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SCOTUS Conservative Leaked Draft Of Anti-Roe Opinion To Keep Roberts From Saving Abortion Rights: Report

Back in May, all of Washington was obsessed with one question: Who might have leaked the draft opinion that later became Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade that gave American women the right to abortion?

Many conservatives insisted the draft must have come from a liberal on the court or a clerk working for one of the three progressive-minded justices, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, or Sonia Sotomayor.

But a report from CNN suggests that the actual leaker was a conservative who did so to box out Chief Justice John Roberts.

On Tuesday morning, reporter Joan Biskupic told hosts John Berman and Brianna Keilar:

“He (Roberts) was trying week after week after the initial vote in December after oral arguments at which five justices far on the right voted to overturn Roe, Roberts was alone in the middle wanting to uphold the ban on abortions but not go farther than Roe, but of course, you have the three liberals saying we don’t want to do any of this, we don’t want to disrupt abortion rights at all. Roberts keeps trying. And it’s interesting, not only did his work affect his efforts towards the two newest justices, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, but it had an effect on the others.”

Biskupic noted that conservatives on the high court soon became wary that Roberts might be able to turn the tide and get others to vote to save Roe, so they leaked the Dobbs ruling:

“The hard-right justices became concerned that he could be. And he was able to pick off justices on the far conservative side for more of a moderate conservative centrist. So they became anxious what he was up to.

And the liberals who had such a defeat this session, starting to have hopes that maybe Roe would not be overturned completely. But then on May 2nd, when the draft of the opinion was released and everything went public, it made John Roberts’ efforts all the harder because he’s a man who likes to work privately, in secret, offering some concessions himself. Seeking concessions for some sort of, as I say, cross-ideological compromise. It went down to the wire, according to my sources, but in the end, he made no headwind.”

For months, people such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) have insisted that liberal justice leaked the Dobbs opinion. But the CNN report suggests that’s simply not correct. Instead, it was one or more conservatives (perhaps Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the opinion), gave the draft to Politico and set off the firestorm that soon swept over the nation.

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AOC Humiliates GOP Congresswoman Who Accused Her Of Being ‘Fake’ Arrested For SCOTUS Protest

A Republican member of Congress found out today that you don’t want to start a online war with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) unless you’re trying to get humiliated for the entire internet to see.

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) was the person who decided to pick a fight with AOC by suggesting she had faked her arrest for protesting at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, as CNN reported at the time:

More than a dozen Democratic members of Congress were among those arrested by Capitol Police on Tuesday afternoon as part of an abortion rights protest in front of the Supreme Court.

Wearing specially made green bandanas with “Won’t Back Down,” they marched from the Capitol to the Court, which has been fenced off for weeks, since shortly after the leak of the draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

Within two minutes of their arriving, police began ordering them to “cease and desist.” Instead, they sat on the street, and were one by one led off by officers as they chanted, “The people, united, will never be divided.”

34 people were arrested, including 16 members of Congress, among them Ocasio-Cortez.

But for some reason, Republicans began insinuating that the entire protest was just an act and no one was actually arrested, with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) posting videos online in which said “AOC pretended to be arrested.”

And then Mace joined the bullshit parade:

That’s when AOC took out her social media stiletto and carved Mace’s tweet to shreds.

Nancy Mace and her Republican cohorts need to know that if you’re gonna come for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, you’d better bring your A game. And even then, the chances are good you’ll get verbally slapped silly.

 

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Jim Jordan: Efforts To Protect Same-Sex Marriage Are Really An ‘Attempt To Intimidate The Supreme Court’

The U.S. House of Representatives voted today that would make same-sex marriage protected under federal law.

CNN reports:

The bipartisan final vote was 267 to 157 with 47 Republicans joining with Democrats to vote for the bill. It’s not clear, however, whether the bill can pass the Senate where at least 10 Republicans would need to join with Democrats to overcome the filibuster’s 60-vote threshold.

The vote comes amid fears among Democrats that the conservative majority on the Supreme Court could take aim at same-sex marriage in the future, after the high court overturned Roe v. Wade in a highly consequential reversal of longstanding legal precedent.

The bill — called the Respect for Marriage Act — was introduced by Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee.

But according to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who claims he graduated from law school (but never took the bar exam), the real purpose of the legislation was to “intimidate” the U.S. Supreme Court:

“We thought the Democrats were obsessed with President Trump, but Justice Thomas is a close second. This bill is simply the latest installment of the Democrats’ campaign to delegitimize and attempt to intimidate the United States Supreme Court.”

