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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Happy Birthday, Jen Psaki!

Live on WonkTV!

And why is Dr. Fauci joining Jen Psaki for the briefing on her birthday? Does he think he's supposed to do the Marilyn Monroe "Happy birthday, Mr. President" song or something, even though she is the press secretary and he is Dr. Fauci?

Probably.

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Elections

Democracy Had Good Run, But Trumpy Ratf*kers Now Taking Over Running Local Elections

They just want free and fair elections that Republicans will win.

Rarely is the question asked: Is our Republican electoral ratfuckers learning? At first you might think they aren't, since so many believers of Donald Trump's Big Lie are still insisting on holding Arizona-style "audits" of elections in states where the votes have been tallied and retallied and there's still no proof of fraud. But while Republican ratfuckers may be idiots who are disconnected from reality, they also know that the attempt to throw out the results of the 2020 election was thwarted in part because state and local election officials insisted on doing their jobs and running clean elections, which is why it's so important to harass them until they resign in fear for their lives. The harassers are, in fact, quite proud of what they've done, because it's to save America.

As the Washington Post reports, Republican ratfuck enthusiasts are also working like crazy to take over the machinery of running elections wherever they can. Most noticeably, a lot of committed Trumpers are running for statewide office; WaPo has tallied up "10 running for secretary of state and eight running for attorney general" across the country. Beyond that, Republicans are also working to get Trump loyalists and Big Lie advocates working at the local level in administering elections and counting and certifying the votes.

Citing the need to make elections more secure, Trump allies are also seeking to replace officials across the nation, including volunteer poll watchers, paid precinct judges, elected county clerks and state attorneys general, according to state and local officials, as well as rally speeches, social media posts and campaign appearances by those seeking the positions.

Now, such jobs have traditionally been seen as nonpartisan, technocratic positions. But that might mean Democrats still win elections by getting more votes, a clearly unfair result, so it's only fair that Republicans balance things out by making sure only legal Republican votes count.

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Trump

Trump Knew He Was Spitting COVID-19 On Biden At Presidential Debate, LIKE A BOSS

This is our total lack of surprise face.

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who’s preparing his canary cosplay for the January 6 commission, revealed in his new memoir that Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19 three days before his screaming match with Joe Biden. The Guardian describes this as a “stunning admission,” but it’s hardly a surprise to learn that Trump's a psychopath who’d callously jeopardize the health of others if it suited him.

Meadows writes in his memoir, The Chief’s Chief, that while the Trump campaign knew full well that each candidate was required “to test negative for the virus within seventy two hours of the start time … Nothing was going to stop [Trump] from going out there.”

Yeah, nothing spices up a stodgy presidential debate more than a little biological warfare.

Trump reportedly received a positive PCR test on September 26. According to Meadows, the White House doctor Sean Conley told him to stop Trump from leaving on Marine One because “he just tested positive for COVID.” Meadows writes that Trump’s response to the news “rhyme[d] with ‘Oh spit, you’ve gotta be trucking lidding me.’” The guy is already on tape boasting about grabbing women by the pussy. Spare us the false modesty.

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