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Robinhood soars 22% following report that Sam Bankman-Fried's FTX could acquire the brokerage firm

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 3:43pm
A pop-up kiosk for Robinhood along Wall Street after the company went public.
  • Robinhood stock soared 22% on Monday following a Bloomberg report that said FTX is considering acquiring the brokerage.
  • Sam Bankman-Fried disclosed a 7.6% stake in Robinhood last month and called the company's current valuation "cheap."
  • "We are excited about Robinhood's business prospects and potential ways we could partner with them," Bankman-Fried told Bloomberg.

Robinhood stock popped as much as 22% on Thursday following a Bloomberg report that Sam Bankman-Fried's FTX was exploring a buyout of the brokerage firm.

The merger would be of little surprise given that Bankman-Fried personally disclosed a 7.6% stake in Robinhood last month, calling its current valuation "cheap."

A potential merger between the two would bolster FTX's stock trading aspirations and give the company more scale, as Robinhood has nearly 23 million accounts. A merger would also be a shot in the arm for Robinhood's crypto trading operations, which recently launched a long-awaited wallet feature. 

Citing people with knowledge of the matter, Bloomberg reported that FTX is deliberating internally on how to buy Robinhood. No formal offer has been made, and there are no official talks currently underway between Robinhood and FTX.

"We are excited about Robinhood's business prospects and potential ways we could partner with them. That being said, there are no active M&A conversations with Robinhood," Bankman-Fried told Bloomberg. A spokesman for Robinhood declined to comment on the report.

A deal between FTX and Robinhood would require approval from Robinhood co-founders Vlad Tenev and Baiju Bhatt, who control more than 50% of the company's voting power, according to filings made with the SEC. 

Depending on the price, a deal could be a quick exit for Tenev and Bhatt, who have experienced a bumpy ride as a public company. After going public in July, Robinhood stock briefly soared 156% before losing more than 90% in value. The stock is down 76% from its IPO price of $38 per share.

Robinhood's valuation of $32 billion at its IPO now stands at a paltry $7 billion thanks to an ongoing decline in the stock market, cryptocurrencies, and waning retail trading activity. 

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'Widespread' student-loan forgiveness is already happening, a top Republican lawmaker says — and Biden's plans for further relief are 'a blatant political ploy'

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 3:39pm
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) speaks at a press conference following a conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol on March 09, 2021 in Washington, DC.
  • GOP Rep. Virginia Foxx said "widespread" student-loan relief has already been happening.
  • She referenced the payment pause and reforms to forgiveness programs.
  • Biden is likely to announce plans for broad student-loan relief later this summer.

A top Republican lawmaker has once again sounded the alarm on broad student-loan forgiveness — and its potential impact on the coming midterm elections.

On Friday, Rep. Virginia Foxx — the leading Republican on the House education committee — wrote an opinion piece for Fox News slamming President Joe Biden's plans to forgive student debt broadly for federal borrowers.

She wrote that Biden's forthcoming relief should not be the only cause for concern, given that he has already enacted "widespread debt cancellation" in the form of the pandemic pause on student-loan payments and reforms to other forgiveness programs, like the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver implemented in October.

"Clearly the administration is doing this behind closed doors because it knows this is not sound fiscal policy or even remotely justified as 'targeted relief,' but rather a blatant political ploy," Foxx wrote. "It's not a stretch to assume they are doing as much as they can to bow to progressives before November."

Foxx added that the payment pause is "a Trojan horse for loan forgiveness" costing taxpayers $150 billion, and she said the reforms to PSLF — a program that forgives student debt for public servants like nonprofit and government workers — to allow previously ineligible payments to qualify is too expansive and would go to "doctors and Georgetown law students."

As Biden inches closer to a decision on student-loan forgiveness for most federal borrowers, Foxx has been far from quiet in her criticisms. Recent reports have suggested Biden is considering $10,000 in debt cancellation for borrowers making under $150,000 a year, and he will likely announce the plan in July or August, closer to when payments are set to resume.

The administration's proposal to cap the relief based on income is likely intended to quell pushback from those like Foxx who argue debt cancellation would go to the wealthy, rather than those who would need it the most. But as Insider has previously reported, an income cap would be quite burdensome to implement, and requiring a borrower to apply for relief or verify their income could shut out low-income borrowers who may not know how to use the system and access those materials.

Some Democratic lawmakers have pushed back on the idea of limiting relief. New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently wrote on Twitter that "$10k means tested forgiveness is just enough to anger the people against it *and* the people who need forgiveness the most."

"We can do better," she added.

And while some of Foxx's Republican colleagues have joined her in calling student-loan relief a "bribe" to voters, Democrats like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren have said if Biden wants to live up to his campaign pledges and honor what he told his voters, debt cancellation should be next on his agenda.

"One of the hardest things for an elected official to do is demonstrate to people that they can count on that elected official to be on their side," Warren previously said. "Canceling student-loan debt for more than 40 million Americans would persuade a lot of young people that this president is in the fight for them."

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'Russia needs to be defeated': Russian socialists in exile say Putin must lose in Ukraine

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 3:33pm
President Vladimir Putin looks on during the Victory Day military parade marking the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II in Moscow, on May 9, 2022.
  • Ilya Matveev and Ilya Budraitskis are socialist activists from Russia.
  • They fled the country weeks after the February 24 invasion of Ukraine.
  • For the good of Ukraine — and Russia — they argue that Vladimir Putin cannot be allowed to win.

Over coffee in a bustling Eurasian neighborhood full of cafés, bars, delivery drivers on mopeds, and scores of cigarette-smoking hipsters, Ilya Matveev — a democratic socialist and academic — said he had come to terms with the fact that he may have to spend the rest of his life in exile here or in one of the handful of other places currently open to Russian expats.

He also knows that he will be hated — not just by nationalists in the country he fled, but by the victims of a war that he himself opposes.

"How can you create anything besides hatred after what Russia did?" Matveev asked. Maybe the hate won't last forever, but if there ever is peace, there will also be loathing, with memories having been created that will last generations. "If Ukrainians don't like me," he said, "it's perfectly understandable."

In the wake of the Bucha massacre, where dozens of unarmed civilians were executed by Russian forces, and the bombing and killing of more than 600 men, women, and children sheltering in a Mariupol theater, there will be no easy postwar reconciliation.

"I feel a lot of shame," Matveev, in his early 30s and wearing round glasses with clear frames, said in an interview. "Maybe I'm not personally responsible for the war, but when I look at these atrocities — that definitely happened — I'm very ashamed of Russian soldiers, of Russian everything."

Even acknowledging that what Moscow is waging in Ukraine is indeed a "war" is punishable by up to 15 years in prison in Russia. It's why Matveev — an associate dean for international relations at the North-West Academy for Public Administration in St. Petersburg, and a founder of the socialist website — left a country that he loved for a land he doesn't know. Vladimir Putin's government had long been repressive, jailing and assassinating its opposition, but after the February invasion it became intolerable for liberals, leftists, and anyone else who would not remain silent as their homeland became an international pariah.

"I'm feeling awful because my country is destroyed in every sense possible," Matveev said. Cultural and academic exchanges are a thing of the past, with Russia turning inward on the orders of those at the top, extinguishing hope that an open society could be built from the bottom up. "It's just the destruction of everything."

It's impossible to say how many other Russians are mortified by their country's war on its neighbor. What is known is that there was an uptick in Russians leaving the country this year. Most are not antiwar socialist dissidents but driven by concerns about their economic prospects under a pariah regime.

Even abroad, Russians who spoke to Insider did not always feel comfortable sharing their opinions on the record. Some, after all, may wish to return. Even the outspoken, like Matveev, remain cautious; he asked that his host country not be revealed, wishing to avoid drawing attention to the fact it's hosting anti-Putin activists.

What unites all in the Russian diaspora is that they had the means to leave, something not available to the vast majority of those living under the Putin regime and suffering under sanctions for a war they cannot stop.

A necessary evil

As a leftist and a Russian, Matveev is adamant that the masses are not to blame for a war launched by one man. He takes no pleasure in seeing the pain imposed by broad sanctions that have tanked the economy and indirectly contributed to shortages of things like medicine.

Recognizing the privilege of living abroad, "I'm not going to cheer that," he said.

At the same time, "I cannot even call for the lifting of sanctions," he said, "because I think they can be effective." What hurts the economy also hurts Russia's military-industrial complex, potentially compelling an early end to the war effort in Ukraine.

And Matveev is clear: His country needs to lose.

"Russia needs to be defeated, basically," he said.

On this count, Russia's democratic left finds itself more anti-Moscow than some other socialists in the United States and Western Europe, where the wisdom of Noam Chomsky — the former MIT linguist who argues the US aimed to "draw the Russians into Ukraine" and is now intentionally prolonging the conflict — is sometimes given more airtime than the perspective of those in Kyiv or Moscow.

"Most of the leftists were wrong on this," Matveev said. Chomsky, for example, dismissed concerns about an imminent invasion as an "annual media event," an argument echoed by his anti-imperialist fellow travelers. "And they are still wrong on this," Matveev continued, "because they cannot understand Russian imperialism. They don't understand there is imperialism outside the West. They just reject this idea."

This manifests itself in demands that Ukraine, viewed as a mere proxy for US power, be made to effectively surrender in order to stop the war. But ceding territory and laying down arms at this point means "ethnic cleansing," Matveev said — the elimination of any shred of Ukrainian identity in lands seized by Russian forces. For Ukrainians, the fight is existential, "a nightmare scenario"; on the other hand, he said, "the worst thing that will happen for Russia is that it just goes back to its borders."

Confused and in exile

Openly agitating against the government is not possible in today's Russia. That, in some ways, has eased some Russians' transition to the opposition abroad. There, at least, they can write and publish what they really thinks.

Until recently, Ilya Budraitskis, a stocky, left-wing political writer in his 40s, was based in Moscow. In 2015, in the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea and the Kremlin's support for armed insurrection in east Ukraine, he warned the left abroad that his country was as imperialist as Washington.

Even so, "I didn't believe until the last moment that this invasion was possible, because it was clear that it's such a stupid plan," he said, speaking to Insider thousands of miles from home in a location that he asked not be named.

Budraitskis like Matveev has joined the Russian diaspora. As with the invasion he did not see coming, he's still coming to terms with his new reality and the possibility he will never go back to the place he was born.

"Little bit confused," he said, repeating the words to himself, of his new life as an expatriate, one where he still faces the brunt of sanctions in the form of banks being hesitant to open an account for him. He blames the lack of any dissenting voices around Putin for the quagmire in Ukraine that also served to push him and others out of Russia.

"One old man is the only powerful political institution," he said. "The system is this man, and no one around him is [able] to balance his decisions in any way."

The point of propaganda in modern Russia, he argued, is not to rally people behind a government whose actions they cannot influence. It's more "psychotherapy," Budraitskis explained — a state-sponsored coping mechanism, minimizing cognitive dissonance by fashioning reality to something more bearable, so at least the masses have a rationale to help them sleep at night.

There is, indeed, not much else that a Russian can do within Russia other than to keep their head down and try to improve their own life (although resistance persists: someone has been setting fire to military-recruitment offices).

"People sort of feel — and it is proved to them by their material conditions — that they cannot do anything. Whatever they do, wherever they go, if they try to protest and do something, to organize or whatever, it doesn't really work," Budraitskis said. Especially in more remote regions of the country, far from Moscow and St. Petersburg, there are few prospects and less hope.

"And these people, they're not so much supportive of either Putin or the war. It's just their practice, their everyday life, that tells them nothing is going to change — and they've never seen any change in their lives," Budraitskis said.

He's skeptical of economy-wide sanctions, not seeing the pain inflicted on those Russians as contributing to the end of a war. But he does believe that for the sake of Ukraine as well as his own country — and for others who fear they are targets for Russian expansionism — there can be no victory for Moscow.

"To end the regime," he said, "there should be some defeat."

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The grocery store worker accused of assaulting Rudy Giuliani 'merely patted' him, the man's lawyers said

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 3:19pm
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
  • The supermarket worker accused of assaulting Rudy Giuliani "merely patted" the former New York City mayor, the man's lawyers said.
  • Giuliani accused Daniel Gill, 39, of slapping him on the back at a ShopRite in Staten Island, New York, on Sunday.
  • The Legal Aid Society, which is representing Gill, alleged Giuliani had overblown the incident. 

The supermarket worker accused of assaulting Rudy Giuliani "merely patted" the former New York City mayor, the man's lawyers said on Monday as they said the charges against their client were overblown. 

The Legal Aid Society, which is representing Daniel Gill, a 39-year-old store associate at a ShopRite in Staten Island, New York, said that Giuliani had exaggerated the incident. 

"The charges facing Daniel Gill, who has no previous contact with the criminal legal system, are inconsistent with existing law," the organization said in a statement. "Our client merely patted Mr. Giuliani, who sustained nothing remotely resembling physical injuries, without malice to simply get his attention, as the video footage clearly showed."

Gill was arrested on a felony charge of assault in the second degree in connection to the Sunday afternoon incident involving Giuliani at the ShopRite where Gill works, the New York Police Department said. 

Prosecutors later downgraded the charges, and Gill was arraigned on Monday on misdemeanor charges of assault in the third degree, menacing in the third degree, and harassment in the second degree.

Gill — whom the NYPD told Insider has no other prior arrests on his record — was released by a judge without bail. 

Video footage captured the Sunday afternoon incident, showing a man slapping Giuliani on the back before walking away as Giuliani was inside the store getting ready to campaign for his son Andrew, a Republican candidate for New York governor. 

—Ron Filipkowski

Goldman Sachs sees oil prices rising 22% this summer as Europe eyes switch to crude from gas amid Russian supply cutoff

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 3:15pm
  • Goldman Sachs doubled down on its prediction that oil prices will climb to $140 a barrel this summer.
  • Goldman's commodities research chief told CNBC the "under-investment thesis" is driving his bullishness.
  • "The upside risk on oil and oil products is tremendously high right now," Jeff Currie said.

Goldman Sachs doubled down on its forecast for oil prices hitting $140 per gallon over the summer after crude suffered two consecutive weekly losses for the first time since April.

The bank's chief commodities strategist, Jeff Currie, told CNBC the the recent price pullbacks are a buying opportunity and that under-investment in the space continues to drive the view for oil climbing higher.