The reference to Justice Clarence Thomas is because Thomas has already said that since the Constitution doesn’t specifically mention same-sex marriage, then there is no legal right to be married if you’re gay.

Now that we have seen the six-judge conservative majority on the Supreme Court strike down a right that had been protected for nearly 50 years with their absurd ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization it’s only a matter of time before other once-protected rights are also on the chopping block. If you doubt that, just consider these words from none other than Clarence Thomas as part of his concurring opinion in Dobbs:

“In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell. Because any substantive due process decision is ‘demonstrably erroneous’ … we have a duty to ‘correct the error’ established in those precedents … After overruling these demonstrably erroneous decisions, the question would remain whether other constitutional provisions guarantee the myriad rights that our substantive due process cases have generated.”

Obergefell is a reference to the case that made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

How is passing legislation (which just so happens to be the job of Congress) to protect others the least bit intimidating to Supreme Court justices?

Here’s an idea: If any of the justices feel the least bit threatened, they can hand in their resignations right now and be replaced.

Jordan, on the other hand, can go straight to hell.

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Viral Video: Female Soldier Asks How She Can Defend A Country That ‘Treats Women Like Second-Class Citizens’

For just a moment, imagine you’re an American woman who is sworn to protect and defend the United States as a member of the U.S. military and yet the highest court in the land just made it clear that you’re now unable to control your own body if you live in certain states.

Such is the case with an Army medic who has gone viral with a video she posted on Tik Tok in which she asks why she is now being asked to defend a country that treats women like “second-class citizens.”

According to Mediaite, the female medic, identified only as Sgt. Rahasenfratz, spoke some truths that are resonating with millions:

“I just extended my contract to continue serving this country a week ago. How am I supposed to swear to support and defend the constitution and a country that treats its women like second class citizens?”

She then adds:

“How am I supposed to do that? How am I supposed to do that with pride? How am I supposed to do that with love and honor? How am I supposed to wake up every day and put on a frickin’ uniform that says United States Army, when the United States doesn’t even give a rat’s ass about me, it gives more of a rat’s ass about the guns they’re allowed to buy that kill the children that I’m forced to give birth to — think about that!”

Yes, conservatives need to think about that, but the chances are they won’t. After all, it would get in the way of their sworn allegiance to a policy that takes away one of the most fundamental rights a human being can have: Whether or not to procreate.

The soldier goes on to wonder about the effect the Supreme Court decision will have on women in the military:

“They probably were not thinking about this consequence, but it is one. And it affects the very people that those lawmakers hold to a higher standard because they support the troops. Do you really support the troops?

“Even though this is going to greatly lessen the retention of women in the ranks of this military? You support the troops, even though you are going to ruin some women’s careers. I’m deployed right now and I am a medic! So I know how this works — like, I have an extremely limited access to birth control.”

Make no mistake, the medic concludes: She will defend the country as she has promised to, even though she has been told by six SCOTUS justices that what she wants is irrelevant:

“I signed that contract. So I will serve my country, but you bet your ass, you’re gonna hear my voice because I will not stop. I will not rest. And I will not be silent because this is not an attack on reproductive rights. It is an attack on women in this country. 100%.”

Ironically, the video has gone viral in large part to it being shared on Twitter by right-wing conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec:

Share this video far and wide all over social media. It needs to be seen by every American.

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Kellyanne Conway’s Daughter Has A July 4th Message Her Mother Will Hate But Every American Needs To Hear

Since it’s July 4th/Independence Day, it seems a good time to take stock of what we see going on in the United States 246 years after our independence from Great Britain was formally proclaimed and announced in Philadelphia.

Thanks to the United States Supreme Court’s recent rulings on the issues of guns and reproductive freedom, many Americans aren’t exactly in a celebratory mood this July 4, if only because it seems like we’re moving in reverse, having to fight for rights we thought had already been won nearly a half-century ago.

One person who seems to be channeling that angst is Claudia Conway, the 17-year-old daughter of former Trump administration official Kellyanne Conway, who weighed in on the high court and where we’re at in the United States.

Here’s what Claudia posted on Twitter:

Boom! Mic drop. Take a bow, young Ms. Conway.

Claudia added this message:

Hell yes! This young lady has a future in politics if she wants one.

There were plenty of high fives for Claudia Conway.