Nebraska GOP's Plan to Enact Abortion Ban: Make It A Combo
Lawmakers will vote on a combination of an anti-abortion bill with an anti-trans measure to get both passed. Plus: Reviewers roast Sen. Josh Hawley's "Manhood." And: J.K. Rowling endorses bigotry.
Good morning and thanks for rising up with me on this Tuesday, May 16, 2023. On this day in 1918, the Sedition Act was passed, and who would have guessed it would be needed a little more than a century later after an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol?
Hollywood hosted the first Academy Awards on this day in 1929. The Jazz Singer was eliminated from consideration because, as a “talkie,” it was seen as an unfair competitor to silent films of the day. Get this: The winners of the awards were announced in advance! Charlie Chaplin won an honorary Oscar.
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THEY’RE 'ALL IN;’ NEBRASKA CONSERVATIVES’ GAMBLE TO ENACT SWEEPING LEGISLATION: The Associated Press calls it “an all-or-nothing bet:” Merging two of this legislative session’s most contentious proposals into one bill: One to restrict abortion and another that would ban gender-affirming care for minors.
The unconventional move follows conservatives’ failure by a single vote last month to advance a bill that would have banned abortion at around six weeks of pregnancy. Now, conservatives are backing an effort to amend the transgender health bill to include restricting abortion to 12 weeks of gestation.
The strategy sets up a vote today that could give conservatives a win on both abortion and trans health bans — or could see them lose both. —A.P.
I strongly recommend you subscribe to Jessica Valenti’s important Substack, Abortion, Every Day, which is how I learned about Nebraska! She also tells the heartbreaking story of yet another woman who developed sepsis after being denied an abortion for a doomed pregnancy. It happened in Texas, and you need to read and share her story.
RUDY GIULIANI’S FORMER ASSISTANT CALLS HIM A “SEXIST SEXUAL PREDATOR” IN LAWSUIT
Noelle Dunphy, Giuliani’s former assistant from 2019 to 2021, filed a $10 million lawsuit against him Monday. An attorney for the man who was once mayor of NYC — before he was Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer — suggested Dunphy was an “escort,” citing a prior domestic abuse lawsuit. Rolling Stone calls the sexual assault allegations, “graphic.”
THE DURHAM REPORT ON THE FBI INVESTIGATION OF DONALD TRUMP: This complex look at the Russia probe is worth reading. —The New York Times
“While it did sharply criticize the FBI and the origins of the Russia-Trump probe, Durham's report concluded without sending a single person to prison, falling far short of the inflated expectations set in the Trump-friendly press. In fact, after millions of dollars were spent on the years-long investigation, Durham only ultimately secured the conviction of a low-level FBI lawyer who avoided serving jail time.” —Oliver Darcy in CNN Reliable Sources newsletter
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING: 3 people are dead in New Mexico. The gunman was killed by police. —Farmington Daily Times
THIS WAS THE 225th MASS SHOOTING OF 2023, which is only 136 days old. Learn more at the Gun Violence Archive.
BASEBALL BAT ATTACK: A constituent looking to speak to Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly attacked two people at his Virginia office, including an intern on her first day. They’re recovering. He’s under arrest. —CBS News
VIRGIN ISLANDS SUBPOENA ELON MUSK DOCUMENTS IN JEFFREY EPSTEIN INVESTIGATION: Reuters
FRANCE TO TRAIN UKRAINIAN FIGHTER PILOTS: Barron’s
MISSOURI TEACHER RESIGNS AFTER GETTING CAUGHT ON VIDEO, REPEATEDLY USING N-WORD IN CLASSROOM: KSPR
GOP HOUSE AND SENATE DIVIDED OVER DEBT CEILING TALKS: Politico
WHICH PRESIDENTS RAISED THE MOST DEBT? Click here
“MANHOOD,” SEN. JOSH HAWLEY’S MEMOIR, IS BEING SAVAGED BEFORE IT’S PUBLISHED: The U.S. Senator from Missouri’s long-awaited book — Manhood: The Masculine Virtues America Needs — isn’t even out yet, but the reviews are in, and they are lousy! —The Daily Beast
“What an awful piece of whiney drivel. Could not finish. Don’t waste your money,” wrote one reviewer, next to a one-star rating. The thing is, these people haven’t read even a single page. It’s all made-up to troll Hawley.
DeSANTIS SIGNS ANTI-DEI LAW: Florida’s GOP governor and its Republican led-legislature banned the state's public colleges and universities from spending money on diversity, equity and inclusion programs. —NPR
"If you look at the way this has actually been implemented across the country, DEI is better viewed as standing for discrimination, exclusion and indoctrination," the potential GOP candidate for president said.
MOVE BY DeSANTIS CAMPAIGN COULD TRIGGER ANNOUNCEMENT: NBC News
J.K. ROWLING ENDORSES BIGOTRY: The Harry Potter author, who has devoted more time to anti-trans propaganda than to fictional tales of wizards, tweeted her support for another transphobe. As We Got This Covered reports, Rowling “forged a mutual appreciation society with Ben Appel, author of a new book criticizing gender-affirming care for minors.”
THE TRANS MAN FEATURED IN THE PHOTO WROTE A BOOK: Schuyler Bailar’s He/She/They is available for pre-order and releases this fall!
TEXAS STATE SENATE CONSIDERS BAN ON TRANS HEALTHCARE: Texas Tribune
BAN ON TRANS COLLEGE ATHLETES ADVANCES IN TEXAS HOUSE: Dallas Morning News
TEXAS LEADS NATION IN MOST ANTI-TRANS LEGISLATION: Axios
GAY DONOR TO WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY SAYS HE WON’T SUPPORT ATHLETICS SO LONG AS BOB HUGGINS REMAINS COACH: WVsportsnow
ICYMI: SAYING '“FAG” ON THE RADIO WILL COST HUGGINS $1 MILLION: Los Angeles Blade
MONKEYPOX IS NOT OVER: CBS News
GOING TO YOUR DOCTOR’S OFFICE? BEST TO WEAR A MASK: CNN
ACTOR JAMIE FOXX NOW UNDERGOING REHAB IN CHICAGO: Yahoo
CONGRATS TO CT HIGH SCHOOL SKATER: Genella Evans of West Hartford, Conn., a member of Hall High’s Class of 2023, was recognized with the Gold Level award for graduating seniors from the Program Development Committee for U.S. Figure Skating. Evans has been on skates since she was four years old! —WeHa.com
Star Trek Corner
ARE YOU READY TO SEE CAROL KANE PLAY CHIEF ENGINEER PELIA? Star Trek Strange New Worlds premieres in less than a month! BleedingCoolNews
HOW TO VIEW EVERY SEASON OF EVERY STAR TREK SERIES: Click here to subscribe to Paramount+
That’s all for today! I’ll be back tomorrow with more news to help you rise up and start your day. Until then… May your news be good news!
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