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Perry would defy Supreme Court to protect anti-abortion laws

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday night that as president he would ignore a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down an anti-abortion law.

During a debate sponsored by Personhood USA, Perry was asked what he would do if the Supreme Court ruled against a law “making clear that Fourteenth Amendment protections apply to unborn children.”

“Well, obviously you enforce the right to life opinion,” he responded.

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Personhood USA, a Colorado-based Christian organization, has pushed for so-called “personhood amendments” to state constitutions that would prohibit the intentional taking of prenatal life. Perry and other Republican presidential candidates have signed Personhood USA’s pledge to support personhood amendments at the state and federal level.

Republican presidential hopefuls Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich have also said they would disregard Supreme Court rulings with which they disagreed.

Gingrich has gone as far as suggesting that Congress should direct U.S. Marshals to arrest judges and question their rulings. He also vowed to abolish federal courts if he disagreed with their decisions.

The president of a national organization dedicated to the preservation of the U.S. justice system has repudiated Gingrich for his controversial remarks.

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“In short, even though he would take an oath to uphold the Constitution and laws of the United States, he would not honor that oath,” Harry T. Widmann of the American Board of Trial Advocates said in a statement on Tuesday. “To disagree with a judge or a judicial decision is the right of every American. However, to advocate for the elimination of a judicial bench or court because of such disagreement shows a profound disrespect for the rule of law and for the basic principles of our Constitution.”

“Americans need to remember that our courts, insulated as they are from political manipulation, represent the last line of defense for our precious individual liberties,” Widmann added.

Photo credit: Jon Mallard, Creative Commons licensed

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‘Stand with Hong Kong’ shirts fill the stands at Nets game as NBA is protested for China subservience

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The National Basketball Association was protested on Friday for bowing to pressure from China.

The NBA has been harshly criticized for standing by the oppressive regime instead of standing in solidarity with the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

"Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA," New York magazine correspondent Yashar Ali reported Friday. "They're all wearing 'Stand With Hong Kong' T-shirts."

Photos from the protest:

1. Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA.

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Trump polling close friends over whether he should fire Mulvaney: report

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President Donald Trump is considering firing Mick Mulvaney, his acting White House chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget, The Atlantic reported Friday.

"Mick Mulvaney's job was in danger even before his disastrous press conference yesterday, and his equally disastrous attempt to walk that performance back," The Atlantic reported. "The fumble could not have been more poorly timed: According to multiple current and former White House officials, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to relay private conversations, Trump has been steadily souring on Mulvaney for weeks."

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Michael Moore predicts Mick Mulvaney will get into Heaven after confessing Trump’s quid pro quo

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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore predicted acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will ascend to Heaven in the afterlife during a Friday interview on MSNBC's "The Beat" with Ari Melber.

The host played a clip of Mulvaney admitting Trump's quid pro quo while seeking foreign election assistance from Ukraine.

"This man obviously is going to be admitted into Heaven," Moore said. "You know, he told the truth."

"If there was a movie version of this, somebody stuck him with a needle just before he walked out onto the stage there, a truth serum needle, and he just went on and on saying, 'Yeah, that’s what we do. Yeah, of course.' Essentially admitting there is a quid pro quo. In fact, there are many quid pro quos."

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