"The situation across the energy space is incredibly bullish right now," he said. 

Currie's comments back up a note published by Goldman on June 7 that predicted Brent crude prices will hit $140 per barrel. Oil has surged as much as 50% from the start of 2022 as Russia's invasion of Ukraine has upended global markets and pushed buyers away from Moscow's supply.

On Monday, Brent futures rose 1.56% to $114.88 a barrel, meaning Goldman's forecast represents upside potential of more nearly 22%.

"Investment continues to run from the space at a time it should be coming to the space," Currie told CNBC. "Ultimately, the only way you're solving these problems is through increased investments."

He also pointed to turbulence in the European energy market as Russia has slashed flows of natural gas from the Nord Stream 1 pipeline in recent weeks.

"You're going to have to replace that gas, and oil is going to be one of the [things] to replace it with," Currie said. "The upside risk on oil and oil products is tremendously high right now."

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The 3 best Genshin Impact wish simulators you can use for free

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 3:15pm
Wish simulators are a free way to roll for new Genshin Impact characters.
  • You can simulate Genshin Impact wishes online using free simulators.
  • Wish simulators let you roll for new characters and weapons without spending any real money, and include animations directly from the game.
  • Genshin Impact wish simulators aren't affiliated with the actual game, and you can't carry your rewards over.

Genshin Impact is a "gacha" game, a genre of game that lets you spend real money for a chance to unlock random in-game items. These random rolls are called "wishes" — they're both immensely addictive and spark a lot of controversy.

Luckily, you don't need to spend any money to try Genshin Impact's wish system. Instead, you can use one of the several free wish simulators that fans have made and posted online.

Important: None of these simulators are made or acknowledged by miHoYo, the company that makes Genshin Impact. They're entirely for fun, and none of the items or characters you unlock can be used in the real game.

How to simulate Genshin Impact wishes

Most wishes in Genshin Impact are bought using Fates, which you buy using Primogems, which you craft using Genesis Crystals, which you buy using real money. You can earn Primogems by completing in-game missions and exploring too, but if you want to make a lot of wishes, you'll be paying for them eventually.

Most Genshin Impact wish simulators include all of these different currencies, and still make you go through the conversion process. But Genesis Crystals are free, and some let you turn on a setting to earn an unlimited amount of Fates.

There are a few different wish simulators out there. We've got three to recommend — two websites and one app — but they each have their own downsides.

Uzair Ashraf's GI Wish Simulator

This is a basic wish simulator built by a single programmer named Uzair Ashraf. It gives you an unlimited amount of Fates, which means an unlimited amount of wishes.

Every event banner has a “five star” character, which is the rarest of the pack.

At the top of the screen, you can choose what type of wish you want to make — you can choose between a Beginners' Wish, an Event Wish, a Weapon Event Wish, and a Standard Wish. Click the Wish buttons in the bottom-right to make your rolls.

On the other side of the screen, you can click Inventory to see everything you've unlocked (and how much it would have cost in real money), or Details for an explanation of how the odds on that wish work. Click Settings to reset your inventory or pick a different Event Wish.

The biggest downside with Ashraf's simulator is that it's outdated. The latest Event Wish available is from 2021, and it doesn't seem like there's any plans to update it with newer items or characters. It also isn't as pretty as the other simulators.

But if you're just looking for a quick way to get your wishing fix, Ashraf's simulator is a great option.


WishSimulator.App is the most popular wish simulator website, and for good reason. It always stays updated with the latest banner events, lets you realistically "buy" and convert different Genshin currencies, and has animations taken straight from the game.

The results of ten wishes on the WishSimulator.App website.

It also uses the same "pity system" as Genshin, meaning that the longer you go without pulling a rare item or character, the higher chance you have of earning one in your next pull. You can check your current pity rates by clicking History in the bottom-right. You can also click Details on any of the wish banners to see a page explaining how that wish's odds work.

Just like Ushraf's simulator, WishSimulator.App offers the four major kinds of wishes. Clicking the X icon next your currencies in the top-right lets you pick which event wish banner you want to pull from.

Click Inventory to see everything you've unlocked, and Shop to buy more Genesis Crystals. The shop says they cost actual money, but don't worry — you pay for them using an "UnReal Wallet" that never runs out of imaginary money.

You've got an unlimited amount of money in your UnReal Wallet.

Quick tip: If you don't feel like dealing with all the different currencies, click the question mark icon in the top-left, and then switch the Unlimited Fates setting to Yes.

WishSimulator.App's biggest downside is the ads. When you open the site, you'll be greeted with at least one annoying pop-up ad. They're not hard to close, but they're aggravating. If you're going to use the site a lot, we recommend installing an ad-blocker first.

WishSimulator.App is the best Genshin wish simulator website, as long as you can avoid the ads.

Saihou's Wish Simulator for Genshin

This is an Android app that's totally free, and has no ads. It's the best parts of the other two simulators, and the sole downside is that it's only available on Android.

Just like WishSimulator.App, Saihou's Simulator includes realistic pity rates and animations from the actual game. It also includes every event banner, which you can easily pick between by scrolling through the list at the top of the screen. 

You’ll see how many weapons you’ve unlocked, and each specific character.

When you select one, you'll see what you've unlocked from it already. Tap the i icon to see how much you've "spent," and the question mark icon to see your pity rates.

Tap the Settings button to check out everything you've unlocked from every banner, and choose a Custom Wish Amount if you don't like the preset options. Tapping Advanced Settings gives you access to a dark mode, and also lets you enable ads if you want to support the developer.

If you have an Android device, Saihou's Wish Simulator is the best simulator available.

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Seeking nominations for Insider's first Climate Action 30 list

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 3:13pm
Tell us about someone who you believe is doing some of the most impactful or promising work to tackle the global climate crisis.
  • Insider's first Climate Action 30 list will spotlight today's most impactful climate leaders.
  • We're looking for top global activists, business leaders, scientists, artists, community leaders, academics, politicians, influencers, and others who are working toward climate solutions. 
  • Submit your nominations below by July 22, 2022.

We're seeking nominations for Insider's first Climate Action 30, which identifies the top 30 global leaders working toward climate solutions.

Aligning with Climate Week 2022, Insider's Climate Action 30 will give our honorees a platform to issue their own call to action to our readers. 

What we're looking for

Tell us about someone who you believe is doing some of the most impactful or promising work to tackle the global climate crisis. This could be a scientist or academic, an activist, a business leader, someone from an NGO, a private-sector executive, an influencer, an artist, a politician or a policymaker, among others.

Nominees can be located anywhere in the world. Self-nominations are also welcome. 

How we judge 

Nominee short lists will be shared with our team of reporters, editors, and expert judges who will select the final 30 changemakers. 

Please submit your nominee via the below form or open it here

The deadline for submissions is July 22.





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The best Bluetooth keyboards in 2022

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 3:10pm

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Standard wireless keyboards help eliminate desk clutter, but they require a USB radio receiver plugged into the computer. Bluetooth keyboards don't need this receiver device at all, and can even control your tablet, phone, or smart TV.

The best Bluetooth keyboard balances that wire-free portability with comfortable keys and a smooth typing experience — all without breaking the bank. However, Bluetooth connections can introduce a delay. PC gamers will end up spending significantly more to find a Bluetooth keyboard that doesn't have noticeable input lag.

"Wireless keyboards do tend to be more popular for business professionals due to their ease of use and clean aesthetic, while more intensive users might favor other features and a lower price tag," said Tom Gilmore, Technology Education Coordinator at Free Geek. "... if latency is of concern (like with gaming) then we suggest avoiding Bluetooth keyboards and to stick with wired, unless you go for the high-end wireless options."

While not the best for gaming, Bluetooth keyboards are ideal for anything from writing a novel on a tablet to searching Netflix on a smart TV. We researched options in several different categories based on expert guidance and personal expertise, and then spent weeks typing on nine of the top-ranked Bluetooth keyboards. Here's what we found.

These are the best Bluetooth keyboards in 2022:

Best Bluetooth keyboard overall: Logitech MX Keys, $119.99 on Amazon
Logitech's MX Keys is a complete Bluetooth keyboard that's ready for use on many different devices, including support for both Windows and Mac computers.

Best mechanical Bluetooth keyboard: Logitech G915 TKL, $185 on Amazon
With a speedy proprietary wireless connection, the Logitech G915 TKL is best for gamers who can't rely on normal Bluetooth for unplugged speed.

Best full-size Bluetooth keyboard: Razer Pro Type, $139.99 at GameStop
The Razer Pro Type is a mechanical keyboard that's specifically-designed to help clear computer wire clutter.

Best budget Bluetooth keyboard: Logitech K380, $29.99 on Amazon
Affordable and compact, the Logitech K380 is best for anyone who wants a portable keyboard small enough to drop into a light laptop bag for little cash.

Best Bluetooth keyboard overall

The Logitech MX Keys is a full-sized Bluetooth keyboard that's versatile enough for many different uses and platforms, including both Windows and Mac.

  • Keyboard size: Full size
  • Key type: Scissor switch with rounded indent
  • Backlighting: Yes, white
  • Battery life: 10 days
  • Extra features: Extra macro and media keys, pair up to three devices

The Logitech MX Keys is a full-sized Bluetooth keyboard that's large enough for desk use, but thin enough to do off-desk typing, too. It's a comfortable, well-built keyboard that feels like it should cost more.

The MX Keys uses scissor switches and low-profile keycaps with finger-sized imprints for comfortable typing. With the body built from one piece of metal, the keyboard feels like we pulled the keys off a MacBook and put them into a full-sized keyboard with a comfortable slant. Backlighting that senses your fingers helps stretch the battery life, which Logitech says can hit 10 days.

The MX Keys comes with labels for both Windows and Mac machines, but the keyboard also works with iOS and Android. The keyboard can remember three devices, so you can easily switch back and forth between your laptop, tablet, and smartphone. While the full-sized keyboard isn't going to tuck into a backpack easily, the thin design means it will easily jump from room to room in your home.

Best mechanical Bluetooth keyboard

The Logitech G915 TKL has a satisfying, clicky feel without being bogged down by limited battery life or bulky size.

  • Keyboard size: Tenkeyless
  • Key type: Mechanical Low Profile GL Tactile Key Switches
  • Backlighting: Yes, custom RGB
  • Battery life: 40 hours
  • Extra features: Shortcuts for brightness and connectivity

The G915 TKL is a mechanical keyboard, but it uses low-profile keys and has enough battery to last through most workweeks. The keyboard feels like a cross between the thin keys of a MacBook and the thicker ones typical of mechanical models. We tested the White key version, which has a pleasing, clicky feel but isn't terribly loud. It also includes a scroll wheel, dedicated media keys, and other macro keys. That's all housed on a brushed metal body that looks appealing and feels made to last.

With a 40 hour battery life rating, we can use the Logitech G915 TKL for several workdays without recharging. We even went on vacation with the keyboard in sleep mode, and it still had power two weeks later. While 40 hours isn't a long battery life compared to membrane keyboards, mechanical keyboards are power hungry and others have even shorter use times. A battery life indicator is visible right from the top of the keyboard.

The low profile keys along with the Bluetooth and wireless technology make the G915 TKL a mechanical keyboard that's easier to transport and more responsive than most. The trade-off is that it's expensive. Wired keyboards may offer more for less, but of course require the cord and won't work with mobile devices.

Best full-size Bluetooth keyboard

The Razer Pro Type is a mechanical keyboard that's designed for professionals first — not gamers.

  • Keyboard size: Full size
  • Key type: Mechanical Razer Orange
  • Backlighting: Yes, white
  • Battery life: Up to 12 hours
  • Extra features: Macro keys including media controls, connect up to four devices

Mechanical keyboard purists may not love the thinner keys of the Logitech G915 TKL. For the heft of a chunky mechanical key without the cord, the Razer Pro Type is the best option.  This mechanical keyboard was designed for professionals rather than gaming with a beautiful white-and-silver design. With white backlighting, the Razer Pro Type offers the cleaner look of a laptop keyboard but with all the feel of mechanical keys. While we prefer the G915 for its low profile keys and longer battery life, the thicker keys of the Razer Pro Type feel more like a true mechanical keyboard.

The large keys are more tactile than most thin Bluetooth keyboard keys and produce a satisfying click with each press. Being a full-size keyboard, this one has the extra number pad, though the function row doubles as Windows media keys instead of dedicated macros.

While the Razer Pro Type looks and feels great, mechanical keyboards are power hungry. The keyboard's battery life is only rated for 12 hours. The Logitech G915 TKL is rated for  up to 40 hours of use per charge, but it costs almost twice as much. The G915 also has lower profile keys where the Pro Type  has the more traditional chunky keys of a mechanical keyboard. If you prefer the thicker keyboard or are on a more limited budget, the Pro Type is a safe choice. The Pro Type doesn't come with a wrist pad, however, so that may add to the cost.

Best budget Bluetooth keyboard

Affordable and compact, the Logitech K380 is ideal for those who want a keyboard small enough to slip into a laptop bag without spending a fortune.

  • Keyboard size: 60% compact
  • Key type: Low-profile scissor
  • Backlighting: None
  • Battery life: 24 months
  • Extra features: Labeled for both Mac and PC in one, multiple color options

Retailing for about $40, the Logitech K380 is a compact keyboard that's easy to bring along. Previously our pick for best Bluetooth keyboard overall, the keyboard also has a battery that will last for two years, though that's in part because the keyboard doesn't include backlighting.

The K380 can save up to three devices for easy pairing. The keyboard works with any operating system that supports external keyboards, allowing it to move from a laptop to a tablet and from a PC to an iPhone. The keyboard automatically remaps the keys when switching between operating systems.

The K380's thin profile and 60% design make it easy to toss into a bag. The size may make the keyboard a little less comfortable for long stretches of typing, however. We also don't like that there's no indicator to see whether the Caps Lock is on. If portability isn't important and you want something to type on for eight hours a day, there are better options. But if you're on a tight budget or need a portable option, the Logitech K380 is the best keyboard.

What else we tested

We tested nine Bluetooth keyboards over the course of several weeks. In addition to the options listed above, we also tested these keyboards.

