August 12, 2022


The right to abortion is protected in the constitution of the state of Kansas and on Tuesday, A decisive majority of voters put it there, Ninety-nine percent of Kansons who participated in the election voted to reject a constitutional amendment that opened the door to full abortion restrictions that exist in neighboring states such as Missouri and Oklahoma.

What makes this all the more shocking is the fact that Kansas is one of the most trusted Republican states in the country. Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election with over 56 percent of the vote. Three of its four representatives in the House are Republican and two of its Republican senators, Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall, are the most conservative in the Senate.

Anti-abortion activists were confident they would be successful. Instead, he has dealt a devastating blow to his project.

It is difficult to overestimate the significance of this defeat. This is the first abortion in Kansas since the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which ruled Roe v. Wade reversed. It’s the first time a voter has had a chance to weigh in on new abortion restrictions, and the result is a surprise victory for Consons and Americans, who believe the right to abortion is an inseparable part of our freedoms under the Constitution.

If it isn’t already clear that Dobbs has destabilized American politics, the vote in Kansas makes it clear. Republicans can still win the House and even the Senate in November. But the sheer unpopularity of the abortion ban—as well as the monstrous consequences for women in states that have banned abortions—is a heavy load around the entire Republican Party’s neck.

The task for the National Democratic Party is to make that burden even heavier. And for this he has the model of Kansas, where pro-election activists have taken an aggressive stance against sanctions. He made a sharp distinction between his and his opponents’ objectives and made abortion rights a live issue for voters.

Republicans Don’t Want to Fight on This Ground – Watch Immediate Campaign To reduce the effect of Dobbs In the wake of the ruling – which is even more reason for Democrats to make them do so.


I didn’t have a column this week! However, I did other things. I joined Left Anchor Podcast In The American Prospect (my journalist alma mater) to discuss the Supreme Court, the Constitution, and how to withdraw both from political authority.

i also recorded a short video For the Criterion channel in which I explored the career of the late, legendary actor Yafet Koto.


annie lore On pregnancy and motherhood for The Atlantic.

Jennifer L Morgan On slavery and reproductive rights for the African American Intellectual History Society.

a 1978 interview On her debut film “Blue Collar” with screenwriter-director Paul Schrader.

Gabby Del Valle On “Environmental Nationalism” for The Nation magazine.

Monica Potts Republicans on and Gay Marriage for FiveThirtyEight.

transcript Vin Scully’s radio call of the ninth inning of Sandy Koufax’s 1965 perfect game against the Chicago Cubs.


I’m a big fan of the Beastie Boys, and so when I last saw this mural in New York, I had to take a picture.


My son has become an ice cream connoisseur, and often requests different flavors of ice cream to make at home. This week, we made strawberry ice cream using a recipe from David Leibovitz’s book, “the perfect scoopHere’s the recipe and fair warning, You will need an ice cream maker For this.

material

  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, washed and peeled

  • cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vodka or other liquor

  • 1 cup full-fat sour cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • a squeeze of fresh lemon juice

guidance

Slice the strawberries and put them in a bowl with the sugar and vodka, stirring until the sugar begins to dissolve. Cover and let stand at room temperature for one hour, stirring each time.

Pulse the strawberries and their liquid with the sour cream, heavy cream, and lemon juice in a blender or food processor until almost smooth, but still slightly chunky.

Refrigerate for one hour, then freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.

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