A Catholic priest who directed a migrant shelter in Tecate was found dead on May 17, two days after he was reported missing. His death has prompted calls from the Catholic Church for greater security for those in Mexico working with migrants and refugees. Father José Guadalupe Rivas Saldaña, 57, served as pastor of St. Jude Thaddeus Parish in Tecate, about 30 miles east of Tijuana. Since June 2021, he also directed the migrant shelter there, Casa del Migrante de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. "We know that people who defend the human rights of migrants and refugees are exposed to contexts of gre...
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According to a report from the New York Times’ Charlie Savage, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has been making plans to overturn the 50-year-old Roe v Wade ruling based upon a memo that he wrote in 1985 where he counseled patience during the Ronald Reagan administration.
Alito, who wrote Friday’s decision that overturned Row — and subsequently set off mass demonstrations across the country by effectively turning women into second-class citizens — reportedly “cautioned the Reagan administration against mounting a frontal assault on Roe v. Wade.”
In his 1985 memo Alito, “advocated focusing on a more incremental argument: The court should uphold the regulations as reasonable. That strategy would ‘advance the goals of bringing about the eventual overruling of Roe v. Wade and, in the meantime, of mitigating its effects,” reports the Times Savage.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences, he wrote. “And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”
According to the Times report, “In a memo on the cases, Mr. Alito displayed not only tactical acumen but personal passion, taking umbrage with a judge’s objection that forcing women to listen to details about fetal development before their abortions would cause ‘emotional distress, anxiety, guilt and in some cases increased physical pain,” with Alito dismissing their concerns by writing the such concerns “are part of the responsibility of moral choice.”
The Times reports that during Senate hearings on his appointment to the highest court in the land, when the 1985 memo was brought up, he responded, “When someone becomes a judge, you really have to put aside the things that you did as a lawyer at prior points in your legal career and think about legal issues the way a judge thinks about legal issues.”
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Fox News host Rachel Campos-Duffy accused View co-host Ana Navarro of being a "eugenicist" because she supports abortion rights.
During a discussion on Fox News, co-host Will Cain noted that Navarro spoke in defense of the special needs community following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn federal abortion rights.
"What you are talking about is, in the alternative, death," Cain opined.
"It's eugenics," Duffy argued. "Ana Navarro is a eugenicist. She just said that to the world just now. She said because it can be difficult to have a child with special needs -- by the way, she included even, not just physical handicap, not just Down syndrome, which we know that community is being exterminated."
Cain accused Navarro of "an incredibly ugly sentiment."
"There is a eugenics mentality out there for people with special needs," Campos-Duffy insisted.
"That's the logical end-state!" co-host Pete Hegseth exclaimed. "If you think men and women should control whether or not a fetus becomes a born life then whatever variables and factors you can look at, you should be able to decide, 'Well, this is a good one. This is a bad one. I'm going to decide right now whether to take the life or not.'"
"Who gets to decide who is sufficiently human enough?" Campos-Duffy complained.
Cain dismissed the notion that the government should not "tell a woman what to do with her body" because, he said, "there's another body involved, another person."
"That's why they've wanted to say clump of cells or fetus, that it's not a baby," Hegseth pointed out.
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According to a report from Politico’s Meredith McGraw and Matt Dixon, key Republican donors are growing increasingly put off by what is being described as the “exhausting circus” that surrounds Donald Trump due to his efforts to remain a viable GOP candidate in 2024.
As the report notes, the revelations by the Jan 6th committee investigating the Capitol insurrection that forced lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to flee for their lives is taking a toll not only on the former president's already tattered reputation but also of big money Republican Party donors who are starting to look for other candidates to invest in.
As the Politico report states, conservative voters are, for the most part, still enamored by Trump but “elements of the voters, donors and activists that make the three pillars of the party are exhausted too, they say. And they’re growing less willing to let the baggage of the Trump years complicate the future.”
GOP donor Dan Eberhart explained that “Trump fatigue” is a real thing.
“Trump is facing an important onslaught of negative facts with these hearings and there is no real defense. He has no friendly members on the committee and there aren’t facts to put in front of the public to make any of this sound less bad,” he claimed while adding the Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is “is lying in wait sharpening his knives,” and reaping the benefits of a fading Trump.
One unnamed DeSantis adviser admitted the Florida governor is being helped by the former president’s travails.
“I think the January 6 hearings are a continuation of the exhausting circus that surrounds Trump,” they explained. “There are of course the lunchbox Republicans who think this is a ‘mass conspiracy,’ but among the donor class many are just tired of this.”
“It’s a shitshow. Some donors are getting sick of the shitshow,” they added.
While some supporters of Trump have dismissed the damage the hearing have done to the former president, Politico reports that he isn’t so sure, reporting, ”Trump himself seems to have internalized that the hearings have inflicted some dents.”
GOP strategist Sarah Longwell claims she has seen a shift in attitudes toward the former president.
“With January 6 they’re on Trump’s side, but they’re also exhausted by it. It creates that sense of wanting to move on. The question is whether that sticks. I’ve seen it before when Trump’s baggage is out there they get annoyed about having to defend it, they drift away and then come back,” she claimed.
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