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- The birther movement pauses its Ahabeqsue quest to declare President Obama ineligible for the White House to also decree that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) cannot be president. Like Obama, Rubio shares the apparently disqualifying characteristic of not being white.
- Nina Burleigh reports on the stark goals of the emerging “personhood” movement:
For Kiessling, and the new ilk of radical pro-lifers behind what they call the “Personhood” movement, anything less than a total abortion ban is simply mealy-mouthed appeasement. They don’t bother with “redefining rape,” an item on the agenda of the comparatively warm water pro-lifers in the House this year. As far as the “Personhood” crowd is concerned, it doesn’t matter whether a rape was forcible or not: if the rape made a pregnancy, the rape victim must be legally required to gestate and give birth to a baby.
As ThinkProgress’ Marie Diamond reports, their goals also include banning many forms of contraceptives.
- A lawsuit alleges that the Tea Party Patriots exacted revenge against a Tea Partier who slighted them by spreading a rumor that her daughter “had been raped, reported the rape to the police and was kicked out of her home by her mother and her mother’s boyfriend as a result of reporting the rape.”
- Ken Cuccinelli launches yet another lawsuit-driven witchhunt. This one is against the EPA.
- And, finally, Justice Kagan has gone on “several hunting trips” with her colleague Justice Scalia. We can only pray that Scalia is a better shot that his sometime duck hunting companion Dick Cheney.