Opinions Review http://feed.informer.com/digests/XDOCBDJCK3/feeder Opinions Review Respective post owners and feed distributors Wed, 14 Nov 2018 09:39:54 -0500 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Russia’s Jews fear resurgent anti-Semitism amid Ukraine war https://www.politico.eu/article/vladimir-putin-ukraine-war-forces-russia-jews-to-adapt-to-new-life-at-home-and-abroad/ Top Stories urn:uuid:e2e07edb-e966-39eb-7f09-1e27751cced4 Sun, 03 Jul 2022 23:15:45 -0400 Jews have fled Russia in droves, but those who remain are scared of a return to the darkest days of discrimination. Victor Jack Jews dance during a ceremony in the Jewish Museum in Moscow on June 13, 2013. AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko UK risks Chinese anger over trade talks with Taiwan https://www.politico.eu/article/uk-discussion-taiwan-trade-cptpp-anger-china/ Top Stories urn:uuid:c167bf14-b1b0-771f-1f14-2a13afb50b00 Sun, 03 Jul 2022 23:15:45 -0400 Beijing issues a warning over London’s talks with Taiwan’s chief trade negotiator. Graham Lanktree British Union flag waves in front of the Elizabeth Tower at Houses of Parliament containing the bell know as "Big Ben" in London on March 29, 2017. AP Photo Last WWII Medal of Honor recipient to lie in honor at Capitol https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/03/world-war-ii-medal-honor-hershel-williams-00043891 Top Stories urn:uuid:71930841-8c52-1928-a8eb-16330e3048a9 Sun, 03 Jul 2022 20:30:01 -0400 Hershel W. “Woody” Williams died last week at the age of 98. <img src="https://static.politico.com/b2/5c/c9b875ec404d9b968249a0c6e0e7/https-delivery.gettyimages.com/downloads/187672626"> <br> <p>WASHINGTON — Hershel W. “Woody” Williams, the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, will lie in honor at the Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday.</p> <p>A date and other details will be announced later, Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement.</p> <p>“Woody Williams embodied the best of America: living a life of duty, honor and courage,” Pelosi said. Schumer said: “Woody Williams was an American hero who embodied the best of our country and the greatest generation.”</p> <p>Williams, who died on Wednesday at 98, was a legend in his native West Virginia for his heroics under fire over several crucial hours at the battle for Iwo Jima. As a young Marine corporal, Williams went ahead of his unit in February 1945 and eliminated a series of Japanese machine gun positions. Facing small-arms fire, Williams fought for four hours, repeatedly returning to prepare demolition charges and obtain flamethrowers.</p> <p>Later that year, the 22-year-old Williams received the Medal of Honor from President Harry Truman. The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest award for military valor.</p> <p>In remarks at a memorial Sunday in Charleston, West Virginia, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said Williams “never quit giving back.” That included raising money for gold star families — immediate family members of fallen service members — with an annual motorcycle ride.</p> <p>“It’s raised hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Manchin said. He joked that “it’s not going to be stopping, because Woody would come after me in a heartbeat.”</p> <p>Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, said he will miss Williams’ phone calls, noting how Williams would always give him directions and to-do lists.</p> <p>“I’ll miss him telling me how I’m supposed to vote. And when I didn’t, how I made a mistake,” Manchin said.</p> <p>Gen. David H. Berger, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, said at the memorial that Williams always took exception to the notion that he accomplished that feat alone. He always acknowledged the other men on his team, some of whom never returned home.</p> <p>“Woody may be the most genuine person I ever met,” Berger said, noting his unique combination of humility and humor. “He could make you laugh. He could make you care. That was his gift.”</p> <p>Williams remained in the Marines after the war, serving a total of 20 years, before working for the Veterans Administration for 33 years as a veterans service representative. In 2018, the Huntington VA medical center was renamed in his honor, and the Navy commissioned a mobile base sea vessel in his name in 2020.</p> <p>“He left an indelible mark on our Marine Corps,” Berger said. “As long as there are Marines, his legacy will live on.”</p> <p>Manchin announced during his remarks that Williams would lie in state at the Rotunda, but Pelosi and Schumer said he would lie in honor. The distinction, according to the Architect of the Capitol, which oversees the building, is that government officials and military officers lie in state while private citizens lie in honor.</p> <p>There were 472 Medal of Honor winners during World War II among the millions of Americans who served in uniform during that war, in addition to the Unknown Soldier buried at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.</p> <p>Among the best known were Gen. Douglas MacArthur; aviators Pappy Boyington and Jimmy Doolittle; Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr., son of the former president; Army 2nd Lt. Audie Murphy, who became a Hollywood star; and Army 2nd Lt. Daniel Inouye, who went on to serve from 1963 to 2012 in the U.S. Senate.</p> Associated Press United States Marine Hershel "Woody" Williams, a Medal of Honor recipient, rides on a float during the Veteran's Day Parade on November 11, 2013 in New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty Images Last major Ukraine-controlled city in Luhansk region falls to Russia https://www.politico.eu/article/ukraine-lysychansk-luhansk-region-russia-defeat/ Top Stories urn:uuid:ade57144-0e6e-d89e-ec02-cb7348b99ff8 Sun, 03 Jul 2022 18:41:40 -0400 Ukrainian troops have retreated from the key city of Lysychansk, according to the military command. Sergei Kuznetsov Russian troops, including soldiers of a Chechen regiment, wave Russian and Chechen flags as they pose in front of a destroyed building in Lysychansk, Ukraine, on July 2, 2022. Ramzan Kadyrov&#x27;s Official Telegram channel via AP Long-missing Alexander Hamilton letter put on public display https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/03/long-missing-alexander-hamilton-letter-put-on-public-display-00043890 Top Stories urn:uuid:d829f819-cbed-ab8d-2121-3c3c3f8fa816 Sun, 03 Jul 2022 16:45:12 -0400 The letter was written to the Marquis de Lafayette, the French aristocrat who served as a general in the Continental Army. <img src="https://static.politico.com/60/4a/74a4a7f14b7ab2189db609fc9b83/hamilton-slavery-08307.jpg"> <br> <p>BOSTON — A letter written by Alexander Hamilton in 1780 and believed stolen decades ago from the Massachusetts state archives is going back on display — though not exactly in the room where it happened.</p> <p>The founding father’s letter will be the featured piece at the Commonwealth Museum’s annual July Fourth exhibit, Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin’s office says. It’s the first time the public is getting a chance to see it since it was returned to the state after a lengthy court battle.</p> <p>It will be featured alongside Massachusetts’ original copy of the Declaration of Independence.</p> <p>Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury who’s been getting renewed attention in recent years <a href="https://apnews.com/article/reviews-music-lin-manuel-miranda-film-reviews-entertainment-28d34d8aa0e1fba375a46b92eb313e7b" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;because of the hit Broadway musical&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://apnews.com/article/reviews-music-lin-manuel-miranda-film-reviews-entertainment-28d34d8aa0e1fba375a46b92eb313e7b&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c5e1-da7b-ad93-fffb7e970000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c5e1-da7b-ad93-fffb7e970001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">because of the hit Broadway musical</a> that bears his name, wrote the letter to the Marquis de Lafayette, the French aristocrat who served as a general in the Continental Army.</p> <p>Dated July 21, 1780, it details an imminent British threat to French forces in Rhode Island.</p> <p>“We have just received advice from New York through different channels that the enemy are making an embarkation with which they menace the French fleet and army,” Hamilton wrote. “Fifty transports are said to have gone up the Sound to take in troops and proceed directly to Rhode Island.”</p> <p>It’s signed “Yr. Most Obedt, A. Hamilton, Aide de Camp.”</p> <p>The letter was forwarded by Massachusetts Gen. William Heath to state leaders, along with a request for troops to support French allies, Galvin’s office said.</p> <p>The letter was believed to have been stolen during World War II by a state archives worker, then sold privately.</p> <p>It resurfaced several years ago when an auctioneer in Virginia received it from a family that wanted to sell it. The auction house determined it had been stolen and contacted the FBI. A federal appeals court <a href="https://apnews.com/article/lifestyle-massachusetts-court-decisions-travel-museums-facc221feed804e4ddb7f89f0652320d" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;ruled in October&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://apnews.com/article/lifestyle-massachusetts-court-decisions-travel-museums-facc221feed804e4ddb7f89f0652320d&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c5e1-da7b-ad93-fffb7e970002&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c5e1-da7b-ad93-fffb7e970003&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">ruled in October</a> that it belonged to the state.</p> Associated Press A statue of Alexander Hamilton stands in Central Park in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. Frank Franklin II/AP Photo Putin's invasion has shattered dreams of progress, German chancellor says https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/03/olaf-scholz-germany-russia-ukraine-00043888 Top Stories urn:uuid:7203598b-377e-d401-15dc-99bf1e47aa3c Sun, 03 Jul 2022 15:01:37 -0400 Olaf Scholz said the international order has changed. <img src="https://static.politico.com/31/6b/271770b541dba97e57b2c80e3725/spain-nato-summit-75316.jpg"> <br> <p>German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Sunday that the Russian invasion of Ukraine ruptured illusions that had been in place since the end of the Cold War, creating a different dynamic in Europe than existed a few months ago.</p> <p>Speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," Scholz told host Margaret Brennan that the brutal invasion launched in February by Russian President Vladimir Putin had shaken the world out of its complacency.</p> <p>"I think too many in the world were hoping that we are living in a different world that is different to the experiences of the last century and the centuries before," Scholz said, adding that a part of that gentler world order was that "we have had an agreement that there should be no attempt to change territory, to change borders, to invade the neighbor." </p> <p>He told Brennan: "And this agreement is now canceled by Putin."</p> <p>Scholz said Putin was a throwback to those leaders who saw conquest as a demonstration of a nation's greatness.</p> <p>"What is Putin thinking of? He is thinking like the imperialists in the 17th, 18th, 19th century," he said. "He is thinking that all about the nation is power, and that if you are mighty enough, you can just take territory of your neighbors. And this is an activity and an idea we cannot accept and we will not accept."</p> <p>Russia's invasion has, in particular, changed the dynamics in Europe, including leading Finland and Sweden to join NATO. The German chancellor also said Putin's actions forced Germany to adjust its longtime international policies.</p> <p>“We took a very, very hard decision to change political strategies we followed for many decades — never to deliver weapons into a country that is in a conflict,” he said.</p> <p>Going forward, Germany will approach its international role differently, trying to become more nimble in the face of a crisis, he said.</p> <p>“We are changing the way how we spend money for defense," Scholz said. "And this is the big increase which will change the situation and will give us the chance to be more quick in reaction to a threat that is coming to NATO, the alliance, or to our country.”</p> <p>For Russia, Germany was the archenemy from World War II, when Adolf Hitler's forces invaded in June 1941 and left at least 20 million Soviet citizens dead. In recent years, though, Germany had become dependent on Russian energy — much too dependent according to Scholz.</p> <p>“It was not right that we were not prepared to have at any time the chance to change the one that is delivering gas, oil and coal to us," Scholz said. "So we should have invested all over Europe in infrastructure that gives us the ability to change the supply from one day to the other. And I think this is the lesson that has been learned in Europe and in many other places that you have to be prepared — be prepared for a situation like this.”</p> <p>Looking forward, Scholz told Brennan that he saw a world where there are many centers of power.</p> <p>"I think the world we are going to live in 2050 will be multi-polar," he said. "Many countries will be important. The United States, Russia, China, the European Union and the countries in this Union, but also Indonesia and India, or South Africa, countries from the south of America. And the big task of all of us is to make this work."</p> <p>But, according to Scholz, the war in Ukraine will stop only if Putin decides he must stop it.</p> <p>“The conflict will end when Putin understands that he will not be successful with idea to conquer part of the territory of his neighbor," he said.</p> David Cohen German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks with the media as he arrives for the NATO summit in Madrid, Spain, on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. Paul White/AP Photo ‘A tragic situation’: Governor discusses pregnant 10-year-old with CNN host https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/03/kristi-noem-abortion-children-00043886 Top Stories urn:uuid:13eb00e6-289f-8e9e-586c-1ff3b9b735b1 Sun, 03 Jul 2022 13:39:21 -0400 South Dakota Republican Kristi Noem didn't endorse an abortion. <img src="https://static.politico.com/47/91/652bda394ce5b774b83f45cab68d/noem-daughter-meeting-03867.jpg"> <br> <p>The case of a pregnant 10-year-old girl in Ohio became the focus of a pointed discussion Sunday between South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and CNN host Dana Bash.</p> <p>During a back-and-forth on CNN’s “State of the Union” about South Dakota’s abortion laws, Bash brought up with Noem <a href="https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2022/07/01/ohio-girl-10-among-patients-going-indiana-abortion/7788415001/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656868666848,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014f-1289-d432-adcf-33c9e3110022&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656868666848,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014f-1289-d432-adcf-33c9e3110022&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2022/07/01/ohio-girl-10-among-patients-going-indiana-abortion/7788415001/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c511-dc8e-a5d9-d7d56a670000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;the 10-year-old girl from Ohio&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c511-dc8e-a5d9-d7d56a660000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">the 10-year-old girl from Ohio</a> who was denied an abortion and then traveled to Indiana to terminate the pregnancy.</p> <p>When Bash asked Noem — a Republican governor against abortion rights — if South Dakota will, “going forward, force a 10-year-old in that very same situation to have a baby,” Noem expressed sympathy for the 10-year-old and called the story “tragic.” She also said no one was talking about the rapist in the situation.</p> <p>“As much as we can talk about what we can do for that little girl, I think we also need to be addressing those sick individuals that do this to our children,” she said.</p> <p>Bash answered: "But our bodies are our bodies, and women are the ones who get pregnant. And, in this case, it wasn't a woman. It was a girl."</p> <p>When pressed further, Noem said, “What I would say is, I don't believe a tragic situation should be perpetuated by another tragedy. And so there's more that we have got to do to make sure that we really are living a life that says every life is precious, especially innocent lives that have been shattered, like that 10-year-old girl.”</p> <p>Bash also asked if Noem would consider the life of a mother at risk in this situation.</p> <p>“And I think that's something that — yes, that situation, the doctor, the family, the individuals closest to that will make the decisions there for that family.”</p> <p>She went on to say that “every state will have different laws on the books … It's the way our Constitution intended.”</p> <p>Noem also said she believes that those who break South Dakota’s abortion laws should be punished.</p> <p>“And that's the doctors, not the women. I want to make sure that that's appropriate and that the women are not punished in this situation, and that we do support them as we go forward.”</p> <p>On the subject of paid leave, Noem said, “that's a discussion we're going to have” and “it's something that I have supported in the past and talked about.”</p> <p>Bash also asked if Noem would support the ballot measure in November that could expand Medicaid under Obamacare and allow low-income people without health insurance, particularly those who become pregnant, to be covered.</p> <p>“I think it's interesting because what that does is make sure that Medicaid expansion would cover able-bodied single individuals that are able to work,” Noem said. “And it also would include about an $80 million cost to the state.”</p> <p>Noem said she won’t be voting for the measure herself but will “certainly make sure that it's implemented fairly and that it's done fairly” should it pass.</p> Shayna Greene South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks. John Raoux/AP Photo ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy will continue for several weeks, Mayorkas says https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/03/remain-mexico-policy-mayorkas-said-00043884 Top Stories urn:uuid:0856d8ba-6b24-41ce-fd65-79e3535a85cf Sun, 03 Jul 2022 12:37:49 -0400 All the particulars must be sorted out. <img src="https://static.politico.com/d0/b2/b7ae39874a2f8ce12192ffeb06b3/ap22137775644563.jpg"> <br> <p>The Supreme Court last week <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/30/supreme-court-rejects-challenge-to-biden-effort-to-end-trumps-remain-in-mexico-program-00043432" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;rejected a challenge&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/30/supreme-court-rejects-challenge-to-biden-effort-to-end-trumps-remain-in-mexico-program-00043432&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c4ee-df32-ab81-ceeee41f0004&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c4ee-df32-ab81-ceeee41f0005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">rejected a challenge</a> to President Joe Biden’s effort to stop the previous administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program, which forced many asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for hearings before U.S. immigration judges.</p> <p>Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Sunday told the hosts of both ABC’s “This Week” and CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the current policy will continue for the next few weeks.</p> <p>“We need to wait until the Supreme Court’s decision is actually communicated to the lower court, to the federal District Court and the Northern District of Texas, and, once that occurs, the District Court should lift its injunction that is preventing us from ending the program,” Mayorkas told ABC’s Martha Raddatz.</p> <p>Mayorkas said the “Remain in Mexico” program “has endemic flaws and causes unjustifiable human tragedy.”</p> <p>In the meantime, migrants will continue to go through immigration enforcement proceedings, Mayorkas told CBS’ Margaret Brennan.</p> <p>“Their proceedings will continue in immigration court, where they will pursue their claims for asylum. And if those claims are unsuccessful, they will be swiftly removed from the United States,” he said.</p> <p>On both TV programs, Mayorkas reiterated the administration’s plea to migrants not to make the dangerous journey to the U.S. and pointed to the 53 migrants <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/29/us/texas-migrants-deaths-truck.html" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;who died from extreme heat in a truck&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/29/us/texas-migrants-deaths-truck.html&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c4ee-df32-ab81-ceeee41f0006&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c4ee-df32-ab81-ceeee41f0007&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">who died from extreme heat in a truck</a> that transported them into San Antonio. Critics have argued the Biden administration is too welcoming to migrants.</p> <p>When asked by Raddatz if it was true that the vehicle was waved through at a checkpoint because traffic was backed up, Mayorkas said “the facts are still under investigation” and that four individuals have been charged.</p> <p>Mayorkas went on to say that smuggling operations have become “extraordinarily sophisticated,” beyond the human smuggling cases he prosecuted in the 1990s in Los Angeles.</p> <p>He also said that the administration is working with Mexico and other Latin American countries to try to curb the influx of people risking their safety to travel to the border. In fiscal year 2022, the department has stopped more than 400 vehicles and rescued more than 10,000 migrants from criminal smuggling operations, Mayorkas said.</p> <p>Raddatz also asked if Mayorkas thought the Biden administration's strategy for the border was working.</p> <p>“I think that we are doing a good job, we need to do better,” Mayorkas said.</p> <p>He also pointed to the fact that Biden’s fiscal year 2023 budget calls for 300 more border patrol agents and that the department is hiring case processors.</p> <p>“We are addressing this issue vigorously and aggressively to address the amount of — the number of encounters that we are experiencing at the southern border,” Mayorkas said.</p> Shayna Greene Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas listens to a Border Patrol agent as he tours a section of the border wall, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Hidalgo, Texas. Pool photo by Joel Martinez Mississippi's governor: Full speed ahead with new abortion restrictions https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/03/abortion-mississippi-reeves-roe-wade-00043880 Top Stories urn:uuid:5020d43f-0016-b36e-56a5-3accd6c210f5 Sun, 03 Jul 2022 12:02:48 -0400 “This entire court battle was never about winning a court case,” Gov. Tate Reeves said. <img src="https://static.politico.com/98/7d/47e16b634ae8ba9bf1d4df7feb38/governors-veto-mississippi-17673.jpg"> <br> <p>Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Sunday his state intends to press forward with its efforts to make abortion exceedingly rare in Mississippi, even as complex questions associated with its law — and others around the nation —<b> </b>continued to bubble up.</p> <p>"This entire court battle was never about winning a court case; it was always about creating a culture of life, and that's exactly what we are doing here in Mississippi," said Reeves, a Republican, on "Fox News Sunday."</p> <p>It was Reeves' state that was at the heart of <i>Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization</i>, the June ruling in which the U.S. Supreme Court overturned <i>Roe v. Wade</i>. The five-member majority, led by Justice Samuel Alito, went beyond upholding the Mississippi law, overturning the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationally.</p> <p>"We have to prove that being pro-life is not simply about being anti-abortion, and, in our state, we are enacting policies to do exactly that," Reeves told host Mike Emanuel, without specifying what policies he meant or how they would be implemented.</p> <p>Mississippi is facing a fresh challenge from the Jackson Women's Health Organization, which is arguing that a prior Mississippi Supreme Court ruling had said that the right to have an abortion was found in the state's Constitution. </p> <p>"Unless there is an injunction which forces us not to enforce it, then, of course, we're going to enforce the law," Reeves said. He said he expects Mississippi's law to be upheld within the state.</p> <p>The state is not alone in this regard; so-called trigger laws, all with different restrictions and provisions, that kicked in (or will kick in) around the nation have been challenged on various legal grounds.</p> <p>Emanuel peppered Reeves with a series of questions based on scenarios that have emerged since the <i>Dobbs</i> ruling, some of them concerning the ability of people to go to other states to obtain abortions and some concerning medications that can be sent through the mail or otherwise obtained from outside the state.</p> <p>"In our state," Reeves said, "the enforcement is done by the state board of medical licensure. We have a state board of medical licensure which actually oversees the practice of medicine in our state, and they ensure that any physician that is practicing, whether it's through telemedicine or otherwise, that any physician that practices in our state is practicing not only based upon the standards of care that we require in our state, but also based upon state law."</p> <p>Emanuel also asked the governor about the state potentially using surveillance of email and cellphones to guarantee Mississippi residents were not obtaining abortions, something that was clearly not an issue before the <i>Roe v. Wade </i>ruling.</p> <p>"I have no reason to believe that there will be any surveillance of mail or phones," Reeves said.</p> <p>In response to another question, Reeves suggested that discussions about exceptions for rape within state laws were basically a distraction, since very few abortions were obtained because of rape and incest. Mississippi's law allows for exceptions for rape or incest, though some lawmakers are seeking to eliminate those provisions.</p> <p>"If the far-left really believe what they want you to believe," he said, "if they really believe that the American people were with them and were for abortion on demand, then they wouldn't be talking about all of these exceptions and minor numbers."</p> <p>The Mississippi law also allows exceptions to save the life of the mother, though it can be tough to know exactly when that element might come into play — and whether physicians could face repercussions for making that determination.</p> <p>"There's always the potential for confusion," Reeves said, "but when you think about the exception for the life of the mother, in essence you have a true medical decision that has to be made by the physician because you have two lives at stake."</p> David Cohen Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves speaks to reporters. Rogelio V. Solis/AP Photo Homeland Security chief: ‘We are in a heightened threat environment’ https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/03/mayorkas-heightened-threat-environment-00043882 Top Stories urn:uuid:f6427750-0705-b232-65ca-479119469399 Sun, 03 Jul 2022 11:36:30 -0400 The country is on edge because of extremist rhetoric and real threats, Alejandro Mayorkas said. <img src="https://static.politico.com/9c/50/3fd7d90b4b58a441972cf9f616ce/senate-homeland-security-48580.jpg"> <br> <p>Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Sunday told CBS’ Margaret Brennan that the country is facing a “heightened threat environment,” noting both safety concerns for Supreme Court justices and recent demonstrations by white supremacist groups.</p> <p>The Supreme Court decision to <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/24/supreme-court-overturns-roe-v-wade-00042244" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;overturn <i>Roe v. Wade</i>&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/24/supreme-court-overturns-roe-v-wade-00042244&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c4bb-dffe-a5b7-ddfbc3a30006&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c4bb-dffe-a5b7-ddfbc3a30007&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">overturn <i>Roe v. Wade</i></a> on June 24 has galvanized groups on both sides of the abortion rights debate, with some people protesting outside justices’ homes.</p> <p>Mayorkas said on “Face the Nation”: “We are very mindful that the Supreme Court's decision in reversing and overturning <i>Roe v. Wade</i> has really heightened the threat environment, and we have deployed resources to ensure the safety and security of the Supreme Court and the justices” including other staff members.</p> <p>“We do not condone violence, and law enforcement will and has responded to acts of violence when people do not honor their freedom to protest peacefully, but instead violate the laws of our country and the states within it,” he continued. </p> <p>A California man <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/07/01/the-real-reason-washington-ignored-kavanaughs-would-be-killer-00043679" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656861146047,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014f-1289-d432-adcf-33c9e3110022&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656861146047,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014f-1289-d432-adcf-33c9e3110022&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/07/01/the-real-reason-washington-ignored-kavanaughs-would-be-killer-00043679&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c49e-daca-a1ab-cddeacb50001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;was recently arrested&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c49e-daca-a1ab-cddeacb50000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">was recently arrested</a> near the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and charged with plotting to kill him.</p> <p>On Saturday, <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/masked-white-supremacist-patriot-front-march-in-boston-draws-condemnation-your-hate-is-as-cowardly-as-it-is-disgusting/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;several dozen masked white nationalists&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.cbsnews.com/news/masked-white-supremacist-patriot-front-march-in-boston-draws-condemnation-your-hate-is-as-cowardly-as-it-is-disgusting/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c4bb-dffe-a5b7-ddfbc3a40000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c4bb-dffe-a5b7-ddfbc3a40001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">several dozen masked white nationalists</a>, some with police shields and flags, marched through Boston. Last month, people believed to be associated with the same group, Patriot Front, were arrested in Idaho near a Pride event. They were found inside a U-Haul truck containing shields and at least one smoke grenade. Last week, members of the Proud Boys <a href="https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-07-01/alleged-proud-boys-disrupt-drag-show-event-at-bar-near-sacramento" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;disrupted a drag show&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-07-01/alleged-proud-boys-disrupt-drag-show-event-at-bar-near-sacramento&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c4bb-dffe-a5b7-ddfbc3a40002&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c4bb-dffe-a5b7-ddfbc3a40003&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">disrupted a drag show</a> in Sacramento, Calif., and allegedly threatened violence. Police intervened and the event was rescheduled.</p> <p>“I have said — and this has been echoed by the director of the FBI — that domestic violent extremism is one of the greatest terrorism-related threats that we face in the homeland today,” Mayorkas said to Brennan.</p> <p>When asked if funding, recruitment and membership of such groups should be considered grounds for prosecution, Mayorkas said that law enforcement only becomes involved in response to acts of violence and threats to harm people.</p> <p>“We, of course, protect vigorously individual's right to express themselves peacefully, the First Amendment rights, and that is something that we safeguard, but violence and threats of violence we do not condone.”</p> Shayna Greene Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas speaks during a Senate hearing. Mariam Zuhaib/AP Photo U.S. won't push Ukraine to negotiate, NSC's Kirby says https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/03/kirby-ukraine-russia-war-00043879 Top Stories urn:uuid:dd4482b0-2f44-8e8d-4245-08cb735765d1 Sun, 03 Jul 2022 10:27:25 -0400 "President Zelenskyy," John Kirby said, "he gets to determine how victory is decided and when and on what terms." <img src="https://static.politico.com/a2/a9/bd2b5a8b4845913c1dbf154981ed/russia-ukraine-war-73107.jpg"> <br> <p>It's not the United States' role to push Ukraine to negotiate a settlement with Russia, even if the Biden administration thought that it was the right thing to do, John Kirby said Sunday.</p> <p>"It's time for the United States to continue to support Ukraine, and that's what we are doing," the National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications said.</p> <p>Speaking to Mike Emanuel on "Fox News Sunday," Kirby said it will always be Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's call as to if and when to seek a negotiated settlement with President Vladimir Putin and Russia.</p> <p>"President Zelenskyy," Kirby said, "he gets to determine how victory is decided and when and on what terms. And [what] we're going to do is continue to make sure that can succeed on the battlefield so that he can succeed at the table. But even President Zelenskyy will tell you that the time is not now for those discussions."</p> <p>Russian troops continue to attempt to push forward, slowly and at great cost in human lives, in Ukraine's east and also have launched recent raids on Kyiv and other cities. </p> <p>But as other Biden administration officials have done since Russia launched what Putin intended as a lightning-fast invasion in February, Kirby said Ukraine has done a much better job fending off Russian invaders than anyone thought possible.</p> <p>"The Ukrainians are fighting really bravely and skillfully, Mike, and they're not only working to defend territory — and they have done a noble job of that — they're going on the counteroffensive," Kirby said.</p> David Cohen Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy holds a press conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, July 1, 2022. Nariman El-Mofty/AP Photo John Kirby defends Biden’s tweet on gas prices https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/03/kirby-biden-gas-prices-00043876 Top Stories urn:uuid:07fcb66a-6f87-f4e5-a772-28ed4e17c136 Sun, 03 Jul 2022 09:47:10 -0400 The president urged companies to “bring down the price you are charging at the pump.” <img src="https://static.politico.com/81/b6/70976c44413e9792cf455fab9092/biden-14252.jpg"> <br> <p>The National Security Council's John Kirby on Sunday defended President Joe Biden's weekend tweet urging gas companies to lower their prices.</p> <p>"I think anybody that knows President Biden knows he's plain-spoken and he tells exactly what he's thinking in terms that everybody can understand," Kirby said on "Fox News Sunday." Kirby, the National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications, talked to Mike Emanuel in a far-ranging interview.</p> <p>On Saturday, <a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/1543263229006254080?cxt=HHwWgMC4_d3u4uoqAAAA" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656854571964,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014f-1289-d432-adcf-33c9e3110022&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656854571964,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014f-1289-d432-adcf-33c9e3110022&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/1543263229006254080?cxt=HHwWgMC4_d3u4uoqAAAA&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c43a-dc8e-a5d9-d7ff5a090001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;Biden tweeted&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c43a-dc8e-a5d9-d7ff5a090000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">Biden tweeted</a>: "My message to the companies running gas stations and setting prices at the pump is simple: this is a time of war and global peril. Bring down the price you are charging at the pump to reflect the cost you’re paying for the product. And do it now."</p> <p>Emanuel displayed a response from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos suggesting Biden remarks' were "either straight ahead misdirection or a deep misunderstanding of basic market dynamics." Kirby rejected that criticism.</p> <p>"The American people are facing pain at the pump, clearly now, we are at $5 a gallon. The president is working very, very hard across many fronts, Mike, to try to bring that price down," Kirby said, citing the president's recent efforts at the G-7 summit and the release of oil from the nation's strategic oil reserve.</p> <p>"If everybody cooperates on this, we can bring the price down at least by about a dollar a gallon," Kirby said, "so he's working very, very hard to do this because he knows the impact that high gas prices have on the American household."</p> David Cohen John Kirby, National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications, speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Washington. Patrick Semansky/AP Photo HHS was asked to seek an ‘aggressive strategy’ on abortion by Biden, Becerra says https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/03/aggressive-strategy-abortion-biden-00043875 Top Stories urn:uuid:538c8700-5b90-c8fd-c011-6e5457c108ef Sun, 03 Jul 2022 09:27:14 -0400 “But unlike the previous administration, we do intend to respect the law,” the HHS secretary said. <img src="https://static.politico.com/b8/bf/d62c32a64cbab2ab002f7af95b94/hhs-becerra-79879.jpg"> <br> <p>Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra told NBC’s Chuck Todd that although the country must “heed the word of the Supreme Court,” the Biden administration is still seeking avenues to make sure people “have access to the care that they need, including abortion care.”</p> <p>The Supreme Court <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/24/supreme-court-overturns-roe-v-wade-00042244" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;voted 5-4 on June 24&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/24/supreme-court-overturns-roe-v-wade-00042244&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c442-df32-ab81-ceea5ed50006&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c442-df32-ab81-ceea5ed50007&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">voted 5-4 on June 24</a> to overturn <i>Roe v. Wade</i>, leaving the legality of abortion up to the states. So far, <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/24/abortion-laws-by-state-roe-v-wade-00037695" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;abortion is fully banned&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/24/abortion-laws-by-state-roe-v-wade-00037695&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c442-df32-ab81-ceea5ed50008&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c442-df32-ab81-ceea5ed50009&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">abortion is fully banned</a> in five states and will soon be illegal in another eight, though there have been a number of court challenges throughout the nation.</p> <p>In an interview that aired Sunday morning, Becerra reiterated the administration’s commitment. “The president in his first announcement said that he was tasking us at HHS to take on a number of issues, including medication abortion. And so he has asked us to seek as aggressive a strategy as we can. But unlike the previous administration, we do intend to respect the law,” he said, referring to former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election through various legal and not-so-legal stratagems, which were all eventually shut down by the courts.</p> <p>When asked by Todd on “Meet the Press” about clinics operating on federal land, Becerra said, “The difficulty is that simply because it's an idea, doesn't mean it can go out into practice. And so what we want to make sure is we can put things out into practice.”</p> <p>He continued by saying that there are people in need of abortion services now, “so we're going to do what we can to give people something as quickly as we can, even if it may not be everything they'd like.”</p> <p>Last week, <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/28/hhs-roe-supremecourt-abortion-becerra-00042795" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;HHS launched a website&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/28/hhs-roe-supremecourt-abortion-becerra-00042795&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c442-df32-ab81-ceea5ed5000a&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c442-df32-ab81-ceea5ed5000b&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">HHS launched a website</a> to help people find contraceptives and access to abortion services.</p> <p>Todd also asked Becerra about the concerns that some congressional Democrats have that the party isn’t fighting hard enough on abortion access.</p> <p>“I tell them, ‘Give us some good ideas,’ Becerra said. “And I also would ask them to please pass a law. They have it in their power, if they can find the votes to actually codify the <i>Roe</i> decision, which is what we need more than anything else.”</p> <p>He reiterated that the administration will do as much as they can, “but when you are stripped of a right, as the Supreme Court has just done to every woman of childbearing age, it is tough to overcome. It took 50 years for us to get as far as we did. Now we have to figure out how to do this. It will not be easy.”</p> Shayna Greene Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra speaks. Patrick Semansky/AP Photo Attacks on Cassidy Hutchinson were predictable, House committee member says https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/03/zoe-lofgren-jan-6-hearings-cassidy-hutchinson-00043874 Top Stories urn:uuid:809954be-eb93-2a85-6111-144c863a39d3 Sun, 03 Jul 2022 09:00:00 -0400 Rep. Zoe Lofgren provided insight into the Jan. 6 hearings. <img src="https://static.politico.com/93/b4/3ef1f1294e07a191b0a0ff574d44/capitol-riot-investigation-20931.jpg"> <br> <p>Rep. Zoe Lofgren said in an interview that aired Sunday that she is not surprised Cassidy Hutchinson's blockbuster Jan. 6 testimony last week has come under attack from former President Donald Trump and his allies.</p> <p>The California Democrat, who sits on the House select committee investigating the events of Jan. 6, 2021, said on NBC's “Meet The Press” that she expected Trump and friends would try to undermine the legitimacy of the former White House aide.</p> <p>“Well, we always expected Trump world to try and discredit her, and they are not disappointing us in that regard,” Lofgren told host Chuck Todd. “I thought her testimony was credible. She has nothing to gain by stepping forward and telling the truth. And Trump world has everything to lose by the truth. So they are doing their best to try and attack her, to discredit her.”</p> <p>In her testimony, Hutchinson <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/30/jan-6-committee-rallies-around-hutchinson-amid-trump-world-onslaught-00043658" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;shared that former Secret Service Agent Anthony Ornato told her&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/30/jan-6-committee-rallies-around-hutchinson-amid-trump-world-onslaught-00043658&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c430-d066-a3bb-de312e340006&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c430-d066-a3bb-de312e340007&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">shared that former Secret Service Agent Anthony Ornato told her</a> that Trump lunged toward the head of his detail on Jan. 6 in order to be driven to the Capitol and join his supporters.</p> <p>Lofgren said that although Ornato’s memory “doesn’t appear to be as precise,” Hutchinson’s testimony is consistent with what others have said.</p> <p>“Certainly, her testimony that she directly overheard President Trump saying that he didn't care if they had weapons, if the crowd had weapons, that they were not going to hurt him, and that they could march to the Capitol with their weapons after the speech. That was new and stunning, really," she said.</p> <p>When asked by Todd if the House committee blindsided the Department of Justice with Hutchinson’s testimony, Lofgren said she did not think so and was surprised that the DOJ didn’t subpoena the former aide themselves.</p> <p>“I was surprised that the prosecutors were surprised. What are they doing over there?” Lofgren said. “They have a much greater opportunity to enforce their subpoenas than our legislative committee does.”</p> <p>The committee is expecting to get a deposition on July 6 from Pat Cipollone, Trump’s White House counsel. Cipollone, who <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/04/12/trump-lawyers-jan6-interview-cipollone-philbin-00024868" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;reportedly was a major source of&nbsp; pushback&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/04/12/trump-lawyers-jan6-interview-cipollone-philbin-00024868&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c430-d066-a3bb-de312e350000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c430-d066-a3bb-de312e350001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">reportedly was a major source of&nbsp; pushback</a> against Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, was subpoenaed after Hutchinson's testimony “was so informative,” Lofgren told Todd. He had previously given an informal interview to the committee but has expressed concern about executive privilege, which isn’t an “absolute immunity,” Lofgren explained.</p> <p>President Joe Biden has waived executive privilege “on most occasions when it comes to getting the truth about the events leading up to January 6,” she said.</p> Shayna Greene Rep. Zoe Lofgren speaks at a Jan. 6 committee hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, June 13, 2022. J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo China state museum opens in Hong Kong amid patriotism drive https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/03/china-state-museum-hong-kong-patriotism-00043873 Top Stories urn:uuid:714639e8-3459-a685-bc81-b21e0db055bb Sun, 03 Jul 2022 08:23:32 -0400 Xi Jinping recently praised the city for overcoming “violent social unrest.” <img src="https://static.politico.com/8b/11/dc7be8b94435824d424b808339a0/hong-kong-palace-museum-38561.jpg"> <br> <p>HONG KONG — China’s famed Palace Museum opened a branch in Hong Kong on Sunday amid a drive to build loyalty to Beijing in the former British colony that reverted to Chinese rule 25 years ago.</p> <p>Works of calligraphy and paintings on silk dating back more than 1,000 years featured heavily in the exhibition, housed in a seven-story building in a newly developed harborside arts district.</p> <p>The delicate artworks will be returned to Beijing for safekeeping after 30 days, but China’s Communist Party leaders want the exhibition’s cultural and political impact to linger for far longer.</p> <p>The opening of the exhibition came just two days after China’s leader Xi Jinping <a href="https://apnews.com/article/xi-jinping-hong-kong-carrie-lam-government-and-politics-donald-tsang-2eec3052f657e64f286bb0cd86231abf" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;marked the anniversary of Hong Kong’s return&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://apnews.com/article/xi-jinping-hong-kong-carrie-lam-government-and-politics-donald-tsang-2eec3052f657e64f286bb0cd86231abf&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c405-dffe-a5b7-dd5fcb470004&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c405-dffe-a5b7-dd5fcb470005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">marked the anniversary of Hong Kong’s return</a> with a visit to what is officially called the special autonomous region and a speech emphasizing Beijing’s control under its vision of “one country, two systems.”</p> <p>Xi praised the city for overcoming “violent social unrest,” a reference to massive pro-democracy protests in 2019 that were followed by a crackdown that has snuffed out dissent and shut down independent media.</p> <p>The sweeping national security law imposed by Beijing has seen government critics who have not moved abroad being either jailed or intimidated into silence. That has <a href="https://apnews.com/article/china-beijing-hong-kong-db5cb27af6fba6edf7064e5df874a889" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;aligned Hong Kong&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://apnews.com/article/china-beijing-hong-kong-db5cb27af6fba6edf7064e5df874a889&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c405-dffe-a5b7-dd5fcb470006&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c405-dffe-a5b7-dd5fcb470007&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">aligned Hong Kong</a> ever closely with the party’s rigid controls exercised on the mainland and in the outer regions of Tibet, Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia.</p> <p>The political controls have increasingly taken on cultural and linguistic elements, and Friday’s ceremony was conducted entirely in the national language of Mandarin, rather than Hong Kong’s native Cantonese.</p> <p>The building of the Palace Museum branch in Hong Kong was controversial because of the lack of public consultation, and came as a surprise to many Hong Kong citizens.</p> <p>Daisy Wang, the museum’s deputy director, said the current exhibition was a “once in a lifetime opportunity to look at some of the rarest early works of painting and calligraphy in Chinese art history.”</p> <p>The collection was built during the Ming and Qing dynasties and many of its finest works now reside on the self-governing island of Taiwan, where they were taken after the Communists seized power on the mainland in 1949.</p> Associated Press Visitors tour the Hong Kong Palace Museum during the first day open to public in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 3, 2022. Kin Cheung/AP Photo North Korea slams U.S.-South Korea-Japan military cooperation https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/03/north-korea-slams-us-japan-military-cooperation-00043872 Top Stories urn:uuid:e4874fd3-4984-1734-24b8-5eae43250a48 Sun, 03 Jul 2022 07:09:38 -0400 At issue is a trilateral meeting among the U.S., South Korean and Japanese leaders on the sidelines of a NATO summit last week. <img src="https://static.politico.com/80/9f/a0c99b214f0dbdea9e75b3168159/koreas-tensions-05238.jpg"> <br> <p>SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Sunday slammed the United States, South Korea and Japan for pushing to boost their trilateral military cooperation targeting the North, warning that the move is prompting urgent calls for the country to reinforce its military capability.</p> <p>North Korea has long cited what it calls hostility by the United States and its allies as a reason to pursue a nuclear program. Sunday’s statement comes as North Korea’s neighbors say the country is ready for its first nuclear test in five years as part of its provocative run of weapons tests this year.</p> <p>“The prevailing situation more urgently calls for building up the country’s defense to actively cope with the rapid aggravation of the security environment of the Korean Peninsula and the rest of the world,” the North Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement, without elaborating how it would boost its military capacity.</p> <p>The statement took issue with a trilateral meeting among the U.S., South Korean and Japanese leaders on the sidelines of a NATO summit last week, during which they underscored the need to strengthen their cooperation to deal with North Korean nuclear threats.</p> <p>“The chief executives of the U.S., Japan and South Korea put their heads together for confrontation with (North Korea) and discussed the dangerous joint military countermeasures against it including the launch of tripartite joint military exercises,” the statement said.</p> <p>North Korea views U.S.-led military exercises in the region, particularly ones with rival South Korea, as an invasion rehearsal, though Washington and Seoul have repeatedly said they have no intentions of attacking the North.</p> <p>During the recent trilateral meeting, U.S. President Joe Biden said he was “deeply concerned” about North Korea’s continued ballistic missile tests and apparent plans to conduct a nuclear test. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said the importance of trilateral cooperation has grown in the face of North Korea’s advanced nuclear program, while Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said joint anti-missile drills would be important to deter North Korean threats.