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Cardi B Is Pro-Bernie Sanders But She’s Still Keeping Her Options Open For 2020

Cardi B is getting political again.

Our favorite rapper-slash-pundit talked about her disdain for President Donald Trump and dished on which Democratic presidential contenders have caught her eye so far in a red-carpet interview with Variety on Friday.

Recalling how fiercely the “Please Me” rapper criticized Trump’s government shutdown earlier this year, the publication asked Cardi what she would text or DM the president should she have the opportunity.

“I hate him. I just hate him. I don’t even want to get political, you know what I’m saying,” she said, letting out a major sigh.

But the Bronx hitmaker isn’t against all white male candidates. In fact, two, Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Tim Ryan (D-OH), are among her top choices at the moment.

Cardi, who supported Sanders in the 2016 primaries against Hillary Clinton, said while she still hasn’t made a decision on who she’d be supporting in the next election, she’s going to “always go with Bernie.” The reason: “This is the thing, right? Bernie don’t say things to be cool. Like, there’s pictures of him being an activist from a very, very, very long time [ago].”

But she’s not completely sold on the Vermont senator just yet. Another contender, Ryan, has also piqued the Dominican-Trinidadian star’s interest.

“I was watching the news, and I saw this guy named Tim Ryan. And his speech was very convincing to me,” Cardi said. “He really wants to give the United States free health care, so that’s a big plus. We need health care. So I don’t know. We’ll see.”

Earlier this month, Cardi posted an instastory where she shared her enthusiasm for the Ohio politician’s speech on free healthcare for all, though she stated she still did not trust him.

In response, the representative, a cosponsor on Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s (D-WA) Medicare for All legislation, tweeted to the rapper, saying, “Every American deserves quality health care, period. Hope to earn your trust, @iamcardib.”

If free universal healthcare is on the top of Cardi’s list of issues that she’s taking into account when making the decision of who she’ll be voting for, she has a lot of candidates to sift through.  Most of the Democratic candidates in the crowded 2020 field have endorsed Medicare for All, including Sanders, who was long one of its few proponents.

Good thing for Cardi is she, like all of us, still has time to research more on all of the candidates before making her decision.

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St. Louis Protesters Return To The Area Where A White Couple Drew Guns At Activists

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St. Louis Protesters Return To The Area Where A White Couple Drew Guns At Activists

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In another display of a peaceful protests, activists returned the site of a St. Louis mansion owned by the white couple who drew out their guns during a calm demonstration last month. On Friday, chanting protesters returned to the home of Patricia and Mark McClosky, stopping just outside of their gate to protest for nearly 15 minutes.

During the peaceful protest over a dozen men in plain clothes walked the area inside of the gate.

According to Time Magazine, “One protester briefly straddled an iron gate as if he was going to jump over, but did not. No one threw anything and no one behind the gates showed aggression. One man on the McCloskeys’ balcony clapped along with the chanting protesters.” The crowd of protesters included a racially diverse crowd carrying signs calling to “Defund the Police” and underlining that “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace.” Chants included calls like “when Black lives are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back,” and “this is what democracy looks like.”

According to reports, it is unknown if the McCloskeys were home. Soon after, the protestors left and marched to Interstate 64. Police had closed off the roads to traffic in both directions to allow protestors to march onto the highway. There the protestors sat on the highway for several minutes to honor the life of George Floyd who died on May 25 after a white police officer pressed his knee to his neck for over eight minutes.

The recent rally was organized by the group Expect Us and is among various demonstrations in St. Louis that have taken place in the weeks since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

The McCloskeys first came to national attention in mid-June after they had been spotted aiming guns at protesters outside their home in St. Louis. Soon after the images of them began circulating Twitter dubbed them “Ken and Karen” and the stars of the “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” remake no one asked for. The incident occurred as protesters marched their way towards the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson who declared in a Facebook post that she would not support rising calls to defund the police. She also reportedly shared activists’ full names and addresses while reading off suggestions on how to better spend the city’s funds. After users ridiculed her online, Krewson apologized for her actions saying “Never did I intend to harm anyone or cause distress,” Krewson tweeted. “The update is removed and again, I apologize.”

The Supreme Court Just Decided To Allow Religious Employers To Deny Workers Birth Control

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The Supreme Court Just Decided To Allow Religious Employers To Deny Workers Birth Control

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In another battle about birth control, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration has the right to allow employers to refuse coverage for workers seeking to obtain birth control through work insurance plans. Giving employers with religious or moral objections a pass, the Supreme Court made the ruling which is deeply concerning considering how much it infringes on women’s rights.

The decision which had a 7:2 vote marks the end of years of lawsuits over the Affordable Care Act’s “birth control mandate.”

Over a decade ago, the Obama administration made employers offer employees birth control coverage. Since the decision, religious liberty proponents and reproductive rights advocates squared off over which employers should be excluded from that requirement. According to Vice, “Over the years, the government has given churches and other houses of worship, as well as some other employers, ways to skirt that requirement.”

In 2017, the Trump administration issued a set of new rules that increased the number of organizations to refuse birth control coverage.

The change in rules gives private employers with sincerely held religious and moral objections to be exempt.

After Pennsylvania and New Jersey pursued lawsuits over the change and won in a lower court, the Trump administration and the Little Sisters of the Poor appealed to the Supreme Court for an overturned ruling. Justice Clarence Thomas ruled that the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury had the right to create such exemptions ruling “The only question we face today is what the plain language of the statute authorizes. And the plain language of the statute clearly allows the Departments to create the preventive care standards as well as the religious and moral exemptions.”

Conservative Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh agreed with Thomas’ opinion. Chief Justice John Roberts, who has sided with the liberals in various recent cases, also ruled in their favor.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Sonia Sotomayor ruled against the measure.

In her dissent, Ginsburg underlined that the government has an estimated number of 70,500 to 126,400 women who could lose their “no-cost contraceptive services” should additional employers be exempt. “This court leaves women workers to fend for themselves, to seek contraceptive coverage from sources other than their employer’s insurer, and, absent another available source of funding, to pay for contraceptive services out of their own pockets,” Ginsburg wrote.

In May, Ginsburg made history when she called into the arguments over the case from the hospital due to the coronavirus pandemic and her recovery from “non-surgical treatment.”

“You are shifting the employer’s religious beliefs — the cost of them — onto the employees,” Ginsburg told then-Solicitor General Noel Francisco. She also added that women who lose birth control coverage will most likely be forced to find coverage through government programs like Medicaid or pay for their health care out of pocket. “The women end up getting nothing.”