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July 10, 2024

The entire country is getting involved in the campaign in Florida over abortion

The entire country is getting involved in the campaign in Florida over abortion


Florida may no longer be a battleground in the presidential race, but a new political fight over abortion is drawing interest from around the country and taking center stage in the Sunshine State.

Donors — both in Florida and nationally — are putting tens of millions of dollars behind a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize abortion up until fetal viability, generally understood to be around 24 weeks of pregnancy. Known as Amendment 4, the measure also includes exceptions past that mark for “the patient’s health, as determined by the patient’s healthcare provider.”

Opponents of the ballot measure, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state Republican Party he commands, say it’s an ill-defined and overly broad effort to ensure abortion access up until a child is born.

For abortion rights activists, the proposed amendment represents the best chance for Florida voters to overturn a six-week abortion ban that took effect in May and stands among the strictest abortion laws in the country passed since Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion rights case, was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court two years ago.

“I think this is one of the largest humanitarian issues on a ballot nationwide right now,” said Lauren Brenzel, the director of Floridians Protecting Freedom, the main group supporting Amendment 4. “We know we’re going to see opposition to this campaign. Our job is to not take our foot off the gas. We have to move full steam ahead; we have to make sure we’re communicating, not just in our state but nationwide, how important this is.”
July 9, 2024

Red states push Supreme Court to block Biden student loan repayment plan

https://www.courthousenews.com/red-states-push-supreme-court-to-block-biden-student-loan-repayment-plan/


WASHINGTON (CN) — Conservative states asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to further hamstring President Joe Biden’s student debt relief efforts, filing an emergency application to prevent the administration from enacting a plan to lower loan payments.

“Due to the administration’s intransigence, the court must unfortunately step in again,” South Carolina assistant deputy solicitor general Joseph Spate wrote in the states’ emergency application.

South Carolina, Alaska and Texas called on the justices to prevent Biden from launching an element of the Saving on Valuable Education program in August, arguing that the administration was skirting the justices’ prior ruling on Biden’s loan forgiveness plan.

“Taking the president’s words as marching orders, the Department of Education has sought to cancel $475 billion of student debt, regardless of what Congress or this court has said about the matter,” Spate wrote. “This current attempt to unilaterally cancel debt is every bit as unlawful as the first 12-digit effort this court rejected in Nebraska.”

The court rejected Biden’s plan to wipe out up to $20,000 in loans for certain borrowers in a 6-3 ruling last year. Despite the loss, Biden promised to find other avenues for student debt relief.


https://x.com/steve_vladeck/status/1810714336735932475
July 9, 2024

Justice Sotomayor's Bodyguard Shoots Suspected Carjacker Outside Her Home

Justice Sotomayor’s Bodyguard Shoots Suspected Carjacker Outside Her Home


Two deputy U.S. Marshals thought to be guarding Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s home in Washington, D.C. shot a suspected carjacker who pulled out a gun last week, officials said.

The U.S. Marshals office said that suspect Kentrell Flowers, 18, allegedly walked up to one of the deputies’ cars at around 1:15 a.m. on July 5 and pointed a gun at the bodyguard.

The Marshal fired four shots, hitting Flowers in the mouth. Flowers was taken to hospital for treatment and arrested.

“The Deputy U.S. Marshals involved in the shooting incident were part of the unit protecting the residences of U.S. Supreme Court justices. As a general practice, the U.S. Marshals don’t discuss specifics of protective details,” Abigail Meyer, a spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals Service, said in a statement to The Hill.

Authorities have not suggested Flowers was intentionally targeting Sotomayor or the security detail.
July 8, 2024

Republicans move at Trump's behest to change how they will oppose abortion

Republicans move at Trump's behest to change how they will oppose abortion


MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Republican National Committee moved Monday to adopt a party platform that reflects former President Donald Trump’s position opposing a federal abortion ban and ceding limits to states, omitting the explicit basis for a national ban for the first time in 40 years.

Trump imposed his priorities on the RNC's platform committee as he seeks to steer clear during his campaign of strict abortion language, even while taking credit for setting up the 2022 reversal of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court. Trump appointed three of the six justices who voted in the majority to overturn the 1973 precedent that established a national right to have an abortion.

