Confluence | Oct 4, 2019 | 0
3 Stories You Should Read 12/03/2019: Censure, Ohio Abortion bill, Macron
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In the category of: That’s awkward
Could the average American even tell you what the verb “censure” means? I would be willing to bet any amount of money that the most tangible result of a censure vote would be cable news anchors spelling the word on-air and explaining that it does not mean the same thing as “C-E-N-S-O-R.” This would not stop hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of retirement-aged low-information voters from talking about how the Demoncrats’ latest plot — not a secret one, they actually voted for it! — is to “ban” our president. I am as down on political consultants as most cynical members of my profession, but in this case I really do think it would be wise to run this particular word by the focus groupers, unless they want to spend the next year begging their friends at Politifact to do another piece debunking the latest “I THOUGHT DEMOCRATS WERE AGAINST CENSORSHIP” meme.
In the category of: Fantasy
Ohio introduces one of the most extreme bills to date for a procedure that does not exist in medical science
An ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening condition, which can kill a woman if the embryonic tissue grows unchecked.
In addition to ordering doctors to do the impossible or face criminal charges, House Bill 413 bans abortion outright and defines a fertilized egg as an “unborn child”.
It also appears to punish doctors, women and children as young as 13 with “abortion murder” if they “perform or have an abortion”. This crime is punishable by life in prison. Another new crime, “aggravated abortion murder”, is punishable by death, according to the bill.
In the category of: Jedi skills
There was a time when Donald Trump seemed to have found a rare, non-dictator friend on the world stage in Emmanuel Macron, a bromance he cemented with a long, weird handshake. After its first blush of promise, however, the relationship quickly went south, with Macron telling the world what he really thinks about his counterpart’s “America First” agenda, and Trump responding in kind. Things grew still rockier on Monday night, when Trump took Macron to task over his comments that NATO was experiencing “brain death” over the U.S.’s failure to communicate with other countries in the alliance. Europe must band together as its own superpower, Macron added in the November interview, or the continent would “no longer be in control of our destiny.”
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