</p> <p>Earlier in June, the defense chiefs of the U.S., South Korea and Japan agreed to resume their combined missile warning and tracking exercises as part of their efforts to deal with North Korea’s escalating weapons tests.</p> <p>The North Korean statement accused the United States of exaggerating rumors about North Korean threats “to provide an excuse for attaining military supremacy over the Asia-Pacific region including the Korean Peninsula.”</p> <p>U.S. officials have said Washington has no hostile intent toward Pyongyang and urged it to return to disarmament talks without any preconditions. North Korea has rejected the U.S. overture, saying it would focus on buttressing its nuclear deterrent unless the United States drops its hostile policies toward the North, an apparent reference to U.S.-led economic sanctions and its regular military training with South Korea.</p> <p>North Korea claimed the recent NATO summit proves an alleged U.S. plan to contain Russia and China by achieving the “militarization of Europe” and forming a NATO-like alliance in Asia. It said “the reckless military moves of the U.S. and its vassal forces” could lead to dangerous consequences like a nuclear war simultaneously taking place in both Europe and Asia-Pacific.</p> <p>Pyongyang has often released similar warlike rhetoric and warned of the danger of nuclear war in times of heightened animosities with Washington and Seoul.</p> Associated Press U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, second from left, and South Korea's landing platform helicopter ship Marado, left, sail during a joint military exercise at an undisclosed location, June 4, 2022. South Korea Defense Ministry via AP Kemp racing to stay competitive with Abrams in fundraising https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/03/brian-kemp-stacey-abrams-fundraising-georgia-00043858 Top Stories urn:uuid:f5274367-9168-5075-d3fe-488fc85a9d64 Sun, 03 Jul 2022 07:00:00 -0400 The two candidates for Georgia governor are stuffing their campaign war chests for what is expected to be an expensive rematch. <img src="https://static.politico.com/6e/03/7342ce7a467dbdedd4334d43e87c/https-delivery.gettyimages.com/downloads/1399107165"> <br> <p>Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp should have no problem fundraising — and in some ways, he doesn’t. He locked up in-state donors in the GOP primary even after former president Donald Trump recruited a challenger. And so far, he has brought in more than $22 million in his bid for reelection — already more than what he raised in the whole 2018 cycle.</p> <p>But compared to the fundraising skills of his Democratic challenger, Stacey Abrams, Kemp’s just collecting pocket change.</p> <p>This year’s gubernatorial race is a rematch between Kemp and Abrams. Abrams won the fundraising race in 2018, but Kemp took Georgia’s governor’s mansion by just 55,000 votes. The fiery contest and close margin of victory transformed Abrams from an also-ran to a rising star in the Democratic Party.</p> <p>That means that when new fundraising numbers are released in a few days, the disclosures are likely to show Abrams taking a sizable lead over Kemp. So the incumbent has been accelerating his fundraising efforts to keep pace as much as possible.</p> <p>Abrams officially joined the race last December — about nine months later than the incumbent governor — but was only $1.6 million behind him in fundraising, according to financial disclosure forms for each campaign committee filed in March. By now, Abrams may have already overtaken Kemp; the second quarter filing period ended on June 30, and results will be released in early July.</p> <p>“Stacey Abrams has always been an elite fundraiser. And I don’t think that that dynamic is going to change,” said Chip Lake, a veteran Georgia GOP consultant. “Look, he [Kemp] doesn’t have to outspend Stacey Abrams, but he can’t get blown out of the water.”</p> <p>In addition to the advantage of incumbency, <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/24/georgia-kemp-primary-2022-00034935" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;Kemp actually emerged stronger after his bitter primary race&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/24/georgia-kemp-primary-2022-00034935&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c3c3-d066-a3bb-dfd310fa0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c3c3-d066-a3bb-dfd310fa0001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">Kemp actually emerged stronger after his bitter primary race</a>. Trump’s rage at Kemp for not backing his false claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent threatened to split the party, but Kemp’s smashing victory over Trump-endorsed David Perdue in May gave the governor a jolt heading toward the general election.<br></p> <br> <p>But to keep up with the velocity of Abrams’ fundraising, Kemp’s team is expanding its contacts with donors outside of Georgia who can contribute six-figure checks to his leadership PAC, and it’s paying several fundraising consultants to get the job done.</p> <p>“We have entered this general election, fully aware that we will be out-raised and out-spent,” said Cody Hall, Kemp’s spokesperson. “But you know, it’s a matter of how much we can keep pace, and we feel confident about that.”</p> <p>Hall added that fundraising more nationally is something that Kemp could have done better in 2018 and has made a priority now.</p> <p>That includes in-person pitches to some of the biggest-name donors in the party. Last October, Kemp flew out to Wisconsin to meet Liz Uihlein, the billionaire CEO of shipping giant Uline, which has a campus in Braselton, Georgia, northeast of Atlanta.</p> <p>Uihlein political adviser Tony Povkovich told POLITICO that the two discussed their families, voter integrity, the state’s recovery from Covid and the Port of Savannah. Afterward, Uihlein wrote Kemp two checks: one for $250,000 in January and another for $150,000 in April, according to the financial disclosure forms for Kemp’s PAC, Georgians First Leadership PAC.</p> <p>Some of the PAC’s largest donations have come from national businesses, like Uline, that have operations in Georgia, according to the most recent financial disclosure forms. One of them is Majestic Realty, a private development company for commercial real estate based in California with a regional office in Atlanta, which gave Kemp $250,000 last November.</p> <p>Another is SDH Management Service, a two-year-old LLC connected to Brett Steele, the vice president and chief legal officer of Smith Douglas Homes, a Woodstock, Ga.-based homebuilding company that works throughout the Southeast. SDH sent the PAC $150,000 in July 2021.</p> <p>Kemp has also attracted national figures at fundraisers — most notably, former president George W. Bush, who chipped in $5,000 at an event in Texas.<br></p> <br> <p>“When you’re in a gunfight, you don’t care where your ammo was manufactured, you just need it,” said John Watson, the Georgia GOP chair during the 2018 election cycle. “And so because of that, there will be and will continue to be an aggressive outreach to national donors and small donor programs. I anticipate that will be absolutely a critical part of [Kemp’s] overall finance plan.”</p> <p>To boost his donation numbers against Abrams, Kemp’s campaign has also retained the services of several financial consulting firms. Campaign Consulting Group has been handling in-state fundraising, according to Tate Mitchell, Kemp’s campaign press secretary. Kemp’s team has also paid for help from Washington, D.C.-based firms Dogwood Consulting Group, which has worked with the Senate Leadership Fund, and Briarwood Strategies, which has been hired by the Scalise Leadership Fund and Drew Ferguson for Congress this cycle and last, for fundraising consulting, according to disclosures to the Federal Elections Commission.</p> <p>Leadership PACs are new to this election cycle in Georgia. For the first time, gubernatorial candidates can run leadership PACS that accept unlimited donations and coordinate directly with the candidates in addition to their main campaign committees. Kemp has already raised an additional $4.7 million through this new campaign tool.</p> <p>It’s not yet known how much Abrams’ leadership PAC has brought in. Abrams launched her PAC in March but was forced to halt contributions until she won the primary in May and became the Democratic Party’s official gubernatorial nominee; because he is the incumbent, the law permitted Kemp to fundraise for his PAC even before the primary.<br></p> <br> <img src="https://static.politico.com/f2/0f/204ff8204f988f95973667c6d735/https-delivery.gettyimages.com/downloads/1399023268"> <br> <p>Based on early disclosures filed from her contributors, Abrams has at least $3.5 million: $1 million of which came from Democracy II, a PAC run by liberal mega-donor George Soros; $1 million from the Democratic Governors Association; and $1.5 million from Fair Fight Inc, the political action committee arm of the non-profit organization that Abrams founded in 2018.</p> <p>Her campaign committee has about $20.8 million — slightly behind Kemp’s campaign committee, although she’s been raising money for less than half the time. She also paused fundraising after the Supreme Court’s draft decision on abortion became public to support reproductive rights groups.</p> <p>The razor-thin margins for Georgia elections has made fundraising even more competitive since the last gubernatorial election. Joe Biden won the state in his presidential campaign by fewer than 12,000 votes. Last cycle’s Senate races were won by Democrats Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock by 50,000 and 90,000 votes, respectively, in runoff elections. And all four Senate candidates on the ballot smashed records for fundraising; In a single two-month reporting period before the election, the<a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2020/12/24/democrats-fundraising-records-georgia-senate-runoffs-450440" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot; candidates brought in more than $340 million&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2020/12/24/democrats-fundraising-records-georgia-senate-runoffs-450440&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c3c3-d066-a3bb-dfd310fa0002&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c3c3-d066-a3bb-dfd310fa0003&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"> candidates brought in more than $340 million</a> combined.</p> <p>Abrams once <a href="https://twitter.com/staceyabrams/status/1219718407127535617" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;said that Georgia was a “cheap date”&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://twitter.com/staceyabrams/status/1219718407127535617&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c3c3-d066-a3bb-dfd310fa0004&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c3c3-d066-a3bb-dfd310fa0005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">said that Georgia was a “cheap date”</a> when persuading Democrats to campaign there ahead of the 2020 General Election. She was right about the opportunity to win more Democratic officeholders, as seen in the 2020 cycle’s results, but those results came with high costs, and this year’s races are expected to continue the trend.</p> <p>“Every cycle gets more expensive. And I think this one will be more expensive than the last — as is every future election cycle,” Watson said. “So whatever the costs were before, I can only guarantee you one thing: it’ll be more this time.”</p> Brittany Gibson Republican gubernatorial candidate Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during his primary night election party on May 24, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. Joe Raedle/Getty Images How a well-heeled Brooklyn enclave could decide New York's hottest congressional primary https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/03/white-democratic-voters-could-decide-winner-00042996 Top Stories urn:uuid:5cdcabf3-f7e7-ea94-639e-b46a21fe1678 Sun, 03 Jul 2022 07:00:00 -0400 Nearly 60 percent of voters in the newly drawn district are white, highly educated and clustered in tony Brooklyn neighborhoods, where select candidates in the crowded field have long-standing ties. <img src="https://static.politico.com/aa/70/4d04dc47463799699c03c9e73c36/park-slope-brownstone.JPEG"> <br> <p>NEW YORK — It’s a crowded congressional primary fight in a district spanning some of New York City’s most diverse neighborhoods. But mostly-white Democratic voters in tony brownstone Brooklyn could end up single-handedly crowning the winner.</p> <p>If they’re not on vacation, that is.</p> <p>After a <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/27/nyregion/redistricting-congress-gerrymander-ny.html" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3272-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff7cad0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656694040905,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000016f-8c02-d64c-a9ff-dd1a6ea20001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656694040905,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000016f-8c02-d64c-a9ff-dd1a6ea20001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/27/nyregion/redistricting-congress-gerrymander-ny.html&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-baa8-dc8e-a5d9-bbfde3eb0001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;panel of judges threw out gerrymandered political maps&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-baa8-dc8e-a5d9-bbfde3eb0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">panel of judges threw out gerrymandered political maps</a> drawn up by New York Democrats in April, a court-appointed special master created the newly drawn 10th Congressional District. And it’s attracted over a dozen hopefuls, including former Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rep. <a href="https://cd.politicopro.com/member/339575" data-person-id="339575" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3272-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff7cad0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656694060442,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000016f-8c02-d64c-a9ff-dd1a6ea20001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656694060442,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000016f-8c02-d64c-a9ff-dd1a6ea20001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;member&quot;:&quot;{\&quot;identifier\&quot;:\&quot;339575\&quot;,\&quot;url\&quot;:\&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/339575\&quot;,\&quot;preferredName\&quot;:\&quot;Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY)\&quot;,\&quot;isCommittee\&quot;:false}&quot;,&quot;text&quot;:&quot;Mondaire Jones&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/339575&quot;,&quot;personId&quot;:&quot;339575&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-baa9-d590-abb9-ffad22c10000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;353fe80b-e1b5-3663-85ca-add066ecafc0&quot;}">Mondaire Jones</a> of Westchester and Rockland counties, and a bevy of state and local politicians.</p> <p>The district presents a diverse cross-section of the city. There’s Tribeca’s luxury condo crowd, the multiracial Lower East Side, and Chinatown in Manhattan — and across the East River, in Brooklyn, the district includes the borough’s largest public housing development in Red Hook, a sizable Latino and East Asian population in Sunset Park and a piece of the Orthodox Jewish enclave in Borough Park.</p> <p>But nearly 60 percent of voters in the new seat are white. And many of them live among the multimillion-dollar brownstones of Brooklyn neighborhoods such as Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill and Park Slope.</p> <p>They’re educated, and they’re rich — a potent mixture affording them the luxury to engage more deeply in politics than the average district voter. So much so, in fact, that the area’s crunchy brand of intense and sometimes tone-deaf civic engagement (take, for example, a Hollywood luminary <a href="https://twitter.com/mgyllenhaal/status/850139486717714432?s=20&amp;t=p61FWGJNXCkhrNKW6D1Szg" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;kvetching to Whole Foods&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://twitter.com/mgyllenhaal/status/850139486717714432?s=20&amp;t=p61FWGJNXCkhrNKW6D1Szg&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c3d1-df32-ab81-cff9494f0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c3d1-df32-ab81-cff9494f0001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">kvetching to Whole Foods</a> over broken electric-vehicle charging stations) has spawned the phrase “peak Park Slope.”</p> <p>During the last midterm election in 2018, voters in these areas turned out in far greater numbers than the rest of what would become the 10th District, according to a POLITICO analysis of vote totals from the city’s Board of Elections and <a href="https://newyork.redistrictingandyou.org/?districtType=cd&amp;propA=current_2012&amp;propB=congress_specialmastercorrected_20220604&amp;selected=-73.995,40.679&amp;opacity=0#%26map=12.28/40.69387/-73.97321" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3272-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff7cad0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656694232279,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000016f-8c02-d64c-a9ff-dd1a6ea20001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656694232279,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000016f-8c02-d64c-a9ff-dd1a6ea20001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://newyork.redistrictingandyou.org/?districtType=cd&amp;propA=current_2012&amp;propB=congress_specialmastercorrected_20220604&amp;selected=-73.995,40.679&amp;opacity=0#%26map=12.28/40.69387/-73.97321&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-baab-dc8e-a5d9-bbffcdc80001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;geographic information from the CUNY Graduate Center&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-baab-dc8e-a5d9-bbffcdc80000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">geographic information from the CUNY Graduate Center</a> and the Department of City Planning.<br></p> <br> <p><br>And during the 2018 Democratic primary for governor, a single election district in brownstone Brooklyn registered 660 votes, more than triple the average for that race. Election districts in neighborhoods elsewhere in Brooklyn and Manhattan, by comparison, routinely saw fewer than 100 people stop by the ballot box.</p> <p><b>Uncharted primary territory</b></p> <p>An August primary represents uncharted territory in New York. One campaign strategist posited that turnout would be higher than the worst-case scenario because of caustic federal politics driven by recent rulings from the Supreme Court. Voters may also be energized by a race that will prove far more interesting than Gov. Kathy Hochul’s leisurely stroll to victory in the June Democratic primary.</p> <p>Another, however, said even high-turnout areas are not guaranteed to show up at the polls in August, when many well-heeled New Yorkers abscond to second homes.</p> <p>“The areas that have traditionally higher turnout are also the areas that might be a little wealthier and more likely to be out of town,” the campaign adviser said. “There’s a lot of things for us to try to figure out and work around in a competitive primary like this."</p> <p>With such historically robust turnout, however, nearly all roads to victory lead through at least some parts of vote-rich brownstone Brooklyn. But with 15 candidates in the race and a short window before the Aug. 23 primaries, a winning coalition could take many forms.</p> <p>“If the lion’s share of the [brownstone Brooklyn] vote gets behind one candidate, that candidate will have a big edge,” said Bruce Gyory, a senior political adviser at law firm Manatt, Phelps &amp; Phillips. “But if that community divides its support relatively equally, then the race will likely be determined by voters in other parts of the district.”</p> <p>Candidates with home-field advantage believe they have the upper hand.</p> <p>The bailiwick of Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, who has thrown her hat into the race, lies almost entirely within the larger 10th District. What’s more, nearly a third of all registered voters in the 10th District — and half of Brooklyn voters in that district — are her constituents.</p> <p>“Being someone from the community who knows the issues and has delivered on those issues creates both name recognition and voter confidence,” Leah Haberman, communications director for Simon, said in a statement. “You need both to win.”</p> <p>De Blasio also represented the area before his tenure at City Hall, first winning a seat on a Park Slope school board before serving in the City Council for eight years. A campaign strategist for de Blasio who was not authorized to speak on the record said the former mayor is aiming to win over a plurality of his old district by reminding voters of major accomplishments at City Hall such as universal pre-K along with his prior work in local office. He’s also looking to build support elsewhere in the district — such as with Black voters in Red Hook — from that base.</p> <p>Former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman also represented large swaths of the borough for eight years beginning in 1972, before serving as district attorney and city comptroller.</p> <p>But the spoils of brownstone Brooklyn are far from guaranteed, even for those who have a history there. De Blasio, for example, has wide name recognition.</p> <p>It remains to be seen how voters receive him after eight years at the helm of city government, which ended with <a href="https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/new-york-elections-government/ny-nyc-de-blasio-siena-college-poll-numbers-for-governor-six-percent-20211019-y4ylg2zslbfbfp4vc6knch7me4-story.html" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;polling numbers&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/new-york-elections-government/ny-nyc-de-blasio-siena-college-poll-numbers-for-governor-six-percent-20211019-y4ylg2zslbfbfp4vc6knch7me4-story.html&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c3d1-df32-ab81-cff9494f0002&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c3d1-df32-ab81-cff9494f0003&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">polling numbers</a> showing a weak appetite for a future run. And <a href="http://www.atlasizer.com/?s=USA,New_York,New_York_City,2021-06-22,Certified,Democratic_Borough_President_Kings,Round_1,By_Assembly_District&amp;lang=en" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3272-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff7cad0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656694760713,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000016f-8c02-d64c-a9ff-dd1a6ea20001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656694760713,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000016f-8c02-d64c-a9ff-dd1a6ea20001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;http://www.atlasizer.com/?s=USA,New_York,New_York_City,2021-06-22,Certified,Democratic_Borough_President_Kings,Round_1,By_Assembly_District&amp;lang=en&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bab3-d590-abb9-ffb7dd1c0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;Simon won just 44 percent&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bab3-d590-abb9-ffb7dd1b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">Simon won just 44 percent</a> of her own district during the first round of ranked-choice voting in last year’s race for Brooklyn borough president, with around 34 percent going to Antonio Reynoso, who was backed by progressive groups and went on to win the race.</p> <p><b>Endorsements a major factor</b></p> <p>With so many candidates running, endorsements will likely play a more important role than they would in less-crowded contests. </p> <p>For the upcoming congressional race, Reynoso has already endorsed Manhattan Council Member Carlina Rivera, who is rooting her campaign in neighborhoods outside brownstone Brooklyn, such as her native Lower East Side.</p> <p>Rivera’s district is home to an economically and racially diverse electorate. She is hoping to win over other neighborhoods with similar demographics while uniting the 13 percent of Latino voters who hail from her backyard and places like Sunset Park. The campaign hopes to pair that base with a piece of the liberal vote from brownstone Brooklyn — which her strategists believe will be too fractured to deliver a decisive advantage to any one candidate.</p> <p>Rivera has also scored the backing of Rep. <a href="https://cd.politicopro.com/member/51659" data-person-id="51659" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3272-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff7cad0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656694864937,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000016f-8c02-d64c-a9ff-dd1a6ea20001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656694864937,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000016f-8c02-d64c-a9ff-dd1a6ea20001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;member&quot;:&quot;{\&quot;identifier\&quot;:\&quot;51659\&quot;,\&quot;url\&quot;:\&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/51659\&quot;,\&quot;preferredName\&quot;:\&quot;Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY)\&quot;,\&quot;isCommittee\&quot;:false}&quot;,&quot;text&quot;:&quot;Nydia Velázquez&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/51659&quot;,&quot;personId&quot;:&quot;51659&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bab5-d590-abb9-ffb567a40000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;353fe80b-e1b5-3663-85ca-add066ecafc0&quot;}">Nydia Velázquez</a>, who used to represent huge portions of the new district, including the Lower East Side in Manhattan and Sunset Park, Red Hook and Brooklyn Heights.</p> <p>“There is a clear path to victory that goes through her Council district, Sunset Park, and the South Slope where [Velázquez] and [Reynoso] have cleaned up historically,” campaign adviser Alyssa Cass said.</p> <p>Manhattan Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou — who represents portions of the Financial District, Chinatown and Lower East Side that also fall entirely within the new congressional boundaries — has earned the backing of the Working Families Party and other progressive organizations, including New York Communities for Change.</p> <p>An endorsement from The New York Times or Daily News could also prove pivotal in the race, as it did in helping vault candidate Kathryn Garcia to the head of the pack in last year’s mayoral contest, especially for brownstone Brooklyn voters.</p> <p>And the lower turnout is, the more these validations will matter.</p> <p>Just over 100,000 voters in what is now the 10th District came out for the 2018 midterm and the 2021 mayoral primary, according to Rivera’s campaign. An unaffiliated election expert <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/18/nyregion/de-blasio-mondaire-jones-house-race.html" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3272-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff7cad0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656695005842,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000016f-8c02-d64c-a9ff-dd1a6ea20001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656695005842,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000016f-8c02-d64c-a9ff-dd1a6ea20001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/18/nyregion/de-blasio-mondaire-jones-house-race.html&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bab7-d590-abb9-ffb795070001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;recently told The New York Times&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bab7-d590-abb9-ffb795070000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">recently told The New York Times</a> he expected between 70,000 to 90,000 of the district’s 776,000 voters to head to the polls.</p> <p>No one is likely to win a majority of the vote, and with such a crowded field, a winner could be decided with much less, according to Gyory, the political adviser.</p> <p>“If Dr. Faust came out of literature to guarantee you 26, 27 percent of the vote, I think you might get some takers,” he said.</p> Joe Anuta Voters in neighborhoods such as Park Slope, Boerum Hill and Brooklyn Heights turned out in far greater numbers in the 2018 midterms than the rest of what would become the 10th District. Mark Lennihan/AP Photo Opinion | Don’t Expand the Supreme Court. Shrink It. https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/07/03/dont-expand-the-supreme-court-shrink-it-00043863 Top Stories urn:uuid:e45e99a0-6190-28c6-23d0-b4eaabaf0422 Sun, 03 Jul 2022 07:00:00 -0400 The president and Congress can check SCOTUS' power when they believe the justices have exceeded their mandate. This might be the best way to save the court from itself. <img src="https://static.politico.com/6d/9e/7ef38cb1415b98909529ef92eaa0/https-delivery.gettyimages.com/downloads/1337858328"> <br> <p>Last December, during <a href="https://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/2021/19-1392_4425.pdf" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;oral arguments&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/2021/19-1392_4425.pdf&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c3d1-df32-ab81-cff949570000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c3d1-df32-ab81-cff949570001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">oral arguments</a> in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the case in which the Supreme Court overturned <i>Roe v. Wade</i>, Justice Sonia Sotomayor noted that “there’s so much that’s not in the Constitution, including the fact that we have the last word. Marbury versus Madison. There is not anything in the Constitution that says that the Court, the Supreme Court, is the last word on what the Constitution means. It was totally novel at that time. And yet, what the Court did was reason from the structure of the Constitution that that’s what was intended.”</p> <p>It was a remarkable observation. Sotomayor’s primary intent was to argue that rights and prerogatives need not be explicitly delineated in the Constitution for them to exist. The right to privacy — more specifically, the right to terminate a pregnancy — does not appear anywhere in the document, but neither does the Supreme Court’s power of judicial review. Both exist by strong implication.</p> <p>It’s an observation worth revisiting. After issuing a wave of hotly contested, and in some cases deeply unpopular, decisions, the Supreme Court has emerged in recent weeks as a formidable —and perhaps the <i>most</i> formidable — branch of the federal government. Six conservative justices, enjoying life tenure on the bench, are fundamentally reshaping the very meaning of citizenship. Their power to do so is seemingly absolute and unchecked.</p> <p>How did we get here?</p> <p>Liberal critics of today’s judicial activism are right when they note that the Supreme Court essentially arrogated to itself the right of judicial review — the right to declare legislative and executive actions unconstitutional — in 1803, in the case of <i>Marbury v. Madison</i>. There is nothing in the Constitution that confers this power upon the only unelected branch of government. But it is equally true that many of the Constitution’s framers and original proponents intended or at least believed the court would enjoy that prerogative. If context matters — and liberals normally insist that it does — the court is the frontline arbiter of what is, and isn’t, constitutional.</p> <p>But that doesn’t make the court <i>more</i> powerful than the executive and legislative branches. Acting in concert, the president and Congress may shape both the size and purview of the court. They can declare individual legislative measures or entire topics beyond their scope of review. It’s happened before, notably in 1868, when Congress passed legislation stripping the Supreme Court of its jurisdiction over cases related to federal writs of habeas corpus. In the majority decision, Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase acknowledged that the court’s jurisdiction was subject to congressional limitation. Subsequent justices, over the past century, have acknowledged the same.</p> <p>That’s the brilliance of checks and balances. In the same way that Congress or the Supreme Court can rein in a renegade president, as was the case during Watergate, the president and Congress can place checks on an otherwise unconstrained court, if they believe the justices have exceeded their mandate. <b>&nbsp;</b><br></p> <br> <p>In 1801, outgoing President John Adams appointed, and Congress confirmed, a number of “midnight” judicial nominees, in an effort to stymie incoming President Thomas Jefferson. John Marshall, then closing out his tenure as secretary of state, failed to deliver official commissions to several of these justices. When Jefferson instructed <i>his</i> secretary of state, James Madison, to withhold the commissions, in an effort to deny Adams’ nominees their seats on the bench, one of those confirmed nominees, William Marbury, sued. The case wound its way to the high court. In a decision penned by Marshall, who now served as chief justice, the court held that Madison had violated the law by withholding the commissions but also declined to order him to do so. In the same breath, the court asserted the right to strike down federal or state laws that it deemed unconstitutional. And so the concept of judicial review came into being.</p> <p>Critics are correct on one point: The Constitution is silent on judicial review. It says only that the “judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.” But many of the framers assumed that some form of review was a given.</p> <p>Judicial review as a concept was well-established in 1787. English courts had long issued rulings upholding or striking down laws — rulings that, in aggregate, and alongside centuries of commentary, formed the basis of England’s unwritten Constitution. It was certainly well-established in the United States, even on the eve of Marshall’s decision. Between the Constitution’s ratification and 1803, federal and state judges struck down at least 31 statutes on the grounds that they violated either the federal or state constitutions. These rulings were generally received with silent acquiescence.</p> <p>We also know that many of the Constitution’s framers and loudest proponents anticipated the Supreme Court’s role in adjudicating the constitutionality of laws and actions. In Federalist Paper 78, Alexander Hamilton said so explicitly, writing: “If it is said that the legislative body is themselves the constitutional judges of their own … it may be answered, that this cannot be the natural presumption, where it is not to be collected from any particular provisions in the Constitution. … It is far more rational to suppose, that the courts were designed to be an intermediate body between the people and the legislature, in order, among other things, to keep the latter within the limits assigned to their authority.”</p> <p>Hamilton wasn’t alone. At least 12 delegates to the Philadelphia convention affirmed<b> </b>the judiciary’s role in reviewing legislative measures, though their interpretations of this power varied. No delegates appear to have argued strongly in the opposite direction. Judicial review was already an established practice in state courts, a point that several delegates noted with approval. Madison lauded judges in Rhode Island who had “Refused to execute an unconstitutional law.” Elbridge Gerry observed that state judges regularly “set aside laws as being agst. the [state] Constitution.”</p> <p>When other delegates proposed that judges also be given explicit power to veto legislation, Gerry and his fellow New Yorker, Rufus King, objected, noting that the courts “will have a sufficient check agst. encroachments on their own department by their exposition of the laws, which involved a power of deciding on their Constitutionality.” Arguing the opposite point, James Wilson advocated additional controls to block bad laws, noting that “[l]aws may be unjust, may be unwise, may be dangerous, may be destructive; and yet not be so unconstitutional as to justify the Judges in refusing to give them effect.”</p> <p>Luther Martin, a delegate from Maryland, argued that “as to the Constitutionality of laws, that point will come before the Judges in their proper official character. In this character they have a negative on the laws.”</p> <p>Hamilton, arguably the most full-throated proponent of judicial review, similarly wrote that “the interpretation of the laws is the proper and peculiar province of the courts. A constitution is in fact, and must be, regarded by the judges as a fundamental law. It, therefore, belongs to them to ascertain its meaning as well as the meaning of any particular act proceeding from the legislative body.”</p> <p>The men who gathered in Philadelphia largely agreed that courts would serve as arbiters of what was and was not constitutional. So did delegates to state-level conventions that ratified the new Constitution. Delegates in seven such meetings discussed the concept of judicial review no fewer than 25 times. In addition, at least 74 federalist pamphlets, published in 12 of the 13 states, affirmed the court’s prerogative to strike down unconstitutional laws.</p> <p>It's clear from the record that the men who wrote the Constitution intended the Supreme Court, and the lower federal courts, to enjoy a constitutional veto over acts of Congress and of the states.</p> <p>But they did not intend this power to be unchecked or unlimited.<br></p> <br> <p>Deeply ingrained in the Constitutiongenius are checks and balances. The president can veto legislation; Congress can override a veto. The Courts can invalidate an act of Congress or the president. And the executive and legislative branches enjoy checks against the judiciary.</p> <p>The Constitution called for the establishment of a Supreme Court and lower federal courts. It left it to Congress and the president to decide just what shape the judiciary would take. They did so in the Judiciary Act of 1789, which created district courts, circuit (or appellate) courts, and a six-member Supreme Court. Over the years, Congress, with the president’s approval, has increased and decreased the number of justices on the Supreme Court, created and changed the jurisdiction of district and circuit courts, and adjusted the number of federal judges.</p> <p>By now, it’s well-known that Congress can change the size, and thus the composition, of the Supreme Court by simple legislation. Court-packing, as it’s been called since 1937, when President Franklin Roosevelt unsuccessfully attempted to circumvent a hostile court by expanding its membership, is a deeply controversial practice.</p> <p>Critically, but less widely understood, the Constitution <i>also</i> grants Congress the power to strip the Supreme Court of its jurisdiction over specific matters. Article III, Section 2 reads: “In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.”</p> <p>At least one founder was clear about the intent of Section 2. Hamilton wrote, “From this review of the particular powers of the federal judiciary, as marked out in the Constitution, it appears that they are all conformable to the principles which ought to have governed the structure of that department, and which were necessary to the perfection of the system. If some partial inconveniences should appear to be connected with the incorporation of any of them into the plan, it ought to be recollected that the national legislature will have ample authority to make such exceptions, and to prescribe such regulations as will be calculated to obviate or remove these inconveniences.<sup>”</sup></p> <p>Defenders of judicial review appropriately point to Federalist 78 as evidence that Hamilton believed the Constitution contained an implicit power of judicial review. But he <i>also</i> believed that Congress could adjust the court’s jurisdiction.</p> <p>In practice, so few instances exist of jurisdictional stripping that its meaning and scope are open to debate. But it has happened. In the late 1860s, federal authorities jailed William McCardle, a newspaper editor, under provisions of the 1867 Military Reconstruction Act. McCardle sued for his freedom, citing the Habeas Corpus Act of 1867. Congress denied the justices jurisdiction in the matter, and the court conceded that it was powerless to act..</p> <p>Writing several decades later, Justice <a href="https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution-conan/article-3/section-2/clause-2/classes-of-cases-and-controversies-at-the-supreme-court-doctrine-and-practice" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;Felix Frankfurter&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution-conan/article-3/section-2/clause-2/classes-of-cases-and-controversies-at-the-supreme-court-doctrine-and-practice&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c3d1-df32-ab81-cff949570002&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c3d1-df32-ab81-cff949570003&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">Felix Frankfurter</a>, an FDR appointee, noted that “Congress need not give this Court any appellate power; it may withdraw appellate jurisdiction once conferred and it may do so even while a case is <i>sub judice</i>.” Chief Justice <a href="https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/405/1030/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;Warren Burger&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/405/1030/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c3d1-df32-ab81-cff949570004&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c3d1-df32-ab81-cff949570005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">Warren Burger</a>, whom President Richard Nixon placed on the bench, agreed, writing that Congress could pass simple legislation “limiting or prohibiting judicial review of its directives.”</p> <p>No less than the executive and legislative branches, the judiciary — particularly, the Supreme Court — is limited in just how much power it can exert. But only if Congress and the president exercise their right to check its power.<br></p> <br> <p>In theory, Congress could very easily pass legislation denying the Supreme Court jurisdiction over a new voting rights act, a law codifying the right to privacy (including abortion rights), and other popular measures. If they so chose, Congress and the president could go further, reducing the court to a shell of its former self, leaving it to adjudicate minor matters of little significance. Of course, with the filibuster in place, this outcome is about as likely as a bill expanding the court’s membership, which is to say, very unlikely.</p> <p>Would it be wise?</p> <p>A world in which a highly partisan and increasingly unpopular Supreme Court found its jurisdiction routinely boxed out by Congress is hardly a recipe for political stability. With every change of control, a new Congress and president could overturn precedent and lock the court out of its intended role as a constitutional arbiter. Moreover, there would likely be widespread agreement over just what might happen, were Congress to strip the court of its jurisdiction over, say, the state legislative doctrine. Would it then be left to lower courts to adjudicate cases? And what if they disagreed?</p> <p>Conversely, today’s court majority claims largely unchecked power.</p> <p>John Marshall, the chief justice who first asserted the power of judicial review, was “notably cautious in dealing with cases that might excite Republican or popular sensibilities,” noted historian Charles Sellers. He sought consensus among the associate justices, Federalists and Republicans alike, operated with “restraint” (Sellers) and led with “lax, lounging manners” (Thomas Jefferson) rather than cutting partisanship. He did so because he understood that the court was a new institution, and were it to lose popular support, the powers it claimed for itself would become either unenforceable, or subject to congressional restraint.</p> <p>Ultimately, it is the responsibility and prerogative of the executive and legislative branches to encourage greater restraint and humility on the part of the judiciary.</p> <p>Judicial review is well-rooted in American political tradition. But so are checks and balances. To save the Supreme Court from itself, Congress might first have to shrink it.</p> Joshua Zeitz The U.S. Supreme Court is seen on September 02, 2021 in Washington, DC. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images The Metamorphosis of J.K. Rowling https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/03/the-metamorphosis-of-j-k-rowling-00043835 Top Stories urn:uuid:434051d1-d4ae-3bf6-a1d1-4f27df2daf62 Sun, 03 Jul 2022 07:00:00 -0400 When it comes to trans rights, some fans believe the Harry Potter author is more Death Eater than Dumbledore. <img src="https://static.politico.com/a0/00/1a2e62844599afe8b3499c87d9d8/https-delivery.gettyimages.com/downloads/584707648"> <br> <p><b><u>W</u>HEN IT COMES TO J.K. ROWLING</b>, even some of the children’s author’s biggest fans are finding it increasingly necessary to separate the work from the creator.</p> <p>Join the Potter Trail walking tour in her adopted hometown of Edinburgh, and you’ll learn that Rowling wrote much of the first Harry Potter novel at Nicolsons Cafe. The establishment was co-owned by her brother-in-law — so as a broke, recently divorced single mother, she could nurse cheap espresso all day without guilt for taking up a table.</p> <p>You’ll also be told how, as a bestselling author 12 years later, Rowling treated herself to exclusive luxury while finishing her last novel, at a suite in the five-star Balmoral Hotel just half a mile up the road. On a cold, blustery Wednesday in February, a Potter Trail guide named Alex recounted how Rowling downed a bottle of champagne by herself to celebrate the triumphant moment, “because she’s a legend.”</p> <p>The tour is free, but wizarding fans are encouraged to provide an optional “donation” (£10 to £20 recommended, cards accepted). A proportion goes to the Scottish Trans Alliance, an activist group promoting rights for transgender people.</p> <p>“Many of you may be aware of JK Rowling’s recent tweets concerning transgender issues,” reads an explanation on the <a href="https://www.pottertrail.com/home" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656710204189,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656710204189,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.pottertrail.com/home&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bb9f-daca-a1ab-bbdf83a60001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;tour group’s website&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bb9f-daca-a1ab-bbdf83a60000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">tour group’s website</a>. “It’s a difficult time to be a Harry Potter fan for many but we sincerely wish JK Rowling’s views not to diminish our appreciation of the books and their messages of inclusion and tolerance.”</p> <p>The disclaimer is a quiet but unambiguous protest against Rowling’s buzziest body of work since her blockbuster series of schoolboy sorcery. It’s also a tiny but telling example of how, in a few short years, the author has gone from being an unobjectionable matron of the political left to one of its most hated villains.</p> <p>Rowling’s views — and her willingness to exchange biting blows with her online critics — have been denounced by fans as transphobic, a betrayal of the values of tolerance they learned from her books. Stars of the Harry Potter movies have disavowed her statements; celebrities have taken their distance; major websites devoted to the wizarding world have said they’d stop writing about her. (On the other side of the spectrum, Russian President Vladimir Putin has bemoaned that <a href="https://www.politico.eu/article/putin-jk-rowling-proof-west-cancel-culture/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656710265142,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656710265142,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.eu/article/putin-jk-rowling-proof-west-cancel-culture/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bba0-d590-abb9-ffa46f0a0001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;she’s been “canceled.”&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bba0-d590-abb9-ffa46f0a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">she’s been “canceled.”</a>)</p> <p>None of this seems to have given Rowling pause — or done much to put a crimp in her commercial prospects. Twenty-five years after the publication of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” her books continue to fly off the shelves. The third installment of the Harry Potter spin-off “Fantastic Beasts” hit theaters in March. If anything, as the criticism has mounted, Rowling has only become more combative, cheerfully retweeting her detractors to trigger pile-ons from fellow thinkers.</p> <p>What’s more: When it comes to driving the debate, she seems to be winning. Asked earlier this year by an anonymous poster whether her battle was a hill she wanted her legacy to die on, she answered tartly:</p> <p>“Yes, sweetheart. I’m staying right here on this hill, defending the right of women and girls to talk about themselves, their bodies and their lives in any way they damn well please,” <a href="https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/1501291633165357056" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656710321330,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656710321330,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/1501291633165357056&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bba1-dc8e-a5d9-bbf54a320000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;she tweeted&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bba1-dc8e-a5d9-bbf54a310000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">she tweeted</a>. “You worry about your legacy, I’ll worry about mine ”</p> <p class="cms-textAlign-center">* * *</p> <p><b><u>F</u>OR MOST OF HER CAREER</b>, Rowling sat politically in the milquetoast center left.</p> <p>In a speech to Harvard graduates in 2008, she described her first job out of university, at Amnesty International, where the personal testimonies of African political prisoners and victims of torture stirred her soul. She told the Ivy League graduates that their elite status and influence is “your privilege, and your burden” and exhorted them to use it “on behalf of those who have no voice.”</p> <p>In 2010, she <a href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-single-mothers-manifesto-zprmcjl7wss" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;wrote movingly&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-single-mothers-manifesto-zprmcjl7wss&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c4bb-dffe-a5b7-ddfbc3810000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c4bb-dffe-a5b7-ddfbc3810001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">wrote movingly</a> of having relied on the welfare state when her “life hit rock bottom,” explaining why she was happy to keep paying British taxes: “This, if you like, is my notion of patriotism.”</p> <p>Indisputably, Rowling has been extraordinarily generous. She famously gave so much to charity in 2011 — 16 percent of her net worth — that she was <a href="https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2019/mar/06/facebook-posts/yes-jk-rowling-was-knocked-forbes-billionaires-lis/%5d" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;knocked off the Forbes billionaires&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2019/mar/06/facebook-posts/yes-jk-rowling-was-knocked-forbes-billionaires-lis/%5d&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c4bb-dffe-a5b7-ddfbc3810002&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c4bb-dffe-a5b7-ddfbc3810003&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">knocked off the Forbes billionaires</a> list the next year. Most recently, she pledged to<a href="https://news.sky.com/story/ukraine-war-jk-rowling-to-personally-match-emergency-appeal-funding-up-to-1m-as-children-face-uncertain-future-12559934" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;&nbsp;match up to £1 million in donations&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://news.sky.com/story/ukraine-war-jk-rowling-to-personally-match-emergency-appeal-funding-up-to-1m-as-children-face-uncertain-future-12559934&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c4bb-dffe-a5b7-ddfbc3810004&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c4bb-dffe-a5b7-ddfbc3810005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">&nbsp;match up to £1 million in donations</a> to her charity Lumos for its work helping vulnerable children in Ukraine.</p> <p>When it comes to politics, Rowling hasn’t hesitated to invoke her fiction to talk about her real-world views, or to issue post-hoc clarifications in defense of the moral legacy of the world she created.