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September 19, 2021

Architect of Texas abortion ban says women can simply ‘refrain’ from sex instead

Former Texas Solicitor General Jonathan Mitchell argued in a Supreme Court brief that if Roe v. Wade is overturned, women can simply refrain from sexual intercourse.

“Women can ‘control their reproductive lives’ without access to abortion; they can do so by refraining from sexual intercourse,” Mitchell wrote in the brief. “One can imagine a scenario in which a woman has chosen to engage in unprotected (or insufficiently protected) sexual intercourse on the assumption that an abortion will be available to her later. But when this court announces the overruling of Roe, that individual can simply change their behavior in response to the court’s decision if she no longer wants to take the risk of an unwanted pregnancy.”

Mitchell, who played a pivotal role in designing the legal framework of the state’s “heartbeat” bill, said that women can still terminate pregnancies by traveling to “wealthy pro-abortion” states like New York and California.

The Supreme Court will soon hear a Mississippi case that experts say could lead to the reversal of the Roe v. Wade ruling.

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Women can say no to sex if Roe falls, says architect of Texas abortion ban

September 17, 2021

Border Patrol found a toddler and baby abandoned along the Rio Grande

US Border Patrol agents found a 2-year-old girl and her 3-month-old brother abandoned along the Rio Grande in Texas. The agency took the children into custody.

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“A note under the infant safety carrier revealed the 2-year-old girl and 3-month-old boy, both nationals of Honduras, were siblings,” Border Patrol said in a statement. “A thorough search of the area was conducted and no additional individuals were encountered.”

Two agents assigned near Eagle Pass, Texas, noticed “an usual color on the riverbank.” The agents found the little girl dressed in yellow and pink, with her brother next to her buckled in an infant carrier seat.

“It is heartbreaking and frustrating to know that there are children being abandoned without remorse or concern for their lives and wellbeing,” the interim Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent, Robert N. Garcia, tweeted.

The children did not require medical attention. Border Patrol brought them to their processing facility in Uvalde, Texas.

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U.S. Border Agents Found A Toddler And A Baby Abandoned Along The Rio Grande

September 17, 2021

Texas migrant numbers ‘out of control’

In Del Rio, Texas, the number of migrants waiting under the International Bridge doubled to over 8,000 in a single day. Border Patrol is overwhelmed by the “out of control” situation, sources confirm.

Video footage shows the staggering number of people waiting under the bridge. On Wednesday, the number totaled around 4,000, but it spiked to over 8,200 by Thursday morning.

According to law enforcement, the majority of the migrants are Haitian, and more are arriving by the minute.

The situation marks the latest in a series of border pandemonium during the Biden administration. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said over 208,000 migrant encounters occurred in August, marking a 317% increase from August 2020.

The White House previously assigned blame to the Trump administration for limiting legal pathways to asylum. Meanwhile, the GOP blames the Biden administration’s rollback of Trump-era immigration policies.

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Migrant numbers under Texas bridge double to 8,000+ in 24 hours: ‘Out of control’

September 8, 2021

Tech CEO steps down following pro-life comments

The CEO of the video game company TripWire stepped down following comments he made supporting the controversial abortion law passed in Texas last week.

“Proud of #USSupremeCourt affirming the Texas law banning abortion for babies with a heartbeat,” John Gibson wrote on Twitter. “As an entertainer I don’t get political often. Yet with so many vocal peers on the other side of this issue, I felt it was important to go on the record as a pro-life game developer.”

Gibson’s comments sparked backlash within the gaming community, with some developers saying they would no longer work with TripWire. The company announced in a statement that Gibson stepped down from his position.

“The comments given by John Gibson are of his own opinion, and do not reflect those of Tripwire Interactive as a company,” the statement read. “His comments disregarded the values of our whole team, our partners and much of our broader community. Our leadership team at Tripwire are deeply sorry and are unified in our commitment to take swift action and to foster a more positive environment.”

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Tech company CEO steps down after comments on Texas abortion law

September 6, 2021

Missing college student found slain, suspect’s whereabouts unknown

Texas authorities are searching for a man suspected of murdering a woman who went missing the night of her birthday celebration in July.

Houston police said they issued an arrest warrant for Jordan Potts, 26, in connection with the murder of Shawtyeria Waites.

Waites, 21, was last seen alive at an area apartment complex the night of July 25, according to police. Friends dropped her off to meet a man. Waites’ friends were unable to reach her an hour later, and she was reported missing two days later.

Waites was out celebrating her birthday with two friends earlier in the night when they met Potts, who invited them back to his apartment.

