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The key to betting the right NFL teasers
Following the Supreme Court decision to strike down the federal ban on sports betting in 2018, we’ve seen a gambling renaissance take place across America. Nearly two dozen states have voted to legalize sports betting, with more to come in the following years. Thousands of new bettors are entering the market, and the first (and...
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Study Finds Just 1 in 5 People with Coronavirus Are Asymptomatic—half What Fauci Estimated Earlier This Month
However this does not mean people should stop following guidelines to prevent the virus from spreading, researchers said.
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Senators slam bonuses for execs of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma
Five US senators want a federal judge to stop disgraced opioid seller Purdue Pharma from paying top executives up to $9.8 million in bankruptcy bonuses. The Democratic lawmakers said they’re particularly concerned about Purdue CEO Craig Landau potentially getting a $3.5 million bonus even though he “may have presided over significant criminal activity” during his...
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Hurricane Sally leaves behind thousands of starfish washed up on Florida beach
The devastating storm surge from Hurricane Sally that swamped the Gulf Coast last week has left thousands of starfish washed up on one beach in Florida. 
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A searing look at the Mueller investigation — from the inside
Andrew Weissmann targets Barr, Trump and his own Justice Department colleagues for criticism.
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Jeffrey Epstein kept girls on extreme diets to keep them looking ‘prepubescent’: accuser
Jeffrey Epstein and his accused madam Ghislaine Maxwell put his young victims on “ridiculous,” extreme diets to maintain their “prepubescent” look, accuser Virginia Robert Giuffre claimed. “It was all organic — it was all like shaved salmon on a bed of pilaf or couscous and your vegetables,” Giuffre told a new podcast, “Broken: Seeking Silence.”...
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Southwest Airlines is offering a free companion pass. Here's how to get this limited deal
In an effort to persuade travelers to fly again, Southwest Airlines is offering those who travel by Nov. 15 a shot at a limited companion pass.       
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Former top Trump adviser: We are seen as a pity by our allies
Fiona Hill, President Trump's former top adviser on Russia, says America's allies increasingly pity the nation amid domestic turmoil.
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Texas Tech football player SaRodorick Thompson arrested in summer racing incident
SaRodorick Thompson, a second Texas Tech football player accused of racing vehicles in late June, was arrested Monday.        
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Michael Chandler: Justin Gaethje a threat, but betting against Khabib at UFC 254 is crazy
While Michael Chandler rates Justin Gaethje's skills highly, he doesn't think he's the one to dethrone Khabib Nurmagomedov.        Related StoriesMichael Chandler reveals how he'll beat Khabib, Gaethje if he gets UFC 254 replacement spotSpinning Back Clique: Colby Covington, Donald Cerrone, UFC 253 and moreNiko Price wants to run things back with Donald Cerrone in a main event 
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On National Voter Registration Day, Big Tech Looks to Expand the Electorate
This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. Happy National Voter Registration Day! Sure, the day lacks the symbolism of the Fourth of July, the adrenaline of Labor Day’s starting-pistol crack or even the familiarity of Arbor…
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The average American worries about their health this many times a day
The average American has experienced 560 moments of worry about their immune health since the start of COVID-19, according to new research. The study of 2,000 Americans asked respondents how their mindsets and anxiety have changed since the beginning of COVID-19. Results found the average person was struck with worry four times a day ‒...
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Tamron Hall denies Stassi Schroeder was ambushed in interview
"Now, I don't tell people the specific questions I'm going to ask them. How they answer, that's up to them. But the topic and everything that we discussed, Stassi knew."
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Moderator Chris Wallace selects topics for first Trump-Biden presidential debate
The brutal Supreme Court nomination battle, the worst pandemic to strike the globe in a century, a national economy flattened by the coronavirus, and the protests and violence that’s flared in cities across the nation this summer will be some of the major topics Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Trump will debate next week as they face off for the first time in the 2020 general election.
