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Democrats reacted with outrage to the Supreme Court declining to block Texas' rigid anti-abortion fetal heartbeat law this week.
The Texas law, passed in May, bans abortions after six weeks or if a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
CNN interviewed liberal author Irin Carmon who noted, "Roe v. Wade said a woman - or pregnant person - has a right to end their pregnancy before viability."
Anti-abortion rights groups cheered the Supreme Court's decision to allow the law which bans abortions after six weeks pf pregnancy.
Texas Right to Life, an anti-abortion group, called the SCOTUS's decision a "massive victory" for the unborn.
Some states have similar fetal heartbeat laws, but the Texas law allows everyday citizens to file lawsuits against anyone who assists women seeking abortions.
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Critics say the law turns common citizens into "bounty hunters" by offering "cash prizes" for citizens who snitch on their neighbors.
They complain that the law is unreasonable because most women don't realize they are pregnant at six weeks.
Pres. Joe Biden called the law an "unprecedented assault" on women. "It unleashes unconstitutional chaos and empowers self-anointed enforcers to have devastating impacts," he said in a statement on Thursday.
He directed federal agencies to see what steps they can take to ensure that women in Texas have access to "safe and legal abortions".
Vice Pres. Kamala Harris condemned the abortion law. She referred to abortions as "health care".
"The Biden-Harris Administration will always fight to protect access to healthcare and defend a woman's right to make decisions about her body and determine her future," she said in a statement.
"This all-out assault on reproductive health effectively bans abortion for the nearly 7 million Texans of reproductive age. Patients in Texas will now be forced to travel out-of-state or carry their pregnancy to term against their will."
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Black Americans who are descendants of slaves celebrated the news that Congress approved Juneteenth as a federal holiday.
However, Rep. Cori Bush, a member of "The Squad", says that's not enough.
On Wednesday, June 16, the House of Representatives approved a bill making Juneteenth, June 19, a federal holiday known as "National Independence Day."
Bush, a Democrat, is also calling for monetary reparations and "Black liberation."
"It's Juneteenth AND reparations. It's Juneteenth AND end police violence + the War on Drugs," she tweeted on Wednesday night.
"It's Juneteenth AND end housing + education apartheid. It's Juneteenth AND teach the truth about white supremacy in our country. Black liberation in its totality must be prioritized."
Fourteen Republicans voted against the measure for Juneteenth, saying another federal holiday will hurt small businesses financially.
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Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the day African-Americans learned they had been emancipated. The holiday originated in Galveston, Texas.
Juneteenth is recognized by 48 states and Washington DC. North Dakota and South Dakota are the only states that don't recognize the holiday.
Former Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed has officially entered Atlanta's mayoral race for a historic third term.
Reed, who left the mayor's office under suspicion of corruption in 2017, is running again after serving as mayor for eight years.
He is pictured with Atlanta's current Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in a photo dated October 4, 2017.
AJC.com reports Reed filed paperwork Tuesday night forming a committee that will allow him to begin accepting campaign donations for the 2021 mayor's race.
Reed, who turns 52 on Thursday, will celebrate his birthday with a party that will double as a $1,000-per-guest fundraiser.
Speculation swirled that Reed would run for a third term after embattled Atlanta Mayor Bottoms announced she couldn't take the pressure anymore and would not run for reelection.
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Bottoms' announcement was historic -- the first time since Mayor Maynard Jackson that an incumbent mayor chose to not seek reelection.
Reed becomes the first mayor since Jackson to run for a third term.
Reed's second term was marred by a federal corruption investigation into several members of his administration, including bribery convictions against his chief procurement officer and a deputy chief of staff. Reed’s chief financial officer is currently under indictment for fraud and weapons charges.
Republican lawmakers joined millions of Americans who snatched off their masks when the CDC gave the greenlight last week.
The CDC announced fully vaccinated Americans can remove their masks indoors -- except in crowds.
Conservatives who never wore masks even during the peak of the Covid-19 outbreak celebrated the CDC's announcement as freedom from restrictions.