  • Logitech K830 Living Room Keyboard: This media keyboard has a touchpad built in so you can both navigate a smart TV and type without the tedious "typing" on a remote control. It has illuminated keys, which are helpful while you're watching movies in the dark. It's designed for smart TVs, but works with other devices as well.
  • Logitech Ergo K860: This keyboard is both Bluetooth and ergonomic. The curved keyboard design is made to reduce stress on the wrists. The switch to a split key design didn't create as many issues with typing speed and precision as is expected, but there is still an adjustment period. This one could be a good option for cord-haters who have, or want to avoid wrist strain.
  • iClever BK08: This folding keyboard also builds in a touchpad, making it a keyboard and mouse in one. The keys are a little smaller as a result, though, which means the question mark and apostrophe need a Fn key pressed simultaneously, rather than just hitting one key. We had difficulty getting the Bluetooth on this keyboard to connect to our Macbook and iPhone.
  • Zagg Pro Keys with trackpad: If you want the most possible protection, the Zagg is the best option because all sides of the iPad are covered in a durable shell. However, if you pull the keyboard off the Zagg, you also remove the kickstand. We prefer to have case kickstands still attached so we can read or watch movies without the keyboard. 
  • Zagg Pro Keys: The Zag Pro Keys is also available in a version without the touchpad. Selling for $100, this is a more affordable option that still offers protection. The keyboard feels comfortable, but will need to be recharged. Removing the keyboard will also remove the kickstand, but not the protective case.
What to consider when choosing a Bluetooth keyboard

Bluetooth keyboards tend to have a wider variety of features than their corded counterparts. The connectivity means these keyboards aren't just for desktops but can also control your smartphone, tablet, or even smart TV. What you plan to use the keyboard for will impact which one is the best for you.

Size: Do you want to take your Bluetooth keyboard anywhere or will the keyboard mainly stay on your desk or in your living room? Foldable keyboards and compact, 60% keyboards are made to easily tuck into a bag and go anywhere. But they lack some keys and can be uncomfortable to type on long-term. If you don't need the number pad, a tenkeyless or TKL keyboard is a happy medium, offering more comfort while still fitting into a backpack. TKLs also take up less space on a desk, letting you keep your mouse more easily within reach.

Type: Scissor switch keyboards are quieter, more affordable, and have a lower profile. Mechanical keyboards, on the other hand, can offer more tactile and auditory feedback alongside precise actuation that many regular typists love, plus they tend to have greater durability.

Ergonomics: The wrong type of keyboard can cause wrist strain with extended use. Dr. Kevin Weaver, an ergonomics expert certified by the Board of Certified Professional Ergonomists and the Oxford Institute and a Clinical Assistant Professor of physical therapy at New York University, suggests typists with larger hands choose a larger keyboard. A wrist pad, contoured keys, and softer scissor switches may also be more comfortable, he says.

Extra features: Many keyboards go beyond the typical QWERTY layout. Some offer media keys — particularly those for smart TVs — or other dedicated macro keys. Others have different shortcuts built in for gaming or more general tasks.

Battery life: Consider how long your Bluetooth keyboard will last without needing to charge again. We suggest looking for batteries that can last longer than a week, though mechanical models will always have battery life measured in hours because of their bigger power draw.

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A flash drive containing personal and financial details of a city's half-million residents has been found after a worker in Japan lost it amid a night of drinking

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 2:59pm
Nate holding a red flash drive in the season two finale of &quotEuphoria.&quot
  • A flash drive containing sensitive data about a Japanese city's residents was briefly lost last week.
  • A city contractor reported the drive missing after he went for drinks and fell asleep in the street.
  • He later found his bag with the drive after returning to the area where it had gone missing.

What once was lost has now been found.

Last week, a contractor working for the Japanese city of Amagasaki, near Osaka, told authorities that he had misplaced a USB flash drive containing sensitive details about the city's 460,000 residents following a night of drinking, according to NHK News.

The worker was employed at a company that was helping the city pay out pandemic aid to hard-hit residents. NHK reported the data was copied without permission and included names, addresses, birthdates, taxes, and welfare benefits information of all the city's residents.

The worker reportedly put the drive containing the data in his bag and went to a restaurant Tuesday evening where he had an unspecified amount of alcohol. He then fell asleep in the street and woke to find his bag and the drive were missing.

After searching on Wednesday, he filed a missing property report and his employer notified authorities about the loss, CNN reported, citing an official statement.

At a press conference Thursday, the city's mayor and other representatives apologized to residents for the breach, CNN reported.

Later that day, the employee returned with police to the area where he thought he lost the bag, and the bag was found, NHK reported Friday.

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White House announces that full public tours will resume for the first time since the pandemic

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 2:50pm
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden hold hands outside of the White House earlier this month.
  • The Bidens will soon reopen the White House to full public tours.
  • The announcement comes as the nation's capital continues to try to resume pre-pandemic norms.
  • Interested Americans can reach out to their local congressional offices for help scheduling a tour.

The White House announced on Monday that public tours will begin operating normally next month, another sign that business in the nation's capital is returning to pre-pandemic norms.

In a statement announcing the move, the White House said it will "closely monitor the COVID-19 situation" and that it "reserves the right to adjust availability" based on future conditions. If everything goes as planned, normal tours will resume Tuesday through Saturday starting on July 19.

Like before the pandemic, interested Americans are encouraged to reach out to their local members of Congress or their state's senators for help with scheduling tours. Requests must be made at least 21 days in advance but no more than 90 days in advance. Congressional tour coordinators could begin submitting requests starting today. Foreigners should reach out to their embassies in Washington. More information can be found here.

The tours have seen some notable changes through the years. The Obamas ended a 40-year ban on taking photos during tours in 2015. 

Elsewhere in Washington, the Capitol Visitor Center reopened in May following the resumption of limited tours of the Capitol in late March.

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The CEO of Binance.US shares the thresholds where he bought the bitcoin dip as crypto crashed — and explains why he's bullish on a token called Helium

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 2:43pm
  • Binance.US CEO Brian Shroder bought bitcoin at $29,000 and $19,000 amid the 70% sell-off this year, according to an interview with Insider.
  • "I continue to buy," Shroder told Insider's Nicholas Carson in an interview last week.
  • Shroder said he is bullish on the Helium token and its incentive to strengthen crypto networks.

Binance.US CEO Brian Shroder is still bullish on bitcoin and recently bought the cryptocurrency amid its more than 70% price decline, according to an interview with Insider's global editor-in-chief Nicholas Carson last week.

Shroder told Carson that he set a trigger to buy bitcoin at $29,000 and $19,000, both of which were executed amid the price decline.

"I continue to buy, I'm continuing my personal investment journey, and obviously I personally and professionally believe in crypto long [term]," Shroder said at the Toronto-based Collision conference, adding that he invests in over 30 different crypto assets.

"The amazing part of crypto is each asset is so unique, and so you can really go down the rabbit hole for different coin and token projects and become passionate believers... and the utility, governance structure, and token economics of one project is so different from the other, so there's a lot of different coin and token projects that I think are really interesting," Shroder said.

Shroder said that one crypto project that he is bullish on for its utility is Helium, which is a blockchain-powered wireless network that uses internet of things devices to send and receive data to and from the internet, and awards users that host device hotspots to the network with tokens.

"I really like Helium because it's basically creating a network and a motivation to make a network stronger through cryptocurrency. So incentivizing people to go find dead spots where there are people that need network connectivity for your internet of things and perhaps in the future your phone, that's amazing," Shroder said. 

Helium has a current market value of about $1.3 billion, and while it may have strong utility that grows over time, it hasn't been spared in the cryptocurrency sell-off that erased $2 trillion in value. After hitting a high of $52.71 in November, Helium prices have since declined 80% to $10.61 today.

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Impeaching Clarence Thomas: How Democrats could remove conservative justices

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 2:32pm
Protestors filled the streets in response to the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade.
  • Democrats have increased calls to remove justices in response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
  • Justice Clarence Thomas previously faced calls for impeachment in connection with January 6.
  • Senators have questioned whether Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch lied about their views.

The many controversies and polarizing opinions spilling out of the Supreme Court in recent months have drawn calls for an event not seen in more than two centuries of American history: the impeachment of a sitting justice.

Even before Friday's decision eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion, Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had voiced support for impeaching Justice Clarence Thomas, the longest-tenured sitting member of the Supreme Court. At the time, the demands for his removal centered on the revelation of more than two dozen text messages Thomas' wife, Ginni Thomas, exchanged with onetime White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as she sought to help former President Donald Trump overturn the 2020 election.

And those calls intensified after Thomas joined with other justices in the Supreme Court's conservative bloc to overturn Roe v. Wade, the nearly 50-year-old decision that established a constitutional right to an abortion. Other justices are now facing similar calls for impeachment amid questions about whether they misled the Senate during their confirmation proceedings about their views on Roe.

"I believe lying under oath is an impeachable offense," Ocasio-Cortez said during a recent interview on NBC's Meet the Press, referring to Trump-appointed Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Indeed, eyebrows lifted on both sides of the aisle after the Kavanaugh and Gorsuch joined in the reversing Roe. Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who supported Gorsuch's and Kavanaugh's confirmations, said the decision was inconsistent with what the two justices said "in their testimony and their meetings with me, where they both were insistent on the importance of supporting long-standing precedents that the country has relied upon."

Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, said he "trusted Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh when they testified under oath that they also believed Roe v Wade was settled legal precedent, and I am alarmed they chose to reject the stability the ruling has provided for two generations of Americans."

In his controversial concurring opinion in the abortion case, Thomas argued the Court should also "reconsider" rulings that established rights to same-sex marriage, access to birth control and gay sex.

Amid nationwide protests and anxiety over the potential rollback of those rights, a petition calling for Thomas' impeachment continued to pick up support. The petition, organized in March by the advocacy group MoveOn, had received more than 300,000 signatures.

Thomas on October 26, 2020.How to impeach a Supreme Court justice

The process of impeaching a Supreme Court justice is identical to the more well-tread procedure for removing a sitting president.

First, the House must draft articles of impeachment. The House then needs only a majority, however slim, to impeach a Supreme Court justice or any other federal judge. But a two-thirds majority is required in the Senate to convict.

Given the current political climate — Democrats have the thinnest majority possible, with a 50-50 Senate — it's almost certain that Thomas wouldn't be removed from his lifetime appointment. Republicans are enjoying a significant ideological majority on the Supreme Court, with six of nine justices.

What would be grounds for impeaching Thomas?

Given Ginni Thomas' texts, some Democrats have noted that in January, Clarence Thomas stood out as the only justice to dissent when the Supreme Court rejected Trump's bid to block the release of some presidential records to the House committee investigating the attempt to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power.

Thomas had previously dissented in February 2021 when the Supreme Court turned away election challenges filed by Trump and his political allies. Thomas described the decision to not hear the cases as "baffling" and "inexplicable," saying in dissent that the Supreme Court should have taken the opportunity to provide states with guidance for elections.

Some Democrats in 2019 had clamored for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, but no serious impeachment effort in Congress ever materialized.

Samuel Chase in 1811, by the artist John Wesley Jarvis.Federal judicial impeachments are rare

Federal judges, including those on the Supreme Court, have lifetime appointment — their tenures typically ending with retirement or death.

As a Brennan Center for Justice study noted in 2018, the impeachment of federal judges "is rare, and removal is rarer still." The study found that the House had impeached only 15 judges since 1803 — an average of one every 14 years — and only eight of those proceedings resulted in convictions by the Senate.

The history of impeaching a Supreme Court justice requires a more than 200-year reach back into American history.

In 1804, Justice Samuel Chase went down in history as the first — and, so far, only — sitting member of the Supreme Court to be impeached when the House accused him of refusing to dismiss biased jurors and excluding or limiting defense witnesses in a pair of politically sensitive trials.

An official Senate website describes Chase as a "staunch Federalist with a volcanic personality" who "showed no willingness to tone down his bitter partisan rhetoric after Jeffersonian Republicans gained control of Congress in 1801." Then-President Thomas Jefferson backed the impeachment effort.

But in 1805, Chase survived the impeachment proceedings after his legal team — including "several of the nation's most eminent attorneys" — convinced enough senators that the justice's conduct did not warrant removal from the Supreme Court, according to the Senate website. Chase continued serving on the Supreme Court and died in 1811.

In 2010, the Senate voted to convict Thomas Porteous, then a federal judge in New Orleans, after the House impeached him on allegations of bribery and making false statements. Other judges have resigned in the face of threatened impeachment and removal from their lifetime appointments.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, right, and wife Virginia "Ginni" Thomas arrive for a State Dinner with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and President Donald Trump at the White House in 2019.A text-message brouhaha

Ginni Thomas' text messages were among the more than 2,000 that Meadows turned over to the special House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. The messages show how eagerly Thomas promoted and pushed to guide Trump's strategy to overturn his 2020 electoral defeat.

In some of the messages, Thomas elevated the conservative lawyer Sidney Powell, who has since faced sanctions over her lead role advancing Trump's baseless claims of election fraud.

"Sounds like Sidney and her team are getting inundated with evidence of fraud. Make a plan. Release the Kraken and save us from the left taking America down," Thomas wrote in a November 2020 text to Meadows.

"Suggestion: You need to buck up your team on the inside, Mark," Thomas wrote in another message. "The lower level insiders are scared, fearful or sending out signals of hopelessness vs an awareness of the existential threat to America right now. You can buck them up, strengthen their spirits."

It is unclear whether the 29 messages — 21 sent by Thomas, eight by Meadows — reflected the extent of their communication.

Justice Thomas faced calls for his retirement or resignation even before his wife's text messages with Meadows became public, as The New Yorker, The New York Times, and other media outlets illuminated his wife's political activism.

But the text correspondence brought a new tenor to the pressure on Thomas to step down from the Supreme Court.

In March, Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, wrote in a Twitter post that "Clarence Thomas should be impeached."

Ocasio-Cortez threatened Thomas with impeachment if he refused to resign.

"Clarence Thomas should resign," the New York Democrat wrote on Twitter. "If not, his failure to disclose income from right-wing organizations, recuse himself from matters involving his wife, and his vote to block the Jan 6th commission from key information must be investigated and could serve as grounds for impeachment."

Meanwhile, other lawmakers have called for Justice Thomas to recuse himself from cases related to January 6.

Sen. Dick Durbin, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the text message correspondence "raises a serious question about conflict of interest for Justice Thomas."

