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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.

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“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.”

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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Buffalo has a long history of protecting cops from criminal charges: report

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On Saturday, The Daily Beast documented the recent history of use of force in the Buffalo Police Department, which is reeling from controversy as two officers face assault charges for shoving a 75-year-old protester to the ground.

"As shocking as this all may be to outsiders, the shoving of demonstrator Martin Gugino and the defiant response of officers to an effort to discipline two of their own is indicative of the state of police affairs in Buffalo," wrote Jim Heaney. "Has been for a long time, not that you have to go back too far to find other episodes of brutality that have been captured on video."

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Internet disgusted after Buffalo first responders cheer cops charged with assaulting 75-year-old protester

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Commenters on Twitter expressed both contempt and disgust for Buffalo firefighters and police officers who turned out in front of Buffalo City Court to support two suspended police officers with applause and cheering.

Moments after officers Aaron Torglaski and Robert McCabe were charged with second-degree assault and then released without having to post bail, they were greeted as heroes outside the courthouse.

After a video was posted showing the celebration, commenters on Twitter vented at cops and firefighters for defending the two officers who assaulted the 75-year-old man who had to be rushed to a hospital after they shoved him to the ground where he sustained a head injury.

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Donald Trump’s lurch toward fascism is backfiring spectacularly

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

During the 2016 campaign, as Donald Trump railed against "Mexican rapists" and other "criminal aliens," pollsters found that the share of Americans who said that immigrants worked hard and made a positive contribution to our society increased significantly, and noticed a similar decline in the share who said they take citizens' jobs and burden our social safety net. After Trump was elected and began pursuing his Muslim ban, the share of respondents who held a positive view of Islam also increased pretty dramatically. I'm not aware of any polling of the general public about transgender troops serving in the military before Trump decided to discharge them, but Gallup found that 71 percent of respondents opposed his position after he did.

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