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Mysterious German Murder Blamed on a Forged Vaccination Card
Fabrizio Bensch via ReutersGerman police say they have solved a grisly murder mystery that has captivated the country since Saturday, when two adults and three children in COVID-19 quarantine were found shot to death in their family home in Brandenburg. Police originally said the children also suffered stab wounds, but later revised that detail without further explanation. They also originally thought the family may have been murdered by an outsider but late Sunday revealed it was a quadruple murder-suicide.On Tuesday, police revealed they found a suicide note in the family home that shed new light on the brutal crime. In that note, they said, the 40-year-old man confessed to killing his wife and three children because his employer discovered he had faked his COVID-19 vaccination card in order to go to work.Read more at The Daily Beast.
'Money Heist' series finale: After a major death, Professor and gang try to pull off robbery
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Did Democrats blow it on Roe v. Wade?
This artist sketch depicts Mississippi Solicitor General Scott Stewart speaking to the US Supreme Court on December 1. Justices seated from left are Brett Kavanaugh, Elena Kagan, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Neil Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett. | Dana Verkouteren via AP The real reason conservative activists might be on the verge of a Supreme Court victory. With newly intense speculation that the Supreme Court will overturn or gut the Roe v. Wade decision, after conservative justices sounded set to do so in Wednesday’s arguments inDobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a blame game has ensued among supporters of abortion rights. Some progressives look at the apparent success of the activists on the right and see a record of feckless failure on their own side: If only Democrats cared about abortion rights more and fought for them harder, as the anti-abortion movement fought to roll back abortion, this could have been averted. But one of the main reasons conservatives got to the point where Roe’s defeat seems plausible is that they learned to be more like Democrats. Republicans won most of the presidential elections in the first two decades after the Roe decision came down, and Republican presidents got to fill every Supreme Court vacancy that opened up in that span. But they did not reliably appoint anti-abortion justices. Several Republican appointees — John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O’Connor, Anthony Kennedy, and David Souter — ended up voting to uphold Roe, which is why it wasn’t overturned decades ago. In contrast, though there have been fewer Democratic appointees since Roe, every one of them turned out to be reliably pro-abortion rights. The political triumph of conservative activists, then, was in taking over their own party — pressuring George W. Bush and Donald Trump to rethink how Supreme Court appointments were made, and to only appoint nominees they’d vetted and deemed reliably anti-abortion. Groups like the Federalist Society reshaped the party’s politics and the conservative legal network so that recent GOP presidents not only could appoint justices believed to have anti-abortion views (due to better vetting) but felt they had to appoint such justices. Again, this was not necessary for Democrats, who had no trouble appointing justices who supported abortion rights. Once it became the case that the anti-abortion party apparently only appoints anti-abortion justices, and the party in favor of abortion rights only appoints justices who support those rights, then Roe’s fate came down to which of those parties would win elections at key moments. The GOP did — taking the Senate in 2014 and the presidency in 2016, allowing them to fill three seats between then and 2020, in part because they aggressively used their Senate control to prevent President Obama from filling one of those seats. If Democrats can be said to have “blown it” on Roe v. Wade, that’s how they did so — by losing those hugely important elections. Past Republican presidents appointed many justices who disappointed conservative activists In the first two decades after Roe, spanning 1973 to 1992, six Supreme Court seats newly opened up — all while Republicans who said they opposed Roe v. Wade and would like it overturned were serving as president. (Technically there were seven openings, as William Rehnquist moved from associate justice to chief justice in this time, but he was already on the Court so I’m not counting his promotion as a new appointment.) So by the time the Planned Parenthood v. Casey case reached the Supreme Court in 1992, the math did not look good for Roe. Eight of the Supreme Court’s nine justices had been appointed by Republican presidents (including Harry Blackmun, who authored Roe in the first place); the sole Democratic appointee was Byron “Whizzer” White, who had dissented from Roe. But that year, four of those recent Republican appointees — Stevens, O’Connor, Kennedy, and