One House of Congress is trying, at least. Ball's in the Senate's court. We've also got stories on the Maryland Primaries, Trump, Bannon, and the Secret Service. Meanwhile, Sam and the gang are going to mark the second anniversary of Michael's passing. Corey's with you the rest of the week, hope everyone is well. - Jack
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THE BIG NEWS
House Passes Bill To Recognize Same-Sex Marriage on Federal Level
We know that they're coming for it. The House knows that they're coming for it. The Senate knows that they're coming for it. They're not even trying to hide it. Here's Ted Cruz, saying what he's been saying for years:
Over the weekend, Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, said he agreed, asserting in an interview for his podcast that Obergefell and Roe v. Wade had been wrongly decided and that both had “ignored two centuries of our nation’s history.” But he added that overturning the same-sex marriage ruling, which he called “clearly wrong,” could be disruptive and would be unlikely.
So Obergefell is wrong, but don't worry – Cruz says the court's not going to overturn it. Just like Susan Collins promised us they wouldn't overturn Roe. Huh.
The consolation prize is this: the House is at least nominally trying. On Tuesday, the Democratic-led House passed the Respect for Marriage Act, joined by 47 Republicans, which would codify the federal protections put in place after Obergefell. This is a worthy step, but as always, we now go to the Senate, which makes me mad to even type these days.
Because look at this crap too! The Senate isn't even committed to bringing the bill to a vote! Even though they very possibly could get more than just two GOP flips on it!
In the Senate, Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the majority leader, did not commit to bringing up the measure but said he was “going to look at everything that we can do to deal with these issues” following the court’s decision overturning abortion rights in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
“Let’s face it: This is a MAGA Supreme Court — a MAGA, right-wing extremist Supreme Court — very, very far away from not only where the average American is, but even the average Republican,” Mr. Schumer said.
Come on!!! Collins and Murkowski can't be the only ones who would vote for that. The GOP has found that support for gay marriage isn't a dealbreaker – most of the country is clearly fine with it. From Politico:
Attitudes concerning same-sex marriage have shifted rapidly in recent years. Republicans have largely moved on from their adamant opposition to same-sex marriage in cultural wars. A record 71 percent of people in the U.S. support gay marriage, according to a June poll from Gallup.
And Schumer won't even confirm that he'll bring it up for a vote! I don't know what to say anymore.
MORE STORIES TO WATCH
AOC and Ilhan Omar Get Arrested for Civil Disobedience
Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and most of the rest of the "Squad" were arrested on Tuesday during a planned civil disobedience action to support abortion rights. The right wing immediately painted it as a photo op, which, sure, but that's also what exactly what planned civil disobedience is – a way of calling attention to a wider cause by deliberately ignoring laws. In this case, AOC, Ilhan and the rest were arrested for blocking traffic at an intersection near the Supreme Court. All told, Capitol Police arrested 35 people, 17 of whom were members of Congress.
Trump-Loving Moron Wins GOP Primary for Maryland Governor, And Other Stories
The Maryland primaries, rapid fire: Dan Cox, political newcomer and mega Trump-lover wins the GOP primary for governor. Cox was last seen trying to impeach Maryland's also Republican governor Larry Hogan for enacting restrictions during the pandemic, just so you're clear on where he's coming from. As far as the Democrats go, flashy Oprah Winfrey-endorsed candidate Wes Moore is in a commanding lead for the nomination, ahead of former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, though it's close enough that votes are still being counted when I'm writing this. The House races are largely in safely Dem Districts, so I'll leave you with this 538 long-dive on some of the more granular details about the races there.
- Secret Service: New Phone, Who Dis? The clandestine service says it doesn't have any new text messages to turn over to the DOJ. The National Archives aren't so sure – they think something might have been deleted. Via WaPo.
- Bannon Spews Contempt While On Trial For Contempt Hey, at least he's on brand! via WaPo.
- Georgia Criminal Inquiry Goes After Trump's Electors This is perhaps the most incisive and aggressive inquiry of the many the Trump campaign faces. via NYT.
- Wildfires Rage Across France Sweaty Brits is one thing, but the French are dealing with some serious flames. via NYT.
- U.S. Spooks Say Russia Will Annex Captured Ukrainian Territory To be fair, Russia's done it before. via NYT.
Degrees Fahrenheit that parts of Britain hit yesterday, in the worst heatwave on record for much of Europe.
ON THE SHOW TODAY
7/20 The MR Crew join together to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of dear friend and colleague Michael Brooks's passing. They'll be joined to reminisce and remember Michael and his legacy by his sister Lisha, Joshua Kahn Russell, Wosny Lambre, and Bhaskar Sunkara.
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So naturally he's doubling down on the anti-trans stuff.
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