LIVE BLOG: Partisan GOP SCOTUS Hacks Hear Arguments In 15-Week MS Abortion Ban

Today is a terrible day at the Supreme Court.

The nine justices, most of whom are partisan Republican hacks, and several of whose nominations and confirmations were entirely illegitimate, will hear oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the case over whether Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban — and by extension all pre-viability bans — is constitutional. In other words, this is the case that could overturn Roe, or gut it beyond recognition.

So let's liveblog the terribleness together! For backgrounders and more analysis, check out SCOTUSblog and NPR and CNN and hey, if you're still bored after that, google it.

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Trump Sure Doesn't Want 1/6 Committee To See His Presidential Records! A Live Blog!

This morning the DC Circuit will hear Donald Trump's appeal of a DC District judge's refusal to stop the National Archives from releasing records to the January 6 Select Committee. I will liveblog it for you, so, fingers crossed that Team Trump delivers its usual high-caliber hijinks.

Three weeks ago, Judge Tanya Chutkan dick kicked Trump's request to enjoin the Archives from releasing his records. Apparently the court failed to see the logic behind his lawyers' argument that the former president's claim of executive privilege counts more than the sitting president's waiver. Then she dick kicked him again when he demanded that she stay her own order.

But the appeals court hopped in and did Trump a solid and put the order on hold. Only it was a very tiny solid, since they set a blistering schedule, forcing the lawyers to submit their briefs in rapid fashion and argue the appeal TODAY.

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Some Insufficient Words About Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim died Sunday. Describing him as a “composer," “lyricist" or even an “American musical theatre legend" feels too limiting, like calling Shakespeare a guy who wrote plays, and Sondheim is very much the 20th Century Shakespeare, a visionary who revolutionized an art form. This would've been true if Sondheim had died from his heart attack at 49, but he lived to 91 and was only more innovative in his later years.

I'm neither qualified nor emotionally ready to articulate Sondheim's place in history. I can only discuss what he means to me, if you'll forgive the indulgence.

I clearly recall the first time I heard a Sondheim song. Yes, this makes me incredibly middle-aged, but I watched the first-ever broadcast of the Fox network on April 5, 1987. There were two airings that night of the pilots for "Married ... with Children" and "The Tracey Ullman Show." During the first Ullman sketch, “The Makeover," she sings Sondheim's “I Feel Pretty" in front of a mirror. (Music by Leonard Bernstein.)

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You Bought Nothing Yesterday. Now It's Time To WONKETTE BAZAAR!

You have a loved one who LURVES YOUR WONKETTE. Buy them some shit straight from our basement! Nota bene: We are shutting down our basement factory right after Christmas, so if you wanted some presents from us anytime in the first half of the year, please to buy it ahead of time, hide it in your garage, and then forget not only where you hid it, but also what you bought. Now you are a Schoenkopf, you lucky bastard you.

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US of America News

Think Your Toilet Is Truly Clean? Do This Now! Tabs December 2, 2021

Th 15-year-old who shot up his high school in Oxford, Michigan, killing four students and wounding seven other people, has been charged as an adult on charges of first-degree murder and terrorism, among other things, and we'll just never do anything about guns in my lifetime, will we? [Reuters]

The USA now has its first reported case of the omicron variant, in a vaccinated person who visited South Africa and returned to California. [Associated Press]

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Right Wing Extremism

Rod Dreher Has Heard Of Hiney-Lickers And Rumors Of Hiney-Lickers, At Princeton!

That's it, burn it all down!

Let's check in with wingnut moral scold and all-around dork Rod Dreher:

Screenshot The American Conservative website, post title: "hiney-lickers of Princeton"

Well this has been a nice check-in, we'll see ourselves out.

So, Rod heard about some rimjobs. And once he heard about them, he thought about them for a while, long enough to be very appalled by them. And he thought about them and he thought about them, and do you know where these rimjobs were? At Princeton! Where no rimjobs had ever happened before now! They're like a new variant of COVID, we guess, you just never know when rimjobs are going to show up in your town, or when Rod Dreher is going to find out about your town's rimjobs and get fixated on them.

Look, like many social conservative men, Rod Dreher gets weird around gay stuffreally weird — and just like most social conservatives in general, he goes absolutely bonkers with disapproval over sex he's not participating in.

So somebody from Princeton sent poor Rod a brochure that RA's at Princeton are allegedly giving to students, and not only does it acknowledge that sex exists (horrors!), it acknowledges that college kids might be having other kinds of sex besides the traditional P-in-V kind Rod was raised to feel a traditional heterosexual kind of shame about.

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LIVE: Biden Announces New HIV/AIDS Strategy On World AIDS Day

Live on WonkTV!

Lot of things going on today! Here's the president talking about his plan to end America's HIV epidemic by 2030.

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