The scaled-down platform — just 16 pages and with limited specifics on many key Republican issues — reflects a desire by the Trump campaign to avoid giving Democrats more material for their warnings about the former president's intentions if he wins back the White House. President Joe Biden's campaign has repeatedly highlighted the “Project 2025” document produced by Trump allies as well as Trump's own promises to impose wide-ranging tariffs, replace thousands of government workers with party loyalists and stage the largest deportation operation in U.S. history.

The policy document sticks to the party’s longstanding principle that the Constitution extends rights to fetuses, but removes language maintaining support for an “amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to children before birth,” a passage in the party platform first included in 1984.
July 8, 2024

5th Circuit to Hear Republicans' ESG Investing Challenge

https://www.yahoo.com/news/esg-investing-rule-presents-early-100922878.html


(Reuters) - A challenge to a Biden administration rule allowing socially conscious investing by employee retirement plans will present an early test of how courts will scrutinize federal regulations after the U.S. Supreme Court said they no longer have to defer to the expertise of the agencies that issued them.

The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on Tuesday in a lawsuit by 25 Republican-led states challenging the U.S. Department of Labor rule, which says 401(k) and other plans can consider environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors as a "tiebreaker" in making investment decisions.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk in Amarillo, Texas, refused to block the 2022 rule last year, citing a 40-year-old doctrine known as Chevron deference, named for a 1984 Supreme Court case, which had directed courts to uphold agencies' reasonable interpretations of the laws they enforce.

Kacsmaryk, an appointee of Republican former President Donald Trump, is the lone active judge in Amarillo and his courthouse has become a favored venue for conservative litigants suing to block Biden administration policies. But in the challenge to the ESG rule, the judge said he was bound to apply Chevron until the Supreme Court overturns it.

The high court did just that in a June ruling in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, saying judges instead should exercise their independent judgment in evaluating agency rules.
July 8, 2024

Ian Millhiser: The Supreme Incompetents

Vox


All of the United States’ most important governing institutions are failing at once.

Congress, of course, has long been barely able to function. Every year, it struggles merely to fund the rest of the government, and the risk that it will trigger a debt ceiling breach that would set the global economy on fire is alarmingly large.

The Republican Party has atrophied into a cult of personality, centered around an authoritarian who literally tried to overthrow the duly elected United States government. The Democratic Party, meanwhile, may be unable to dislodge a senescent leader who is no longer capable of making the case against his imperious opponent.

And then there’s the Supreme Court, perhaps the only branch of the United States government that is capable of speaking in complete sentences right now. But the most recent Supreme Court term, which ended last week, makes one thing clear: Don’t confuse the Court’s relative eloquence for competence.

The justices are barely able to manage their own docket, even though it’s been shrinking for decades. They publish incompetently drafted decisions that sow confusion throughout the judiciary, then refuse to accept responsibility when those decisions lead to ridiculous and immoral outcomes. They take liberties with the facts of their cases, and they can’t even be trusted to read the plain text of an unambiguous statute correctly. In just the last few years, they’ve overruled so many seminal precedents that law professors no longer know how to teach their classes.


https://x.com/imillhiser/status/1810333641429401890
July 8, 2024

Biden tells Hill Democrats he 'declines' to step aside and says it's time for party drama 'to end'

Biden tells Hill Democrats he 'declines' to step aside and says it's time for party drama 'to end'


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, in a letter to congressional Democrats, stood firm against calls for him to drop his candidacy and called for an “end” to the intraparty drama that has torn apart Democrats since his dismal public debate performance.

Biden's efforts to shore up a deeply anxious Democratic Party came Monday as lawmakers are returning to Washington and confronting a choice: decide whether to work to revive his campaign or edge out the party leader, a make-or-break time for his reelection and their own political futures.

Biden wrote in the two-page letter that “the question of how to move forward has been well-aired for over a week now. And it’s time for it to end.” He stressed that the party has “one job,” which is to defeat presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in November.

“We have 42 days to the Democratic Convention and 119 days to the general election,” Biden said in the letter, distributed by his reelection campaign. “Any weakening of resolve or lack of clarity about the task ahead only helps Trump and hurts us. It’s time to come together, move forward as a unified party, and defeat Donald Trump.”

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