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Where Things Stand: DOJ Takes Another Stab At Blocking Dangerous Texas Abortion Ban Prime Badge
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The Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court today to temporarily block the enforcement of the unprecedentedly dangerous and restrictive abortion ban in Texas, filing an emergency appeal with the high court on Monday to protect the rights of women, and people who can become pregnant, in the red state.

It’s the second attempt by the DOJ to legally challenge the abortion law, which not only bans abortions post six-weeks in Texas, but also was crafted to be uniquely difficult to challenge in court. It enlists private citizens, instead of state officials, to deal with its enforcement. It’s a Wild West law that offers a $10,000 bounty to members of the public who successfully bring lawsuits against abortion providers and/or anyone who might “aid or abet” in the process of getting an abortion post-six weeks, including someone as far in the periphery of the act as a cab driver who might drive a woman to a clinic.

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Time To Act

A new episode of The Josh Marshall Podcast is live! This week, Josh and Kate discuss the plodding reconciliation negotiations, coming showdown on the Jan. 6 committee, and quasi-revival of the stalled-out voting rights push.

You can listen to the new episode of The Josh Marshall Podcast here.

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Where Things Stand: DOJ Will Probe Violent Threats Against Teachers, School Board Members Prime Badge
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The Justice Department announced this week that it will soon start investigating violent threats against school teachers and school board members around the country — a concerning trend that escalated in recent months as students returned to the classroom amid a lingering pandemic and GOP-instigated culture wars violently boiled over during school board meetings across the U.S.

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Institutionalism Can’t Save Us Now
Garland should learn from the Obama administration and ensure that government officials can’t act outside the law to benefit themselves and their party.
Where Things Stand: Garland Makes DOJ-White House Split Official Prime Badge
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on May 10, 2016 in Washington, DC.

The Justice Department and the White House have been seeking to put some distance between each other since President Biden first took office. But Attorney General Merrick Garland made it official on Wednesday.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Pro-Trump supporters storm the US Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 28: Ketanji Brown Jackson, nominee to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, testifies during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, nominee to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit, also testified. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/POOL)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 08: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks during a press conference following the Republicans policy luncheon in the Russell Senate Office Building on June 8, 2021 in Washington, DC. Senate Democrats and Republicans are continuing their negations on President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan and have yet to come to a deal. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mitch McConnell
on April 5, 2016 in Washington, DC.
UNITED STATES - February 22: Federal Judge Merrick Garland speaks during his confirmation hearing to be U.S. Attorney General before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
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