Well, bless my heart, pretty kittens, you are back for another mid-week round up of news .Each week you fly back with me into the ether as we gently headdesk our way into the realm of the political, the sublime, and the absurd. Mostly the absurd. Here we attempt to understand what is going on in this big, crazy world of ours, one li’l sound bite at a time. So enough lollygagging, let’s jump right into the topics that make us swirl our brains to process the absurd and inane.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court effectively struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by a 5-to-4 vote, ruling that Congress had not provided adequate justification for subjecting nine states, mostly in the South, to federal oversight. (New York Times)
Oh and Al Sharpton is pissed. (Huffington Post)
You know who is even more pissed? Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Mother Jones)
President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia confirmed directly for the first time on Tuesday that Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former American national security contractor, was staying temporarily in an international transit area at a Moscow airport, and Mr. Putin appeared to rule out American requests for his extradition to the United States. (New York Times)
President Obama launched a new plan to tackle climate change on Tuesday with a call to limit carbon pollution from all U.S. power plants and a signal that he would block a proposed pipeline from Canada if it boosted greenhouse gas emissions.(Reuters)
After an 11-hour filibuster by Official Badass Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, followed by Texas Democrats arguing parliamentary inquiries to run down the clock, and finally a 14-minute cheering and chanting session by a crowd of Texas SB5’s opponents in the Senate gallery that pushed the vote to after midnight, the Texas GOP tried to say that the anti-choice bill had passed. Fortunately, they were forced to concede that the bill had been killed, amidst evidence that the voting records on the Senate website had been falsified and that GOP senators had not followed the parliamentary procedures they held Sen. Davis so strictly to. (New York Times)
Well, my loves, that wraps up another session of the good, the bad, and the really bad. But remember, even in the worst of times, seek comfort in that which you love and that which generates good. Until next week, you beautiful babes.