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Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Law


The Supreme Court has handed down a major abortion rights ruling that reaffirms the central reasoning of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and makes it less likely that Roe will ever be overturned.

Oklahoma Legislature Passes Unconstitutional Bill That Makes Abortion A Felony


Oklahoma’s Republican legislature passed a clearly unconstitutional bill outlawing abortion in the state.

Divided Supreme Court Hears Argument In Texas Abortion Case


The Supreme Court seems as closely divided as ever on an issue that has divided the nation for forty years, but the implications of Justice Scalia’s death were quite apparent during oral argument in the Texas Abortion Law case.

Colorado Springs Shooter Robert Dear Admits Guilt, Confirms Motive, In Courtroom Outburst

Robert Dear Colorado Springs Shooter

The man who killed three and wounded several others at a Colorado Planned Parenthood seemingly admitted guilt and motive in a courtroom outburst, but questions about his mental capacity remain.

Colorado Springs Shooter Is An Enigma, But The Shooting Is Being Politicized Anyway

Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Shooting

We still don’t know very much about Robert Dear, the man who shot and killed three people at the site of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, but that hasn’t stopped the usual suspects from politicizing the case.

Supreme Court Accepts Texas Abortion Law Case For Review


The Supreme Court has accepted a case involving a new Texas abortion law for review, the first abortion rights case it will hear in eight years.

The Supreme Court Begins A New Term With Several Politically Charged Cases

Supreme Court Justices 2

The marriage equality issue is resolved, but that doesn’t mean the Supreme Court won’t have a lot of high profile cases on its docket over the next eight months.

Supreme Court Declines To Review Ruling Striking Down North Carolina Ultrasound Law


Yesterday, the Supreme Court let stand a ruling striking down North Carolina’s mandatory ultrasound law.

More Americans Identify As “Pro-Choice,” But That’s Only Half The Story


In a new poll, a majority of Americans identify as “pro-choice,” but a deeper look at the numbers reveals that abortion politics remains as complicated as ever.

House Republicans Pass Unconstitutional, Doomed, Pandering Abortion Bill

United States Capitol Building, Washington, D.C. Aerial

As expected, the Republican-controlled House passed a bill that would ban most abortions after twenty weeks. It also happens to be completely unconstitutional and has no chance of actually becoming law.

Mitch McConnell: GOP Will Act To Limit Abortion If We Win The Senate


Mitch McConnell is making promises to pro-life groups that the GOP probably won’t keep, but it’s still a politically risky move.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

Abortion Clinic Protest

Another solid victory for the First Amendment from the Roberts Court.

Texas Law Keeping Brain Dead Woman “Alive” Because She’s Pregnant

Medicine Law

A brain dead woman in Texas is being kept alive while a fetus that is still not viable grows inside of her.

Texas Senate Passes Abortion Bill


Texas has become the latest state to attempt to restrict abortion rights, and North Carolina isn’t far behind.

Texas Abortion Bill Back Before The Legislature, And It Will Pass This Time


The Texas Legislature is putting up its controversial abortion bill again, but don’t expect things do end the way they did last week.

An Observation about Akin

Todd Akin

Ironically, the Congressman was trying to avoid actually taking a stand on the question of abortion in the case of rape.

Proposed Virginia Law Will Force Women To Undergo Invasive Ultrasound Examinations


A bill likely to become law in Virginia will require all women seeking abortions to undergo an invasive ultrasound examination.

The GOP’s Bizarre Iowa Debate/Forum/Church Revival Meeting


Did you know there was another GOP debate last night? Well, you didn’t miss much.

Mississippi ‘Personhood’ Amendment Trounced


Mississippi voters easily defeated an amendment to the state constitution that declared life begins at conception.

Congress Investigating Planned Parenthood Abortion Compliance


House Energy and Commerce Committee “is investigating Planned Parenthood’s federal funding, requesting lots of docs.”

Rick Perry Is A Tenth Amendment Hypocrite


First it was same-sex marriage, now it’s a abortion. Rick Perry hasn’t met a Constitutional Amendment usurping state power he doesn’t like.

Sex Selection Abortions Lead to 160 Million ‘Missing’ Girls


160 million girls are “missing” owing to selective abortion and cultural preferences for male children.

Not All Abortions Are Legal


Desperate women are finding some horrific ways to terminate their pregnancies. Some are being arrested for it.

