Furtive Facts For Friday April 20

THIS JUST IN:  Once again Indiana has wasted your tax dollars appealing a ruling against an obviously unconstitutional law:

‘The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said the 2016 ban on “selective” abortions imposed an “undue burden” on the ability to have the procedure.

It rejected Indiana’s suggestion that women’s privacy rights covered only the “binary choice” of whether or not to have a child, not whether to terminate particular pregnancies, including for genetic disabilities. ‘  The panel was composed entirely of Republican appointees.  The court also struck down the “funerals for fetuses” provision of the Indiana statute.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-abortion-indiana/u-s-appeals-court-blocks-indiana-selective-abortion-law-idUSKBN1HR01R

Two years ago then-candidate Donald Trump said of the fraud suit against Trump University, “This is a case I could have settled very easily, but I don’t settle cases very easily when I’m right.”:

On April 9th a federal judge finalised a $25 million settlement between Donald Trump and former students in their favour.  Please note that the terms allow him to admit no wrong doing.  Please also note just how unusual it is, how bizarre it sounds, that the sitting president of the United States has to write a check for $25,000,000 to fellow Americans he defrauded.  No need to feel sorry for him, though.  Under the terms of his non-blind trust Trump may receive “net income or principal” from his trust by simply requesting it

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/judge-finalizes-25-million-settlement-trumps-fraud-case?cid=sm_fb_maddow

Rumours are circulating in Washington about the possibility of a Pence-Haley ticket for 2020:

‘Aides to both scoff at such suggestions, but the slightest hint of such a pairing would be likely to enrage Mr. Trump, who has made it clear that he plans to run for re-election. The talk was exacerbated in recent days when Mr. Pence named Jon Lerner, Ms. Haley’s deputy, as his new national security adviser, while allowing him to keep his job at the United Nations.’

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/world/europe/trump-nikki-haley-russia-sanctions.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may experiment with a novel weapon for the GOP in the run-up to the mid-terms:

He is threatening to increase the days the Senate is in session to keep Democrats such as Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Bill Nelson of Florida, and Claire McCaskill of Missouri off the campaign trail.

‘[I]n red states like North Dakota, West Virginia, Florida, Missouri, and Montana, where Democratic Sen. Jon Tester is up for re-election, voters are satisfied with the president’s leadership, putting incumbent Democrats who have largely opposed him on the defensive.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/campaigns/mitch-mcconnell-plans-longer-weeks-to-keep-vulnerable-democrats-off-campaign-trail

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