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July 2, 2013
Huge crowds inside capitol. This is a (mostly) pro-life gathering right here.

Huge crowds inside capitol. This is a (mostly) pro-life gathering right here.

15:39 // 1 year ago
So far, protests at the Texas capitol aren’t exactly getting crazy.
Editor’s note: Our very own SFB writer Seth Millstein is on the scene in Texas this morning; he’ll be sending along photo updates throughout the day. — Ernie @ SFB

So far, protests at the Texas capitol aren’t exactly getting crazy.

Editor’s note: Our very own SFB writer Seth Millstein is on the scene in Texas this morning; he’ll be sending along photo updates throughout the day. — Ernie @ SFB

15:21 // 1 year ago
June 26, 2013
"We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do." After a draconian anti-abortion bill succumbed to a filibuster late last night, Slick Rick Perry is calling another special legislative session in Texas. In announcing the session, which will begin July 1st, the Governor repeatedly named “protecting women” as one of the session’s goals, even though the bill would make it more difficult for women to obtain medically-necessary abortions. (Image credit: Getty) source

"We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do." After a draconian anti-abortion bill succumbed to a filibuster late last night, Slick Rick Perry is calling another special legislative session in Texas. In announcing the session, which will begin July 1st, the Governor repeatedly named “protecting women” as one of the session’s goals, even though the bill would make it more difficult for women to obtain medically-necessary abortions. (Image credit: Getty) source

20:47 // 1 year ago
18:00 // 1 year ago
I mean, this is not only sufficient, it is well over sufficient. We’ll be the most militarized border since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
John McCain on the “border surge” amendment included in the Senate’s immigration bill. Considering that a) the Berlin wall ultimately fell down, and b) comparing a government to that of Josef Stalin is generally not considered a compliment these days, you’d assume McCain was speaking in opposition to the amendment. You would be wrong. source
16:22 // 1 year ago
An unruly mob, using Occupy Wall Street tactics, disrupted the Senate from protecting unborn babies.
Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, pronouncing Texas Senate Bill 5 dead. source
4:34 // 1 year ago

The fate of the Texas abortion bill vote in tweets

And the bill does not pass. A dramatic end to an incredibly dramatic night, with the bill officially pronounced dead earlier in the hour. source

4:25 // 1 year ago
June 25, 2013

Here’s what SCOTUS ruled on the Voting Rights Act, in lay terms

  • question The Voting Rights Act mandated that certain jurisdictions in the country with a history of voter disenfranchisement (all in the south) receive pre-clearance from the federal government before enacting any new voting laws. The case on which SCOTUS ruled today questioned whether or not this is constitutional. 
  • ruling The court did not strike down the concept of pre-clearance; rather, struck down the specific formula currently used to determine which states require pre-clearance. So, until Congress can agree on and pass a new formula for this determination, no states will require pre-clearance anymore.

It falls upon congress to decide on a new formula—essentially, to figure out which states should still require federal approval to change their voting laws. Given how congress is these days, we’re exceedingly doubtful that any agreement will be reached anytime soon. source

16:01 // 1 year ago
Mr. Snowden is a free man, and the sooner he chooses his final destination the better it is for us and for him…I hope it will not affect the business-like character of our relations with the U.S. and I hope that our partners will understand that.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, flippantly brushing aside Washington’s demands that Russia extradite Edward Snowden. “Moscow is now giving wedgies and making the Obama administration eat bugs,” the American Interest’s Walter Russell Mead wrote yesterday. That may be true, but Putin also claimed that Russian intelligence hasn’t attempted to debrief Snowden, which if true, should at least be a minor relief to the Obama Administration. Still, though, this is undoubtedly aggravating news for Washington. source
15:29 // 1 year ago
June 23, 2013
Do you ever crave the ambient noise of a coffee shop whilst lacking the capacity to actually be in one? Coffitivity plays coffee house-esque noise in the background to alleviate the anxiety of trying to be productive in a too-quiet work environment. We’ve only been waiting for something like this for, oh, our entire working lives.

Do you ever crave the ambient noise of a coffee shop whilst lacking the capacity to actually be in one? Coffitivity plays coffee house-esque noise in the background to alleviate the anxiety of trying to be productive in a too-quiet work environment. We’ve only been waiting for something like this for, oh, our entire working lives.

18:49 // 1 year ago