In a 5-3 decision, Supreme Court strikes down three parts of Arizona’s immigration law

From CNNLiveBlog:

[Updated at 10:23 a.m. ET] CNN’s Senior Political Analyst David Gergen weighs in on the Arizona immigration ruling:

“The court apparently has said, ‘No, you can’t do that.’ Those are centralized powers and you can’t step in.”

[Updated at 10:18 a.m. ET] The Supreme Court has issued 5-3 decision in favor of U.S. government, with Justice Kennedy saying that the government has significant power to regulate immigration and while Arizona may have signifacnt frustrations they may not have policies that undermine federal law.

This is a win for the federal government and a loss for Arizona.

From SCOTUSBlog:

10:20 – Here’s a link to the opinion in Arizona v. US: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-182b5e1.pdf

10:31 – the #SB1070 decision is a significant win for the Obama Administration.  It got almost everything it wanted.

10:36 – Amy Howe: The Court will sit again on Thursday to announce the rest of the opinions. So there you have it.

Thursday will be healthcare.

WTF & TGIF: 9 interesting things

1) How The GOP Went Back To The 1950s In Just One Day - So there you have it: modern women being told by Republicans that they’re not qualified to talk about their own sexual health, are dressed like “whores” and probably need birth control because they’re so slutty. And this is just in one day…

  • On Capitol Hill, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) held hearings on contraception and religious freedom that produced the now-famous picture of a table full of men called to weigh in on access to contraceptives. Democrats wanted a woman — a Georgetown law student with a friend who lost an ovary because the university doesn’t cover birth control — to say her piece at the hearing, but Issa wouldn’t let her on the panel. He said she wasn’t “appropriate or qualified” to discuss the topic at hand. Jaws dropped in the women’s rights community. “She didn’t have the right credentials?” NOW President Terry O’Neill scoffed. “I’m thinking to myself, ‘Buddy, you and your little panel over there don’t have the right anatomy to talk about birth control.’” – Back To The 1950s
  • Politico published a story about a right wing firestorm that had been burning for days: Did the young women who attended this year’s CPAC wear skirts that were too short? The days following the massive conservative conference, which closed Saturday, were filled with tweets and blog posts weighing in on what conservative pundit Melissa Clouthier called outfits that made the college-age women at CPAC look either “frumpish” or “like two-bit whores.” – Back To The 1950s

2) Foster Friess, the billionaire backer of Rick Santorum’s campaign, became an instant celebrity when he went on Andrea Mitchell’s MSNBC show and said, “Back in my day, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.”  – Back To The 1950s [Watch Andrea Mitchell's reaction]:


Quote of the Day – For her part, Mitchell seemed rather stunned, which is the only appropriate reaction. This is, after all, the 21st century. Friess’ comments aren’t just offensive — did he really have to say “gals” while arguing against birth control? — they’re hopelessly ridiculous. That he seemed pleased with himself for saying this on national television only added insult to injury. Friess is not an official in the Santorum campaign, but given his role as the super PAC financier, it seems likely the former senator will be pressed for a reaction to the aspirin-as-contraception comments, as he should. Given Santorum’s anti-contraception agenda, his response should prove interesting.

Rick Santorum distances himself from supporter’s ‘aspirin’ comment on contraception – Santorum, a devout Catholic, has said he opposes contraception. But he’s calling Friess’ comment a “stupid joke.” And he says he’s not responsible for everything his supporters say. Speaking to reporters after a speech in Michigan, Santorum says the comment by Friess was “in bad taste.” Santorum later told Fox News that he considers Friess “a good man” and “a great philanthropist.”

3) Nancy Pelosi offers to ‘explain biology’ as Republicans deny birth control is a women’s health issue – “What else do you need to know about the subject? If you need to know more, tune in. I may, I may at some point be moved to explain biology to my colleagues.”  Watch Nancy P talk about the lack of women on Darrell Issa’s ‘Man Panel on Women’s Health’ —  “Five men are testifying on women’s health. Where are the women? Imagine having a panel on women’s health and they don’t have any women on the panel. Duh?”

