The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 162)

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. Justice Sotomayor warned that, thanks in part to Trump's appointees, the Supreme court was…

Report: Trump to accelerate his anti-choice push

Late-term abortions are extremely rare and are never used for frivolous reasons. They’re often necessary to save the life of the mother or end a nonviable and/or dangerous pregnancy. This is only common sense, but if you listen to the propaganda of anti-choicers you might think that pregnant women wait until just minutes before delivery to decide,…

Robert Jeffress is Donald Trump’s minister of hate

By now, Americans have grown accustomed to incendiary rhetoric from the raging right. Nevertheless, the past week witnessed some truly explosive eruptions from some of the leading lights of the conservative movement. Last Sunday, Donald Trump warned that his impeachment and removal from office could trigger a second civil war. Three days later, frequent Fox News…

Health clinic closures put women’s lives at risk

What happens when clinics providing healthcare services to women close? Among other things, American women will needlessly die. That’s the horrifying conclusion from a recent study published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology. Designed to gauge the impact of the closures of 100 women’s health clinics nationwide between 2010 and 2013, Dr. Amar Srivastava…

The most important issue for Democrats in 2020? The courts

As the 2020 election season heats up, voters’ priorities are coming into sharper focus. As in years past, there is a great divergence in what each party ranks as its top issues. Earlier this year, the Pew Research Center found that Republicans identify terrorism, the economy, Social Security, immigration, and the military as their five greatest…

CO-Sen: Alice Madden (D) Pushes The Call To Repeal The Hyde Amendment

Received this e-mail today from former Colorado House Majority Leader, Alice Madden’s (D. CO) U.S. Senate campaign: It’s clear: All women should have the right to make their own health care decisions. That’s why I believe it’s time to repeal the divisive Hyde Amendment. By barring federal funds for abortion services, the Hyde Amendment prevents women from…

Republicans peddle grotesque abortion-slavery comparison

In the great and proud history of the United States, no failing, no appalling ideology, no perverse institution—no national tragedy—compares to the American sin of chattel slavery. Codified in the nation’s founding documents in a grotesque mockery of the Declaration’s self-evident truth that “all men are created equal,” the 250-year bondage of black Americans was…

Missouri House Minority Leader accurately describes how horrible anti-abortion legislation is

Missouri State Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield), who is the Minority Leader of the Missouri House of Representatives, issued this brutally accurate statement in response to Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO) signing Missouri’s draconian anti-abortion bill into law: x My statement on #HB126 pic.twitter.com/aTsGnSdpIh— Crystal Quade (@crystal_quade) May 24, 2019 What Crystal said is a completely accurate…

CBS poll: An overwhelming majority of Americans favor keeping Roe v. Wade

Just more evidence that we’re ruled by a tyrannical minority who have gerrymandered, suppressed, obstructed, and otherwise cheated their way to their current political hegemony.  CBS News: Two-thirds of Americans want Roe v. Wade left in place, and most who hold that view would be disappointed or angry if the ruling were to be overturned…

The anti-abortion movement isn't about abortion.

(Yes, I know I’m still on vacation — the photo is from Mestia, capital of the Svaneti region of the High Caucasus — but once again the news won’t let me be. I originally posted this on Facebook after the Alabama monstrosity was signed into “law” and thought it deserved a hearing here. I’ll check…

Proof that 'life' was never what this was about…

You may not recall that Brett Kavanaugh was actually an unpopular choice among conservatives when he was announced. They feared he was too wishy-washy. All of that changed when they discovered the sexual misconduct allegations. Overnight, they went from milquetoast support to backing his nomination more fiercely than any that came prior. Why was that? Let’s be…