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After Roe fell, Steve Bannon called for an 'army of the awakened' to 'shatter' Democrats

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 1:23am
In 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.
  • Steve Bannon has called for an "army of the awakened" to rise in post-Roe America.
  • Bannon posted on Gettr touting the SCOTUS ruling as a victory over the "pro-abortion movement."
  • He called on the MAGA movement to capitalize on the situation to win big 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.

In another post on Sunday, Bannon urged "patriots" to take advantage of the "Roe momentum" and "flood the zone" to win the MAGA movement a "massive victory" in the midterms.

The Gettr posts were not the first occasion that Bannon, a former Trump strategist, has alluded to a MAGA "army" of some sort taking over the government. 

In a December 2021 episode of his podcast, "War Room: Pandemic," Bannon and Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz floated the possibility of an "army of patriots" and "shock troops" taking over the US government.

Bannon was also seen ranting outside a courthouse in Washington, D.C., in June, claiming that MAGA will "destroy the Democratic Party" and "govern for 100 years." 

"We will govern for a hundred years after we win a hundred seats," Bannon said, baselessly claiming that MAGA candidates will sweep wins in the Senate, school boards, and state legislatures and take the seats for "all the Secretaries of State."

Bannon's comments, however, come at a tense moment in the political landscape. Protests have erupted across the US over Roe v. Wade, at times culminating in tense and violent confrontations

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Texas abortion clinic staff describe how patients screamed, cried, and 'begged for help' when Roe v. Wade was overturned: report

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 11:51pm
A 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 San Antonio, Texas, described the devastating scene after Roe fell.
  • They said they had to tell people they could not get their abortion procedures done.
  • The staff described people screaming, crying, and begging for help after being denied abortions.

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.

Gallegos also told The 19th that the clinic staff had to contact 20 people who had appointments that day, some of whom were caught by surprise. 

"These are patients that oftentimes are already mothers, they are already taking care of children, some are living paycheck-to-paycheck," Gallegos said, per The 19th.

"These are the folks that are going to be forced into having another child if they can't make it out of state, and those effects, all the way around, are just devastating," Gallegos told the outlet. "Several say, 'How am I supposed to do this? I took off work to be here today and now you want me to travel?'" 

Texas was one of the states that halted abortions after Roe v. Wade was overturned due to trigger laws banning the procedure. This has resulted in people with abortions scheduled on or after the date of the ruling having their procedures canceled.

Under the Texas "trigger law," abortions are banned in the state, with the only exceptions being if the pregnant person's life is in jeopardy or if the person faces "substantial impairment of major bodily function," per the Texas Tribune

According to public opinion polls, most Americans are opposed to the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

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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'

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 11:15pm
Protesters march during an abortion-rights rally on June 25, 2022 in Austin, Texas.
  • A women's health clinic in Texas has received more than 100 requests for permanent sterilizations since Friday.
  • Tubal ligation is a common procedure that involves the removal of both fallopian tubes.
  • Dr. Tyler Handcock told Insider he expects even more requests in the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned.

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. 

Dr. Tyler Handcock, an OB-GYN who runs the practice, told Insider he was in disbelief, as the clinic has only been open for about a month. 

"I sense that they're scared, they're anxious, they're nervous. They're fearful that other rights are going to be taken away. Maybe they're afraid contraception in general will be taken away down the road. So they want to take care of this now because they don't feel like anybody is supporting them," he said of his patients. 

In the next few weeks, reproductive rights in Texas will drastically change. The state has a "trigger law" in place which means abortions will be banned from the moment of fertilization. This is set to go into effect 30 days after the Supreme Court's judgment. While the trigger law prohibits prosecuting a person who undergoes an abortion, earlier this year, a 26-year-old Texan woman was charged with murder after a "self-induced abortion."

Texas will also provide few exceptions to save the life of a pregnant person or prevent "substantial impairment of major bodily function" which is why more Americans in the state are weighing their reproductive health options.  

From one or two requests to more than a hundred

Handcock said the majority of requests for tubal ligation ranged from people aged 20 to 30 years old. Prior to Friday, he said it was typical for the clinic to receive one to two requests related to this procedure per week.

Tubal ligation is a common procedure that involves the removal of both fallopian tubes. The benefits of it are nearly zero ectopic pregnancies – when a fertilized egg implants itself outside of the womb – and it can also decrease the risk of ovarian cancer.

The surgery consists of a small, five-millimeter laparoscopic incision, but Handcock said it requires complex counseling prior to the operation because it is not reversible.

"The biggest risk is the risk of regret," he told Insider.

Because of this, Handcock said his clinic has numerous conversations with patients about the procedure, even asking them on the day of surgery if they're sure they want to have it.

