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Reality TV’s ‘Sister Wives’ polygamist will petition SCOTUS to make his four marriages legal

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The star of the reality TV show Sister Wives is planning to take his case against Utah’s bigamy laws all the way to the Supreme Court.

Salt Lake City news station Fox 13 Now reports that Kody Brown and his four wives have until September 10 to file a petition for certiorari that will formally ask the Supreme Court to review their case.

The family will be appealing a 2015 decision made by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit that upheld Utah’s anti-bigamy laws that forbid cohabiting with another adult in a marriage-like arrangement while already married to another adult.

Fox 13 Now notes that the Brown family first became the subject of a legal investigation after their reality TV show began airing in 2010. Kody Brown and his wives — Meri, Christine, Janelle and Robyn — first sued the state of Utah over its laws prohibiting multiple marriages in 2012, as they argued that such laws “infringe on their rights to privacy and religious freedom.”

If the Supreme Court takes up the case, it will be the first polygamy-related case that it’s taken up in more than a century.

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QAnon authors in a fight over doing an audiobook — because they think their followers can’t read

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On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that the authors of a popular book for believers in the QAnon conspiracy theory are in a bitter fight over whether or not to release an audiobook version.

QAnon: An Invitation to The Great Awakening came out last year and peaked near the top of the Amazon bestseller list in March. One of the book's co-authors, Dustin Nemos, is publicly attacking another co-author, who goes by the name of "JoeM," for his "petty and hostile and paranoid" refusal to help produce an audiobook, and notes that it is necessary because a disproportionate number of QAnon believers are elderly, have bad eyesight, and may not be able to read the book as text. JoeM, for his part, has accused Nemos of being a "grifter" who is trying to make a buck off of true believers.

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Missouri governor appoints judge who fundraised for crisis pregnancy center to help decide Planned Parenthood’s license

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On Monday, the Associated Press reported that Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO) has appointed former Macon County Associate Circuit Judge Philip Prewitt to the Administrative Hearing Commission, a state agency that oversees disputes between the state and organizations seeking licensure.

Prewitt, a former Republican candidate for office, once fundraised on Facebook for Ray of Hope Pregnancy Care Ministeries, a "crisis pregnancy center" that masquerades as a health care facility in order to trick women seeking abortions into listening to anti-abortion propaganda. In 2015, the Missouri Supreme Court reprimanded Prewitt for the post encouraging people to donate, saying that it violated judicial ethics rules.

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Trump being a ‘compulsive liar and erratic ignoramus’ is why he failed on Iran: Conservative columnist

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President Donald Trump's highly-criticized decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal has resulted as was warned, with the country reviving its nuclear program, a conservative columnist explained in The Washington Post on Monday.

Conservative Max Boot took a victory lap in the hard-hitting column, reminding that he had signed a March 2016 letter by 121 Republican foreign policy analysts warning about Trump's approach.

"I wish we had been wrong, but we were all too right," Boot wrote.

"Trump has shown no ability to grow in office; but then it’s hard to learn if you all you read is Fox News chyrons. He is today the same compulsive liar and erratic ignoramus he was at the start of the 2016 campaign," Boot said. "Only now, the stakes are much higher."

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