4) McDonnell having second thoughts on ultrasound bill? “Virginia Governor McDonnell signaled his intent to sign one of the most despicable bills in the country that would force women to undergo a trans-vaginal ultrasound against her will in order to obtain an abortion. Or in other words, a bill authorizing state-sanctioned rape. But after speaking with Jeff Caldwell, McDonnell’s press secretary, it seems the Governor is not so eager to go on the record with his previously-held position.”

~ via: WWJD

5) The Nation’s Most Radical Abortion Bill? Iowa GOP Proposal Would Ban All Abortions, Sentence Doctors To Life In Prison – In the escalating war on women’s rights in statehouse across the country, Iowa state Rep. Kim Pearson (R) may have just dropped the biggest bomb yet. Pearson, a freshman Tea Party lawmaker so extreme that she’s already drawn scorn from fellow Republicans and decided not to run for re-election, introduced a bill yesterday morning that would completely outlaw all abortions. Among other things, the bill make it so a doctor that performs and abortion commits “feticide” — a Class A felony, which is punishable by life imprisonment without the chance for parole.

~ via: think4yourself

6) Given all the hopelessly unbelievable bullshit above, this should come as no surprise: New Poll Finds Republicans in ‘State of Collapse’ - A new survey from Democracy Corps finds Republicans in deep trouble at almost all levels, and new voter enthusiasm among Democrats — especially among unmarried women, oddly enough. A new Democracy Corps (D) survey finds the Republican brand “is in a state of collapse — over 50 percent of voters give the Republican Party a cool, negative rating. The presidential race and the congressional battles are interacting with each other to drive down their lead candidate, the party, and perceptions of the congressional Republicans.” … Most interesting: Voters who gave Democrats their victories in 2006 and 2008 “have returned in a big way” led by “a resurgence and re-engagement of unmarried women.” 

7) Bill Maher On Rick Santorum: ‘He Believes Life Begins at Erection’ – Watch:

8) Republican hate just keeps spreading – Despite the harm caused by a harsh immigration law in the neighboring state of Alabama, Mississippi State Rep. Becky Currie (R) filed a bill, HB 488, that would implement an Alabama-style law in Mississippi. Unlike anti-immigrant laws in states like Georgia and Arizona, Currie’s bill includes Alabama’s unconstitutional provisions driving the children of immigrants out of schools and potentially making it a felony for undocumented immigrants to take a shower.

9) Mormon Church Apologizes for Performing ‘Baptism For The Dead’ Ritual On Jews – An incredible story just hit the wires involving Mormons and their ‘baptism for the dead’ rituals via the LA Times The Mormon Church apologized Tuesday for a “serious breach of protocol” after it was discovered that the parents of the late Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal were posthumously baptized as Mormons. The church also acknowledged that one of its members tried to baptize posthumously three relatives of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. The efforts, at least in Wiesenthal’s case, violated the terms of an agreement that the church signed in 1995, in which it agreed to stop baptizing Jewish victims of the Holocaust. [...] You may remember that the LDS Church posthumously baptized the late mother of President Obama into the Mormon faith.

Wednesday morning in the bunker

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Suining public baths in China's Sichuan province.

