When Florida imposed a 15-week abortion ban in April, the state Senate president’s office released a statement titled: “Increased protection for unborn children signed into law.” Republican Senate President Wilton Simpson also said about the measure: “After 15 weeks, that is a child. And so, the argument is, should you kill a baby after 15 weeks because it was (conceived) under certain circumstances?” But this notion of an unborn child isn’t universally shared. It was pushed first by Roman Catholics and later by evangelicals in their decadeslong efforts to end abortion rights. That Gov. Ron De...
Stories Chosen For You
Donald Trump's army of online trolls are increasingly confident they've helped bury Ron DeSantis in the 2024 presidential race, but they want to make sure he's "dead on arrival" for the next election cycle.
Now the former president's advisers and right-wing social media influencers are already looking ahead to the general election -- and the one after that, reported The Daily Beast.
“He still comes up in conversation, but the fire is gone because he’s already toast,” said one Trump adviser. “It was fun nuking him, though.”
A Republican strategist noticed that influencers and the official Trump campaign had already moved on to attacking President Joe Biden over the economy and his age, but there's still some lingering bitterness toward DeSantis for launching a primary challenge against the former president in the first place.
"Things got so personal in the primary that I don’t think Team Trump will ever fully take their boot off of Ron’s tiny neck until they feel like he’s not just dead on arrival in 2024, but also dead on arrival in 2028," said another Trump adviser. “The memes got out of control, though.”
Multiple Trump allies compared the lingering attacks on DeSantis as running up the score in a football game, but the dynamic is approaching what one of the Florida governor's leading allies described as the end-game scenario for the faltering candidate.
“What would concern me is if I woke up one day and Trump and his team were not attacking Never Back Down [PAC] and Ron DeSantis," Chris Jankowski, the CEO of that DeSantis-aligned PAC, said two months ago. “That would be concerning. Other than that, we’ve got them right where we want them.”
Legal experts this week are continuing to pile on former President Donald Trump for incriminating himself during an interview on "Meet the Press" this weekend, and some are telling Salon that he makes his conviction more likely every time he talks.
Jamie White, a defense attorney based in Michigan, tells Salon that Trump is making his lawyers' jobs impossible when he does things like say that it was his call to blow off legal advice given by attorneys he'd hired because he didn't "respect" them.
"It's been one crazy statement after another since he first began campaigning for president, but now the stakes are higher because he faces criminal liability in both federal and state court, and all the charges risk potential jail time," he said. "The idea that he's ever going to subject himself to cross-examination in light of these statements to the media — it's a defense counsel's nightmare."
James Sample, a professor of constitutional law at Hofstra University, similarly explained to Salon that "the federal and state cases against Trump get stronger nearly every time he does an interview."
Sample also zeroed in on Trump's justifications for ignoring valid legal advice and then seeking out alternate attorney who told him what he wanted to hear.
"Numerous aides, allies and attorneys told him that he had lost the election, but he nonetheless pressed ahead with the false claims," he said. "Speaking to the press may well be politically astute, but legally, it's the gift that he keeps on giving to prosecutors."
Australia's weather bureau confirmed on Tuesday that an El Nino weather pattern is under way, bringing hot and dry conditions that risk a severe wildfire season and drought.
The announcement, which follows similar confirmations from other weather agencies, came as the country bakes in unseasonal heat, with the weather agency warning of more to come.
Government forecaster Karl Braganza said elevated surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean could impact the country until early next year.
"This summer will be hotter than average, and certainly hotter than the last three years," he said.
"Importantly with the El Nino now settling into that pattern in the Pacific Ocean, that increases our confidence that this pattern is going to last until the end of summer," he added.
The El Nino climate pattern occurs on average every two to seven years and usually lasts between nine to 12 months.
In July, the UN's World Meteorological Organization declared El Nino was already under way and said there was a 90-percent chance that it would continue during the second half of 2023.
El Nino is typically associated with warming ocean surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean.
It can bring severe droughts to Australia, Indonesia and other parts of southern Asia, coupled with increased rainfall in parts of southern South America, the southern United States, the Horn of Africa and central Asia.
The relationship between El Nino and climate change is not well understood.
But Australia's government science agency earlier this year concluded that climbing global temperatures may increase both the likelihood of the pattern forming, and the severity of its impacts.
Warning of 'extremes'
Record-high global sea surface temperatures played a major role in stoking soaring temperatures throughout the Northern Hemisphere summer, with marine heatwaves hitting the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea.
Braganza said the onset of El Nino in the Pacific would continue to inject heat into the planet's oceans.
Australian climate researcher Nandini Ramesh said this year's El Nino was "developing during some of the warmest global average temperatures in history".
Worldwide, temperature records have tumbled in recent years, as climate change makes meteorological conditions more volatile.
July 2023, marked by heatwaves and fires around the world, was the hottest month ever registered on Earth, according to the European Union's climate observatory Copernicus.
Climate scientist Andrew King said El Nino would escalate the risk of bushfires and sudden droughts in parts of Australia.
"The unusually hot weather we're seeing across southeast Australia at the moment is a warning of the kind of extremes we're likely to see more of over the next few months."
The El Nino pattern has formed after consecutive years of La Nina, which typically brings cooler conditions and more rain to Australia.
Australia is facing its most intense bushfire season since the "Black Summer" of 2019-2020, when a series of out-of-control infernos raged across the eastern seaboard.
There are fears that unusually wet conditions since then have accelerated forest growth, increasing the amount of potential fuel for bushfires
Copyright © 2023 Raw Story Media, Inc. PO Box 21050, Washington, D.C. 20009 |
Manage Preferences | Debug Logs
For corrections contact firstname.lastname@example.org, for support contact email@example.com.