Potts’ whereabouts are unknown at this time.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Houston police at 713-308-3600 or Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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College Student Who Vanished After Birthday Night Out with Friends Is Found Slain, Suspect at Large 

September 5, 2021

Biden changes stance on when ‘life begins’ amid Texas abortion kerfuffle

During a press conference, President Joe Biden addressed a recently enacted Texas law that restricts abortions past six weeks of pregnancy. His comments indicate an apparent about-face regarding the contentious topic of when “life begins.”

“I respect those who believe life begins in the moment of conception — I respect that,” he told reporters on Friday. “Don’t agree, but I respect that.”

His statement marks a stark change from previous comments on the topic.

“I’m prepared to accept that at the moment of conception, there’s human life and being, but I’m not prepared to say that to other God-fearing, non-God-fearing people that have a different view,” Biden said in 2015.

Biden made a similar remark in 2008: “I’m prepared as a matter of faith to accept that life begins at the moment of conception.”

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Biden changes position, now says life doesn’t begin at conception

September 3, 2021

Supreme Court declines to block Texas abortion law in blow to pro-choice advocates

A divided Supreme Court declined to block a Texas law that outlaws abortion in the state after six weeks of pregnancy. The justices came to the decision in a 5-4 split.

If successful, the request from abortion rights advocates would have put the law on hold during litigation.

The majority said that “procedural issues related to the unusual private enforcement mechanism the law sets up undermined the argument for blocking the statute at this preliminary stage,” according to Politico.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the high court’s three liberals in dissent.

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Supreme Court declines to block Texas abortion law

July 11, 2021

Houston Man Arrested For Alleged Illegal Voting

Hervis Rogers went viral on social media for being the last person in line to cast a vote on Super Tuesday in March 2020. Now, he is being prosecuted by the Texas Attorney General’s office for allegedly voting illegally. In 1995, Rogers was sentenced to 25 years for burglary and intent to commit theft. He was out on parole in 2004, with his parole set to end in June of 2020. Formerly convicted felons are prohibited from voting in Texas. Rogers was arrested this week for two counts of illegal voting, and his bail is currently set at $100,000. “Mr. Rogers is being held in jail on an extremely high bail amount that he cannot afford for what amounts to simply attempting to fulfill his civic duty. This is not justice,” said ACLU of Texas legal director Andre Segura.

The grizzly bear that pulled a woman from her tent and killed her earlier this week was fatally shot by wildlife officials. Officials set a trap near the chicken coop that the bear raided near Ovando, Montana. Bear attacks on humans are rare, especially within inhabited areas. “Everybody recognizes this as really abnormal behavior to actually attack somebody sleeping in a tent in town,” local resident Dona Aitken said. “I think we still don’t have a good answer for why he did that.” Authorities hunted the 400-pound animal for over three days with the aid of helicopters, search crews, and large traps baited with roadkill.

The Biden administration is sending 3 million Covid-19 vaccines to Indonesia, marking the largest single shipment yet. The White House is also sending 1.5 million vaccines to Nepal, 500,000 to Moldova, and 500,000 to Bhutan. “We recognize the difficult situation Indonesia currently finds itself in with a surge of Covid cases and our thoughts are with those in Indonesia who are affected family,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. Indonesia is currently experiencing a record number of daily deaths from the coronavirus as the Delta variant continues to circulate.

In a bizarre case of evidence tampering, a man panicked and swallowed a bag of marijuana during a traffic stop. He then choked on it and the state trooper who pulled him over had to perform the Heimlich maneuver. Dashcam footage released by the Ohio State Patrol shows Trooper Charles Hoskin asking the driver if he was able to breathe as he exited the vehicle. The two walked to a safe area behind the vehicle, where the officer performed the Heimlich maneuver and a plastic bag is dislodged. “I had a gram of weed on me, sir,” the suspect said.

Amid another series of ransomware attacks, President Biden told Vladimir Putin that Russia must crack down on cybercriminals. “I made it very clear to him that the United States expects when a ransomware operation is coming from his soil, even though it’s not sponsored by the state, we expect them to act if we give them enough information to act on who that is,” Biden said. Putin was warned by Biden that the US will take “any necessary action” to defend American infrastructure. According to the White House, only time will tell how Russia will respond.

The Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has asked people in his state to voluntarily curtail their water use by 15% amid the drought in the Western US. “This is jaw-dropping, what’s happening in the West Coast of the United States,” said Newsom. California’s most significant reservoirs are at dangerously low levels: 30% and 34% capacity. Some other states have already imposed mandatory water restrictions. Oregon Governor Kate Brown instructed state agencies to stop watering lawns and washing windows. A new law in Nevada bans approximately a third of grass in the Las Vegas area, excluding single-family homes, parks, and golf courses.

Stay safe,

Fraser Dixon

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