"If we have a patient who's 25 years old and wants to get permanent birth control, well, that's all fine. Let's talk about it and let's go over your options. It's safe, it's ethical, it's legal, but there is a risk of regret. And the younger you are, the higher that risk of regret is obviously," he said.

The procedure is covered by Medicare and Medicaid and anyone above the age of 21 can access it. 

"I think that if it's happening here, that means it's happening everywhere else."

In response to the influx of requests, Handcock said the practice will do its best to accommodate all of the requests by working longer hours and holding group appointments to see as many patients as it can. 

Handcock is anticipating more requests and believes other clinics like his are fielding numerous calls about this procedure.

"I think that if it's happening here, that means it's happening everywhere else. Red or blue, I think that people are scared because under it all, this is a human rights issue that's been taken away. And I think people truly are fearful for other human rights being eroded, whether it's minority rights, gay rights. I think we're all at risk." he told Insider.

The majority of patients Handcock typically sees who want permanent sterilization have already had children and are done with childbearing but he anticipates this changing in light of the Supreme Court's decision.

"I think it's going to be a huge shift with this thunderous change in our society as of Friday, where we're going to see patients who have never had kids request permanent sterilization," he said. "And I think that's okay. I'm an advocate for them as well."

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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 midterms

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 8:36pm
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
  • 40 Republican House seats flipped to Democratic candidates following Kavanaugh's 2018 confirmation.
  • In 27 of those races, GOP candidates led in polls taken prior to Kavanaugh's contentious hearings. 
  • The reaction to his confirmation may show how the repeal of Roe v. Wade could impact this year's midterms.

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.  

"This is when the midterms were decided. Everything leading up to it was, for many Americans, a gradual erosion of political and societal norms. But nonetheless, it was gradual. Often politically imperceptible. A general state of unease favoring the status quo over an electoral revolution," B.J. Rudell, a political strategist, wrote in an opinion article for The Hill

He continued: "But Republicans giving an accused sexual predator a lifetime appointment on the nation's highest court was the lightning rod that struck the political life out of 27 House Republicans who, up to that point, had had a good shot at winning in November and keeping the chamber in GOP hands."

The Supreme Court's decision on Friday to repeal federal abortion protections established by Roe v. Wade may cause a similar increase in voter activity in this year's midterms. Historically, first-term presidents often lose Congressional seats in the first midterms, but recent polls indicate a closing gap when it comes to whether voters want Republican or Democratic candidates in Congress. 

As Democratic candidates have launched massive mobilization and fundraising efforts in the days since the ruling, it is unclear if Democratic leaders' plans for a voting turnout blitz will lead to election results. 

"For Democrats to win — and perhaps win big — in November, they already have everything they need: They simply need to make the 2022 midterms a referendum for the majority of citizens who recognize 19th-century immoral norms don't belong in 21st-century America," Rudell wrote for The Hill

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

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 7:52pm
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.
  • Justice Alito made a distinction between abortion rights and other rulings in his opinion overturning Roe.
  • In a concurring opinion, Justice Thomas said the court should review same-sex marriage and contraception cases.
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham said he respects Thomas but that Alito "set the right tone" in his decision.

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.

Graham was asked about Thomas' opinion and whether or not it would affect moderate voters.

"I really respect Clarence Thomas.... but Alito, I think set the right tone," Graham said on "Fox News Sunday." 

"He said nothing in this decision puts those cases at risk," Graham said. "The reason he decided that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided is because it deals with the potential for life."

Alito wrote that Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey dealt with the "critical moral question" of the "life of an 'unborn human being,'" which distinguished it from rulings on same sex-marriage, same-sex relationships and contraceptives.

However, in 2020 he rebuked the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision that legalized same-sex marriage in a joint statement with Thomas, saying it was a "novel constitutional right" that had "ruinous consequences for religious liberty."

Critics have said that the decision to overturn Roe could put enumerated rights, or rights not explicitly mentioned in the constitution, at risk of being rolled back.

Earlier in the interview, Graham called the decision to overturn Roe a " huge victory for the pro-life movement."

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Rudy Giuliani was slapped by a supermarket worker while campaigning for his son in New York

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 6:37pm
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks during a news conference in Miami in July 2021.
  • Guiliani's son Andrew is running as the Republican candidate for governor of New York.
  • A witness told The New York Post she was standing "shoulder-to-shoulder" with Giuliani when an on-duty employee slapped him on the back.
  • Giuliani said he regained his composure after being hit.

Rudy Giuliani was attacked by a supermarket worker while campaigning for his son in New York, according to The New York Post.

Guiliani was at a ShopRite on Staten Island where he was helping his son, Andrew, who is running as a Republican candidate for governor of New York.

