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Critics warn Alito draft threatens much, much more than abortion rights

The draft opinion leaked from the U.S. Supreme Court Monday night portends future attacks not just on Americans' right to obtain abortion care, said critics on Tuesday, but also on anyone whose rights the court's right-wing majority does not view as "deeply rooted" in U.S. history.

‘Attacking the very foundations’ of church-state separation, SCOTUS delivers ‘seismic shock’ ruling on religious schools

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a ruling civil liberties advocates warned could make taxpayers "underwrite religious education"—opening a massive crack in the bedrock principle of church and state separation.

‘Unfathomable cruelty’: Trump files legal brief aiming to kick 20 million off health insurance in middle of pandemic

The Trump administration late Thursday night filed a legal brief asking the Supreme Court to invalidate the entirety of the Affordable Care Act.

Demands for Trump removal grow as ‘fascist’ speech condemned as declaration of war against U.S. public

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's pledge Monday evening to deploy the full force of the U.S. military against demonstrators protesting the killing of George Floyd—and the president's authorization of police violence against peaceful protesters to clear the way for a photo-op—amounted in the eyes of lawmakers, rights groups, and commentators to "declaration of war" against the U.S. public that must result in Trump's removal from office. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) characterized Trump's remarks from the Rose Garden of the White House as a "fascist speech" that "verged on a declaration of war against American citizens" who have taken to the streets across the nation to condemn police brutality and racial injustice.

‘As incoherent as It Is Dangerous’: Trump threatens to designate Antifa—which isn’t an actual group—as terrorist organization

WASHINGTON — Civil liberties advocates and progressive voices threw up immediate flags of alarm on Sunday afternoon after President Donald Trump threatened to officially designate "ANTIFA"—a moniker that stands for anti-fascist but is not, as informed people were forced to point out, an actual organization—as a "terrorist organization." In recent years, the term ANTIFA has become a broad stand-in phrase used to describe certain left-wing activists—including some anarchist and anti-fascist groups or networks. As protests and uprisings have occurred in cities nationwide over recent days in the wake of last week's killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, Trump and other officials have blamed so-called "Antifa instigators"—mostly without providing any solid evidence—with stoking violence or carrying out property destruction.

‘A disgusting display’: police fire rubber bullets, stun grenades, and tear gas at demonstrators protesting killing of George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis police officers dressed in riot gear fired rubber bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades into crowds of protesters that gathered late Tuesday.

Despite CDC warning of ‘significant risk’ of lifting stay-in-place orders, right-wingers launch anti-lockdown movement

LANSING — As reporting Wednesday revealed an internal government document warning of "a significant risk of resurgence" of the coronavirus even in a phased reopening scenario, right-wing activists in Michigan staged protests outside the state capitol to boldly defy Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's extended stay-at-home order designed to protect public health.

#FireTrumpNotFauci trends after president goes after trusted infectious disease official

WASHINGTON — After President Donald Trump retweeted a message Sunday night that declared #FireFauci, it didn't take long for the #FireTrump and #FireTrumpNotFauci hashtags to emerge overnight as an immediate and popular response.

‘Absolutely sickening—and scary’: Man unfurls nazi flag at Bernie Sanders rally, heightening security concerns

PHOENIX — An Arizona campaign rally for Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is vying to become the first Jewish president in U.S. history, briefly took a disturbing turn Thursday after a man in the crowd unfurled a swastika-emblazoned flag as the senator whose family members were murdered in the Nazi Holocaust took the stage and began addressing his supporters.

‘We need everyone in the streets’: More than 180 Events planned across US to protest Trump’s march to war with Iran

WASHINGTON — After Iran's retaliation for the killing of Gen. Qasem Soleimani intensified fears of another catastrophic Middle East war, a coalition of progressive advocacy groups Tuesday reiterated their call for massive demonstrations across the U.S.

‘World War III’ trends as hawks rejoice at Trump decision to assassinate Iranian military leader

WASHINGTON — As peace advocates voiced alarm at the very real prospect of all-out conflict with Iran following the assassination Thursday night of that country's top military leader on orders from U.S. President Donald Trump, war hawks who have had their crosshairs trained on Iran for years enthusiastically celebrated Trump's decision.

‘Deeply Disturbing’: Missouri health director testifies he kept spreadsheet of Planned Parenthood patients’ menstrual periods

KANSAS CITY — In a revelation Tuesday that Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri described as "deeply disturbing," the state health director Dr. Randall Williams testified at an administrative commission hearing that he kept a spreadsheet to track Planned Parenthood patients' menstrual periods.

Advocates say Illinois ban on private immigrant detention centers a ‘firewall’

By Jessica Corbett, staff writer SPRINGFIELD — Critics of President Donald Trump's immigration policies are calling on state and federal lawmakers to follow the lead of...

‘Not On Our Watch’: Rights groups rally to help immigrant communities ahead of reported weekend raids by ICE

By Julia Conley, staff writer WASHINGTON — Ahead of raids the Trump administration is reportedly set to begin on Sunday, rights groups on Friday urgently...

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