Arizona Democratic Party formally censures Sinema
U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) walks inside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., November 2, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein
US Senator Kyrsten Sinema was formally censured by the Arizona Democratic Party following her being one of two Democratic Senators to oppose lowering the voting threshold down from 60 votes to 50. The Democrats had been attempting to lower the voting threshold in order to pass the voting rights bill without the bipartisan support they would currently need for such a measure. Although Sinema co-sponsored the Senate version of the voting legislation, she is unwilling to do so by changing the rules of the filibuster. This is because Sinema considers the filibuster a tool that ensures that legislation represents “a broader cross-section of Americans.”
Anti-abortion activists march in Washington, hoping it's the last time under Roe v. Wade
Anti-abortion activists attend the annual "March for Life", in Washington, U.S., January 21, 2022. REUTERS/Leah Millis
Tens of thousands of activists gathered in Washington on Friday as part of the annual “March for Life,” with the hope that the Supreme Court may soon overturn Roe v. Wade after it has stood for half a century. Roe v. Wade is a landmark 1973 court ruling that established a woman’s legal right to terminate a pregnancy before the fetus becomes viable. In recent years Republican states have instituted legislation and policies making it harder to get an abortion, with 2021 seeing the most restrictions. Several of the Supreme Court justices have shown sympathy for a 15-week abortion law out of Mississippi that the court is expected to rule on by the end of June. Protestors also celebrate an anti-abortion law out of Texas continuing to stand despite facing legal opposition.
Supreme Court allows Jan. 6 committee to get Trump documents
The Supreme Court has allowed the release of presidential documents sought by the congressional investigation into the occurrence on January 6, 2020. The justices rejected a bid by Trump on Wednesday to withhold the documents until the issue is resolved, ensuring that there is no legal impediment to the documents being turned over. They are currently held by the National Archives and Records Administration and contain a collection of presidential diaries, visitor logs, speech drafts and handwritten notes. The House committee has agreed to withhold attempts to get some of the previously requested documents at the request of the Biden Administration. The House committee has also issued subpoenas to the leaders of groups present during the incident and demanded records and testimony from Nick Fuentes and Patrick Casey specifically.