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The hell that is remote learning, explained in a comic
Here’s what one week of online school is like for my 7- and 5-year-old kids. I’m a freelance writer and illustrator living in the Bay Area with my 7-year-old and 5-year-old. On August 17, the kids started school, which is 100 percent remote, at least until January but likely longer depending on how the pandemic develops this winter. Here’s what one week of attempting online school looks like. Aubrey Hirsch is a writer and illustrator in Berkeley, California. Her work has appeared in the Nib, the New York Times, the Rumpus, and elsewhere.
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How RBG Evolved From a Minimalist Jurist to a Galvanizing Force of Nature
And why her prophetic warnings on Roe v. Wade were ignored.
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De Blasio says decision on outdoor dining extension coming ‘very soon’
As fall officially began Tuesday, and with other major cities already unveiling cold-weather dining plans, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised a decision “very soon” on whether and how to let restaurants continue offering outdoor dining throughout the colder temps. “In fact, it’s on the agenda — I think even later on today — to try...
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'Enola Holmes' Is a Basic Guide to Feminism Loosely Draped in Mystery
"This story isn't about Sherlock. It's about a more unconventional detective with no one but herself to rely on."
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Order to shorten 2020 census didn't come from Census Bureau: Watchdog
An internal watchdog says Census Bureau officials did not make the decision to move up the timeline to stop collecting data at the end of this month.
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How Big Tech Could Influence the Election
The most patriotic thing that companies could do is help democracy work better.
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Why Florida is a battleground state like no other
Battleground states are critical to winning the White House and Florida is a battleground state like no other. CNN's Harry Enten explains what makes the Sunshine State so unique and what that means for the 2020 election.
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Air Force flies 6th-gen stealth fighter – 'super fast' with digital engineering
It is a huge development. It could even be called somewhat shocking. The U.S. Air Force has already built and flown a new, sixth-generation stealth fighter jet.
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Is there something in your eye, or did you just watch Netflix's 'My Octopus Teacher'?
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John Lennon's killer calls murder 'despicable' and 'creepy,' only did it to seek 'glory'
Mark David Chapman killed John Lennon in 1980.
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South Africa makes major gains fighting flu and coronavirus
Coronavirus cases are starting to drop in South Africa after the government enforced tough restrictions. This comes as the country makes gains in other health-related areas, especially when it comes to the flu. CBS News foreign correspondent Debora Patta reports from Johannesburg.
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Planned Parenthood on the future of abortion rights after Ginsburg's death
President Trump is expected to name a nominee to the Supreme Court who will solidify a 6-3 conservative majority. Supporters of abortion rights fear that could threaten the future of Roe v. Wade. Anisha Singh of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund joined CBSN to explain what she believes is the danger facing abortion rights in the U.S.
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Plastic face shields do not stop spread of COVID-19, study claims
The clear coverings were tested in a simulation, which found that nearly 100 percent of airborne droplets less than 5 micrometers in size escaped through the shields.
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Big Data Has Ushered in a New and Cruel Era of Immigrant Surveillance
The era of data-driven deportation has begun.
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Hispanic, Latino and Latinx: What's the difference, and why it matters
The terms "Hispanic" and "Latino" are often used synonymously in the U.S., with the term "Latinx" used as a gender-neutral alternative to the latter.
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Hillary Clinton is launching a podcast tackling topics like faith, resilience and grief
Hillary Clinton is launching her first podcast September 29. It will include interviews with Stacey Abrams, Patton Oswald and more.        
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Vandals deface headstones at historic cemetery for Black residents in Austin
More than a dozen headstones were defaced with blue paint at Austin's first major municipal graveyard for Black residents.       
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Renovated Lizzie Borden house on the market, again
A home where Lizzie Borden lived in Fall River, Massachusetts, is on the market again
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Flashback: Amy Coney Barrett pressed by Dems in 2017 hearing over Catholic faith: 'Dogma lives loudly in you'
President Trump’s reported meeting with Judge Amy Coney Barrett after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg calls to mind the scrutiny she faced over her faith by Democrats in 2017, when she was appointed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. 