But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi imposed a $500 fine on any lawmaker who walked the halls of Congress without masks.
While some Democrats vowed to continue wearing their masks, Republican lawmakers happily paid Pelosi's $500 fee to go maskless.
"Best $500 I ever spent," Republican Rep. Brian Mast told NBC News. He refused to wear a mask on the House floor even after a member of the House Sergeant at Arms' office approached him on Tuesday, in full view of C-SPAN's camera, and asked him to wear one.
Mast and Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene were among a group of GOP lawmakers seen on the House floor without a face covering on Tuesday. They all paid Pelosi's $500 fine.
"Proud to join these Patriots for a peaceful protest on the House floor against mask mandates!," Greene tweeted with a photo showing her and other barefaced Republican lawmakers.
"Enough is enough! #FreeYourFace," tweeted Illinois Rep. Mary Miller.
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North Carolina has made it harder for pedophiles to marry children. The state Senate unanimously approved a new bill raising the legal marrying age from 14 to 16.
Senator Vickie Sawyer initially pushed to raise the marrying age from 14 to 18, saying most child marriages involved pedophilia and abuse and ended in divorce.
"If you can't rent an apartment or drive a car ... or get a tattoo before you're 18, why should you be able to get married?" Sawyer said.
But her older male colleagues convinced her that their mothers and grandmothers got married young and lived happy, if difficult, lives, according to WRAL.
The International Center for Research on Women reviewed marriage licenses in the state from 2000 to 2019 and found more than 4,000 minors had applied to be married in that time period.
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In most of the applications an adult male was marrying a child. Such relationships would be considered statutory rape, a felony, in other states.
Sen. Danny Britt amended the proposal to leave the four-year age difference restriction in place, making it illegal for a man older than 20 to marry a child.
16- and 17-year-olds still need parental consent or approval from a court to get married.
Both the legislation and Britt's amendment passed by a vote of 49-0 on Wednesday. The bill now moves on to the House.
Most NC residents who commented on the article were stunned to learn they live in a state that legalizes pedophilia. Many had no idea such an archaic law was still on the books.
One Twitter user wrote "What the actual f***? We're a pedophile state?"
Another user wrote, "Please help bring this state into the 21st century... this should not be JUST happening... grown ass folks out here shouldn't be getting married. Y'all letting kids get married and writing articles about it."
And a third tweeted, "16 is still a child who should not be married. Just because earlier generations did doesn’t make it right or ok now. #endchildmarriageinN."
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Joe Biden is tired of lazy scofflaws making him look bad. The president is cracking down on people who stay home collecting unemployment when there are plenty of jobs available.
Biden responded to a disappointing jobs report during an address on the economy at the White House on Monday.
The April jobs report shows the U.S. economy added just 266,000 jobs last month -- the largest jobs miss since 1998.
Biden bristled at a reporter's suggestion that unemployment benefits was the cause of the disastrous jobs report.
He said Americans would return to the workforce if they were paid a "decent wage" and had "safe work environments."
Then he dropped the hammer down on scofflaws who sit at home collecting checks while jobs are plentiful.
"We're going to make it clear that anyone collecting unemployment who is offered a suitable job must take the job or lose their unemployment benefits," he said.
"I know there's been a lot of discussion since Friday's report that people are being paid to stay home rather than go to work," he continued. "Well, we don't see much evidence of that."
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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will not seek re-election this fall. The first-term Democrat made the announcement in a letter posted on Twitter.com late Thursday.
In her letter, Bottoms thanked her supporters and highlighted her accomplishments since winning the election in 2017.
Bottoms said she and her husband "have given thoughtful prayer and consideration" and decided not to seek another term.
Bottoms was the 60th mayor of Atlanta and the 2nd Black woman to serve as mayor of Atlanta.
The news comes hours after Bottoms defended her decision to terminate Officer Garrett Rolfe, who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy's parking lot last June.
