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‘Pro-Life’ Governor Determined To End Abortion Enables Gun-Running Killers

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Bob McDonnell believes that “pro-life” only applies to the unborn. Once you’re born, he’s more than happy to enable your killers.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has made a name for himself as an extreme conservative, and today we can add the words “insensitive” and “heartless” to his resume — along with “hypocritical wholesale enabler of gun runners.” On Monday morning this week, in a horrific tragedy, five teenagers were shot in their Ohio high school cafeteria, with one dying on the scene. The following day, Tuesday, another teenager died, and one was pronounced brain dead. Hours later, that teen died as well, raising the death toll to three.

Also on Tuesday, Bob McDonnell, Governor of Virginia, home to the Virginia Tech Massacre, the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in U.S. history, sat down and signed a bill into law removing Virginia’s one gun per month limit on hand gun purchases.

Last week, Governor McDonnell held a conference call — not even an in-person meeting, but a conference call — with the families of the victims of the Virginia Tech Massacre, after they urged him to meet with them. One person who was on the call, Paul Read, who lost his daughter in the Virginia Tech Massacre, said the call lasted only 30 minutes and Governor McDonnell’s opening statement included expressing his “duty to protect the Second Amendment.”

One wonders why Governor McDonnell felt so strongly about protecting the Second Amendment, and not any of the others. As Eric Segall at Slate recently wrote, “the Supreme Court, made up of all men, ruled that the use of contraception is a fundamental right protected by at least five provisions of the United States Constitution.”

Before the 19-year old gun law that Governor McDonnell Tuesday signed out of existence, Virginia was known as the “firearms supermarket.” The Virginia Tech Massacre left 33 people dead — many almost the same age as the three Ohio teens who were shot to death with guns — and another 25 wounded, and took place less than five years ago. How soon some forget.

Before you begin your “if those student were armed less would have died diatribe, read this. In part, it states:

In one year on average, almost 100,000 people in America are shot or killed with a gun.

A 2009 study found that people in possession of a gun are 4.5 times more likely to be shot in an assault.

U.S. homicide rates are 6.9 times higher than rates in 22 other populous high-income countries combined, despite similar non-lethal crime and violence rates. The firearm homicide rate in the U.S. is 19.5 times higher.

Bob McDonnell began his tenure as Virginia’s chief executive just two years ago, immediately inaugurating his new job by signing an executive order removing gay men and lesbians from his state’s anti-discrimination policy, an addition instituted by his predecessor.

All of a sudden, if you were, say, a college professor and gay, one day, you could go to work knowing you could not be fired for being gay. The next day, you no longer could. Governor McDonnell literally made it possible for you to be fired for a mere accident of birth.

Speaking of birth, last year, Governor McDonnell attempted to make it illegal for gays and lesbians to adopt. He didn’t get his wish last year, but shortly he will sign a bill into law making it legal for adoption agencies to turn away gays and lesbians who want to adopt, merely because they are gay or lesbian.

McDonnell last week also said gay parents threaten the ability of their children to achieve the American dream, and only straight parents can give children the right start in life.

And, of course, we ll now know what the term “transvaginal” means, right Governor McDonnell?

Pro-life, Governor McDonnell, is not a phrase that has an expiration date. You don’t get to choose which lives, what age, sexual orientation, race, or any other categories of the zygote you claim to want to protect at conception, are. Pro-life means pro-life, from conception — since that’s your standard — to death. And not a death hastened by someone who buys guns by the barrel. Or by someone who enables them.

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‘Oddest’: Legal Experts Mock Trump’s ‘Nutty’ and ‘Doomed to Fail’ Emergency Supreme Court Motion

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It weighs in at 240 pages but legal experts are still mocking Donald Trump’s emergency petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an 11th Circuit Court ruling and allow the special master to continue to inspect the 103 classified documents retrieved from him Mar-a-Lago home.

“Oddest SCOTUS petition. Very technical and not terribly logical,” observed Andrew Weissmann, an NYU School of Law law professor and former DOJ official who served as the General Counsel for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and as special counsel to then-FBI Director Robert Mueller.

The motion was addressed to Justice Clarence Thomas,  who oversees the 11th Circuit courts. His wife, Ginni Thomas, is an avowed supporter of Trump and his “Big Lie” claims he won the 2020 election.

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“SCOTUS should send him packing,” tweets former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, now an MSNBC/NBC News legal analyst. “No surprise here, this was why he paid former Florida Solicitor General Chris Kise $3 million to sign on, no one else on his team could handle this.”