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What Happened to ‘Love Island’ USA’s Noah Purvis? Why He Left the Villa
Just as soon as he joined the villa, the new Islander has mysteriously disappeared.
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Kansas City police ID 1-year-old killed in triple shooting
Tyron Payton was in the back seat of a car with three adults when someone opened fire on their vehicle Monday afternoon, police said.
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Cardi B sizzles in a barely-there pearl outfit and more star snaps
Cardi B shakes off her divorce in a sexy outfit, Kelly Clarkson hits the beach with her kids and more...
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Man found guilty of putting his semen into coworker’s water bottle
A California man has been found guilty of putting his semen in a colleague’s water bottle and on her workspace after she rejected his advances. Stevens Millancastro, 30, was convicted Monday on assault and battery charges stemming from his attempts to retaliate against the woman in La Palma between November 2016 and January 2017, the...
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Chris Wallace Picks Debate Topics, Appears to Omit Several Key Issues
Fox News' Chris Wallace, the moderator for the first presidential debate of the general election next Tuesday, has chosen the topics that President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will face -- and he appears to have omitted several key issues.
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House Republicans urge FBI to investigate funding behind recent riots
A number of House Republicans are urging FBI to investigate who has been funding the recent riots across the country, and bring federal charges against those who they say are “aiding and abetting” criminal activity.
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Photos show Wuhan clubbers partying maskless in former COVID-19 epicenter
Meanwhile, coronavirus deaths in the US have now surpassed 200,000.
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‘The Vow’s Greatest Strength Is Its Pacing
By its very narrative structure The Vow mirrors how people come to be part of a cult.
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Inside the Biden campaign’s surprising influencer strategy
Tara Jacoby for Vox During a pandemic that’s made in-person campaigning a public health hazard, influencers aren’t just fun. They’re a campaign necessity. In 2016, when traditional American campaign activities like door-to-door canvassing and celebrity-studded get-out-the-vote concerts were centerpieces of presidential campaigns, a viral post of support from a social media star would have been a nice little bonus for candidates. Four years later, amid an ongoing pandemic that’s made in-person campaigning a public health hazard, much of the electoral battleground has moved to the internet — and getting a boost from influencers on Instagram, TikTok, or YouTube is an increasingly important campaign tactic, particularly for Democrats. That’s because Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is at a digital disadvantage compared to the Trump campaign, which is bolstered by networks of influential conservative personalities who stand ready to amplify its messaging — misinformation and all. That’s in addition to the incumbent president’s own massive online audience: Trump has more than 30 million followers on Facebook and 85 million on Twitter, while Biden has just under 3 million on Facebook and just over 9 million on Twitter. “We are forced to do everything virtual,” Adrienne Elrod, the director of surrogate strategy for Biden’s campaign, told Recode. “We’re forced to do more [Instagram] Lives. We’re forced to do more Twitter conversations. We’re forced to go to Occupy Democrats.” With limited time until the election, Biden’s campaign and the organizations and PACs that support him are looking to find new audiences anywhere they can. That’s where online influencers come in. But this isn’t just about trotting out pro-Biden content from A-list celebrity accounts with tens of millions of online followers. Some of the best support, Biden campaign strategists told Recode, might come from influencers who speak to comparatively smaller but targeted audiences, like persuadable voters from a particular community or people living in a specific swing state. So even if Biden is doing an Instagram Live chat with an influencer you’ve personally never heard of, it’s likely that influencer is speaking with an audience that could be uniquely useful to his campaign. “We’re bringing their fan base into the campaign,” Elrod explained. “And that is really allowing us to be more specific and more targeted in our approach and in our reach.” Biden’s influencer strategy means finding audiences where they are Biden, whose team has even hired a firm to assist with influencer outreach, has developed a formula for working with these influencers: He sits at home, often in front of a plant-filled backdrop and a window, while the influencer asks him open-ended questions that