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Today's newsletter will take you through independent reporting and analysis on abortion rights, Trump's legal woes, LGBTQ+ issues, U.S. media, and more. But first, we have a special announcement.
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Your Independent News Roundup
"With reproductive rights now in states’ hands, local governments are challenging state statutes’ power and taking steps to protect abortion," reports BOLTS.
Meanwhile, in Idaho, things are about to get rough, reports the IDAHO CAPITAL SUN.
Idaho’s trigger law banning abortion in nearly all cases will go into effect on Aug. 25, and the heartbeat law allowing civil lawsuits against medical providers will go into effect immediately following an opinion from the Idaho Supreme Court on Friday evening.
'Ladies and Gentlemen, We Got Him?'
Another day, another crime Trump likely committed. The FBI raided the ex-president's Mar-a-Lago home this week to determine if he violated the Espionage Act by illegally holding classified documents there. From STATES NEWSROOM:
The feds were looking for nuclear secrets at Mar-a-Lago, explains MEANS MORNING NEWS.
In another inquiry, Trump pled the Fifth hundreds of times in his deposition with the New York Attorney General in a civil probe of him and his company for potential tax-related crimes. THE HUMANIST REPORT:
THE BAFFLER analyzes the government's response to the monkeypox emergency and the criticism of that response.
TRANSLASH's latest article in its News & Narrative series comes from an incarcerated trans woman.
My name is Jessica Phoenix Sylvia. I am a trans woman who has spent the last eighteen years locked up for a domestic violence-related crime. Whenever I transfer to a new men’s prison things get wild.
The PENNSYLVANIA CAPITAL-STAR republished an article showing that meth addiction is especially prevalent among gay and bisexual men.
The reactionary Wall Street Journal editorial board recently continued its tradition of opposing tax breaks for non-wealthy Americans, reports FAIR.
In JACOBIN, a local reporter from Massachusetts writes about her experience at a paper that, after being bought by wealthy landlords, censored her reporting on the real estate industry. If public, not private, money funded journalism, the industry would be far better off, she argues.
I’d learned just how easy it is to buy the narrative for a couple million dollars — pocket change to the landlords, developers, and corporations who use local newspapers as free public relations machines.
In Other News
Get the full analysis of the Inflation Reduction Act from THE AMERICAN PROSPECT executive editor and policy wonk David Dayen on the LEFT ANCHOR podcast.
Marianne Williamson joins THE GRAVEL INSTITUTE to explain widespread depression in the U.S., arguing that it is a social, not individual, problem.
Despite strongly supporting a single-payer option in his presidential campaign—saying it would be "the first thing I would do as president"—Biden has totally abandoned the idea, writes THE LEVER.
The idea of creating a government-run health insurance plan that people could buy into has completely disappeared from the political conversation in Washington. Instead, Democrats have opted to deliver tens of billions of dollars of new government subsidies demanded by private health insurers that have funneled millions of dollars into Democratic campaign coffers.
Some good labor news: the MINNESOTA INFORMER reports that workers at a second Starbucks store overwhelmingly voted to unionize.
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