Rita Rugova-Johnson, a witness, told the Post she was standing "shoulder-to-shoulder" with Guiliani when an on-duty employee slapped him on the back and said, "Hey, what's up scumbag?"

According to Rugova-Johnson, the employee was arrested by law enforcement. The Post reported the suspect is a 39-year-old from Staten Island who will be charged with second-degree assault involving a person over 65 years old.

Giuliani told the Post he regained his composure after being hit.

Rudy Giuliani, Andrew Giuliani's campaign, and Shoprite did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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Are abortions legal in Canada? Yes, but access can be challenging depending on where you live: 'It's not all perfect here'

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 6:23pm
A pro-choice counter-protester holds a sign on the sidelines of the pro-life National March for Life in Ottawa, Ontario, on May 12, 2022.
  • Access to abortion is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • Many abortion facilities are located in major cities, which creates barriers for those in rural areas.
  • Abortion care cannot be accessed in Canada after 24 weeks.

Abortion is legal in Canada, but access to care remains an issue for Canadians who live in small towns or rural parts of the country.

Access to abortion is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The landmark decision, R v. Morgentaler was made in 1988 when the Supreme Court of Canada decided restrictive criminal laws on abortion violated the Charter rights of women, specifically the security of the person.

Michelle Fortin, the executive director of Options for Sexual Health, based in British Columbia, told Insider that advocates like herself don't necessarily want it to become a law.

"Laws can be changed, but to change the charter would take a whole lot of work," she said. 

Fortin said about one in three Canadians will have an abortion in their lifetime and nearly 60% of people who seek an abortion already have children. She said ensuring equitable access should be top of mind, especially for those who are racialized, Indigenous, living in poverty, or part of the LGBTQ community.

"Supporting choice doesn't mean supporting abortion. It means supporting other people's choices for their own bodies," she said.

Most abortion facilities in the country are located in major city centers near the Canada-US border, which leaves large swaths of the population without access to providers. 

Jill Doctoroff, the executive director of the National Abortion Federation Canada told Insider that NAF helps with abortion-related travel costs for those who may have financial difficulties.

Another barrier facing Canadians wanting to access abortion care depends on what province they reside in. For those who live in Prince Edward Island, abortion care can be accessed up to 12 weeks and six days gestation. Anyone wanting an abortion after that time must travel to another province. 

"It's not all perfect here either and as you can imagine, the barrier-issues folks have are important and real to them," Doctoroff told Insider. 

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Clarence Thomas dismisses 'ridiculous' criticism that he doesn't ask enough questions during Supreme Court oral arguments: book

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 4:18pm
Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
  • Clarence Thomas dismissed criticism that he isn't vocal enough during Supreme Court oral arguments.
  • "If you look at the history of the Court, the Court was a very quiet Court," he said in a new book.
  • Thomas, a pillar of the six-member conservative bloc, has served on the Supreme Court since 1991.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in a new book dismissed critics who have accused him of not asking enough questions during oral arguments, arguing that there was no need for him to be "hyperactive."

In the book, "Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words," co-edited by Michael Pack and Mark Paoletta, the judge sat down with Pack for over 30 hours between November 2017 and March 2018, in what became an expanded companion to the 2020 documentary of the same name.

During his conversation with Pack, Thomas addressed why he doesn't feel the need to be excessively vocal when hearing cases. 

"That stuff is ridiculous," he said of the criticism. "If you look at the history of the Court, the Court was a very quiet Court."

He continued: "Justice (William) Brennan rarely asked questions. Justice (Lewis) Powell rarely asked questions," referring to William Brennan, who served from 1956 to 1990, and Lewis Powell who served from 1971 to 1987. 

"This is all new. When I got to the Court, people actually listened: Justice (Byron) White, Chief Justice (William) Rehnquist, Justice (Harry) Blackmun. Justice (Thurgood) Marshall wasn't on the Court with me. But I heard by and large they were pretty quiet."

Thomas, who has been a member of the Supreme Court since 1991, is a pillar of its six-member conservative bloc. He said in the book that the emphasis on vocalizing opinions is not needed in the Supreme Court setting.

"We've gotten very hyperactive now. I think it's unnecessary, and I don't think it befits the Court, and it doesn't advance the process," he said.

He added: "I think that an advocate should be allowed to advocate. We are judges, not advocates. We should act accordingly. Yeah, we might have opinions, but it's not my job to argue with lawyers; it's their job to make their cases and there's an advocate on each side."

He continued, "The referee in the game should not be a participant in the game. There might be things you want to flesh out, but we cannot cross the line between advocacy and judging."

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson calls overturning of Roe v. Wade a 'backward step,' says the ruling 'spoke of the advancement' of women's rights

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 3:46pm
US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attend the G7 group photo on the first day of the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau on June 26, 2022 near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
  • The US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday. 
  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the move "backwards."
  • However, he said it doesn't change the view of the US image as representative of democracy and freedom.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was a "step backwards."

