political hacks in black robes. Various states, including Missouri, are on record openly ...Read more

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Commentary: Draft opinion striking down Roe brings 'fire to this fight once again'

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The now infamous Supreme Court draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito, repealing Roe v. Wade, is not just a shameful ransacking of a 50-year-old precedent, it is an epic assault on the fundamental right of women to participate as equals in American society.

Roe is not just about the medical procedure of abortion and protecting women’s health ...Read more

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Biden deplores 'stain' of hate in US after Buffalo mass shooting

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden urged police departments to spend federal law enforcement aid, saying it can help reduce gun violence “and intervene before it’s too late.”

Hours after his speech at an event for police officers killed in the line of duty, the White House said the president and first lady Jill Biden will visit Buffalo, ...Read more

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Biden deplores 'stain' of hate in US after Buffalo mass shooting

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden urged police departments to spend federal law enforcement aid, saying it can help reduce gun violence “and intervene before it’s too late.”

Speaking at a memorial event for police officers killed in the line of duty, Biden touched briefly on the shooter in Buffalo, New York, who killed 10 people and ...Read more

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Scholz's party slumps to worst result in Germany's biggest state

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Olaf Scholz’s Social Democratic Party lost a regional election for the second straight week, suffering a fresh blow amid wavering support for the German chancellor’s Ukraine policy.

The Christian Democrats, the main opposition party at the national level, were projected to take 35.3% of the vote in North Rhine-Westphalia on Sunday, ...Read more

Somalia's president moves on to second round of vote

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Somalia’s president progressed to the next round of the nation’s presidential elections, though his bid to become the nation’s first leader to be reelected faced a strong challenge from a regional leader.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, also known as Farmajo, and the head of the semi-autonomous oil-rich Somali region of Puntland, ...Read more

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Biden's midterm hopes bedeviled by signs of economy in distress

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President Joe Biden’s hopes for a political reset have been overwhelmed by an unrelenting series of economic setbacks, adding to the challenges Democrats face as they court exhausted voters ahead of the crucial midterm election in November.

U.S. gasoline prices are at historic highs. Inflation in April exceeded consensus forecasts. Technology...Read more

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Protesters rally for abortion rights in California and across the US

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LOS ANGELES — Donna Troy Wangler was among the few women gathered at an abortion rights rally in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday who wasn’t toting a sign proclaiming her views.

But the Inland Empire high school teacher had a poignant story to share about her daughter Lauren, who was born with Down syndrome and was 6 years old when she died...Read more

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Protesters gather at abortion rights rallies in California and across US

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LOS ANGELES — Joining demonstrators across the country, thousands of women’s rights activists marched in downtown Los Angeles and elsewhere around the state Saturday as the U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision legalizing abortion nationwide.

Donna Troy Wangler was among the few women gathered...Read more