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

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Tucson Rep. Martha McSally, who wants a wall between her corner of desert scrubland and the majesty of the California coast/Screenshot

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.

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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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Someone created a tile mosaic panel to rename the 50th Street Subway station in NYC after Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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There continue to be amazing acts of love and honor of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg across the world and another one has popped up in New York City.

ABC7 discovered that someone created a tile mosaic at the 50th Street subway station so it says RUth Street instead.

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Canadian woman behind the poison sent to Trump

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These global banks defy sanctions and send trillions to terrorists and criminals — and the Justice Department lets them

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The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists revealed in a shocking expose that international banks are skirting U.S. sanctions and allowing trillions of dollars to flow to terrorists, criminals and oligarchs.

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Other banks have even defied money laundering crackdowns, the report said and allowed "staggering sums of illicit cash" to flow from shady characters and criminal networks.

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