"I want to stress that this is not our court, it's not our jurisdiction," Johnson told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday. "So, in a sense, it's for the United States, it's not for the UK. But the Roe v. Wade judgment, when it came out, was important psychologically for people around the world, and it spoke of the advancement of the rights of women, I think."

Johnson added: "And I regret what seems to me to be a backward step," he continued. "But I'm speaking as someone looking in from the outside."

On Friday, the Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling overturned the 1973 landmark decision that made abortion legal. Several states already have triggered laws that would ban abortion. 

However, Johnson said he doesn't think it changes the US's role and image as a representative of rights and freedom.

"I think the United States, for me, it remains a shining city on a hill. It's an incredible guarantor of values, democracy, freedom around the world," he said. 

Several global reproductive and women's rights groups have condemned the decision, adding that it could have consequences worldwide. 

"Almost all unsafe abortions currently occur in developing countries, and UNFPA fears that more unsafe abortions will occur around the world if access to abortion becomes more restricted. Decisions reversing progress gained have a wider impact on the rights and choices of women and adolescents everywhere,"  the United Nations' sexual and reproductive health agency said in a statement

Sarah Shaw, MSI Reproductive Choices' Global Head of Advocacy, said the impact of the decision will "also be felt around the world."

"But while this vote may embolden the anti-choice movement around the world, it has also motivated the global community to reassert the right to choose," ," she wrote in a statement. "To anyone who wants to deny someone's right to make decisions about what is right for their body and their future, our message is 'We are not going back.'"

She added, "We will never stop working towards a world where everyone, everywhere has the right to choose, and this attack only strengthens our resolve."


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Clarence Thomas says an 'arrogant' reporter once argued with his mother about how many children she had: book

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 3:40pm
Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 2007.
  • Thomas in a new book blasted an "arrogant" reporter who questioned his mother about the number of children she had.
  • "How can you be so arrogant to tell a woman how many kids she had?" he told filmmaker Michael Pack.
  • The jurist discussed the media scrutiny he faced after Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment. 

When Clarence Thomas was going through the Supreme Court confirmation process in 1991, he knew there would be questions about his legal record, especially as he was a sitting judge on highly influential United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

However, after Anita Hill accused Thomas of sexual harassment while working with him at the US Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the media firestorm prompted reporters to explore more of the judge's background.

Thomas in a newly-released book recalled how some in the media doubted the existence of Pin Point, Georgia, the small community outside of Savannah where he was born, with a reporter even questioning his mother about how many children she birthed.

In the book, "Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words," co-edited by Michael Pack and Mark Paoletta, the conservative jurist sat down with Pack for over 30 hours between November 2017 and March 2018, in what became an expanded companion to the 2020 documentary of the same name.

Thomas in the interview questioned why he would mislead anyone about his birthplace and spoke of how his mother asked one reporter to leave her home.

"Initially when the media were told I was from Pin Point, they said Pin Point didn't exist. And that was really funny," he told Pack.

He continued: "These guys know so much. They said, 'You're a liar.' Who would lie about where you're from? That's easy to prove, and who would lie about it?"

Thomas was incredulous at the behavior of one of the reporters looking into his mother's background.

"One of the reporters went to Savannah and argued with my mother about the number of kids she had. How do you argue with a woman about the number of kids she had?" he said. "She eventually had to tell them to leave."

Thomas added: "He said they can only find records for two kids. How can you be so arrogant to tell a woman how many kids she had? But I think that it is similarly arrogant to tell people what their views ought to be just because of their race."

Thomas was eventually confirmed by the Senate in a 52-48 vote, but not after a heated set of hearings, where he defended himself vigorously against Hill's claims.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says a Russian victory in Ukraine would be 'absolutely catastrophic'

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 2:46pm
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks during a press conference on the third and final day of the G7 summit in Biarritz, on August 26, 2019.
  • Boris Johnson on Sunday said a Putin victory in Ukraine would be "absolutely catastrophic."
  • On CNN, he said that sending aid to Ukraine was "a price worth paying for democracy and freedom."
  • Johnson is engaging with other leaders, including President Biden, at the G7 summit in Germany.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday said that allowing Russian President Vladimir Putin to succeed in his invasion of Ukraine would be "absolutely catastrophic."

Johnson made the remarks while appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," only hours after Russia launched more missile attacks in Kyiv.

The British leader told anchor Jake Tapper that Western nations needed to maintain their resolve in assisting Ukraine in their efforts to stave off further advances by Russian military forces, even with oil prices remaining elevated across much of the world, including the US.

