JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — When Gov. Mike Parson departs Missouri for a 10-day trade mission to Israel and Greece next week, he'll be traveling with his wife, a top aide and his spouse, a four-person security detail and at least a dozen others. Parson confirmed the trip Tuesday after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch had previously reported officials were eyeing the dates as a replacement trip for one canceled last year because of pandemic-related travel restrictions. Left off the schedule this time around were visits to Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Joining the Republican governor and first lady ...
Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, is once again facing scrutiny for her support of Donald Trump's nominees to the Supreme Court in light of this week's oral arguments in case that threatens the constitutional protection of abortion.
Promoting the bill she co-authored with Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill, which had just passed into law by President Biden this week, Collins was slammed by critics.
"The U.S. has an unacceptably high maternal mortality rate w/ stark racial disparities, and this crisis impacts women veterans as well." she wrote on Twitter, "A bill Sen. Duckworth and I authored in the Senate aims to change this. Today, President Biden signed it into law, which will improve veterans' maternal care."
The U.S. has an unacceptably high maternal mortality rate w/ stark racial disparities, & this crisis impacts women veterans as well. A bill @SenDuckworth & I authored in the Senate aims to change this. Today, @POTUS signed it into law, which will improve veterans' maternal care.pic.twitter.com/Xkx8BItgmJ— Sen. Susan Collins (@Sen. Susan Collins) 1638297798
Instead of praise, Collins was flooded with mention of her past support for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
"You picked a bad day to express your "concern" about women and maternal mortality," one user responded, "Your "concern" appears it will lead to increases in maternal mortality in Mississippi."
Collins previously said that she did not believe Kavanaugh would overturn Roe v. Wade, as she said he considered the matter to be "settled law." Asked on Thursday whether or not she believed that Kavanagh still sees Roe as settled law following his line of questioning during this week's oral arguments in a case about Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban, Collins demurred and simply said, "I think we all need to wait and see what the final decision is."
After Judge Kavanaugh had expressed support for a similarly restrictive anti-abortion law in Louisiana, Collins told CNN that Kavanaugh had assured her during his confirmation process that the landmark opinion was safe.
"He said under oath many times, as well as to me personally many times, that he considers Roe to be 'precedent upon precedent,' because it had been reaffirmed in the Casey v. Planned Parenthood case." she said.
When that law was struck down by the court, with Kavanaugh in the minority supporting it being upheld, Senator Collins again said that his vote was "no indication in his dissenting opinion that he supports overturning Roe."
If Mississippi's abortion restrictions are upheld by the Supreme Court, it seems clear that abortion will become a state issue once again. Mississippi currently has only one licensed abortion facility in the state, leaving that healthcare access inaccessible to thousands of women.
Jeffrey Clark, the former Trump Department of Justice official who tried to get the DOJ involved in the former president's attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, has postponed his scheduled testimony before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riots.
Via Politico's Kyle Cheney, the committee released a statement late on Friday say that Clark informed them of a "medical condition that precludes his participation in tomorrow's meeting and he has provided ample evidence of this claim."
Because of this, the committee has agreed to postpone Clark's deposition until December 16th.
Earlier this week, the committee voted unanimously to recommend criminal contempt charges against Clark after he met with them and refused to answer any questions about his actions leading up to the January 6th Capitol riots.
Clark became the second Trump ally whom the committee has voted to be held in criminal contempt, as it voted to support charges against now-indicted longtime Trump ally Steve Bannon earlier this year.
The matter will now be sent to the full House of Representatives for a vote. Presuming that vote succeeds, the recomendation of charges will be referred to the Department of Justice, which will then decide whether to pursue charges against Clark.
US Marshals announce search for Michigan shooter's parents — hours after their attorney denied they're on the run
On Friday, the U.S. Marshals Service announced that it was taking on the search for James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of the 15-year-old student who committed a mass shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan.
The US Marshals have adopted the case of the search for James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of the accused Oxford HS (Mich.) shooter. The USMS Detroit Fugitive Apprehension team is working in conjunction with the Oakland County Sheriff\u2019s Office on the search.— U.S. Marshals (@U.S. Marshals) 1638570079
This comes just hours after lawyers representing the Crumbleys "said [they] had not fled, but had left town for their own safety and were returning to be arraigned," according to The New York Times.
Earlier today, prosecutors filed four counts of involuntary manslaughter against the Crumbleys.
Their son, Ethan Crumbley, committed the shooting, which left four dead and seven injured, with a handgun purchased by his father just days before on Black Friday.
School officials had caught him looking up ammunition on his cellphone and reported it to school officials, and his mother reportedly told him, "LOL I’m not mad. You have to learn not to get caught.”