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Home Depot billionaire announces he will personally bankroll convicted felons if they're Republicans

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Republicans, the party of criminals strikes again!

Nov 28 (Reuters) - Republican mega-donor Bernie Marcus said on Tuesday he would likely still give money to Donald Trump's 2024 presidential bid if the former president was convicted of a crime - but the billionaire does not plan to be one of his biggest financial backers.

Marcus, a co-founder of home improvement retailer the Home Depot (HD.N), announced earlier this month that he was supporting Trump, the runaway frontrunner for the 2024 Republican nomination contest that kicks off on Jan. 15 in Iowa.

Trump faces four criminal cases, including state and federal charges stemming from his efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss to Democrat Joe Biden. Trump, 77, denies any wrongdoing and has pleaded not guilty in all four cases. The unprecedented legal turmoil has prompted questions about what would happen to Trump's campaign if he was convicted or jailed.

Asked in an interview with Reuters whether he would still support Trump if he were convicted, Marcus replied, "I think so. Because I think it's all trumped up."

Marcus, 94, who supported Trump's White House runs in 2016 and 2020, said he had spoken to the former president recently. "I never discussed his legal fees or his legal problems," Marcus said, adding that Trump was "very happy" about his support.

Marcus and his wife Billi Wilma Marcus were the seventh-largest individual Republican donors in the 2020 election cycle, giving nearly $25 million to Republican campaigns, according to OpenSecrets, a nonprofit group that tracks money in politics. Business magazine Forbes estimates Marcus' net worth at around $8.8 billion.
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far left democrat fascists push for 56 new anti gun bills in mass

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Reminder to literally never compromise on gun rights because no compromise will ever be enough. Gun grabbers want all Americans unarmed and either in slave camps or dead
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Icelandic woman with IQ of 15.9 forced to undergo sterilization

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Anita cannot speak or comprehend complex information. At 28, she communicates mostly with facial expressions and baby-like sounds. When excited, she washes her hands. When her periods cause cramping and pain, she moans and agitates, unable to understand.

To eliminate this monthly discomfort and ease the burden of caring for her, caregivers at an assisted-living home in Reykjavik, Iceland, recommended that Anita undergo a hysterectomy, a major surgical procedure to remove her uterus and end her periods.

Eirikur Smith, an official in Iceland’s disabilities office, discovered this plan last year during a routine visit to the home.

“Does she even know if she wants children later?” he asked.

The manager, just laughed in my face.

“‘Of course not,’ she replied. “‘Why would she ever want children?’, would a 3 yr old want children?

Eirikur was stunned at the inhumanity of the answer
When Eirikur asked Anita if She would like a little real doll to play with, Anita gave a big smile and said, "arfff!"

Forced sterilization, with its history of racism and eugenics, is banned under multiple international treaties. Thirty-seven European nations and the European Union have ratified the Istanbul Convention, which declares, without exception, that nonconsensual sterilization is a human rights violation.

But a New York Times investigation found over a third of those countries have made exceptions, often for people that the government deems too disabled to consent

The result is that people with intellectual disabilities — mostly women — are still being sterilized, even when it is not medically necessary.
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She had MRI and had gun in pocket, it shot her in the ass

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Woman brought a gun into her MRI appointment, only for it to go off and leave her with a wound in her buttock.

The unnamed woman, 57, brought a concealed handgun into the room with the MRI instrument before it went off, according to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report.

Metal piercings like earrings should also be removed, and at some facilities, patients are dressed in a hospital gown since metal pieces on clothing are dangerous. It is unclear how the woman managed to get a gun into the examination room.
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In March, a nurse in Northern California was crushed by a gurney after bringing the metal object into the MRI room.

This isn’t even the first time this year an MRI-related gunshot accident has happened; in February, a Brazilian man was killed after a handgun he brought into the MRI room discharged and shot him in the abdomen.

According to the FDA report, the patient had been screened for any metal objects and said that she wasn’t carrying anything potentially dangerous into the appointment. The report does not say where this accident happened, including the state or hospital.(FLA)
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Supreme Court hears Texas Women who could have died due to Texas's anti women's health law

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday scrutinized efforts to clarify exceptions to the state’s abortion ban, which a growing number of women say forced them to continue pregnancies despite serious risks to their health.

The Texas lawsuit is among the biggest challenges to abortion bans in the U.S. since Roe v. Wade was overturned last year. In July, several Texas women gave emotional testimony about carrying babies they knew would not survive and doctors unable to offer abortions despite their spiraling conditions.

A judge later ruled that Texas’ ban was too restrictive for women with pregnancy complications, but that order was swiftly put on hold after the state appealed.

The decision now rests with Texas’ highest court, and during arguments Tuesday, one justice on the all-Republican panel signaled concerns about potentially giving physicians too broad discretion to provide exceptions.

“This very well could open the door far more widely than you’re acknowledging,” Justice Jimmy Blacklock said.

A ruling from the court could take months.

The lawsuit does not seek to repeal Texas’ abortion ban but to force more clarity on when exceptions are allowed under the law, which is one of the most restrictive in the U.S. Under the law in Texas, doctors who perform abortions risk life in prison and fines of up to $100,000.
Opponents say that has left some women with providers who are unwilling to even discuss terminating a pregnancy. Among those in the packed court gallery Tuesday were women who joined the lawsuit after being denied abortions, some of whom criticized justices for questioning whether women should instead sue physicians for failing to provide care.
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Another university is saved.

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Youngstown State University officially hires Ohio US Rep. Bill Johnson as next president
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Ohio U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson will leave Congress to accept the job as Youngstown State University's next president, the 69-year-old announced Tuesday.