"To think that he would consider a case where his wife is frequently contacting the chief of staff for the president and giving advice on matters that are going to be ultimately litigated by the court," Durbin told reporters on Capitol Hill. "For the good of the court, I think he should recuse himself from those cases."

Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, called on Thomas to recuse himself from cases involving the Capitol-riot investigation and 2024 election because his "conduct on the Supreme Court looks increasingly corrupt."

President Joe Biden, however, declined to call for Justice Thomas to recuse himself from such cases. 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said it would be up to Thomas to decide whether to recuse himself from cases involving the investigation into January 6, 2021.

In an interview with The Washington Free Beacon, Ginni Thomas said, "Clarence doesn't discuss his work with me, and I don't involve him in my work."

But in a 2011 speech, Clarence Thomas appeared to link his service on the Supreme Court to his wife's political advocacy.

"We love being with each other because we love the same things. We believe in the same things ... We are focused on defending liberty. So I admire her and I love her for that because it keeps me going," Thomas said.

An earlier version of this story was published on Friday, March 25, 2022.

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Birth-control drugmaker Evofem Biosciences has spiked 240% since the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 2:20pm
The US Supreme Court is seen behind fences in Washington, DC, on May 11, 2022.
  • Evofem Biosciences shares spiked 240% in the past two days following the overturning of Roe vs. Wade.
  • The drugmaker owns Phexxi, one of the few non-hormonal birth control options available.
  • "I think it's insane that women have not had an option like this before now," Evofem CEO Saundra Pelletier said in a 2021 interview to the New York Times.

Evofem Biosciences shares extended their two-day gain to 240% on Monday, continuing a surge that began in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade on Friday. 

Shares climbed to $1.08 as of 1:05 pm ET, from Friday's opening price of $0.33.

Evofem is the manufacturer of Phexxi, a contraceptive gel that prevents pregnancy by altering users' pH levels and has proven to be up to 93% effective in FDA trials.  The gel is marketed as one of the few birth control options available for women who are hesitant or unable to use hormonal methods.

"I think it's insane that women have not had an option like this before now," Evofem CEO Saundra Pelletier said in a 2021 interview to the New York Times.

Amid the setback in women's reproductive rights, Evofem has drawn interest from investors who see the company's product as potentially filling a gap as abortion becomes illegal or restricted in many states and other birth control methods potentially come under more scrutiny from lawmakers. The company reported $4.2 billion in revenue in the first quarter of 2022, up from $1.1 billion in the same period last year. 

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4 ways communities can implement smart streetlights, traffic sensors, and other technology, according to leaders in cities with successful smart city projects

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 2:10pm

Downtown San Antonio.
  • Many cities are turning to smart technology to make communities safer.
  • Embracing technology can be cumbersome for some governments.
  • Here are four ways city leaders can implement smart infrastructure smoothly.
  • This article is part of a series focused on American cities building a better tomorrow called "Advancing Cities."

Cities face a number of challenges that affect residents' quality of life including traffic congestion, poor air quality, safety issues, and limited internet access. To solve these pressing problems, many city leaders are embracing technology that makes cities safer and improves residents' quality of life, like pollution sensors, smart streetlights, gunshot detectors, and traffic-control monitoring.

Atlanta, for example, debuted the North Avenue Smart Corridor in 2017 to study multimodal traffic management at a busy intersection. The project uses sensors and cameras on a two-mile stretch of roadway to track the number of vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists on the road. It's improved traffic flow and led to a 25% drop in vehicle crashes since its inception. 

"There's a growing demand for efficient and accessible services from our residents, and we've only seen that demand grow after Covid," Emily Royall, smart city administrator for the San Antonio Office of Innovation, told Insider. "To accommodate that, city governments need to work on upskilling their staff and transforming their services and infrastructure." 

Here are four ways city leaders can implement smart infrastructure in a way that meets the needs and improves life for all residents. 

Start small and scale-up

Smart infrastructure produces a trove of data, which is the "backbone" to identifying and solving problems, said Brittaney Carter, chief technology officer for the city of Atlanta. "It also enables the ability to leverage predictive analytics to test proposed solutions." 

But, starting small, such as deploying smart streetlights on a couple of blocks before expanding citywide, allows cities to experiment and test solutions to see what works best, Karen Lightman, executive director of the Metro21: Smart Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, said. Otherwise, city leaders may risk wasting money on technology that isn't the right fit. Cities also need to gather a small amount of data before they can know how to best use smart technology, Lightman added.

Brittaney Carter is the chief technology officer for the city of Atlanta.

In Pittsburgh, Lightman's team is working on a Smart Loading Zones project to help delivery drivers find places to park in the city that uses cameras to capture the license plates of vehicles illegally parked in loading zones. It launched in April with 15 parking spaces. Lightman said they'll analyze metrics like double parking and idle time in the spaces and talk to local small businesses near loading zones about how they're affected when vehicles double park nearby. Then, the project will expand to 200 parking areas.

Starting small can identify some "quick wins that could be leveraged for future opportunities," Carter said. 

Train city staff to be stewards of data   

Since smart city technology and services are powered by data, having a strong data governance structure is essential, Royall said. 

"Smart city technology is about collecting data in new ways and using it to make decisions," she said. "You can't do that unless all of your city departments are treating data in the same way, and you've standardized how data is managed across the organizations so that you can maximize its benefit." 

However, most cities aren't prepared to process, analyze, and manage the data collected from smart city technology, research shows. Cities need policies for collecting and managing data, including provisions for how residents' privacy is protected and how cities can own their data when they contract with private-sector organizations, Royall said.

Upskilling city employees and leadership will ensure everyone understands smart technology, data management, and data privacy and security, Royall added. San Antonio established the Innovation Academy, a training program for city departments about data science and management, and ways of making their own jobs more innovative. 

Another option is going through the Bloomberg Philanthropies What Works Cities Certification program, which assesses cities on data-driven decision-making and offers technical assistance on data governance. 

Engage the public to ensure smart projects are equitable

Smart technology can shorten commutes, improve health, and decrease carbon emissions — improving the quality of life for city residents by as much as 30%, according to a McKinsey & Co. report. So it's crucial for cities to talk to residents through surveys, meetings, or community events to find out what their needs are.

Karen Lightman is the executive director of the Metro21: Smart Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Many cities host town hall-style meetings to introduce new initiatives, but Lightman said a better approach is to create "touchpoints to get community feedback" and reach residents where they are. Popup events outside schools, libraries, or shops could engage larger groups of residents. 

San Antonio established SmartSA Sandbox, a series of family-friendly, festival-style events where the public can ask questions and test out smart technology, like smart streetlights and autonomous vehicles. The events, held in public parks, often draw hundreds of people and have led to greater public support for the projects. 

"Transparency and communication with residents mean not just treating them as consumers of technology, but as active co-creators and collaborative partners," Royall said. 

Partner with companies, nonprofits, and educational institutions 

Teaming up with the private sector or local nonprofits and colleges and universities can help cities implement smart city strategies. These organizations can offer research, resources, and funding, which are elements that cities sometimes lack.

"Universities, the private sector, and local government all share the same customer base, which is residents and citizens, and we work to serve them in different ways," Royall said. "To maximize everyone's impact, it makes sense to build partnerships to extend your reach." 

Reach out to other cities who've implemented successful smart infrastructure projects, too, Carter advised: "You don't need to recreate the wheel. There are cities that have already started down this path and made great accomplishments with a wealth of knowledge to share." 

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There will be 'many unhappy passengers' this summer, aviation analysts say. Airline CEOs should rethink operations and be transparent with customers.

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 1:56pm
Airline travel will be anything but smooth this summer, experts told Insider. They said CEOs in the industry should react in three ways.
  • Analysts say flyers will see additional delays and cancellations this summer.
  • They said airline CEOs should take steps now to lessen the challenges.
  • Boosting transparency with customers and investing in new technology are crucial steps, they said.

On a good day, flying is often just tolerable. But delays and cancellations over the July 4 weekend could make it just terrible.

A bumpy Independence Day holiday would complete the trifecta after a rough Father's Day and Juneteenth weekend and a delay-filled Memorial Day break. Staffing shortages and supply-chain issues have marred the getaways many Americans had been pining for after two summers of pandemic hardships.

Analysts told Insider that these messes — in which overwhelmed carriers have canceled thousands of flights — plus the forecasts for July 4 mean travel turmoil is a trend, not a blip.

"Bleak" was how the veteran airline executive David Banmiller described the next few months for the industry.

Helane Becker, a senior research analyst who covers airlines at the investment bank Cowen, agreed. "There are not enough people working to handle the number of people flying," she told Insider.

This problem isn't going to be solved overnight, which could make the next few high-demand months more difficult than usual, said Nawal Taneja, an airline consultant with more than 60 years of experience in the industry who's published more than a dozen books on the sector.

Experts said that to mitigate the chaos, airline CEOs should reassess their operations, invest in new technology, and step up communication with customers. They said leaders outside of commercial aviation can rely on many of these principles should crises envelop their own industries.

Reassess operations

"There will be many unhappy passengers this summer," said Adam Gordon, a managing director of Boston Consulting Group's airline division. 

According to the industry expert, CEOs of the nation's air carriers should recognize the tough spot they're in and be realistic in setting the number of flights they run this summer. Though airlines have already trimmed their schedules, they might need to cut more, Gordon said.

United Airlines said last week that it would slash about 12% of its flights out of Newark, New Jersey, one of its hubs, this summer beginning with the July 4 weekend. And JetBlue Airways — which is battling Frontier Airlines to acquire a rival budget carrier, Spirit Airlines — said in May that it would halt some routes at least temporarily following episodes of delays and cancellations.

Major airlines laid off tens of thousands of workers over the past two years as the pandemic sent demand for seats plunging. The industry is facing shortages in roles such as air-traffic controllers. Compounding this is the aftermath of airline-employee buyouts during the pandemic; unplanned employee time off because of COVID-19 infections or workplace stress; and supply-chain issues.

"The only lever they really have to tackle this operational risk over the next few months is to reduce the amount of flying so that the labor and the infrastructure is there to support the schedule," Gordon said.

While reducing flights is likely to drive prices up, Gordon said the alternative is leaving thousands of passengers with cancellations or major delays. That would be hard to stomach for many passengers, as airfares have jumped by at least 20% from where they were before the pandemic.

"Airline leaders need to be realistic about what can actually be flown," Gordon added.

Invest in technology

Taneja said companies are also dealing with outdated models for forecasting demand.

Prepandemic patterns that analysts used to predict consumer behavior and demand aren't as reliable anymore, Taneja said. COVID-19 waves, government regulations like border closings, and changing consumer behavior are making it harder to forecast demand.

Taneja said that to better predict how customers are choosing flights, airlines should invest in data-sharing operations with other airlines and new technology to render demand forecasts in a matter of days or weeks instead of months.

"We have to look at how we can use new data and how we can better use existing data," Taneja said. "We need to invest in new technologies and machine learning."

Be transparent with customers

While putting new technology in place could take some time, communication is instant. Faced with difficult conditions, airline leaders should do their best to communicate more with passengers who are likely to become frustrated, Gordon said.

"Airline CEOs should think about how they can be radically transparent with their customers and their employees and really make sure people understand what's happening," he said. "They should also make sure that they're taking whatever steps they can to take care of the customers."

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Russia's war is grinding on in eastern Ukraine, and France's Macron wants Europe to prepare for a 'wartime economy'

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 1:54pm
Smoke rises over Severodonetsk during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian troops, June 2, 2022.
  • Emmanuel Macron says Europe needs a "wartime economy" to deal with the geopolitical and economic impact of the war in Ukraine.
  • France's president has advocated European strategic autonomy to enable the continent to better defend itself.
  • Amid unprecedented times, economic actors need to move faster, for cheaper, and innovate more quickly, Macron says.

With the war in Ukraine at its four-month mark, French President Emmanuel Macron says France and Europe need to prepare for a "wartime economy" in order to deal with the geopolitical and economic effects that continue to ripple across the continent.

In the inaugural address at Eurosatory 2022, a defense and security industry exhibition, on June 13, the French president called the times "unprecedented" and said it is necessary for not only states but all economic agents to move faster, at a lower cost, and innovate more rapidly to address the new challenges.

Macron added that there can be no "national security, strategic autonomy, and therefore no peace" if those actors don't adapt to the current geopolitical conditions.

Fired up spendingTanks on the Champs Elysees during the Bastille Day parade in Paris, July 14, 2017.

To facilitate this adaptation, Macron requested an adjustment to the French Ministry of the Armed Forces' defense spending plan to reflect the new geopolitical situation and to give the French military the means to handle the current threats.

In 2020, the French defense budget rose to 2.1% of GDP. In 2022, it reached $43 billion and under the previous plan was expected to reach $53 billion in 2025. This figure will now be adjusted upward.

France is not the only European country ramping up defense spending because of the Ukraine War.

Finland, an EU member that has applied for NATO membership, announced an increase amounting to 70% of its defense spending over the next four years. It also intends to buy 64 F-35A fighter jets — its largest military procurement ever.

NATO members Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania have each said they will increase their defense spending to 2.5% of GDP. The three countries border Russia and host NATO battlegroups.

In a significant boost, Poland will also increase its spending from about 2% of GDP to 3% in 2023. Romania will over the next few years increase its spending to 2.5% of GDP from about 2% now. Most notably, Germany, which for years has been criticized for low defense spending, announced in late February the creation of a one-off fund totaling $105 billion to support its neglected military.

However, Macron said, simply increasing defense spending is not enough.

European strategic autonomyMacron shakes Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's hand outside Mariinskyi Palace in Kyiv, June 16, 2022.

The French president also called for increased integration of Europe's defense industries, echoing his previous calls for European strategic autonomy, which would allow the countries of the continent to defend their own traditional security as well as energy and industrial security without having to rely on the US or other foreign countries.

In his speech, Macron called for strengthening the European defense industry so that it can satisfy the demand produced by increasing European defense budgets.

"Let's not repeat the errors of the past going forward," Macron said. "Spending large sums on purchases from elsewhere is not a good idea" and will create "future dependencies."

To support Europe's defense industry, the EU created the European Defense Fund in 2021, giving it a budget of $8.4 billion. The fund will support defense research and development of related capabilities.

