Florida Appeals Court Reinstates Mandatory Waiting Period for Women Seeking Abortions

A Florida law designed to protect women from the pernicious idea that they’re adults capable of making their own medical choices without government imposed time-outs has just been green-lit by an appeals court.

The law had been passed last year, requiring a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion. These laws are one of many tactics in the anti-abortion playbook — a set of rules targeting (and unique to) women’s healthcare. Such laws present women with added burdens and increased costs — as they mean a woman has to make multiple appointments, which requires additional travel to and from the clinic, multiple potential absences from work, etc.

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A previous court order had blocked enforcement of the restriction:

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All the Pathetic Ways Donald Trump Has Pandered to His Christian Base

How embarrassed should evangelical Christians be by their community’s support for Donald Trump?

Well, here’s a great compilation of the various — and simply pathetic — ways Trump has pandered to a Christian audience by claiming to be far more faithful than he really is:

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Make America Drumpf Again!

While everyone else was watching the Academy Awards last night, John Oliver made a fair point about Donald Trump: If his last name wasn’t associated with success in the minds of so many people, would he really be as popular as he currently is?

And that’s why he should go back to his family’s ancestral name: Drumpf!

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Podcast Ep. 96: Stephen Prothero, Author of Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars

Our latest podcast guest is Stephen Prothero, author of Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections).

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Dr. Prothero is a professor in the department of religion at Boston University and the author of several books, including Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know — and Doesn’t. You may have seen him on his appearances on The Daily Show or The Colbert Report.

We spoke with him about why conservatives back losing issues, what issues will get liberals out to vote this November, and what surprised him during his research for the book.

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Electing Donald Trump Would Be a “Grave Mistake,” but Ted Cruz Says He Would Still Support Him

There are many things to be said about Republican frontrunner Donald Trump — the man who is not sure he can disavow support from former KKK leader David Duke, who wants to solve immigration issues with a wall that keeps growing taller, who fears that immigrants are rapists and other criminals, who wants to defund Planned Parenthood, who is routinely harassed by the IRS for what he thinks is his strong faith, etc.

With this many pitches right down the plate, you’d think his Republican rivals would hit these balls out of the park.

Instead, people like Ted Cruz have said that the wall-building-immigrant-hating-anti-reproductive-rights champion is somehow not conservative enough. Cruz knows that Trump is flying off the deep end. Cruz knows Trump has a temperament worse than children. Cruz knows that a President Trump may nuke Denmark on a whim. Cruz says he has no idea what President Trump will do in office. Cruz also thinks Trump lacks a core set of beliefs and values.

In short, Cruz thinks it would be grave mistake to elect him.

But if Trump is the nominee, he’ll help make that grave mistake a reality.

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