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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: AL vs. Roe vs. Wade

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: AL vs. Roe vs. WadeWhat We’re Following TodayIt’s Wednesday, May 15. Programming note: Our politics team is taking a breath this week to think about our politics coverage with 2020 right around the corner, so the rest of this week’s Politics & Policy Daily newsletters will arrive in a slightly abbreviated form. ‣ The White House refused a demand from the House Judiciary Committee for records and testimony from dozens of current and former White House staff.Here’s what else we’re watching:The First Direct Attacks on Roe v. Wade: Alabama legislators passed a bill that would outlaw abortion at any stage in a woman’s pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest. Earlier this month, Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia signed a law making abortion illegal after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The state legislators passing these bills know they’ll be challenged in court,…

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What Matt Campbell had to say about the Cyclones adding WR La'Michael Pettway

What Matt Campbell had to say about the Cyclones adding WR La'Michael PettwayIowa State added size and experience with wide receiver La’Michael Pettway officially added to the roster.          ….. Read More.DES MOINES REGISTER – Sports | Sports & RecreationMon, May 20, 20196 hours ago

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Twitter Gives Conflicting Reasons for Suspending User After Sen. Bob Menendez Asked Them T...

Twitter Gives Conflicting Reasons for Suspending User After Sen. Bob Menendez Asked Them T…In March, Sen. Bob Menendez (R–N.J.) publicly called on Twitter to suspend the account of user @ivanthetroll12 because he sometimes used his tweets to link to software files that would help owners of certain devices to make weapons at home. Menendez’s home state of New Jersey has banned the distribution of such software, though the constitutionality of that ban is being fought out in court. In April, that user’s account indeed was indeed suspended. At the time, both Twitter and the senator’s press office ignored requests from me for any comment or clarification on any communication between them regarding @ivanthetroll12’s suspension that might shed light on whether Twitter acted in response to, or in collusion with, the senator in shutting down a citizen’s access to its service. The user behind that account has been using another account…

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Rep. Justin Amash Says Trump ‘Has Engaged in Impeachable Conduct’

Rep. Justin Amash Says Trump ‘Has Engaged in Impeachable Conduct’In a series of tweets this afternoon, Justin Amash accused President Donald Trump of having “engaged in impeachable conduct.” The libertarian-leaning Michigan congressman blamed his fellow Republican legislators for choosing to defend the president rather than the Constitution in the wake of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s report. “Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment,” Amash tweeted. “In fact, Mueller’s report identifies multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice, and undoubtedly any person who is not the president of the United States would be indicted based on such evidence.” Since the release of the Mueller report, most Republicans have circled the wagons around Trump. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R–Ky.) has declared “case closed” on the Mueller investigation. Top-notch Trump sycophants like Sen….

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The Problem With Social-Media Protests

The Problem With Social-Media ProtestsSocial media is often thought of as the new ground for political and social activism. But while it’s easy to create a social movement on Twitter or Facebook, translating that into actual policy change is very different.Before the internet changed the speed at which the world moves, movements were slower-growing. A year of organizing and directly advocating for change, which the city and bus company refused to agree to, led to the 13-month-long Montgomery bus boycott that began with Rosa Parks’s act of resistance. The civil-rights movement took a decade to get to the March on Washington—time Martin Luther King Jr. and his colleagues spent forming and deepening social connections, strengthening and testing the fiber of their movement. This post is adapted from Malchik’s upcoming book.In contrast, mass protests like Occupy Wall Street formed rapidly but then, lacking that underlying resilience created over time, often lost…

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