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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

Trump endorses Kevin Kiley for California's 3rd Congressional District seat

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Former President Donald Trump Saturday endorsed Kevin Kiley for California’s 3rd Congressional District seat, telling voters the assemblyman has helped fight the “radical maniacs in Sacramento.”

Trump called Kiley, a Republican from Rocklin, “a conservative champion in the California State Capitol.”

“No one ...Read more

Protesters gather at abortion rights rallies in California and across US

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LOS ANGELES — Joining demonstrators across the country, 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 at the L.A. ...Read more

Protesters gather at abortion rights rallies in California and across US

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LOS ANGELES — Joining demonstrators across the country, women’s rights activists gathered 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.

The L.A. rally organized by the Women’s March Foundation ...Read more

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Trump endorses Doug Mastriano in the Pa. governor's race, a late boost for the far-right front-runner

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PHILADELPHIA — Former President Donald Trump endorsed State Sen. Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania's Republican primary for governor, announcing his support for the front-runner just days before Tuesday's election.

The endorsement could very well put him over the top and deal a crippling blow to 11th-hour efforts by some establishment ...Read more

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Thomas says leak eroded Supreme Court trust, damaged institution

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Justice Clarence Thomas said the leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision has done deep damage to the institution, undermining trust among its members and causing people to “look over your shoulder.”

Speaking at a conference in Dallas on Friday, Thomas said the disclosure has exposed the “fragile” nature of the court, the ...Read more

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Chair of first UFO hearing since 1960s: 'Someone has to do it'

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WASHINGTON — Congress last held a hearing on reports of UFOs — unidentified flying objects synonymous with space aliens — in the 1960s, and even in the realm of fiction, Scully and Mulder of “The X-Files” seem to have retired.

“Someone has to do it,” Rep.Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat, says of the need for a public examination ...Read more

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DeSantis names conservative lawmaker Cord Byrd as Florida elections chief

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TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday named conservative Rep. Cord Byrd, a Neptune Beach Republican, as Florida’s new secretary of state, overseeing the state’s elections office.

Byrd, an attorney, has sponsored some of the most controversial bills in the Legislature in recent years, and he sided with DeSantis in an ongoing intraparty...Read more