Misc

From Is Google Making Us Stupid?: “The Internet is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation.” (Nicholas Carr “The Shallows” ~ NPR)
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More than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells lurk in the hard rock beneath the Gulf of Mexico, an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades. No one — not industry, not government — is checking to see if they are leaking. (AP)
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BP’s embattled CEO, Tony Hayward, flew to the wealthy emirate of Abu Dhabi to meet officials amid speculation the oil giant is looking to raise cash to cover clean up costs from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. (ThinkProgress)

Lake Pontchartrain, which has until now been free of oil from the BP spill, is now home to tar balls and an oil sheen. (CSMonitor)
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U.S. corporations are sitting on a lot of cash, but not spending it. If the U.S. government were to borrow some of the cash corporations aren’t spending, and spend it on, say, public works, wouldn’t this also create jobs? (Paul Krugman)

News / Politics

Het Laaste Niews is reporting that when authorities searched the home of the former archbishop of Brussels, Cardinal Godfried Danneels, they discovered a hidden cache of documents and photographs on notorious child sex killer Marc Dutroux — documents that Danneels was not supposed to have. (LGF)
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Charles Manson family acolyte Leslie Van Houten has been denied parole for the 19th time because she “still poses a risk to society,” California authorities said. (CNN)
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President Obama will use the congressional recess to bypass the Senate and appoint Harvard Professor Donald Berwick to[day] to oversee Medicare and Medicaid. (Boston.com)
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The Justice Department has decided to file suit against Arizona on grounds that the state’s new immigration law illegally intrudes on federal prerogatives. (WaPo)
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A 4-year-old girl taken from her Louisiana, Missouri front yard has been found alive 80 miles away near St. Louis. (MSNBC)
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Morning in the bunker

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News

  • EVANSTON, WYOMING — A woman who has spent 20 years in a mental institution for beheading and mutilating her two young daughters, because she said they were evil clones, may soon get supervised release. (AP)
  • Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, an Iranian mother of two convicted of adultery, will be buried up to her chest and stoned to death, a human rights activist warns. (CNN)
  • U.S. to sue Arizona on immigration: Justice Department will argue that state’s law intrudes on federal prerogatives, sources say. (WaPo)

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Politics

  • I support this: Re: Steele and the RNC: Allow me to chime in with my usual observation on this subject: This is a job for Sarah Palin. Palin would be a much better RNC chairman than presidential candidate or freelance kingmaker. She’d raise tons of money and help recruit good candidates, i.e., she’d excel at doing the things Steele should have been doing instead of appointing himself Republican pundit-at-large. (John Cole)
  • In September 2008, Fred Thompson decried government-backed mortgages as the cause of financial meltdown… Flash forward to 2010 and now Thompson is a TV pitchman for — you guessed it — a business selling government-backed mortgages. (DailyKos)

Unemployment

(Steve Benen) This week offered new evidence that our fragile economic recovery is on very shaky ground. The monthly job totals from June were deeply disappointing. The real estate market continues to struggle badly. Reports on construction spending and manufacturing activity both disappointed. [...]

But that’s why Chambliss’ GOP response is so striking. His articulation of the Republican message of the week sent an unmistakable signal about exactly what the minority party considers important right now. [...]

So, literally just one day after the release of the worst monthly jobs report since October, and with a genuine employment crisis undermining the economy, the official Republican message of the week is to talk about the debt — a debt, by the way, that grew by $5 trillion during the Bush/Cheney era because of breathtaking Republican recklessness.

How many times did Chambliss mention the word “jobs”? Literally none. How many references were there to “unemployment”? Zero. What did Chambliss offer in terms of ideas to improve the economy? There weren’t any — he didn’t talk about growing the economy at all.

The most important issue on the minds of Americans went completely ignored, because the GOP has decided a different issue matters more than the economy.

  • Republicans have always been vigorously preoccupied with the notion that poor people — as well as unemployed people in the aftermath of a deep recession — are somehow spoiled and overly pampered. Meanwhile, they don’t mind spoon-feeding billions of free dollars to the world’s largest corporations. (Bob Cesca)
  • The American taxpayer helped BP pay the lease for the Deepwater Horizon rig. And while they bitch and shriek about spoiled freeloaders on unemployment, I would wager that the Republicans would gladly continue to allow this tax loophole. And why not? The Republicans were happy to keep paying Big Oil $35 billion a year in corporate welfare. (Bob Cesca)