"I would just say to people in the United States that this is something that America historically does and has to do, and that is to step up for peace and freedom and democracy," he said. "And if we let Putin get away with it, and just annex, conquer sizable parts of a free, independent, sovereign country, which is what he is poised to do ... then the consequences for the world are absolutely catastrophic."

Johnson and other Group of Seven (G7) world leaders arrived in Germany's Bavarian Alps this weekend and are set to continue mapping out their approach to handling Russia's aggression.

US President Joe Biden on Sunday announced that the G7 would bar gold imports from Russia in order to cut off another revenue stream that could be used to continue funding their invasion, according to The Washington Post.

However, as energy costs rise globally, G7 leaders are also contending with their resolve in maintaining sanctions against Russia — especially as consumers and workers have grown increasingly frustrated by higher costs compared to a year ago.

Johnson has been a staunch ally to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the conflict, even visiting Kyiv twice to meet with the leader.

The British prime minister cautioned that allowing Russia to succeed in its mission would create more challenges in the future.

"You can see the consequences, the lessons that will be drawn," he told CNN. "That is what is ultimately disastrous, not just for democracy and for the independence of countries, but for economic stability."

Johnson emphasized that funding for Ukraine from Western nations, including billions in US aid, was "a price worth paying for democracy and freedom."

He also said that the crackdown on political opposition in Russia has allowed Putin to pursue his ambitions unchecked.

"Do you really think that Vladimir Putin would have launched an invasion of another sovereign country if he'd had people to listen to, properly arguing, if he'd had a committee of backbenchers?" he asked.

And Johnson opined that he didn't feel as though American democracy was in peril, despite the political turmoil caused by the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.

"I think that reports of the death of democracy in the United States are grossly, grossly exaggerated," he told Tapper. "America is a shining city on a hill for me, and it will continue to be so."

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says providers should face criminal consequences — not the woman— if an illegal abortion is performed in the state

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 2:42pm
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, is sworn into the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Dirksen Building titled Examining Federal Sentencing for Crack and Powder Cocaine, on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.
  • Hutchinson says the providers who perform illegal abortions should face criminal penalties, not the woman.
  • Arkansas was one of the states that banned abortions, following the Supreme Court's decision. 
  • On Friday, SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortions nationwide. 

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says that providers should face criminal repercussions if they perform an illegal abortion in the state — not the woman — during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

Moderator Chuck Todd asked Hutchinson if there will be "a department in Arkansas that inspects all miscarriages or investigates miscarriages," to which the governor responded, "No."

"We obviously have oversight of abortion clinics to make sure that they follow the law. But again, Chuck, this is about a limited ruling on abortion that is historic in nature, will save lives," Hutchinson said. "But the other decisions, when you're talking about miscarriages, the exception is, of course, if the life of the mother, if there's a medical, health emergency, and that's between the physician."

He added, "They're going to make those judgments on how to handle those things. This is simply about abortion."

—Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) June 26, 2022

Arkansas was among the states that had "trigger laws" that went into effect after the Supreme Court repealed Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that legalized abortion. In the state, the only exception of the law is to save the person's life, with no exceptions for incest or rape, local news reported.

During the program, Todd asked the Republican governor if  physicians who perform a "necessary" abortion if they're "going to get investigated."

"They certainly should not," Hutchinson said. 

He added, "They have to make those medical judgments. And it's not the state's judgment to reconfigure those or to rethink those. They make those judgments," Hutchinson said. "And the decision that has to be made is whether there's an abortion, and then you go after the provider as a criminal penalty, not the woman."

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Period tracking app companies are searching for ways to protect users' information in wake of Roe decision

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 2:40pm
Protests are happening across the country in response to the Supreme Court's decision and the looming abortion bans in certain states.
  • An "anonymous mode" is on the horizon for period-tracking app users.
  • Data sharing has always been a concern with health apps; an abortion ban heightens legal risks.
  • Deleting your tracking app isn't enough — your data must be deleted first.

Period and fertility tracking apps are exploring ways to offer users anonymity after the Supreme Court's overturned Roe v. Wade, in an effort to protect them from legal action in states where abortions will be banned.

Apps like Flo, Natural Cycles, and Clue are used by millions to track menstruation and fertility. Now users' personal health information is at risk of being used against them as more states head toward criminalizing abortion.

Data in the cloud is owned by the company, and can be subpoenaed by law enforcement and used to build a case against someone suspected of having an abortion. Information about period irregularities could be evidence in a state where abortion is illegal.

Privacy isn't a new concern when it comes to period-tracking apps. Flo faced legal action after the Federal Trade Commission alleged the app shared sensitive user data with third parties for advertising purposes, Insider reported.

On Friday, Flo announced its plan to launch an anonymous mode to protect the identity of its users. Another app, Clue, vowed in a tweet to "stand up" for its American users and not share personal data with law enforcement.

