3 Stories You Should Read 5/24/2019: Theresa May, Trump, Missouri
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In the category of: Dominoes
Missouri’s governor on Friday signed into law a strict anti-abortion bill that prohibits abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy
Missouri becomes the latest state to pass such legislation in the hopes that the Supreme Court’s conservative justices will overturn Roe v. Wade.
“By signing this bill today, we are sending a strong signal to the nation that, in Missouri, we stand for life, protect women’s health, and advocate for the unborn,” Gov. Mike Parson said in a statement after signing the law. “All life has value and is worth protecting.”
In the category of: Intentional misinformation
President Trump is so scared of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that he had to post a spliced video of her stumbling over her words because he doesn’t know how to deal with powerful women who think he’s a damn idiot.
On Thursday evening, during what is also known as the “Hey big head, you up?” hours on Twitter, the president of people who purchased a Trump prayer coin for $45, tweeted a heavily edited video of Pelosi with the words “PELOSI STAMMERS THROUGH NEWS CONFERENCE.” The sentiment wasn’t the president’s own as Fox Business Network aired the video Thursday night on Lou Dobbs Tonight.
The Washington Post reports that Trump had already called Pelosi “crazy Nancy” at a news conference earlier in the day and proclaimed “she’s lost it” after Pelosi “told reporters that Trump’s family and White House aides ‘should stage an intervention for the good of the country.’”
The video Trump shared featured several moments spliced together where Pelosi was hesitant in her speech or searching for the correct words to give the appearance that this was how she sounded during the entire news conference.
I can’t explain why Pelosi said she was going to point to “three things” and only held up two fingers. I can’t explain that.
In the category of: The End Game
Prime Minister May was supposed to deliver Brexit for the UK. Now she’s leaving it up to somebody else.
The British prime minister announced Friday that she plans to resign, after trying — and failing — to steer the United Kingdom through its divorce with the European Union. While this brings a close to her beleaguered premiership, it adds even more chaos to UK politics as the country tries to finalize its exit from the EU.
May will not leave office immediately. She will step aside as leader of the Conservative Party on June 7, which will trigger a leadership contest to replace her on June 10. But she will stay on as prime minister until her successor is selected, at which point that person will become the prime minister without the need for a general election.
A new prime minister was “in the best interests of the country,” May said in a statement in front of London’s 10 Downing Street. “It is and always will remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.”
After calling on ministers to compromise on Brexit issues in the weeks ahead, she concluded her address while fighting back tears. “I will shortly leave the job that has been the honor of my life to hold … I do so with no ill will but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love.”
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