</p> <p>In October 2007, a few weeks after the seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter series was published, Rowling <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-rowling-idUSN2052004020071020" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656710468989,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656710468989,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.reuters.com/article/us-rowling-idUSN2052004020071020&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bba3-daca-a1ab-bbe389c30001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;announced that Hogwarts’ beloved headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, is gay&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bba3-daca-a1ab-bbe389c30000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">announced that Hogwarts’ beloved headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, is gay</a> and had fallen in love with a fellow wizard. In 2015, when the Black British actor Noma Dumezweni was cast to play Hermione Granger in a play, <a href="https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/678888094339366914" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;Rowling tweeted&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/678888094339366914&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c4bb-dffe-a5b7-ddfbc3810006&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c4bb-dffe-a5b7-ddfbc3810007&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">Rowling tweeted</a> “Rowling loves black Hermoine,” noting that the text had never specified the character’s skin color. The following year, she said she had made a popular character a werewolf as a <a href="https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/09/08/jk-rowling-reveals-remus-lupins-werewolf-condition-metaphor-for-hiv/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;metaphor for the stigma of HIV&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/09/08/jk-rowling-reveals-remus-lupins-werewolf-condition-metaphor-for-hiv/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c4bb-dffe-a5b7-ddfbc3810008&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c4bb-dffe-a5b7-ddfbc3810009&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">metaphor for the stigma of HIV</a>.</p> <p>Rowling’s views have, until recently, been unambiguously left-leaning. However, when she has waded directly into electoral politics, it has typically been in defense of the status quo. It’s a fact that has caused increasing tension with her younger, more progressive fan base.</p> <p>During the debate over Scottish independence — predominantly a left-wing cause — Rowling fell behind those advocating to remain in the United Kingdom. One hundred days before the 2014 independence referendum, she donated £1 million to the effort — which was run by her personal friend and neighbor, the Labour Party politician Alistair Darling — and wrote an <a href="https://www.jkrowling.com/opinions/i-supporting-better-together/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;essay on her website&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.jkrowling.com/opinions/i-supporting-better-together/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c4bb-dffe-a5b7-ddfbc381000a&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c4bb-dffe-a5b7-ddfbc381000b&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">essay on her website</a> to explain her position.</p> <p>The gist: The imagined rewards weren’t worth the very real risks (including to the Scottish medical research that she’d heavily invested in). And to any nationalists who would deem her inadequately Scottish to merit an opinion, she wrote that was “a little Death Eaterish for my taste.”</p> <p>The response on Twitter was venomous; <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/may/05/jk-rowling-responds-to-twitter-attacks" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656710570388,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656710570388,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/may/05/jk-rowling-responds-to-twitter-attacks&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bba5-d010-a3cb-bfad162f0001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;Rowling later remembered&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bba5-d010-a3cb-bfad162f0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">Rowling later remembered</a> being called a “‘traitor,’ ‘w-—-’ and ‘b——,’ told to go back where I came from.”</p> <p>Two years later, with another referendum on the horizon, she waded into the Brexit debate, in defense of staying in the European Union. Saying that she’s not an expert in much but does “know how to create a monster,” she compared the villainous specter of the EU evoked by the Leave campaign to Hannibal Lecter, Big Brother and her own Lord Voldemort.</p> <p>After the Brexit result, she turned her fire on Jeremy Corbyn — the bearded, professorial hard leftist who as leader of the Labour Party had declined to take a clear stance on the issue. Responding to a tweet by a fan who described Corbyn as a “political Dumbledore,” <a href="https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/748473204075827200?lang=en" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656710728824,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656710728824,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/748473204075827200?lang=en&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bba7-daca-a1ab-bbe780e00000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;she answered&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bba7-daca-a1ab-bbe780df0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">she answered</a>, “I forgot Dumbledore trashed Hogwarts, refused to resign and ran off to the forest to make speeches to angry trolls.”</p> <p>A month later, as it became clear that Corbyn would fend off a post-Brexit-vote leadership challenge, she <a href="https://www.politico.eu/article/harry-potter-author-jk-rowling-jeremy-corbyn-is-not-dumbledore-labour-leader/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656710752486,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656710752486,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.eu/article/harry-potter-author-jk-rowling-jeremy-corbyn-is-not-dumbledore-labour-leader/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bba7-dc8e-a5d9-bbf7dbb00001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;followed up with another tweet&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bba7-dc8e-a5d9-bbf7dbb00000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">followed up with another tweet</a>: “Corbyn. Is. Not. Dumbledore.”</p> <p>In a preview of the slugfests she would later engage in on trans rights, she spent much of the following hours responding to attacks from Corbyn supporters with blasts of her own. “I’m going nowhere!” she <a href="https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/771005128136617985" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656710796529,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656710796529,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/771005128136617985&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bba8-daca-a1ab-bbea84660001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;tweeted in response to one piece of criticism&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;0 Sarah Wheaton J. K. Rowling attends the press preview of "Harry Potter and The Cursed Child" at Palace Theatre on July 30, 2016 in London, England. Rob Stothard/Getty Images Russia claims capture of pivotal city in eastern Ukraine https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/03/russia-claims-capture-eastern-ukraine-00043871 Top Stories urn:uuid:7025f84f-55f5-3f69-e1f0-1e283c9c5532 Sun, 03 Jul 2022 06:56:08 -0400 Ukrainian fighters spent weeks trying to defend Lysychansk and to keep it from falling to Russia. <img src="https://static.politico.com/34/71/a7ab024f423ba633eaff3dcf72b5/russia-ukraine-war-89022.jpg"> <br> <p>KYIV, Ukraine — Russia’s defense minister said Russian forces took control Sunday of the last major Ukrainian-held city in Ukraine’s Luhansk province, bringing Moscow closer to its stated goal of seizing all of Ukraine’s Donbas region.</p> <p>Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin that Russia’s troops together with members of a local separatist militia “have established full control over the city of Lysychansk,” Russian news agencies reported.</p> <p>Ukrainian fighters spent weeks trying to defend Lysychansk and to keep it from falling to Russia, as neighboring Sievierodonetsk did a week ago. A presidential adviser predicted late Saturday that the city’s fate could be determined within days.</p> <p>Ukrainian officials did not immediately provide an update on its status.</p> <p>Earlier Sunday, Luhansk’s governor said Russian forces were strengthening their positions in a grueling fight to capture the last stronghold of resistance in the province.</p> <p>“The occupiers threw all their forces on Lysychansk. They attacked the city with incomprehensibly cruel tactics,” Luhansk governor Serhiy Haidai said on the Telegram messaging app. “They suffer significant losses, but stubbornly advance. They are gaining a foothold in the city.”</p> <p>A river separates Lysychansk from Sievierodonetsk. Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, said during an online interview late Saturday that Russian forces had managed for the first time to cross the river from the north, creating a “threatening” situation.</p> <p>Arestovych said they had not reached the center of the city but that the course of the fighting indicated the battle for Lysychansk would be decided by Monday.</p> <p>Luhansk and neighboring Donetsk are the two provinces that make up the Donbas, where Russia has focused its offensive since pulling back from northern Ukraine and the capital, Kyiv, in the spring.</p> <p>Pro-Russia separatists have held portions of both eastern provinces since 2014, and Moscow recognizes all of Luhansk and Donetsk as sovereign republics. Syria’s government said Wednesday that it would also recognize the “independence and sovereignty” of the two areas.</p> <p>Taking Lysychansk would open the way for the Russians to move west into Donetsk province, where the sizable Ukrainian-held city of Slovyansk has come under rocket attacks several times since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.</p> <p>Elsewhere in the war, the exiled mayor of the Russia-occupied city of Melitopol said Sunday that Ukrainian rockets destroyed one of four Russian military bases in the city.</p> <p>The Russian Defense Ministry said Ukraine also launched missile and drone attacks in western Russia, on the cities of Kursk and Belgorod, but that the aerial weapons were shot down. Kursk regional governor Roman Starovoit said the town of Tetkino, on the Ukraine border, came under mortar fire.</p> <p>The leader of neighboring Belarus, a Russian ally, claimed Saturday that Ukraine fired missiles at military targets on Belarusian territory several days ago but all were intercepted by an air defense system. President Alexander Lukashenko described the alleged strike as a provocation and noted that no Belarusian soldiers were fighting in Ukraine.</p> <p>There was no immediate response from the Ukrainian military.</p> <p>Belarus hosts Russian military units and was used as a staging ground for Russia’s invasion. Last week, just hours before Lukashenko was to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian long-range bombers fired missiles on Ukraine from Belarusian airspace for the first time.</p> <p>Lukashenko has so far resisted efforts to draw his army into the war. But during their meeting, Putin announced that Russia planned to supply Belarus with the Iskander-M missile system and reminded Lukashenko that his government depends on economic support from Russia.<br></p> Damaged residential buildings are seen in Lysychansk, Ukraine, on July 3, 2022. Luhansk region military administration via AP Uvalde schools' police chief resigns from City Council https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/02/uvalde-schools-police-chief-resigns-from-city-council-00043865 Top Stories urn:uuid:151fd967-4ccf-1cf6-f82f-5a1ad6b15f1d Sat, 02 Jul 2022 15:59:25 -0400 Chief Pete Arredondo told the Uvalde Leader-News on Friday that he has decided to step down for the good of the city. <img src="https://static.politico.com/74/ab/71a4a0bd4a218d7baf3bbfa29417/texas-school-shooting-investigation-76775.jpg"> <br> <p>UVALDE, Texas — The Uvalde school district’s police chief has stepped down from his position in the City Council just weeks after being sworn in following allegations that he erred in his response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School that left 19 students and two teachers dead.</p> <p>Chief Pete Arredondo told the Uvalde Leader-News on Friday that he has decided to step down for the good of the city. He was elected to the council on May 7 and was sworn in on May 31, just a week after the massacre, in a closed-door ceremony.</p> <p>“After much consideration, I regret to inform those who voted for me that I have decided to step down as a member of the city council for District 3. The mayor, the city council, and the city staff must continue to move forward without distractions. I feel this is the best decision for Uvalde,” Arredondo said.</p> <p>Arredondo, who has been on administrative leave from his school district position since June 22, has declined repeated requests for comment from The Associated Press. His attorney, George Hyde, did not immediately respond to emailed requests for comment Saturday.</p> <p>On June 21, the City Council voted unanimously to deny Arredondo a leave of absence from appearing at public meetings. Relatives of the shooting victims had pleaded with city leaders to fire him.</p> <p>The Uvalde City Council released a statement Saturday saying members couldn't comment because they had not received official notification from Arredondo of his intent to resign.</p> <p>“While it is the right thing to do, no one from the City has seen a letter or any other documentation of his resignation, or spoken with him,” the council members said. “When the City receives confirmation of Councilman Arredondo’s resignation, the City will address the Council place vacancy.”</p> <p>Representatives of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin have not responded to AP's requests for comment.</p> <p>Col. Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, told a state Senate hearing last month that Arredondo — the on-site commander — made “terrible decisions” as the massacre unfolded on May 24 , and that the police response was an “abject failure.”</p> <p>Three minutes after 18-year-old Salvador Ramos entered the school, sufficient armed law enforcement were on scene to stop the gunman, McCraw testified. Yet police officers armed with rifles stood and waited in a school hallway for more than an hour while the gunman carried out the massacre. The classroom door could not be locked from the inside, but there is no indication officers tried to open the door while the gunman was inside, McCraw said.</p> <p>McCraw has said parents begged police outside the school to move in and students inside the classroom repeatedly pleaded with 911 operators for help while more than a dozen officers waited in a hallway. Officers from other agencies urged Arredondo to let them move in because children were in danger.</p> <p>“The only thing stopping a hallway of dedicated officers from entering room 111 and 112 was the on-scene commander who decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children,” McCraw said.</p> <p>Arredondo has tried to defend his actions, telling the Texas Tribune that he didn’t consider himself the commander in charge of operations and that he assumed someone else had taken control of the law enforcement response. He said he didn’t have his police and campus radios but that he used his cellphone to call for tactical gear, a sniper and the classroom keys.</p> <p>It’s still not clear why it took so long for police to enter the classroom, how they communicated with each other during the attack, and what their body cameras show.</p> <p>Officials have declined to release more details, citing the investigation.</p> <p>Arredondo, 50, grew up in Uvalde and has spent much of his nearly 30-year career in law enforcement in the city.</p> Associated Press Uvalde School Police Chief Pete Arredondo, second from left, stands during a news conference outside of the Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on May 26, 2022. Dario Lopez-Mills, File/ AP Photo SCOTUS marshal asks Maryland officials to enforce anti-picketing laws outside justices' homes https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/02/scotus-marshal-asks-maryland-officials-to-halt-protests-outside-justices-homes-00043862 Top Stories urn:uuid:296a0db0-1bca-f1cf-1b29-3c38ef4e3ce3 Sat, 02 Jul 2022 15:05:08 -0400 “For weeks on end, large groups of protesters chanting slogans, using bullhorns, and banging drums have picketed justices’ homes in Maryland,” one letter reads. <img src="https://static.politico.com/5a/41/d5bef6d041269c8da0fbc91db3e4/https-delivery.gettyimages.com/downloads/1405921871"> <br> <p>The Supreme Court's chief security officer requested that Maryland officials move to halt protests outside the homes of Supreme Court justices.</p> <p>In <a href="https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000181-c028-dc8e-a5d9-d3fdd0ae0000" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656788656384,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656788656384,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000181-c028-dc8e-a5d9-d3fdd0ae0000&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c04c-daca-a1ab-c9ce98aa0001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;letters sent Friday&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c04c-daca-a1ab-c9ce98aa0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">letters sent Friday</a>, Marshal of the Court Gail Curley wrote that "threatening activity" has increased at justices' homes in Maryland since May, when <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/02/supreme-court-abortion-draft-opinion-00029473" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656783959276,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656783959276,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/02/supreme-court-abortion-draft-opinion-00029473&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c004-daca-a1ab-c9c6ee800001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;POLITICO reported the disclosure of a draft opinion&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c004-daca-a1ab-c9c6ee800000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">POLITICO reported the disclosure of a draft opinion</a> of the ruling that overturned <i>Roe v. Wade</i>. </p> <p>Curley cited Maryland law that prohibits picketing in front of private homes. </p> <p>“For weeks on end, large groups of protesters chanting slogans, using bullhorns, and banging drums have picketed justices’ homes in Maryland,” <a href="https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000181-c027-dc8e-a5d9-d3f7a51c0000" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656788575290,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656788575290,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000181-c027-dc8e-a5d9-d3f7a51c0000&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c04b-daca-a1ab-c9cb40d60001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;the letter to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c04b-daca-a1ab-c9cb40d60000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">the letter to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said</a>. </p> <p>“Earlier this week, for example, 75 protesters loudly picketed at one Justice’s home in Maryland for 20-30 minutes in the evening, then proceeded to picket at another Justice’s home for 30 minutes, where the crowd grew to 100, and finally returned to the first Justice’s home to picket for another 20 minutes. This is exactly the kind of conduct that the Maryland and Montgomery County laws prohibit,” the letter continued. </p> <p>Curley, who is also leading the investigation into the opinion's disclosure, said state and county laws "provide the tools to prevent picketing activity at the Justices' homes, and they should be enforced without delay." </p> <p>Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh live in Montgomery County, Md. The Washington Post <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/07/02/supreme-court-justices-picketing-homes/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656787089313,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014f-12ca-d3b2-a96f-1acb44b20011&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656787089313,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014f-12ca-d3b2-a96f-1acb44b20011&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/07/02/supreme-court-justices-picketing-homes/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c034-d590-abb9-dd3498570001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;first reported&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c034-d590-abb9-dd3498570000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">first reported</a> the existence of the marshal's letters. </p> <p><a href="https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/pol/index.html" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656785161791,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656785161791,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-5abe-d1fc-ad7f-fefe76ec0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/pol/index.html&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c017-d590-abb9-dd3745d00001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;On its website&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c017-d590-abb9-dd3745d00000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">On its website</a>, the Montgomery County Department of Police stated it is "committed to preserving the first amendment rights of all individuals wishing to participate in peaceful, lawful, protest and assembly." </p> <p>The debate over protests at justices’ homes and Supreme Court security has risen since the disclosure of the draft opinion. In June, a California man was <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/08/man-gun-arrested-kavanaugh-00038137" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656787416943,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014f-12ca-d3b2-a96f-1acb44b20011&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656787416943,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014f-12ca-d3b2-a96f-1acb44b20011&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/08/man-gun-arrested-kavanaugh-00038137&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c039-daca-a1ab-c9fb7ebd0001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;charged with attempted murder&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c039-daca-a1ab-c9fb7ebd0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">charged with attempted murder</a> after allegedly threatening to kill Kavanaugh in the run up to the court's key ruling on abortion rights. </p> <p>Hogan and Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin of Virginia <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/11/gop-governors-doj-protesters-outside-justices-homes-00031909" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656787568679,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014f-12ca-d3b2-a96f-1acb44b20011&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656787568679,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014f-12ca-d3b2-a96f-1acb44b20011&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/11/gop-governors-doj-protesters-outside-justices-homes-00031909&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c03b-d590-abb9-dd3ff3f50001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;called on the Justice Department&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-c03b-d590-abb9-dd3ff3f50000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">called on the Justice Department</a> in May to provide adequate resources to protect Supreme Court justices and their families. </p> <p>Curley's Friday letters quoted previous comments from Hogan and Marc Elrich, the county executive of Montgomery County, with Hogan stating that "we will continue to partner with both federal and local law enforcement officials to help ensure these residential areas are secure.”</p> Kierra Frazier Abortion rights activists with Our Rights DC march in front of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts' house on June 29, 2022 in Chevy Chase, Md. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images Texas Supreme Court blocks order that resumed abortions https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/02/texas-supreme-court-blocks-order-that-resumed-abortions-00043856 Top Stories urn:uuid:a6f8b935-e2fe-f39f-3e18-e226e6195d97 Sat, 02 Jul 2022 11:19:28 -0400 It was not immediately clear whether the clinics in Texas that resumed performing abortions just days ago would halt services again following the ruling late Friday night. <img src="https://static.politico.com/1e/24/a4a5aa8e4da48227cee3be930a38/https-delivery.gettyimages.com/downloads/1241532729"> <br> <p>AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court has blocked a lower court order that had allowed clinics in the state to continue performing abortions even after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its landmark 1973 ruling that confirmed a constitutional right to abortion.</p> <p>It was not immediately clear whether the clinics in Texas that resumed performing abortions just days ago would halt services again following the ruling late Friday night. A hearing is scheduled for later this month.</p> <p>The whiplash of Texas clinics turning away patients, rescheduling them, and now potentially canceling appointments again — all in the span of a week — illustrates the confusion and scrambling that has taken place across the country since Roe v. Wade was overturned.</p> <p>An order by a Houston judge on Tuesday had reassured some clinics they could temporarily resume abortions up to six weeks into pregnancy. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton quickly asked the state’s highest court, which is stocked with nine Republican justices, to temporarily put that order on hold.</p> <p>“These laws are confusing, unnecessary, and cruel,” said Marc Hearron, attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, after the order was issued Friday night.</p> <p>Clinics in Texas — a state of nearly 30 million people — stopped performing abortions after the U.S. Supreme Court last week overturned Roe v. Wade. Texas had left an abortion ban on the books for the past 50 years while Roe was in place.</p> <p>Attorneys for Texas clinics provided a copy of Friday's order, which was not immediately available on the court’s website.</p> <p>Abortion providers and patients across the country have been struggling to navigate the evolving legal landscape around abortion laws and access.</p> <p>In Florida, a law banning abortions after 15 weeks went into effect Friday, the day after a judge called it a violation of the state constitution and said he would sign an order temporarily blocking the law next week. The ban could have broader implications in the South, where Florida has wider access to the procedure than its neighbors.</p> <p>Abortion rights have been lost and regained in the span of a few days in Kentucky. A so-called trigger law imposing a near-total ban on the procedure took effect last Friday, but a judge blocked the law Thursday, meaning the state’s only two abortion providers can resume seeing patients — for now.</p> <p>The legal wrangling is almost certain to continue to cause chaos for Americans seeking abortions in the near future, with court rulings upending access at a moment's notice and an influx of new patients from out of state overwhelming providers.</p> <p>Even when women travel outside states with abortion bans in place, they may have fewer options to end their pregnancies as the prospect of prosecution follows them.</p> <p>Planned Parenthood of Montana this week stopped providing medication abortions to patients who live in states with bans “to minimize potential risk for providers, health center staff, and patients in the face of a rapidly changing landscape.”</p> <p>Planned Parenthood North Central States, which offers the procedure in Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska, is telling its patients that they must take both pills in the regimen in a state that allows abortions.</p> <p>The use of abortion pills has been the most common method to end a pregnancy since 2000, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved mifepristone, the main drug used in medication abortions. Taken with misoprostol, a drug that causes cramping that empties the womb, it constitutes the abortion pill.</p> <p>“There’s a lot of confusion and concern that the providers may be at risk, and they are trying to limit their liability so they can provide care to people who need it," said Dr. Daniel Grossman, who directs the research group Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health at the University of California San Francisco.</p> <p>Emily Bisek, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood North Central States, said that in an “unknown and murky” legal environment, they decided to tell patients they must be in a state where it is legal to complete the medication abortion -- which requires taking two drugs 24 to 48 hours apart. She said most patients from states with bans are expected to opt for surgical abortion.</p> <p>Access to the pills has become a key battle in abortion rights, with the Biden administration preparing to argue states can’t ban a medication that has received FDA approval.</p> <p>Kim Floren, who operates an abortion fund in South Dakota called Justice Empowerment Network, said the development would further limit women's choices.</p> <p>“The purpose of these laws anyways is to scare people,” Floren said of states’ bans on abortions and telemedicine consultations for medication abortions. “The logistics to actually enforcing these is a nightmare, but they rely on the fact that people are going to be scared.”</p> <p>A South Dakota law took effect Friday that threatens a felony punishment for anyone who prescribes medication for an abortion without a license from the South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners.</p> <p>In Alabama, Attorney General Steve Marshall’s office said it is reviewing whether people or groups could face prosecution for helping women fund and travel to out-of-state abortion appointments.</p> <p>Yellowhammer Fund, an Alabama-based group that helps low-income women cover abortion and travel costs, said it is pausing operation for two weeks because of the lack of clarity under state law.</p> <p>“This is a temporary pause, and we’re going to figure out how we can legally get you money and resources and what that looks like,” said Kelsea McLain, Yellowhammer’s health care access director.</p> <p>Laura Goodhue, executive director of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, said staff members at its clinics have seen women driving from as far as Texas without stopping — or making an appointment. Women who are past 15 weeks were being asked to leave their information and promised a call back if a judge signs the order temporarily blocking the restriction, she said.</p> <p>Still, there is concern that the order may be only temporary and the law may again go into effect later, creating additional confusion.</p> <p>“It’s terrible for patients,” she said. “We are really nervous about what is going to happen.”</p> Associated Press Protesters march in the street during an abortion-rights rally on June 25, 2022 in Austin, Texas. Sergio Flores/Getty Images Dems meddle in Trump-Hogan proxy war in Maryland https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/02/dems-trump-hogan-maryland-00043837 Top Stories urn:uuid:a3db6241-4831-852a-96e3-d39c6869efaa Sat, 02 Jul 2022 07:00:00 -0400 The former president and the moderate GOP governor have endorsed rival candidates in the Republican primary to succeed Hogan. <img src="https://static.politico.com/2d/45/8b2610984d87bb28f80abf24fa8b/governors-race-campaign-fundraising-40262.jpg"> <br> <p>Dan Cox’s campaign for governor of Maryland got an early endorsement from Donald Trump last fall. And now, Democrats want Republican primary voters to know all about it.</p> <p>The Democratic Governors Association launched a new ad Friday blasting Cox, a state lawmaker, for his ties to Trump, for being “100 percent pro-life” and for “refusing to support any federal restrictions” on guns. “Dan Cox: Too close to Trump, too conservative for Maryland,” <a href="https://host2.adimpact.com/admo/viewer/539303ca-49a8-4d69-88a6-75dc1280f623" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;the narrator intones&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://host2.adimpact.com/admo/viewer/539303ca-49a8-4d69-88a6-75dc1280f623&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5480007&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5480008&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">the narrator intones</a>.</p> <p>But the end goal of the ad is not to sink Cox. Instead, Democrats are hoping to boost him in the July 19 Republican primary for governor, which has turned into a tight battle for the nomination with former state Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz — term-limited GOP Gov. Larry Hogan's preferred successor.</p> <p>It is the latest iteration of a now increasingly common playbook for Democrats. In a handful of blue states — and especially in governor races — Democratic groups and campaigns have run ads boosting the more extreme Republican candidate in a primary, in hopes that they win the nomination and will be easier to beat in the general election in November.</p> <p>Results have been mixed so far: The DGA and Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker successfully <a href="https://www.politico.com/newsletters/illinois-playbook/2022/03/31/dems-meddle-in-illinois-gop-guv-primary-00021970" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;picked their opponent in Illinois&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/newsletters/illinois-playbook/2022/03/31/dems-meddle-in-illinois-gop-guv-primary-00021970&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5480009&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc548000a&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">picked their opponent in Illinois</a>, though they spent tens of millions of dollars to do so. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the Democratic nominee for that state’s open governor race, boosted state Sen. Doug Mastriano in the final days of the Republican primary there — but Mastriano was the GOP <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/16/gop-pennsylvania-primary-doug-mastriano-00032910" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;frontrunner even before that&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/16/gop-pennsylvania-primary-doug-mastriano-00032910&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc548000b&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc548000c&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">frontrunner even before that</a>. And in Colorado, efforts to derail Republican candidates <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/09/dems-meddle-in-colorado-senate-gop-primary-00038294" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;running for governor and Senate&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/09/dems-meddle-in-colorado-senate-gop-primary-00038294&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc548000d&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc548000e&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">running for governor and Senate</a> both fell flat.</p> <p>But Maryland may have the thorniest primary of them all — an all-out proxy war between Trump and Hogan, a moderate blue-state Republican who has called on the GOP to chart a new course away from the former president. Trump’s early endorsement of Cox was quickly followed by Hogan going all-in for Schulz, a former state lawmaker who served in Hogan’s cabinet until earlier this year. Hogan endorsed Schulz, and much of his political network is working in some fashion to boost her campaign.</p> <p>“It is not unexpected,” Schulz said of the DGA buy in an interview, citing Democratic meddling in races elsewhere. “The DGA would much rather spend $1 million now than $5 million in the general election” if she was the nominee.</p> <p>The race between Schulz and Cox, which also includes two other lesser-known Republicans, remains close. A <a href="https://www.thebaltimorebanner.com/politics-power/state-government/poll-maryland-republican-primary-for-governor-is-a-tight-race-with-many-voters-still-undecided-Y2NAF7LJXNAD3OZAVL5DFNH2GM/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;recent poll from The Baltimore Banner/WYPR/Goucher College&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.thebaltimorebanner.com/politics-power/state-government/poll-maryland-republican-primary-for-governor-is-a-tight-race-with-many-voters-still-undecided-Y2NAF7LJXNAD3OZAVL5DFNH2GM/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc548000f&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5480010&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">recent poll from The Baltimore Banner/WYPR/Goucher College</a> had the two within the margin of error: Cox at 25 percent, Schulz at 22 percent. A 44 percent plurality of voters said they were undecided or didn’t know who they’d support in the primary.<br></p> <br> <img src="https://static.politico.com/65/a0/250391a2446ea88985408531b1e4/maryland-legislature-92946.jpg"> <br> <p>And the DGA ad could have a major impact. The committee reserved at least $1.2 million worth of airtime, according to data from the ad tracking firm AdImpact — more than what Cox and Schulz have spent on advertising combined.</p> <p>Trump has not rallied for Cox in the state, but he did call in to an event the candidate hosted late last month. “Dan is MAGA all the way, and I say that very strongly,” Trump told the crowd in <a href="https://vimeo.com/724642298" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;a video posted by Cox’s campaign&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://vimeo.com/724642298&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5490000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5490001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">a video posted by Cox’s campaign</a>, “unlike his opponent named Kelly Schulz, who along with Larry Hogan is bad news.”</p> <p>Even though Cox is tied in the recent poll of the primary, the DGA insists that it is just getting a jumpstart on attacking Cox ahead of November. “Given Cox’s frontrunner status and radical MAGA stances, we are starting the general election early and wasting no time to hold him accountable,” DGA spokesperson Sam Newton said in a statement.</p> <p>The Democratic committee has antagonized Schulz throughout the primary, with the campaign and committee trading barbs through the media. (One recent press release subject line from the DGA: “Debate-Dodging Kelly Schulz Is Mad the DGA Has Sent 8 Press Releases Mentioning Her — Here’s #9.”) The ad buy represents a significant escalation, however.</p> <p>“We see this as not just an attack on Kelly, but an attack on all Maryland Republicans,” said Doug Mayer, a longtime Hogan aide who is advising the Schulz campaign. “Because at the heart of what they’re saying is that Maryland Republicans are idiots. That they’re rubes, and a bunch of smarty pants in D.C. can fool them. … At the end of the day, they’re actually not fooling people.”</p> <p>Mayer said he expected the Schulz campaign to talk a lot about the DGA’s ad campaign in the closing weeks of the race.</p> <p>While Schulz is trying to continue the two-term Hogan’s legacy, whoever wins the GOP nomination is likely to be an underdog in the fall. Democrats view this governor race as one of their best pickup opportunities in the nation, with the popular Hogan off the ballot in a state that President Joe Biden won by over 30 points.</p> <p>But the Democratic primary remains similarly undecided. <a href="https://www.thebaltimorebanner.com/politics-power/state-government/poll-top-three-democratic-candidates-for-maryland-governor-are-tied-with-many-still-undecided-RM7ACWPUQFGPVJM7XQQEZI5S5I/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;A recent Banner/WYPR/Goucher poll&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.thebaltimorebanner.com/politics-power/state-government/poll-top-three-democratic-candidates-for-maryland-governor-are-tied-with-many-still-undecided-RM7ACWPUQFGPVJM7XQQEZI5S5I/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5490002&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5490003&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">A recent Banner/WYPR/Goucher poll</a> of that jam-packed race found three candidates all in the mid-teens: state Comptroller Peter Franchot, author Wes Moore, and former U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez.<br></p> <br> <img src="https://static.politico.com/68/86/2122bbd04fa69c9bc05b07955712/governors-race-maryland-42264.jpg"> <br> <p>Hogan blasted Democrats for elevating Cox at a Thursday press conference, calling their meddling grossly irresponsible.</p> <p>“The Democrats are so scared of losing again, they are now enabling, emboldening and embracing a QAnon conspiracy theorist,” Hogan said, referring to Cox. “The people who scream all day long about democracy being at stake are willing to play Russian roulette with the Maryland statehouse, just to win an election.”</p> <p>Cox’s campaign responded to an interview request with a lengthy statement accusing Schulz of colluding with Democrats, saying the data Schulz’s campaign circulated about the DGA’s ad buy was not public and proved they were working together. (In fact, TV ad data is available from private ad tracking firms and the FCC website.)</p> <p>Cox also crashed Schulz and Hogan’s press conference on Thursday, <a href="https://www.marylandmatters.org/2022/06/30/at-raucous-rally-hogan-and-schulz-accuse-democrats-of-meddling-in-marylands-gop-primary/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;according to Maryland Matters&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.marylandmatters.org/2022/06/30/at-raucous-rally-hogan-and-schulz-accuse-democrats-of-meddling-in-marylands-gop-primary/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5490004&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5490005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">according to Maryland Matters</a>, “occasionally shouting back at the governor and his protege.”</p> <p>And on Friday, Trump issued a statement that parroted Cox’s line about the DGA’s buy, calling it “all phony games.” He also called both Hogan and Schulz RINOs, and said Hogan was coming “to the rescue of his fellow ‘Never Trumper.’”</p> <p>But Schulz clearly sees Hogan, who remains very popular with Maryland voters, as a strong asset to her campaign. “Marylanders — whether you're a Republican, an independent or a Democrat — they are happy with the way that the state is going and they know that another Republican that can keep checks and balances in the state … that’s what Marylanders are looking for,” she said.</p> <p>State House Minority Leader Jason Buckel, a supporter of Schulz, said in an interview that the DGA’s efforts were an attempt to elevate a weaker candidate.</p> <p>Buckel said that while he wasn’t critiquing Cox personally, his campaign wouldn’t have the “financial wherewithal” to be competitive in the general election.</p> <p>“The truth of the matter is the Democrats know [Schulz] would be tough to beat,” Buckel said.</p> Zach Montellaro Kelly Schulz, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor of Maryland, waves after receiving the endorsement of Gov. Larry Hogan, right, who is term limited, on March 22, 2022, in Annapolis, Md. Brian Witte/AP Photo Flawed oxygen readings may be behind Covid-19’s toll on people of color https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/02/flawed-oxygen-readings-may-be-behind-covid-19s-heavy-toll-on-minorities-00043282 Top Stories urn:uuid:6f9c6a2a-4c1d-db23-2f22-c62f234458dc Sat, 02 Jul 2022 07:00:00 -0400 The Food and Drug Administration is convening an advisory panel later this year to investigate <img src="https://static.politico.com/06/95/cef7874d4ade868fee683947c75c/https-delivery.gettyimages.com/downloads/1316972161"> <br> <p>Doctors have sometimes failed to diagnose serious cases of Covid-19 among people of color — and the Food and Drug Administration acknowledges one reason may be flaws in devices it approved to measure blood oxygen levels.</p> <p>Pulse oximeters can overestimate blood oxygen in people with dark skin, causing doctors to miss patients’ distress signals.</p> <p>The FDA is convening an expert advisory panel later this year to assess the problem and offer guidance to health care providers. An agency spokesperson said it has prioritized assuring that pulse oximeters are “sufficiently safe and accurate for all people.” But advocates still say the FDA, which issued a warning about the issue last year, is moving too slowly.</p> <p>“It's really shocking that it was only until 2021 for the FDA to actually issue an alert,” said Uché Blackstock, an emergency medicine physician and CEO of Advancing Health Equity. “And even in that alert last year, they didn't even mention racial bias or race or racism in it.”</p> <p>The problem raises broader concerns about bias as technology becomes more embedded in health care, and about the government’s ability to counteract it through regulation and oversight. Experts warn that disparate outcomes among racial groups could get worse if technology doesn't work for all patients.<br></p> <br> <p>Researchers identified problems with pulse oximeters years ago, with small studies pointing to misreadings in people of color in <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2347228/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;1990&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2347228/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5570001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5570002&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">1990</a>, <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15791098/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;2005&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15791098/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5570003&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5570004&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">2005</a> and <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18048893/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;2007&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18048893/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5570005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5570006&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">2007</a>.</p> <p>The Covid-19 pandemic brought renewed attention to the devices, which commonly come in the form of a sensor on a patient's fingertip.</p> <p>Michael Sjoding, a pulmonary and critical care physician at the University of Michigan, conducted a <a href="https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmc2029240" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;study published in December 2020&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmc2029240&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5570007&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5570008&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">study published in December 2020</a> in the New England Journal of Medicine that found Black patients between January and July 2020 as well as 2014 and 2015 were about three times more likely than white ones to have low blood oxygen levels go undetected. More than one in 10 Black patients with an oxygen saturation reading of 92 to 96 percent on a pulse oximeter actually had levels below 88 percent when measured by blood tests.</p> <p>Normal levels range from 95 to 100 percent, while levels below 88 percent are considered dangerous.</p> <p>Experts also say the problem points to the need to update guidance to compensate for the problem, as well as to diversify clinical trials.</p> <p>The effect on care is real, Sjoding said. “That level of difference, had it been recognized and detected, would have changed how we would care for a patient,” he explained. “You would give a patient more oxygen or potentially give a patient different treatments.”</p> <h3 style="text-align: left">Known and unknown</h3> <p>Experts say the flawed readings are the result of how light is absorbed on different skin shades. Pulse oximeters work by shooting light onto a person’s skin and observing how much bounces back, said Achuta Kadambi, an engineering professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.</p> <p>Darker skin reflects back a smaller signal than lighter skin, which can corrupt the pulse oximeter’s reading, he said. Kadambi, who has darker skin, has encountered similar problems with automated soap dispensers, which also rely on light to activate.</p> <p>“The laws of physics are against darker objects, which include skin,” Kadambi said, adding that algorithms are one way to correct the issue.</p> <p>But the research findings so far have limitations because they haven’t all differentiated by the type of oximeter, said Amira Mohamed, a professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She also noted that generalizing by race can also be tricky.</p> <p>“There are different types of Black people,” Mohamed said. “I'm Black myself and it doesn't mean that it's going to work the same way on me like it would for, for example, my husband, who's a darker-skinned Black person.”<br></p> <br> <p>Mohamed also says that the existing research was conducted mostly on people with white skin and that future studies should focus on people more likely to be affected.</p> <h3 style="text-align: left">Potential solutions</h3> <p>Current <a href="https://www.fda.gov/regulatory-information/search-fda-guidance-documents/pulse-oximeters-premarket-notification-submissions-510ks-guidance-industry-and-food-and-drug" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;FDA guidance&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.fda.gov/regulatory-information/search-fda-guidance-documents/pulse-oximeters-premarket-notification-submissions-510ks-guidance-industry-and-food-and-drug&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5570009&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc557000a&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">FDA guidance</a> recommends manufacturers' studies include a minimum of 10 people and "at least 2 darkly pigmented subjects" or 15 percent of the overall group.</p> <p>Some experts argue the FDA needs to make that pool larger.</p> <p>“Fundamentally, you're not going to have enough information about the accuracy of the device if you're only testing it on two people,” said Sjoding.</p> <p>More specific FDA guidance on oximeters is warranted, said Ashraf Fawzy, a professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University and lead author of a <a href="https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2792653" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3272-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff7cad0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656709134934,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000180-bf0a-d5ef-ad97-bf7f0c940006&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656709134934,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000180-bf0a-d5ef-ad97-bf7f0c940006&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2792653&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bb8f-d010-a3cb-bf8f23b40001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;May study published in JAMA Internal Medicine&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bb8f-d010-a3cb-bf8f23b40000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">May study published in JAMA Internal Medicine</a> that found providers were more likely to underestimate the level of disease severity and delay treatment for Black and Hispanic Covid-19 patients.</p> <p>Quicker action from the agency would have been helpful, Fawzy added. The FDA should consider adding a warning label on the devices, said Kimani Toussaint, a professor of engineering at Brown University who is working on potential fixes.</p> <p>Some experts, like Blackstock, argue the oximeters should be pulled off the market. Others, such as Mohamed, say there needs to be significantly more research before any conclusions are drawn.</p> <p>“If we are concerned about someone's breathing or someone's oxygen level, it's not safe to completely rely on a pulse oximeter and we always need to confirm it,” Mohamed said.</p> <p>And fixing the issue in the devices themselves could be a heavy lift.</p> <p>The FDA spokesperson said it is seeking to broaden the available data on the problem by</p> <p>funding a prospective clinical trial to inform any recommendation changes. It hopes that research can sort out “sometimes conflicting data that includes non-public information” that manufacturers have provided.