“Just watch SCOTUS turn Trump down 9-0. (Or 8-1 if Thomas dissents . . . ),” writes retired Harvard professor of law Laurence Tribe. “Will The Donald start calling ‘his’ three justices traitors? Will he say they have a ‘death wish’ as he did with McConnell?”

Weissmann took another hit at Trump’s Lawsuit, declaring it “nutty.”

“Trump argument to SCOTUS: 11th circuit had power to stay Cannon decision BUT it [could] not take the classified docs away from SM Dearie review. Nutty and if he won Dearie wd just say he won’t review the docs bc they are not Trump’s.”

University of Texas School of Law professor of law Steve Vladeck says that while the lawsuit is “not *entirely* laughable,” but he thinks “it’s both (1) doomed to fail; and (2) unlikely to accomplish much even if it succeeds.”

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti says, “I would not be surprised if the Supreme Court decides not to hear it.”

 

 

 

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Trump Asks Supreme Court to Intervene for Him in Classified Documents Case

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Donald Trump on Tuesday petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in his classified documents case, and reverse a ruling from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that allowed the U.S. Dept. of Justice access to the more than 100 classified and top secret documents federal agents recovered from his Mar-a-Lago residence and resort.

Trump is asking the nation’s highest court to order a special master to continue to inspect the 103 classified documents, despite the special master emphatically stating the government, not Trump, gets to decide what is classified and what is not, especially when Trump refused to provide a list of what he considered declassified.

The lawsuit, which is a massive 240 pages, mostly made up of other documents including the now infamous FBI photo of the classified documents on the Mar-a-Lago rug, is addressed to “The Honorable Clarence Thomas, Circuit Justice for the Eleventh Circuit,” and refers to the former president as “President Trump.”

The lawsuit also mentions the contents that federal agents took, including “89 empty envelopes,” while not noting they were classified document envelopes.

“As part of the 11th Circuit’s decision, the panel allowed the criminal investigation to use the seized documents, something [Judge] Cannon had previously barred,” The Washington Post notes. “Trump’s filing seeks only to reverse the appeals court’s ruling on the special master’s access to the documents, not the part of the decision concerning the investigation.”

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. 

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Biden Will Include DeSantis in His Visit to Support Florida Hurricane Victims

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President Joe Biden will travel to Florida Wednesday to support families devastated by Hurricane Ian, and will include the state’s GOP governor, Ron DeSantis, in his trip, the White House announced Tuesday.

Last week, asked if he would meet with DeSantis, a top detractor of the president, Biden told a reporter who asked, “I’ll meet with everybody who’s around. The answer is yes, if he wants to meet.”

“This is not about anything having to do with our disagreements politically, this is about saving people’s lives, homes and businesses,” Biden also said last week.

DeSantis asked President Biden for financial assistance for his state, battered by what experts say is one of the worst hurricanes in U.S. history. DeSantis voted against relief aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy when he served in Congress.

President Biden and the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, will travel via Air Force One to Fort Myers, one of the hardest-hit areas of Florida by Hurricane Ian.

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But Fort Myers is also part of Lee County, where officials delayed evacuation orders.

“Lee County, which includes the hard-hit seaside community of Fort Myers Beach, as well as the towns of Fort Myers, Sanibel and Cape Coral, did not issue a mandatory evacuation order for the areas likely to be hardest hit until Tuesday morning, a day after several neighboring counties had ordered their most vulnerable residents to flee,” The New York Times reported. “By then, some residents recalled that they had little time to evacuate.”

“Lee County, which includes the hard-hit seaside community of Fort Myers Beach, as well as the towns of Fort Myers, Sanibel and Cape Coral, did not issue a mandatory evacuation order for the areas likely to be hardest hit until Tuesday morning, a day after several neighboring counties had ordered their most vulnerable residents to flee,” the Times added. “By then, some residents recalled that they had little time to evacuate.”

The St. Louis Post Dispatch blasted the Florida GOP governor, calling his “flip-flop on hurricane relief” a “study in right-wing hypocrisy.”

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“DeSantis’ willingness to shelve his usual attacks on the Biden administration to politely request emergency federal aid in the wake of Hurricane Ian is an inspiring example of constructive bipartisanship — as is Biden’s announcement that the government will bear a big part of the expense,” the Dispatch Editorial Board stated. “It’s interesting, though, that DeSantis took exactly the opposite stance a decade ago when he joined other hard-right members of Congress who argued against generous federal recovery aid when Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast.”

Over the weekend DeSantis was blasted by volunteer relief aid workers who were delayed for hours in distributing “food, water, medicine, diapers, and anything else people needed” so Gov. DeSantis could get a photo-op.

 

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