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Texas AG Intervenes in Abortion Case
After receiving a request from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the Texas Supreme Court temporarily froze an order from a lower court allowing a pregnant woman to get an emergency abortion. The woman in question, a 31-year-old mother of two named Kate Cox, had requested an exemption to Texas' ban on abortion because her fetus has a fatal genetic condition. The Texas Supreme Court will now consider whether to allow Cox to terminate her pregnancy. The judges haven't offered a timeframe for their decision.
The Center for Reproductive Rights, which is representing Cox in her lawsuit against the state's abortion ban, called the decision "stunning in its disregard for Ms. Cox’s life, fertility, and the rule of law," according to the Washington Post. Cox recently published a lengthy op-ed in the Dallas Morning News explaining her decision. "I need to end my pregnancy now so that I have the best chance for my health, for parenting my children, and for a future pregnancy," she wrote.
The case is a remarkable example of the draconian anti-abortion measures already in place in Republican-dominated states. What would be a routine medical procedure in many countries has been turned into a grim legal and media circus dominated by the state's arch-conservative politicians. Unfortunately, it's also a reflection of the battles to come.
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Three University Presidents Walk Into A Trap, Two Emerge
Last week the presidents of Penn, Harvard, and MIT testified before Congress about campus antisemitism, speech codes, and ongoing protests against Israel's military campaign in Gaza. It did not go well. The technocratic-minded administrators failed to say the right words in the right order and seemed a little squishy about what it meant to call for a group's genocide. Penn's president resigned. Some expect Harvard's to follow. Rep. Elise Stefanik, the right-wing member of Congress who helped gin up the pseudo-event, is bragging about taking out a college president.
US Vetoes UN Ceasefire Resolution
While professional politicos ranted on Twitter about college, the United States vetoed a United Nations resolution calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. The US was the only country on the 15-member security council to vote against the resolution (the United Kingdom abstained). The death toll in Gaza is estimated at around 18,000 people with more than 46,000 wounded. Over the weekend, the State Department made an emergency authorization, bypassing Congress, to send Israel more tank ammunition. The IDF is deeply dependent on continuing access to US war materiel.
- Alex Jones Returns to Twitter Alex Jones, the Sandy Hook-denying, perpetually red-faced conspiracy monger, was allowed back on Twitter/X over the weekend. Musk welcomed him back in a Spaces conversation with Vivek Ramaswamy, Andrew Tate, and Jackson Hinkle. Truly a nightmare blunt rotation. via BBC News.
- Trump Backs Out of Testifying On Truth Social, former President Donald Trump offered a rambling, multi-part – multi-truth? – statement in which he said he wouldn't be testifying today in his civil fraud trial. via CNBC.
- Milei Promises Argentina Shock Therapy Newly elected Argentine president Javier Milei took office over the weekend and promptly told his constituents that "there is no alternative to a shock adjustment." A radical libertarian in a coalition with conservatives, Milei has sometimes sounded like a MAGA Republican. "We are going to put the country back on its feet and make Argentina great again," he told voters. via Reuters.
- Tornadoes Rip Through Tennessee Thunderstorms and strong tornadoes killed six people and injured dozens in Tennessee over the weekend. The mayor of Clarksville, which was particularly hard hit, declared a state of emergency. via CNN.
That's about how much money the Los Angeles Dodgers will pay superstar two-way player Shohei Ohtani every second for the next ten years. The two sides agreed to a $700 million, 10-year contract over the weekend. The deliriously large deal is the largest in sport's history. For your AM Quickie correspondent, who happens to be a lifelong Dodgers fan, it's a bargain.
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