</p> <p>Meanwhile, researchers at Brown University are working on using a single wavelength of light to bypass the skin. That research on healthy patients is in the early stages and saw similar results to commercial devices. The inaccuracies tend to be more prevalent in sicker patients, said researcher Rutendo Jakachira, who works with Toussaint.</p> <p>Scientists are also looking at using sound as a potential replacement for light as a new method of reading blood oxygen levels.</p> <h3 style="text-align: left">Clinical trial diversity</h3> <p>Meanwhile, with technology playing an ever-increasing role in health care, experts say that clinical trials, in which people of color have long been underrepresented, need an overhaul.</p> <p>Lawmakers are aware of the issue. <a href="https://subscriber.politicopro.com/newsletter/2022/06/white-house-tees-up-pediatric-covid-19-vaccine-strategy-00038561" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;The House last month passed&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://subscriber.politicopro.com/newsletter/2022/06/white-house-tees-up-pediatric-covid-19-vaccine-strategy-00038561&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc557000b&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc557000c&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">The House last month passed</a> FDA medical product user fee legislation that included language aimed at bolstering clinical trial diversity.</p> <p>Adrian Aguilera, the head of the Digital Health Equity and Access Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, said that absent diverse participants, the trial outcomes won't necessarily reflect what will play out in the real world.</p> <p>Trials are traditionally conducted in person, necessitating that participants come on-site, which can create barriers for low-income people or those with inflexible jobs. Advocates <a href="https://www.politico.com/newsletters/future-pulse/2022/05/04/the-push-for-clinical-trials-2-0-00029767" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;want to use telehealth&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/newsletters/future-pulse/2022/05/04/the-push-for-clinical-trials-2-0-00029767&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc557000d&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc557000e&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">want to use telehealth</a> to draw in a wider range of participants.</p> <p>Companies should avoid “helicopter” research and instead take time to build relationships with community organizations and people on the ground, Aguilera said.</p> <p>“What this pulse oximeter situation exemplifies is that if you're not thinking about bias and racism from the beginning, and you're not intentional about it, it's going to be embedded in the technology,” Blackstock said.</p> Ben Leonard Pulse oximeters work by shooting light onto a person’s skin and observing how much bounces back, said Achuta Kadambi, an engineering professor. Abhishek Chinnappa/Getty Images Opinion | The Humiliations of Rudy Giuliani https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/07/02/humiliations-rudy-giuliani-00043848 Top Stories urn:uuid:493da588-f866-0de4-7098-1142cfa72b49 Sat, 02 Jul 2022 07:00:00 -0400 It was bad week for Trump’s attorney, and that's saying something. <img src="https://static.politico.com/84/cc/bda34ed340df8c00effaf5c662c2/20220701-rudygiuliani-ap-773.jpg"> <br> <p>Rudy Giuliani has been a national punchline for so long that the high hilarity that once accompanied his antics is finally no more.</p> <p>Remember the time President Donald Trump’s former lawyer <a href="https://nypost.com/2019/10/25/rudy-giuliani-butt-dials-nbc-news-reporter-twice/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;butt-dialed&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://nypost.com/2019/10/25/rudy-giuliani-butt-dials-nbc-news-reporter-twice/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5600000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5600001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">butt-dialed</a> an NBC News reporter, not once but twice? Or his habit of mistakenly sending messages and photos to the <a href="https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/11/olivia-nuzzi-on-texting-with-rudy-giuliani-trumps-attorney.html" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;wrong numbers&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/11/olivia-nuzzi-on-texting-with-rudy-giuliani-trumps-attorney.html&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5600002&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5600003&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">wrong numbers</a>? The time <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/19/style/rudy-giuliani-hair.html" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656713759075,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000172-dd91-d07a-a7f7-dddfbd9b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656713759075,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000172-dd91-d07a-a7f7-dddfbd9b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/19/style/rudy-giuliani-hair.html&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbd5-daca-a1ab-bbd7be430001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;hair dye dripped down his temples&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbd5-daca-a1ab-bbd7be430000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">hair dye dripped down his temples</a> like his head was melting? That weird <a href="https://www.thewrap.com/rudy-giuliani-weird-impression-of-abe-lincoln/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;Abraham Lincoln&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.thewrap.com/rudy-giuliani-weird-impression-of-abe-lincoln/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5600004&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5600005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">Abraham Lincoln</a> impersonation he did for a political ad? Sacha Baron Cohen <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/sacha-baron-cohen-borat-rudy-giuliani_uk_5f97d8b9c5b6b74d85f42647" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656713745450,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000172-dd91-d07a-a7f7-dddfbd9b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656713745450,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000172-dd91-d07a-a7f7-dddfbd9b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/sacha-baron-cohen-borat-rudy-giuliani_uk_5f97d8b9c5b6b74d85f42647&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbd5-dc8e-a5d9-bbd5844f0001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;pranking him in a movie&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbd5-dc8e-a5d9-bbd5844f0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">pranking him in a movie</a>? The <a href="https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1436897225871962113" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656713773471,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000172-dd91-d07a-a7f7-dddfbd9b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656713773471,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000172-dd91-d07a-a7f7-dddfbd9b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1436897225871962113&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbd5-daca-a1ab-bbd7fa6a0001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;deranged speech he gave&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbd5-daca-a1ab-bbd7fa6a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">deranged speech he gave</a> last fall at a 9/11 memorial dinner and his denial that he was <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/giuliani-denies-being-drunk-in-rambling-911-speech-2021-9" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;under the influence&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.businessinsider.com/giuliani-denies-being-drunk-in-rambling-911-speech-2021-9&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5600006&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5600007&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">under the influence</a> while giving it? The time he said <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/03/giuliani-quotes-trump-stormy-daniels-566109" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;$135,000&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/03/giuliani-quotes-trump-stormy-daniels-566109&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5600008&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc5600009&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">$135,000</a> “isn’t pocket change, but it’s pretty close to it”? Or how about reporter Olivia Nuzzi’s hotel bar interview with Giuliani, his fly unzipped and <a href="https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/12/a-conversation-with-rudy-giuliani-over-bloody-marys.html" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656713791302,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000172-dd91-d07a-a7f7-dddfbd9b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656713791302,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000172-dd91-d07a-a7f7-dddfbd9b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/12/a-conversation-with-rudy-giuliani-over-bloody-marys.html&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbd6-dc8e-a5d9-bbd73d700001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;drool inching down&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbd6-dc8e-a5d9-bbd73d700000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">drool inching down</a> his face? His appearance on "<a href="https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/20/entertainment/rudy-giuliani-masked-singer/index.html" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;The Masked Singer&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/20/entertainment/rudy-giuliani-masked-singer/index.html&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc560000a&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc560000b&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">The Masked Singer</a>"?</p> <p>These warm memories of Giuliani the political buffoon — the man willing to say stupid things in defense of Trump, the imaginative smear artist, the braying conspiracist, the muddled elderly man — have tickled us for so long. But the 78-year-old suffered such a chastening this week that human compassion demands that we stop laughing at the former mayor’s suffering and start sobbing instead. The man has become a pathetic spectacle, besieged on every front and humiliated at every juncture. Just give a gander at Rudy’s <i>septimana horribilis</i>.<br></p> <ul> <li>In her Jan. 6 committee testimony, Cassidy Hutchinson said <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/hutchinson-says-meadows-and-giuliani-asked-for-jan-6-pardon/2022/06/28/0a27b946-95f5-4e1b-8156-baa70f604b95_video.html" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656717194543,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656717194543,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/hutchinson-says-meadows-and-giuliani-asked-for-jan-6-pardon/2022/06/28/0a27b946-95f5-4e1b-8156-baa70f604b95_video.html&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bc0a-d010-a3cb-bc8a21e00001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;Giuliani requested a&nbsp;pardon&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bc0a-d010-a3cb-bc8a21e00000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">Giuliani requested a&nbsp;pardon</a>. He tweeted a denial (which he then deleted) that seemed to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/rudy-giuliani-jan-6-pardon-b2112357.html" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656713826325,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000172-dd91-d07a-a7f7-dddfbd9b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656713826325,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000172-dd91-d07a-a7f7-dddfbd9b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/rudy-giuliani-jan-6-pardon-b2112357.html&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbd6-daca-a1ab-bbd6c4460001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;imply&nbsp;that he asked for a pardon&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbd6-daca-a1ab-bbd6c4460000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">imply&nbsp;that he asked for a pardon</a>.<br></li> <li>Hutchinson also&nbsp;<a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/hutchinson-jan-6-proud-boys-giuliani-b2111428.html" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656713840412,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000172-dd91-d07a-a7f7-dddfbd9b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656713840412,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000172-dd91-d07a-a7f7-dddfbd9b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/hutchinson-jan-6-proud-boys-giuliani-b2111428.html&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbd6-daca-a1ab-bbd6fb9a0001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;connected&nbsp;Giuliani to the events of Jan. 6&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbd6-daca-a1ab-bbd6fb9a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">connected&nbsp;Giuliani to the events of Jan. 6</a>. She heard discussion of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers in his presence and said he had told her, “Are you excited for the 6th? It’s going to be a great day. … We<a href="">’</a>re going to the Capitol,” implying his knowledge of what was to come.<br></li> <li>His son, Andrew, got&nbsp;<a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/28/zeldin-gop-primary-new-york-governor-00043015" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656713858377,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000172-dd91-d07a-a7f7-dddfbd9b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656713858377,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000172-dd91-d07a-a7f7-dddfbd9b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/28/zeldin-gop-primary-new-york-governor-00043015&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbd7-daca-a1ab-bbd743080001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;clocked&nbsp;in the Republican primary&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbd7-daca-a1ab-bbd743080000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">clocked&nbsp;in the Republican primary</a> for governor.<br></li> <li><a href="https://www.npr.org/2022/06/29/1108635408/lev-parnas-sentenced-20-months">Lev Parnas</a>, the Giuliani associate who served as a go-between for Rudy’s Ukraine adventures, was sentenced to 20 months in prison for fraud and campaign finance violations. (Giuliani has denied any knowledge of Parnas’ crimes.)<br></li> <li>A Staten Island grocery store clerk was arrested for assault after slapping Giuliani on the back during a campaign event for his son. It felt “like somebody shot me,” <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/heckler-charged-with-assault-after-confronting-rudy-giuliani/2022/06/27/f3083a22-f659-11ec-81db-ac07a394a86b_story.html" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656713883258,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000172-dd91-d07a-a7f7-dddfbd9b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656713883258,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000172-dd91-d07a-a7f7-dddfbd9b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/heckler-charged-with-assault-after-confronting-rudy-giuliani/2022/06/27/f3083a22-f659-11ec-81db-ac07a394a86b_story.html&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbd7-daca-a1ab-bbd798470000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;Giuliani&nbsp;claimed&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbd7-daca-a1ab-bbd798460000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">Giuliani&nbsp;claimed</a>. But the&nbsp;<a href="https://nypost.com/2022/06/26/rudy-giuliani-attacked-inside-staten-island-shoprite/">security video</a>&nbsp;of the incident shared by the&nbsp;<i>New York Post</i>&nbsp;revealed the contact as more like a tap than a haymaker, and the felony arrest of the clerk was reduced to a misdemeanor. New York Mayor Eric Adams accused Giuliani of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jun/29/eric-adams-rudy-giuliani-falsely-reported-claim-assault-new-york" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656713897667,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000172-dd91-d07a-a7f7-dddfbd9b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656713897667,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000172-dd91-d07a-a7f7-dddfbd9b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jun/29/eric-adams-rudy-giuliani-falsely-reported-claim-assault-new-york&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbd7-daca-a1ab-bbd7dfd30000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;exaggerating&nbsp;the blow&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbd7-daca-a1ab-bbd7dfd20000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">exaggerating&nbsp;the blow</a>.<br></li> <li>Two <a href="https://www.npr.org/2022/06/22/1106459556/shaye-moss-staffed-an-election-office-in-georgia-then-she-was-targeted-by-trump" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656717311186,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656717311186,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.npr.org/2022/06/22/1106459556/shaye-moss-staffed-an-election-office-in-georgia-then-she-was-targeted-by-trump&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bc0b-daca-a1ab-bdcbecc60001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;Georgia poll work Jack Shafer Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani works on his smart phone before a news conference on June 7, 2022. Mary Altaffer/AP Photo UPDATED: New York's abortion amendment clears first major hurdle https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/01/new-york-abortion-amendement-00043736 Top Stories urn:uuid:32210296-7d43-0baf-4928-b7b6cec4321e Fri, 01 Jul 2022 20:28:28 -0400 Lawmakers approved a measure to enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution, triggering a multiyear approval process that would eventually put the question to voters statewide. <img src="https://static.politico.com/db/7a/a37c3a6f468f946a247785a46070/ap22181630229659.jpg"> <br> <p>ALBANY, N.Y. — New York legislators on Friday approved a long-stalled proposal to enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution, making New York the latest state to pursue long-term protections in wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s <i>Roe v. Wade</i> reversal.</p> <p>The Assembly passed the broad state equal rights amendment, which would add explicit protections for New Yorkers to access abortion care, on a 98-43 vote Friday night. Hours earlier, the Senate swiftly <a href="https://twitter.com/NYSenate/status/1542890695962333185?s=20&amp;t=Eg5847NUSSFjy9pjzewqXA" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;approved the resolution&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://twitter.com/NYSenate/status/1542890695962333185?s=20&amp;t=Eg5847NUSSFjy9pjzewqXA&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bc93-da7b-ad93-bffbf5930007&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bc93-da7b-ad93-bffbf5930008&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">approved the resolution</a> on a 49-14 vote after just minutes of floor discussion.</p> <p>The legislature’s special session endorsement of the proposal, which was modified to address critics' concerns over potential effects on religious freedom, marks the first major step in a multiyear process to amend New York’s constitution.</p> <p>The amendment must now pass the newly elected Legislature next year before it can go before voters — something which could happen as early as 2023, but more likely in 2024.</p> <p>Gov. Kathy Hochul, who added the amendment to the legislature’s “extraordinary session” agenda early Friday morning, said the amendment is “the boldest step” New York can take to ensure abortion access.</p> <p>“It’s part of our fighting back to protect women’s reproductive freedoms here in the state of New York,” she told reporters at an afternoon briefing. “That [amendment] is going to protect reproductive health in the state of New York for generations to come.”</p> <p>New York already has among the strongest abortion-rights laws in the nation: State lawmakers <a href="https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2019/01/22/cuomo-signs-reproductive-health-act-in-front-of-roe-lawyer-806169" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;codified protections under <i>Roe </i>in 2019&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2019/01/22/cuomo-signs-reproductive-health-act-in-front-of-roe-lawyer-806169&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bc93-da7b-ad93-bffbf5930009&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bc93-da7b-ad93-bffbf593000a&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">codified protections under <i>Roe </i>in 2019</a> and <a href="https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/article/2022/06/abortion-protections-in-new-york-fortified-ahead-of-scotus-ruling-00039191" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;approved new laws&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/article/2022/06/abortion-protections-in-new-york-fortified-ahead-of-scotus-ruling-00039191&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bc93-da7b-ad93-bffbf5940000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bc93-da7b-ad93-bffbf5940001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">approved new laws</a> to shield abortion providers and patients from out-of-state litigation in the final days of the 2022 session that ended in early June.</p> <p>Abortion rights advocates, however, have argued that enshrining it in the constitution would make it even harder to overturn if the political leadership of the state were to change and look to peel back the rights.</p> <p>The amendment approved Friday would also add new protected classes to the state constitution’s existing Equal Protection Clause — which prohibits discrimination based on a person’s race, color, creed or religion — to bar intentional government discrimination based on a person’s ethnicity, national origin, age, disability or sex, including sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy outcomes and reproductive health care and autonomy.</p> <p>Those protected classes would be placed on an equal footing with creed and religion, but the proposal states that the language shall not be “interpreted to interfere with, limit or deny the civil rights of any person based upon any other characteristic identified in this section.”</p> <p>Critics had raised concerns that previous versions of the proposal would relegate religion to a lower status of protected class. For years, debate over the “creed or religion” issue had stalled progress in Albany.</p> <p>Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat who has long pushed for a state equal rights amendment, said “the 1930s-era equal rights language in our State Constitution is long overdue for an update.”</p> <p>“Women have waited far too long to be included, but so have LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, Latinx people and everyone who has faced discrimination based on characteristics that are beyond their control,” she said in a statement. “In addition, with the Court’s reversal of<i> Roe v. Wade</i>, New York is ensuring the strongest protection for abortion and other reproductive care by enshrining these rights in our Constitution.”</p> <p>Krueger and Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright (D-Manhattan) introduced new versions of the “Equality Amendment” earlier this week in hopes of moving the proposal during the special session.</p> <p>Seawright, a Manhattan Democrat and longtime Assembly sponsor of the proposal, dedicated her remarks to mentor and former employer Sarah Weddington, a lawyer who successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in <i>Roe v. Wade</i>.</p> <p><br>“As a beacon of our future, New York’s constitution must reflect our broad conception of justice, equal rights and protections against discrimination,” she said in floor remarks. “This is the first step to give the voters the right to make the decision.”</p> <p><br>Sen. Shelley Mayer (D-Yonkers) called it “an incredibly important step forward at this moment in time.”</p> <p>“These essential signature parts of our identity need protection in the state constitution, and particularly the fact that the right to reproductive health services — including abortion and contraception — are defined within the word ‘sex,’” she said in brief floor remarks. “Women and men throughout New York, and the nation, have risen up to say that we must do what we must do to protect these essential rights.”</p> <p>Mayer said she wished that every state would consider similar proposals, “because at the end of the day, our fellow sisters in Alabama and Louisiana and in other states are going to be seeking justice here in New York for rights they don’t have anymore.”</p> <p>But Kristen Curran, director of government relations for the New York State Catholic Conference, took issue with the resolution, arguing that “elected officials should stop promoting abortion as a woman’s best and only choice, and focus instead on true support for women, children, and families.”</p> <p>Despite Albany lawmakers moving a series of abortion-related bills at the end of the session last month in anticipation of the high court overturning <i>Roe</i>, an eleventh-hour effort to secure abortion rights in New York’s constitution initially failed after talks broke down over the “creed or religion” issue.</p> <p>Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins told reporters that the Supreme Court’s ruling last week ratcheted up lawmakers’ urgency to finally move the proposal after years of debate in Albany. She noted that Friday’s vote came on the anniversary when New York’s abortion law took effect more than 50 years ago.</p> Shannon Young The New York state Capitol is pictured during a special legislative session to consider new firearms regulations for concealed-carry permits Thursday, June 30, 2022, in Albany, N.Y. Hans Pennink/AP Photo Albany passes strengthened gun laws in wake of SCOTUS ruling https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/01/new-york-gun-bill-pass-00043760 Top Stories urn:uuid:77d0426c-190b-a74a-bfe6-ef1eefb8b9bc Fri, 01 Jul 2022 20:06:57 -0400 The measure, intended to counteract the Supreme Court's decision last week striking down a strict state gun law, strengthens permitting requirements and designates a slew of new gun-free zones. <img src="https://static.politico.com/9a/ea/c32f9e0849ca9b29648440c06ca8/20220701-andreastewartcousins-ap-773.jpg"> <br> <p>ALBANY, N.Y. — After a grueling two-day special session, state lawmakers Friday evening passed new gun laws to mitigate the effects of a Supreme Court ruling last week that unraveled century-old state licensing rules.</p> <p>The high court ruled that New York’s requirement that applicants show good cause to carry concealed firearms was too prohibitive, and legislators returned to Albany Thursday to shore up the state’s gun laws in response.</p> <p>The Concealed Carry Improvement Act, adopted 43-20 by the Senate Friday afternoon and 91-51 by the Assembly later in the night, requires applicants display “good moral character," pass a firearm safety course and provide data from their social media accounts as part of strengthened background checks.</p> <p>It also defines “sensitive locations” — such as schools, polling places and certain public gathering areas — where weapons are off-limits for most permit holders.</p> <p>"We are trying to create uniformity, which is what really the Supreme Court asked us to do and … we hit that mark and are making New York safe,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins told reporters ahead of the bill’s passage Friday, adding that “people will be very clear about how they can go about getting permit."</p> <p>Lawmakers have been trying to thread the needle to narrowly tailor the application process without imposing subjective or arbitrary restrictions. And Gov. Kathy Hochul’s administration said Friday the “good moral character” requirement was not too subjective to pass muster.</p> <p>"First of all, the moral character standard was not an issue in the Supreme Court, and it's been issued in other states," Counsel to the Governor Liz Fine said during a press conference. "I don't think there is a question that the state has the authority and the responsibility to review applicants for licenses to make sure that they are not going to pose a danger to themselves if they are able to get a gun."</p> <p>Licensing agents will review each applicant, and individuals who are denied will be given a chance to appeal, she said.</p> <p>Applicants must participate in a firearm safety course, undergo "enhanced screening" with in-person interviews and submit to reviews of their social media. Additionally, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services will review permit holders' records monthly for criminal convictions, criminal indictments and protection orders.</p> <p>Purchasing ammunition would also trigger a background check by DCJS, and the bill further restricts the types of body armor that can be sold. And Hochul said Friday she’d <a href="https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/2022/07/hochul-tearing-up-cuomo-deal-that-delayed-ammo-sales-database-00043833" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;tear up a deal&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/2022/07/hochul-tearing-up-cuomo-deal-that-delayed-ammo-sales-database-00043833&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bc4f-df32-ab81-feef7fd60002&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bc4f-df32-ab81-feef7fd60003&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">tear up a deal</a> struck under her predecessor Andrew Cuomo that stalled the implementation of an ammo sales database.</p> <p>The law also designates gun-free “sensitive places” where illegally possessing a firearm constitutes a class E felony.</p> <p>Such locations include government buildings; any location providing health, behavioral health or chemical dependence care or services; any place of worship or religious observation; libraries; public playgrounds; public parks; zoos; the location of any state funded or licensed programs; educational institutions both in elementary and higher education; any vehicle used for public transportation; all public transit including airports and bus terminals; bars and restaurants; entertainment, gaming and sporting events and venues; polling places; any public sidewalk or public area restricted for a special event; and protests or rallies.</p> <p>The Supreme Court's decision preserved the right to designate sensitive places, but warned that lawmakers couldn't cover swaths of the city.</p> <p>"Put simply, there is no historical basis for New York to effectively declare the island of Manhattan a 'sensitive place' simply because it is crowded and protected generally by the New York City Police Department,” the opinion read.</p> <p>The law also prohibits the use of firearms on private property, unless the property owner allows it. Business owners can display a sign on their property to allow concealed carry weapons on the premises. If there is no sign, concealed carry permit owners should assume firearms are off-limits.</p> <p>Several groups are exempt, including current and retired law enforcement, peace officers, security guards who have a special armed registration card, and active-duty military. The law also allows hunting and hunting education, with the proper licensing.</p> <p>Once Hochul signs it, the law will go into effect on Sept. 1 and the DCJS will have until April to implement a background check database and gun training courses.</p> Katelyn Cordero New York state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins debates legislation to consider new firearms regulations for concealed-carry permits during a special legislative session in the Senate Chamber at the state Capitol on July 1, 2022. Hans Pennink/AP Photo Interior offshore oil drilling plan skirts tough choices https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/01/new-offshore-oil-and-gas-lease-sales-under-five-year-plan-00043838 Top Stories urn:uuid:87f1a60a-ab8c-a8a8-a52f-4bbc39c6c27b Fri, 01 Jul 2022 18:53:12 -0400 The plan from the Interior Department was released just one day after the Supreme Court issued a ruling sharply limiting EPA's power to curb pollution causing climate change. <img src="https://static.politico.com/83/c8/96e2055e4f7b8e498cd7f4c79f98/https-delivery.gettyimages.com/downloads/1401975522"> <br> <p>The Biden administration proposed an offshore drilling plan that could have anywhere from zero to 11 lease sales, a move that pushes the politically fraught decision on oil and gas production off for months and is likely to frustrate both fossil fuel supporters and climate change advocates.</p> <p>The plan from the Interior Department was released just one day after the Supreme Court issued a ruling sharply limiting EPA's power to curb pollution causing climate change — and as gasoline prices remain near record highs. Those fuel prices are a key contributor to inflation, which has emerged as a top concern for voters ahead of the November mid-term elections. </p> <p>The administration’s plan, if finalized, could allow up to 10 lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and one lease sale in Alaska's Cook Inlet, both areas where oil and gas production is currently taking place. But it would reserve the right to scrap those sales after it gathers input during a 90-day public comment period for the plan that would replace the five-year offshore drilling plan that expired on Thursday. </p> <p>That range of options shows the administration is in effect punting a politically fraught decision on new offshore drilling, which he had promised to end on federal lands and waters during the 2020 campaign. While the public comment<b> </b>period runs to the end of September, Interior could still take more time to analyze the comments before making its final plan known, a senior administration official said in an interview.</p> <p>“The proposed plan narrows the discussion to only areas where there is already existing production and infrastructure,” the person said. “We believe this proposal is an opportunity to allow the public to meaningfully engage in the ongoing discussion we're having about how to best meet the nation’s energy needs and achieve the transition to a clean energy economy.”</p> <p>High fuel prices have eaten away at Biden’s approval<b> </b>rating, and given Republicans a handy weapon to wield against Democrats, who are under pressure from environmental groups to curtail methane emissions from the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change, said Matt Smith, lead oil analyst at analytics firm<b> </b>Kpler. </p> <p>“They’re damned if they do and damned if they don’t,” Smith said of the administration's options in an interview<b> </b>ahead of the announcement. “If they do, they come under criticism for pursuing fossil fuels. If they don't, they’ll be blamed for stymying<b> </b>oil production and boosting prices.”</p> <p>If the administration chooses to offer no lease sales, it would be the first time since the program began in 1980 that the government declined to put the waters off the Gulf of Mexico up for lease for oil production. It would also be a major political gamble for Biden, who came into office promising to put the U.S. on a path to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions but has pivoted to call for increased oil and gas production as inflation soared. </p> <p>Gasoline prices have slipped from the recent high of $5.00 a gallon set in mid-June but still remain elevated at <a href="https://gasprices.aaa.com/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;$4.82 a gallon.&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://gasprices.aaa.com/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bc0c-d066-a3bb-be1d01910004&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bc0c-d066-a3bb-be1d01910005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">$4.82 a gallon.</a> Americans have <a href="https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2022/05/12/by-a-wide-margin-americans-view-inflation-as-the-top-problem-facing-the-country-today/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;pointed to inflation as the top issue&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2022/05/12/by-a-wide-margin-americans-view-inflation-as-the-top-problem-facing-the-country-today/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bc0c-d066-a3bb-be1d01910006&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bc0c-d066-a3bb-be1d01910007&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">pointed to inflation as the top issue</a> facing the country, contributing to Biden’s poor approval ratings.</p> <p>“If they sacrifice Gulf of Mexico oil and gas leasing, it will have devastating consequences for our country for decades,” said Erik Milito, head of trade group National Ocean Industries Association, which supports offshore oil and production<b>.</b></p> <p>Sen. <a href="https://cd.politicopro.com/member/151825" data-person-id="151825" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3272-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff7cad0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656713011844,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000015a-3e0d-d60e-af5e-7f3fa01b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656713011844,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000015a-3e0d-d60e-af5e-7f3fa01b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;member&quot;:&quot;{\&quot;identifier\&quot;:\&quot;151825\&quot;,\&quot;url\&quot;:\&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/151825\&quot;,\&quot;preferredName\&quot;:\&quot;Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)\&quot;,\&quot;isCommittee\&quot;:false}&quot;,&quot;text&quot;:&quot;Joe Manchin&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/151825&quot;,&quot;personId&quot;:&quot;151825&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbca-dc8e-a5d9-bbdf496b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;353fe80b-e1b5-3663-85ca-add066ecafc0&quot;}">Joe Manchin</a>, the West Virginia Democrat who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and<b> </b>is the oil and gas sector's biggest Democratic supporter in the chamber, expressed apprehension that Interior even included an option that would include no lease sales. </p> <p>"I am disappointed to see that ‘zero’ lease sales is even an option on the table," Manchin said in a press release. "I hope the Administration will ultimately greenlight a plan that will expand domestic energy production, done in the cleanest way possible, while also taking the necessary steps to get our offshore leasing program back on track to give the necessary market signals to provide price relief for every American.”</p> <p>But if it continues offering lease sales, environmental groups are likely to accuse Biden of failing to deliver on his promise to wean America away from fossil fuels as climate change amplifies increasingly devastating weather patterns across the country. U.S. methane emissions, which had fallen in 2020 when drilling slowed amid the Covid pandemic, are now poised to be higher than they had been in 2019, energy and environmental analysis firm Kayrros said in a report Friday.</p> <p>“The President promised to lead on climate change, and this would be incompatible with leading on climate change,” said<b> </b>Diane Hoskins, campaign director at conservation group Oceana<b>.</b> “We must reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and lead on clean energy. This would lead to dangerous, offshore drilling.”</p> <p>Interior<b> </b>had been under political pressure to release the plan. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland had promised senators on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to have it finished by June 30<b>,</b> and delivered a proposal to the White House several weeks ago, people familiar with the matter told POLITICO. That started a debate among staff whether to stick with<b> </b>the recent pace of two lease sales a year for the Gulf Of Mexico in an effort to avoid criticism the administration wasn’t concerned with fuel prices, or to stick with Biden’s climate message and halt new leasing.</p> <p>“Over the past several days the pressure to appease the environmental base is gaining ground,” said one industry representative who had been in touch with the White House on the proposal, requesting anonymity to discuss private conversations.</p> <p>Despite the uproar, the impact of new offshore leases wouldn’t be felt<b> </b>for several years. </p> <p>New leases in the Gulf of Mexico take at least five years to deliver oil and gas, analysts have said<b>. </b>And the sale of new leases also doesn’t automatically lead to new production: Exxon, Shell, BP and other companies possess thousands of leases purchased in earlier sales that are not currently developed.</p> <p>Even with no<b> </b>new leases, the Gulf of Mexico is expected to produce roughly the same number of barrels of oil at the end of 2023 as it is today, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said <a href="https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=52819" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;in an analysis published&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=52819&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bc0c-d066-a3bb-be1d01910008&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bc0c-d066-a3bb-be1d01910009&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">in an analysis published</a> earlier this month.</p> <p>Five-year plans, which Interior first started crafting in 1980, identify which parts of the federal offshore acreage companies can lease for oil and gas production and when those leases will occur. Over the years, the relatively calm waters of the oil-and-gas rich U.S. Gulf of Mexico have emerged as the dominant area of most industry’s attention,<b> </b>and more oil is produced in the region than anywhere else in the United States except Texas.</p> <p>This particular update has drawn outsized attention since the Trump administration <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/04/trump-drilling-coasts-pacific-atlantic-florida-324025" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;published a first draft in 2018&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/04/trump-drilling-coasts-pacific-atlantic-florida-324025&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bc0c-d066-a3bb-be1d01920000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bc0c-d066-a3bb-be1d01920001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">published a first draft in 2018</a> that would have opened all federal waters to drilling, including those off the East and West Coasts, as well as Florida, where it is currently banned. </p> Ben Lefebvre The sale of new leases also doesn’t automatically lead to new production: Exxon, Shell, BP and other companies possess thousands of leases purchased in earlier sales that are not currently developed. Brandon Bell/Getty Images Under tight security on Canada Day, Trudeau shows the flag https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/01/on-canada-day-trudeau-shows-the-flag-00043840 Top Stories urn:uuid:2c2d7549-a915-0d78-7d7a-292513864e04 Fri, 01 Jul 2022 18:38:48 -0400 Festivities draw Freedom Convoy protesters back to Parliament Hill. <img src="https://static.politico.com/7f/f8/e92b72124940a245f424a0fdd1e1/cp159734453-1.JPG"> <br> <p>OTTAWA, Ont. — Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa featured a supersized police presence and the return of Freedom Convoy supporters to Parliament Hill.</p> <p>Revelers joining official festivities had to pass through metal detectors while city, provincial and national police forces patrolled and blocked traffic in and around the area.</p> <p>There was a sense of fractured celebration against cost of living frustrations and nostalgia for the days before Covid and the convoy.</p> <p>“Canada has never been perfect, and it’s not perfect now,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at Ottawa’s first in-person Canada Day since 2019.</p> <p>Speaking to thousands from a festival stage at LeBreton Flats Park near Parliament Hill, the prime minister acknowledged the tension in the air indirectly by focusing on the Canadian flag and <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/06/ottawa-truckers-convoy-galvanizes-far-right-worldwide-00006080" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;its adoption by far-right groups&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/06/ottawa-truckers-convoy-galvanizes-far-right-worldwide-00006080&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbf7-dffe-a5b7-bfffecc60004&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbf7-dffe-a5b7-bfffecc60005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">its adoption by far-right groups</a> as a symbol of anti-government rage.</p> <p>“Let's remember the values that it stands for: Compassion, hope and responsibility, justice, openness and hard work,” Trudeau said.</p> <p>The family programming at LeBreton Flats attracted a friendly crowd. But the atmosphere changed between the park and Parliament Hill.</p> <p>Heading east on Wellington Street toward the prime minister's office — the same streets overtaken by convoyers this winter — protesters joined the crowd,<b> </b>turning one intersection into an anti-Trudeau meet-up.</p> <p>Hundreds of convoy supporters and anti-government protesters gathered by Trudeau’s office wearing their “Truck Yeah” shirts. They waved their “F— Trudeau” flags and sold “Freedom Convoy 2022” merchandise to broadcast their dissent.</p> <p>Melees between protesters and police have <a href="https://twitter.com/OttawaPolice/status/1542649029624037378" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;sparked new investigations&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://twitter.com/OttawaPolice/status/1542649029624037378&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbf7-dffe-a5b7-bfffecc60006&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbf7-dffe-a5b7-bfffecc60007&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">sparked new investigations</a> after the holiday weekend encouraged the return of large crowds.</p> <p>It’s been more than four months since Ottawa invoked unprecedented emergency measures to dislodge anti-government protesters after their three-week occupation of streets around Parliament Hill.</p> <p>The chaos rocked downtown residents’ lives. Disruptive truck horns blared at all hours. While the House continued to sit through the chaos, some businesses closed temporarily to protect staff from agitators who had latched on to the protest.</p> <p>The spectacle dragged out partly due to a disorganized police response that allowed protesters to entrench themselves on the Hill. Delayed police action is now the subject of multiple inquiries.</p> <p>The apparent success of the occupation <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/06/ottawa-truckers-convoy-galvanizes-far-right-worldwide-00006080" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;mobilized anti-government and far-right groups worldwide&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/06/ottawa-truckers-convoy-galvanizes-far-right-worldwide-00006080&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbf7-dffe-a5b7-bfffecc60008&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbf7-dffe-a5b7-bfffecc60009&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">mobilized anti-government and far-right groups worldwide</a> and at key border crossings, pushing the federal government to take “last-resort” emergency measures to end the trucker protest.</p> <p><a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/14/canada-emergency-measures-political-firestorm-00008896" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;The heavy-handed response emboldened the resolve&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/14/canada-emergency-measures-political-firestorm-00008896&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbf7-dffe-a5b7-bfffecc6000a&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbf7-dffe-a5b7-bfffecc6000b&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">The heavy-handed response emboldened the resolve</a> of anti-Trudeau and anti-government protesters, sparking a new whorl of controversy for the Liberals — and opportunity for opposition Conservatives.</p> <p>Parliament has risen for the summer, but an independent inquiry continues its work probing Trudeau’s decision to invoke the <a href="https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/e-4.5/page-1.html" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;Emergencies Act&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/e-4.5/page-1.html&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbf7-dffe-a5b7-bfffecc6000c&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbf7-dffe-a5b7-bfffecc6000d&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">Emergencies Act</a> to respond to convoy protesters.</p> <p>Running parallel to the inquiry this summer is the federal Conservative leadership race.</p> <p>Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre is the presumptive frontrunner, leading candidates Jean Charest, Patrick Brown, Leslyn Lewis, Roman Baber and Scott Aitchison in the number of members signed up to vote in the party’s Sept. 10 election.</p> <p>Poilievre’s populist campaign has attracted large crowds at stops across the country, borrowing U.S. political tactics like modeling distrust and disdain against the mainstream media to promising to take on Canada’s elites and fire “the gatekeepers.” His willingness to flirt with far-right leaders and groups to shore support has alarmed some party stalwarts.</p> <p>On the eve of Canada Day, the Conservative firebrand literally marched with the rebel forces, walking alongside James Topp, a veteran who has <a href="https://globalnews.ca/news/8959365/canada-day-convoy-james-topp-far-right-pierre-poilievre/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;<u>earned notoriety for his far-right extremist links</u>&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://globalnews.ca/news/8959365/canada-day-convoy-james-topp-far-right-pierre-poilievre/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbf7-dffe-a5b7-bfffecc6000e&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbf7-dffe-a5b7-bfffecc6000f&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"><u>earned notoriety for his far-right extremist links</u></a>.</p> <p>Topp walked from Vancouver to Ottawa to protest Covid-19 mandates, which have largely been lifted for now.</p> <p>Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos told reporters Thursday that while loosened restrictions should allow Canadians to enjoy a well-deserved summer, he said he and his provincial and territorial counterparts are readying for a fall vaccination campaign to head off another expected wave of infections.</p> <p>By September, a new Conservative leader will be installed — the party’s sixth in seven years since former Prime Minister Stephen Harper lost the 2015 election to Trudeau’s Liberals.</p> <p>Canada’s federal Conservatives have their eyes on a low-hanging political opportunity. A string of controversies and two successive minority governments have weakened Trudeau, fueling curiosity among the electorate for something different.</p> <p>Conservatives announced Thursday that 675,000 members are eligible to vote in this year’s leadership race, including approximately 613,000 new sign ups since February.</p> <p>The preliminary list of eligible members smokes the party’s previous record of 270,000 eligible voting members from its 2020 leadership election.</p> <p>“This is a tidal wave of memberships,” said Ian Brodie, chair of the party’s leadership elections organizing committee.</p> <p>While the record-setting members list energizes the party, some old-guard Conservatives are wary of where that support is coming from and where it will take the party.</p> <p>Retired Conservative senator Marjory LeBreton <a href="https://www.policymagazine.ca/the-conservative-partys-make-or-break-moment/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;wrote an op-ed in Policy magazine&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.policymagazine.ca/the-conservative-partys-make-or-break-moment/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbf7-dffe-a5b7-bfffecc60010&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbf7-dffe-a5b7-bfffecc60011&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">wrote an op-ed in Policy magazine</a> this week noting that the party has an “existential choice” to make about its direction.