Supreme Court to Hear Major Abortion Case
The Supreme Court on Monday said it would hear a case from Mississippi challenging Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to abortion. The case will give the court’s new 6-to-3 conservative majority its first opportunity to weigh in on state laws restricting abortion.
The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, No. 19- 1392, concerns a law enacted by the Republican-dominated Mississippi legislature that banned abortions if “the probable gestational age of the unborn human” was determined to be more than 15 weeks. The statute included narrow exceptions for medical emergencies or “a severe fetal abnormality.”
Lower courts said the law was plainly unconstitutional under Roe, which forbids states from banning abortions before fetal viability — the point at which fetuses can sustain life outside the womb, or around 23 or 24 weeks.
The Unsilenced Majority: Conservatives set up shop to fight cancel culture, corporate 'wokeism'
A handful of conservative movement heavyweights on Monday launched an advocacy organization designed to push back against what they describe as a rising tide of “cancel culture” and “corporate wokeism.”
The priorities of The Unsilenced Majority will include promoting free expression, fighting “cancel culture pressure campaigns” in the private sector and curbing cancel culture in K-12 education.
The group speaks for an “emboldened majority” of Americans who recognize the “imminent threat” that cancel culture poses to the country, said Mike Davis, its founder and president.
GOP Readies Revised Offer to Biden Infrastructure Plan
President Joe Biden's prospects for passing a major infrastructure bill through Congress with bipartisan support — seen unlikely in the wake of his Democrat-only pandemic-relief package in March — are now rising, though disagreements over funding could still scupper a deal.
Senate Republicans are set to deliver a revised offer of a package that includes roads, public transportation, and airports to the White House as early as Monday.
During last year's presidential campaign, Biden enshrined the aspiration of restoring bipartisanship to American governance. The newfound opening, however, clouds the outlook for the rest of his economic vision: a sweeping expansion of the federal government in providing support to millions of lower-income Americans, financed by higher taxes on companies and the wealthy.
Progressives have warned about the danger of undermining Democrat unity for that element of Biden's $4 trillion agenda if infrastructure is stripped out.
Israel continues assault on Gaza for 2nd week as Netanyahu vows to quell Hamas rocket fire, "whatever it takes"
Israeli missiles continued to slam into the Gaza Strip on Monday after the deadliest day yet in the current fighting between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. At least 42 people were killed in Gaza on Sunday, including children, and several large buildings were destroyed.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he wanted to "levy a heavy price" against Hamas for launching thousands of rockets at Israel — a barrage that also continued Monday.
As the conflict entered a second week, the Israeli strikes in Gaza were blamed for almost 200 Palestinian deaths as of Monday, including 55 children and 33 women. More than 1,200 have been injured in the assault. The rockets launched from the Gaza Strip by Hamas militants have killed eight people in Israel, including a young boy and a soldier.
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U.S., EU agree to talks, truce in steel and aluminum dispute
The U.S. and the European Union agreed Monday to begin talks on steel and aluminum supply in a bid to smooth over trade relations and lift tariffs imposed by former President Donald Trump on national security grounds.
The parties said they want to reach a solution by the end of the year that addresses World Trade Organization disputes over tit-for-tat levies and “global excess capacity” from China and elsewhere.
“The distortions that result from this excess capacity pose a serious threat to the market-oriented EU and U.S. steel and aluminum industries and the workers in those industries,” U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo and European Commission Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said in a joint statement.
UFOs regularly spotted in restricted U.S. airspace, report on the phenomena due next month
We have tackled many strange stories on 60 Minutes, but perhaps none like this. It's the story of the U.S. government's grudging acknowledgment of unidentified aerial phenomena— UAP—more commonly known as UFOs. After decades of public denial the Pentagon now admits there's something out there, and the U.S. Senate wants to know what it is. The intelligence committee has ordered the director of national intelligence and the secretary of defense to deliver a report on the mysterious sightings by next month.
