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The Supreme Court Just Exposed Right-Wing Lies In A Landmark Abortion Access Case

On June 27, the Supreme Court ruled 5-3 in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt that Texas’ anti-choice law HB 2 placed an “undue burden on abortion access.” Supporters of the unconstitutional law argued that HB 2’s restrictions were necessary to protect women’s health and prevent another “Kermit Gosnell scandal” -- talking points pushed by right-wing media. Writing the majority opinion of the court, Justice Stephen Breyer rebuked these anti-choice myths, saying there was unequivocal  evidence that HB 2 lacked medical benefits and posed extreme harm to Texas women.

June 27, 2016 4:22 PM EDT
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Right-Wing Media’s Unhinged Response To Supreme Court’s Whole Woman’s Health Ruling

Following the Supreme Court’s 5-3 decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt to strike down Texas' HB 2, a strict Texas abortion law, right-wing media figures reacted by claiming the Supreme Court “sides with the killers of unborn babies” and saying the ruling was “a victory for those who celebrate baby killing.”

June 27, 2016 11:10 AM EDT
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Myths & Facts: The Minimum Wage

On June 25, 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) into law and established the first nationwide minimum hourly wage. The relative value of the minimum wage has fluctuated considerably over time, but it has steadily eroded since reaching an inflation-adjusted peak in 1968 -- the $1.60 per hour wage that year would be worth roughly $11.05 today. For several years, in the face of a growing movement to lift local, state, and federal minimum wages to a livable standard, right-wing media opponents have frequently promoted a number of misleading and discredited myths about the minimum wage’s economic effects.

June 24, 2016 4:41 PM EDT
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Amid Economic Turmoil, Right-Wing Media Spin Brexit As Good For Trump

Right-wing media are reacting to the U.K. referendum to leave the European Union -- commonly referred to as Brexit -- by labeling the result a “very, very ominous sign for Democrats in the United States,” saying Donald Trump “looked like a genius” for saying the U.K. should leave the European Union, and claiming that “Hillary [Clinton] lost and Trump won.” Meanwhile, mainstream media warn of economic ramifications from the vote.

June 24, 2016 1:24 PM EDT
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Editorial Boards Blame Republican Obstruction For Supreme Court's Immigration Impasse

Numerous editorial boards slammed the Supreme Court’s “maddening” and “depressing” “nondecision” in United States v. Texas that upheld a federal court’s decision to block President Obama’s executive action on immigration that temporarily relieved millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. The editorial boards blamed the impasse -- which “condemned” millions to “live in the shadows” -- on congressional Republicans’ obstruction of Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, as well as their failure to pass immigration reform.

June 24, 2016 12:33 PM EDT
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How Media Outlets Repeatedly Hyped An Imaginary Trump Pivot

For months, media have repeatedly claimed that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was beginning to “pivot” to become a more “serious-sounding candidate” whenever he appeared to begin using “a more subdued tone” or briefly refrained from insulting his opponents.

June 24, 2016 8:01 AM EDT
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New Evangelical Advisory Board Disproves Trump’s Claim Of Being An LGBT Ally

Nearly a week after declaring himself a “real friend” to the LGBT community, GOP presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump participated in a “conversation” with hundreds of conservative Christians organized in part by two anti-LGBT hate groups. Then his campaign announced an “Evangelical Executive Advisory Board,” a 26-member group featuring several well-known anti-LGBT extremists who have a well-documented history of opposing LGBT equality and making inflammatory comments, such as calling LGBT families “discombobulated, Frankenstein structures” and blaming the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on marriage equality.

June 23, 2016 6:21 PM EDT
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CNN Staff On New Hire Lewandowski: "Inexcusable" And "Unprofessional" Behavior, Repeatedly “Faced Accusations Of Being Overly Aggressive”

CNN has hired former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski despite his history of allegedly manhandling a female reporter, reportedly making “unwanted romantic advances” and “sexual comments about female journalists,” and reportedly “pushing a CNN reporter.” CNN’s own staff previously criticized Lewandowski, calling his behavior "inexcusable" and "unprofessional" and noting he has “faced accusations of being overly aggressive.” Two CNN contributors also signed a letter calling for Trump to fire Lewandowski.

June 23, 2016 4:59 PM EDT
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Florida Editorial Boards Lambaste Rubio’s Senate Record In Light Of Senate Run

After Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) announced his intention to seek reelection to the Senate -- despite previously pledging he would not run -- state editorial boards criticized the senator’s “thin record” and “absenteeism” from the Senate during his first term. Several outlets also criticized Rubio’s recent votes against stronger gun laws after claiming the Orlando terror attack on a gay nightclub motivated his reentry into the Senate race.

June 23, 2016 2:09 PM EDT
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James O’Keefe Is Still Not a Journalist

Since 2009, self-described “guerilla journalist” James O’Keefe has repeatedly embarrassed himself while attempting to launch undercover stings targeting government agencies, media outlets, and  liberal organizations and institutions.

June 23, 2016 1:29 PM EDT
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CNN Helping Trump Push His Lie That He Opposed The Libya Intervention

Following presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump's speech targeting his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, CNN hosts and analysts repeatedly hailed Trump's attack on Clinton for intervention in Libya's civil war as a line of attack "with substance," failing to mention that Trump "full-throatedly endorsed intervening in the country's civil war" before he started running for president.

June 22, 2016 10:42 PM EDT
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Ten Must-Read Stories On The Impact Of Texas' HB 2

Patients and Providers Explain What’s At Stake In Supreme Court’s Landmark Abortion Rights Case

When the Supreme Court releases its decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the landscape of abortion access will be altered in Texas and beyond. Before reporting on the potential consequences of the court’s decision, reporters should read these 10 stories about the challenges some people face in obtaining an abortion, told in patients’ and providers’ own words.

June 22, 2016 2:29 PM EDT
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