allow Biden to talk off the cuff about any given topic. These interviews are often streamed on Instagram Live, but they also pop up on Facebook and YouTube. While they are not quite advertisements or endorsement videos, they’re not journalism, either. The goal appears to be as simple as engaging with influencers, people who have credibility with particular audiences, and getting those influencers’ audiences thinking about Biden. Prompts like “what your administrations plans on doing to support working families in regards to child care” allow Biden to stick to bread-and-butter anecdotes and talking points, as well as connect with audiences on a personal level. Topics of discussion have included Biden's approach to leadership, and his plans for police reform and combating systematic racism. View this post on Instagram I was recently approached with the opportunity to have a quick conversation with former Vice President @joebiden we only had enough time for 1 question but if you’d like to see him speak with more influencers about even more issues be sure to check out @allisonholker @keke #bidentownhall A post shared by Beth Mota (@bethanynoelm) on Jun 15, 2020 at 6:10pm PDT For instance, to boost the child care components of his “Build Back Better” campaign, Biden chatted on Facebook Live and YouTube with two parenting influencers who are popular with moms and online parenting communities: Elle Walker, a YouTuber with a 3 million-subscriber-strong channel called WhatsUpMoms, and Dulce Candy, who is a veteran and beauty vlogger with over 2 million subscribers on YouTube (she also spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention). Neither woman was compensated. “Biden was extremely well-suited to speak to them, not only because of his policy rollout but because he understood what it was like to be a single parent himself,” Christian Tom, the head of digital partnerships for Biden’s campaign, told Recode about these interviews. “Some of these influencers, whom he was speaking to, have encountered this in their own lives. They hear it from their audience on comments on their YouTube channels or responses they get back on their Instagram videos.” Biden’s granddaughters, Finn, Maisy, Naomi, and Natalie, are helping, too: His campaign told Recode that they will host Instagram livestreams with influencers who are particularly popular with young people over the next few weeks. Biden’s influencer outreach goes beyond mainstream apps as well. In September, the campaign debuted Biden-Harris campaign signs in Animal Crossing, the popular social video game that became wildly popular at the start of the pandemic. Some celebrities, like Andy Cohen and Dulé Hill, are fundraising for the campaign on Cameo, the video app, which allows them to post fan-requested video messages in exchange for donations. Of course, linking the campaign to influencers comes with risks. Biden chatted on Instagram with Jerry Harris, from the popular Netflix show Cheer, in June. Then in September, Harris was arrested on a child pornography charge. Some conservative social media accounts have now tried to hint at a connection, including the GOP’s director of rapid response on Twitter and right-wing personality Ben Shapiro. And after Biden did an Instagram Live in June with the vlogger Bethany Mota (who also interviewed President Barack Obama in 2015), a Los Angeles Times opinion piece said it was “insulting” and argued against attempts to impress young people with social media stardom instead of focusing on serious issues. But the Biden campaign says this influencer movement is serious. “We’re not using celebrities just to launch canvass kickoffs or go around from living room to living room in Iowa and have these small, intimate conversations,” Elrod said. “We’re actually using them in a way where we can bring in their audience, and bring their audience into what we’re doing on the campaign.” “Influencers are not an afterthought,” Tom said. “The idea that influencers are, in some cases, the people who have the most credibility or bring the most bona fides in people’s social feeds is a really powerful one and something that we, as the campaign, want to embrace.” Political influencing on social media goes way beyond the Biden campaign A host of other groups are also enlisting influencers and meme accounts to boost Democratic turnout in November, and even to beat back against the threat of disinformation. Some rely on more traditional celebrities: The super PAC Pacronym is running a swing-state-focused effort alongside comedian Ilana Glazer, who has a million Instagram followers to her name. The idea is to do video chat interviews with other celebrities like Eric Andre and Zoë Kravitz and encourage people who may not be so pumped to vote about Biden to vote for him anyway, along with Democratic candidates down the ballot. View this post on Instagram my comedy brother @ericfuckingandre showed up for FLORIDA and he's real n raw n it's beautiful tho it's complex, he loves his home state, and tho it's complex he wants you to vote for @joebiden & @kamalaharris n spews TRUTH bout it. if ur strugglin