"While we share limited user data for our own marketing purposes, we never share personal health data that users track in the app," a Clue spokesperson told Insider.

Birth-control app, Natural Cycles, also is working on a "completely anonymous experience," Wall Street Journal reports. 

"The goal is to make it so no one—not even us at Natural Cycles—can identify the user," the company's co-founder and co-chief executive, Raoul Scherwitzl, told Wall Street Journal.

For those who already added their personal information to the app, each company typically offers information on how to delete data. Just removing the app does not necessarily remove the information recorded.

Flo and Natural Cycles offer an email address for users to request data deletion.

Andrea Ford, a research fellow at the University of Edinburgh, encouraged users to weigh the risks of their data being shared, with the convenience of using an app.

"If I lived in a state where abortion was actively being criminalized, I would not use a period tracker — that's for sure," she told NPR.

Eva Blum-Dumontet, a tech policy researcher, believes the risk of private user data being shared with law enforcement is low, but doesn't want users to have a "false sense of security," she told Insider.

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A near-perfect 30,000-year-old baby woolly mammoth discovered in Yukon's Klondike gold fields

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 1:26pm
Nun cho ga Baby Woolly Mammoth found in Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin Traditional Territory, Yukon, Canada
  • Miners have discovered a 30,000 year old mummified baby woolly mammoth in Yukon, Canada. 
  • It is the most complete mammoth discovered in North America. 
  • The female baby mammoth still has intact toenails, hide, hair, trunk, and even intestines. 

A gold miner found a mummified baby woolly mammoth in the Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin Traditional Territory in Yukon, Canada. 

According to a press release from the local government, the female baby mammoth has been named Nun cho ga by the First Nation Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in elders, which translates to "big baby animal" in the Hän language. 

Nun cho ga is the most complete mummified mammoth discovered in North America.

Nun cho ga died and was frozen in permafrost during the ice age, over 30,000 years old, said the press release. She would have roamed the Yukon alongside wild horses, cave lions, and giant steppe bison.  

The frozen mammoth was recovered by geologists after a young miner in the Klondike gold fields found the remains while digging up muck.

Dr. Grant Zazula, the Yukon government's paleontologist, said the miner had made the "most important discovery in paleontology in North America,"reported The Weather Channel.

The baby mammoth was probably with her mother when it but ventured off a little too far and got stuck in the mud, Zazula told The Weather Channel.

—Prof Dan Shugar (@WaterSHEDLab) June 24, 2022

Professor Dan Shugar, from the University of Calgary, part of the team who excavated the woolly mammoth, said that this discovery was the "most exciting scientific thing I have ever been part of."

He described how immaculately the mammoth had been preserved, saying that it still had intact toenails, hide, hair, trunk, and even intestines, with its last meal of grass still present. 

According to the press release, Yukon is renowned for its store of ice age fossils, but rarely are such immaculate and well-preserved finds discovered. Zazula wrote in the press release that "As an ice age paleontologist, it has been one of my lifelong dreams to come face to face with a real woolly mammoth.

"That dream came true today. Nun cho ga is beautiful and one of the most incredible mummified ice age animals ever discovered in the world."

The woolly mammoth, about the size of the African elephant, roamed the earth until about 4,000 years ago. Early humans, hunted them for food and used mammoth bones and tusks for art, tools, and dwellings. Scientists are divided as to whether hunting or climate change drove them into extniction.


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Sen. Lindsey Graham says SCOTUS overturning Roe v. Wade 'was a glorious day,' calling it a 'huge victory for the pro-life movement'

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 12:52pm
US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham questions Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on March 23, 2022.
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham championed the reversal of Roe v. Wade.
  • "This is a huge victory for the pro-life movement," Graham told "Fox News Sunday."
  • In addition, he championed former President Donald Trump, saying he deserves credit for the decision. 

Sen. Lindsey Graham championed former President Donald Trump and hailed the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade ruling during an interview on "Fox News Sunday."

"This is a huge victory for the pro-life movement. President Trump deserves a lion's share of credit here. He fought like a tiger to put three constitutional conservative judges on the court," the South Carolina senator said. "He stood behind Kavanaugh and all of us who have been working for the last 50 years to get this right and to have a constitutional reset."

"Friday was a glorious day," Graham added.

The highest court's conservative majority delivered the ruling on Friday, giving the states the authority to create their own abortion laws, as Insider reported. Many Americans flooded the streets outside the Supreme Court protesting the decision, while pro-life advocates were ecstatic about it

Separately, Trump also praised the decision and even took credit for it in a statement he released on Friday. 

"Today's decision, which is the biggest WIN for LIFE in a generation, along with other decisions that have been announced recently, were only made possible because I delivered everything as promised, including nominating and getting three highly respected and strong Constitutionalists confirmed to the United States Supreme Court," the statement said. 