Souter — joined Blackmun, providing a five-vote majority that prevented Roe from being overturned. (The other two new Republican appointees, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, joined Rehnquist and White in dissent.) This was a stunning failure from a party that had promised its supporters they’d get Roe overturned. And it happened for several reasons. One is that most of these nominees (all but O’Connor and Scalia) had to make it through a Democrat-controlled Senate. President Reagan did try to appoint the conservative, Robert Bork, to one vacancy, but Democrats blocked him, so Reagan nominated Anthony Kennedy instead — a fateful switch. Others, like Souter, may have been selected due to their lack of a “paper trail” of controversial conservative statements. Another reason, though, is that the party just handled judicial appointments differently at that time. Republican presidents weren’t so laser-focused on appointing judges who they believed would pass an anti-abortion litmus test. Reagan, for instance, initially prioritized appointing the first woman to the Court, O’Connor, over a nominee who’d be more conservative. And activists who thought about the Court more politically didn’t yet have the juice to bend the president to their will every time. How a balanced Court swung to the right The final appointment before the Casey decision, George H.W. Bush’s appointment of Clarence Thomas, pointed the way to the future in every way except its outcome. Thomas was a staunch conservative (replacing the liberal legend Thurgood Marshall) who would turn out to be reliably anti-abortion, and his nomination was bitterly controversial. But the outcome, in the end, was that the Democrat-controlled Senate did confirm him, 52-48. (From a modern perspective, what’s most striking about that vote is that nobody filibustered.) Then from 1993 to 2012, Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama each ended up getting to fill two Supreme Court seats while their own party controlled the Senate. Clinton replaced the anti-abortion Justice White with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, providing Roe a sixth vote on the Court, as well as replacing Blackmun with Stephen Breyer. Bush replaced the late conservative Chief Justice Rehnquist with another conservative, John Roberts. More importantly, he replaced O’Connor, who voted to uphold Roe, with Alito, a more solid conservative. (His initial choice for that seat, White House counsel Harriet Miers, lacked support due to conservative objections.) Obama replaced two liberal justices (who had been appointed by Republicans), Souter and Stevens, with two other liberals, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. So for decades, there was a delicate balance of sorts, with five conservatives and four liberals on the courts, but with some of those conservatives (O’Connor and Kennedy) siding with liberals on certain key issues, and especially on Roe. Then in 2016, Antonin Scalia died while Barack Obama was president. In theory, this was an enormous opportunity for Obama to replace a conservative with a liberal. The long-sought 5-4 liberal majority was in reach. Except for one problem: Republicans had taken over the Senate in the 2014 midterm elections. This was the first Supreme Court vacancy to arise when the Senate and the presidency were controlled by opposite parties since the battle over Thomas’s seat in 1991. And partisan polarization had increased in the two and a half decades since. Though previous Democrat-controlled Senates had rejected some nominees Republican presidents had put up for the Court, each debate was always about each specific nominee. GOP leader Mitch McConnell, though, set a new precedent: He said he wouldn’t consider any nominee Obama put up. (He claimed this was because it was an election year, but if Scalia had died in 2015, he would likely have found some other pretext — the appointment was simply too important for conservatives.) This move paid off tremendously when Trump won the presidency and the GOP held the Senate in 2016. And Trump’s behavior once in office is where the increased success of conservative activists in dominating their party on this issue becomes evident — Trump made clear he’d only put up nominees who had the enthusiastic support of the Federalist Society. Trump then ended up making three Supreme Court appointments in a single term. Replacing Scalia with Neil Gorsuch kept the conservative majority intact. He then also got to replace Anthony Kennedy and the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg — two Roe defenders — with conservatives Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. (He could appoint Barrett because Republicans had managed to hold on to the Senate in the 2018 midterms.) We don’t yet know for sure how the final decision on Dobbs will come down and what the margin would be. But the overall pattern is clear: Recent Democratic presidents have consistently appointed pro-Roe justices when they could. Republican presidents, though, may have started consistently appointing anti-Roe justices at just the right time.
