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Congressional Republicans want nothing to do with Alabama’s extremist abortion law: conservative columnist

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With the rash of states passing extreme abortion restrictions, culminating in the total ban passed this week by Alabama, conservative Trump-skeptic Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin wrote on Thursday that the tide seems to have turned — and after years of saber rattling against Roe v. Wade, Republicans in Congress are suddenly fearful of backlash from women around the country.

Rubin noted that two Republicans, Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) refused to endorse Alabama’s abortion ban, with McSally saying “That’s a state issue. I’m focused on my work here,” and McCarthy explicitly rebuking the bill’s lack of provisions for rape and incest.

“The pro-choice forces are marshaling resources, engaging in massive organizing in all 50 states as part of its Stop the Bans initiative, financing legal challenges and pressing presidential candidates to explain their plan to address abortion bans,” wrote Rubin, and NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue is already mounting a plan of attack against the GOP anywhere they attack abortion rights.

“Republicans in red statehouses, as Hogue put it, are engaged in a macabre ‘one down-manship’ as they race to outdo one another in crafting severe, oppressive legislative,” continued Rubin. “There’s a ‘drunken headiness of the extreme fringe’ of the GOP, she says.”

“National Republicans, including Trump, had better sober up quickly,” concluded Rubin. “They’ve triggered a fierce backlash that may make the female voters of 2018 look docile in comparison.”

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Prosecutors want hearing on revoking Roger Stone’s bail after he posted right-wing propaganda despite gag order

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Roger Stone may have violated his gag order with Instagram postings and federal prosecutors want a hearing for a judge to consider modifying the conditions of his release from jail pending trial.

"On or about June 18 and 19, 2019, the defendant posted to Instagram and Facebook, commenting about this case and inviting news organizations to cover the issue," prosecutors said in a filing the day after the most recent posting.

Stone is a longtime political advisor to Donald Trump.

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Prosecutors debunk right-wing conspiracy theory in new legal smackdown of Roger Stone

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Federal prosecutors debunked a conspiracy theory pushed by the far-right in a new legal brief filed on Thursday.

Longtine Donald Trump political advisor Roger Stone had argued federal investigators relied upon a report from the cyber research firm Crowdstrike to conclude that Russia had hacked the Democratic National Committee.

That contention, according to federal prosecutors, is "incorrect."

"While the prosecutors did not go into detail, they noted that the investigators gathered evidence of the Russians’ involvement independently, which led to the indictment last year of 12 Russian military officials in connection with the DNC hack," Politico reported.

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‘Call the mall cops!’ Roy Moore roasted after saying he’ll make ‘more personal contact with people’ in Senate run

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Roy Moore, the far-right politician who infamously lost an Alabama Senate race in 2017 after allegations emerged about him molesting teenage girls, announced on Thursday that he was going to once again run for office in 2020.

While touting his potential rematch with Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), Moore was asked by a reporter what he will do differently this time around.

"I would like to make more personal contact with people," Moore responded.

Given that Moore's history of "personal contact" with underage women was what cost him the 2017 Senate race -- and even allegedly got him banned from a shopping mall that grew weary of his regular efforts to pick up teen girls -- Moore was quickly buried in ridicule on Twitter.

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