During Fox News Sunday, Graham said the "radical left are constitutional anarchists" and told them to "elect people who agree with you."

He continued: "To the left, the way you do this is to do what we did. You take it to the ballot box, you don't try to destroy America. These constitutional anarchists like AOC, have to be dealt with and there will be a backlash  against this effort to intimidate our judges."

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House January 6 committee member says his main concerned is not seeing the DOJ charge Trump: 'Our democracy is on the line here. Our Constitution is at stake'

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 12:33pm
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) speaks to reporters at the end of a hearing on the January 6th investigation in the Cannon House Office Building on June 13, 2022 in Washington, DC.
  • The House committee investigating the Capitol riots recently held several public hearings. 
  • Rep. Jamie Raskin said his main concern was preventing another insurrection. 
  • He added that whether or not the DOJ files charges against Trump is not his "principal interest."

Rep. Jamie Raskin said his "principal interest" isn't whether or not the Department of Justice files charges against former President Donald Trump. 

On Sunday, ABC 'This Week' host Martha Raddatz asked Raskin: "Will you be disappointed if the Justice Department does not file charges against Donald Trump?" 

Raskin, a member of the House committee investigating the January 6 riots, replied: "Speaking for myself, that is not my principal interest. Our democracy is on the line here. Our Constitution is at stake."

His remarks come after several recent public hearings by the committee. 

—This Week (@ThisWeekABC) June 26, 2022

Raskin added that he's concerned that American democracy in the 21st century is going to be politicians upset with election results trying to overthrow it and seize power. 

"I'm principally interested in telling the American people the truth so we can fortify our institutions against whose an insurrectionist going forward," Raskin said.

"But, I know there is a great public hunger for individual criminal accountability and I've got confidence in the Department of Justice and  in Attorney General Merrick Garland to do the right thing." 

Other members of the committee, however, have said that the Justice Department should look into any crime Trump may have committed related to the January 6 riot. 

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, who sits on the panel and also leads the House Intelligence Committee, told ABC News earlier this month that he wanted to see the department examine Trump's pursuit to stop the certification of Biden's victory.

"I would like to see the Justice Department investigate any credible allegation of criminal activity on the part of Donald Trump," he said. 


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Clarence Thomas says American citizens are seemingly 'more interested in their iPhones' than 'their Constitution': book

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 12:03pm
Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
  • Thomas in a new book said that Americans have seemingly "lost interest" in constitutional matters.
  • "They're interested in what they want rather than what is right as a country," he said in the book.
  • Thomas said Scalia shared similar sentiments with him about the lack of urgency in protecting liberties.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in a new book expressed "disappointment" that more Americans aren't more attuned to the Constitution and remaining vigilant about the protection of liberties.

In the book, "Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words," co-edited by Michael Pack and Mark Paoletta, Thomas was interviewed by Pack for over 30 hours between November 2017 and March 2018, in what became an expanded companion to the 2020 documentary of the same name.

During the conversation, Thomas said that people are seemingly less attentive to the Constitution.

"I think we as citizens have lost interest and that's been my disappointment. That certainly was something that bothered Justice Scalia, that people tend to be more interested in their iPhones than their Constitution. They're interested in what they want rather than what is right as a country," he said.

When Pack asked if the loss of interest among the general population is "a burden for the Supreme Court," Thomas disagreed.

"No, it's a burden on them, the citizens," he said. "They're going to lose their liberties."

When Thomas was asked if the Supreme Court served to protect liberties, he said the nine-member body was only "one part of the effort."

"You protect your liberty. It's your country. We are one part of the effort, and it is the obligation of the citizens to at least know what their liberties are and to be informed," he said.

He added: "I think we are allowing ourselves to be ruled when we turn all that over to someone else and we're saying, 'Rule me.' Does it mean we get to make all the decisions? No. We have a system for doing that, but a part of that is our role in it, and our informed role in it, not what is said on TV, not what is said by some half-informed person."

Last week, Thomas played a key role in overturning Roe v. Wade — the 1973 decision that legalized abortion in the United States and afforded a constitutional right to the procedure.

The Supreme Court on Friday ruled 6-3 to uphold a Mississippi abortion ban, while voting 5-4 to overturn Roe.

The decision over abortion rights now rests with the states; 13 states had "trigger laws" in place that effectively banned abortion procedures immediately after the court overturned Roe.

Thomas in his concurring opinion wrote that the court should "reconsider" prior rulings on contraception, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage in making the case that cases involving the 14th Amendment's due process clause needed to be reviewed.