Despite misgivings in some European capitals, strategic autonomy is gaining traction both at the national and the EU level.

In 2020, Josep Borrell, the EU's top diplomat, wrote that because the world has changed, it will be difficult for the EU "to claim to be a 'political union' able to act as a 'global player' without being 'autonomous.'"

In line with this goal, in March the EU released its Strategic Compass, which maps out the bloc's geopolitical and security priorities for the coming years. It is similar in scope to the US National Security Strategy, which reflect its importance to the EU.

The document calls for the EU to "invest more and better in capabilities and innovative technologies" to "fill strategic gaps and reduced technological and industrial dependencies."

The document also calls for the development of "next-generation capabilities in all operational domains."

United European armsA German Leopard 2 tank during a NATO exercise in Norway November 3, 2018.

A number of European projects are already in development to provide next-generation capabilities to European militaries.

France and Germany are working with Spain to develop the Future Combat Air System program, which includes the sixth-generation Next Generation Fighter and accompanying drones. The fighter, which is scheduled for use by 2040, will replace the Dassault Rafales, Eurofighter Typhoons, and EF-18 Hornets — all 4.5-generation jets — that those countries currently use.

France and Germany are developing the Main Ground Combat System program, which will produce a main battle tank and accompanying unmanned aerial and ground vehicles. Other European countries may join the program. The new tank will replace Germany's Leopard 2, which used by several European militaries, and France's Leclerc tank. It won't be fielded before 2035.

Numerous other smaller projects are also being developed under the EU's Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) framework, with the participation of many EU members.

In the future, "it won't be enough to continue having the same ambitions we had during the past five years," Macron said, referring to his first term as president.

"We'll have to go farther and be stronger because the geopolitical context forces us to," the French president added. Increased defense budgets and an empowered defense industry will allow Europe to do so.

Constantine Atlamazoglou works on transatlantic and European security. He holds a master's degree in security studies and European affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. You can contact him on LinkedIn.

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The best gaming PC for every type of gamer in 2022

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PC gaming continues to grow in popularity, but buying a gaming PC can still be a hassle due to technical jargon, ongoing product shortages, and a vast market to navigate. Plus, the global processor shortage continues to drive component prices up, leading many gamers to opt for pre-built gaming PCs instead of building their own.

A pre-built gaming PC will meet most PC gamers' needs without the added efforts of finding parts at competitive prices and assembly. There are also more choices than ever, letting PC shoppers choose between a range of budget and premium machines.

Below is our list of picks for the best gaming PCs from pre-built manufacturers based on personal and industry experience as well as research into stock availability and the best configurations at certain prices. After that, we explain what to look for when buying a gaming PC and cut through the common jargon with a glossary of terms to help you make the most informed buying decision possible.

Here are the best gaming PCs of 2022:

Best gaming PC overall: Corsair Vengeance i7300, available at Corsair, $4,399.99
This Corsair model offers the best in graphics and processing hardware available with zero expenses spared.

Best gaming PC for beginners: HP Victus 15L Gaming Desktop, available at HP, $734.99
The HP Victus 15L offers decently reliable performance and the basic, must-have features for an affordable price.

Best gaming desktop under $1,500: HP Omen, available at HP, $1,379.99
The HP Omen comes containing the latest hardware and plenty of ways to update and expand.

Best gaming desktop under $2,000: Dell Alienware Aurora R10, available at Dell, $1,999.99
The Alienware Aurora R10 features deep customization options with adjustable pricing.

Best gaming PC overall

The Corsair Vengeance i7300 provides the best parts available with no compromises.

  • Processor: Intel i9-12900k
  • Graphics: RTX 3090
  • Memory: 32GB RAM DDR5 4800 MHz
  • Storage: 2TB m.2 SSD
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Pros: Features the best CPU, GPU, RAM options.
  • Cons: Expensive compared to a home-built machine

This Corsair setup may be twice as much as our other recommendations, but this build offers the best parts on the market and features like liquid processor (CPU) cooling for less than some of the competitors we have found. 

Inside the Corsair Vengeance are an Intel i9 12900k processor and Nvidia's RTX 3090 graphics card, making it capable of playing just about any game at 4K resolution with max settings. The 32GB of DDR5-4800 memory (RAM) is incredibly fast and should be more than enough for any game.

Best gaming PC for beginnersHP Victus 15L desktop gaming PC.

The HP Victus 15L offers solid performance and essential features for a low price.

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1660 Super
  • Memory: 8GB DDR4 3200 MHz
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1
  • Storage: 256GB NVMe m.2 SSD
  • Pros: Affordable, front facing ports for controllers and other peripherals, unobtrusive case.
  • Cons: Older graphics card, limited base storage

The HP Victus 15L includes an older mid-range graphics card and a current processor that should be perfectly capable of handling most PC games at 1080p resolution with high or medium settings. 

The solid state drive will offer impressive speeds and load times, but an upgrade from the 256GB base storage will probably be necessary if you plan on playing games like "Call of Duty" and "Grand Theft Auto" that take up more than 100GB.

While the HP Victus may not pack more power than the latest consoles, like the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, it's a quality beginner desktop for gamers who can upgrade the computer later with better parts — which you can't do with a console.

Best gaming desktop under $1,500

The HP Omen features the latest parts and plenty of ways to upgrade, making it the best pick at this price point.

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 5800X
  • Graphics: Nvidia RTX 3060
  • Memory: 16GB RAM DDR4 3200 MHz
  • Storage: 512GB m.2 SSD
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Pros: Plays games comfortably at 1080p with max settings, lots of customization choices 
  • Cons: Upgrading to a better graphics card significantly increases the price

The HP Omen series is heavily customizable, allowing you to choose between the latest AMD or Intel processors as well as the most recent graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia. A more affordable HP Omen model is available with an AMD RX 5500 graphics card, but you will find better value with the HP Victus if you want to spend less.

This PC will be fully capable of playing the latest games with maximum settings at 1080p, or with high settings at 1440p, but will likely struggle at 4K resolution. For that level of visual fidelity, you'll simply have to spend more money.

While you can certainly design an Omen that costs much more than $1,500, we've found that the configurations sold by HP at this price point offer more value than those at competitors, like Alienware and Lenovo. For example, a similarly priced Alienware R10 would have a slightly worse processor and a slower hard drive instead of a solid state drive. Lenovo's Legion Towers offer the least customization of the three brands and ultimately still end up more expensive than the HP Omen.

Best gaming desktop under $2,000Alienware Aurora R10 gaming PC

The Dell Aurora R10 offers deep customization with flexible pricing, making it a safe mid-range choice.

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 9 5900
  • Graphics: Nvidia RTX 3080
  • Memory: 16GB RAM DDR4 3200 MHz
  • Storage: 1TB m.2 SSD
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Pros: Choice of AMD and Nvidia graphics cards, will play games at 1440p and 4K
  • Cons: Rounded case design is tackier than other PCs

Like the HP Omen, the Dell Aurora series offers broad customization options to choose different processors and graphics cards, and specifically more choice from AMD.

While the AMD options are welcome, the Nvidia RTX 3080 is capable of playing most games at max settings and 1440p resolution, and can push your games to higher frame rates (at lower settings and resolutions) for monitors with high or variable refresh rates. Full 4K gaming will also be possible, though you might see some dips below 60 frames per second at the highest settings.

How we test and research gaming PCs

We have based our recommendations on 16 years of personal experience using PC gaming hardware, as well as referencing component benchmark performance tests performed by reputable outlets, like Eurogamer's Digital Foundry and Tom's Hardware. 

In addition to that, we have deeply researched the pricing and value of the brands, makes, models, and configurations that we recommend. If one brand offers a particular PC configuration for less than its competition, that's something we will thoroughly investigate.

However, because gaming PCs are so customizable, reviewing an individual build may not reflect the quality of every purchase option.

Gaming PC FAQsWhat to look for when shopping for a gaming PC?

Pre-built gaming PCs offer multiple configurations, allowing gamers to upgrade certain parts of the computer. Primarily focus on the graphics card for visuals and storage for saving and loading games.

Check out our glossary of terms below for a breakdown of common gaming PC features and what to look out for within each category.

What specs should a gaming PC have?

What you need ultimately depends on what kind of games you'd like to play, and the overall quality you want to see. Find the experience you're looking for first and how much you're willing to spend. 

For example, you can spend more than $3,000 on a pre-built PC that can play any game at 4K quality, or you could spend under $1,000 for a gaming PC with comparable power to a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One X.

When shopping for parts, you should pay the most attention to the companies that make your computer's processor and graphics card. Intel and AMD are the leading creators of computer processors, while AMD and Nvidia are the leading producers in the graphics card market. Hardware like storage space and memory (RAM) will also depend on what games are being played, but 16GB of RAM is relatively standard for pre-built gaming PCs, and plenty for most gamers. 

Here is a handy chart for which parts you should consider to play PC games reliably at the three most common video resolutions:

Target Resolution1080p1440p4KProcessor (CPU)AMD Ryzen 5600 or Intel Core i5AMD Ryzen 5700X or Intel Core i7AMD Ryzen 7 5800x or Intel Core i9Graphics card (GPU)Nvidia GTX 1660 or AMD Radeon RX 5500 XTNvidia RTX 3060Ti or AMD Radeon RX 6800Nvidia RTX 3080 or Radeon RX 6800XTWhich is better, buying or building a gaming PC?

If you can find all the parts you need, building a PC will likely still be cheaper than buying pre-built, but be prepared to pay for things that normally come included with a pre-built machine, like a copy of Windows. 

Some pre-built gaming PCs will also come with a service warranty that covers the whole machine. So, you won't have to worry about dealing with different companies if a part breaks down and needs to be replaced, or you just need help.

Neither option is definitively better at this point, and it depends on how invested you want to be in PC gaming as a hobby. Putting together my first custom PC more than 10 years ago taught me tons about the parts I had taken for granted inside my PlayStation and Xbox consoles. 

However, if you don't have the time to handle your own repairs and just want to game instead of starting a hardware hobby, pre-built gaming PCs are customizable enough that you don't have to worry about getting sold short.

How long do gaming PCs last?

Gaming PCs can last for a long time, since desktop parts can be easily upgraded. Processors and graphics cards generally last about five years before it becomes necessary to upgrade to keep up with gaming trends.

Most gaming PCs will need to be replaced when the motherboard grows too old to work with new parts, as newly released processors and memory sticks occasionally change design and configuration compatibility for new features. 

Personally, I've built three different gaming PCs for myself since 2011, going about five years between major upgrades. However, many of the old parts I upgraded from still worked, so I was able to sell them and give them to friends for their own builds.

Glossary of terms 

Processor (CPU): The processor is essentially the brain of your gaming PC, executing the complex commands that control each part of the computer. Gaming PCs require strong CPUs to process large amounts of data during gameplay, impacting load times and frame rates. Some CPUs have built-in graphics processors that allow you to play basic games without a dedicated GPU to handle graphics output.

AMD processors are generally more affordable and energy efficient than Intel processors, but the latest 12th series Intel processors will outperform AMD in some games based on tests from Digital Foundry, a widely trusted benchmarking source. Ultimately both brands make great CPUs and the choice comes down to price and personal preference. 

Graphics Processor (GPU): If the CPU is the brain of your computer, the GPU is the heart. Your GPU is dedicated to handling the constant computations needed to produce the game's visuals while playing. Like the CPU, graphically intensive games will put more stress on the GPU, as will increasing the video resolution you play at. 

Your GPU will ultimately determine what level of graphics performance you can expect from your gaming PC, with prices ranging from $300 to $1,800. I primarily recommend Nvidia's 30 series GPUs, thanks to their impressive software support, but AMD GPUs are slightly more affordable and can see performance boosts when paired with an AMD CPU.

Random-access Memory (RAM): RAM determines how many tasks your computer can keep immediately accessible simultaneously, which is especially important when gaming. Typically, a minimum amount of RAM (8GB) is needed just to hold the complex worlds you see in games like Grand Theft Auto, but having additional RAM (16GB to 32GB) can also improve your overall load times.

Refresh rate: A term used to describe how often a display updates the picture on screen each second. Monitors with higher refresh rates will display more unique images per second, which means gaming PCs that output high frame rates of 60 per second or more will have even smoother looking animation on a high refresh rate display.

Storage (HD, SSD, M.2): Quite literally, storage describes how much space you have to store long-term data on your PC, and what type of drive it will be stored on. There are three types of storage drive available: hard disk drives, solid state drives, and M.2 drives.

The hard disk drive (HDD) is an older, slower storage type that uses a spinning disk encased in a magnetic material, but usually offers the most space for the least money. Solid state drives (SSD) don't have a physical disk inside and are capable of faster speeds than HDD.

M.2 and NVMe are the latest formats for solid state drives with even faster speeds and smaller sizes, but they're significantly more expensive than standard SSDs and HDDs for now.

Wi-Fi: A wireless network protocol using radio waves, often used to connect portable devices to the internet. In 2018 the group that owns the Wi-Fi trademark began identifying new versions of Wi-Fi numerically, and the latest format, Wi-Fi 6, was approved in February 2021. All of the PCs I recommend support Wi-Fi 6, meaning they are compatible with the widest possible range of devices.

Bluetooth: A relatively short range wireless format used to connect devices locally. Devices with the latest features are certified as Bluetooth 5.0 compatible to reflect the signal's improvements, but new devices remain backward compatible with older versions of Bluetooth. This is a common wireless connection used in computer mice, keyboards, and headphones.

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Live updates: Texas abortion clinic staff describe how patients 'begged for help' after Roe v. Wade fell — report

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 2:11am
Abortion rights and anti-abortion rights activists fill the street in front of the U.S. Supreme Court during a protest in the wake of the decision overturning Roe v. Wade outside on June 25, 2022, in Washington, DC.
  • The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on last week.
  • The 1973 landmark ruling established the constitutional right to an abortion.
  • Over a dozen states have laws meant to immediately outlaw abortion upon a reversal of Roe.

The Supreme Court last week overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that established the constitutional right to an abortion. 

The opinion in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization threw out the ruling as the nation's highest court sided with Mississippi and other states, which passed restrictive anti-abortion laws.

Immediately after last week's ruling, politicians on both sides of the aisle issued statements — with Republicans praising the Supreme Court and Democrats slamming the decision. 