Bottoms said she fired Rolfe to prevent riots in Atlanta in the wake of other high-profile police shootings last summer.
But the city burned anyway and an innocent child was shot dead during the riots.
The Atlanta Civil Service Board reinstated Rolfe with back pay this week. The board cited the city's failure to follow proper protocols in terminating Rolfe without due process.
Rolfe is still on administrative leave until murder charges in Brooks' case are dropped.
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Twitter blocked a divisive hashtag comparing Senator Tim Scott to racist "Uncle Tom" that depicts Black people as sellouts.
The Republican Party chose Scott to deliver the rebuttal to Joe Biden's first ever speech before 200 members of Congress on Wednesday night.
The 46th president spoke for about an hour to a nearly empty room due to Covid concerns -- despite the fact that he is fully vaccinated.
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After Biden's speech, Scott, the Republican senator from South Carolina, said the United States is not a racist country and most Americans are not racists.
Scott spoke of an unfriendlier time in America when he experienced discrimination.
He argued that the same party that claims to fight white supremacy is the most intolerant of others.
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"I get called Uncle Tom and the N-word by progressives ... I know first-hand, our healing is not finished,' he said.
"Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country."
The hashtag "Uncle Tim" began trending on Twitter soon after he spoke.
Bishop Talbert Swan, a black pastor from Massachusetts, tweeted: "Uncle Tim Scott has perfected the art of sycophantic bootlicking. He's a master step n fetch it artist and cunning white supremacy apologist, who demonstrated his buck dancing skills in front of the entire world."
But others pointed out the hypocrisy that exists on social media.
One Twitter user wrote:
"The fact that "Uncle Tim" is trending on Twitter tells you all you need to know about the left."
Another user tweeted:
"Not stunned that Uncle Tim is trending because how dare even one black person not follow the Democrats like the Pied Piper. How dare Sen Tim Scott have his own opinions and principles?"
Twitter allowed the hashtag to trend for hours before it was finally blocked.
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Gov. Brian Kemp signed an election bill requiring voters to submit identification to vote by mail. If Georgians choose to use their driver's license, they must provide the correct driver's license number -- or their ballots will be rejected.
Democrats have launched a campaign to educate residents on the correct DL number to provide when submitting their absentee ballots.
Democrats are outraged over Kemp's new election law, which closes a loophole that allowed out-of-towners to submit ballots without providing an ID.
Lawmakers argue the new law is voter suppression. They say the law puts Black people at a disadvantage because they don't know how to apply for IDs.
Critics say the Democrat's argument against voter ID boils down to insulting the intelligence of black people.
Furious Democrats reacted to the arrest of a Georgia lawmaker who interrupted Gov. Brian Kemp's livestream announcement after he signed a sweeping election bill into law on Thursday.
The election bill requires voter ID to request and submit absentee ballots, limits the number of ballot drop boxes, and allows the Georgia State Elections Board to take over county elections boards if there are problems with ballot counting.
Democrats accused Kemp of voter suppression, while Republicans wonder why he didn't strengthen voter laws during the presidential elections in 2020 and the Senate runoffs in January.
Democrat representatives and activists gathered to protest the signing of the bill at the state capitol on Thursday.
Georgia State Representative Park Cannon (D-Atlanta) was arrested for banging on Gov. Kemp's door during his livestream announcement.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
"Cannon was with several other protesters when she knocked on Kemp’s office door, saying the public should be allowed to witness the announcement of the bill signing. The sweeping legislation requires ID for absentee ballots, limits drop boxes and changes early voting hours."
Cell phone video shows Georgia State Troopers forcibly dragging a handcuffed Cannon through the Capitol building and shoving her into a patrol car, as she yelled, "There's no reason for me to leave... I am a legislator!"
The reaction was furious on Twitter. One Twitter user wrote: "She was arrested more harshly than a white man who murdered 8 Asian women."
While another liberal tweeted: "This is outrageous. The @GOP is suppresing democracy [sic]."
And a third Twitter user wrote: "She was arrested for standing by a door! ????"