Bill Whitaker: So what you are telling me is that UFOs, unidentified flying objects, are real?
Lue Elizondo: Bill, I think we're beyond that already. The government has already stated for the record that they're real. I'm not telling you that. The United States government is telling you that.
Luis Elizondo spent 20 years running military intelligence operations worldwide: in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Guantanamo. He hadn't given UFOs a second thought until 2008. That's when he was asked to join something at the Pentagon called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, or "AATIP."
Former FDA Head Gottlieb: 'By June, Nobody Is Going to Be Wearing Masks'
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, says he believes that Americans will no longer wear COVID-19 face masks by June.
"By June, I think the prevalence of it is going to be sufficiently low in this country and we’re just not going to be concerned about it," he told CNBC, talking about COVID-19. Gottlieb said he wore a mask while shopping with his young children this past weekend even though he has been fully vaccinated.
"What’s the downside of keeping it on?" Gottlieb told CNBC’s "Squawk Box." "I would probably keep a mask on my kids a little bit longer. Another week or two." Gottlieb led the FDA during the Trump administration from 2017 to 2019.
Joel Greenberg, Matt Gaetz's associate, pleads guilty to sex trafficking charges
A former associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz on Monday pleaded guilty to multiple federal crimes, including sex trafficking of an underage girl, and agreed to cooperate with the investigation into the Florida Republican.
Joel Greenberg, a former Seminole County, Florida, tax commissioner, admitted to six charges including admitting that he had knowingly solicited and paid a minor for sex. He also pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and stalking a political rival.
The plea deal could be a substantial win for Justice Department prosecutors probing whether Mr. Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and paid for her travels with him.
Police punished for speaking out against Black Lives Matter
Police officers across the country have been fired, demoted or otherwise disciplined for social media posts that voice opposition to Black Lives Matter and violence during racial justice protests.
In recent weeks, two policewomen in New Jersey were fired or demoted for calling BLM protesters “terrorists,” and a police officer in Virginia was canned for criticizing political leaders who side with racial justice rioters.
Sara Erwin was a police officer in Hopewell Township, New Jersey, when she sounded off on Facebook last year about racial justice riots. She said her children were in tears, begging her not to go to work for fear she would be killed.
Prince Harry says America's First Amendment 'bonkers': 'I still don't understand it'
Prince Harry said in a new interview he finds America’s First Amendment “bonkers” after arriving here from England last year.
The Duke of Sussex appeared Thursday on Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast, in which the two discussed the issues their families have faced with the paparazzi in the U.S.
Mr. Shepard, an American actor, argued that the First Amendment protects the freedom of the press, “and in some ways, it should,” because of its importance for democracy.
Prince Harry, however, had other thoughts.
Team Biden promises failing on climate change
Unrealistic benchmarks, major obstacles stand in the way of reaching goals
If you blinked, you may have missed it, but as part of his climate summit in April, President Biden promised to reduce U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases by 50% by 2030.
This promise follows on President Obama’s promise to reduce emissions by 28% by 2025 (both from a 2005 baseline).
In 2019, net greenhouse gas emissions in the United States were about 5.769 billion tons. In 2005, they were 6.635 billion tons.
Should McCarthy be the next to go?
He's presided over a five-month long intra-party fight over his conference chairperson and kept the party on defense
Kevin McCarthy is angling to be third in line to the presidency but the Liz Cheney debacle should call into question the leadership skills of the California Republican.
You have to hand it to Mitch McConnell. He may not be Donald Trump’s favorite Republican, or the most dynamic of public figures, but at least he has his people largely in line. Kevin McCarthy, on the other hand, has presided over a five-month-long intra-party fight over his conference chairperson that has repeatedly forced his members off message and kept the party on defense.
Democrats and the media wanted Mr. McCarthy and House Republicans to keep this fight going and he has obliged them at every turn. The left wanted an excuse to keep talking about Jan. 6 and the former president’s claims about the contested election and arguably Mr. McCarthy has added fuel to that conversation.