House Republicans Want to Redefine Rape


The “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” would remove the exception for non-forcible rape.

Bob Bennett Loses in Republican Fight: Purge of the RINOs?


In the leading edge of what is expected to be a minor wave, Utah Senator Bob Bennett was defeated in the Republican nominating process last evening. Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah has lost his bid to serve a fourth term after failing to advance past the GOP state convention. Attorney Mike Lee and […]

Health Care Reform Passes, Pigs Fly


So, the health care reform was passed last night owing to a bizarre compromise is which Bart Stupak persuaded President Obama to issue a meaningless executive order proclaiming that the law passed by both Houses of Congress says what Stupak has spent months pointing out it doesn’t say. The basic facts, from NYT: With the […]

Taking a Straw Man to Its Logical Conclusion Leads Down a Slippery Slope


Dan Riehl is in the cross-fire between Alan Colmes and MEDIAite over a rather bizarre argument: I’m not sure I quite understand this, given that cost is so important as a burden to taxpayers when it comes to health care. If Democrats want so badly to abort babies because of it, why are we bothering […]

Senate Health Reform Bill Secured?

Senate Health Care Compromise

My late evening was going well. The struggling Dallas Cowboys had somehow overcome their annual December swoon and were leading the theretofore unbeaten New Orleans Saints by three touchdowns early in the fourth quarter. The Saints scored two quick touchdowns and the Cowboys’ basket case kicker Nick Folk missed a chip shot field goal but […]

Charles Johnson ‘Breaks’ From the Right

Little Green Footballs logo

In a move that has been coming for nearly two years, Charles Johnson has issued a manifesto explaining “Why I Parted Ways With The Right.”  For those who don’t know, Johnson is the founder and principal author of Little Green Footballs, one of the oldest and most popular blogs.  He was an elder statesman in […]

House Trades Freedom for Health Coverage, Senate’s Move


The House passed a trillion dollar bill that will force Americans to buy health insurance, force even small businesses to provide health coverage, and require insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions.  (The last, as I have previously argued, makes it something other than “insurance.”) Lori Montgomery and Shailagh Murray for WaPo: Hours after President Obama […]

Anti-Abortion Activist Murdered


A man carrying an anti-abortion sign was murdered this morning. A well-known anti-abortion activist was shot multiple times and killed Friday morning in front of a Michigan high school and another man was shot and killed just miles away in what police are investigating as related incidents. Michigan State Police have taken a suspect into […]

Tiller Abortion Clinic Closed Permanently

The murder of abortion doctor George Tiller has had its desired impact, the closing of one of the few clinics in the United States willing to provide late-term abortions.  Roxana Hegeman for AP: The family of slain abortion provider George Tiller said Tuesday that his Wichita clinic will be “permanently closed,” effective immediately.  In a […]

Abortion: Drawing the Line


Ross Douthat, examining the controversy over late-term abortions that was brought back into the public spotlight with the murder of Dr. George Tiller, observes: The argument for unregulated abortion rests on the idea that where there are exceptions, there cannot be a rule. Because rape and incest can lead to pregnancy, because abortion can save […]

A Tale of Two Murders


DrewM. passes on Michelle Malkin‘s post and column noting that the murder of abortion doctor George Tiller by a white “Christian” got scads more media commentary and more intense presidential attention than did the murder of Private William Long and maiming and attempted murder of Private Quinton Ezeagwula by a black “Muslim.” It’s a fair […]

Military Recruiting Shootings


One soldier was killed and another seriously injured in a shooting at an Army-Navy Recruiting Center in west Little Rock, Arkansas.  Thankfully, the second’s injuries are not considered life-threatening.  Contrary to earlier reports, both victims were “just out of basic training,” participating in the “Hometown Recruiting Assistance” program, and not Army Recruiters.  An arrest has […]

Was Tiller Murder ‘Terrorism’?


