We should all be so lucky to have even 1% of the positive impact on the world that Urvashi Vaid did, and in a life cut short today.
Vision, commitment, brilliance — yes, but her relentless persistence to see it through was truly rare.
God bless you, Urv. A life so well lived.
"As Idahoans plan for a future without abortion rights, a leading Republican says he will hold hearings on banning emergency contraception..."
"'IUDs, I’m not for certain yet on where I would be on that particular issue,' he said."
"The economy created over 6.7m jobs in 2021, a record high that surpassed the total number of jobs created across Trump’s first 3 years in office.
We’re now up to over 8.8m jobs since January 2021; a total that seemed impossible as last year got underway."
A court in Belarus sentenced a 24-year-old Russian law student whose boyfriend is a prominent dissident to six years in prison on Friday. This comes nearly a year after the country’s authorities diverted a commercial flight to Minsk to arrest them. nyti.ms/3FqZPXG
“Five years after being denied an abortion, women are four times as likely to live below the poverty line as those who received the procedure.
A decade after being denied an abortion, women had higher bankruptcies, evictions and lower credit scores.” bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
"Missouri's health director testified in 2019 that he’d compiled a spreadsheet of patients’ menstrual periods.
Such tracking has been used in China and Poland to check if women are defying restrictions on whether and when they can be pregnant or not."
Friends, if you record “The Rachel @maddow Show”, starting tonight, please also record “MSNBC Prime”. That is what the 9pET show is called on @MSNBC. See you at 9p. We have a LOT to talk about tonight.
(DVR) Programming note!
The 9pm hour on MSNBC from Tuesday to Friday is now called MSNBC Prime.
If you record The Rachel Maddow Show, you'll still get Rachel on Mondays, but you have to add MSNBC Prime to your recording schedule to get the 9pm hour the rest of the week.
It talks about fetuses being people as a matter of ancient law (teeing up idea that fetuses are constitutionally PROTECTED – no abortion anywhere as matter of conlaw.) And its arguments undermine all of SCOTUS’s gay rights and contraception decisions.
"It would fundamentally change us as a country. It would fundamentally change the relationship between women and the government. It would fundamentally change the future for... all our daughters and granddaughters, and women that come after us." –@maddow
"His record in these contests is no small matter given his own past performance.
In his only two appearances on a ballot, he lost the popular vote twice. On his watch as president, the GOP lost the House, Senate and the White House."
If we can learn to recognize and become more fluent about the tactic of exaggerating a threat in order to justify otherwise unacceptable actions, we can turn to our advantage the learned experience of the people who have faced it before we have had to.
Mostly constructive but also terrifying: @LizaGoitein explains some of what Congress could change about presidential emergency powers to make elections safer from losers who don't want to leave office. Watch:
.@katie_rcfp spoke to @maddow about the LA County Sheriff's Dept.'s purported investigation into reporter @AleneTchek.
"The public needs that kind of reporting to hold law enforcement accountable. The public should be outraged by the [dept.'s] attempt to silence that reporting."
"The blowback was so harsh that the Sheriff walked back his allegation.
'I must clarify at no time today did I state an LA Times reporter was a suspect in a criminal investigation,' he tweeted.
Never mind that he alleged exactly that just hours earlier."
The leading Republican candidate for Pennsylvania Governor speaks at event featuring... *what's* that now?
I will admit to getting a little stuck on the "Hitler faked his death" thing.
Honestly, you guys, it's hard to keep up with the latest...
As #Russian occupation forces prepare to hold an illegitimate "referendum" in the #Kherson region to create one more "people's republic", #Ukrainians in Kherson came out to protest against the occupation and were attacked by the invaders. Several people were injured.
“'Ultimately, the choice between freedom and dignity or gas, the answer is clear, in favor of freedom and dignity,” he said, adding that a lack of gas 'cannot be compared to the hardship and tribulations that the Ukrainian people are currently suffering'.”
“Why on earth would we hitch our wagons again to a crybaby sore loser who lost the popular vote twice, lost the House, lost the Senate, and lost the White House, and so on? Trump [has] the stench of disaster on him.”
"Sheriff Villanueva said Tuesday that his department was targeting an L.A. Times journalist in a criminal investigation for her reporting, but after criticism, he backed off his announcement and denied that he considered the reporter a suspect."
Denial, meet tape! for the gazillionth time this week...
He said the reporter was the subject of a criminal investigation. He put her picture on a poster, described her reporting as (many!) alleged crimes, confirmed it under questioning.
It's. On. Tape:
The LA County Sheriff's Department's announcement that it has launched a criminal investigation into a journalist because of her reporting is appalling. This blatantly retaliatory conduct aimed at @latimes & @AleneTchek violates the First Amendment. @katie_rcfp's full statement: