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Michigan judge blocks enforcement of pre-Roe abortion ban

A Michigan judge ruled Friday that county prosecutors could not enforce the state's 1931 abortion ban, Politico and the Detroit Free Press report. "The harm to the body of women and people capable of pregnancy in not issuing the injunction could not be more real, clear, present and dangerous to the court," said Oakland County Judge Jacob Cunningham, describing the 1931 law as "chilling and… → Read More

Brittney Griner's lawyers appeal Russian drug conviction

WNBA player Brittney Griner's legal team appealed her Russian drug trafficking conviction on Monday. According to NPR, Griner lawyers Maria Blagovolina and Alexander Boykov did not specify the grounds of the appeal, though they did say at the time of the conviction that a nine-year sentence was excessive "and that in similar cases defendants have received an average sentence of about five… → Read More

Kari Lake says Florida governor has BDE — 'Big DeSantis Energy'

Kari Lake, the Republican nominee in the Arizona gubernatorial race, appeared at a rally with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Sunday, where she praised DeSantis for his "BDE." "is gutsy. The guy has bigger..." Lake said, trailing off. "Wait, let me think about how I want to word this. My staff always says, 'Whatever you do, do not say "balls,"' so I'm not gonna say it. That guy has a backbone made… → Read More

Author Salman Rushdie is on a ventilator and 'will likely lose one eye,' agent says

Author Salman Rushdie is on a ventilator after being stabbed Friday as he took the stage to give a lecture at New York's Chautauqua Institution. The attacker, 24-year-old Hadi Matar of Fairview, New Jersey, was taken into custody. Police said in a statement that Rushdie "suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck, and was transported by helicopter to an area hospital." Andrew Wylie, Rushdie's… → Read More

Tulsi Gabbard fills in on Tucker Carlson Tonight

Former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) guest hosted Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight on Friday, further distancing herself from the party whose nomination for president she sought in 2020. "Now whatever your views are on [former President] Donald Trump, there's no denying that the unprecedented raid on his Palm Beach home earlier this week has set our country on a dangerous new course,… → Read More

The sister of Trump's ex-press secretary is launching a conservatives-only dating app

The Right Stuff, a forthcoming dating app for conservatives, released an announcement video Wednesday starring Ryann McEnany, the younger sister of former Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. The video did not include a release date. "Hey guys, I'm Ryann," she begins, wearing a white leather jacket against an off-white background. "I've gotta tell you about something I am so excited to… → Read More

Political ad spending for 2022 on track to double 2018 total

Spending on political ads for 2022 races is set to exceed the amount spent in 2020 and more than double the total from 2018, according to a report from AdImpact. In July 2021, AdImpact projected that candidates, PACs, and issue groups would spend $8.9 billion on ads for the 2022 cycle, just shy of the record-breaking $9 billion spent in 2020. A year later, AdImpact revised that number upward to… → Read More

Trump deposed by New York AG

Former President Donald Trump was deposed on Wednesday as part of New York Attorney General Letitia James' investigation into whether he illegally inflated the value of his assets, NBC News reports. The former president said in a statement shortly afterward that he pleaded the Fifth and "declined to answer the questions under the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen under the United… → Read More

Ilhan Omar defeats primary challenger by less than 2,500 votes

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is on track to win a third term representing Minnesota's deep-blue 5th Congressional District after narrowly fending off a primary challenge on Tuesday. Omar won 57,683 votes — 50.3 percent of the total — while former Minneapolis City Councilman Don Samuels came up short with 55,217 votes, or 48.2 percent. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Samuels said his… → Read More

Biden wasn't briefed about the Mar-a-Lago raid, WH spokesperson says

President Biden was not briefed on Monday night's raid on Mar-a-Lago before it happened, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Tuesday. In response to questions from reporters, Jean-Pierre said that the "Justice department conducts investigations independently," that Biden believes "that those investigations should be free from political influence," and that the president "learned… → Read More

IRS must provide Trump's tax returns to Ways and Means Committee, appeals court rules

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the Internal Revenue Service must hand over former President Donald Trump's tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee. A three-judge panel, two members of which were appointed by Republican presidents, rejected arguments from Trump's lawyers that the committee's request was politically motivated and "would pose First Amendment and… → Read More

Historian David McCullough dead at 89

Bestselling historian David McCullough died Sunday at the age of 89 at his home in Hingham, Massachusetts, his daughter confirmed. She did not specify a cause of death. McCullough was born in Pittsburgh in 1933, graduated from Yale in 1955, and released his first book — a history of an 1889 flood that killed over 2,000 people in Johnstown, Pennsylvania — in 1968. His 2001 biography of John Adams… → Read More

Biden admin announces another $1 billion for Ukraine

The Biden administration announced Monday that it would send another $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine. This new package, the 18th since Russia's invasion began and the largest so far, brings the total U.S. investment in Ukraine's defense to $9.8 billion. According to CNBC, the package "consists of additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems or HIMARS, 75,000 rounds of… → Read More

Could a Georgia runoff election determine who controls the Senate?

The close race between Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) and Republican challenger Herschel Walker could lead to a situation in which a January runoff in Georgia decides control of the Senate for the second consecutive time, Politico reports. Analysts from across the political spectrum expect the race to be close. Two polls from late July showed Warnock leading the former NFL star 48-45 and 46-42,… → Read More

Senate expected to pass Democrat tax and climate bill

The Senate voted 51-50 late Saturday to move forward with a tax and climate bill that includes several elements of President Biden's original Build Back Better agenda. The final vote on the legislation is likely to take place Sunday, with Vice President Kamala Harris expected to cast the tie-breaking vote in her party's favor. The House is expected to approve the bill by the end of the week. The… → Read More

Amazon to buy Roomba maker for $1.7 billion

Amazon will buy Roomba maker iRobot for $61 a share, or $1.7 billion in total, the companies announced Friday. According to Reuters, "iRobot's stock rose 19% Friday trading to $59.66," still less than half of its lockdown-era peak, when homebound consumers scrambled to buy Roombas. "Customers love iRobot products — and I'm excited to work with the iRobot team to invent in ways that make… → Read More

Rep. Jackie Walorski and 3 others dead in car crash

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) was killed Wednesday along with two members of her staff — communications director Emma Thomson and district director Zachery Potts — when their SUV collided head-on with another vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle was also killed. Walorski was 58 years old. Thomson and Potts were 27 and 28, respectively. "Dean Swihart, Jackie's husband, was just informed by… → Read More

Iceland issues poisonous gas warning due to volcanic eruption

Photo by Haraldur Gudjonsson / AFP) (Photo by HARALDUR GUDJONSSON/AFP via Getty Images A volcano has erupted about 20 miles southwest of the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, the country's meteorological service announced Wednesday. Local news footage showed lava and smoke pouring out of a fissure in the ground. According to Metro, an eruption occurred in the same area last March and continued… → Read More

Gas prices have dropped for 50 consecutive days

Gas prices fell for a 50th consecutive day on Wednesday, dropping to a national average of $4.16 per gallon of regular gasoline, according to The Wall Street Journal and the American Automobile Association. This represents a 17 percent drop from the June 15 peak of $5.02, due largely to a decline in global demand. Texas has the country's cheapest gas, averaging $3.64 per gallon, while California… → Read More

Schumer announces new vote on burn pits bill blocked by Republicans

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that he plans to hold another vote this week on a military health care bill Republicans blocked on Wednesday. The bill would provide $250 billion to care for veterans who became sick after being exposed to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Veteran organizations have been fighting for recognition for their maladies — which include… → Read More