The Justice Department moves to protect abortion rights. It should start a trend.

The lawsuit states, “The United States has the authority and responsibility to ensure that Texas cannot evade its obligations under the Constitution and deprive individuals of their constitutional rights by adopting a statutory scheme designed specifically to evade traditional mechanisms of federal judicial review. The federal government therefore brings this suit directly against the State of Texas to obtain a declaration that S.B. 8 is invalid, to enjoin its enforcement, and to protect the rights that Texas has violated.

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How Biden can go on offense

As Afghanistan predictably slips out of the headlines, Biden is pivoting to a series of domestic challenges, including the delta variant; the infrastructure bill and reconciliation package; severe weather episodes worsened by climate change; and a Republican Party bent on undermining fundamental rights (e.g. voting, access to abortions) and democracy itself.

Biden has generally been loath to sharpen attacks on Republicans while he still struggles to pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill.

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Trust was another casualty of 9/11. How can we get it back?

Well, that was a long time ago.

Just as the 9/11 attacks spawned a burst of patriotism and an almost naive faith in government to protect us from a repeat of that day, the ensuing unwinnable campaign to create a self-sustaining national government in Afghanistan and the misguided Iraq War helped drive trust in government down to dismal levels from which it has yet to rebound.

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Analysis from the Pew Research Center provides more perspective on the public’s oscillating trust level.

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What are Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney waiting for?

Bash: Congressman, do you think that voters should trust House Republican leaders with the majority in the next election?
Kinzinger: Yes, I mean, look, I’m a Republican. I would like to see actual Republican values in the majority.
All I can say right now is, my party has to embrace truth. We have to have a full reckoning of what happened on January 6, and we have to turn away from conspiracy. I think, if we’re going to be in charge and pushing conspiracy and pushing division and pushing lies, then the Republican Party should not have the majority.

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Can we expect more vaccine mandates? Chat with Jennifer Rubin.

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Let’s see if we have the GOP’s 2022 message straight

It seems Republicans are returning to the position that we should never leave Afghanistan, one at odds with most Americans. Even more striking, Republicans are already beating the drum to limit entry of Afghan allies, which 80 percent of Americans disagree with. The GOP message boils down to: Stay forever, and if not, don’t take Afghans with us. Most voters want out and want to take as many Afghan allies as possible. In fact, they think the Biden team is not doing enough to evacuate Afghans.

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Biden promised to evacuate all Americans from Afghanistan. But how will we know if he does?

The questions are trickier than a frustrated press corps might imagine. At his Wednesday news conference, Secretary of State Antony Blinken explained: “Since Aug. 14, we’ve evacuated at least 4,500 U.S. citizens and likely more. More than 500 of those Americans were evacuated in just the last day alone,” he said. He continued: “Over the past 24 hours, we’ve been in direct contact with approximately 500 additional Americans and provided specific instructions on how to get to the airport safely.

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It looks like the Jan. 6 select committee means business

The Post reports, “The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection issued its first sweeping requests Wednesday for records from federal agencies pertaining to the attack on the Capitol and President Trump’s efforts to subvert the election.” The list of agencies and individuals from whom documents are demanded is jaw-dropping in scope and confirm what we previously observed: This is an investigation of the entire plot to steal the 2020 election, of which Jan. 6 was only one element.

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Why Pelosi’s victory was never in doubt

This is the second president — President Barack Obama being the first — who will owe the success of his agenda and presidency to Pelosi. Pelosi pulled the Affordable Care Act across the finish line with 219 votes in her own caucus (and one Republican), allowing 34 defections but securing the historic win for Obama. This week, with a much narrower majority, she defused a temper tantrum from nine members of her caucus who insisted on voting on the infrastructure bill before the reconciliation bill, a move that at least 100 Democrats opposed.

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What happens if we don’t evacuate everyone in Afghanistan? Chat with Jennifer Rubin.

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