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42 elected US prosecutors say they won’t enforce strict abortion laws

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A group of American prosecutors pledged on Friday not to enforce strict abortion laws in response to attempts to tighten access to the procedure in parts of the United States.

The 42 elected prosecutors — some of whom come from states that have restricted access, others from where the procedure remains easily available — wrote that the new laws would “violate constitutional rights that have been the law of the land for nearly 50 years.”

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The lawyers added that “many of the laws are so vaguely written” anyone involved in the abortion process could be prosecuted.

The attorneys who signed the pledge come from 24 states and the US capital Washington, with 12 being statewide attorneys general and the rest being local elected prosecutors who can make their own charging decisions.

Access to abortion in the United States is governed by the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v Wade decision, which allows for conditions to be placed on the procedure only after the first trimester of pregnancy.

In mid-May, Alabama’s governor signed into law the country’s toughest abortion law, which prohibits the procedure unless the pregnancy threatens the life of the mother or if the fetus has a fatal condition.

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Six other states have tightened their legislation in recent months, making it illegal to practice any type of abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected around the six-week mark — when many women aren’t aware they’re pregnant.

These laws aren’t yet being enforced partially because they conflict with Supreme Court precedent, but many of the laws’ supporters say their intention is to spark a challenge in the country’s highest court and give justices the opportunity to reverse Roe v Wade.

The Supreme Court has tilted conservative under President Donald Trump, who has declared himself “strongly Pro-Life.”

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Judges in Iowa and Kentucky have already blocked the implementation of newly passed state abortion laws.

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No cushion for the Trump recession: Why this one could be worse than 2008

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As the corporate media bangs the drum of imminent recession, we need to take a look at how tens of millions of American households that live paycheck to paycheck are situated for another choreographed downturn.

This article first appeared in Salon.

It will tell you all you need to know about the predatory nature of late-stage vulture capitalism, over which Donald Trump presides as its orange mascot. What jumps out when you look at the data is just how phony the “longest recovery” has been — the one for which Joe Biden wants to take a victory lap.

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‘That’s total nonsense’: Bill Kristol punches Santorum right between the eyes on Trump’s failing trade policy

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CNN contributor Rick Santorum said he was personally offended on Sunday after conservative writer Bill Kristol attacked President Donald Trump's trade policy.

During a segment about Trump's trade war with China, Kristol noted that the president seems "demoralized" and "depressed."

"His economists have told him privately we're slowing down and we're at some risk of toppling into a recession," Kristol explained. "His political people have told him his numbers are going down not up."

The conservative writer pointed to Trump's racist attacks on black lawmakers as one mistake he has made.

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WATCH: Larry Kudlow wilts under barrage of questions about Trump’s conflicting trade war comments

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Larry Kudlow, who appeared to have been drinking before his FOX News appearance last Sunday, probably wished he was drinking this Sunday after his stammering performance on CNN where he faced a barrage of questions from "State of the Union" fill-in host Brianna Keilar.

Speaking from France where he is attending the G7 conference with Donald Trump, Kudlow was put on the spot over the president's comments where he seemed to express regret over launching a trade war with China.

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