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Thoughts and Prayers, Mitch.

ABC News: Mitch McConnell being treated for concussion after fall at DC hotel – “‘Leader McConnell tripped at a dinner event Wednesday evening and has been admitted to the hospital and is being treated for a concussion. He is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days of observation and treatment. The Leader is grateful to the medical professionals for their care and to his colleagues for their warm wishes,’ McConnell’s communications director David Popp told ABC News Thursday afternoon.”

Photo Credit: Mitch McConnell speaking at the 2013 CPAC conference, by Gage Skidmore. (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Happy International Women’s Day

Insider: Police are prosecuting​ abortion seekers using their digital data — and Facebook and Google help them do it – “This spring, a woman named Jessica Burgess and her daughter will stand trial in Nebraska after being accused of performing an illegal abortion — with a key piece of evidence provided by Meta, the parent company of Facebook. Prosecutors said Burgess helped her daughter find and take pills that would induce an abortion. The teenage Burgess also faces charges of illegally disposing of the fetal remains.”

This is your semi-regular reminder that women in the United States have had their rights to bodily autonomy taken away. We don’t currently get to make important decisions about our own health and well being. Dried out old farts in various state and federal governments get to do that for us. Woooo, freedom!

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Good News About Insulin

NBC News: Drugmaker Eli Lilly caps the cost of insulin at $35 a month, bringing relief for millions – “Eli Lilly will cap the out-of-pocket cost of its insulin at $35 a month, the drugmaker said Wednesday. The move, experts say, could prompt other insulin makers in the U.S. to follow suit.”

Hey, look – there’s a chance you can afford to have diabetes now! That’ll be good news for all those folks who’ve been rationing their insulin, skipping shots, and peeling years off their lives trying to survive.

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“In 2016, I declared I am your voice. Today I add: I am your warrior. I am your justice, and for those who have been wronged and betrayed, I am your retribution.”
– Donald Trump, 3/4/23, CPAC
ABC News: Trump will stay in 2024 presidential race even if indicted, tells CPAC crowd: ‘I am your retribution’

Well, that really lays bare what folks want when they vote Trump, right? What they’re after is vengeance. The world changed, and they don’t like it, and it’s scary, and they’re in trouble all the time now, and it’s all our fault. And Trump will help them get even.

Photo Credit: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead.

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Women’s Rights, Free Speech

First they take away abortion, then they take away contraception, then they take away sterilization, then they take away all the rest of your rights. Like owning property and having credit and being able to open bank accounts and then you’re just chattel again. What they want is women as property, and they are making it happen, right now, right in front of your eyes.

👉 Politico: Walgreens won’t distribute abortion pills in states where GOP AGs object – “The nation’s second-largest pharmacy chain confirmed Thursday that it will not dispense abortion pills in several states where they remain legal — acting out of an abundance of caution amid a shifting policy landscape, threats from state officials and pressure from anti-abortion activists.”

I’d like to say this bill won’t go anywhere, but we’re talking about Florida here. This is a violation of the First Amendment, but no worries. It’s fine when Republicans do it.

👉 Ars Technica: Florida bill would make bloggers who write about governor register with state – “A proposed law in Florida would force bloggers who write about Gov. Ron DeSantis and other elected officials to register with a state office and file monthly reports or face fines of $25 per day. The bill was filed in the Florida Senate Tuesday by Senator Jason Brodeur, a Republican.”