</p> <p>She warned against adopting “divisive and excessive rhetoric,” cautioning that “fanning the flames of vitriol, grievance and anger solves nothing, making it even more difficult to work through some very serious issues facing our country.”</p> Zi-Ann Lum People protest and march in front of Parliament Hill against COVID-19 health measures during Canada Day in Ottawa, Ontario, on Friday July 1, 2022. Lars Hagberg/THE CANADIAN PRESS Google says it will delete users' location history at abortion clinics, other ‘personal’ data https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/01/google-abortion-delete-history-00043841 Top Stories urn:uuid:34f6b9c5-ac15-2737-832e-9872e763c53d Fri, 01 Jul 2022 18:36:31 -0400 The update "will take effect in the coming weeks," Jen Fitzpatrick, a senior vice president at Google, wrote in a blog post. <img src="https://static.politico.com/01/b8/44cc5fe54c889796161efb4d58a3/20220701-abortionclinic-ap-773.jpg"> <br> <p>Google will delete location data after people visit abortion clinics, domestic violence shelters and other sensitive locations, the tech giant announced in a blog post Friday. </p> <p>The update "will take effect in the coming weeks," Jen Fitzpatrick, a senior vice president at Google, wrote <a href="https://blog.google/technology/safety-security/protecting-peoples-privacy-on-health-topics/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656713921243,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014f-12ca-d3b2-a96f-1acb44b20011&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656713921243,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014f-12ca-d3b2-a96f-1acb44b20011&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://blog.google/technology/safety-security/protecting-peoples-privacy-on-health-topics/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbd8-d010-a3cb-bfd835340001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;in a blog post&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbd8-d010-a3cb-bfd835340000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">in a blog post</a>. </p> <p>Additionally, the company will soon add a feature for users to delete multiple menstruation logs at once on Google Fit and Fitbit apps, Fitzpatrick wrote. </p> <p>Google announced the change one week after the Supreme Court overturned <i>Roe v. Wade</i>, allowing states to ban abortion. More than a dozen states are set to ban the procedure, and these bans <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/06/potential-abortion-bans-and-penalties-by-state-00030572" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656713232892,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000181-6419-dbda-a1d9-e4ffd2550005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656713232892,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000181-6419-dbda-a1d9-e4ffd2550005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/06/potential-abortion-bans-and-penalties-by-state-00030572&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbcd-dc8e-a5d9-bbdda29e0001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;may include criminal penalties&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbcd-dc8e-a5d9-bbdda29e0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">may include criminal penalties</a> for abortion providers or patients. </p> <p>Following the court's decision, many social media users immediately called for people to delete period-tracking apps, or take other precautions for medical privacy on their phones — though these actions may not be sufficient, according to <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/30/technology/period-tracker-privacy-abortion.html" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656712711234,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000181-6419-dbda-a1d9-e4ffd2550005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656712711234,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000181-6419-dbda-a1d9-e4ffd2550005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/30/technology/period-tracker-privacy-abortion.html&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbc5-daca-a1ab-bbc7b7460001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;reporting from the New York Times&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbc5-daca-a1ab-bbc7b7460000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">reporting from the New York Times</a>. </p> <p>Google will also delete data entries of users who visit counseling centers, fertility centers, addiction treatment facilities, weight loss clinics and plastic surgery clinics, Fitzpatrick wrote. Tracking location history is off by default, and it can be deleted at any time, she added. </p> <p>Large tech companies have come under increased scrutiny for collecting user data in recent years, and for their influence in politics. </p> <p>Prior to the court's decision officially being handed down, one <a href="https://www.politico.com/newsletters/digital-future-daily/2022/05/05/digital-surveillance-in-a-post-roe-world-00030459" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656712833353,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000181-6419-dbda-a1d9-e4ffd2550005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656712833353,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000181-6419-dbda-a1d9-e4ffd2550005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/newsletters/digital-future-daily/2022/05/05/digital-surveillance-in-a-post-roe-world-00030459&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbc7-daca-a1ab-bbc79da50001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;digital surveillance expert told POLITICO&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-bbc7-daca-a1ab-bbc79da50000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">digital surveillance expert told POLITICO</a> he was concerned about surveillance of personal health decisions in a post-<i>Roe</i> world. </p> <p>“We’re going to see all of the tools that are being developed as a way to optimize our health care now being repurposed into some sort of ‘Handmaid’s Tale’-style tracking device,” Albert Fox Cahn, executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversignt Project, said at the time. </p> Olivia Olander A bubble making device sits adjacent to "this clinic open," sign at the Jackson Women's Health Organization clinic in Jackson, Miss., on July 1, 2022. The clinic is the only facility that performs abortions in the state. Rogelio V. Solis/AP Photo What the head of Trump's detail of Jan. 6 told his colleagues about the day later https://www.politico.com/minutes/congress/07-1-2022/trump-engel-jan-6-testimony/ Top Stories urn:uuid:0d86fdd8-e964-8b6b-13fd-7db105c8dcf0 Fri, 01 Jul 2022 16:46:07 -0400 Cassidy Hutchinson testified about hearing one key moment secondhand. Kyle Cheney Former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally on Jan. 6, 2021. Evan Vucci/AP Photo, File McCain, Giffords, Rapinoe and Biles: Biden names Medal of Freedom recipients https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/01/mccain-giffords-to-rapinoe-biles-biden-names-medal-of-freedom-recipients-00043772 Top Stories urn:uuid:8acaac80-4504-075e-2200-5b96e20da2ab Fri, 01 Jul 2022 13:01:42 -0400 "These seventeen Americans demonstrate the power of possibilities and embody the soul of the nation - hard work, perseverance, and faith," the administration wrote in a statement. <img src="https://static.politico.com/dc/b3/78d62fc7406cb02a55284a777ee9/https-delivery.gettyimages.com/downloads/1157015217"> <br> <p>Sen. John McCain, Denzel Washington and Megan Rapinoe are among the 17 Americans who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Joe Biden at a ceremony next week, the White House announced Friday. </p> <p>"These seventeen Americans demonstrate the power of possibilities and embody the soul of the nation — hard work, perseverance, and faith," the Biden administration wrote in a statement. The ceremony is scheduled to be held next Thursday at the White House, the statement said.</p> <p>Among the named recipients are former lawmakers including former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) and the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Giffords has emerged as one of the nation's highest-profile advocates for gun safety laws after she <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2011/01/giffords-shooting-sparks-national-debate-047244" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656695395700,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014f-12e3-d752-ad7f-9feb3dbc0011&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656695395700,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014f-12e3-d752-ad7f-9feb3dbc0011&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/story/2011/01/giffords-shooting-sparks-national-debate-047244&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba5e-daca-a1ab-bbdecc930001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;survived a mass shooting&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba5e-daca-a1ab-bbdecc930000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">survived a mass shooting</a> in 2011, while <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/25/john-mccain-obituary-legacy-297689" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656692096408,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014f-12e3-d752-ad7f-9feb3dbc0011&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656692096408,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014f-12e3-d752-ad7f-9feb3dbc0011&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/25/john-mccain-obituary-legacy-297689&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba8b-d010-a3cb-be8b32950001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;McCain has long been venerated&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba8b-d010-a3cb-be8b32950000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">McCain has long been venerated</a> as a war hero and prisoner of war in Vietnam as well as for his long tenure in the Senate. McCain, a two-time presidential candidate whose time in the Senate overlapped for decades with Biden's, died in 2018.</p> <p>While not all of Biden's picks have worked directly in government, many have ties to political and social advocacy. The list also includes social justice organizer Sister Simone Campbell, and Diane Nash, a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father and religious freedom advocate who <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/dnc-2016-khizr-khan-226402" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656689917990,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000181-6419-dbda-a1d9-e4ffd2550005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656689917990,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000181-6419-dbda-a1d9-e4ffd2550005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/dnc-2016-khizr-khan-226402&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba69-d590-abb9-ff6df69b0001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;clashed with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump &quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba69-d590-abb9-ff6df69b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">clashed with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump </a>during the 2016 election, was also among the recipients announced Friday. </p> <p>Athlete recipients of the nation's highest civilian award include Rapinoe, a Women's World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist, and Simone Biles, a decorated U.S. gymnast and winner of multiple Olympic gold medals.</p> <p>Other household names scheduled to be honored next week include former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who like McCain will be awarded the medal posthumously, as well as Academy Award winner Washington and former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.).</p> Olivia Olander Among the Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients next week will be Gabby Giffords and Denzel Washington and posthumously Steve Jobs. Getty Images Air travel is a hot mess. There’s not much the government can do about it. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/01/air-travel-july-fourth-00043643 Top Stories urn:uuid:a0701804-6b20-c74e-1ce4-861f7c94a25d Fri, 01 Jul 2022 12:00:00 -0400 Prepare for another bruising holiday weekend at 30,000 feet — if you don't get delayed. <img src="https://static.politico.com/c5/32/c3810b054c66b5500ebbc24f9dfe/holiday-travel-02586.jpg"> <br> <p>The airline industry may be booming, but flying is arguably worse than ever, with cancellations and delays rampant — and more disruptions predicted for the busy July Fourth weekend.</p> <p>And there’s not much the federal government can do about it.</p> <p>Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg recently called airline CEOs to a meeting to talk about how to ease the waves of delays and cancellations that have stranded thousands of passengers this summer — during the Juneteenth-Father’s Day weekend, some 3,000 flights were canceled and tens of thousands more delayed. But so far, talking is all that’s happened.</p> <p>“Our preferred way to deal with these issues is partnership,” Buttigieg said at an industry lunch on Wednesday. He added that DOT will “use whatever authorities are available to us to ensure the customers have a good experience.”</p> <p>But so far the administration has been hesitant to flex its authorities to compel action, beyond expediting flight refunds and using its bully pulpit.</p> <p>At the lunch, Buttigieg suggested that so far the administration hopes airlines can handle the problem themselves. He observed that airlines have been actively canceling flights and adjusting schedules to try to avoid last-minute disruptions, so “our hope is before resorting to measures like that the problem can be solved on the front end.”</p> <p>Aviation analysts and legal experts said even if Buttigieg wanted to crack down, there’s not much the government can do in the short term to help air travel run more smoothly.<br></p> <br> <img src="https://static.politico.com/ea/23/61ed9dc24dcfaa8e821ae0ed3eda/buttigieg-airlines-91991.jpg"> <br> <p>“There's really very little that the government can do because airlines are supposed to be a free-market business,” said airline and travel industry analyst Henry Harteveldt. “They are deregulated and they are supposed to be able to compete as they believe is necessary while not compromising safety.”</p> <p>Arjun Garg, the former chief counsel at the Federal Aviation Administration, agreed with that assessment. Garg, now a partner at Hogan Lovells, pointed to the 1978 Airline Deregulation Act that eliminated government control of airline prices, routes and schedules.</p> <p>“Outside of a handful of the country’s most congested airports where the FAA imposes slot controls to limit traffic because demand exceeds runway capacity, there’s no established pathway for regulators to force airlines into certain timetables for the purpose of alleviating flight cancellations or delays,” he said.</p> <p>Airlines are trying to get a handle on delays — much of which are attributed to short staffing for various safety-sensitive positions — by cutting flights carriers know they won’t have enough staff to fly, and by making it easier for passengers to change their plans.</p> <p>Delta Air Lines, for example, proactively announced it will offer travel waivers this weekend for passengers to avoid<a href="https://news.delta.com/delta-gives-customers-option-change-flights-ahead-july-fourth-travel" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot; paying large sums in fare or change fees&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://news.delta.com/delta-gives-customers-option-change-flights-ahead-july-fourth-travel&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba8a-da7b-ad93-bffaf828000a&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba8a-da7b-ad93-bffaf828000b&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"> paying large sums in fare or change fees</a> ahead of July Fourth. And United cut its capacity at Newark Liberty International Airport — one of the worst at present for delays and canceled flights — to try curb ongoing disruptions there.</p> <p>But that may not be enough to avoid a painful weekend.</p> <p>Buttigieg sat down with NBC News this week, <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/secretary-pete-buttigieg-addresses-chaos-in-travel-industry-143032901654" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;admitting “there are going to be challenges”&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/secretary-pete-buttigieg-addresses-chaos-in-travel-industry-143032901654&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba8a-da7b-ad93-bffaf828000c&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba8a-da7b-ad93-bffaf828000d&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">admitting “there are going to be challenges”</a> during one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, with AAA predicting more than 3.5 million Americans will fly. (He recently had his own flight problems — his flight was <a href="https://www.npr.org/2022/06/17/1106026898/cancelled-flights-pete-buttigieg-tells-airlines-step-up-game?utm_source=dlvr.it&amp;utm_medium=twitter" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;canceled Father’s Day weekend&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.npr.org/2022/06/17/1106026898/cancelled-flights-pete-buttigieg-tells-airlines-step-up-game?utm_source=dlvr.it&amp;utm_medium=twitter&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba8a-da7b-ad93-bffaf828000e&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba8a-da7b-ad93-bffaf828000f&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">canceled Father’s Day weekend</a>. He instead opted to drive from Washington, D.C., to New York.)</p> <h3 style="text-align: left">Make them pay</h3> <p>Some lawmakers have called for DOT to start fining airlines when they schedule flights they know they won’t be able to staff, which then inevitably are canceled. That includes Sen. <a href="https://cd.politicopro.com/member/51605" data-person-id="51605" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3272-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff7cad0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656627304558,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000181-86a8-d221-a5c5-a6aaa8970005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656627304558,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000181-86a8-d221-a5c5-a6aaa8970005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;member&quot;:&quot;{\&quot;identifier\&quot;:\&quot;51605\&quot;,\&quot;url\&quot;:\&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/51605\&quot;,\&quot;preferredName\&quot;:\&quot;Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)\&quot;,\&quot;isCommittee\&quot;:false}&quot;,&quot;text&quot;:&quot;Bernie Sanders&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/51605&quot;,&quot;personId&quot;:&quot;51605&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b6ae-daca-a1ab-bfee74660000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;353fe80b-e1b5-3663-85ca-add066ecafc0&quot;}">Bernie Sanders</a> (I-Vt.), who is asking DOT to start fining<a href="https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/1542172959925850114?s=20&amp;t=99lcAFeyxw9bU2EWKSQ-ww" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot; airlines $55,000 per passenger&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/1542172959925850114?s=20&amp;t=99lcAFeyxw9bU2EWKSQ-ww&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba8a-da7b-ad93-bffaf8290000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba8a-da7b-ad93-bffaf8290001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"> airlines $55,000 per passenger</a> for every flight canceled due to foreseeable staffing problems, as well as fines for delays of more than two hours and refunds for delays of more than an hour.</p> <p>"While the price of airline tickets have skyrocketed by 38 percent over the last year, airline delays have increased by 50 percent and cancellations are up by 18 percent compared to where they were before the pandemic," Sanders wrote in a letter to Buttigieg. "So far this year, one out of every five flights in the United States were delayed."</p> <p>"This is simply unacceptable," Sanders continued, especially considering the $54 billion in pandemic assistance American taxpayers gave to the airline industry.<br></p> <br> <img src="https://static.politico.com/ea/79/8b1fe7f0481a80f53e32c7daa17b/baby-formula-congress-78660.jpg"> <br> <p>DOT has broad consumer protection authority, which has been used in the past to underpin decisions to fine airlines for keeping passengers sitting on the tarmac for too long, not issuing prompt cash refunds and even to ban smoking and cell phone use on planes. So far, the agency doesn’t seem poised to use it now, beyond pressuring airlines for timely refunds.</p> <p>Last year DOT proposed a $25.5 million fine against Air Canada for not issuing cash refunds promptly during the pandemic. (The airline ultimately negotiated a new $4.5 million fine, and <a href="https://thepointsguy.com/news/air-canada-dot-settlement/#:~:text=The%20settlement%20is%20a%20small,ever%20assessed%20against%20an%20airline." target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;ended up paying $2 million — the rest was considered fulfilled in already-refunded fares&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://thepointsguy.com/news/air-canada-dot-settlement/#:~:text=The%20settlement%20is%20a%20small,ever%20assessed%20against%20an%20airline.&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba8a-da7b-ad93-bffaf8290002&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba8a-da7b-ad93-bffaf8290003&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">ended up paying $2 million — the rest was considered fulfilled in already-refunded fares</a>.) And it seems that DOT will continue to use that playbook.</p> <p>A DOT spokesperson told POLITICO Wednesday that it has opened more than 20 investigations into airlines failing to provide prompt refunds and has enforced rules requiring airlines to provide refunds for canceled flights. It’s also in the process of making a new rule that would protect consumers against unfair and deceptive practices by airlines and ticket agents.</p> <p>Of late, officials have been leveraging the department’s Twitter account to remind passengers of these rights and where they can file a complaint or refund request, and simultaneously, the FAA has been using Twitter to give passengers a heads up where they can expect bad weather.</p> <p>Harteveldt, the analyst, said fines aren’t a silver bullet because they take a while to enact. Typically, they become a negotiation between the regulator and the airline. They are rarely paid in full, often knocking off part of the cash value in exchange for mediations or training programs, and can take time to sort out.</p> <p>Harteveldt said in the long term, the FAA can “have a larger seat at the table” at airports where congestion hobbles operations, <a href="https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/2022/06/united-blames-other-airlines-for-congestion-at-newark-presses-faa-for-solution-00036373" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;like Newark&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/2022/06/united-blames-other-airlines-for-congestion-at-newark-presses-faa-for-solution-00036373&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba8a-da7b-ad93-bffaf8290004&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba8a-da7b-ad93-bffaf8290005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">like Newark</a>. But it isn’t likely to happen quickly.</p> <h3 style="text-align: left">Who’s at fault?</h3> <p>Though media coverage of delays and cancellations spikes around big events like holiday weekends, the trends driving the issues aren’t new, said Scott Hamilton of aviation firm Leeham Company LLC.</p> <p>Airlines are working with tight pilot and crew scheduling that <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2021/11/20/airlines-pandemic-bailout-cancellations-523100" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;gives little slack&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2021/11/20/airlines-pandemic-bailout-cancellations-523100&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba8a-da7b-ad93-bffaf8290006&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba8a-da7b-ad93-bffaf8290007&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">gives little slack</a> in the event of an unforeseen delay caused by something like computer system outages. Couple that with air traffic controller staffing challenges at some locations, packed airport tarmacs at busy hubs and pilot training backlogs that limit personnel availability, and you have the present situation, Harteveldt said.</p> <p>All parties don’t agree on where shortfalls exist, either.</p> <p>Last week, Airlines for America, the trade association representing U.S. carriers, <a href="https://www.travelpulse.com/news/airlines/now-airlines-say-delays-and-cancellations-are-the-faas-fault.html" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;fired back at criticism&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.travelpulse.com/news/airlines/now-airlines-say-delays-and-cancellations-are-the-faas-fault.html&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba8a-da7b-ad93-bffaf8290008&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba8a-da7b-ad93-bffaf8290009&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">fired back at criticism</a> by saying the FAA needs to clean up its own retention and staffing issues among air traffic control facilities, especially in New York and Jacksonville. Jacksonville has been understaffed for roughly a month, A4A noted in a letter to Buttigieg. <br></p> <br> <img src="https://static.politico.com/d6/6a/438113ea45f6a55ed0dd77e237e5/holiday-travel-04859.jpg"> <br> <p>According to Delta, citing internal data, flight cancellations due to problems at FAA's facilities are up 195 percent this year compared to 2021, its CEO <a href="https://airlineweekly.com/2022/06/delta-ceo-blames-faa-for-airline-disruptions-ahead-of-busy-july-4th-weekend/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;Ed Bastian told staff, as reported by Airline Weekly&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://airlineweekly.com/2022/06/delta-ceo-blames-faa-for-airline-disruptions-ahead-of-busy-july-4th-weekend/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba8a-da7b-ad93-bffaf829000a&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba8a-da7b-ad93-bffaf829000b&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">Ed Bastian told staff, as reported by Airline Weekly</a>. A4A said those cancellations are partly attributable to the staff shortage “which is crippling to the entire east coast traffic flows.” If air traffic control delays a flight, it increases the chance crews will be unable to make their next flight as the clock ticks down on their shift. </p> <p>The FAA countered that it’s placed “more controllers in high demand areas, and increased data sharing” to deal with the fallout, but the airlines ultimately owe travelers the service they've paid for.</p> <p>“People expect when they buy an airline ticket that they’ll get where they need to go safely, efficiently, reliably and affordably,” the FAA said. “After receiving $54 billion in pandemic relief to help save the airlines <a href="https://subscriber.politicopro.com/newsletter/2021/12/airlines-defend-a-rocky-recovery-799504" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;from mass layoffs and bankruptcy&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://subscriber.politicopro.com/newsletter/2021/12/airlines-defend-a-rocky-recovery-799504&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba8a-da7b-ad93-bffaf829000c&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-ba8a-da7b-ad93-bffaf829000d&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">from mass layoffs and bankruptcy</a>, the American people deserve to have their expectations met.”</p> <p>Meanwhile, airline executives have called for ways to juice pilot hiring, including job fairs and pay incentives — and potentially relaxing training requirements to fly a commercial plane.</p> <p>Similar to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday travel season, some airlines are creating bonus and pay incentives to get more pilots and crew into the scheduled rotation to avoid major hiccups.</p> <p>It may be cold comfort to people stranded in a strange airport, but Buttigieg on Wednesday said disruptions are offering “a lot of data points” for the airline sector to understand how they need to recalibrate their schedules moving forward.</p> <p>But that’s not likely to help any time soon.</p> <p>“Basically, consumers are screwed for the next several months,” Hamilton said.</p> Oriana Pawlyk Travelers pass through Salt Lake City International Airport Thursday, June 30, 2022, in Salt Lake City. Rick Bowmer/AP Photo Southern Poverty Law Center provides testimony, research to Jan. 6 committee https://www.politico.com/minutes/congress/07-1-2022/splc-aiding-jan-6-panel/ Top Stories urn:uuid:be9f232a-8956-3f31-8abf-868b54b32201 Fri, 01 Jul 2022 09:39:10 -0400 The assistance is part of under-the-radar help investigators have received from outside groups and experts. Nicholas Wu Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), right, and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) leave at the end of the Jan. 6 hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2022. J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics https://www.politico.com/gallery/2022/07/01/the-nations-cartoonists-on-the-week-in-politics-00043575 Top Stories urn:uuid:80648225-2623-168d-0209-06d775ca40cd Fri, 01 Jul 2022 04:31:00 -0400 Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies and other head-slapping events in the world of politics. The fruits of these labors are hundreds of cartoons that entertain and enrage readers of all political stripes. Here's an offering of the best of this week's crop, picked fresh off the Toonosphere. Edited by Matt Wuerker. <section class="type:slideshow"> <figure> <img src="https://static.politico.com/11/33/9e2178ff4950ba8577f1180aa0ec/0-teaser.jpg"> </figure> <figure> <img src="https://static.politico.com/cd/c4/f44095d448e286c7069e4c52efd8/1-day-floridapolitics.com.jpg"> </figure> <figure> <img src="https://static.politico.com/e7/d3/9814e90c48038d83a8a4577f866e/2-koterba-caglecartoons.jpg"> </figure> <figure> <img src="https://static.politico.com/27/9d/d23f5d914860b307004a12898d2c/3-cole.ncpolicywatch.com.jpg"> </figure> <figure> <img src="https://static.politico.com/17/bf/7ffd6e3649fca91f10e4b0de41ee/4-wuerker-politico.jpg"> </figure> <figure> <img src="https://static.politico.com/de/96/df7b0ec64df2befb30e51ef5b378/5-englehart-politicalcartoons.com.jpg"> </figure> <figure> <img src="https://static.politico.com/c8/a5/b0be2b144cdc9a4b66ae99a757a8/6-parsonspoliticalcartoons.com.jpg"> </figure> <figure> <img src="https://static.politico.com/14/5f/20741a5c4c8989f1d5e71fc74639/7-davies-andrewsmcneelsyndication.jpg"> </figure> <figure> <img src="https://static.politico.com/9b/c5/43e7f37149c4873f100a7f6ed413/8-matson-cqrollcall.jpg"> </figure> <figure> <img src="https://static.politico.com/40/ce/c500ac15491e96655164f2f217e5/9-mckee-counterpoint.jpg"> </figure> <figure> <img src="https://static.politico.com/f8/bc/5c5e9bce40fcb5f2208c947fc38d/10-horsey-theseattletimes.jpg"> </figure> <figure> <img src="https://static.politico.com/84/01/caa6b6054e4b9f7fceef3681c3fc/11-sorensen-jensorensen.com.jpg"> </figure> <figure> <img src="https://static.politico.com/23/39/0bf064964c8a9e518f08296b15d3/12-nickanderson-counterpoint.jpg"> </figure> <figure> <img src="https://static.politico.com/38/f3/3a538c3247b789659927e14fa353/13-byrnes-politicalcartoons.com.jpg"> </figure> <figure> <img src="https://static.politico.com/3e/7d/420705ab463e9be8bd37e966ecbe/14-ramirez-creators.jpg"> </figure> <figure> <img src="https://static.politico.com/06/21/db5fcfa44d54a3ca71856ead42e1/15-davies2-andrewsmcneelsyndication.jpg"> </figure> </section> POLITICO Staff 0-Teaser.jpg The Democratic primary that could determine the future of abortion rights https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/01/wisconsin-primary-roe-v-wade-00043605 Top Stories urn:uuid:ea3bf013-2d7a-164e-6ce2-64b56ce9b6f5 Fri, 01 Jul 2022 04:30:00 -0400 All four contenders for the nomination to challenge Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) are campaigning as the field's strongest defender of Roe. <img src="https://static.politico.com/05/35/bda178f347bf8576ff26981215e7/220630-mandela-ap-773.jpg"> <br> <p>The only way Democrats can codify <i>Roe v. Wade</i> into law is with a world-beating bank shot that requires two new votes to weaken the filibuster. Enter Battleground Wisconsin.</p> <p>Senate races in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania represent Democrats’ best chance to net two extra Senate seats — enough, presumably, to chip away at chamber rules that empower the minority party to block legislation. President Joe Biden boosted their effort Thursday by endorsing an exemption to the 60-vote threshold to preserve nationwide abortion rights.</p> <p>But Democrats need to beat historical odds and hold the House to make that happen. And even if they do, they still need to pick someone to challenge Sen. <a href="https://cd.politicopro.com/member/151822" data-person-id="151822" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656635276247,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656635276247,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;member&quot;:&quot;{\&quot;identifier\&quot;:\&quot;151822\&quot;,\&quot;url\&quot;:\&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/151822\&quot;,\&quot;preferredName\&quot;:\&quot;Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)\&quot;,\&quot;isCommittee\&quot;:false}&quot;,&quot;text&quot;:&quot;Ron Johnson&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/151822&quot;,&quot;personId&quot;:&quot;151822&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b728-d010-a3cb-b7a810ff0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;353fe80b-e1b5-3663-85ca-add066ecafc0&quot;}">Ron Johnson</a> (R-Wis.), a human controversy-seeking missile who opposes abortion rights and has given confusing accounts of his actions on Jan. 6, 2021 — but has confounded Democrats for two straight Senate races.</p> <p>Ahead of the state’s August 9 primary, the Supreme Court’s <i>Roe</i> decision supercharged competition among the leading Democratic contenders to take on Johnson. Their jostling illustrates the party’s intense focus on picking the best candidate to capitalize on progressive energy over the high court ruling, which halted Planned Parenthood’s abortion procedures in the state.<br></p> <br><iframe style="max-width: 100%" width="1280" height="720" src="https://players.brightcove.net/1155968404/r1WF6V0Pl_default/index.html?videoId=6308783246112" frameborder="0"></iframe> <br> <p>“We need people who are willing to step up to get rid of the filibuster and to pass the laws in this country that we so desperately need,” said Sen. <a href="https://cd.politicopro.com/member/140963" data-person-id="140963" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656635324740,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656635324740,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;member&quot;:&quot;{\&quot;identifier\&quot;:\&quot;140963\&quot;,\&quot;url\&quot;:\&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/140963\&quot;,\&quot;preferredName\&quot;:\&quot;Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)\&quot;,\&quot;isCommittee\&quot;:false}&quot;,&quot;text&quot;:&quot;Elizabeth Warren&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/140963&quot;,&quot;personId&quot;:&quot;140963&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b728-d010-a3cb-b7a8d3220000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;353fe80b-e1b5-3663-85ca-add066ecafc0&quot;}">Elizabeth Warren</a> (D-Mass.). “We need pro-choice fighters.”</p> <p>Warren, Rep. <a href="https://cd.politicopro.com/member/304452" data-person-id="304452" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656635344607,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656635344607,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;member&quot;:&quot;{\&quot;identifier\&quot;:\&quot;304452\&quot;,\&quot;url\&quot;:\&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/304452\&quot;,\&quot;preferredName\&quot;:\&quot;Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)\&quot;,\&quot;isCommittee\&quot;:false}&quot;,&quot;text&quot;:&quot;Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/304452&quot;,&quot;personId&quot;:&quot;304452&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b729-daca-a1ab-bfeb312d0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;353fe80b-e1b5-3663-85ca-add066ecafc0&quot;}">Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez</a> (D-N.Y.) and House Majority Whip <a href="https://cd.politicopro.com/member/51325" data-person-id="51325" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656635367742,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656635367742,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;member&quot;:&quot;{\&quot;identifier\&quot;:\&quot;51325\&quot;,\&quot;url\&quot;:\&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/51325\&quot;,\&quot;preferredName\&quot;:\&quot;Rep. 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However, 34-year-old Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry is catching up down the stretch <a href="https://www.wispolitics.com/2022/self-funding-helps-lasry-godlewski-get-money-edge-over-barnes-in-dem-u-s-senate-primary/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656631653346,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000180-1f77-dc58-a78d-3fffa1f10000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656631653346,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000180-1f77-dc58-a78d-3fffa1f10000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.wispolitics.com/2022/self-funding-helps-lasry-godlewski-get-money-edge-over-barnes-in-dem-u-s-senate-primary/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b6f0-d010-a3cb-b6f8eb6f0001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;after spending millions&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b6f0-d010-a3cb-b6f8eb6f0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">after spending millions</a> of his own dollars. </p> <p>That’s not all: Sarah Godlewski, the 40-year-old state treasurer, and Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson, 46, fill out the top tier of candidates in a state with a history of surprising Democratic primaries.</p> <p>All four candidates offer a generational contrast from the tempestuous Johnson, who at 67 is running for his third term after twice beating former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.). Each Democratic candidate wants to eliminate the filibuster to preserve <i>Roe</i>, and none believe in any abortion restrictions. </p> <p>The biggest difference among them is on adding seats to the Supreme Court, a liberal goal that Nelson supports, Barnes is open to and Godlewski and Lasry oppose.</p> <p>Progressive Rep. <a href="https://cd.politicopro.com/member/195556" data-person-id="195556" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656635414389,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656635414389,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;member&quot;:&quot;{\&quot;identifier\&quot;:\&quot;195556\&quot;,\&quot;url\&quot;:\&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/195556\&quot;,\&quot;preferredName\&quot;:\&quot;Rep. 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But with the stakes so high for Democrats, all four are going full-tilt to present themselves as the primary field's biggest abortion rights advocates.<br></p> <br><iframe style="max-width: 100%" width="1280" height="720" src="https://players.brightcove.net/1155968404/r1WF6V0Pl_default/index.html?videoId=6308283196112" frameborder="0"></iframe> <br> <p>Barnes, who'd be the state's first Black senator if elected, says his record in Wisconsin politics is as “a very dear friend to Planned Parenthood.” Lasry says his wife's work for Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin allows him to see “firsthand every day” the fight for abortion rights. Godlewski says she can more effectively prosecute the case against Johnson as the Democratic primary's only woman, while Nelson touts his ratings with abortion rights groups.</p> <p>The race has a decidedly Midwest-nice vibe, with the candidates generally staying publicly trained on Johnson rather than each other — though there’s plenty of trash-talking behind the scenes. And since Democrats need to beat Johnson to have any hope of executing their agenda next year, party leaders are trying to keep it that way.</p> <p>“If anyone does anything unfair, I call them first, personally. And if they don't stop doing it, I'll call them out publicly. I haven't had to do that yet, the second part. I've had to do the first part a couple of times,” said Pocan, who is neutral in the Senate primary and described his role as “just trying to keep peace.”</p> <p>That may become more difficult as national attention turns to the four-way swing-state skirmish. In an interview, Barnes sharply questioned nominating a wealthy candidate like Lasry or Godlewski to take on Johnson, himself a wealthy conservative businessman.</p> <p>“If our case to voters is that our multimillionaire is better than Republicans’ multimillionaire? I don't see that as a winning message. People are tired of the millionaire's club. They want people in Washington to understand exactly what they're going through,” Barnes said.</p> <p>Asked to respond, Lasry said he doesn’t want to engage in a “sideshow” but took a subtle shot himself.</p> <p>“What voters are tired of is these career politicians with no record of accomplishment ... just always looking for the next thing to run for,” Lasry said.<br></p> <br> <img src="https://static.politico.com/90/9a/ca5de7f94422831925a8eca483e7/virus-outbreak-wisconsin-lasry-35630.jpg"> <br> <p>Godlewski said she launched her campaign with abortion-access messaging, adding a jab that when “you look at other people in this race, they just decided to talk about it recently.” </p> <p>But if there’s anyone truly testing Pocan’s peacemaker skills in the Senate primary, it’s Nelson, who’s running as the purest progressive.</p> <p>“It's one thing to be a defender of women's reproductive rights in a blue part of the state, quite different in a red or purple part of the state,” Nelson said of his time in the state legislature. “Mandela was there for two terms, but he represented one of the most Democratic and pro-choice districts in the state. You know, whoop-dee-doo.”</p> <p>Barnes led the latest <a href="https://www.marquette.edu/news-center/2022/new-marquette-law-poll-survey-finds-lose-races-in-senate-and-governor-primaries.php" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656635450601,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656635450601,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.marquette.edu/news-center/2022/new-marquette-law-poll-survey-finds-lose-races-in-senate-and-governor-primaries.php&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b72a-daca-a1ab-bfeada550001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;Marquette University poll&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b72a-daca-a1ab-bfeada550000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">Marquette University poll</a> with 25 percent of 369 Democratic primary voters, while Lasry had 21 percent, Godlewski 9 percent and Nelson 7 percent. Several Democrats recalled Feingold <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1992/09/10/politics-as-usual-falls-short-in-primaries/e6bdf5cf-f733-4d85-b986-9449294a3918/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656635466534,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656635466534,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1992/09/10/politics-as-usual-falls-short-in-primaries/e6bdf5cf-f733-4d85-b986-9449294a3918/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b72b-dc8e-a5d9-b7ff1ac20001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;coming&nbsp;out of nowhere&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b72b-dc8e-a5d9-b7ff1ac20000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">coming&nbsp;out of nowhere</a> in 1992 to win the party's Senate nomination with iconic <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6-xcGxww9g" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656635482423,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656635482423,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6-xcGxww9g&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b72b-dc8e-a5d9-b7ff576d0001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;ads&nbsp;claiming an endorsement&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b72b-dc8e-a5d9-b7ff576d0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">ads&nbsp;claiming an endorsement</a> from Elvis and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl8leOXnaTs" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656635498286,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656635498286,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl8leOXnaTs&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b72b-dc8e-a5d9-b7ff8dbd0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;declaring&nbsp;he wouldn’t “stoop”&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b72b-dc8e-a5d9-b7ff8dbc0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">declaring&nbsp;he wouldn’t “stoop”</a> to his opponents’ mudslinging. </p> <p>In other words, people in the state warn that a whole lot can change in six weeks, and all four candidates look competitive with Johnson. Moreover, more than a third of the primary electorate is undecided, a sign that Wisconsin's primary is under-the-radar just five weeks before Election Day.</p> <p>“That race has been competitive all along. And not a lot of people have been talking about it,” said Sen. <a href="https://cd.politicopro.com/member/66871" data-person-id="66871" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656635514120,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656635514120,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017c-2ca1-db91-affd-fdb9430a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;member&quot;:&quot;{\&quot;identifier\&quot;:\&quot;66871\&quot;,\&quot;url\&quot;:\&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/66871\&quot;,\&quot;preferredName\&quot;:\&quot;Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM)\&quot;,\&quot;isCommittee\&quot;:false}&quot;,&quot;text&quot;:&quot;Ben Ray Luján&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/66871&quot;,&quot;personId&quot;:&quot;66871&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b72b-dc8e-a5d9-b7ffc8020000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;353fe80b-e1b5-3663-85ca-add066ecafc0&quot;}">Ben Ray Luján</a> (D-N.M.), who said the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm is smart to remain neutral.</p> <p>According to the candidates, however, the <i>Roe</i> reversal — as well as Johnson’s anti-abortion position and <a href="https://www.politico.com/minutes/congress/06-28-2022/johnsons-changing-story/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656632862830,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000180-1f77-dc58-a78d-3ff Burgess Everett Wisconsin Lt. Governor, Mandela Barnes announces that he will be running for U.S. Senate at the Sherman Phoenix in this, July 20, 2021, file photo from Milwaukee. Angela Peterson/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP Dems unite Jan. 6 and Roe for new battleground target: 'MAGA' Republicans https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/01/house-dems-midterm-strategy-maga-republicans-00043630 Top Stories urn:uuid:dbe0deb8-821d-ed4f-a1d5-93bf9314de9c Fri, 01 Jul 2022 04:30:00 -0400 The party's House campaigns chief, working against headwinds to try to save the majority, is going on offense against the GOP's most hardline candidates in the suburbs. <img src="https://static.politico.com/d2/e5/8deb91a44649a37771ce1f7c94f6/election-2020-trump-62248.jpg"> <br> <p>Democrats are readying a new strategy to help save their House majority that unites two topics currently riveting Washington: the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and the overturning of <i>Roe v. Wade</i>.</p> <p>The heart of the approach: calling out GOP candidates’ most hard-line positions on multiple issues. Take, for example, the Republican hopeful who recently suggested rape victims were less likely to get pregnant. Or the Republican who’s defended the far-right militia, the Oath Keepers, alongside several more who have shared QAnon conspiracy theories with their supporters.</p> <p>All of those candidates will be on the ballot in some of the toughest House battleground districts this fall. And the House Democrats’ campaign arm will spend the next several months campaigning against what its chief calls the “MAGA Republican” brand — on everything from abortion to Donald Trump-backed election subversion.</p> <p>“There’s all these dangerous people running under the new MAGA Republican brand. They’re going to pay a price for it,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), who leads the House Democrats’ campaign arm. Using the term “MAGA” nine times in a roughly 9-minute interview, he said: “We’re going to beat them over the head with that.”<br></p> <br> <img src="https://static.politico.com/45/2b/56a03e0d4d8cb04fb3e56bc275fb/ap20338597172790.jpg"> <br> <p>With less than five months until the election, it’s going to be tough for Democrats to pivot voters away from a teetering economy and dissatisfaction with the Biden presidency. But majorities are saved on the margins, they say, and Democrats are betting they can play offense against the GOP fringe to protect critical turf in states like New Jersey, Virginia and Ohio.</p> <p>As Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) may find in her own primary battle across the aisle next month, it’s not clear how much Jan. 6 is resonating with voters. The addition of women voters’ fury over abortion rights to the mix, however, has Democrats hopeful they can block the GOP’s path to power in the suburbs.</p> <p>“Swing voters are, by definition, reasonable people,” Maloney said. “MAGA Republicans’ obsession with ending abortion, ignoring Jan. 6 and ignoring violence in our schools is not going to sit well with the suburban swing voters they need to win the election.”</p> <p>Privately, few Democrats believe the strategy is enough to hold the House against this year’s brutal headwinds, even with the nation’s focus briefly turned from inflation to abortion, guns and the GOP’s role in the Capitol riot. And using “MAGA” as a label, as <a href="https://www.politico.com/newsletters/west-wing-playbook/2022/06/27/ultra-maga-lame-00042638" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656635681072,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-8dd1-d850-a57f-ddd5fa8d0007&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656635681072,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017e-8dd1-d850-a57f-ddd5fa8d0007&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/newsletters/west-wing-playbook/2022/06/27/ultra-maga-lame-00042638&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b72e-d590-abb9-ff2e60390002&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;President Joe Biden himself has found&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b72e-d590-abb9-ff2e60390000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">President Joe Biden himself has found</a>, runs the risk of emboldening Trump’s base to turn out.</p> <p>The biggest theme in November will likely still be Biden’s handling of the economy. Democrats will be counterprogramming those inflation worries with hits against the roughly half-dozen GOP candidates who've created headaches for their party on issues like rape or anti-government conspiracy theories — all of whom have either won their primaries or are set to do so this summer.</p> <p>Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) said she was stunned when she heard the <a href="https://www.axios.com/local/richmond/2022/06/27/yesli-vega-pregnancy-rape-audio-recording" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;leaked audiotape&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.axios.com/local/richmond/2022/06/27/yesli-vega-pregnancy-rape-audio-recording&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6910000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6910001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">leaked audiotape</a> of her Republican opponent, Yesli Vega, questioning whether a women was less likely to become pregnant as a result of rape.</p> <p>Spanberger called the comments “devoid from reality.” And she pointed out that it wasn’t the first time Vega, a local sheriff's deputy, has made headlines with her remarks. Earlier this spring, Vega <a href="https://twitter.com/vademocrats/status/1527259285943726088" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;defended rioters&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://twitter.com/vademocrats/status/1527259285943726088&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6910002&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6910003&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">defended rioters</a> on Jan. 6 as a “group of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights.”