ST. LOUIS — School librarians across Missouri are pulling books from shelves as they face the potential for criminal charges under a new state law banning “explicit sexual material.” The law goes into effect Aug. 28 and applies to both public and private schools. It was part of a state bill addressing various sexual assault and other crimes and creating a “sexual assault survivors bill of rights.” The law defines explicit sexual material as any visual depiction of sex acts or genitalia, with exceptions for artistic or scientific significance. “It applies to any kind of images, which could incl...
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According to the Heartland Signal, Minnesota GOP secretary of state candidate Kim Crockett attacked Americans who use provisional ballots in an interview earlier this year — and mocked them as "flabby."
"While giving an interview on 'The Jack Tomzcak Show' that was published in February, Crockett explained her idea to get rid of same-day voter registration in Minnesota and put more emphasis on provisional ballots," reported Richard Eberwein. "In the same breath, she implied that voters who aren’t 'organized' shouldn’t be given provisional ballots."
“They have the opportunity to prove who they are,” said Crockett. “It’s like a second shot, which I don’t know that we owe people who can’t get organized. It’s the flabby American voter who’s indulged... the onus is on them, the state shouldn't be going around, 'Oh can I help you?'"
Provisional ballots are given to voters whose eligibility has been challenged, or who else cannot prove they have met the requirements to vote but attest they meet those requirements, after which the ballots are set aside and counted later if the voter's eligibility can be verified. This can happen in a variety of circumstances, including in rare cases when election officials themselves lose track of that voter's data. The 2002 Help America Vote Act requires every state to offer provisional ballots in certain circumstances.
Crockett has previously come under fire for questioning whether homeless, disabled, or non-English-speaking people should have the right to vote. She has also refused to commit to accepting the election results of the 2020 midterms, where she is an underdog against incumbent Democratic-Farmer-Labor Secretary of State Steve Simon.
At the Minnesota GOP state convention earlier this year, Crockett also sparked controversy for displaying an anti-Semitic image of Simon and voting rights attorney Marc Elias, both of whom are Jewish, as marionettes whose strings are being pulled by Hungarian philanthropist and Holocaust survivor George Soros.
Morning Joe shames GOP for trying to shove potentially brain-damaged candidate into Senate: 'Who would be so cruel?'
Republicans have rallied around the Georgia candidate after a woman revealed that he had paid for her abortion and Walker's son harshly criticized him as an abusive and absentee father, and the "Morning Joe" host highlighted Newt Gingrich pointing out that the former NFL star likely suffered from football-related brain damage.
"You heard me talking very carefully about Herschel Walker because this is," Scarborough said, "Because I do believe this is a guy who has suffered for quite some time with mental-emotional problems. And there is so much overwhelming evidence that, I guess, again, I'm just flabbergasted with what Newt said. I wonder if you start connecting the dots and you look at fact that overwhelming majority of pro athletes that retire do actually have great challenges, and we've seen tragically those that have played in college and the NFL have had emotional regulation problems, have had mental lapses, have had struggles with depression. It's a real tragedy."
"I'm certainly not making light of that," he added. "But you look at the fact that Herschel Walker has trouble completing sentences, has trouble concentrating, and maybe Newt Gingrich is onto something. I can't believe I'm saying it -- maybe he's onto something there. The tragedies surrounding football players and CET are all around us, we read sad stories every day. I wonder if maybe Newt Gingrich accidentally stumbled on to something that perhaps we should be focused on a little more and be sensitive about."
Walker's son released videos of himself questioning his father's decision to run for the U.S. Senate, and Scarborough said Donald Trump had made a "cruel" decision to elevate someone so manifestly unqualified.
"You really do wonder, wasn't there anybody around him that could have stopped him, that could have protected him, that could have stopped this slow-motion train wreck?" Scarborough said. "His son said that his entire family begged him not to do it. It's kind of like Rudy Giuliani, a guy who we know was at one point called America's mayor, credited for having a large part in an incredible turnaround in New York City. So many times I see Rudy Giuliani going out clearly, clearly having lost several steps. In fact, Donald Trump said that even back in 2016, that Rudy's lost more than a few steps. You're like, where are the people protecting these folks?"
"With Herschel, you go, come on, who would be cruel enough to put this guy out there?" he added. "Then, of course, you look and see, it wasn't Mitch McConnell -- he didn't want him in there. It wasn't any Georgia Republican -- they want to win the seat. They should be 8, 10 points up right now. But Donald Trump picks a guy who shouldn't be out there. Not only is it not in the Republican Party's best interest, it's probably not in his own personal best interest to be going through what he's going to be going through over the next several weeks."
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French author Annie Ernaux won the 2022 Nobel Prize for Literature "for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory", the award-giving body said on Thursday.
Ernaux, whose work is mostly autobiographical, is 82.
In explaining its choice, the Academy said Ernaux "consistently and from different angles, examines a life marked by strong disparities regarding gender, language and class".
Her debut novel was "Les Armoires Vides" in 1974 but she gained international recognition following the publication of "Les Années" in 2008, translated into "The Years" in 2017.
"It is her most ambitious project, which has given her an international reputation and a raft of followers and literary disciples," the Academy said of that book.
"I consider this to be a great honour for me and at the same time a great responsibility, a responsibility given to me," Ernaux told Swedish public broadcaster SVT moments after the prize was announced.
The prizes for achievements in science, literature and peace were established in the will of Swedish chemist and engineer Alfred Nobel, whose invention of dynamite made him rich and famous, and have been awarded since 1901.
While many previous literature winners were already widely read before landing the prize, the award generates huge media attention and can catapult lesser known authors to global fame while spurring book sales even for literary superstars.
Some prizes have gone to writers from outside mainstream literary genres, including French philosopher Henri Bergson in 1927, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1953 and American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan in 2016.
Accurately predicting the winner of the literature award is educated guesswork at best and favorites to win this year's prize included a string of authors who have been considered to be high in the running for years.
Among the bookies' favorites for this year's prize were French writer Michel Houellebecq, who gained international fame with his 1998 novel Atomised, Kenya's Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Canadian poet Anne Carson and India-born Salman Rushdie.
Rushdie was stabbed in New York state in August as he was preparing to deliver a lecture, sustaining serious injuries. Last year's prize, widely seen as the world's most prestigious literary award, was won by Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah.
(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS and AFP)