Johnson, a Republican who has represented Ohio's 11th Congressional District since 2011, did not offer an exact timeline for his departure but says he will stay in the House of Representatives "for several more months" before taking over YSU. The school offered Johnson the position last week, the culmination of a search that began following Jim Tressel's retirement in February.

"As I’ve stated previously, I wasn’t looking for another job, because I love the one I have serving the people of Eastern Ohio in the U.S. House," Johnson wrote on X (formerly Twitter). "This was an extremely difficult decision."
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Lawsuit accuses UC Berkeley Law School of ‘unchecked spread of anti-Semitism’

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>A Zionist organization sued the University of California on Tuesday, accusing the UC Berkeley Law School of promoting anti-Semitism and discriminating against Jews by allowing student groups to bar Zionists as speakers at their meetings.
>“Zionism is an integral component of Jewish identity,” attorneys for the Louis D. Brandeis Foundation said in a lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco. “Anti-Zionism is discrimination against those who recognize the Jews’ ancestral heritage — in particular the Jews’ historic connection to the land of Israel.”
>The suit says it “targets the longstanding, unchecked spread of antisemitism at the University of California Berkeley.”

You don't have to let a white supremacist who believes America should be a racist ethnostate to speak at a meeting at UC Berkeley, but you do have to let jewish supremacists who believe Israel should be a racist ethnostate speak.
The power of money and privilege!

Death Panels, Death Sentences, and All Things Universal Healthcare

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Indi Gregory loses her fight for life: 'Angry and heartbroken' parents who fought to continue treatment for the terminally-ill eight-month-old say she has passed away after 'the NHS took away her chance to live'

A critically ill baby at the centre of a legal argument over her treatment has died after having her breathing tube removed.

Eight-month-old Indi Gregory, who had an incurable genetic mitochondrial condition, had been involved in several High Court and Court of Appeal cases.

Judges ruled she should die but last week Italy stepped in and made her a citizen in a last-minute legal bid to bring her to a Rome hospital for treatment.

But on Friday that attempt failed, and her parents Dean Gregory and Claire Staniforth were told that her breathing tube would be removed.

She was moved from the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham (QMC) to a hospice where she died in the early hours of today in her mother's arms.

Her father Dean said: 'Indi's life ended at 01.45am. My wife Claire and I are angry, heartbroken and ashamed.

'The NHS and the courts not only took away her chance to live a longer life, but they also took away Indi's dignity to pass away in the family home where she belonged.

'They managed to take Indi's body and dignity, but they will never be able to take her soul.

'They tried to get rid of Indi without anybody knowing, but we made sure she would be remembered forever. I knew she was special from the day she was born. Claire held her for her final breaths.'

The heartbroken parents failed to persuade High Court and Court of Appeal judges in London and judges at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, to keep her on life-support machines and have her transferred to a Vatican children's hospital in Rome.
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Nikki Haley given massive astroturf army overnight with Koch endorsement

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The Koch political network on Tuesday delivered perhaps the most important endorsement of the GOP primary so far, cementing elite donors' coronation of Nikki Haley as the most viable alternative to former President Trump.

Why it matters: With the backing of Americans for Prosperity Action, the powerful political group founded by billionaires Charles and David Koch, Haley will unlock new access to influential donors, millions in ad spending, and a massive ground operation that rivals that of the RNC.

The endorsement also deals a huge blow to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has insisted dating back to his campaign launch in May that the Republican primary is a two-man race between him and Trump.
AFP Action acknowledged in a memo that DeSantis' supporters "will be disappointed in our decision" — but ultimately concluded Haley is the candidate best-positioned to beat both Trump and President Biden.

Between the lines: The endorsement could help Haley plug two of the biggest vulnerabilities of her candidacy.

1. Grassroots organizing: While her polling momentum is unmistakable, the scope of Haley's ground operation in Iowa has paled in comparison to the army of door-knockers deployed by DeSantis and his allied super PAC.

AFP Action — which boasted of the "largest grassroots operation in the country and a presence in all 50 states" — is now vowing to put thousands of organizers into the field in support of Haley.
"Additionally, in the coming days, we'll launch extensive mail, digital and connected television campaigns to supplement those on-the-ground efforts," senior adviser Emily Seidel wrote in the memo.
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What's it gonna take to make a dream survive?
Who's got the touch to calm the storm inside?
Don't say goodbye
Don't say goodbye
In the final seconds who's gonna save you?
Oh, alive and kicking
Stay until your love is, love is, alive and kicking

If there is one statistic that best captures the transformation of the American economy over the past half century, it may be this: Of Americans born in 1940, 92 percent went on to earn more than their parents; among those born in 1980, just 50 percent did. Over the course of a few decades, the chances of achieving the American dream went from a near-guarantee to a coin flip. What happened?

One answer is that American voters abandoned the system that worked for their grandparents. From the 1940s through the ’70s, sometimes called the New Deal era, U.S. law and policy were engineered to ensure strong unions, high taxes on the rich, huge public investments, and an expanding social safety net. Inequality shrank as the economy boomed. But by the end of that period, the economy was faltering, and voters turned against the postwar consensus. Ronald Reagan took office promising to restore growth by paring back government, slashing taxes on the rich and corporations, and gutting business regulations and antitrust enforcement. The idea, famously, was that a rising tide would lift all boats. Instead, inequality soared while living standards stagnated and life expectancy fell behind that of peer countries. No other advanced economy pivoted quite as sharply to free-market economics as the United States, and none experienced as sharp a reversal in income, mobility, and public-health trends as America did. Today, a child born in Norway or the United Kingdom has a far better chance of outearning their parents than one born in the U.S.
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