</p> <p>“Can you rely on a person like that to fix real problems?” Spanberger said. A spokesperson for the GOP campaign arm declined to comment, and a Vega campaign contact did not respond to a request for comment.<br></p> <br><iframe style="max-width: 100%" width="1280" height="720" src="https://players.brightcove.net/1155968404/r1WF6V0Pl_default/index.html?videoId=6308506764112" frameborder="0"></iframe> <br> <p>Despite Democratic eagerness to go after far-right candidates, House Republicans have had some luck as several of those candidates have fallen in primaries during the first half of primary season. That includes a Republican <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/04/politics/jason-riddle-capitol-riot/index.html" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;famously jailed for “chugging wine” &quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/04/politics/jason-riddle-capitol-riot/index.html&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6910004&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6910005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">famously jailed for “chugging wine” </a>at the Jan. 6 riot, a one-time GOP gubernatorial candidate who <a href="https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/loren-culp-refusing-to-concede-washington-gubernatorial-race-turns-on-top-republicans/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;refused to concede&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/loren-culp-refusing-to-concede-washington-gubernatorial-race-turns-on-top-republicans/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6910006&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6910007&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">refused to concede</a> his race and a candidate who <a href="https://www.opb.org/article/2022/03/07/congressional-candidate-joe-kent-3rd-district-washington-distances-from-white-nationalist/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;consulted with a white nationalist&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.opb.org/article/2022/03/07/congressional-candidate-joe-kent-3rd-district-washington-distances-from-white-nationalist/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6910008&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6910009&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">consulted with a white nationalist</a> on his social media strategy.</p> <p>Still, Democrats are eyeing several other GOP candidates with obvious weaknesses in tough turf in Wisconsin, Texas and North Carolina. According to a 34-page internal document obtained by POLITICO, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is tracking at least six GOP candidates who attended D.C. events on Jan. 6, in addition to “over a dozen” more who have challenged the legitimacy of elections in other ways, such as claiming their own losses were fraudulent.</p> <p>That includes Derrick Van Orden, who’s favored to flip a battleground seat in Wisconsin. A <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/27/house-democrats-rural-america-431296" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656636863187,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000159-dc3f-d10a-abf9-ddff8bcd0015&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656636863187,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000159-dc3f-d10a-abf9-ddff8bcd0015&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/27/house-democrats-rural-america-431296&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b740-dc8e-a5d9-b7d567a30001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;prized recruit&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b740-dc8e-a5d9-b7d567a30000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">prized recruit</a> in 2020, the former Navy SEAL now faces criticism for using old campaign funds to <a href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/gop-candidate-bankrolled-jan-6-riot-trip-with-campaign-cash?via=twitter_page" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;travel to D.C. on Jan. 6&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.thedailybeast.com/gop-candidate-bankrolled-jan-6-riot-trip-with-campaign-cash?via=twitter_page&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c691000a&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c691000b&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">travel to D.C. on Jan. 6</a>, where he entered a restricted area of the Capitol during the riot by Donald Trump supporters.</p> <p>In another Midwest swing seat, Democrats are going after Air Force veteran JR Majewski, who raised $25,000 to send people to the Capitol on Jan. 6. He has said his group “packed up and left” before that day's violence. But his opponent, Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4hgAJtq4oA" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;recently ran an ad&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4hgAJtq4oA&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c691000c&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c691000d&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">recently ran an ad</a> that accused him of breaching the police barricades outside the building.</p> <p>Kaptur isn’t the only battleground Democrat using that approach.</p> <p>Days after the start of public Jan. 6 investigative hearings, Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) <a href="https://www.politico.com/minutes/congress/06-24-2022/gottheimers-new-ad/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;launched an ad slamming his opponent&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/minutes/congress/06-24-2022/gottheimers-new-ad/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6920000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6920001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">launched an ad slamming his opponent</a> for defending the Oath Keepers.</p> <p>“That is not what people want from their leaders, they don’t want extremists. They want people who are actually going to work with both sides,” Gottheimer said. The hearings, he said, are “a reminder of what we don’t want to go back to.”</p> <p>In some ways, the<b> </b>party's more assertive style of attacks parallels what Republicans have done for years — slamming their opponents as “far-left liberals” or “radical socialists.” Battleground Democrats haven’t always been so willing to take direct shots at the GOP, noting that many of their voters as well as their allies in Congress are conservative.</p> <p>Things have changed. Deal-making Republicans are <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/17/house-republicans-break-from-base-00040544" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;something of an endangered species&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/17/house-republicans-break-from-base-00040544&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6920002&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6920003&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">something of an endangered species</a>, and their relationships with Democratic counterparts frayed in the Trump years. Maloney’s campaign arm has been much more willing to <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/04/04/dems-midterm-villain-donald-trump-00022381" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;tie GOP candidates to the former president&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/04/04/dems-midterm-villain-donald-trump-00022381&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6920004&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6920005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">tie GOP candidates to the former president</a>, eager to stir up its same base of suburban, anti-Trump voters who catapulted them into the majority in 2018.<br></p> <br> <p>“I think the point is that the MAGA Republicans are different than other Republicans,” Maloney said, when asked to explain why Democrats were<a href="https://www.politico.com/newsletters/west-wing-playbook/2022/06/27/ultra-maga-lame-00042638" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot; leaning into the label&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/newsletters/west-wing-playbook/2022/06/27/ultra-maga-lame-00042638&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6920006&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6920007&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"> leaning into the label</a> even as some in the party disagree with the tactic of borrowing Trump's preferred acronym. “MAGA is an important distinction between the extreme elements of the Republicans and the old-fashioned version of the Republican party that used to be less crazy.”</p> <p>Top Republicans are mostly shrugging off the play. Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), who leads the National Republican Congressional Committee, has been clear that his party will keep hammering inflation as its top issue.</p> <p>One early sign that the GOP might not need to fret: <a href="https://www.rslc.gop/press-releases/new-polling-shows-the-dobbs-decision-wont-save-state-democrats-in-november" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;A poll by Republican state operatives&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.rslc.gop/press-releases/new-polling-shows-the-dobbs-decision-wont-save-state-democrats-in-november&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6920008&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6920009&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">A poll by Republican state operatives</a> conducted hours after the Supreme Court’s decision found that 56 percent of people chose the economy as their most important issue, while 8 percent said abortion.</p> <p>“Prices are extremely high because of Democrats’ extremely reckless spending. That’s the policy voters care about most and what November will be decided on,” NRCC communications director Michael McAdams said in a statement.</p> <p>In recent years, the NRCC has<a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/09/republicans-marjorie-taylor-greene-392735" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot; remained neutral on&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/09/republicans-marjorie-taylor-greene-392735&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c692000a&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c692000b&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"> remained neutral on</a> its most contentious candidates — including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.). Now, Democrats have no problem <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/02/qanon-gop-465157" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;using her and her firebrand colleagues as a warning to their base&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/02/qanon-gop-465157&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c692000c&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c692000d&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">using her and her firebrand colleagues as a warning to their base</a>.</p> <p>As retiring Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) put it: “If we win, it’s because we scared the crap out of people about the maniacs who will be in charge.”</p> Sarah Ferris Hats are passed out before then-President Donald Trump speaks to the City of New York Police Benevolent Association at an event at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Susan Walsh/AP Photo W.H. takes aim at DeSantis — even as Florida slips away from Dems https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/01/white-house-focuses-on-desantis-but-struggles-with-florida-00043546 Top Stories urn:uuid:59931a9f-39c2-c1f7-6616-8e17b93d94f1 Fri, 01 Jul 2022 04:30:00 -0400 And funds from national donor groups have dried up. <img src="https://static.politico.com/83/0d/78ac4c574bcc86b0f7b30d441f5e/220420-ron-desantis-ap-773.jpg"> <br> <p>TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida has the White House and national Democrats stumped.</p> <p>President Joe Biden’s policies <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/18/bidens-cuba-and-venezuela-policy-shifts-leave-florida-democrats-in-a-bind-00033379" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;loosening sanctions on Venezuela and easing restrictions on Cuba&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/18/bidens-cuba-and-venezuela-policy-shifts-leave-florida-democrats-in-a-bind-00033379&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6950000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6950001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">loosening sanctions on Venezuela and easing restrictions on Cuba</a> could be politically toxic in Latino-heavy South Florida. The administration was seen as making moves without considering political outcomes or improving Biden’s standing with a demographic key to winning the state.</p> <p>And funds from national donor groups have dried up after Florida Democrats suffered stinging losses in recent years.</p> <p>But Florida is also home to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, a likely 2024 hopeful who takes shots at the president whenever the opportunity arises. So despite their dim prospects in the state, Democrats have an enormous incentive to engage there this year — if only to try to blunt the governor’s rise ahead of a presidential bid.</p> <p>“If you were to ask me, does Florida give you as good a return on investment as other places? Clearly right now it does not,” Democratic National Committee Finance Director Chris Korge said in an interview. “We got our butts kicked in Florida recently. Our butts kicked.”</p> <p>But, Korge added, his job is to build infrastructure — and national groups would be foolish not to try to make inroads in the state.</p> <p>“I think the White House absolutely thinks we need to be engaged there now rather than waiting until 2024 when it becomes more expensive to stop [DeSantis],” he said. “We are going to be engaged in the midterm and, you can quote me on this, the DNC is absolutely not giving up on Florida.”</p> <p>There has been a creeping sense among state-level Democrats that national groups, including the White House and Democratic Governors Association, are writing off a state where Republicans have scored big wins and recently overtook Democrat’s voter registration advantage for the first time in modern Florida political history. When President Barack Obama won Florida in 2008, registered Democrats outnumbered Republicans in the state by nearly 700,000. They outnumbered Republicans by more than 550,000 in 2012. But Biden lost the state to Donald Trump and Republicans now outnumber Democrats by more than 175,000.</p> <p>But Biden in recent weeks has taken a more confrontational approach with DeSantis. Biden and his administration recently hammered the governor for making his state the only one in the country to not pre-order pediatric Covid-19 vaccines. White House Covid response coordinator Ashish Jha even held a briefing with Florida reporters, where he called DeSantis’ move “unconscionable.”<br></p> <br> <p>Biden also issued an executive order banning programs that receive federal money from offering conversion therapy, a direct response to the DeSantis administration pushing to end state-funded gender-affirming care for transgender minors. DeSantis’ health department also crafted a rationale to justify banning Medicaid from paying for puberty blockers for transgender people.</p> <p>Florida has also seen recent visits from first lady Jill Biden, who traveled last week to Palm Beach County to discuss cancer research and shared a stage with DeSantis during a memorial for victims of the Surfside condo tragedy. On Tuesday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge made several stops in Florida to talk about affordable housing, an issue that is in line with Florida Democrat’s 2022 messaging. And Department of Health and Humans Services Assistant Secretary Rachel Levine on Tuesday met with parents and kids under 5 years old about the Covid-19 vaccine.</p> <p>Florida’s Department of Health on the same day criticized Levine, who said: “Opponents of LGBTQ equality have targeted trans and queer youth to score political points.” Levine, a four-star admiral, is the first openly transgender person to hold an office requiring Senate confirmation.</p> <p>“The administration has been very, very present in the state,” Mayra Macias, chief strategy officer for Biden-affiliated group Building Back Together, said in an interview. “Be it the first lady in Palm Beach or Cabinet secretaries in other places, so I don’t think it’s a fair assessment to say the administration has written off Florida. You are seeing visibility at the highest levels.”</p> <p>John Morgan, an Orlando attorney and major Democratic donor, said in a text message that there is one simple reason the White House will continue to focus on Florida: “More electoral votes,” he said. “It’s not off the radar.”</p> <p>Morgan points to the large number of Democratic donors, including him, who reside in the state as another reason Democrats nationally can’t totally turn their back on the state. The DNC, for instance, just came knocking on his door, as it has in the past.</p> <p>“Still lots of money,” Morgan said. “I was just asked to do an event with POTUS at my house for the DNC.”</p> <p>Democratic congressional candidate Jared Moskowitz, whose campaign on Tuesday was endorsed by Hillary Clinton, said the state can help fuel important Democratic wins across the country, even if the party struggles within its borders.</p> <p>“Even if you can’t win Florida, there is a lot of money to raise here that can be used in critical races across the country,” he said. “Republicans have out-registered Democrats here, so statistically you can make the observation that it's moving to the right, but let’s not pretend Barack Obama winning the state is ancient history. It’s the third-largest state in the country, and there are a lot of active Democrats here.”</p> <p>Moskowitz, a former state lawmaker who also served in DeSantis’ administration, said the Supreme Court ruling overturning <i>Roe v. Wade</i> could give Democrats a boost of political energy — maybe flipping the narrative that Republicans will dominate November's midterm elections.</p> <p>“It definitely should make Democrats understand how much is on the line if Republicans come back into power,” he said.<br></p> <br> <p>Macias said DeSantis’ penchant for picking culture war fights over things like pandemic vaccines, transgender kids or education will keep Florida on the radar of both the White House and the nation.</p> <p>“Unfortunately, Governor DeSantis keeps signing into law very regressive policies that will keep Florida in the national spotlight for the wrong reasons,” she said. “Now, with <i>Roe</i> being overturned, we are thinking about states with abortion bans, and even when I was in Florida, bills like that kept coming up in the Legislature.”</p> <p>Still, others see Florida’s role nationally for Democrats as the battlefield to try and stop DeSantis’ ascent rather than a state that remains a key cog in the party’s broader strategy. In 2020, for instance, Biden became the first candidate to win the White House without winning Florida since Bill Clinton in 1992, a feat some believe can be repeated.</p> <p>“On the political spending and campaign stuff, I don’t think the play has changed at all in recent weeks, even as the president has talked about DeSantis,” said a former administration official familiar with the White House’s thinking who was granted anonymity to speak freely. “Florida has trended further to the right, and there is not a world right now where Democratic organizations intend to spend a ton of money there.”</p> <p>The Democratic Governors Association has already signaled it will not focus on Florida to the degree it has in past years. But that didn’t start with the 2022 midterms. In 2020, Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon steered additional resources to Arizona, a state Biden won, over Florida, even as some were lobbying to boost spending in the state.</p> <p>“It was not like she hated Florida,” the former administration official said of O’Malley Dillon, whose ties to Florida extend back to when she helped manage the failed 2006 gubernatorial run of Jim Davis. “She just did not believe there was real opportunity there. It’s why she invested in places like Arizona, not Florida like many wanted. She was right.”</p> <p>“I don’t think you will see a lot of things change moving into reelection mode on that front,” the person added.</p> <p>O’Malley Dillon could not be reached for comment.<br></p> <br> <p>There remains skepticism that Florida’s gubernatorial candidates, Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.), who as a Republican in 2006 beat the O’Malley Dillon-led Davis campaign, and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, can beat DeSantis. The Florida governor has raised more than $100 million and is seen as an overwhelming favorite to win reelection as he builds national momentum. Both Fried and Crist told POLITICO last week that they would welcome Biden campaigning with them in the general election, even as some Democrats across the country dodge that question amid the president's low approval ratings.</p> <p>Hopes, however, remain high for Rep. Val Demings’ bid for the Senate against Sen. Marco Rubio. Demings (D-Fla.), who is Black, is the former chief of the Orlando Police Department and was on the shortlist to serve as Biden’s VP. She’s a candidate Democrats hope can overcome what have been effective Republican attempts to brand Democrats as anti-law enforcement, which has been a key messaging point for Rubio in the early stage of the campaign.</p> <p>The Florida Democratic Party, regardless of specific race, also continues to be the focus of persistent skepticism.</p> <p>“I honestly at this point could not tell you who the leading Democrat is there,” said the former Biden administration official. “That’s the challenge for the DNC and reelection folks at this point. I don’t know if you see them laying some massive groundwork there. And to the extent Florida will be needed [in 2024], they won’t be depending on the state people. They can’t.”</p> <p>Others see the state Democratic Party — whose chair, Manny Diaz, did not return a request seeking comment — as taking too much heat for the party’s extended dry spell.</p> <p>“I think Manny Diaz is a very capable Democratic leader. From my experience, state parties are limited overall in what they can do,” Korge said.</p> <p>“I am not naive to the fact that we are the underdog, but I kind of like being the underdog.”</p> Matt Dixon Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, a likely 2024 hopeful, takes shots at the president whenever the opportunity arises. John Raoux, file/AP Photo Push to rein in social media sweeps the states https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/01/social-media-sweeps-the-states-00043229 Top Stories urn:uuid:c5f62df3-7f10-4c7d-96f2-e8ea07166eb8 Fri, 01 Jul 2022 04:30:00 -0400 Lawmakers in 34 red and blue states want to crack down on how online companies handle users' content. But those efforts are colliding with the First Amendment. <img src="https://static.politico.com/f8/b0/87c3b6544301986ec01802525436/virus-outbreak-florida-56466.jpg"> <br> <p>Efforts to police speech on social media are spreading across the country, with lawmakers in 34 states pushing bills that are already setting up court battles with tech giants over the First Amendment.</p> <p>State legislators have introduced more than 100 bills in the past year aiming to regulate how social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter handle their users’ posts, according to POLITICO’s analysis of data from the National Conference of State Legislatures. However, only three bills have become law, including statutes in Texas and Florida aimed at punishing platforms that Republicans accuse of censoring conservatives — and federal courts have blocked those two states’ measures from taking effect.</p> <p>Blue states are joining the trend as well, though Democrats’ emphasis is pressing social media companies to establish policies for reporting hate speech, violent content and misinformation.</p> <p>The states’ efforts — in the absence of federal action — could test governments’ ability to regulate speech, while forcing some of the nation’s wealthiest tech companies to fight an array of legal battles against laws that could upend their business models. These fights will also present courts with a fundamental debate about how the First Amendment plays out in the online age, including the companies’ own rights to decide what content they host on their platforms.</p> <p>Many legal scholars see glaring flaws in some states’ approaches. “The government cannot tell a private company what speech it can or cannot carry, provided that speech is constitutionally protected,” said Jeff Kosseff, a cybersecurity law professor at the U.S. Naval Academy who has written two books about online speech.</p> <p>Industry groups have warned that some of the laws — especially the ones in Texas and Florida — could wreak havoc on how they handle content worldwide.</p> <p>“You cannot have a state-by-state internet,” Kosseff said. “When you step back and look at the possibility of having 50 different state laws on content moderation — some of which might differ or might conflict — that becomes a complete disaster.”<br></p> <br> <p>The bills fall into four major categories: More than two dozen, pushed by Republicans, seek to prevent companies from censoring content or blocking users. Others, pushed by Democrats, aim to require companies to provide mechanisms for reporting hate speech or misinformation. Lawmakers of both parties support proposals to protect children from addiction to social media. A fourth, also with bipartisan support, would impose transparency requirements.</p> <p>Here is POLITICO’S look at the state of play:</p> <h3 style="text-align: left">Banning censorship</h3> <p>Conservatives’ efforts to ban social media from restricting users’ content ramped up last year, after the major social media platforms booted then-President Donald Trump following his supporters’ Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.</p> <p>Since then, legislatures in more than two dozen states — the vast majority Republican-led — have introduced bills aimed at preventing social media companies from censoring users’ viewpoints or kicking off political candidates.</p> <p>Two of those have become law: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill (<a href="https://legislation.politicopro.com/bill/FL_21R_SB_7072" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;<u>SB 7072</u>&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://legislation.politicopro.com/bill/FL_21R_SB_7072&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6990006&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6990007&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"><u>SB 7072</u></a>) into law in March 2021, later <a href="https://legislation.politicopro.com/bill/FL_221_SB_6" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;<u>updated this past April</u>&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://legislation.politicopro.com/bill/FL_221_SB_6&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6990008&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6990009&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"><u>updated this past April</u></a>, prohibiting tech platforms from ousting political candidates. Texas followed suit last September with a law (<a href="https://legislation.politicopro.com/bill/TX_212_HB_20" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;<u>HB 20</u>&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://legislation.politicopro.com/bill/TX_212_HB_20&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c699000a&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c699000b&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"><u>HB 20</u></a>) banning social media companies from restricting online viewpoints.</p> <p>Now those laws are going through the courts, where tech companies have succeeded so far with arguments that the measures infringe on their First Amendment right to decide what to content to host. The <a href="https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/article/2022/05/appeals-court-rules-floridas-social-media-law-is-largely-unconstitutional-00034436" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;<u>11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals</u>&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/article/2022/05/appeals-court-rules-floridas-social-media-law-is-largely-unconstitutional-00034436&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c699000c&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c699000d&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"><u>11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals</u></a> ruled in May that Florida’s law was largely unconstitutional, and the Supreme Court <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/31/texas-social-media-censorship-scotus-00036146" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;<u>blocked the Texas law</u>&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/31/texas-social-media-censorship-scotus-00036146&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c699000e&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c699000f&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"><u>blocked the Texas law</u></a> while an appellate court considers an industry challenge against the statute.</p> <p>Proponents of the laws say they protect individuals' free speech rights to share their views on the platforms. But Scott Wilkens, a senior staff attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, said the Texas and Florida laws are “pretty clear violations of the platforms’ First Amendment rights to speak themselves by actually deciding what they will and won’t publish.”</p> <p>Social media companies have argued that if the Texas law goes back into effect, it may make it harder to remove hate speech, such as a <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/18/censorship-buffalo-manifesto-texas-law-00033228" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;<u>racist manifesto</u>&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/18/censorship-buffalo-manifesto-texas-law-00033228&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6990010&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6990011&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"><u>racist manifesto</u></a> allegedly posted online by the perpetrator of a mid-May mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y. The major platforms eventually removed that posting after the shooting.</p> <p>Additionally, the Texas and Florida laws — had they been in effect — could have left Facebook open to lawsuits for their decision in June to <a href="https://subscriber.politicopro.com/newsletter/2022/06/tiktok-faces-renewed-anger-from-gop-lawmakers-00040819" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;<u>remove an ad</u>&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://subscriber.politicopro.com/newsletter/2022/06/tiktok-faces-renewed-anger-from-gop-lawmakers-00040819&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6990012&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6990013&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"><u>remove an ad</u></a> from Missouri Republican Senate candidate Eric Greitens calling for the “hunting” of so-called “Republicans In Name Only.” Facebook took down the ad because the company said it violated policies prohibiting the incitement of violence. Twitter labeled the ad as violating its policy against abusive behavior, but left it visible to users due to the “public’s interest.”</p> <p>Other Republican-led legislatures have introduced similar bills in Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee and Michigan that would prohibit social media companies from censoring religious or political speech, or would ban platforms from removing political candidates.</p> <h3 style="text-align: left">Reporting 'hateful' content</h3> <p>Democrats have long pushed social media companies to do more to take down misinformation and disinformation, as well posts attacking people along lines of race, gender or sexual orientation. Legislatures in primarily Democratic-run states — including New York and California — have introduced bills requiring social media companies to establish mechanisms for users to report hate speech to the platforms.</p> <p>New York is the only state where such a proposal has successfully been enacted. Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul signed <a href="https://legislation.politicopro.com/bill/NY_21R_S_4511" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;<u>S. 4511</u>&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://legislation.politicopro.com/bill/NY_21R_S_4511&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6990014&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6990015&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"><u>S. 4511</u></a> in early June as <a href="https://www.nysenate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/anna-m-kaplan/kaplan-bill-combating-hate-social-media-signed-law-landmark" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;<u>part of a package of 10 bills</u>&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.nysenate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/anna-m-kaplan/kaplan-bill-combating-hate-social-media-signed-law-landmark&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6990016&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6990017&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"><u>part of a package of 10 bills</u></a> aimed at curbing gun violence after the Buffalo shooting. The new law requires social media networks to make it possible for individuals to report hate speech on the platforms in a publicly accessible way and says the companies must directly respond to anyone who reports such speech. Companies could face fines of up to $1,000 a day if they don’t comply.</p> <p>The law takes effect in December.<br></p> <br> <img src="https://static.politico.com/82/71/7d7d11374314b2faa680f1607a8b/https-delivery.gettyimages.com/downloads/1336534385"> <br> <p>Democratic New York state Sen. Anna Kaplan introduced the bill last year in hopes of curbing the radicalizing effects of social media. “We are not in any way telling social media what policy to put in,” she said in an interview. “It's not about violating the First Amendment. It's about just empowering the users to be able to report hateful content.”</p> <p>But NetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association, lobbying groups representing tech companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google, are analyzing whether the new Texas law could lead to First Amendment infringements. Both groups filed lawsuits against the Florida and Texas laws.</p> <p>“We’re concerned about the law’s constitutionality, and are raising those concerns with state lawmakers,” said Chris Marchese, NetChoice’s counsel, said in an interview after the New York law was signed.</p> <p>He said the New York law could violate the First Amendment because its definition of “hateful conduct” is too broad, and covers speech that’s protected by the Constitution. He added that even though New York is different from Texas and Florida, “the temptation for the government to step in is incredibly high no matter where you live.”</p> <p>In California, Democratic Assemblyman James Gallagher of Yuba City introduced a bill (<a href="https://legislation.politicopro.com/bill/CA_21R_AB_1114" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;<u>AB 1114</u>&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://legislation.politicopro.com/bill/CA_21R_AB_1114&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c69a0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c69a0001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"><u>AB 1114</u></a>) that would require social media companies to explain how they handle content that involves<b> </b>obscenity, threats and incitements of violence that are not constitutionally protected.<b> </b>The bill failed to advance this session.</p> <p>New York also has several pending bills that would require social media companies to provide ways to report election- and vaccine-related misinformation.</p> <h3 style="text-align: left">Regulating addictive algorithms</h3> <p>Legislation addressing children’s safety on social media platforms has some bipartisan support. Several bills have been introduced following last year’s revelations from <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2021/10/25/facebook-market-dominance-whistleblower-516918" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;<u>Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen</u>&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2021/10/25/facebook-market-dominance-whistleblower-516918&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c69a0002&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c69a0003&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"><u>Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen</u></a> that Instagram’s algorithms were <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-knows-instagram-is-toxic-for-teen-girls-company-documents-show-11631620739" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;<u>pushing unhealthy body images on young girls</u>&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-knows-instagram-is-toxic-for-teen-girls-company-documents-show-11631620739&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c69a0004&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c69a0005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"><u>pushing unhealthy body images on young girls</u></a>.</p> <p>Legislators from both parties in California and Minnesota have introduced bills to address the addictive nature of social media.</p> <p>The California Assembly passed <a href="https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/2022/05/california-bill-to-hold-tech-liable-for-child-addiction-clears-assembly-00034563" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;<u>a bipartisan bill</u>&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/2022/05/california-bill-to-hold-tech-liable-for-child-addiction-clears-assembly-00034563&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c69a0006&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c69a0007&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"><u>a bipartisan bill</u></a> (<a href="https://legislation.politicopro.com/bill/CA_21R_AB_2408?activeTabs=bill-text" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;<u>AB 2408</u>&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://legislation.politicopro.com/bill/CA_21R_AB_2408?activeTabs=bill-text&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c69a0008&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c69a0009&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"><u>AB 2408</u></a>) in late May aiming to protect kids from addictive social media features by making the platforms liable to lawsuits and fines if their products knowingly harm children under the age of 18.<b> </b>A child user or their parent or guardian would be able to sue a platform if the child becomes addicted to a platform. Penalties in a successful class action brought under the bill would be at least $1,000 per individual, potentially adding up to very large sums given the number of children using social media in California.</p> <p>The <a href="https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/2022/06/bipartisan-childrens-digital-safeguard-proposals-claw-through-key-california-committee-00043037?source=email" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;<u>bill advanced through</u>&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/2022/06/bipartisan-childrens-digital-safeguard-proposals-claw-through-key-california-committee-00043037?source=email&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c69a000a&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c69a000b&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"><u>bill advanced through</u></a> a California Senate committee in June and is expected to go to the floor in August.</p> <p>Tech advocates are raising free-speech objections about the measure.</p> <p>“This has really serious First Amendment problems,”<b> </b>said David Greene, the civil liberties director of the digital rights nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation.</p> <p>Dylan Hoffman, a California lobbyist for tech trade group TechNet, said the bill goes directly after platforms’ algorithms — which are used to moderate user content — and therefore infringes on their First Amendment speech rights.</p> <p>“It's clearly about the content and seeking to regulate any feature that you claim as addictive — well, what’s more addictive than showing good content?” he said. “That’s the inherent problem with this bill because you can’t divorce those two ideas.”</p> <p>The bill’s sponsor, Republican state Rep. Jordan Cunningham, disputed that argument. “It doesn’t touch or regulate content at all,” he said in an interview. “Nothing in the bill tells any social media company what they can or cannot allow users to post on their platform.”</p> <p>Kosseff said ultimately he doesn’t believe “that going after algorithms gets rid of the free speech issue.” He added, “If you’re restricting the ability for speech to be distributed, then you’re restricting speech.”</p> <p>However, Wilkens, of the Knight First Amendment Institute, said that while the bill may “implicate the First Amendment, it doesn’t mean that it violates the First Amendment.” He said that while it’s still up for interpretation, the legislation – if it became law – may “be held constitutional because the state's interest here in protecting young girls seems to be a very strong interest.”</p> <p>A bill (<a href="https://legislation.politicopro.com/bill/MN_21R_HF_3724" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;<u>HF 3724</u>&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://legislation.politicopro.com/bill/MN_21R_HF_3724&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c69a000c&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db Rebecca Kern Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attends a media event Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Miami. Lynne Sladky/AP Photo 'We don’t have to pretend anymore': Greens ready to bail on D.C. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/30/greens-readying-to-bail-on-d-c-00043591 Top Stories urn:uuid:2458d93f-7887-eb71-a8c8-4cc7ca5aa741 Fri, 01 Jul 2022 04:30:00 -0400 Environmentalists and many of their Democratic allies are preparing to focus on state capitals as the places to press for action on climate change — going back to a strategy they employed during the Trump era. <img src="https://static.politico.com/33/5b/872e74b946fcaee0181297c5e1e1/pm-0630-king-supremecourt-3200-01.jpeg"> <br> <p>The climate advocates who cheered President Joe Biden’s arrival at the White House last year are preparing to give up on Washington.</p> <p>Instead, environmentalists and many of their Democratic allies are starting to shift their focus to state capitals as the places to press for action on climate change — going back to a strategy that they employed with some success during the Trump era.</p> <p>The flight from D.C. is in large part a response to 18 months of frustration with major setbacks to Biden’s climate agenda, capped by <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/30/supreme-court-handcuffs-biden-on-major-climate-rule-00043423" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/30/supreme-court-handcuffs-biden-on-major-climate-rule-00043423&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6a30002&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6a30003&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling</a> that hobbled the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases. Even before that decision, Democrats’ ambitious plans for hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of climate action wilted in the Senate. And November’s midterms are giving off vibes of a Republican sweep — similar to the rout that Democrats suffered in 2010, the last time they tried and failed to pass major climate legislation.</p> <p>While greens hope Thursday’s ruling could bring new urgency to a Capitol Hill push for sizable clean energy incentives, the doors to major federal action are either shut or closing rapidly in both Congress and the executive branch. That’s left them looking for alternatives — no matter that Democrats nominally remain in charge in the capital.</p> <br> <p><br>On the other hand, relying on the states that led the U.S. climate fight during Donald Trump’s presidency won’t get the nation to Biden’s target of aggressively cutting greenhouse gases by 2030.</p> <p>“That’s not going to be enough,” Goldfuss said. “We knew that under Trump, too.”</p> <p>At least when Goldfuss was in the White House, climate campaigners had the high court on its side: Rulings in 2007 and 2014 gave<b> </b>EPA wide latitude to wield the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases. But Thursday’s<b> </b>6-3<b> </b>decision by the Supreme Court’s conservative majority curtailed the EPA’s ability to regulate carbon dioxide from power plants while indicating it would restrict future broad greenhouse gas rules.</p> <p>To climate advocates, who had anticipated the ruling for months, the decision was the latest in a series of factors making it clear they would need to look beyond Washington for ways to reach their goals.</p> <p><br>“We don’t have to pretend anymore that this is a country that’s united,” Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director of Brooklyn-based environmental justice organization UPROSE, said in a recent interview.</p> <p>As for the broader goal of solving climate change and addressing environmental justice, she said, “Thinking about it nationally is a little unwieldy.”</p> <p>At the state and local levels, battles on environmental justice often center on individual power plants, factories and other facilities that produce pollution such as mercury, soot and ozone. The EPA still has the authority to regulate those pollutants despite Thursday’s decision, though the court raised uncertainties about how much leeway the agency has for future rules.<br></p> <br> <img src="https://static.politico.com/e7/40/4d7a36934bd0a3724314e1407820/cw-0615-chemnick-politics-3000-01.jpeg"> <br> <p><br>The justices have “created an entirely new avenue of challenge for polluters to go at regulators,” Sen. <a href="https://cd.politicopro.com/member/51844" data-person-id="51844" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3272-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff7cad0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656618534832,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000166-5a82-db77-a36e-7a8778cc0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656618534832,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000166-5a82-db77-a36e-7a8778cc0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;member&quot;:&quot;{\&quot;identifier\&quot;:\&quot;51844\&quot;,\&quot;url\&quot;:\&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/51844\&quot;,\&quot;preferredName\&quot;:\&quot;Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)\&quot;,\&quot;isCommittee\&quot;:false}&quot;,&quot;text&quot;:&quot;Sheldon Whitehouse &quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/51844&quot;,&quot;personId&quot;:&quot;51844&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b628-d590-abb9-ff2cb1840000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;353fe80b-e1b5-3663-85ca-add066ecafc0&quot;}">Sheldon Whitehouse </a>(D-R.I.) said in an interview Thursday. Still, he implored the Biden administration to plow ahead with ambitious environmental rules, saying the court decision “leaves plenty of well-traveled roads for the EPA to follow.”</p> <p>A more pervasive shift in the environmental movement is also at work: Much of the momentum for climate organizing has shifted to fights against pollution that disproportionately burdens low-income areas and people of color.</p> <p>Environmental justice groups fighting these kinds of battles have seen a surge of funding in recent years, including a $100 million commitment this spring from the Donors of Color Network.</p> <p>That change, in turn, has brought a civil rights organizing energy that many in the environmental movement see as necessary to making greater climate inroads in red or purple states such as Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan and Arizona. It offers less of a leading role, both in activism and fundraising, to the national environmental groups that have long called the shots for green advocacy in Washington.</p> <p>“Most of the foundations realize the Big Greens are part of the solution but that they have been funding them at a ridiculous scale,” said Jess Montejano, chief operating officer with Riff City Strategies, a communications firm that works with philanthropies such the Kresge Foundation and Mosaic Fund. “If just funding those guys was the solution we would have had a lot more progress on climate to date.”</p> <p>Green activists also plan to lean on their own coalitions as they swing back to the states, such as the U.S. Climate Alliance, which formed as a response to the Trump administration’s backslide on climate.</p> <p>With governors from 23 states and Puerto Rico as members, the alliance recently hired former EPA official Casey Katims to lead it through a refresh as the federal outlook dims. It plans to work as a policy and legislative clearinghouse, developing model bills and regulations to advance through member states.</p> <p>Tough climate rules in states like California and New York can bring entire markets along through their sheer size and economic heft, noted Whitehouse and Rep. <a href="https://cd.politicopro.com/member/189546" data-person-id="189546" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3272-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff7cad0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656618605616,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000166-5a82-db77-a36e-7a8778cc0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656618605616,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000166-5a82-db77-a36e-7a8778cc0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;member&quot;:&quot;{\&quot;identifier\&quot;:\&quot;189546\&quot;,\&quot;url\&quot;:\&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/189546\&quot;,\&quot;preferredName\&quot;:\&quot;Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA)\&quot;,\&quot;isCommittee\&quot;:false}&quot;,&quot;text&quot;:&quot;Jared Huffman&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/189546&quot;,&quot;personId&quot;:&quot;189546&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b629-d590-abb9-ff2dabe70000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;353fe80b-e1b5-3663-85ca-add066ecafc0&quot;}">Jared Huffman</a> (D-Calif.).</p> <p>“Congress is not exactly a productive place these days,” Huffman said, though he cautioned: “Climate activists cannot ignore D.C. They just have to recalibrate.”</p> <p>That’s in part because many of the states where climate action is needed face recalcitrant legislatures and even governors, said John Podesta, the board chairman of the Center for American Progress, in an interview after the Supreme Court ruling. He said states in the upper Midwest, Georgia, North Carolina and Arizona will “determine the fate of the country,” and that the court’s decision will lead to “accelerated” organizing in those battlegrounds.</p> <p>“What this court term has demonstrated and made real for people is what that move to the hard right really looks like,” Podesta said.</p> <p><br>That is why the advocacy model is shifting to embrace more partnerships with environmental justice organizations with a history of engagement and connections in local battles in states often opposed to sweeping climate policies. Hive Fund, a philanthropy that received $43 million from the Bezos Earth Fund, specifically focuses on funding groups in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and North Carolina — states whose emissions are key to addressing climate change.</p> <p>“There is no path to the U.S. meeting its climate goals if we don’t work in these places that have always been thought of as too hard or too difficult,” Hive Fund co-Director Melanie Allen said.</p> <p>The shift to states and local communities is an acceleration of an overall trend in the past several years as more big green organizations sought to strengthen coalitions with environmental justice groups, said John Walke, director of the clean air, climate and clean energy program at the Natural Resources Defense Council.