First, they ignored Occupy Wall Street. On the late-summer morning of Sept. 17, 2011, there were no major news organizations present — not even the hometown New York Times — when a ragtag army of a couple hundred protesters fed up with America’s gross inequality tried to set up camp in the heart of Manhattan’s Financial District and were pushed back by a massive police response to an unknown spot called Zuccotti Park. Then, they ridiculed it. As the crowds of campers in the park re-dubbed “Freedom Plaza” swelled and protests spread to scores of other U.S. cities and then around the world, the ...
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday announced it will hear a Mississippi case that is a "direct challenge" to Roe v. Wade, the case that found women have a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling by the strong conservative majority court could lead to overturning the landmark 1973 case that has been considered settled law for nearly 50 years.
The Court will hear argument in the case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, on Wednesday, December 1.
NEW- Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in major #abortion case - in which Mississippi is asking the court to overturn Roe v Wade - on December 1
— Andrew Chung (@andrew_chung_) September 20, 2021
The case focuses on a Mississippi state law that bans abortion after 15 weeks. Since 1973's Roe v. Wade the Supreme Court has generally used a 24-week standard.
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott just signed into law legislation that effectively bans abortion after six weeks. Many believe that law to be unconstitutional.
The architect of that law, former Texas solicitor general and Federalist Society member Jonathan Mitchell, was exposed last week as having co-written an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court that says women use abortion as an alternative to contraception and could merely stop having sex if they are unable to access abortion.
In that same brief Mitchell writes that the Supreme Court's 2015 ruling finding same-sex couples have a right to marriage, and an even earlier ruling that say people of the same sex have a constitutional right to sex, should be overturned.
The TX lawyer who wrote the anti-abortion law filed an amicus brief in Dobbs, the Mississippi case seeking to reverse Roe v. Wade. The sneering and dismissive tone towards women is remarkable. He insinuates women who get abortions use them as a "fallback method of birth control." pic.twitter.com/bineLhWt5j
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) September 19, 2021
He also calls same-sex marriage a “judicial concoction."
“The news is not as good for those who hope to preserve the court-invented rights to homosexual behavior and same-sex marriage," Mitchell writes. “These 'rights,' like the right to abortion from Roe, are judicial concoctions, and there is no other source of law that can be invoked to salvage their existence."
New video shows Capitol rioter frothing at the mouth as he confronts police: 'You are a moral coward!'
Newly released body cam video from the Capitol insurrection shows a Jan. 6 rioter frothing at the mouth as he confronts a Metropolitan Police Department officer guarding the perimeter of the building.
"You're f*cking defending a machine that doesn't even f*cking care about you," Joseph Lino Padilla tells the officer, with scuba goggles covering his eyes and a mask around his neck. "But if you let us in there, that machine will be gone, and we will f*cking protect you. You're being a moral coward. You are a moral coward. You know what you're doing is wrong."
A federal judge has made the video public after prosecutors included images from it in their criminal complaint filed against Padilla in February, according to WUSA9 investigative reporter Scott MacFarlane.
Padilla, a former sergeant with the Tennessee National Guard, is accused of repeatedly assaulting police during the insurrection, including throwing a flagpole at officers. He remains behind bars after a federal judge declined to release him before trial in May.
"Attorneys for the government have argued the multiple assaults and a series of social media posts celebrating the failed insurrection are evidence the suspect was too dangerous for release ahead of trial," the Tennessean reported.
Watch the new video below.
One of Picasso's daughters has given eight of his artworks and a book of drawings to the French state in lieu of inheritance tax at a ceremony on Monday.
Six paintings and two statues by the Spanish master were handed over to the state-run Picasso Museum in Paris by his daughter Maya Ruiz-Picasso, his daughter by French model Marie-Therese Walter.
They include "The child with the lollipop sitting under a chair", likely featuring Maya as a child, and representing a fearful world on the eve of World War II, according to grandson Olivier Widmaier Picasso.
He was at a press conference at the museum alongside Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot, who called the donation "one of the most important of recent decades".
The works were heirlooms for his children, and include a statue in a Polynesian style of a type the artist kept as totems in his workshop.
The oldest work is dated to 1895 -- a traditional portrait of his father, "Don Jose Ruiz", also a painter.
The most recent is "Head of a Man", a cubist portrait from summer 1971, two years before his death at the age of 91.
The works included "The child with the lollipop sitting under a chair" POOL/AFP
They will be on show at the Picasso Museum, which has the largest collection of his works in the world, from April 2022.
The value of the works was not given for reasons of tax secrecy, as the donation allows 86-year-old Ruiz-Picasso to pay off her inheritance tax in kind.
© 2021 AFP
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