Over a dozen states have "trigger laws" meant to ban abortion immediately upon the overturning of Roe, as the legality of abortion is now left up to state legislatures. 

Olivia Rodrigo calls out SCOTUS justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade with a rendition of 'F--- You'Olivia Rodrigo performing at the Glastonbury Festival on Saturday.

Pop star Olivia Rodrigo on Saturday sent a message to the Supreme Court justices responsible for overturning Roe v. Wade, calling them out during her set at the Glastonbury music festival. 

Rodrigo invited her guest, British singer Lily Allen, on stage and the pair performed Allen's 2009 song, "Fuck You" — but not before Rodrigo named all five SCOTUS justices who helped gut the landmark ruling that protected abortion rights in America.

"Today is a very, very special day. This is actually my first Glastonbury," Rodrigo said. "But I'm also equally as heartbroken over what happened in America yesterday." 

Rodrigo told the crowd that the SCOTUS decision infringed on a woman's ability to secure a safe abortion, which she called a basic human right. 

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After Roe fell, Steve Bannon called for an 'army of the awakened' to 'shatter' DemocratsIn a Gettr post, Steve Bannon urged "patriots" to take advantage of the "Roe momentum" to win the MAGA movement a "massive victory" at the midterm elections.

Right-wing figure Steve Bannon has called for an "army of the awakened" to "shatter" the Democratic party in post-Roe America. 

Bannon made a post on Gettr on Saturday lauding the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade, a controversial decision that has led to abortion being halted in some states.

In his post, Bannon called on "the army of the awakened" to rally and capitalize on the verdict. 

"This is the key take-away for MAGA … the pro-abortion movement is shattered and is now turning in on itself — because for 50 years they didn't have to work— the Courts and Regime Media covered for them — now The Abyss," Bannon wrote.

"That's the Democratic Party in November— we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shatter it into a million small pieces," Bannon added, referring to the upcoming midterm elections.

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Texas abortion clinic staff describe how patients 'begged for help' when Roe v. Wade was overturned: reportA patient at the Alamo Women's Reproductive Services Clinic in San Antonio, Texas, is informed by a staff member on Friday that the clinic can no longer provide her with an abortion.

Staff at an abortion clinic in Texas said they had to turn away people seeking abortions away just minutes after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday.

Speaking to The 19th, an independent news organization, clinic administrator Andrea Gallegos described how she had to turn away a dozen patients waiting in the lobby of the Alamo Women's Reproductive Services clinic in San Antonio, Texas. 

Gallegos told The 19th that she and the clinic's staff had to tell the people gathered that, because of the ruling, "unfortunately, your geographical location affects your bodily autonomy." 

Per the outlet, Gallegos described the scene at the clinic as being one of "complete despair," with people screaming, crying, and begging for help.

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'Full House' star Jodie Sweetin was thrown to the ground by LAPD during freeway protest for abortion rightsJodie Sweetin told People that she was "proud" of those who showed up to protest.

Los Angeles Police Department officers shoved Jodie Sweetin onto the ground of a freeway in Los Angeles on Saturday during an abortion rights protest, video shows.

The "Full House" and "Fuller House" star, wearing all black with a black backpack, can be seen in a video of the incident with a megaphone in hand when a couple of LAPD officers shove her to the ground. 

Protesters can be heard yelling "Jodie, you good?" and  "What the f*** is wrong with you guys?"

Sweetin is then picked up and the crowd immediately begins to chant "no justice, no peace."

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Since the Roe ruling a gynecology clinic in Texas has received increased requests for permanent sterilization: 'I sense that they're scared'Protesters march during an abortion-rights rally on June 25, 2022 in Austin, Texas.

A women's health clinic in Austin, Texas, has received dozens of requests for permanent sterilizations after Friday's decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that established a constitutional right to an abortion. 

After the Women's Health Domain closed on Friday evening for the weekend, it received 109 new patient requests, the majority of which were requesting tubal ligation, or permanent sterilization. 

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The impact of Kavanaugh's confirmation on the 2018 elections may reveal how the reversal of Roe v. Wade could impact this year's midtermsU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

As political analysts seek to understand the possible impact of Roe v. Wade being overturned on this year's midterm elections, some suggest that data from 2018 may reveal possible trends. 

In 2018, following the contentious confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh — who was accused of sexual assault by Christine Ford — 40 Republican US House seats flipped to Democratic candidates. GOP candidates led in polls taken prior to the hearings and went on to lose in November in 27 of those races, indicating increased mobilization among partisan voters following the hearings.  

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Lindsey Graham said Alito's abortion opinion was correct for distinguishing Roe from same-sex marriage and contraception rulingsRepublican Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said Sunday that Justice Samuel Alito, unlike Justice Clarence Thomas, was correct for saying same-sex marriage and contraception would not be affected by the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

In his concurring opinion on the ruling, Thomas wrote "we should reconsider all of this Court's substantive due process precedents" for cases regarding contraceptive accesssame-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage.

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AOC says Supreme Court justices who lied under oath must face consequences for 'impeachable offense'U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday said she believes it's an "impeachable offense" for a Supreme Court justice to lie under oath. 

Following the overturn of Roe v. Wade, Sens. Susan Collins and Joe Manchin said they felt misled by Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch during their individual confirmation hearings. The two senators, both pro-choice, voted to confirm Kavanaugh and Gorsuch because they assured them that they believed Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision that made abortion a constitutional right nationwide, was law. 

Both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, however, voted to strike down Roe earlier this week.

Ocasio-Cortez, speaking in an interview with NBC News' "Meet the Press," said she believes the court is facing a "crisis of legitimacy" and justices must face consequences if they lie under oath. 

"If we allow Supreme Court nominees to lie under oath and secure lifetime appointments to the highest court of the land and then issue, without basis," she said, "we must see that through. There must be consequences for such a deeply destabilizing action and a hostile takeover of our democratic institutions."

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Elizabeth Warren: Supreme Court 'set a torch' to the last of its legitimacySen. Elizabeth Warren.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren said the US Supreme Court has lost all legitimacy following the rollback of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision that made abortion a constitutional right nationwide.

Speaking on ABC News' "This Week" on Sunday, Warren suggested that Republicans have tried to stack the Supreme Court with justices who would be against abortion. 

"The Republicans have been very overt about trying to get people through the court who didn't have a published record on Roe, but who they knew — wink wink nod nod — were going to be extremist on the issue of Roe v. Wade." Warren said. "And that is exactly what we have ended up with."

"This court has lost legitimacy. They have burned whatever legitimacy they may still have had," Warren continued. "They just took the last of it and set a torch to it with the Roe v. Wade opinion."

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An abortion clinic in North Dakota has raised more than $500,000 in two days to fund its move to MinnesotaActivists march along Constitution Avenue to the US Supreme Court on May 14, 2022.

An abortion clinic based in North Dakota has raised more than $550,000 to fund its move in the two days since the Supreme Court's decision to roll back Roe v. Wade

The Red River Women's Clinic of Fargo, North Dakota, set up a GoFundMe to assist with a planned move to Moorhead, Minnesota. North Dakota is one of the at least 13 states that has a "trigger" law, which immediately bans abortions following the overturn of Roe v. Wade. 

But moving out of North Dakota means there will no longer be an operating abortion clinic in the state. 


The overturning of Roe v. Wade will 'exacerbate the mental health crisis' in the US, American Psychological Association saysRear view of an unrecognizable abused woman sitting on her bed looking out the window. - stock photo

The American Psychological Association warned on Friday that the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will exacerbate mental health in the United States.

Research suggests that "adding barriers to accessing abortion services may increase symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression," APA President Frank C. Wornell said in a statement.

"We are alarmed that the justices would nullify Roe despite decades of scientific research demonstrating that people who are denied abortions are more likely to experience higher levels of anxiety, lower life satisfaction and lower self-esteem compared with those who are able to obtain abortions," Wornell added. 


Trump congratulated his conservative Supreme Court justice picks for their 'courage' amid the overturn of Roe v. WadeFormer President Donald Trump.

Former President Donald Trump on Saturday thanked his three conservative justice picks on the Supreme Court, all of whom voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.

"Yesterday the court handed down a victory for the Constitution, a victory for the rule of law, and above all, a victory for life," Trump said during a rally in Mendon, Illinois. 

"Thanks to the courage found within the United States Supreme Court, this long divisive issue will be decided by the states and by the American people," he added.

He congratulated his three picks — Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett — and praised the decision.


AOC recalls thanking God she had the choice to get an abortion when she took a pregnancy test after being rapedRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday shared a personal sexual assault story during a pro-abortion rights rally, saying she felt grateful she had the freedom to obtain an abortion if she needed one in that moment. 

"I myself, when I was about 22 or 23 years old, was raped while I was living here in New York City," she told a crowd in New York's City Union Square Park. "I was completely alone. I felt completely alone. In fact, I felt so alone that I had to take a pregnancy test in a public bathroom in midtown Manhattan."

"When I sat there waiting for what the result would be, all I could think was thank God I have, at least, a choice," she continued. "Thank God I could, at least, have the freedom to choose my destiny."


Gloria Steinem slams Roe v. Wade repeal, says 'there is no democracy' without the right to choseGloria Steinem was one of the most important activists of the Women's Movement.

Journalist and feminist leader Gloria Steinem has slammed the impact of repealing Roe v. Wade will have on democracy, in an email to AP.

"Obviously, without the right of women and men to make decisions about our own bodies, there is no democracy," she said. 

She has called for action to fight the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, protecting US abortion rights.

"Banning abortions does not stop the need. It just bans their safety."

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GOP privately worrying overturning Roe v. Wade could impact midterms: 'This is a losing issue for Republicans,' report saysProtests outside of the Supreme Court after it overturned Roe v. Wade

While Republicans are publicly celebrating the overturning of Roe v. Wade, some are privately worrying that the timing could negatively impact the November midterms. 

Some Republicans fear the abortion ruling could give Democrats ammunition to attack them and mobilize voters, Politico reported, based on interviews with more than a dozen GOP strategists and officials.

"This is not a conversation we want to have," Republican strategist John Thomas told Politico. "We want to have a conversation about the economy. We want to have a conversation about Joe Biden, about pretty much anything else besides Roe. This is a losing issue for Republicans."

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Planned Parenthood sues Utah to stop trigger law that makes abortion a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prisonPro-choice supporters and staff of Planned Parenthood hold a rally outside the Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services Center in St. Louis, Missouri, May 31, 2019.

The Planned Parenthood Association of Utah is suing to stop the state's "trigger law" abortion ban that took effect on Friday following the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

The Utah law makes abortions, with limited exceptions, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. 

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Many Republicans rejoiced at Roe being overturned but these 4 GOP governors want to protect the right to abortionGov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire.

After Friday's Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling, which revoked the constitutional right to abortion, many Republicans celebrated it as a win

The GOP has long been at the forefront of the fight to restrict abortion access and many Republican-led states have enacted or will enact abortion bans as a result of the decision.

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Georgia Democratic nominee for Governor Stacey Abrams explains the change in her position on abortion: There is 'no place in that medical decision for ideology or for politicians'Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks to the media during a press conference, May 24, 2022

Georgia Democratic nominee for Governor Stacey Abrams explained in a Friday interview with CNN how her perspective on abortion rights has evolved over the years and how she came to support the right to abortion services after being raised in a religious household. 

"I was very much on the side of anti-abortion, through much of my upbringing. I grew up in Mississippi, in a very religious family, in a religious community," Abrams told CNN host Sara Sidner. "And I was raised to have a very uncritical eye to this question."

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What is the Hyde Amendment and how is it related to the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade?People protest the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade abortion decision in New York City, New York, U.S., June 24, 2022.

Following the Supreme Court's Friday decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, there have been renewed calls from lawmakers and activists to abandon the Hyde Amendment, a legislative provision preventing federal funds from being used on abortion services. 

The Hyde Amendment, named for anti-abortion Congressman Henry Hyde who introduced the provision, was passed in 1976, just four years after the landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling that established the right to an abortion. The amendment, which prevents federal funds from services such as Medicaid to be used to provide abortions, was mired in legal challenges for its first years, leading to the Supreme Court case Harris v. McRae

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After calls from AOC and other Dems to expand the court, White House says Biden 'does not agree' with the movePresident Joe Biden.

As calls for remedies to restrictions on abortion access grow, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Saturday that President Joe Biden "does not agree with" expanding the Supreme Court. 

"I was asked this question yesterday, and I've been asked it before... about expanding the Court. That is something that the President does not agree with. That is not something that he wants to do," Jean-Pierre said during a press briefing on Air Force One.

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Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin pushes state lawmakers for a 15-week abortion banRepublican Gov. Glenn Youngkin of Virginia.

Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin of Virginia on Friday said he would push for a ban on most abortions after 15 weeks in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

Youngkin, who took office earlier this year, said in a statement that the court's decision was an "appropriate" return of power "to the people and their elected representatives in the states."

"Virginians do want fewer abortions as opposed to more abortions," the governor said in a meeting at The Washington Post shortly after the decision was made public. "I am not someone who is going to jump in and try to push us apart … There is a place we can come together."

Youngkin assembled four Republican legislators to help write legislation that could potentially attract bipartisan support in a legislature. In the state, the GOP has a 52-48 majority in the House of Delegates while Democrats have a 21-19 edge in the Senate.
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Man uses truck to repeatedly block entrance to Mississippi's only abortion clinic as tensions run high after Roe v. Wade rulingA man blocked the entrance to the Jackson Women's Health Organization, Mississippi's only abortion clinic, with his truck on June 25, 2022 after the Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade earlier in the week.

JACKSON, MS — A man used his truck to block the entrance to Mississippi's only abortion clinic on Saturday as tensions continue to run high at the clinic after the Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade earlier in the week.

The Jackson Women's Health Organization, the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, has vowed to remain open for at least nine more days after the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to overturn Roe V. Wade, a landmark decision that legalized abortion nationally. 

Mississippi has a trigger law that requires the state attorney general to certify the Supreme Court's decision and allows for the clinic to remain open for 10 days after the certification.

Pro-life demonstrators continued to clash with clinic volunteer escorts, who call themselves Pink House Defenders, on Saturday. The clinic, housed in a large pink building, is commonly referred to locally as the Pink House.

