News Roundup – Brexit, Texit, Abortion

Brexit (a stupid word). Every now and then, when voters go to the polls, they vote against their own best interest. Maybe they are clueless. Maybe they have been lied to. Maybe their emotions are pulling them one way and their head is pulling them in a different direction. Sure, there were some bad things about the European Union, but all-in-all it was a good thing for a relatively small country like Britain. Now, they are in the soup.

So, some are all whipped up about leaving the United States. #Texit is now a thing…again.

Abortion Rights – The Supreme Court, by a 5-3 vote, ruled in favor of abortion rights in a major case challenging an anti-abortion law passed in Texas. The opinion, written by Justice Stephen Breyer, struck down the legislation mandating clinics have admitting privileges with local hospitals and requiring that they meet the same standards as surgical centers.

I love this Pope – Pope Francis said that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should apologise to gay people and seek their forgiveness for the way they have been treated. Speaking to reporters as he flew back to Rome from Armenia, the pope was asked if he agreed with comments by German Cardinal Reinhard Marx that the Church needed to say it is sorry for the way it has treated the gay community. “We Christians have to apologise for so many things, not just for this (treatment of gay people), but we must ask for forgiveness. Not just apologise — forgiveness,” he said.

Donald said what about the Brexit (Hillary supporter Christine Quinn on CNN) – “What he said wasn’t a commentary on international markets, it was, ‘When the pound goes down, more people will come to my golf course,’” she explained. “Donald Trump’s main concern isn’t the international markets, it isn’t the impact that Brexit will have on hard working Americans 401Ks, it’s himself. How can he make more money, how can he put more money in his bank account?” “Trump touted that he saw this coming,” Quinn shot back. “That’s ridiculous because when he was first asked about Brexit by the press, he didn’t appear to know what it was.”

News Roundup – Flooding, Economy, Remorse

From Maddow Blog:

wv flooding

* West Virginia: “Fourteen people were killed in flooding in West Virginia on Thursday and Friday, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said in a news conference this afternoon, as rescuers and residents continued to feel the effects of Thursday’s torrential rains.”
* Not a good day for investors: “The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 600 points on Friday as markets around the world reacted to a vote by citizens of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.”
* Too late: “[I]t seems many Britons may not even know what they had actually voted for…. Google reported sharp upticks in searches not only related to the ballot measure but also about basic questions concerning the implications of the vote. At about 1 a.m. Eastern time, about eight hours after the polls closed, Google reported that searches for ‘what happens if we leave the EU’ had more than tripled.”
* It almost certainly won’t happen, but I love the online activism: “A petition calling for a second EU referendum has been launched — and is proving so popular the page keeps crashing.”
* A worthy monument: “President Obama on Friday officially designated the Stonewall Inn a national monument, making it the first in the country to honor LGBT equality. Obama made the announcement in a YouTube video, saying ‘our national parks should reflect the full story of our country — the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us.'”
* On a related note: “Ban on transgender service members expected to end in July, defense officials say.”
* And then there were 79: “The Pentagon delivered a Yemeni captive to Montenegro Wednesday after he spent 14 years at Guantanamo as a suspected Osama bin Laden bodyguard, leaving 79 captives at the U.S. Navy base detention center in Cuba.”

* VW: “Volkswagen has agreed to pay $10.2 billion to settle its U.S. emissions scandal case, according to the Associated Press, citing two anonymous people briefed on the matter, in what would be one of the largest payouts by an automaker in history.”

Obama speaks on the Orlando Shooting

From CNN.com:

Orlando shooting suspect Omar Mateen was interviewed by the FBI in 2013 and 2014, FBI Assistant Special Agent Ronald Hopper told reporters Sunday. “Those interviews turned out to be inconclusive, so there was nothing to keep the investigation going,” Hopper said. Mateen was not under investigation at the time of Sunday’s shooting and was not under surveillance, Hopper said.
An American-born man who’d pledged allegiance to ISIS gunned down 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando — the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation’s worst terror attack since 911, authorities said Sunday.
* The gunman was Omar Mateen of Fort Pierce, Florida, a law enforcement source told CNN.
* Mateen called 911 around the time of the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS and mentioned the Boston bombers, according to a U.S. official.
* Orlando police shot and killed Mateen.
Mateen carried an assault rifle and a pistol into the packed Pulse club about 2 a.m. Friday and started shooting, killing 50 people and wounding at least 53, police said. After a standoff of about three hours, police crashed into the building with an armored vehicle and killed Mateen.
“It appears he was organized and well-prepared,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said early Sunday. Authorities have not described finding any accomplices.
There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack on jihadi forums, but ISIS sympathizers have reacted by praising the attack on pro-Islamic State forums.
“We know enough to say this was an act of terror and act of hate,” President Obama said in an address to the nation from the White House. (more…)