The Daily Populous

Wednesday July 20th, 2022 day edition

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Before the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, Republicans repeatedly insisted that the 50-year precedent guaranteeing abortion rights was safe.

I don’t see that happening,” Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said in September 2020, ahead of the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

Now Republicans are again downplaying the threat to other rights established by the high court, including protections for contraception and same-sex marriage.

Thomas wrote that justices should specifically reconsider cases protecting contraception access and same-sex relationships, which also rest on the right to privacy.

Support for same-sex marriage has steadily increased over the past two decades, including among Republicans.

A handful of Senate Republicans are publicly supportive of same-sex marriage, including Rob Portman (Ohio), Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowksi (Alaska).

And 47 House Republicans voted to protect gay marriage on Tuesday, which suggests some of their counterparts in the Senate could follow suit. »

House passes bill protecting marriage equality, with 47 GOP members voting ‘yes’

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The legislation, titled the Respect for Marriage Act, passed in a 267-157 vote, with 47 Republicans joining all Democrats in supporting the measure.

The provision, according to the House Judiciary Committee, ensures that same-sex and interracial couples are treated equally to other married individuals at the federal level.

Nadler did, however, characterize the legislation as “unnecessary but harmless” if the Supreme Court does not reverse precedents protecting LGBTQ rights. »

Russia Says It’s Losing Because Ukraine Has Experimental Mutant Troops Created in Secret Biolabs

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That claim was made Monday by two Russian lawmakers heading up a commission to investigate “biolaboratories” in Ukraine, Kommersant reported.

Testing of Ukrainian POWs’ blood, they claimed, uncovered “a range of diseases” that suggest they were secretly experimented on “for military purposes.”.

The latest iteration appears to be aimed at explaining away Russia’s military setbacks by way of mutant Ukrainian troops. »

Blizzard QA workers in Albany are organizing Activision’s second union

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The QA department at Blizzard Albany, the studio formerly known as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2’s Vicarious Visions, has become the second QA department within Activision Blizzard to organize a union.

GWA Albany is now the second QA department within Activision Blizzard to unionize after QA workers at Raven Software organized, voted, and won their union over the course of the last six months.

Throughout Raven’s organizing process, Activision Blizzard was accused of union busting, resulting in a pending unfair labor practice suit from the NLRB. »

17 members of Congress arrested during Supreme Court protest, Capitol police say

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Seventeen members of Congress were among those arrested Tuesday during an abortion rights demonstration outside the Supreme Court, according to the U.S. Capitol Police. U.S. Capitol Police said they made a total of 35 arrests for crowding, obstructing or incommoding, which included 17 members of Congress.

A spokesperson for Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts also confirmed multiple arrests of members of Congress, and said Pressley was among those arrested.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney's office also announced she was among the Democratic Women's Caucus members arrested near the Supreme Court. »