</p> <p>The environmental legal group Earthjustice recently added staff to coordinate with environmental justice groups. Jeremy Orr, who leads that effort as director of litigation and advocacy partnerships, said the effort tracks with developments across the environmental movement, with national groups “trying to move resources to the actual environmental justice groups to get this work done.”</p> <p>Many organizations are also staffing up in states to coordinate spending from the $1.2 trillion infrastructure law to ensure that governors don’t bungle what may amount to the Biden administration’s largest legislative accomplishment on climate.</p> <p>Evergreen Action, an offshoot of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s short-lived climate-focused 2020 presidential run, hired staff in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin to help them maximize clean energy investments from that law.</p> <p>The Environmental Defense Fund has leaned into a states affairs program that works in Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina and nine other states, said Elizabeth Gore, the group’s senior vice president of political affairs. One of EDF’s major initiatives is shepherding infrastructure dollars.</p> <p>“Work at the state level and the subnational level is going to continue and probably expand — and that’s going to happen regardless of the election and the makeup in Washington,” she said.</p> <p>At the federal level, most advocates are hitching their hopes to EPA, saying the court’s ruling doesn’t take the agency totally out of the climate push.</p> <p>However, the ruling does mean the agency may face better legal odds attacking greenhouse gases through other pathways, by fighting on the side of environmental justice groups trying to shut down pollution sources that pose health risks. It can do that by issuing regulations to tamp down on pollutants such as acid-rain-causing nitrogen oxides, control wastewater discharges from power plants and improve disposal of coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal for electricity.</p> <p>“Power plant by power plant, the agency is going to have to go after these polluters, which is a really inefficient and challenging way to do it,” Huffman said.</p> <p>Taken together, these kinds of rules could push power companies to replace their coal- and gas-burning plants with cleaner sources of energy.<br></p> <br> <p><br>“If some of these facilities decide that is not worth investing in and you get an expedited retirement, that's the best tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan told reporters in March, hinting at the new strategy. The agency is <a href="https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/article/2022/06/energy-rule-updates-from-bidens-unified-agenda-00041160" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;expected to issue its separate proposals&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/article/2022/06/energy-rule-updates-from-bidens-unified-agenda-00041160&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6a30004&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6a30005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">expected to issue its separate proposals</a> for regulating greenhouse gas emissions at existing and new power plants in March 2023. It plans to reconsider national standards for soot in March 2023 and for ozone in April 2023.</p> <p>While Regan has hinted at deploying more health-based standards to achieve carbon reductions, his agency has been slow to issue major rules. It has not issued final rules on coal-fired power plants, natural gas-fired power plants, heavy duty vehicles or methane emissions from oil and gas production. And environmentalists broadly criticized the one rule it has issued, on light-duty vehicles, as weaker than California’s standards.</p> <p>People close to the White House see EPA playing a major role with “full backing from the White House,” said Podesta, whom Obama brought into the White House to revive a moribund climate strategy. Still, the implications of the court’s decision leave “very little confidence” in future federal greenhouse gas regulations surviving the court, he said.</p> <p><b>“</b>That doesn’t mean they should stop from acting. But there’s no way I think to bulletproof regulations from a very activist extremist court,” Podesta said.<b>&nbsp;</b></p> <p><i>Alex Guillen contributed to this report.</i></p> Zack Colman Aaron Petykowski, an activist with the Climate Action Campaign, protests outside the Supreme Court after the court announced its decision in West Virginia v. EPA on Thursday. Francis Chung/E&amp;E News/POLITICO The Real Reason Washington Ignored Kavanaugh’s Would-Be Killer https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/07/01/the-real-reason-washington-ignored-kavanaughs-would-be-killer-00043679 Top Stories urn:uuid:aadd1ce4-6dd0-b0ed-48f1-0b315529c805 Fri, 01 Jul 2022 04:30:00 -0400 Hint: It’s scarier than media bias. <img src="https://static.politico.com/50/4b/7d4d614c46a39f2e9925ba35d909/gettyimages-1241187931-edit.jpg"> <br> <p>On June 8, at about 1:05 in the morning, a taxicab pulled up outside the Chevy Chase home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. A young man dressed in black got out, carrying a backpack and a suitcase. According to <a href="https://www.mdd.uscourts.gov/sites/mdd/files/Roske-Affidavit.pdf" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;an FBI affidavit&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.mdd.uscourts.gov/sites/mdd/files/Roske-Affidavit.pdf&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6ae0004&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6ae0005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">an FBI affidavit</a>, he eyed the Deputy U.S. Marshals standing guard outside the house, then turned and walked down the block.</p> <p>A few minutes later, the man called 911, allegedly saying he was having suicidal thoughts, had a firearm in his suitcase and had come from California to kill a Supreme Court Justice. Local police were dispatched and arrived to take Nicholas John Roske into custody while he was still on the phone to emergency services. In his bags, they found an unloaded Glock 17 pistol with two magazines of ammunition as well as pepper spray, zip ties, a nail gun, a crowbar, duct tape, a knife and a tactical chest rig.</p> <p>At a nearby police station, he agreed to speak with federal agents, allegedly telling them he was upset about the leaked Supreme Court decision undoing the right to abortion and worried that gun control would be further rolled back. He said he’d found Kavanaugh’s address on the internet. In a second interview, he told the FBI that he had planned to kill himself after murdering the justice. He’s now <a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/pr/california-man-facing-federal-indictment-maryland-attempted-murder-supreme-court-justice" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;facing federal charges&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/pr/california-man-facing-federal-indictment-maryland-attempted-murder-supreme-court-justice&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6ae0006&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6ae0007&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">facing federal charges</a>. He has pled not guilty.</p> <p>I know about Roske’s case — as you probably do, too — thanks to coverage in <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/06/08/kavanaugh-threat-arrest-justice/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;The Washington Post&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/06/08/kavanaugh-threat-arrest-justice/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6ae0008&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6ae0009&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">The Washington Post</a>, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/08/politics/man-arrested-near-brett-kavanaugh-home/index.html" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;CNN&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/08/politics/man-arrested-near-brett-kavanaugh-home/index.html&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6ae000a&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6ae000b&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">CNN</a>, <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/08/man-gun-arrested-kavanaugh-00038137" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;POLITICO&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/08/man-gun-arrested-kavanaugh-00038137&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6ae000c&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6ae000d&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">POLITICO</a> and my <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/texts-between-suspect-sister-outside-justices-home-may-have-saved-lives-police-chief/3078419/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;local TV news station&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/texts-between-suspect-sister-outside-justices-home-may-have-saved-lives-police-chief/3078419/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6ae000e&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6ae000f&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">local TV news station</a>, among others.</p> <p>But on the right, it’s become an article of faith that the story is being ignored by biased media. A <a href="https://www.foxnews.com/media/kavanaugh-threat-new-york-times-networks-downplaying" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;Fox News report&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.foxnews.com/media/kavanaugh-threat-new-york-times-networks-downplaying&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6ae0010&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6ae0011&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">Fox News report</a> totted up the small-ball treatment afforded in dead-tree newspapers (relegated to page 20 of The New York Times!), broadcast TV (unmentioned on any of the subsequent weekend’s Sunday programs!) and cable yakkers (nada that evening on MSNBC’s prime-time shows!). “<a href="https://twitter.com/seanhannity/status/1536508743864705028" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;OUTRAGEOUS OMISSION&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://twitter.com/seanhannity/status/1536508743864705028&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6ae0012&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6ae0013&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">OUTRAGEOUS OMISSION</a>,” Sean Hannity declared on Twitter a few days later, inviting viewers to watch Mike Huckabee and Kayleigh McEnany discuss it that night.<br></p> <br> <p>In fact, the incident was swiftly condemned by any public figure with a megaphone. In short order, legislators passed a bill to offer new protection to judges. Notwithstanding Hannity’s urge to portray a feckless liberal establishment countenancing mob rule, you won’t likely find anyone in official Washington saying anything positive about the gunman.</p> <p>Still, just because it was neither outrageous nor omitted doesn’t mean Hannity’s totally wrong.</p> <p>Reported in detail, the arrest still didn’t become a sort of news moment in Washington, the kind of thing that dominates both media assignment desks and back-fence conversations with neighbors, the kind of story that would turn Roske into a household name.</p> <p>And that is, at least in part, a function of something that really doesn’t get enough attention: Potential violence and intimidation in Washington’s political world has stopped seeming quite so newsy. Man-threatens-man has become the new dog-bites-man. Among the lesser effects of this cultural change is that, in newsrooms and greenrooms, the hurdle for attention has been raised.</p> <p>Why didn’t Washington get obsessed with the would-be Kavanaugh assassin? I’d bet the answer is more prosaic than the media-bias critics would believe. For one thing, in a city that has long drawn disturbed people with crazy schemes, Roske’s story was not especially hair-raising: His gun was unloaded, he called the cops on himself, he took a cab to the justice’s house (had he not heard of Uber?). There’s nothing less compelling to us media types, in all of our faux world-weariness than an insufficiently freaky freak of the week.</p> <p>More importantly, the Roske story would have to elbow for space in our mental lists of near-misses. Shooters nearly killed Reps. Gabby Giffords and Steve Scalise. A couple of miles down Connecticut Avenue from Kavanaugh’s place, a gunman motivated by an anti-Clinton conspiracy theory took a shot inside Comet Pizza. Threats against federal judges were up 400 percent, <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/federal-judge-threats-attack-60-minutes-2021-05-30/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;according to a report last year&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.cbsnews.com/news/federal-judge-threats-attack-60-minutes-2021-05-30/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6ae0014&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6ae0015&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">according to a report last year</a>. Threats against members of Congress are up 107 percent, <a href="https://www.uscp.gov/media-center/press-releases/uscp-response-oig-report-3" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;according to Capitol Police&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.uscp.gov/media-center/press-releases/uscp-response-oig-report-3&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6ae0016&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6ae0017&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">according to Capitol Police</a>. Google for examples and you’ll find a collection of news accounts that span the continent as well as the ideological spectrum, from <a href="https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/bs-md-cr-man-to-be-jailed-death-threat-against-harris-20210909-bv2d4mvbo5f2thaxyx5revrxny-story.html" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;Andy Harris&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/bs-md-cr-man-to-be-jailed-death-threat-against-harris-20210909-bv2d4mvbo5f2thaxyx5revrxny-story.html&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6ae0018&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6ae0019&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">Andy Harris</a>, the right-winger from Maryland’s Eastern Shore, to <a href="https://ktla.com/news/nationworld/threats-against-members-of-congress-rise-in-months-following-capitol-riot/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;Norma Torres&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://ktla.com/news/nationworld/threats-against-members-of-congress-rise-in-months-following-capitol-riot/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6af0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b931-db17-adc5-b937c6af0001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">Norma Torres</a>, a Southern California Democrat. The Capitol Police are opening offices in California and Florida to monitor threats.</p> <p>There was also the small matter of an actual attack on the U.S. Capitol last year, one that led to seven fatalities and featured rioters chanting about hanging the sitting Vice President.</p> <p>But even a tally of threats doesn’t quite capture how a looming sense of potential menace has seeped into the Village’s consciousness. Public officials fear doxing and the lunatics it might bring to their doors. The inboxes of reporters, particularly women and members of minority groups, fill with menacing messages. People no longer assume it’s all online cosplay. Why should they?</p> <p>A more sophisticated conservative critique of the Roske coverage holds that the story didn’t resonate because a pro-choice Californian doesn’t fit liberal Washington’s image of what a crazed, Glock-toting madman is supposed to be — making it easier to ignore as a one-off. But even that bit of psychological evasion wouldn’t be as possible if the environment weren’t providing so many examples of what a “real” threat looks like.</p> <p>On the right, the outrage over the supposedly ignored alleged assassination attempt has lately bled into agita about the recent spate of protests at the homes of justices, including Kavanaugh. It’s easy to wave off the complaints, and not just because some of them come from people who have pooh-poohed the insurrection: <i>These justices took away a Constitutional right, and they have the nerve to complain about a few people banging pots and pans outside of their houses? </i>It reeks of bad-faith efforts to change the subject. Yet against the backdrop of 2022, if you’re in your home while the protesters are outside, you’re likely to feel intimidated. And a city full of anxious, intimidated people is likely to behave differently on all sorts of things.</p> <p>It’s also easy to miss how much of a change this represents. Until quite recently, the norm in Washington was that everybody got to be a civilian sometimes, going out to dinner or walking the dog in peace. This had its downsides (it surely abetted the bubble-thinking of the establishment) but it also meant that moments of intimidation or threat were truly shocking.</p> <p>This change is dangerous, whether or not the Kavanaugh gunman was.</p> <p>“We talk a lot, especially on the left, about attacks on democracy, about worrisome real limits on voting rights and access to the ballot and gerrymandering, and all those things are important. But there’s no faster way to lose democracy than through violence,” says Amanda Ripley, a longtime Washington journalist who spent much of the last few years researching a book about intractable conflicts and how to move past them. “In my opinion we should be talking about that.”</p> <p>Like discredited elections, violence — or even the prospect of violence — delegitimizes institutions and social norms and the various guardrails of society. “Threats on judges’ lives are a real thing, a part of the playbook all over the world” for chipping away at democracy, says Ripley, whose book takes lessons from acrimonious divorces, gang feuds and developing-world insurgencies to analyze the conflict-addled state of American government.</p> <p>It’s not clear that there’s much Washington’s powerful can do about it. In the 19th century, when actual elected officials were fighting duels and clobbering each other to near-death with canes, elites might have had the ability to rein in the hooligans, who could presumably be coerced with committee assignments or patronage or disinvitations from fancy dinner parties or whatever other tools can shape the behavior of insiders. The sense of menace in contemporary politics comes largely from internet-fueled nobodies, acting in what they see as their side’s interest. How do you buy them off?</p> <p>I was struck by one particular thing Ripley told me about research into de-escalation: Don’t trust your gut. “In any high conflict like this, your intuition is going to make things worse.” She was referring to, say, the urge to go protest at a judge’s house to show how righteously furious you are. “That’s going to have an effect on other people and it might not help the cause.” As a journalist, of course, my gut says to expose just who is responsible for this new climate of jeopardy, the asymmetric era of political wretchedness that has brought Washington to this point. But in the spirit of peace, I’ll ignore that intuition.</p> <p>Instead, I’ll stick with this: A troubled man with a gun came to town with thoughts about killing. It is a shocking thing to have happen. The fact that it seems to be happening so often shouldn’t make it any less shocking.</p> <br> Michael Schaffer A Montgomery County Police officer stands guard as protesters march past Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's home on June 8, 2022. Nathan Howard/Getty Images The 11 Types of Republicans Who Enabled Donald Trump https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/07/01/tim-miller-trump-republican-operatives-book-excerpt-00043279 Top Stories urn:uuid:80d7a1e1-c778-c64e-cc02-bc9f8bc45d2e Fri, 01 Jul 2022 04:30:00 -0400 A taxonomy of the messiahs, demonizers and tribalist trolls of Trumpland. <img src="https://static.politico.com/ee/ce/7566372c4ad4975734bf6f5fea6d/tim-miller-lede-illo-new.jpg"> <br> <p><span class="firstcharacter">T</span>his week, Cassidy Hutchinson demonstrated in front of the whole world how a political staffer can break free from the rationalizations that lead dwellers of the swamp to enable behaviors we know are evil.</p> <p>I might be a Cassidy sympathizing Enemy of the People. But as a gay man who contorted himself into defending homophobes and a Trump abhorrer who didn’t hesitate when asked to spin for Trump’s EPA toady Scott Pruitt,<b><i>&nbsp;</i></b>I still know a thing or two about being an enabler.</p> <p>I have had more drinks where reluctant-MAGA and MAGA-adjacent professional Republicans spilled their guts than I would care to count. I’ve heard the lengthy laments from members of the 2 percent about how they’ve got bills to pay, a college fund to fill. Regiments of the “privately concerned” have shared their worries, as have the professionally depressed.</p> <p>I’ve listened to men bemoan the fact that they can no longer talk politics with their wives; they feel judged by their friends. Been shaken down by the guilt-ridden who wanted to see how they could help our efforts to take down Trump behind the scenes — but were never quite willing to put their name on anything. Been filled with assurances by insiders about how they are needed to keep things on the rails because of all the horrible things I wouldn’t believe they’d prevented, but that they weren’t at liberty to detail.<br></p> <br> <img src="https://static.politico.com/f1/93/e5551fd8452ea6c37558168c00e4/miller.Secondary1a.jpg"> <br> <p>When you are a prominent Never Trumper and not a total prick, you attract these types of conversations. They weren’t all that dissimilar from the coming-out-of-the-closet convos I’d had over the years. People dealing with their internalized shame. However, in these instances there was one important difference: the realization that they brought it upon themselves.</p> <p>These conversations became formalized late in the Trump term, once I began writing for <i>Rolling Stone&nbsp;</i>as a sort-of anthropologist to the Trumpists for the Boomer Piketty set. My task was somewhat akin to a <i>National Geographic&nbsp;</i>adventure journalist who embedded themselves in a remote Amazonian rain forest to report back to the mainland about the culture of previously uncontacted tribes. Except the tribesmen were my former colleagues, and the readers shouldn’t have required a middleman’s lingua franca to understand their perspective, because they were unknowingly standing next to them in the Whole Foods checkout line the entire time.</p> <p>Throughout these informal and professional exchanges, over time, I began to build a reservoir of understanding as to what was going on in the interior lives of the men and women who succumbed to the MAGA wiles. Their hopes and fears and loathings and animal desires.<br></p> <br> <p>They all had internalized what they thought were the lessons of the previous decade. <b>&nbsp;</b>The “political reality” meant that the base of voters in the Breitbart comment section must be appeased and managed. A groupthink emerged whereby this “reality” came to be treated as if it were delivered from on high. And the Truth mustn’t be reflected upon without the whole game being jeopardized.</p> <p>When I dug deeper beneath this cozy conventional wisdom, what I found were real choices made by individuals who all fell back on a few phyla of rationalization that reveal why they did what they did.</p> <p>They fit into different categories, some of which reflect universal, human failings replicated across industries and societies and ideologies. Others are unique to the creatures of Washington or the contaminated right-wing political ecosystem that sustained the Mango Monstrosity.</p> <p>They all turned out to be much more powerful than I had anticipated.</p> <p>I divide them into these buckets:</p> <p>• Messiahs and Junior Messiahs<br>• Demonizers<br>• LOL Nothing Matters Republicans<br>• Tribalist Trolls<br>• Strivers<br>• Little Mixes<br>• Peter Principle Disprovers<br>• Nerd Revengers<br>• The Inert Team Players<br>• The Compartmentalizers<br>• Cartel Cashers</p> <p>Here’s a field guide, my taxonomy of enablers, so you can identify them in the wild.<br></p> <br> <p><b>First among equals</b> were those with the <b>Messiah Complex</b>. The Jesuses walking among us in their crowns of <i>Apprentice&nbsp;</i>thorns. The messiahs’ self-regard was such that somehow the most grandiloquent leak during the presidency of the world’s most bombastic individual did not actually flatter the narcissist-in-chief himself, but rather the self-appointed messiahs who went to work for a man whose manifest unfitness made them afraid and whose grotesque personality they detested.</p> <p>In August of Trump’s first year, <i>Axios</i>’s Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen announced the “Committee to Save America,” a “loose alliance” of generals, cabinet officials and high-level staff who took it upon themselves to protect the country from disaster. Among them were National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, economic advisers Gary Cohn and Dina Powell and John Kelly, the man who oversaw the implementation of the Muslim Ban from his perch running the Department of Homeland Security before being promoted to White House chief of staff. These self-appointed supermen and wonder women saw themselves mostly in terms of “bad decisions prevented” rather than successes, according to <i>Axios</i>.<br></p> <br> <img src="https://static.politico.com/dc/bd/6d155e1e4827b4063ec981e433e6/miller.Secondary1.jpg"> <br> <p>You don’t say.</p> <p>The committee members felt that taking on this oh-so-altruistic act on behalf of America meant that they didn’t have to publicly reckon with the moral compromise of working for someone like Trump. Somehow this justification persisted even after they no longer worked for him and were using their access to make it rain in the private sector. Convenient!</p> <p>Not a single one of the brave warriors on the Committee to Save America endorsed the only person who could actually save America from Trump — his opponent in the 2020 election.</p> <p>Despite this logical incongruence, it was the self-flattering messiahs who won the argument among Republicans in D.C. Their demand that “good people” do everything in their power to protect the country from the horrific realities of the president eventually extended not just to those in the national security apparatus but to mid-level political offices throughout town.</p> <p>From their wake emerged their messianic junior partners who worked as Trump aides and Hill staffers and campaign flacks. They may not have convinced themselves they were saving the world exactly but were justified in the knowledge that if they did not take a glamorous White House job or continue working for a white-bread rational senator, the country would be saddled with someone far worse. Maybe even a white nationalist! Who’s to say? (The fact that a white nationalist might be their replacement did not seem to strike many of the juniors as something that required reflection on the nature of their employment.)</p> <br> <p><br>These <b>Junior Messiahs&nbsp;</b>told themselves they were patriots, sacrificing on behalf of the American people, who deserved dedicated public servants like them. This belief was buttressed by the fact that they often had a point: The staffer who would replace them or the politician who would upend their boss in a primary <i>was&nbsp;</i>almost assuredly more terrible. In Trump’s GOP, entropy was taking hold. From the cabinet to the Senate to the school board, the stodgy erudite men of yesteryear were being replaced by ambitious MAGA-fakers who were in turn being replaced by psychotic true believers, giving credence to the conceit that they used to comfort themselves anytime doubt crept in.</p> <p>The <b>Demonizers&nbsp;</b>were the quickest to drink the Trumpian orangeade as a chaser to liberal tears. For some this was a dogmatic response to any signs of Democratic hostility to people of faith or the free market (or both, for those with the in-home Milton Friedman shrine).</p> <p>For others, it was cultural, a rejection of the liberal pieties that ground their gears, a discomfort with how fast the script around gender and race was changing. For still others it seemed more personal, emanating from a bitterness over the snooty know-it-allism of the liberals in their life. They clung to anger over the way the left and the media had treated decent Republicans over the years, concluding that, if Mitt Romney and John McCain were going to be tarred as sexist, racist warmongers, then they had no choice but to throw in with the real sexists and racists.</p> <p>This notion of anger driving support for Trump echoes what a lot of elite conservatives have admitted on the record. Rich Lowry, the nebbish <i>National Review&nbsp;</i>editor (and frequent POLITICO contributor), wrote on the eve of Trump’s losing reelection bid that supporting Trump was a “middle finger” to the cultural left. This seemed to me to be an unbelievably asinine, if understandable, mindset coming from a fussy, middle-aged, Manhattan-dwelling white conservative who resents his more culturally ascendant neighbors. But what caught me off guard was how many of my peers felt the same. Over drinks in Santa Monica, a friend who I had gradually lost touch with over her rabid Trump fandom, stopped me cold when explaining her rationalizations. Despite being a socially liberal, urban-dwelling Millennial, she still had absorbed a deep well of hatred for “woke” culture.</p> <p>“I just don’t feel the need to drive around my Prius drinking a coffee coolata with a coexist bumper sticker and checking the box like I’ve solved climate change,” she said. “Me moving from plastic to paper straws is not actually moving this needle. The liberal culture of judgment, of do as I say, not as I do. John Kerry flying places in private jets. That’s why I was so drawn to Trump. I was at a breaking point.”</p> <p>I was genuinely dumbstruck by this. As someone who loves a chocolate shake, I also find forcible paper straw usage to be an utterly moronic inconvenience of modern urban life. But connecting that to support for Donald Trump? Being upset with Joe Biden about private companies switching to deteriorating straws? This anger didn’t click with me at all.</p> <p>Whatever the underlying reason, these Demonizers have decided that the left, the media, the Lincoln Project, the big-tech oligarchs, the social justice warriors, the people who put <i>they/them&nbsp;</i>pronouns in their email signature, the parents who take their kids to drag queen story hour, the Black Lives Matter protesters and the wokes who want to make stolen land acknowledgments at the start of meetings are all so evil that there is no need to even grapple with the log in their own eye. Trump was a human eff you to the bastards they thought were out to get them. Once you’ve decided that the other side are the baddies, everything else falls into place rather quickly.</p> <p>Then you had the <b>LOL Nothing Matters Republicans</b>. This cadre gained steam over the years, especially among my former peers in the campaign set. It is a comforting ethos if you are professionally obligated to defend the indefensible day in and day out. Their arguments no longer needed to have merit or be consistent because, LOL, nothing matters. Right? The founder of the Trumpy right-wing website <i>The Federalist</i>, Ben Domenech is, I believe, the one who coined it. He said the LOLNMRs were “inherently fatalist,” believing that the most “apocalyptic predictions about right and left are happening no matter what and that the lights will go down in the West.” Now, from my vantage point, that’s a rather ostentatious way of describing the standard-issue prep school man-child of privilege contrarian cynicism that has been memorialized in teen cinema for ages . . . but you get the point. The LOLNMRs had decided that if someone like Trump could win, then everything that everyone does in politics is meaningless. So they became nihilists. Some eventually took jobs working for Trump; others flipped from center-right normie game players to MAGAfied populist warriors in a flash; still others gave themselves a cocoon of protection working for the Mitch McConnells of the world, staying Trump adjacent so as to not have to challenge their newly developing worldview. But all of them avoided any of the hard questions of the era, wrapping themselves in the comfortably smug sense of self-satisfaction that comes with a lack of concern for consequences.</p> <p>The professional <b>Tribalist Trolls&nbsp;</b>overlap in their tactics with the Nothing Matters crowd but are different in that they at least have an ethos. Whatever is good for their side is good. And whatever is bad for the other side is good. Simple as that. In the early social media era, I was attracted to this mindset, and for a time when the stakes seemed lower, I was even a member of their ranks. But during the Trump years, I became aghast as it spread like a virus to people’s parents and friends and well . . . some days it feels like pretty much everyone? Or at least everyone who is part of the online political discourse.</p> <p>If you want to know if you are a Tribalist Troll, ask yourself this — when something horrible happens in the news, does your mind impulsively hope someone from the other tribe is responsible? Nobody wants to admit that they do this. But social media has laid bare our darker angels, and we can now see in real time that a large swath of the participants in our civic dialogue have reduced themselves to the most base type of Tribalist. Veterans of the very online Washington wars have warped themselves to such a degree that every news item, every action, is not something that requires a real-world solution that mitigates the suffering, but is just the latest data point in our online forever war. Many people believe the bullshit they are being sold about their opponents to such a degree that there is an internet culture adage — Poe’s law, which indicates that no matter how over-the-top your parody may be of your political opponent, some of your followers will believe it to be real because they’ve been so conditioned to hear the other side’s awfulness. This insidious Weltanschauung has infected everything from sports message boards to recipe websites to online gaming, which are all now consumed by politicized power users who want to turn every corner of our society into their battlefield. This has created a reinforcing feedback loop up to the politicians and media personalities who are rewarded for constantly embiggening their troll game and expanding the remit outside the bounds of campaign politics. I’ve seen decent people become so warped by this imaginary battle that they began to appreciate Trump’s skill at trolling it even if they were personally repulsed by him. Of all the categories of enablement, this might be the most pernicious and inexpiable.</p> <p>Naturally, in Washington there are those who don’t need complex ideological justifications for their actions because they are pure old-fashioned <b>Strivers</b>. Some, especially the politicians, are motivated by a blind ambition that is just frankly not that interesting. The fact that pols want to attain higher office so they contort themselves to the whims of the crowd is not a new or unique phenomenon, nor does it merit much deep examination. It’s the first subcategory to the world’s oldest profession. But there’s a uniquely Washington class of Striver that was drawn to Trump like moths to an orange flame. This species doesn’t necessarily want to move up the career ladder for ambition’s sake, but instead, they crave merely the possibility of being “in the mix.”</p> <p>Every Striver city has a drug that best suits its residents. In New York it’s money . . . and coke. In Los Angeles it’s fame . . . and coke. In Silicon Valley it’s the chance to be a revered disruptor, changer of worlds . . . and microdosing. In D.C. the drug of choice is a little more down-market. All political staffers really want is to be <i>in the mix</i>. It’s not even the power itself that they crave. That would be less pathetic, frankly. It’s the proximity to power. For these <b>Little Mixes</b>, it’s the ability to tell your friends back home that you were “in the room where it happened.” (If it’s possible for an entire body to cringe while typing, that’s what mine did when I wrote “in the room where it happened.”)<br></p> <br> <img src="https://static.politico.com/bc/15/0aacd87d4c9384f41dc2a769eae4/miller.Secondary7.jpg"> <br> <p>Lindsey Graham is the prototypical example of this animal. More than anything, he just wanted to be on the golf cart next to Trump. To be able to pass along a message. To be on the right hand of the father. Whether or not Trump did as Graham asked was merely icing on the cake. He could be denied for months on end to no effect, but if once, just once, he was able to say to his dinner mate that he talked the president into or out of doing something, his heart was made full. He was officially in the mix and no one could take that from him. Washington is full of Little Mixes who don’t get anywhere near the president’s golf cart but are nonetheless omnipresent, sitting in a conference room with Sarah Sanders or being in the back row of a meeting with a cabinet official or staffing a principal in a television greenroom that also contained “the Mooch” or Gloria Borger or some other minor celebrity. Through this access, they get the thrill up their leg that comes with having a story they can share when they go back home over Thanksgiving, about the private moment they saw or heard that makes them feel important. It turns out that’s all they need in life, and it doesn’t matter who the source of power is.</p> <p>Another Striver subcategory was unique to the Trump orbit: the <b>Peter Principle Disprover</b>. For the uninitiated, the Peter Principle is the business management concept that people in a hierarchy rise to their maximum level of incompetence. In practice, it means a person will be promoted up and until the point where a new skill is required that they do not have. An example is the engineer who becomes a suit and fails because they have to manage relationships and payroll when all they are actually good at is maximizing widget output. Trump’s administration was filled with ambitious Strivers who were punching way, way, way above their weight. People who were promoted three or nine or eleventy million rungs higher than their maximum level of incompetence.</p> <p>These hacks and maroons would have been nowhere near the Oval Office in any other administration, so they were not going to miss their opportunity to experience the heights of American power and governance just because a bigoted buffoon was behind the Resolute Desk. To understand just how far beyond the Peter Principle the Trump White House had gotten: a man whose previous job was working as a golf caddy was empowered to create international incidents without any management oversight. The White House’s “external relations” director was a 20-year-old Instagram influencer named Camryn Kinsey, who said in an interview, “Only in Trump’s America could I go from working in a gym to working in the White House.” Hard to argue with that, Camryn! Camryn and the caddy mirrored the quality of staff throughout much of the federal bureaucracy, with scores of other enterprising back-row kids taking jobs just because they were not throwin’ away their shot.</p> <p>The view into the mind of these dolts was captured by Stephanie Grisham, who “served” as Trump’s third press secretary, if you can call her that, given that she never actually held a press briefing. In a jarringly candid interview with <i>New York&nbsp;</i>magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi, during which she acknowledged being part of something “unusually evil,” Grisham said, “My lack of confidence in myself as a single mother and someone who has made mistakes in my past, I thought, well, this is my only shot. Nobody’s gonna ever want me, really, but these people did.” Grisham’s sense of inadequacy was compounded by bitterness toward those who were saying all the things she knew were true about herself and her boss. “You have this sick sense of pride,” she says. “All the people who told you how terrible he was? You’re like, Oh? He’s the [president], buddy!”<br></p> <br> <img src="https://static.politico.com/e0/ae/3638c5624105828b88aa66dd1e3b/miller.Secondary3.jpg"> <br> <p>The White House was littered with other disprovers who shared Grisham’s combination of ineptitude, imposter syndrome, self-loathing, and bitterness toward their critics but who haven’t acquired the distance from the exhilarating madness to see it as clearly as she does.</p> <p>The PP Disprover had a marginally more capable counterpart: the <b>Nerd Revenger.&nbsp;</b>You can’t really understand Washington without familiarizing yourself with this prototype. The entire city is made up of sociable wannabes who aspired to sit at the cool kids’ table in high school but were too awkward or unlikable to get the invite. When they got to D.C., things changed. All the time spent obsessing over political redistricting as a teen because their lack of social aptitude left few options for getting laid was finally rewarded. They landed jobs that seemed more interesting than those held by the classmates they had been jealous of and now their younger selves’ dorky little dream was becoming reality.</p> <p>Tak Tim Miller tim_miller_lede_illo.jpg Politico illustration / Getty Images / AP Photo 'We don’t have to pretend anymore': Greens ready to bail on D.C. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/01/greens-readying-to-bail-on-d-c-00043591 Top Stories urn:uuid:26757e96-c2f9-9f0a-a6c1-7d847b4a2868 Fri, 01 Jul 2022 04:30:00 -0400 Environmentalists and many of their Democratic allies are preparing to focus on state capitals as the places to press for action on climate change — going back to a strategy they employed during the Trump era. <img src="https://static.politico.com/33/5b/872e74b946fcaee0181297c5e1e1/pm-0630-king-supremecourt-3200-01.jpeg"> <br> <p>The climate advocates who cheered President Joe Biden’s arrival at the White House last year are preparing to give up on Washington.</p> <p>Instead, environmentalists and many of their Democratic allies are starting to shift their focus to state capitals as the places to press for action on climate change — going back to a strategy that they employed with some success during the Trump era.</p> <p>The flight from D.C. is in large part a response to 18 months of frustration with major setbacks to Biden’s climate agenda, capped by <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/30/supreme-court-handcuffs-biden-on-major-climate-rule-00043423" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/30/supreme-court-handcuffs-biden-on-major-climate-rule-00043423&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b9e9-d9da-a1e1-bbff15da0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b9e9-d9da-a1e1-bbff15da0001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling</a> that hobbled the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases. Even before that decision, Democrats’ ambitious plans for hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of climate action wilted in the Senate. And November’s midterms are giving off vibes of a Republican sweep — similar to the rout that Democrats suffered in 2010, the last time they tried and failed to pass major climate legislation.</p> <p>While greens hope Thursday’s ruling could bring new urgency to a Capitol Hill push for sizable clean energy incentives, the doors to major federal action are either shut or closing rapidly in both Congress and the executive branch. That’s left them looking for alternatives — no matter that Democrats nominally remain in charge in the capital.</p> <br> <p><br>On the other hand, relying on the states that led the U.S. climate fight during Donald Trump’s presidency won’t get the nation to Biden’s target of aggressively cutting greenhouse gases by 2030.</p> <p>“That’s not going to be enough,” Goldfuss said. “We knew that under Trump, too.”</p> <p>At least when Goldfuss was in the White House, climate campaigners had the high court on its side: Rulings in 2007 and 2014 gave<b> </b>EPA wide latitude to wield the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases. But Thursday’s<b> </b>6-3<b> </b>decision by the Supreme Court’s conservative majority curtailed the EPA’s ability to regulate carbon dioxide from power plants while indicating it would restrict future broad greenhouse gas rules.</p> <p>To climate advocates, who had anticipated the ruling for months, the decision was the latest in a series of factors making it clear they would need to look beyond Washington for ways to reach their goals.</p> <p><br>“We don’t have to pretend anymore that this is a country that’s united,” Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director of Brooklyn-based environmental justice organization UPROSE, said in a recent interview.</p> <p>As for the broader goal of solving climate change and addressing environmental justice, she said, “Thinking about it nationally is a little unwieldy.”</p> <p>At the state and local levels, battles on environmental justice often center on individual power plants, factories and other facilities that produce pollution such as mercury, soot and ozone. The EPA still has the authority to regulate those pollutants despite Thursday’s decision, though the court raised uncertainties about how much leeway the agency has for future rules.<br></p> <br> <img src="https://static.politico.com/e7/40/4d7a36934bd0a3724314e1407820/cw-0615-chemnick-politics-3000-01.jpeg"> <br> <p><br>The justices have “created an entirely new avenue of challenge for polluters to go at regulators,” Sen. <a href="https://cd.politicopro.com/member/51844" data-person-id="51844" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3272-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff7cad0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656618534832,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000166-5a82-db77-a36e-7a8778cc0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656618534832,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000166-5a82-db77-a36e-7a8778cc0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;member&quot;:&quot;{\&quot;identifier\&quot;:\&quot;51844\&quot;,\&quot;url\&quot;:\&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/51844\&quot;,\&quot;preferredName\&quot;:\&quot;Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)\&quot;,\&quot;isCommittee\&quot;:false}&quot;,&quot;text&quot;:&quot;Sheldon Whitehouse &quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/51844&quot;,&quot;personId&quot;:&quot;51844&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b628-d590-abb9-ff2cb1840000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;353fe80b-e1b5-3663-85ca-add066ecafc0&quot;}">Sheldon Whitehouse </a>(D-R.I.) said in an interview Thursday. Still, he implored the Biden administration to plow ahead with ambitious environmental rules, saying the court decision “leaves plenty of well-traveled roads for the EPA to follow.”</p> <p>A more pervasive shift in the environmental movement is also at work: Much of the momentum for climate organizing has shifted to fights against pollution that disproportionately burdens low-income areas and people of color.</p> <p>Environmental justice groups fighting these kinds of battles have seen a surge of funding in recent years, including a $100 million commitment this spring from the Donors of Color Network.</p> <p>That change, in turn, has brought a civil rights organizing energy that many in the environmental movement see as necessary to making greater climate inroads in red or purple states such as Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan and Arizona. It offers less of a leading role, both in activism and fundraising, to the national environmental groups that have long called the shots for green advocacy in Washington.</p> <p>“Most of the foundations realize the Big Greens are part of the solution but that they have been funding them at a ridiculous scale,” said Jess Montejano, chief operating officer with Riff City Strategies, a communications firm that works with philanthropies such the Kresge Foundation and Mosaic Fund. “If just funding those guys was the solution we would have had a lot more progress on climate to date.”</p> <p>Green activists also plan to lean on their own coalitions as they swing back to the states, such as the U.S. Climate Alliance, which formed as a response to the Trump administration’s backslide on climate.</p> <p>With governors from 23 states and Puerto Rico as members, the alliance recently hired former EPA official Casey Katims to lead it through a refresh as the federal outlook dims. It plans to work as a policy and legislative clearinghouse, developing model bills and regulations to advance through member states.</p> <p>Tough climate rules in states like California and New York can bring entire markets along through their sheer size and economic heft, noted Whitehouse and Rep. <a href="https://cd.politicopro.com/member/189546" data-person-id="189546" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3272-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff7cad0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656618605616,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000166-5a82-db77-a36e-7a8778cc0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656618605616,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;00000166-5a82-db77-a36e-7a8778cc0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;member&quot;:&quot;{\&quot;identifier\&quot;:\&quot;189546\&quot;,\&quot;url\&quot;:\&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/189546\&quot;,\&quot;preferredName\&quot;:\&quot;Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA)\&quot;,\&quot;isCommittee\&quot;:false}&quot;,&quot;text&quot;:&quot;Jared Huffman&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://cd.politicopro.com/member/189546&quot;,&quot;personId&quot;:&quot;189546&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b629-d590-abb9-ff2dabe70000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;353fe80b-e1b5-3663-85ca-add066ecafc0&quot;}">Jared Huffman</a> (D-Calif.).</p> <p>“Congress is not exactly a productive place these days,” Huffman said, though he cautioned: “Climate activists cannot ignore D.C. They just have to recalibrate.”</p> <p>That’s in part because many of the states where climate action is needed face recalcitrant legislatures and even governors, said John Podesta, the board chairman of the Center for American Progress, in an interview after the Supreme Court ruling. He said states in the upper Midwest, Georgia, North Carolina and Arizona will “determine the fate of the country,” and that the court’s decision will lead to “accelerated” organizing in those battlegrounds.</p> <p>“What this court term has demonstrated and made real for people is what that move to the hard right really looks like,” Podesta said.</p> <p><br>That is why the advocacy model is shifting to embrace more partnerships with environmental justice organizations with a history of engagement and connections in local battles in states often opposed to sweeping climate policies. Hive Fund, a philanthropy that received $43 million from the Bezos Earth Fund, specifically focuses on funding groups in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and North Carolina — states whose emissions are key to addressing climate change.</p> <p>“There is no path to the U.S. meeting its climate goals if we don’t work in these places that have always been thought of as too hard or too difficult,” Hive Fund co-Director Melanie Allen said.</p> <p>The shift to states and local communities is an acceleration of an overall trend in the past several years as more big green organizations sought to strengthen coalitions with environmental justice groups, said John Walke, director of the clean air, climate and clean energy program at the Natural Resources Defense Council.</p> <p>The environmental legal group Earthjustice recently added staff to coordinate with environmental justice groups. Jeremy Orr, who leads that effort as director of litigation and advocacy partnerships, said the effort tracks with developments across the environmental movement, with national groups “trying to move resources to the actual environmental justice groups to get this work done.”</p> <p>Many organizations are also staffing up in states to coordinate spending from the $1.2 trillion infrastructure law to ensure that governors don’t bungle what may amount to the Biden administration’s largest legislative accomplishment on climate.</p> <p>Evergreen Action, an offshoot of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s short-lived climate-focused 2020 presidential run, hired staff to work on policies in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin and to help them maximize clean energy investments from that law.