A man in a white truck blocked the entrance to the clinic at least twice on Saturday.

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Democratic lawmakers urge FTC to investigate Apple and Google over mobile tracking data practices targeting abortion seekers

Four Democratic lawmakers on Friday urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Apple and Google's mobile tacking practices regarding abortion seekers. 

Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Ron Wyden of Oregon, and Sara Jacobs of California wrote a letter to FTC Chair Lina Khan — accusing Apple and Google of collecting and selling "Hundreds of millions of mobile phone users' data." 

The lawmakers argued that for individuals seeking abortion services in states where abortion would be illegal it is essential that their data won't fall into the wrong hands.

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Sens. Susan Collins and Joe Manchin, who voted to confirm justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch, say they were misled on Roe v. WadeSen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME).

Centrist Senators Susan Collins and Joe Manchin criticized Friday's landmark Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, suggesting they felt misled by Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.

Collins, a Maine Republican, and Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, both voted to confirm Kavanaugh and Gorsuch. 

Both senators are pro-choice and said that the justices had assured them they believed Roe v Wade was settled law.

"I trusted Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh when they testified under oath that they also believed Roe v. Wade was settled legal precedent. I am alarmed they chose to reject the stability the ruling has provided for two generations of Americans," Manchin said in a statement.

Manchin, a self-described centrist, was one of three Democrats to vote to confirm Gorsuch in 2017 and the only Democrat who voted to confirm Kavanaugh in 2018. Kavanaugh's 50-48 confirmation vote was historically close.

Manchin said that while he is personally pro-life, he would "support legislation that would codify the rights Roe v. Wade previously protected."

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Senators Elizabeth Warren and Tina Smith call on Biden to 'declare a public health emergency' now that Roe v Wade 'is gone'Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., right, and Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn.

US Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Tina Smith of Minnesota are calling on President Joe Biden to  "declare a public health emergency," following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

In an op-ed for the New York Times on Saturday, the Democratic senators said that "with the release of the Dobbs decision," the US is facing " a perilous time that threatens millions of women across this nation."

"We urge the president to declare a public health emergency to protect abortion access for all Americans, unlocking critical resources and authority that states and the federal government can use to meet the surge in demand for reproductive health services. The danger is real, and Democrats must meet it with the urgency it deserves," Warren and Smith wrote. 

The senators blamed the reversal of Roe v. Wade on "right-wing politicians and their allies" who they said "have spent decades scheming."

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Searches for how to move to Canada from the US spike by over 850% after Roe v. Wade ruling

Searches for how to move to Canada spiked over 850% on Google after the Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v Wade, Axios reported. 

Citing Simon Rogers' Google Trends newsletter, Axios reported that searches for  "How to become a Canadian citizen" also rose by 550% as of Friday evening.

In a 5-4 majority opinion, the Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 50-year-old landmark ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

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A pickup truck driver in Iowa ploughed into pro-choice protesters opposing the overturning of Roe v. Wade abortion rightsProtesters approach a pickup truck that attempted to run over abortion-rights protesters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

A truck drove into a group of pro-choice protesters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Friday, leading to at least one woman being hospitalized. 

The group of mostly women protesters was demonstrating against the landmark Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade when an unidentified man driving a black Ford truck drove into them.

In videos of the incident, protesters can be seen trying to stand in the car's way and shouting at the driver to stop. He accelerates and a protester is knocked to the ground.

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Bill Gates and George Soros among billionaires denouncing Roe v. Wade decisionBill Gates voiced opposition to the Roe v. Wade decision, while Warren Buffett is reportedly planning a big investment in abortion rights.

Some of America's most prominent billionaires have denounced the overturning of Roe v. Wade, as Warren Buffett reportedly sets in motion plans for big donations to reproductive rights.

Bill Gates, Melinda French Gates, and George Soros all tweeted their opposition to the Supreme Court decision to roll back abortion rights nationally, overturning a near-50-year precedent. 

Bill Gates tweeted: "This is a sad day. Reversing Roe v. Wade is an unjust and unacceptable setback. And it puts women's lives at risk, especially the most disadvantaged."

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Meta bans staff from open discussion of Roe v. Wade decision and is deleting internal messages that mention abortion: reportMeta has disallowed employees to discuss abortion on internal messaging system.

Meta has warned employees not to discuss the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on its internal system and deleting messages that do so, The New York Times reported.

Managers cited a policy that put "strong guardrails around social, political and sensitive conversations" in the workplace, according to company insiders, the newspaper reported. 

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Vatican praises US Supreme Court for overturning Roe v. Wade, says it 'challenges the whole world'Pope Francis gestures, during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

The Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life has praised the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v Wade which protected abortion rights for women. 

They also called that legislation ensures that those giving birth are given the support needed to keep and care for their children. 

In a statement released on Twitter, the Catholic organization said "The fact that a large country with a long democratic tradition has changed its position on this issue also challenges the whole world."

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The Arizona State Senate had to be evacuated after tear gas police deployed on protesters spread into the buildingArizona State Capitol Building at sunrise, features Winged Victory statue and was modeled after Greek statue Nike of Samothrace.

The Arizona State Senate Building in Phoenix was evacuated on Friday after police deployed tear gas at demonstrators.

video posted on social media by Republican State Senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita shows dozens of people protesting outside the government building in response to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

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Obergefell, the plaintiff in the SCOTUS same-sex marriage ruling, said it's 'quite telling' Clarence Thomas omitted the case that legalized interracial marriage after saying the courts should go after other right to privacy casesAssociate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife and conservative activist Virginia Thomas arrive at the Heritage Foundation on October 21, 2021.

Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff behind the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on same-sex marriage, said Friday that Justice Clarence Thomas omitted Loving v. Virginia on his list of  Supreme Court decisions to "reconsider" because it "affects him personally." 

"That affects him personally, but he doesn't care about the LGBTQ+ community," Obergefell said on MSNBC's "The Reid Out."

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Standing among protestors after the fall of Roe vs. Wade, AOC calls on Biden to create abortion clinics on federal landRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks to abortion-rights activists in front of the U.S. Supreme Court after the Court announced a ruling in the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization case on June 24, 2022 in Washington, DC.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday called on President Biden to create abortion clinics on federal land, following the landmark Supreme Court ruling which overturned Roe v. Wade and removed federal abortion protections. 

Speaking to a crowd of protestors gathered in New York's Union Square, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez encouraged people to "be relentless to restore and guarantee all of our rights." She detailed her own experience after sexual assault in her 20s, when she was grateful that abortion would have been an option for her if she needed it, and pushed for federal action to preserve access to reproductive healthcare.  

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The states passing strict abortion bans have some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the countryPRODUCTION - 17 April 2021, Berlin: A midwife listens to the heart tones of an unborn child with an ultrasound device. The woman is in her 2nd trimester of pregnancy and is lying on a bed in the midwife's office. 5.5.2021 is International Midwifery Day, which is intended to draw attention to the importance of the profession.

With Friday's Supreme court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade – the landmark case guaranteeing a right to abortion – 13 states with automatic trigger laws enacted total or near-total bans on abortions. 

The surge of new abortion bans and clinic closures has highlighted the recent rise in America's maternal mortality rates that are disproportionately affecting women of color and have placed the US first in maternal deaths among all developed nations.

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Pro-choice advocates come out in force vowing to continue the fight after the Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. WadeA massive crowd gathered in New York's Washington Square Park, hours after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade.

Hours after the Supreme Court announced it had struck down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, throngs of pro-choice Americans took to the streets vowing to continue the fight. 

In New York's Washington Square Park, a somber and angry crowd began assembling at 5 p.m. ET. They held handwritten signs with words like "Betrayed" or "My corpse has more rights." Some were smeared with red paint.

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Which Supreme Court justices voted to overturn Roe v. Wade? Here's where all 9 judges standReproductive rights activists hold cut out photos of the Supreme Court justices as oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Womens Health Organization case are held on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

The Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade in a 5-4 majority opinion that guts federal abortion rights protections previously upheld by the nearly 50-year-old landmark ruling.

The conservative majority voted to uphold the Mississippi law at the heart of the case which seeks to ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, a contradiction to the standard set by Roe, which allowed abortions until about 24 weeks of pregnancy, at which point a fetus could feasibly survive outside the womb. 

Six justices ruled in favor of upholding Mississippi's 15-week ban, but it was the majority opinion of five judges that ultimately led to the total overhaul of Roe v. Wade. 

Read the full story to find out how each justice voted. 


This map shows where abortion is illegal, protected, or under threat across all 50 US statesPro-life and abortion-rights advocates crowd the Supreme Court building after Roe v. Wade was overturned Friday morning.

On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the near 50-year-old court ruling that legalized abortion across all 50 US states.

Some states have been preparing for years for the possibility that Roe could be overturned.

A handful of states had trigger laws designed to immediately ban abortions within their borders once the decision was reversed. Some "sanctuary states," like New York, put in place legal framework that would protect abortion, even if Roe were overturned. In other areas of the country, it isn't totally clear what happens next — abortion isn't legally protected, but it's also not expressly forbidden.

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The Supreme Court just overturned Roe v. Wade, but the vast majority of Americans don't even know who the court's justices areSeated from left: Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor, Standing from left: Brett Kavanaugh, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett.

The Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the nearly 50-year-old landmark ruling that protected abortion rights nationwide.

But recent polling suggests that the vast majority of American voters don't even know who these influential justices are, highlighting an apparent disconnect between the nation's top court and the very people affected by its rulings.

Ahead of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's Senate confirmation earlier this year, C-SPAN and Pierrepont Consulting & Analytics surveyed more than 1,000 likely voters to gauge the public's interest in and awareness of the Supreme Court's work and relevance. 

While 84% of voters said the Supreme Court's decisions affect their everyday life, far fewer respondents could provide basic details about the court's history or inner workings.Keep Reading

Wisconsin patients who were scheduled to receive abortions were turned away in the waiting room after Roe v. Wade was overturnedA volunteer escort outside Affiliated Medical Services, a Milwaukee abortion clinic, on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in Milwaukee.

In Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood clinics had been scheduling patients through Saturday, June 25, but had stopped scheduling for next week in anticipation of the Supreme Court ruling that would overturn Roe v. Wade, which was leaked in May.

When the news broke Friday morning that the court had rendered its opinion, Tanya Atkinson, president of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, said her clinics had patients waiting to receive services.

"Our team had to go out into the lobby and let those individuals know that they would not be able to access the healthcare that they needed," Atkinson told the local PBS station.

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Protestors planning to protest on Justice Clarence Thomas' street

Protestors are planning to head over to Justice Clarence Thomas' house on Friday night after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

"Enraged? Devastated? Pissed the fuck off? So are we," Our Rights DC tweeted on Friday afternoon.

"Meet us at 5711 Burke Centre Pkwy. 6:30 PM we meet, 7 PM we carpool to the Thomas's street. WEAR A MASK," the human rights organization added. 

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The sports world is speaking out against Friday's Supreme Court rulingPro-choice activists protest in response to the leaked Supreme Court draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in front of the US Supreme Court May 3, 2022 in Washington, DC.

Some of the biggest names in sports — from tennis to basketball — are speaking out after the Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday.

The Minnesota Lynx's Natalie Achonwa wrote on Twitter that she's "feeling sick & heartbroken" after hearing about the decision. Tennis legend and feminist icon Billie Jean King said on Twitter that it's a "sad day" in the US. 

The WNBA's Seattle Storm tweeted that they are "furious and ready to fight."

Orlando Magic point guard Devin Cannady tweeted that the "country needs to be better," adding in a follow-up note that the ruling is "a POWER grab over WOMEN."

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These organizations are asking for donations after Roe v. Wade was overturned

In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, organizations fighting for abortion rights are calling on supporters to donate.

Click the link below for some organizations that are asking for help to either fight the ruling or provide access to abortion for women in states where it will be banned. 

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Attorney General says states can't ban abortion pills that are approved by FDA

US Attorney General Merrick Garland said states can't ban abortion medication mifepristone "based on disagreement" with the US Food and Drug Administration.

Garland said on Friday that the FDA already ruled on the pill's "safety and efficacy," so the decision can't be overturned by states that want to restrict abortion access.

"Women who reside in states that have banned access to comprehensive reproductive care must remain free to seek that care in states where it is legal," Garland said, after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier.

He continued: "Moreover, under fundamental First Amendment principles, individuals must remain free to inform and counsel each other about the reproductive care that is available in other states."

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House Democrats sang 'God Bless America' on Capitol steps as crowds protested at Supreme CourtHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi leads a rally celebrating the passage of gun safety legislation as protesters swarm the court just yards away on June 24, 2022.

House Democrats gathered outside the Capitol on Friday to celebrate passing new gun safety legislation, and cheerfully sang "God Bless America."

Across the street, however, protesters swarmed the Supreme Court after the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

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Videos show police in riot gear head to Supreme Court after decision

Capitol Police in riot gear could be seen marching towards the Supreme Court earlier on Friday after Roe v. Wade was overturned. 

A video shared to Twitter by CNN correspondent Manu Raju showed dozens of officers march from the Capitol building and to the Court.

Law enforcement also closed streets around the high court, where peaceful protesters gathered by the hundreds after the decision. 

—Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 24, 2022


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Massive protests erupt outside Supreme Court after Roe v. Wade rulingProtesters outside of Supreme Court

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Supreme Court on Friday to protest the ruling that overturns Roe v. Wade. 

Abortion-rights advocates waived green and black signs and shouted "my body, my choice."

Across from the abortion-rights protesters, a group of abortion opponents wore red shirts with white letters that read: "The pro-life generation votes."

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The 13 states with abortion-ban 'trigger laws' are not prepared to enforce them

Thirteen states with abortion "trigger laws" — where the practice could become illegal — are not prepared for how to go about implementing a ban.

An Insider investigation over the last few months found that, through over 100 records requests and reaching out to nearly 80 state and local officials, just one agency could detail any sort of plan. 

This story is part of an investigative series from Insider examining the demise of abortion rights in so-called "trigger law" states. It was originally published on May 7, 48 days before the Supreme Court ruled in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization that abortion is no longer a constitutionally protected right. Read all the stories from "The First 13" here.

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States where abortion access will be on the ballot in 2022Abortion-rights supporters chant their objections at the Kentucky Capitol on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, in Frankfort, Ky., Kentucky is one of at least four states with abortion-related ballot measures in 2022.

