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SOTOMAYOR: From Whence The “Stench” Comes | Steve Berman

SOTOMAYOR: From Whence The “Stench” Comes | Steve Berman

I am not shocked that today’s AP article on the Supreme Court’s oral argument on Dobbs v. Jackson, the case seeking to uphold a Mississippi abortion ban mentions Donald Trump five times, more than any Justice on the Court.  Justice Sonia Sotomayor asked pro-Mississippi lawyers, “Will this institution survive the stench that this creates in the public perception …

Singing Kum-bah-yah While China Prepares For War | Steve Berman

Singing Kum-bah-yah While China Prepares For War | Steve Berman

The more I read about climate change, the more I am concluding it’s a real thing. What’s not real is the Kum-bah-yah global cooperation statements produced by the poobahs that gather at conferences like COP26. None of them believe it, especially China and Russia. Read this important essay published in Foreign Affairs about the geopolitics of green energy. The relationship between …

Omicron: Camping in Maskville Forever | Steve Berman

Omicron: Camping in Maskville Forever | Steve Berman

The “Omicron” variant has spread from South Africa, via…a Portuguese professional soccer team. The AP reports that 13 members of the Beleneses soccer club tested positive for Omicron after they traveled to South Africa. Dr. Anthony Fauci briefed President Biden on the new variant, then told CNN he needed more data before recommending a travel ban; afterward Biden signed a travel …

SHOTS FIRED: Goldberg Goes Full John Galt | Steve Berman

SHOTS FIRED: Goldberg Goes Full John Galt | Steve Berman

Jonah Goldberg, a longtime Fox News contributor, who frequently appeared on panels seated next to the iconic Charles Krauthammer, has quit Fox, along with his partner at The Dispatch, Steve Hayes. The reason given for the sudden departure is Tucker Carlson’s subscription-only streaming series Patriot Purge, a pure fan fiction piece served up as an “exposé” of how …