For the second time in less than a week, Andrew Sullivan has handed out one of his positive awards to someone for whom a different and negative award was named.   This time, Michelle Malkin gets an Yglesias Award for calling the murder of George Tiller “terrorism.”   (For those who don’t keep up with such things, […]

Abortion Doctor George Tiller Murdered at Church

George Tiller Murdered

There’s a lot to unpack in this sentence: Late-term abortion doctor George Tiller, a prominent advocate for abortion rights wounded by a protester more than a decade ago, was shot and killed Sunday at a church in Wichita where he was serving as an usher and his wife was in the choir, his attorney said. […]

Obama Declares Gitmo Detainees ‘Fetuses’


Scott Ott‘s latest parody news story: In an effort to shut down the U.S. Naval Detention Center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, thereby restoring America’s moral standing in the world, President Barack Obama today declared some 240 enemy combatants held at Gitmo to be ‘human fetuses’. In an executive order, the president said, “Since I ordered […]

Torture and Sex: Moral Relativism or Morally Unrelated?


Kevin Drum observes, When the subject has anything to do with sex, the right in America is the party of moral absolutes.  We know what’s right, we know what’s wrong, and even if there’s a price to pay we can’t shirk our responsibility to set a proper example and do the right thing. But when […]

The Pope Picks Our Ambassadors Now?


I glossed over yesterday’s news that the Vatican blocked Caroline Kennedy’s appointment as U.S. ambassador for a variety of reasons.  Regular commenter Tlaloc emailed me, though, making a good point: [T]he Vatican refuses to accept any ambassador who is not explicitly pro-life including anti-ESC research (such as Doug Kmiec).  Various voices on the right have […]

The Right Lost the Culture War


“Has the Right surrendered in the culture war?” asks Washington Examiner political editor Chris Stirewalt.  The piece is illustrated with the photo and caption at right and begins: As some 240 million American Christians observe the most sacred week of their religious calendar, the nation reached a pivot point on faith and values. Demonstrating the […]

Pragmatic Conservatism?


Andrew Sullivan has a powerful piece on the state of American conservatism, especially its alliance with the Republican Party.  Two key excerpts from a very long piece: In contemporary America, the right is now in an almost parodic state of ideology. There isn’t just a rigid set of beliefs, indifferent to any time or place […]

What’s a Liberal, Anyway?


Andrew Sullivan is bemused to find himself on Forbes‘ list of “The 25 Most Influential Liberals In The U.S. Media” since he considers himself a conservative.  He posts a reader email that muses on this fact: Did you notice how many people on the list were seemingly chosen not for their writing or their politics, […]

Obama Picks Warren, Angers Gays

Rick Warren and Barack Obama

President-Elect Barack Obama has made the most controversial move thus far in his transition, naming far right televangelist Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration.  While this initially struck me as a brilliant move on his part, winning points with Evangelical Christians with little downside, the announcement has sparked outrage in the gay […]

GOP’s G-O-D Problem


Kathleen Parker is getting quite a response to her WaPo piece “Giving Up on God.” As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit. Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D. I’m bathing in holy water as I type. To be more specific, the […]

Fixing the GOP Redux


Stacy McCain has a tongue-in-cheek rebuttal to my post on the Republican Party’s future in which he notes that Sarah Palin graduated college, some non-Southern states voted for McCain, and than some non-rednecks agree with Palin on some issues. James doesn’t want the Republican Party identified with redneck opponents of illegal immigration (like that illiterate […]

Republican Party’s Future


My Palin Derangement Syndrome post got a number of thoughtful responses, especially for a weekend post. My fellow Jacksonville State alumnus Stacy McCain, a Palin fan, thinks the internal debate on her role in last week’s defeat and her future as a Republican Party standard bearer is one we should have.  He objects strenuously, though, […]

Americans Are Liberal!

Pew: Obama Gains on the Issues

Matt Yglesias offers these Pew poll results as a rejoinder to those of us who think a win for Obama isn’t a mandate for his policies. Says Matt, “The voters felt they had a choice between a liberal and a conservative, and felt they preferred the liberal and his policy agenda.” Well . . . […]

McCain More Trusted on Economy, Losing


A new Rasmussen poll finds that voters trust John McCain more than Barack Obama on taxes (47%to 45%) and on “economic issues” more generally (48% to 47%).  These numbers are, of course, within the margin of error.  They do, however, represent a reversal of a trend and may indicate that the “Joe the Plumber” and […]

Obama Plunges in Newsweek Poll!

Barack Obama Polls Down

Newsweek has released a new poll and is excited by the huge change: “Glow Fading? The latest NEWSWEEK Poll shows Barack Obama leading John McCain by only 3 points. What a difference a few weeks can make.” This is quite amusing in that pretty much everyone agreed that the June 20th Newsweek poll was an […]

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