Former Vice President Mike Pence, who is eyeing a possible 2024 Republican presidential run, will be back in South Carolina this month to address the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling at a Florence Baptist church. The church, Florence Baptist Temple, said on Facebook and advertised on its website that the former vice president will speak on the “post-Roe world” at 7 p.m. on July 20. Pence has made several visits to the state since the Trump administration, most recently headlining a May fundraiser at a Spartanburg crisis pregnancy center and speaking at another Baptist church in Rock Hill, ne...
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The two will appear onstage at 7 p.m. Central time Friday at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg.
The debate will be on local Nexstar television stations across the state, and The Texas Tribune will livestream the debate here.
Viewers may see a black box before the event begins.
The election is Nov. 8, and early voting starts Oct. 24. O’Rourke is lagging behind Abbott in the polls but is within single-digit margins.
The feed is courtesy of KXAN-TV.
Putin delivered his 'most unhinged speech yet' -- but he's 'likely more terrified than anyone': foreign policy expert
On Friday, writing for The Atlantic, foreign policy commentator and former Naval War College professor Tom Nichols laid into Vladimir Putin for his "most unhinged speech yet," in which he declared eastern portions of Ukraine his after a sham referendum in which Ukrainians were forced to "vote" to join Russia at gunpoint.
"Putin’s rant was meant to make the world quail in fear," wrote Nichols. "In reality, Putin is likely more terrified than anyone right now: He’s a Russian dictator losing a war of aggression, and he knows how that could end for him. In his speech, he justified the war in Ukraine using everything from the boundaries of ancient Russia to what he sees as the illegitimate dissolution of the Soviet Union. With sheer brass, he then complained about Western colonialism and human-rights violations — this, from the leader of a country with a long and bloody history, from the tsars to Stalin and beyond, of enslaving and murdering millions."
Putin did not stop there, citing a laundry list of imagined grievances against the West, including explicit U.S. right-wing culture wars.
"Addressing the regime in Kyiv and 'their real bosses in the West,' Putin dove into a steaming vat of paranoia, grandiosity, and inferiority, a stew whose toxic fumes have always permeated the Kremlin," wrote Nichols. "He claimed that the West hates 'Russian philosophy and thought,' as if people in Washington and London spend a lot of time thinking about any of that. He fulminated about trans people — almost certainly hoping that the usual useful idiots in the right-wing American press will pick up on it — and referred to the 'overthrow of faith and traditional values' in the West as equivalent to 'Satanism.'"
According to Nichols, Putin is "trying to rally the most retrograde segments of Russian society while seeking to split the West with his usual rhubarb about defending Christian values."
And in order to recast his illegal invasion as a defense of the Russian homeland, he has "turned occupied Ukrainian territory into 'Russia' and magically transformed subjugated Ukrainians into “Russians.'"
"We can’t let him get away with it," concluded Nichols. "We didn’t stand down in the face of the Soviet system that created this gangster, and we should not stand down now. As NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said today, Ukraine has every right to recover its own territory and free its people. If Putin’s position is that this is cause for an even wider and more reckless conflict, then it is his choice, not ours."
‘He has a death wish’: Trump rages at McConnell and his ‘China loving wife’ in new Truth Social rant
Former President Donald Trump lashed out at Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday evening after President Joe Biden signed a bill to keep the United States government from shutting down at midnight.
The bill passed the Senate 72 to 25 on Thursday and it passed the House 230 to 201 before being signed by President Joe Biden.
"The continuing resolution extends current funding levels until Dec. 16, while also approving $12.4 billion in military and diplomatic spending to help Ukraine in its war against Russia. It also contains $18.8 billion for domestic disaster recovery efforts, including Western wildfires, floods in Kentucky and hurricanes in the Southeast," The Washington Post reported.
Trump, still permanently suspended from Twitter, complained about the deal on his Truth Social website.
"Is McConnell approving all of these trillions of dollars worth of Democrat-sponsored bills, without even the slightest bit of negotiation, because he hates Donald J. Trump, and he knows I am strongly opposed to them, or is he doing it because he believes in the fake and highly destructive green new deal, and is willing to take the country down with him?" Trump asked.
"In any event, either reason is unacceptable," Trump wrote.
"He has a DEATH WISH," Trump continued. "Must immediately seek help and advise from his China loving wife, Coco Chow!"
McConnell is married to Elaine Chao, who is Asian American. She served in Trump's cabinet as Secretary of Transportation from his first month in office until she resigned in protest on Jan. 7, 2021, citing the "traumatic and entirely avoidable" attack on the U.S. Capitol.