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New US weapons package for Ukraine includes 18 patrol boats to help protect its riverways from the Russian invasion

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 12:00pm
Sailors aboard a SeaArk patrol boat fire an LA51 warning device from an M500 shotgun during an weapons qualification course in Djibouti.
  • The US said it will provide Ukraine with 18 patrol boats to help protect its riverways.
  • The boats are part of the US' latest $450 million security aid package to Ukraine.
  • The latest security assistance packages have focused on helping Ukraine boost its coastal and river defenses.

The United States said it would provide 18 patrol boats to help Ukraine protect its riverways as part of the latest $450 million security aid package.

The package includes two 35-foot small-unit riverine craft, six 40-foot maritime combat craft, and ten 34-foot Dauntless Sea Ark patrol boats, the Department of Defense said on Thursday.

"These are largely to protect the riverways and to enable Ukraine to maintain its control of the riverways. They can also be used in close-in coastal areas," a senior defense official said during a briefing at the Pentagon. 

Several 34-foot Dauntless Sea-Ark's from Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 3 patrol the waters of San Diego Bay, Feb. 19, 2009. The U.S. recently pledged ten of these vessels to Ukraine as part of a $450 million security assistance package.

In addition to the boats, the package includes artillery such as four High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), 36,000 rounds of 105 mm ammunition, 18 tactical vehicles with which to move 155 mm artillery, 1,200 Mk 19 grenade launchers, and 2,000 machine guns. 

"Obviously, with each of these packages, we [also] provide a lot of spare parts," the official said. "We want to make sure they can keep the systems up and running." 

A soldier finishes firing the Mk 19 automatic grenade launcher, March 15, 2019, at Camp Atterbury, Ind. The U.S. pledged delivery of 1,200 Mk 19 automatic grenade launchers to deliver. .

Earlier this month, the US committed to providing two truck-mounted Harpoon systems to Ukraine to contribute to coastal defense. Other allied nations will send the Harpoon missiles themselves.

Ukraine recently claimed to have sunk a Russian tugboat in the Black Sea using two Harpoon missiles.

"This will be helpful in enabling the Ukrainians to defend Odesa and other positions along the Black Sea coast," the defense official said. 

A high mobility artillery rocket system is offloaded from a C-17 Globemaster III, Jan. 27, 2022, at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif. Four similar HIMARS were recently sent to Ukraine a

As Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, the conflict in the Black Sea has intensified. Russia has imposed a blockade on Ukrainian ports, leading to the disruption of global wheat exports and exacerbating a global food crisis.

Last week, Ukraine launched missile strikes against three Russian gas rigs in the Black Sea.

"On those towers, Russia had organized small garrisons and stored equipment for air defense, radar warfare, and reconnaissance," Sergiy Bratchuk of Odesa's regional military administration told an online briefing, according to Deutsche Welle.

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AOC says Supreme Court justices who lied under oath must face consequences for 'impeachable offense'

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 11:57am
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday called for consequences for justices who "lie under oath."
  • Ocasio-Cortez was referring to SCOTUS Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.
  • Two senators said the justices assured them they believed Roe v. Wade is law, but both voted to overturn it.

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."

"To allow that to stand is to allow it to happen," she continued. "And what makes it particularly dangerous is that it sends a blaring signal to all future nominees that they can now lie to duly elected members of the United States Senate in order to secure Supreme Court confirmations and seats on the Supreme Court."

—Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) June 26, 2022

Ocasio-Cortez added that she believes that lying under oath is an impeachable offense. 

"I believe that this is something that should be very seriously considered, including by senators like Joe Manchin and Susan Collins," she said.

The decision to overturn Roe v. Wade sparked protests nationwide. Since the decision was made public, a slew of prominent individuals from musician Jack White to lawmakers such as Ocasio-Cortez have blasted the ruling. Attorney General Merrick Garland condemned the court's decision, saying on Friday that it's a "devastating blow to reproductive freedom in the United States."

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Majority of Americans believe the Supreme Court will limit gay marriage after overturning Roe v. Wade: poll

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 11:37am
A person holds up a sign as they join people to protest the Supreme Courts 6-3 decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization at Washington Square Park on June 24, 2022 in New York City.
  • The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday. 
  • The landmark 1973 decision made abortion legal. 
  • More than half of Americans are now worried the Court could limit gay marriage, per a CBS/YouGov poll. 

More than half of Americans think the Supreme Court will limit gay marriage after overturning Roe v. Wade, a CBS News poll found. 

In a poll of 1,541 Americans taken on June 24 and 25, immediately following the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling that overturned the 1973 landmark decision that made abortion legal, 57% said it was very or somewhat likely that the court would rule to limit gay marriage next. 

More than half of respondents also said it's very or somewhat likely that the court would rule to limit access to birth control. 

The poll found that more than half of those surveyed said the Supreme Court's ruling would make life worse for Americans, with 50% saying they feel upset. 

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