After declining repeated calls to transfer, Darren Buchanan begins his last stand at Wilson
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Vaccine Mandates 'Needed' But Legal Obstacles Remain, Former CDC Director Says
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Pearl Harbor, 80 years on: Veteran Doris Miller's legacy can be felt at home and across the country
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Kathy Hochul holds firm lead in Dem primary race for governor
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Chris Christie says Dems made COVID vaccines 'political,' calls for educating, 'not indoctrinating' Americans
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Democrats made COVID-19 vaccines "political," slamming mandates as "the wrong way to go."
"Reading Rainbow" to return after 15-year hiatus
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John Kerry is counting on the private sector to help solve climate change
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10 anti-fascists charged for alleged attacks on California pro-Trump protesters: 'Violent criminal acts'
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Justice Department sues Texas over redistricting, alleging discrimination
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Jussie Smollett takes the stand at trial over allegedly staged attack
Smollett told jurors his side of the alleged attack that he's been accused of faking for attention.
Mike Golic realizes a ‘Mike & Mike’ reunion is ‘never going to happen’ during interview
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Teenager Catches Family Package Thief Using GPS Tracking Device
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NASA launches laser demo that could revolutionize space communication
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Americans Aren't Getting Enough Booster Shots, and It's Causing a Serious Problem
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Third party to probe events before Michigan school shooting
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California state, federal politicians silent after AOC doubts existence of smash-and-grab robberies
Democratic elected officials in California did not respond to Fox News' request for comment on Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's remarks doubting the existence of smash-and-grab crimes
How firing Manny Diaz, hiring Mario Cristobal could cost Miami an additional $27.7 million
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CNN’s Don Lemon blasted for not mentioning his own key role in Jussie Smollett drama
CNN host Don Lemon covered his pal Jussie Smollett's trial on his late-night show — without mentioning his own central role in tipping off the "Empire" star that he was being investigated by police.
The 10 best Christmas towns in America
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The DOJ is struggling to protect voting rights. The White House and Senate must help.
Attorney General Merrick Garland's lawsuit against Texas's redistricting plan is needed. But he can't win this fight on his own.
The DOJ is struggling to protect voting rights. The White House and Senate must help.
Attorney General Merrick Garland's lawsuit against Texas's redistricting plan is needed. But he can't win this fight on his own.
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker stepping down in March after 20 years
Longtime airline executive and current American Airlines CEO Doug Parker will retire on March 31, the carrier announced Tuesday.
What this Mets manager search will come down to
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U.S.-bound travelers scramble as new COVID test rules take effect
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Prince Harry and Prince Charles Barely Speaking After Harry Takes a Jab at Father Over ‘CBE Scandal’
John Phillips/Getty ImagesPrince Harry and his father Prince Charles have barely spoken in eight months and Charles will be “devastated” at the prospect of being “further ostracized” from his grandchildren Archie and Lilibet, reports claimed Tuesday.The latest nadir in royal relations comes after The Sunday Times revealed that Harry’s charities had received at least £50,000 ($70,000) from Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz, the controversial Saudi billionaire who was subsequently honored by Prince Charles with a British medal called a CBE after giving £1.5 million ($2 million) to Charles’ charities.Harry hit back at the newspaper’s claims, saying he had “severed” ties with Mahfouz after becoming suspicious of his “motives.” He said he had nothing to do with what his statement notably called “the CBE scandal.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
CEOs, scientists on whether current vaccines can fight Omicron
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A man planted bombs hours after a Black Lives Matter protest in Pittsburgh. He was sentenced to probation.
Prosecutors had asked that Matthew Michanowicz receive at least 2 1/2 years in prison.
A man planted bombs hours after a Black Lives Matter protest in Pittsburgh. He was sentenced to probation.
Prosecutors had asked that Matthew Michanowicz receive at least 2 1/2 years in prison.
CEO fires 900 employees on pre-holiday Zoom call
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Devin Nunes to leave Congress to work for Trump media company
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