</p> <p>The Environmental Defense Fund has leaned into a states affairs program that works in Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina and nine other states, said Elizabeth Gore, the group’s senior vice president of political affairs. One of EDF’s major initiatives is shepherding infrastructure dollars.</p> <p>“Work at the state level and the subnational level is going to continue and probably expand — and that’s going to happen regardless of the election and the makeup in Washington,” she said.</p> <p>At the federal level, most advocates are hitching their hopes to EPA, saying the court’s ruling doesn’t take the agency totally out of the climate push.</p> <p>However, the ruling does mean the agency may face better legal odds attacking greenhouse gases through other pathways, by fighting on the side of environmental justice groups trying to shut down pollution sources that pose health risks. It can do that by issuing regulations to tamp down on pollutants such as acid-rain-causing nitrogen oxides, control wastewater discharges from power plants and improve disposal of coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal for electricity.</p> <p>“Power plant by power plant, the agency is going to have to go after these polluters, which is a really inefficient and challenging way to do it,” Huffman said.</p> <p>Taken together, these kinds of rules could push power companies to replace their coal- and gas-burning plants with cleaner sources of energy.<br></p> <br> <p><br>“If some of these facilities decide that is not worth investing in and you get an expedited retirement, that's the best tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan told reporters in March, hinting at the new strategy. The agency is <a href="https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/article/2022/06/energy-rule-updates-from-bidens-unified-agenda-00041160" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;expected to issue its separate proposals&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/article/2022/06/energy-rule-updates-from-bidens-unified-agenda-00041160&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b9e9-d9da-a1e1-bbff15da0002&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b9e9-d9da-a1e1-bbff15da0003&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">expected to issue its separate proposals</a> for regulating greenhouse gas emissions at existing and new power plants in March 2023. It plans to reconsider national standards for soot in March 2023 and for ozone in April 2023.</p> <p>While Regan has hinted at deploying more health-based standards to achieve carbon reductions, his agency has been slow to issue major rules. It has not issued final rules on coal-fired power plants, natural gas-fired power plants, heavy duty vehicles or methane emissions from oil and gas production. And environmentalists broadly criticized the one rule it has issued, on light-duty vehicles, as weaker than California’s standards.</p> <p>People close to the White House see EPA playing a major role with “full backing from the White House,” said Podesta, whom Obama brought into the White House to revive a moribund climate strategy. Still, the implications of the court’s decision leave “very little confidence” in future federal greenhouse gas regulations surviving the court, he said.</p> <p><b>“</b>That doesn’t mean they should stop from acting. But there’s no way I think to bulletproof regulations from a very activist extremist court,” Podesta said.<b>&nbsp;</b></p> <p><i>Alex Guillen contributed to this report.</i></p> Zack Colman Aaron Petykowski, an activist with the Climate Action Campaign, protests outside the Supreme Court after the court announced its decision in West Virginia v. EPA on Thursday. Francis Chung/E&amp;E News/POLITICO The Michigan Democrat Who Could Solve Her Party’s Identity Crisis https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/07/01/mallory-mcmorrow-democratic-playboook-00043340 Top Stories urn:uuid:be3892d1-cef8-3bc1-9852-904037fe6893 Fri, 01 Jul 2022 04:30:00 -0400 The Michigan lawmaker’s viral rebuttal to Republican attacks is becoming a playbook for beleaguered Democrats in a dispiriting election year. <img src="https://static.politico.com/a7/49/629126794514a8a33e5229d06a3f/mag.Wren.Mallory.McMorrow-LedeOverride.jpg"> <br> <p><b>INDIANAPOLIS — </b>Three hours into the rubber chicken dinner, the waitstaff had cleared the dessert plates and the wine bottles on the tables had long been emptied. The audience was growing restless, having sat through an endless procession of speakers — the mayor of Indianapolis, the candidate for U.S. Senate, the candidate for 1st Congressional District, the candidate for state auditor, the candidate for state treasurer, the representative of a Democratic group called Hoosier Women Forward and the son of the former Marion County sheriff who received a posthumous lifetime achievement award.</p> <p>Then, a little before 10 p.m., the last speaker of the night rose from a table near the front of the room and headed for the dais. Before she had spoken a word into the microphone, the crowd came alive, a roar of hooting and hollering that lasted a full 18 seconds.</p> <p>“So, hi, I’m Michigan State Sen. Mallory McMorrow,” she said, as the applause began to subside, “and before we get going, I have to lay down some of my Indiana credits, because why else would I be here in the Hoosier state? I am a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. My dad is a Hoosier.</p> <p>“But perhaps most notably,” she said, smiling, “I came in second in the Indiana Toll Road logo design competition. That’s right, Indiana. You came this close from seeing my handiwork every single time you have to pay a toll. Which looking back is probably good that I came in second place because you probably wouldn’t like me as much right now.”</p> <p>And they don’t <i>like</i> her, they <i>love</i> her. Like James Carville, the evening’s keynote speaker who told me he was “smitten” by the 35-year-old McMorrow, they have adored her ever since <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLWo8B1R0MY" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;she delivered “the speech,”&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLWo8B1R0MY&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc54c0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc54c0001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">she delivered “the speech,”</a> the one in which she defended herself from a Republican state senator's unfounded accusations that McMorrow had groomed and sexualized children. The one that has racked up 15 million views and counting on Twitter and ricocheted across Facebook. The one that earned her a congratulatory voicemail from President Joe Biden. The one that Hillary Clinton retweeted and Bette Midler, too. The one in which, as Carville admiringly said, “She just went to the well of the Senate and said, ‘Let me tell you who I am.’”<br></p> <br> <p>This crowd of faithful Democrats gathered for the annual Hoosier Hospitality Dinner love McMorrow not because she has driven five hours from her suburban Detroit district to sling red meat about evil Republicans, but because she has come on a Friday night to talk about <i>them.</i> She has come to talk about what it means to be a Democrat, on the receiving end of a seemingly relentless barrage in a never-ending culture war.</p> <p>“If I know one thing, it’s that we are not defined by the lies that people say about us,” McMorrow said to more cheers. “I took my own identity back and defined myself specifically as a straight, white, Christian, married, suburban mom who knows that hate will only win if people like me stand by and let it happen.”<br></p> <br> <p>McMorrow has emerged as an unlikely voice for a party in desperate need of one. In this speech, which was the first of what likely will be many she’ll give at state party dinners that draw politicians with national ambitions, McMorrow wasn’t fighting the culture wars but rather teaching others how to fight them.</p> <p>She told the audience to talk to everyone. (“You might be the first Democrat people ever meet.”) She gave them tips on knocking on doors. (“Find something on peoples’ porches that you like and compliment it.” For her, it’s “ceramic ducks that people in Michigan put on their porches and they dress them up in different outfits depending on the season. I’m obsessed with them. We talk about that for 20 minutes. And then they ask for a yard sign.”) And she told them to avoid partisan scripts and talking points. (“Be you. Be authentic. Be real.”)<br></p> <br> <img src="https://static.politico.com/a5/f1/e5fdf2954b9085259efce64c65d6/mag.Wren.Mallory.McMorrow-Secondary2.jpg"> <br> <p>After her 18-minute speech, the audience stood and clapped. She returned to her table where her husband, Ray Wert, and the Democratic operative Lis Smith, her new volunteer communications adviser, were waiting for her. Ray placed his hand on the small of her back. “You crushed that,” Smith told her. Dozens and dozens of audience members made a beeline to her table near the front of the room to thank her and pose for photos. The reception line lasted well over half an hour.</p> <h3 style="text-align: center">Mallory McMorrow in Design Mode</h3> <p>McMorrow wrote parts of her viral speech in her head, on her MacBook and in a bedside notebook made by Shinola, the classic Detroit-headquartered designer and manufacturer. It was after 9 p.m. on a weeknight in April. She had put her one-and-a-half-year daughter, Noa, to bed a couple of hours before.</p> <p>Design is important to McMorrow. At Notre Dame, she started as an advertising major but eventually found her way into the industrial design program. She won a national contest to design the 2018 version of the Mazda3 compact car. She took a course at Notre Dame called “<a href="https://al.nd.edu/news/latest-news/alumna-builds-design-career-based-on-creativity-communication-collaboration/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;The Meaning of Things&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://al.nd.edu/news/latest-news/alumna-builds-design-career-based-on-creativity-communication-collaboration/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc54d0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc54d0001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">The Meaning of Things</a>,” where she learned about the emotional resonance physical products have on people and how to “tell a story around the things that you were doing.”</p> <p>She wrote a paper about the history of the Tupperware party. “That is the first company to really tap into women organizing, and having gatherings in your home and creating community,” she told me.</p> <p>As a politician, she is both the product and its designer, which explains a key choice she made about how to frame her speech. At first, she wrote with righteous anger. “A lot of it was just notes about the hypocrisy of the Republican party,” she told me. But then her design thinking — the engineer’s daughter part of her — took over. “After I got all of that out, I crossed a lot of it out because I wanted to get it out of <i>Republican vs. Democrat</i>.”</p> <p>Still, she couldn’t restrain a certain YOLO-inspired boldness.</p> <p>“I’ll be honest: Once <a href="https://twitter.com/RothTheReporter/status/1516094331194650629?s=20&amp;t=WucGPukKBm7dVq43owfNBw" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;this kind of attack&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://twitter.com/RothTheReporter/status/1516094331194650629?s=20&amp;t=WucGPukKBm7dVq43owfNBw&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc54d0002&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-beac-df32-ab81-feacc54d0003&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">this kind of attack</a> was leveraged against me, part of me thought, ‘If I’m going to go down, I’m going to go down swinging.’ And I didn’t expect the reaction that we got, but I think there’s something to be said for that. I didn’t start my career in politics. I just wanted to do the right thing.”</p> <h3 style="text-align: center">Mallory McMorrow on the March</h3> <p>McMorrow was 30 by the time she entered politics, after a decadelong career in branding and advertising that included stints at the toymaker Mattel and as a creative director of Gawker, the slash-and-burn website. In January 2017, she attended the Women’s March in Detroit following the election of Donald Trump.</p> <p>After the march, she and other women she met started writing postcards to Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s new education secretary from Michigan, expressing their dismay with the administration. Eventually, a friend asked her if she had ever considered running for office. She applied to the Michigan chapter of a group called Emerge America, which trains Democratic women to run for office.</p> <p>In May, she and her husband moved into a new house and got married the same month. In August, she announced her run for office in a Republican-controlled district. She flipped the district blue a year later in 2018 on her first attempt. As a state senator, she has introduced 40 bills. Not one has enjoyed a hearing.<br></p> <br> <img src="https://static.politico.com/4f/18/769cb17049faad1a443de47be131/mag.Wren.Mallory.McMorrow-Secondary3.jpg"> <br> <p>Nevertheless, five years later, she is a nationally known quantity, which automatically invites questions about higher office. Would she want to replace the 72-year-old Sen. Debbie Stabenow if she retires? “That is a conversation I haven’t even thought about yet,” she told me. “I haven’t slept in a month and a half.”</p> <p>For her next act, McMorrow wants to flip the Michigan Senate — a body controlled by Republicans since 1984, “which is longer than I’ve been alive,” she told me. That requires winning back at least four seats (or three with the reelection of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist). For that, McMorrow has been fundraising since her April speech. Her husband Ray, who is also her campaign treasurer, told me the figure is already well over a half a million dollars.</p> <p>“If I get reelected and flip the Senate,” she said, “that’s my next five years.”</p> <h3 style="text-align: center">Mallory McMorrow on Lane Two</h3> <p>A little after 3 p.m. on the Friday she would speak to the Indiana Democrats, McMorrow and her still-minuscule entourage — Ray, and Smith, who famously helped raise the national profile of former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg — stopped by a bowling alley and bougie restaurant called Punch Bowl Social in Indianapolis.</p> <p>McMorrow hasn’t had much normalcy in the last few months, and bowling was the closest thing she could think of doing that felt normal. The place reminded her of the Bowlero Lanes &amp; Lounge back in Royal Oak, where she would bowl with her husband before the pandemic and their daughter arrived. She did a lot of bowling in college, and she joined a bowling league at her first job in Southern California. “I got a turkey once” — three strikes in a row. “It was very exciting.”</p> <p>McMorrow ordered a blood orange beer from Four Day Ray, a local brewery, and water. We sat down on a couch at the end of the lane. In front of us were what looked like two small tree stumps designed to be tables. She was not impressed; too small and too far away from the couches to be useful, she said.<br></p> <br> <img src="https://static.politico.com/e9/0d/cbd4386a41d0a4b04dc4745afe3f/mag.Wren.Mallory.McMorrow-Secondary4.jpg"> <br> <p>On this day, a few weeks before <i>Roe</i> would fall, McMorrow had abortion rights on her mind. Not long after her April speech McMorrow received a letter explaining to her that an anonymous donor had made a donation to Notre Dame Law School in her name to counter fellow alum, Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.</p> <p>“It’s so disconnected from where a majority of people are,” McMorrow said of the ruling, then still in draft form. “Overnight, Michigan is going to be kind of the most extreme state.”</p> <p>Why did it take a Michigan state senator to teach Democrats how to message the culture war? I asked her. “It is so wild, because look, I’m not a Democratic strategist,” she said.</p> <p>Could it be her time at Gawker, I prompted her, or her design chops combined with having grown up in the social media age?</p> <p>“I think just learning how to write and how to talk online really came from that background,” she said. “And if there’s a huge generational advantage, it’s because Facebook came out when I was in college. We’ve always existed online. A lot of my career is because I had a personality online. And there’s no separation between who I am as a person and my work life, and I think that’s attractive.”</p> <h3 style="text-align: center">Mallory McMorrow at the After-Party</h3> <p>“Let’s get you a beer,” Wert said.</p> <p>It was after 11 p.m. and the reception line for photos with McMorrow had finally petered out. They walked a few blocks from the Indiana Convention Center to a nearby bar called Loughmiller’s. Indiana Young Democrats were hosting an after-party, and McMorrow was surrounded again the moment she walked in. As Wert ordered her a Blue Moon, the closest thing on the menu to her Michigan-preferred Bell’s Oberon, she posed for more photos.</p> <p>Wert told me he is still learning how to be the spouse of a political superstar. He has joked with Chasten Buttigieg, the husband of the transportation secretary, about starting a political spouse support group. (When visiting New York City for the DNC’s LGBTQ gala, McMorrow had drinks with the Buttigiegses and Smith).</p> <p>At my request, Wert whipped out his cellphone and played the voicemail Biden had left McMorrow. “Hello, Senator, this is Joe Biden—uh, President Biden. I called to tell you how proud I was of your speech,” the president said, before giving her his phone number, which Wert edited out.<br></p> <br> <img src="https://static.politico.com/de/a8/e8b866a6422c96cd97d34adc7266/mag.Wren.Mallory.McMorrow-Secondary5.jpg"> <br> <p>For another hour, McMorrow greeted more young Democrats. She posed for more pictures.</p> <p>Finally, at 12:47 a.m., McMorrow shook a few final hands. And then she and Ray disappeared into the night, headed back to their hotel.</p> <p>Back in her district later that day, she had doors to knock, ceramic ducks to admire, lawn signs to give out — a whole new Democratic identity to design.<br></p> <br> <br> Adam Wren Michigan State Senator Mallory McMorrow poses for a portrait in Indianapolis, Ind. on June 17, 2022. Photographs by Jason Berman for POLITICO State Department offers up to $10M reward for info on foreign election interference https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/30/state-department-reward-election-interference-00043680 Top Stories urn:uuid:01f30efc-1b4b-5d2c-50bb-bdcb5b324a71 Thu, 30 Jun 2022 20:43:55 -0400 The most recent and high-profile instance of such interference occurred in the 2016 presidential contest. <img src="https://static.politico.com/2b/44/cec457ca4ca88c1d467dec73e080/gettyimages-1197921587-1.jpg"> <br> <p>The State Department is offering up to $10 million to those who provide information on foreign interference in U.S. elections, officials announced on Thursday.</p> <p>The<a href="https://rewardsforjustice.net/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;<u> Rewards for Justice program</u>&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://rewardsforjustice.net/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b738-da7b-ad93-bf7ac7310008&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b738-da7b-ad93-bf7ac7310009&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"><u> Rewards for Justice program</u></a> aims to gather information that leads to the identification or location of any foreign person or entity “who knowingly engaged or is engaging in foreign election interference,” department officials wrote in a statement. Information that hinders foreign election interference will also be accepted.</p> <p>“This conduct includes covert, fraudulent, deceptive, or unlawful acts … undertaken with the specific intent to influence voters, undermine public confidence in election processes or institutions,” officials said, adding that the acts must violate federal criminal, voting rights or campaign law.</p> <p>The most recent and high-profile instance of foreign election interference occurred in 2016, when the Russian government interfered with the presidential election with the goal of helping Donald Trump defeat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. For years, Trump characterized claims of Russian influence as a “hoax,” but a 158-page<a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/21/senate-intel-report-confirms-russia-aimed-to-help-trump-in-2016-198171" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;<u> bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report</u>&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/21/senate-intel-report-confirms-russia-aimed-to-help-trump-in-2016-198171&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b738-da7b-ad93-bf7ac731000a&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b738-da7b-ad93-bf7ac731000b&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"><u> bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report</u></a> found that the Kremlin strongly favored the Republican candidate.</p> <p>“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump infamously told a room of reporters in 2016, referring to a private server Clinton had used when she was secretary of State in the Obama administration. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”</p> <p>In a 448-page report, special counsel Robert Mueller<a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/18/mueller-report-russian-election-plot-1365568" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot; <u>found that the Russian government interfered in the election</u>&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/18/mueller-report-russian-election-plot-1365568&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b738-da7b-ad93-bf7ac7320000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b738-da7b-ad93-bf7ac7320001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"> <u>found that the Russian government interfered in the election</u></a> in “sweeping and systemic fashion,” compromising Democrats’ computer networks and targeting state and local election offices.</p> <p>Foreign election interference today is often thought of as disinformation campaigns online, electronic vote tampering and malicious cyber activity, but instances of foreign misconduct stretch back many decades.</p> <p>In 1968, the<a href="https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/07/russia-dnc-hack-donald-trump-foreign-governments-hacking-vietnam-richard-nixon-214111/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;<u> first documented case of foreign election interference</u>&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/07/russia-dnc-hack-donald-trump-foreign-governments-hacking-vietnam-richard-nixon-214111/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b738-da7b-ad93-bf7ac7320002&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b738-da7b-ad93-bf7ac7320003&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}"><u> first documented case of foreign election interference</u></a> happened during Richard Nixon’s presidential campaign against his Democratic opponent, Vice President Hubert Humphrey. In an attempt to tarnish the Democratic administration’s image, Nixon coordinated with the South Vietnamese government to avoid peace negotiations with President Lyndon B. Johnson and Vice President Humphrey. The Johnson administration knew about the plot but couldn’t tie Nixon to the arrangements, causing the interference to remain private until years later.</p> <p>About a decade later, another case on foreign election interference occurred involving Iran. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter found himself in a bind when 63 American diplomats and servicemen were held hostage by students who stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Republican candidate Ronald Reagan’s campaign manager was rumored to have colluded with the Iranians to delay the hostage release until the election was over, since an earlier successful release of hostages might sway the election favorably for Carter. Soon after Reagan was sworn into office, the American hostages were released and flown back from Tehran.</p> <p>Since its beginning in 1984, the Rewards for Justice program, which is administered by the Diplomatic Security Service, has provided more than $250 million to more than 125 people in an effort to resolve national security threats, officials said.<br></p> Matt Berg The U.S. Department of State is seen in Washington, D.C. Mark Wilson/Getty Images Biden handed big immigration win by Supreme Court but challenges remain https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/30/white-house-immigration-supreme-court-win-00043667 Top Stories urn:uuid:e3c24e1f-2cdf-0b6f-c5fa-18439234d3c3 Thu, 30 Jun 2022 19:39:14 -0400 Immigrant advocates and Democratic leaders pressed the Biden administration to swiftly end “Remain in Mexico” after a ruling cleared the path — at least temporarily — to do so. <img src="https://static.politico.com/08/da/b1cdcd9640af8b6a3e650b1ece11/https-delivery.gettyimages.com/downloads/1398691623"> <br> <p>President Joe Biden’s immigration agenda got a rare win Thursday — but the Supreme Court’s ruling on “Remain in Mexico” served as a reminder to many Democrats and advocates of just how many more immigration battles remain unresolved.</p> <p>The court’s 5-4 decision notes the Biden administration <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/30/supreme-court-rejects-challenge-to-biden-effort-to-end-trumps-remain-in-mexico-program-00043432" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;has the discretion to end the program&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/30/supreme-court-rejects-challenge-to-biden-effort-to-end-trumps-remain-in-mexico-program-00043432&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b700-d066-a3bb-bf11d0600006&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b700-d066-a3bb-bf11d0600007&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">has the discretion to end the program</a>. The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement saying it welcomed the decision and would “continue our efforts to terminate the program as soon as legally permissible.” The White House did not comment on the ruling.</p> <p>Immigrant advocates and some Democratic lawmakers applauded the decision, which arrived amid continued challenges for the Biden administration, such as ongoing legal battles brought on by GOP-led states and a lack of appetite for immigration reform on Capitol Hill. And many are waiting for Biden to further deliver on his promises to reverse restrictive border policies imposed by his predecessor.</p> <p>“We certainly would hope and expect that the administration does move swiftly to end that program and to make sure asylum-seekers who have been trapped in these very dangerous circumstances quickly have an avenue to be admitted to the U.S. to have their cases processed,” said Sergio Gonzales, executive director of the Immigration Hub and former senior policy adviser to then-Sen. Kamala Harris.</p> <p>The court’s ruling Thursday leaves the door open for Republican-governed states to again challenge the termination of the program, formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP, under different grounds in lower courts.</p> <p>Still, immigrant advocates and Democratic leaders called for Biden to quickly and completely end the program, which forces asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico as their cases proceed in U.S. immigration courts.</p> <p>They also cautioned the Biden administration against letting the ruling distract it from taking steps to end other Trump-era border policies, particularly the public health directive known as Title 42. A federal judge last month <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/20/judge-blocks-biden-administration-from-lifting-title-42-border-policy-00034195" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;blocked the White House from lifting the restriction&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/20/judge-blocks-biden-administration-from-lifting-title-42-border-policy-00034195&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b700-d066-a3bb-bf11d0600008&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b700-d066-a3bb-bf11d0600009&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">blocked the White House from lifting the restriction</a>, which the Trump administration imposed at the start of the pandemic.</p> <p>The Justice Department has appealed the Title 42 decision, but immigration lawyers say Biden officials could be doing more, namely starting a public comment process, to address the substance of the judge’s order. The judge found that the administration failed to comply with law because it failed to post a Federal Register notice that requested comments about its plans to end the use of Title 42.</p> <p>In its statement Thursday on the MPP ruling, DHS specifically noted it “continues to enforce our immigration laws at the border and administer consequences for those who enter unlawfully, and will continue the court-mandated enforcement of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Title 42 public health order.”</p> <p>In the leadup to Thursday’s decision, Biden administration officials have largely avoided the “Remain in Mexico” case and not made mention of how they would respond to a ruling, despite a late June decision being widely anticipated, according to several Hill aides and immigrant advocates in touch with the White House.</p> <p>Biden officials made no mention of the coming MPP ruling in a weekly call with Hill immigration staffers on June 24 or in the weeks prior, according to a Senate Democratic aide. Another Democratic aide said administration officials have generally avoided talking about immigration, particularly after Democrats on the Hill split over the administration’s<b> </b>previous attempts to lift Title 42.</p> <p>Ahead of the MPP ruling, one senior administration official said plans for responding to it were the responsibility of Homeland Security.</p> <p>“This is an area where DHS is following the rulings of the court and for the rest of us, we’re waiting to see how the legal process pays out as we are continuing to cooperate very closely with the Mexicans on migration issues writ large,” the senior official said.</p> <p>In the ruling, the majority opinion specifically said a DHS <a href="https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/21_1029_mpp-termination-memo.pdf" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;memo issued in October&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/21_1029_mpp-termination-memo.pdf&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b700-d066-a3bb-bf11d060000a&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b700-d066-a3bb-bf11d060000b&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">memo issued in October</a> to end MPP “constituted final agency action.” In that memo, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the termination of the program “will be implemented as soon as practicable after a final judicial decision to vacate the Texas injunction.”</p> <p>On the Hill, some Democratic lawmakers pushed for expediency.</p> <p>“I urge the Biden administration to do everything in its power to swiftly end ‘Remain in Mexico’ once and for all,” Sen. Alex Padilla said in a statement. “Misguided and inhumane Trump-era policies like ‘Remain in Mexico’ and Title 42 have only decimated an already broken immigration system.”</p> <p>Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) also emphasized the need to end Title 42 in his statement on Thursday’s ruling. He called “on all Democrats to stand united against a failed policy that erodes our border security by incentivizing human smugglers.” And Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) called on the administration to “move swiftly” to terminate the program and “establish a legal framework to unwind Title 42.”</p> <p>Several immigrant advocates noted that even if the administration moves quickly to end the “Remain in Mexico” program, thousands of migrants will still be turned away from the U.S. border without being allowed to seek asylum because Title 42 remains in place.</p> <p>In May, 1,460 migrants were returned to Mexico through MPP, according to DHS figures. That same month, more than 100,000 migrants were expelled using Title 42.</p> <p>“The real problem at the border now is that the Title 42 policy remains in place and is subjecting countless asylum seekers to unspeakable harms. Regrettably, the White House seems fine leaving Title 42 in place despite the horrific consequences for desperate asylum seekers,” said Lee Gelernt, the ACLU’s lead attorney in challenges to the policy.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Congress remains unlikely and unable to reach any kind of immigration deal that would have enough votes to pass the Senate, a sore point for some Democrats who have for years been vocal in pressing for immigration reform.</p> <p>“We breathed a sigh of relief when the Biden administration took the reins because he doesn’t use the language to demonize and dehumanize immigrants [that Trump did] but we’ve got to deliver,” said Rep. Chuy Garcia (D-Ill.).</p> <p>Garcia added that it has been disappointing to see some of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate “walk back on their campaign promises by changing course on policies like Title 42.”</p> <p>Part of the challenge, Democratic lawmakers and aides say, is that they don’t all have the same views on how to tackle immigration policy, particularly when it comes to migrants arriving at the U.S. southern border.</p> <p>“I think some of the moderate Democrats understand the importance of Title 42 but then you have some people on the far left that surely don't agree with that and that’s where the conflict comes in,” said Rep. Henry Cuellar, a moderate Texas border Democrat who narrowly beat a progressive in a primary runoff election.</p> <p>Cuellar said he supports keeping both "Remain in Mexico" and Title 42 in place “as long as we provide safety to those migrants,” a viewpoint that puts him at odds with many in his party. However, there have been widespread reports since the start of the program of kidnappings, violence and sexual assault as migrants await in border towns for their hearings.</p> <p>Advocates have expressed frustration at the administration and Democrats for not being more proactive in fighting Republican messaging, which has largely portrayed the border as chaos and railed against offering undocumented immigrants protections.</p> <p>“You have a Republican Party that is constantly hammering the administration and Democrats on immigration,” Gonzales said. “Unfortunately, you have a lot of silence when it comes to Democrats on this issue. That’s not a good strategy — and we’re running out of time as we get closer and closer to November.”<br></p> Sabrina Rodriguez Immigrant advocates and some Democratic lawmakers applauded the decision, which arrived amid continued challenges for the Biden administration, such as ongoing legal battles brought on by GOP-led states and a lack of appetite for immigration reform on Capitol Hill. Mario Tama/Getty Images Jan. 6 committee rallies around Hutchinson amid Trump World onslaught https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/30/jan-6-committee-rallies-around-hutchinson-amid-trump-world-onslaught-00043658 Top Stories urn:uuid:9f270c12-c966-0373-43a5-2c8cacf9ca28 Thu, 30 Jun 2022 19:36:51 -0400 Several members of the panel say the former White House aide turned star witness isn't the one with credibility problems — it's her doubters. <img src="https://static.politico.com/19/39/3bbb78954f3bb35e4a8073666cb1/capitol-riot-investigation-70896.jpg"> <br> <p>The Jan. 6 select committee is raising sharp doubts about the credibility of Tony Ornato, a former Trump White House aide who played a featured role in this week's explosive testimony by onetime colleague Cassidy Hutchinson.</p> <p>Ornato, a Secret Service official who served a year as a political appointee in Trump’s White House, has reportedly signaled a willingness to contradict a high-profile element of Hutchinson's testimony: that Ornato told her former President Donald Trump lunged toward the head of his detail on Jan. 6, 2021, in a push to be driven to the Capitol and join his supporters trying to disrupt Congress.</p> <p>But several members of the select panel say Ornato, not Hutchinson, is the one with credibility problems — and have moved to publicly preempt any doubts he might raise.</p> <p>“There seems to be a major thread here… Tony Ornato likes to lie,” <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamKinzinger/status/1542522020205694976?s=20&amp;t=icLR3uGh_wo325a6dMDIow" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656632399946,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017b-843d-d1d1-a57f-d53f02e80000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656632399946,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017b-843d-d1d1-a57f-d53f02e80000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://twitter.com/AdamKinzinger/status/1542522020205694976?s=20&amp;t=icLR3uGh_wo325a6dMDIow&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b6fc-d010-a3cb-b6fc50730001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;Rep. 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Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) tweeted Thursday</a> after another former Trump White House official, Alyssa Farah, <a href="https://twitter.com/Alyssafarah/status/1542247899383402498" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656632427609,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017b-843d-d1d1-a57f-d53f02e80000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656632427609,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017b-843d-d1d1-a57f-d53f02e80000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://twitter.com/Alyssafarah/status/1542247899383402498&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b6fc-d590-abb9-fffcc06b0001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;questioned Ornato's honesty&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b6fc-d590-abb9-fffcc06b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">questioned Ornato's honesty</a>.</p> <p>Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), another Jan. 6 committee member, <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/video/anthony-ornato-didn-t-have-as-clear-of-memories-from-jan-6-as-cassidy-hutchinson-did-rep-stephanie-murphy-says-143111237553" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;cms.site.owner&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000014b-3270-d4f3-a3cb-f3ffa8610000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff4161000e&quot;},&quot;cms.content.publishDate&quot;:1656632457525,&quot;cms.content.publishUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017b-843d-d1d1-a57f-d53f02e80000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;cms.content.updateDate&quot;:1656632457525,&quot;cms.content.updateUser&quot;:{&quot;_ref&quot;:&quot;0000017b-843d-d1d1-a57f-d53f02e80000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;0000014b-324d-d4f3-a3cb-f3ff415b0002&quot;},&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;originalTemplate&quot;:false,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://www.nbcnews.com/video/anthony-ornato-didn-t-have-as-clear-of-memories-from-jan-6-as-cassidy-hutchinson-did-rep-stephanie-murphy-says-143111237553&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b6fd-dc8e-a5d9-b7fd341b0001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;said in a Wednesday interview with NBC&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b6fd-dc8e-a5d9-b7fd341b0000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">said in a Wednesday interview with NBC</a> that Ornato “did not have as clear of memories from this period of time” as Hutchinson did.</p> <p>Their comments, echoed by other select panel lawmakers and aides, came as the committee began rallying around Hutchinson after her testimony painted a picture of an out-of-control Trump that raised new questions about his culpability for the events of Jan. 6. </p> <p>Her appearance also drew an intense backlash from Trump and his allies. And one of them, former Trump White House aide Keith Kellogg, said Ornato’s sworn testimony should be trusted.</p> <p>“Like all USSS Agents, he was highly professional, circumspect in everyday action and trusted,” Kellogg, who met with investigators in December, <a href="https://twitter.com/generalkellogg/status/1542574502629998594" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;tweeted&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://twitter.com/generalkellogg/status/1542574502629998594&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b700-d066-a3bb-bf11d0750000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b700-d066-a3bb-bf11d0750001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">tweeted</a>. “I would take his sworn testimony to the bank.”</p> <p>Ornato, a veteran Secret Service agent of more than two decades with stints in the presidential protection division under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, was detailed to the White House by Trump in late 2019 and appointed deputy chief of staff, an unusual arrangement for a law enforcement official. He has interviewed twice with the select committee — once in January, and once in March, according to two people familiar with his appearances.</p> <p>In his January interview, according to a person who described the exchanges, Ornato recounted various recollections of Jan. 6, including several that drew skepticism from the committee. Among them:</p> <p>— Ornato told the select panel that Trump may not have been aware then-Vice President Mike Pence was still inside the Capitol when he <a href="https://web.archive.org/web/20210106192450/https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1346900434540240897" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;attacked Pence on Twitter&quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://web.archive.org/web/20210106192450/https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1346900434540240897&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b700-d066-a3bb-bf11d0750002&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b700-d066-a3bb-bf11d0750003&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">attacked Pence on Twitter</a> at 2:24 p.m. on Jan. 6. That tweet came minutes after rioters had broken into the Capitol and, by many accounts from the scene, intensified the fury of the mob. Ornato told the committee he'd initially informed then-Chief of Staff Mark Meadows — incorrectly — that Pence had been evacuated from the Capitol to his residence at the time of that tweet. It’s unclear why Ornato initially believed Pence had been taken from the Capitol grounds or how long it took for the report to be corrected.</p> <p>— The panel also asked Ornato about a <a href="https://web.archive.org/web/20210107000013/https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1346912780700577792" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;3:13 p.m. tweet &quot;,&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;url&quot;:&quot;https://web.archive.org/web/20210107000013/https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1346912780700577792&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b700-d066-a3bb-bf11d0750004&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000181-b700-d066-a3bb-bf11d0750005&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266&quot;}">3:13 p.m. tweet </a>from Trump on Jan. 6, asking rioters — who had violently attacked police for hours — to “remain peaceful.” Investigators asked whether he thought Trump should have issued a more forceful order for the rioters to go home. Ornato told the committee there was nothing more Trump, or anyone, could have done to call off the attack. A slew of other witnesses have delivered testimony at odds with Ornato, contending Trump was in a unique position to persuade rioters to leave the Capitol as the siege dragged on.</p> <p>The panel called Ornato back to supplement his testimony in March. It’s unclear what he discussed with investigators in his subsequent interview.</p> <p>Ornato drew intense scrutiny this week after Hutchinson testified that he told her about Trump's behavior inside his presidential vehicle after addressing a “Stop the Steal” rally by his supporters on the morning of Jan. 6. Trump was intent on traveling to the Capitol to rally backers who were contesting the election results, Hutchinson recalled Ornato saying, and became enraged when the head of his Secret Service detail at the time told him they would be returning to the White House instead of joining the protest.</p> <p>Hutchinson testified that Ornato told her Trump was so angry, he made a physical motion toward the steering wheel as well as the clavicle of his detail's chief. </p> <p>Her secondhand account was one of several searing depictions she offered the committee of a president furious in his intent to subvert his loss to Joe Biden. Hutchinson also provided granular details about Trump’s pre-Jan. 6 meetings and efforts to overturn the election. She also testified that on the morning of Jan. 6, Trump knew some of his supporters were armed and intent on marching to the Capitol.</p> <p>Hutchinson said Ornato had described the vehicle incident in a huddle with her and the head of Trump's detail, Robert Engel, after the rally. Engel, she said, did not contradict any aspect of Ornato's story at the time.</p> <p>But within hours of her public testimony, reports emerged suggesting that Ornato and Engel were both willing to appear under oath and contradict Hutchinson’s account. Neither man has spoken publicly since Tuesday, but the promise of future contradictory testimony ignited a furor among Trump allies, who argued that it discredited Hutchinson’s entire appearance. </p> <p>Other questions have also since emerged about Hutchinson’s testimony. A spokesman for former White House lawyer Eric Herschmann indicated that Herschmann — not Hutchinson — wrote a note on Jan. 6 that reflected a proposed statement for Trump to deliver amid the riot, contrary to Hutchinson's account.</p> <p>Hutchinson’s attorneys, Jody Hunt and William Jordan, say she stands by her sworn testimony.</p> <p>A Secret Service spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, declined to respond to the details of Ornato’s January testimony or the criticisms select committee members have begun lodging against him.</p> <p>“I spoke to Mr. Ornato and we will share our first hand account with the Committee under oath and on the record,” Guglielmi said. “It’s not appropriate to make comments in the media before we have that chance to formally address the members of Congress.”</p> <p>Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the select committee’s vice chair, did not criticize Ornato by name but broadly defended Hutchinson’s credibility during an interview Wednesday with ABC’s Jonathan Karl.</p> <p>“I am absolutely confident in her credibility. I'm confident in her testimony,” Cheney said. “The committee is not going to stand by and watch her character be assassinated by anonymous sources and by men who are claiming executive privilege.”</p> <p><i>Betsy Woodruff Swan and Nicholas Wu contributed to this report.</i></p> Kyle Cheney Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, speaks during a Jan. 6 committee hearing. Pool photo by Mandel Ngan New York poised to limit concealed carry guns after SCOTUS ruling https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/30/new-york-concealed-carry-bill-00043553 Top Stories urn:uuid:fffcf79d-b250-ee2a-1b6b-d8d6634ca979 Thu, 30 Jun 2022 19:33:37 -0400 The measure would restrict where an individual can go with a concealed weapon, strengthen permit requirements, bolster safe storage rules and require a license to purchase ammunition. <img src="https://static.politico.com/f3/aa/b0f9548d412290af7791fe2e91f1/election-2022-new-york-governor-78781.jpg"> <br> <p>ALBANY, N.Y. — New York lawmakers on Thursday were set to pass a bill that would severely limit where concealed carry guns could be allowed in the state in aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the state’s century-old firearm law.</p> <p>The state Legislature was called back to the Capitol by Gov. Kathy Hochul for the one-day session to address the court ruling. Lawmakers were expected to vote later in the evening.</p> <p>The measure would restrict where an individual can go with a concealed weapon, such as being banned from schools and subways; strengthen permit requirements; bolster safe storage rules and require a license to purchase ammunition.</p> <p>“This is dealing with the fact that the Supreme Court less than a week ago turned our world upside down,” Hochul said at news conference on Wednesday. “And now it says that there’s going to be a much higher number of people walking our streets, going on the subway, sitting next to someone on a bus unless we take action to protect our citizens.”</p> <p>The 6-3 court decision, which divided the court along ideological lines, expanded guns rights by striking down New York’s requirement that gun owner’s show “proper cause” to carry a weapon outside the home for self-defense. The law had been on the books since 1911.</p> <p>The ruling reverberated across the nation, making it clear how the decision might impact states and localities outside New York that also put significant restrictions on obtaining permits to carry guns for self-defense outside the home. Two members of the court who joined in last week's decision, Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts, suggested it would affect only six states other than New York because they, too, put the onus on a gun owner to justify issuance of a permit.</p> <p>Hochul said New York will pave the way with strict legislation surrounding concealed carry weapons, towing the line of what’s legally permissible without leaving the state open to another round of lawsuits.</p> <p>"I'm working hard with my team to have something that is common sense, something that is legally sustainable because of course there's challenges when we get sued every day of the week," Hochul said. "But I want to make sure that we've done everything we can to protect the citizens of this state."</p> <p>She added: “I will go right up to the line, I will not cross the line, but I know that we can do whatever we can to protect New Yorkers."</p> <p>Lawmakers, however, didn't see the specific language of the bill when they arrived in Albany, and they were expected to work through the night to pass the bill when it lands on their desks.</p> <p>"The governor, I think, has made pretty clear: A lot of things are still on the table and we are again in new legal territory, so we're trying to make sure that we do this right," Sen. Zellnor Myrie (D-Brooklyn) told reporters.</p> <p>"We're continuing to have serious discussions because the implications are hard to overstate, and we want to ensure that we're doing this the constitutional way, in a way that comports with the court's opinion."</p> <p>He said there are two main questions the legislation will address: Who can have a concealed carry license and where they can go with that weapon. One aspect of the package would require private businesses to opt in to allowing concealed carry weapons in their establishments by posting signs in the affirmative.</p> <p><b>Where can you go with a concealed weapon? </b>The state may not have the grounds to limit who receives a concealed carry based solely on probable cause, but they plan to significantly limit where individuals with the license can go by defining "sensitive areas."</p> <p>Hochul said locations deemed as “sensitive areas” will be off limits to concealed carry weapons. The list she provided on Wednesday was extensive, covering government buildings, parks, mass transit, health and medical facilities, places where children gather, daycare centers, schools, zoos, playgrounds, polling places and educational institutions.</p> <p><b>Permit requirements: </b>Hochul said to attain a permit the law may add to its list of disqualifying criteria for applicants that include a history of dangerous behavior or mental health issues. Additionally, she said they are working out details regarding in-person training, which could be at least 15 hours. She said improvements to information sharing for state police backgrounds checks is also a consideration.</p> <p><b>Safe storage: </b>Hochul said there could be more requirements to ensure safe storage, such as how a gun is stored in a car. And households with children 18 years old and under will be required to have their guns locked up.</p> <p><b>Purchase of ammunition: </b>Hochul also mentioned requirements in the purchase of ammunition for guns that require a permit. She said a background check will be required to purchase ammunition and a permit will need to be shown at the time of purchase.</p> Katelyn Cordero New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and the state Legislature are expected to vote late Thursday on laws that could toughen the state's concealed carry laws after the U.S. Supreme Court last week tossed the state's century-old law. Mary Altaffer/AP Photo