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‘This is about Brett Kavanaugh’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe bust GOP lawmakers attacking women’s rights state by state

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Conservative lawmakers are passing stricter and stricter abortion bans in state legislatures, and panelists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” agreed they were emboldened by Brett Kavanaugh.

Republican state legislatures have been pushing abortion bans from a variety of angles that are clearly intended to challenge the 1973 Supreme Court ruling, but host Joe Scarborough pointed to a Fox News poll showing only 21 percent of Americans wanted to overturn that case.

“That is one in five Americans,” Scarborough said, “which, again, not making everything about politics, but this is the car that Donald Trump does not want to catch up with, politically. This would be a nightmare scenario for Republicans going into 2020, if Roe v. Wade were overturned. I mean, four out of five Americans, obviously, would be against that move. It would energize Democrats in the way that very few things have in a very long time.”

BBC’s Katty Kay said conservative lawmakers see a chance to end legal abortion after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell denied a Supreme Court seat to President Barack Obama’s nominee and Senate Republicans rammed Kavanaugh onto the court despite credible rape allegations against him.

“Conservative lawmakers in places like Georgia and now in Alabama who are clearly Supreme Court shopping and want this case,” Kay said. “They’ve even said it explicitly. They want this case to go the whole way to the Supreme Court. They’ve drafted the bill in a way they think it has the best possible way of getting to the Supreme Court because they see this as their best opportunity in decades, with a very conservative, more conservative Supreme Court, they see this as their best chance to get a favorable hearing up here in Washington.”

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Co-host Willie Geist agreed.

“This is about Brett Kavanaugh, this is about the Supreme Court justice,” Geist said. “You’ve heard it from activists inside the state of Alabama, one saying, quote, ‘Why not go all the way? This was not possible until this moment. We feel we have a chance. If this makes it to the Supreme Court, we could overturn Roe v. Wade.'”

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Here are 3 things Americans must hear from Mueller’s testimony: Democratic senator

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No one can say with certainty what former special counsel Robert Mueller will tell the American people when he testifies before the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees on Wednesday.

But on Monday, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) told CNN's Wolf Blitzer the broad strokes of what Mueller will be expected to say — and what the American people should be listening for if they are not yet convinced President Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses.

"Do you think there are Americans out there who still haven't made up their mind on this issue of impeachment, obstruction of justice, collusion and all of that?" Blitzer asked her. "Have the American people moved on?"

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New Orleans funk icon and co-founder of the Neville Brothers Art Neville dies at 81

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Art Neville, a New Orleans funk legend and co-founder of the Neville Brothers, has died, his brother said Monday. He was 81 years old.

The singer and keyboard player who answered to the sobriquet "Poppa Funk" was well known as the voice of the "Mardi Gras Mambo," which quickly became a mainstay of his home city's famed carnival after he first played it at age 17.

"Artie Poppa Funk Neville you are loved dearly by every one who knew you. Love always your lil' big brother AARON (we ask for privacy during this time of mourning)," his brother, soul singer Aaron Neville, tweeted.

His death follows that of another famed New Orleans musician, the blues pianist Dr. John, who died last month.

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Native Hawaiians continue protest a week after telescope construction was set to start on sacred lan

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Indigenous protectors of Mauna Kea oppose the $1.4 billion project

A week after construction was scheduled to resume on a long-delayed $1.4 billion telescope at the summit of Mauna Kea—a dormant volcano on Hawaii's Big Island—thousands of Native Hawaiians who consider the mountain sacred continued to protest the planned observatory.

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