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Gavin Newsom launches tool connecting women with abortion services in California

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is escalating his feud with Republican-led states that have restricted access to abortion after the Supreme Court's ruling earlier this summer rolling back the federal right to those services that was enshrined in the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

As part of his effort to make California a safe harbor for women seeking abortions, Newsom, a Democrat, launched a new state website on Tuesday aimed at connecting women who live out of state with reproductive health care, including a tool that would help them find a provider and how to seek financial assistance for those services.

In a video introducing the site, the California governor touched on the privacy concerns many of those red state women now face -- noting the website abortion.ca.gov will not track them or their personal information -- as conservative lawmakers in some states weigh laws to prevent their state's residents from seeking care across state lines.


QAnon Follower Killed By Michigan Police After Shooting Wife And Daughter

A Michigan man died in a firefight with police Sunday after he allegedly killed his wife and wounded his daughter, with another family member blaming his interest in QAnon conspiracy theories for the attack, according to NBC News.

Igor Lanis, 53, fired a shotgun at officers responding to a 911 call outside his Walled Lake home, leading police to return fire, according to the local Oakland County Sheriff’s office.

The 25-year-old who placed the call had said her father shot her, the Sheriff’s Office wrote in a statement on Facebook. Responding police saw her “attempting to crawl from her home” and transported her to a local hospital for emergency surgery

“Fuck you, Qanon,” the daughter wrote at the end of her post. “I hope the FBI tightens its grip on you and that your lackies rot in prison (and hell) for poisoning so many people.”


Grandmother and grandson visit 63 national parks on adventure of a lifetime

Joy Ryan, 92, had never seen a mountain. So her grandson decided to take her to every site that has “national park” in its name.

Together, they’ve marveled at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and slept beneath the stars at Joshua Tree National Park in California. They did the bridge walk at New River Gorge Park in Lansing, W.Va., rolled down a dune in Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, and watched brown bears catch salmon at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park in Alaska.

“All of it has been magical,” said Brad, who moved to D.C. in 2018 and consults with various veterinary hospitals in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. “I’ve been able to see so much of the country and meet so many people with my grandma by my side.” Within the next year, they are planning to make it to the last national park on their list: the National Park of American Samoa. The final stop, they both said, will be bittersweet.“

As a grandson, watching her life story unfold completely differently than it otherwise would have, it gives me peace,” Brad said. “She finally got to start living the life of adventure she had always been waiting for, and deserved.”


Can I have a Brad, please?

Next time someone tells you the parties are the same...

Tell them this:


Poll shows Newsom with wide lead over GOP challenger, State Sen. Brian Dahle

California Governor Gavin Newsom holds a wide lead in his bid for re-election over Republican challenger, State Senator Brian Dahle, according to a new poll from the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies.

The poll asked voters their preference for governor in the fall general election. Newsom leads Dahle by a margin of 52% to 25%. Newsom also leads Dahle by 24-points among people considered most likely to vote in the election (55%-31%).

Approval ratings in the poll found that 53% of the state’s voters approve of the job that Newsom is doing, while 42% disapprove. However, despite the positive approval rating, voters continue to believe that California is moving in the wrong direction by a margin of 52% to 40%.


Florida Court Says Teen Not 'Mature' Enough For Abortion, So Must Bear Child

Source: Huffington Post

A Florida appeals court decided Monday to uphold a lower court’s ruling that a pregnant 16-year-old had not shown she was “mature” enough to terminate her unwanted pregnancy, and must therefore give birth.

The teen, described as “parentless” in court documents, has been petitioning the state court system to let her get an abortion without the written consent of a parent or guardian, which is required for minors under a law signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) two years ago.

She argued before Escambia County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Frydrychowicz that she was not ready to be a parent and did not have a job. She was living with a relative while she worked toward earning her GED.

But Frydrychowicz found that the teen did not establish “by clear and convincing evidence that she was sufficiently mature to decide whether to terminate her pregnancy,” court documents say. Florida’s First District Court of Appeals upheld the decision, with two judges on the panel concurring and one issuing a separate opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part.

Read more: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/florida-court-says-teen-not-mature-enough-for-abortion-so-must-bear-child-instead_n_62fbf510e4b0a85a8196b41e

Sickening. I hope someone flies her to New York, or California.

Dr. Tiller's church in Kansas where he was murdered was a polling place yesterday.

Ali Velshi just reported that on MSNBC. Very poignant. As is the new reality the Dr. Tiller's home state of Kansas now serves as an abortion services sanctuary for women from surrounding forced birth states.


Number of migrants crossing border is dropping, in part due to US agents helping nab human smugglers

Source: NBC News

Arrests of undocumented migrants crossing the U.S. southern border have fallen by nearly 14 percent from an all-time high in May, driven in part by an increase in U.S.-assisted arrests of smugglers in Central America, far from U.S. soil, according to internal briefing materials obtained by NBC News. 

Agents from Customs and Border Protection, as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, some of them in Central American countries, were responsible for the arrests of an average of 240 smugglers in a single week in June, according to the materials, prepared by the Department of Homeland Security for a White House briefing.

Agents working outside the U.S. provide intelligence to local law enforcement on smugglers to target for arrests, according to the document.

More than 1,300 DHS personnel are focused on targeting smugglers, and the agency has spent more than $50 million on the effort since April, a DHS spokesperson said. 

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/number-migrants-crossing-border-dropping-part-due-us-agents-helping-na-rcna40528

Meanwhile, Fox is lying about a "surge of illegals at the border."

The Salton Sea could produce the world's greenest lithium, if new extraction technologies work

About 40 miles north of the California-Mexico border lies the shrinking, landlocked lake known as the Salton Sea. Though the lake was once the epicenter of a thriving resort community, water contamination and decades of drought have contributed to a collapse of its once-vibrant ecosystem and given rise to ghost towns. But amid this environmental disaster, the California Energy Commission estimates that there’s enough lithium here to meet all of the United States’ projected future demand and 40% of the world’s demand. That’s big news for the booming electric-vehicle industry, as lithium is the common denominator across all types of EV batteries.

Traditionally, lithium extraction involves either open-pit mining or evaporation ponds, which work by pumping lithium-containing brine to the surface and waiting for the water to dry up. Both of these methods have huge land footprints, are often very water intensive and can create a lot of contamination and waste.

But at the Salton Sea, three companies are developing chemical processes to extract lithium in a much cleaner way, taking advantage of the Salton Sea’s rich geothermal resources. Near the lake, there are already 11 operating geothermal power plants, 10 of which are owned by Berkshire Hathaway’s renewable energy division, BHE Renewables.

“We are already pumping 50,000 gallons of brine per minute across all of our 10 geothermal facilities to the surface,” said Alicia Knapp, president and CEO of BHE Renewables, “and we’re using the steam from that brine to generate clean energy. So we’re really halfway there in that we’ve got the lithium right here in our hands.”


Everyone should know who is the Director of the Secret Service, James Murray.

As Lawrence O'Donnell pointed out tonight, James Murray is a Trump guy, and has done a really good job of keeping his name out of the news, even though he oversaw the purging of the January 5 & 6 texts at the Secret Service. Trump appointed him head of the Secret Service in 2019, after Murray proved his loyalty to Trump. He needs to be subpoenaed to explain what happened to those January 5 & 6 texts.

The irony is Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, has hired James Murray, to start on August 1, 2022, as the company’s chief security officer---after he oversaw the loss of the most important texts in Secret Service history. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/digital/snap-james-murray-secret-service-snapchat-1235176832/

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