with the complexity, watch this ep. it's a relief to see n hear reality ty eric!! watch & register to vote at <CheatSheetForTheVotingBooth.com> #cheatsheet #GTFO45 @anotheracronym x @generatorcollective A post shared by ilana glazer (she/her) (@ilana) on Sep 8, 2020 at 9:11am PDT Afterward, recordings of the live chats are repackaged into pro-Biden ad material that targets low-turnout voters beyond the reach of Glazer’s existing base on platforms like Snapchat and streaming services like Hulu and Roku. Ultimately, the goal is to reach 7 million people across six states. NextGen America, a political PAC founded by billionaire Tom Steyer, is looking for all sorts of influencers, including those who focus on beauty, fitness, lifestyle, and even comedy, to reach young people online and urge them to vote. One of these influencers is self-described “curly lifestyle creator” Chloe Homan, who has more than 50,000 Instagram followers and has posted to her Instagram story about registering for an absentee ballot with NextGen America’s account tagged. The PAC has spread the same message through the travel influencer couple Travel to Blank, who also urged people to vote for someone who doesn’t “only spread hate.” Overall, the PAC hopes to reach 12 million people through similarly targeted outreach. A representative for PAC told Recode most of these influencers are helping NextGen for free, with only about 10 percent asking for compensation. Meanwhile, the eight-year-old progressive media operation Occupy Democrats — perhaps best known for its memes and seemingly endless supply of political videos and news — is boosting the Biden campaign with its hugely popular Facebook page. In the past three months, Biden’s official campaign page has gotten about 8.5 million interactions (reactions, shares, and comments) on posts mentioning “Trump,” according to data from the Facebook-owned tool CrowdTangle. In comparison, Occupy Democrats has gotten almost 90 million interactions on posts mentioning Trump. Since 2016 — during which the page stumped for Bernie Sanders before eventually transitioning toward pro-Hillary Clinton messaging — the page has emerged as a sort-of answer to the right-wing media ecosystem that regularly pushes pro-Trump content. Now the page has launched a deluge of pro-Biden content — which often does better than Biden’s official accounts — as well as an affiliated-meme-page, Ridin’ With Biden. Occupy Democrats co-founder Rafael Rivero told Recode he’s “plugged in” with the Biden campaign. But because the operation isn’t officially part of the campaign, “we really go for the jugular,” he said. (A downside: Sometimes the page — like Biden himself — gets dinged by fact-checkers for sharing misinformation.) Screenshot from Facebook One September post from Facebook page Occupy Democrats compared Ivanka Trump and Ashley Biden. And then there are so-called nano-influencers, according to researchers at the University of Texas Austin. These somewhat covert influencers, the researchers tell Recode, are people who might have just a few thousand followers but speak to a very specific community. That might be a religious leader or a popular local mom, talking about particular issues in a particular area. “What we’re seeing with nano-influencers is sort of a form of digital astroturfing or inorganic political mobilization,” Samuel Woolley, one of the researchers, told Recode. They noted that it’s hard to actually identify these campaigns, since they’re often hiring off-platform. Countering pro-Trump social media will take more than influencers Joe Biden’s online campaigning, official or not, faces a formidable challenge: a strong network of right-wing influencers and media outlets that are ready to boost Trump’s competing message, and an array of misinformation, across the web. That means that even if pro-Biden influencers don’t try to fight misinformation themselves, they still may end up competing with it. “What Democrats don’t have is a powerful progressive media infrastructure to amplify the Biden campaig’sn messages at every turn,” Pacronym’s Tara McGowan told Recode. “The Trump campaign does have that, so Trump benefits hugely from a robust right wing media infrastructure.” That’s in part why one group, the Defeat Disinfo PAC, is using influencers to urge people to stay aware of wrong information online, for both the presidential election and other races across the country. “The world that we’re railing against is a world in which it takes six or seven people to review a tweet. And in our model and our world, volume and frequency and quality matter,” says Curtis Houghland of Main Street One, the firm who organized that digital campaign. “We’re in this asynchronous information-cultural warfare that requires us to have more digital breadcrumbs than we ever have before.” That inevitably means that influencers matter more than ever. But whether they’ll be part of the operation that brings Biden over the finish line? Only time will tell. Open Sourced is made possible by Omidyar Network. All Open Sourced content is editorially independent and produced by our journalists.
