Missouri’s Republican state Senate passed a bill banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. This includes cases of rape or incest, similar to the recently-passed Georgia abortion ban. The bill is not yet law, still requiring approval from the House and Governor. It is likely the bill will pass, as the House and Governorship are controlled by Republicans. This would make Missouri the eighth state to pass a comprehensive bill on abortion in the past few weeks.
If often seems that our world is looking increasingly grim for those following the news. With the mostly negative news coverage and depressing headlines of our current affairs, it’s easy to be pessimistic. Pessimism of our modern society has come in the form of nihilism and the black pill meme. The black pill meme came from an offshoot of the meme inspired by the “red pill or blue pill” scene from the Matrix. The black pill encompasses a pessimistic attitude towards society, viewing it as beyond repair. Additionally, those who “take” the black pill are referred to as “Doomers” in internet circles. While the black pill is a pessimistic response in internet culture to society, a new meme makes an optimistic one: Clown World.
Senator Josh Hawley from Missouri announced he will introduce a bill to ban “manipulative” online game features. The Republican calls his bill the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act”. The bill will prohibit games marketed towards children from adding features that require money for advancing or receiving random rewards. These features being “Loot Boxes” and “Pay to win” in the video games industry. Additionally, the bill gives the Federal Trade Commission the power of enforcement of the ban. Furthermore, it gives state attorney generals to files lawsuits against companies who violate the ban.
With 2020 right around the corner, most people are talking about the Presidential election. Though in Congress, House races like New York’s 21st District are looking to be a 2018 repeat. Republican incumbent Elise Stefanik won against democratic challenger Tedra Cobb by 17.7 percentage points in 2018. Despite her double digit loss, Tedra Cobb is out for another shot at the seat. Cobb had promised her concession speech that she would run again in 2020 against Stefanik.
Thirty-six state legislatures across 23 states have passed bills that would award the states electoral votes to the national popular vote winner. 15 states have passed these “National Popular Vote” bills. These states include Washington, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Maryland, Washington D.C., Rhode Island, New Jersey, Vermont, New York, Colorado, Delaware, and New Mexico. All together the states total to 189 electoral votes. This makes it so over half of the needed 270 electoral votes to win goes to the popular vote winner. Legislation like this would effectively dismantle the electoral college and drastically alter election outcomes.