Abortion policy will be on the ballot in at least four states during the upcoming 2022 midterm elections — the highest number of abortion-related ballot measures to appear in a year since 1986. 

Kansas and Kentucky will vote on constitutional amendments to establish no right to an abortion, while Montana will vote on a "born-alive" amendment that would extend personhood to infants "born alive" at any stage.

On the other side, voters in Vermont will decide on an amendment that will enshrine the right to an abortion in the state's constitution.

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Biden says Americans can have 'the final word' after the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadePresident Joe Biden

President Joe Biden said Friday was a "sad day" for the nation after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, and vowed his administration would do everything it can to protect women.

"With this decision, the conservative majority of the Supreme Court shows how extreme it is, how far removed they are from the majority of the country," Biden said during an address to the nation. 

He continued: "But this decision must not be the final word," urging Americans to vote.

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Getting an abortion is going to get a lot more expensive for many AmericansParticipants hold signs during the Women's March at the US Supreme Court.

Experts told Insider that the cost of getting an abortion is all but guaranteed to rise after the Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade. 

Many who live in states where abortion will become mostly, or entirely, illegal will have to face travel costs if they want a procedure in a different state where it is legal. 

Wage loss for taking time off to get a procedure is another issue. 

"You might be salaried and I might be salaried, and you can take time off," said Anna Rupani, executive director of Fund Texas Choice (FTC), a nonprofit organization that pays for low-income Texans' associated abortion costs. "A lot of our clients are living paycheck to paycheck, they're not in salaried positions… they're experiencing wage loss."

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Pelosi warns 'Republicans are plotting a nationwide abortion ban'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned that congressional Republicans want to pass a federal abortion ban into law after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Be aware of this: the Republicans are plotting a nationwide abortion ban," Pelosi said during her weekly press briefing. "They cannot be allowed to have a majority in the Congress to do that. But that's their goal."

She continued: "What this means to women is such an insult. It's a slap in the face to women about using their own judgment to make decisions about their reproductive freedom."

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Trump reportedly believes overturning Roe v. Wade is 'bad for Republicans'Trump stands with now-Justice Amy Coney Barrett at the White House after she was sworn in on October 26, 2020.

Former President Donald Trump praised the Supreme Court for overturning Roe v. Wade on Friday.

"This is following the Constitution, and giving rights back when they should have been given long ago," he told Fox News.

Privately, Trump has said that overturning Roe would be "bad for Republicans," according to The New York Times' Maggie Haberman and Michael C. Bender.

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Lead plaintiff in case that made same-sex marriage legal slams Justice Thomas' call for case to be reconsidered

The lead plaintiff in the case that made same-sex marriage legal slammed Justice Clarence Thomas' call for the case to be reconsidered.

Thomas said the Supreme Court should reconsider rulings that protect same-sex marriage, in the wake of Friday's decision to overturn nationwide access to abortions.

"The millions of loving couples who have the right to marriage equality to form their own families do not need Clarence Thomas imposing his individual twisted morality upon them. If you want to see an error in judgment, Clarence Thomas, look in the mirror," Jim Obergefell said in a statement obtained by HuffPost.

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Michelle Obama said she is 'heartbroken' after the Supreme Court's decisionFormer first lady Michelle Obama

Former First Lady Michelle Obama said she is "heartbroken" after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday.

She said before Roe was established, women "risked their lives getting illegal abortions."

"That is what our mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers lived through, and now here we are again," Obama wrote in her statement. 

"So yes, I am heartbroken — for the teenage girl full of zest and promise, who won't be able to finish school or live the life she wants because her state controls her reproductive decisions," she added.

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AG Merrick Garland said the Supreme Court dealt 'a devastating blow' to abortion rights

Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Supreme Court dealt a "devastating blow to reproductive freedom in the United States" by eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion.

Garland said in a statement that the Justice Department disagreed with the decision and predicted that it "will have an immediate and irreversible impact on the lives of people across the country."

"And it will be greatly disproportionate in its effect – with the greatest burdens felt by people of color and those of limited financial means," he added.

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Senate announces hearing 'to explore the grim reality of a post-Roe America'

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced a hearing to explore the "grim reality" of life in the US in the aftermath of Friday's Supreme Court ruling.

"Today's decision eliminates a federally protected constitutional right that has been the law for nearly half a century," said Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin in a statement.

He continued: "As a result, millions of Americans are waking up in a country where they have fewer rights than their parents and grandparents."

The hearing is set for July 12, a day after the Senate returns from a two-week July 4 recess.

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Biden to deliver remarks on Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

President Joe Biden will deliver remarks at 12:30 p.m. local time on Friday about the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

The White House told reporters that he plans to speak about "the Supreme Court decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization to overturn Roe v. Wade."

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Various politicians react to Friday's Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe

Current and former politicians from both sides of the aisle are reacting to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said the decision is "a long overdue constitutional correction allowing for elected officials in the states to decide issues of life." 

Roe was "constitutionally unsound from its inception," he said. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called Friday "one of the darkest days our country has ever seen." 

"Millions upon millions of American women are having their rights taken from them by five unelected Justices on the extremist MAGA court," he said in a statement shared with Insider.  

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Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats are using the Supreme Court decision as a fundraising opportunity for the 2022 midtermsUS Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks in front of the steps to the House of Representatives with congressional members to speak on the Roe v. Wade issue May 13, 2022 in Washington, DC.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democrats are using the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade as a fundraising opportunity ahead of the fall midterms. 

"Can you chip in $15 so we can WIN these midterms and finally codify reproductive rights into law?" Pelosi wrote supporters.

"Our ONLY option is to marshal a response so historic — 100,000 gifts before midnight — that we DEFEAT every anti-choice Republican that made this happen, EXPAND our Majorities, and FINALLY codify our reproductive rights into law. So, can I expect to see your name on my "Pro-Choice Champion" list tomorrow morning?"

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Planned Parenthood president slams Supreme Court decisionAlexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood, addresses abortion-rights supporters at the "Bans Off Our Bodies Abortion Rally" at Los Angeles City Hall, Saturday, May 14, 2022.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Alexis McGill Johnson said the Supreme Court gave politicians "permission to control what we do with our bodies" after the Friday decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

"Due to centuries of racism and systemic discrimination, we already know who will feel the consequences of this horrific decision most acutely: Black, Latino and Indigenous communities, people with disabilities, those living in rural areas, young people, immigrants and those having difficulties making ends meet," she said. 

"All of our freedoms are on the line," she added. 

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DC police are fully activated in response to protests from the Supreme Court decisionPro-choice signs hang on a police barricade at the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC, on May 3, 2022.

The Washington, D.C. Police Department has been fully activated after protests broke out over the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

The Metropolitan Police Department said in an alert that it would "be fully activated to support expected First Amendment demonstrations," and added that "all members should be prepared to work extended tours as necessary" through Tuesday, June 28. 

A heavy police presence could be seen outside the Supreme Court Friday morning.

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Barack Obama says overturning Roe v. Wade is an attack on 'essential freedoms of millions of Americans'

Former president Barack Obama slammed the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and urged people to vote and "join with the activists who've been sounding the alarm on abortion access for years."

"Today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues — attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans," he wrote on Twitter. 

He continued: "Join with the activists who've been sounding the alarm on abortion access for years — and act. Stand with them at a local protest. Volunteer with one of their organizations. Knock on doors for a candidate you believe in. Vote on or before November 8 and in every other election. Because in the end, if we want judges who will protect all, and not just some, of our rights, then we've got to elect officials committed to doing the same."

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Stoking fears of violence, Marjorie Taylor Greene credits Trump for the end of Roe

Far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene praised former President Donald Trump and demonized Democrats in her live reaction to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.

"Thank you President Trump," Greene said to a pro-Trump YouTube channel. "God bless you. This got overturned today because of your great work as president, and we want him back."

"I do fear for the safety of people here in D.C.," she said, speculating without citing any evidence that Democrats will riot. 

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Hillary Clinton says decision to overturn Roe will 'live in infamy' and is a 'step backward' for women's rightsExecutive Producer Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on stage during "Below The Belt" New York Premiere at Museum of Modern Art on May 24, 2022 in New York City.

Hillary Clinton said Friday's Supreme Court ruling is a "step backward" for women's rights.

"Most Americans believe the decision to have a child is one of the most sacred decisions there is, and that such decisions should remain between patients and their doctors," she tweeted after the decision. 

She continued: "Today's Supreme Court opinion will live in infamy as a step backward for women's rights and human rights."

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Friday's decision could undo much of women's economic progress since the 1970sAbortion rights advocates and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Washington, as the court hears arguments in a case from Mississippi, where a 2018 law would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, well before viability.

Friday's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will have enormous consequences for women's economic progress.

Experts told Insider before the ruling that research points to the fact that abortion legalization has greatly contributed to women's progress in many ways, like reducing rates of teen motherhood and maternal mortality, increasing rates of workforce participation, earnings, and educational attainment.

"This is going to create just a perfect storm of concentrated human misery," said Kimberly Kelly, a sociology professor focused on abortion politics at a Mississippi college, before Friday's decision, adding that overturning Roe means "abortion is going to become a function of class privilege."

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Supreme Court's liberal justices warn more rights are at stake with the end of Roe v. Wade

The Supreme Court's three liberal justices warned in a dissent that other rights could be on the line after Friday's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

"Whatever the exact scope of the coming laws, one result of today's decision is certain: the curtailment of women's rights, and of their status as free and equal citizens," read the dissenting opinion authored by Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan.

"No one should be confident that this majority is done with its work," they wrote. "The right Roe and Casey recognized does not stand alone."

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Chief Justice John Roberts says Supreme Court went too far in taking 'the dramatic step' of overturning Roe v. WadeChief Justice John Roberts.

Chief Justice John Roberts said he felt the Supreme Court's five other conservatives went too far in their decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

"The Court's decision to overrule Roe and Casey is a serious jolt to the legal system — regardless of how you view those cases," Roberts wrote in his concurring opinion that was released on Friday along with the majority opinion.

He continued: "A narrower decision rejecting the misguided viability line would be markedly less unsettling, and nothing more is needed to decide this case."

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Pence says the overturning of Roe v. Wade has 'righted a historic wrong'

Former Vice President Mike Pence said the Supreme Court "righted a historic wrong" when it undid nearly 50 years of abortion rights nationwide on Friday.

"Now that Roe v. Wade has been consigned to the ash heap of history, a new arena in the cause of life has emerged and it is incumbent on all who cherish the sanctity of life to resolve that we will take the defense of the unborn and support for women in crisis pregnancies to every state Capitol in America," Pence said in the statement, in one of the first reactions from a politician. 

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Justice Thomas says Supreme Court should reconsider rulings that protect contraception and same-sex marriageJustice Clarence Thomas

Justice Clarence Thomas said the Supreme Court should reconsider rulings that protect contraception, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage, in a concurring opinion with the ruling to overturn the precedent set in Roe v. Wade.

"For that reason, in future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court's substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell," the conservative justice wrote. 

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Supreme Court overturns 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling

The Supreme Court has overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that established the constitutional right to an abortion.

The opinion in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization threw out the decades-old ruling by siding with Mississippi and other states that had passed restrictive anti-abortion laws.

"The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives," the Friday ruling said.


The ruling now leaves the legality of abortion up to state legislatures. Over a dozen states have "trigger laws" meant to ban abortion immediately upon the overturning of Roe.

A leaked draft majority opinion obtained by Politico last month seemed to show the court was set to overturn Roe — immediately galvanizing nationwide protests along with condemnation by Democratic lawmakers.

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Toyota is recalling 2,700 of its flagship electric SUVs because its wheels may come off

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 2:06am
People viewing a prototype of Toyota's bZ4X.
  • Toyota said it would recall 2,700 of its new electric SUVs over fears their wheels could come off.
  • Toyota is a world leader in car sales but has been slow to embrace electric vehicles (EV).
  • Analysts said the issue was mechanical in nature and unlikely to point to problems in Toyota's EV plans.

In a dent to its ambitions to become a global leader in electric vehicles, Toyota said it would recall 2,700 newly launched, all-electric SUVs over fears that their wheels could come off.

Toyota said on Thursday that the global recall of model bZ4X would impact about 2,200 cars in Europe, 260 in the US, 10 in Canada, and 110 in Japan, per Reuters. Some of these cars have not been delivered to customers.

"After low-mileage use, all of the hub bolts on the wheel can loosen to the point where the wheel can detach from the vehicle. If a wheel detaches from the vehicle while driving, it could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash," according to Toyota's press release.

The Japanese carmaker said it was still trying to find out what circumstances could cause the wheels to come off, per the release. Toyota said drivers should avoid driving the car until it found a solution. There have been no reported incidents or injuries resulting from this issue so far, according to the Financial Times.

The company did not say how it discovered the problem. An unnamed Japanese government official told Reuters that authorities learned about the issue after some people in the US drove the SUVs.

Another electric vehicle co-developed by Toyota is facing a global recall over the same issue. Subaru said on Thursday that it is asking owners to return about 2,600 units of Solterra, an all-electric car it produced with Toyota, per Reuters.

Toyota was the world's largest car manufacturer in 2021 with more than 10.5 million cars sold, per Nikkei. Despite its global dominance in car sales, Toyota has been slow to embrace fully-electric cars. Toyota marketed the bZ4X as its first all-battery vehicle. It launched the car last month in Japan and had plans to introduce the model to US dealers this spring.

"BZ4X is the first Toyota vehicle to be launched under the global bZ series, with more bZ vehicles on the horizon intending to elevate the BEV segment for years to come," the company touted in a press release in April.

The bZ4X was part of Toyota's plans to become a global leader in electric vehicles. Toyota said in December it would invest $35.2 billion by 2030 into electric cars, per Bloomberg. It would use the investment to develop up to 30 fully-electric models and sell 3.5 million such units by the end of the decade.

Some analysts did not think the recalls were symptomatic of deeper issues within Toyota's electric-vehicle production set-up. David Leggett, an automotive editor at GlobalData, told CNBC the recalls could be discouraging for Toyota, but that "the recall is an early one in the model lifecycle and on a mechanical part that has nothing to do with the car's electric powertrain."

Toyota and Subaru did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment.

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