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‘I Had a Responsibility to Tell Those Stories.’ A New Book Reveals the Hidden Costs of War on Women
Christina Lamb first met the Yazidi survivors of ISIS in August 2016 in a derelict mental asylum on the Greek island of Leros, which the European Union had declared a “hotspot” in the refugee crisis. It was there that she heard stories from young women who had been bought and sold, raped and traded dozens…
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Noddy Holder talks about Slade's greatest hits
The vocalist talks about the comprehensive greatest hits album, 'Cum on Feel the Hitz,' covering the British band's career. Rick Damigella reports.
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Armed ‘Freedom Fighters’ patrol Minneapolis streets in aftermath of George Floyd
“It’s important to have men from the community step up for the community,” the city’s director of the Office of Violence Prevention, Sasha Cotton, told the Los Angeles Times of the group.
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Ben Sasse says ‘anti-Catholic bigotry’ potential Supreme Court nominee Barrett has faced is 'reprehensible'
Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., is preemptively defending Judge Amy Coney Barrett -- one of several rumored contenders for President Trump's upcoming Supreme Court nomination --from attacks on her religious beliefs.
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Bindi Irwin, husband Chandler Powell reveal the gender of their first child on the way
Bindi Irwin and her husband Chandler Powell revealed the gender of their first child on Tuesday.
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Is This Really the End of Abortion?
Friday was a perfect early-autumn evening in Washington, D.C., less than 50 days away from the election. Marjorie Dannenfelser, the head of the Susan B. Anthony List, arguably the most powerful anti-abortion group in Washington, had wrapped up her day on Capitol Hill. She and her kids packed cheese and crackers and headed to the lawn outside the Supreme Court building, a majestic spot for a picnic. Dannenfelser’s phone rang—it was one of her staffers calling strangely late for a Friday. He had news.Call it coincidence. Call it fate. “I’ve literally never sat on the lawn at the Supreme Court,” Dannenfelser told me. But in the moment when she found out that the pro-life movement may be about to achieve everything activists have been working toward since 1973, when Roe v. Wade made abortion legal across the United States, Dannenfelser was literally gazing upon the institution she has worked so hard to influence. The thought of victory so close at hand “makes my heart race and my spirit soar,” she said.[Read: The pro-life movement prepares to build a post-Roe world]For feminists who believe abortion access is essential to women’s health, advancement, and self-determination, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death was a gut punch. “Ruthie was my friend and I will miss her terribly,” Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote. “We will use each day to carry forward her legacy,” tweeted Ria Tabacco Mar, along with a broken-heart emoji; Ginsburg founded the group Mar leads, the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project. Rebecca Traister, the New York writer who covers abortion and women’s rights, chugged wine on MSNBC. As they mourned, these women also seemed to recognize what Ginsburg’s death could mean: Even if Democrats crush Republicans in November, a 6–3 conservative Court could dismantle abortion rights.For anti-abortion activists, however, the solemnity of Ginsburg’s death was mixed with ecstasy: They believe they are about to taste victory. The next six weeks, which will almost certainly see a vicious Supreme Court confirmation battle amid the final race to Election Day, may determine the future of abortion in America for a generation. “I’m under no illusion that this isn’t the fight of our life,” Dannenfelser said.If President Donald Trump succeeds in appointing a replacement for Ginsburg, he will solidify a six-person conservative majority on the Supreme Court that could last for a decade