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BuzzChat Thurs: Our united Supreme Court (no fooling)

07/02/2014 5:02 PM

Happy Thursday.

“Although not broadcast in the media, we agree much more often than we disagree. That is notable, I think, because we tend to grant review only when other courts have divided on the answer to the issue we take up.” — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to appeals-court judges in a speech last month.

This court may still be divided on what one court watcher called fundamental issues. Still, let the record show that the number of rulings without dissent has skyrocketed to rates not seen since the 1940s. That will surprise people.

“Serious elected officials remember that unborn children are not abstractions to play politics with. They are real. They are human beings like you and me, and deserve protection under the law.” — Missouri state Sen. David Sater, a Cassville Republican, on Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto Wednesday of a 72-hour waiting period for abortions.

Nixon called the measure “extreme and disrespectful” and said it would “unnecessarily prolong the suffering of rape and incest victims and jeopardize the health and well-being of women.” If signed by Nixon, the new law would have made Missouri just the third state in the country with a 72-hour requirement. The state now has a 24-hour waiting period. Republicans vow to override the veto when they return to the Capitol in September.

“I haven't even had a phone call from this president.” — Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday. Perry’s frustrated that the president isn’t planning to visit the border this week when he makes a trip to Texas.

Perry said Obama isn’t taking the immigration crisis seriously unless he visits the border. He accused the Obama administration of encouraging border crossings as a path to becoming American citizens. White-hot rhetoric doesn’t solve problems.

“There is too much at stake to back down from this fight.” — Chris McDaniel of Mississippi who lost his race for the U.S. Senate in the GOP primary a little more than a week ago.

McDaniel isn’t giving up. He still believes the election was stolen from him because, under Mississippi rules, Democrats were allowed to vote in the Republican primary. He’s raising money for legal challenges. To be clear, he faces a steep legal climb and is unlikely to be successful.

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