or more. The most fundamental issue at stake is the right to abortion, which the conservative wing of the Court has been openly agitating to revisit for years. The almost universally shared goal of the anti-abortion movement is to see Roe overturned so that the question of abortion can return to the states, where voters can directly influence whether their legislatures permit or regulate the procedure. Getting to this moment, in which the conservative justices on the Court may begin fully reimagining abortion jurisprudence, took years of careful planning. “The conservative legal movement has always made sure that it’s well prepared to deal with potential vacancies on the Court,” Leonard Leo, the former executive vice president of the Federalist Society and an architect of Trump’s judicial strategy, told me. His goal for judicial appointments has not been to impose a litmus test on nominees, making them vow to overturn Roe, but “to advance a principled judicial philosophy” that tends to line up with anti-abortion views.In the years leading up to Trump’s election, pro-life political groups had a huge footprint in politics. Dannenfelser’s Susan B. Anthony List poured millions into electing strictly anti-abortion legislators to Congress, who were almost exclusively Republican; the group also attacked self-described pro-life Democratic legislators who voted for the Affordable Care Act in 2010. And the group has fully thrown its support behind Trump, vowing to help get him reelected in November. Dannenfelser calls him “the most pro-life president in history.” (Before he ran for president, Trump described himself as “very pro-choice.”) At the state level, groups such as Americans United for Life have drafted model legislation imposing incremental limits on abortion, teeing up the legal fights they hope will eventually lead to the end of Roe.[Read: Science is giving the pro-life movement a boost]Catherine Glenn Foster, Americans United for Life’s president and CEO, was driving when she heard the news of Ginsburg’s death. She sent a few frenzied texts at the first stoplight she reached, then parked near the Potomac River and worked through dinner. The moment was emotionally complicated: Like Elizabeth Warren and many others, Foster sees Ginsburg as a feminist advocate who made it possible for women like her to advance in the ranks of the legal field. “I wish we could leave it at that. Then her legacy would be something that I could just unequivocally say, ‘She’s a legend,’” Foster told me. But Ginsburg was one of the Court’s most ardent defenders of abortion rights: “Eliminating or reducing women’s reproductive choices is manifestly not a means of protecting them,” the justice wrote in one particularly cutting dissent from a 2007 conservative-majority decision, Gonzales v. Carhart, regarding the issue of so-called partial-birth abortion. To Foster, Ginsburg’s support for abortion “does tarnish her legacy.”[Read: Should a judge’s nomination be derailed by her faith?]Although Dannenfelser believes a new conservative justice will soon ascend the steps of the Supreme Court, she didn’t linger on Friday evening once she learned of Ginsburg’s death. She had recently appeared at the White House at a number of public events, and “if somebody does recognize me,” she thought, “it’s going to be a hindrance to them being able to grieve in the way that they need to grieve.” She left, and prayed alone.As night fell, hundreds of people, many of them young women in sweatshirts and face masks, made their way to the Supreme Court steps, carrying bouquets and tea lights and American flags. Thank you, their signs read. That evening, a message Ginsburg had dictated to her granddaughter Clara Spera had begun circulating: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” Presumably, Ginsburg equally hoped that her replacement will be someone who believes in the legal project that animated her life: advancing gender equality—which, in her view, had to include the right to have an abortion. Those who were there to mourn, not just Ginsburg but the vision of America that she stood for, were mostly solemn. But they also chanted: Honor her wish.
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