1. Tuberville’s Hard Beltway Education, The Senator gives up his military promotion blockade in an abortion fight he was always going to lose., By The Wall Street Journal, December 6, 2023, Pg. A18, Editorial The Senate on Tuesday approved 425 U.S. military promotions, which usually wouldn’t attract much attention. But Republican Tommy Tuberville had for months held these officers as hostages in a fight with the Biden Pentagon over abortion. Give the Alabama Senator credit for relenting.  The Pentagon was the aggressor and wrong on the merits of public financing for abortion. In saner times the Biden Administration would have dropped its travel policy underwriting trips for an abortion. But the Biden crowd is bloody-minded enough to subjugate military promotions to their culture-war priorities.  Sen. Tuberville was egged on by right-wing groups, which valorized him as a fighter for the sincerely held anti-abortion beliefs of much of the country. But Sen. Tuberville took a hill he couldn’t hold, and the political damage compounded as more military officers became ensnared in the fight, unable to move their families or start new billets. Don’t be surprised if many Republican voters end up more cynical, having been promised a pro-life victory that was never attainable. The practical problem with scorched-earth political strategy is that it’s usually more cathartic than successful. https://www.wsj.com/articles/tommy-tuberville-military-promotions-pentagon-abortion-policy-64d42e99__________________________________________________________ 2. FBI Struggled to Define ‘Radical-Traditionalist Catholic Ideology’ in Memo on Extremism: Report, By Ari Blaff, National Review, December 5, 2023, 2:57 PM, Opinion The FBI did not have a working definition of “Radical-Traditionalist Catholic Ideology” (RTC) when its agents crafted a memo targeting supposed American Catholic extremists, a new report issued by the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government argues.  The findings were hailed as a “major wake-up call” by Ashley McGuire, a senior fellow with the Catholic Association and popular radio broadcaster. “While Catholic Churches as well as pro-life pregnancy care centers are under constant attack from actual violent extremists, the FBI had the audacity to investigate and spy on those targeted by these crimes,” McGuire told National Review in a statement. “The notion that traditional Catholics pose some kind of national threat is so absurd it exceeds even Hollywood’s imagination. And yet the FBI, an agency designed to protect Americans and their rights, was spying on Catholics everywhere from their choir lofts to their rectories.”  “The latest revelations only raise more questions about the illegitimate targeting of Catholics by the FBI,” CatholicVote president Brian Burch told NR in a statement. “We now know that the FBI effort involved at least four field offices, authorized the use of undercover agents to infiltrate Catholic parishes, and used a Catholic priest and a choir director to inform on one of their parishioners. “Director Wray blatantly misled Congress when he testified that the operation was limited to one office,” Burch concluded.  https://www.nationalreview.com/news/fbi-struggled-to-define-radical-traditionalist-catholic-ideology-in-memo-on-extremism-report/__________________________________________________________ 3. Religious Md. parents appeal to court to skip books with LGBTQ+ characters, A panel of federal judges is considering whether to temporarily block a Montgomery County school district decision to disallow opt-outs for LGBTQ+ books, By Nicole Asbury and Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post, December 5, 2023, 5:33 PM Judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond are considering whether to temporarily block a Maryland school system’s decision to prohibit parents from opting out of books with LGBTQ+ characters. During oral arguments Tuesday, Eric Baxter, an attorney representing a group of Montgomery County parents, argued that the storybooks integrate conversations of gender and sexuality in elementary school in a way that forces parents to choose between their religious beliefs or departing the public school system. “There’s a long-standing national consensus that elementary-aged children should not be exposed to instruction on sexuality and gender identity without the permission of the parent,” said Baxter, an attorney from Becket Law, a firm focused on religious freedom cases based in D.C.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2023/12/05/opt-out-montgomery-lgbtq-storybooks/__________________________________________________________ 4. Wisconsin judge reaffirms July ruling that state law permits consensual abortions, By Todd Richmond, Associated Press, December 5, 2023. 7:43 PM A Wisconsin judge on Tuesday reaffirmed her ruling from earlier this year that state law permits consensual medical abortions, handing abortion rights advocates a massive victory but opening up appellate options for conservatives. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the court’s landmark 1973 decision legalizing abortion, in June 2022 reactivated an 1849 Wisconsin law that conservatives interpreted as banning abortion. Abortion providers ceased operations in the state out of fear of violating the ban.  Dane County Circuit Judge Diane Schlipper ruled this past July that the ban prohibits someone from attacking a woman in an attempt to kill her unborn child but doesn’t apply to consensual medical abortions. Her finding didn’t formally end the lawsuit but Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin was confident enough in the ruling to resume abortion procedures at their Madison and Milwaukee clinics in September.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/2023/12/05/abortion-ban-wisconsin-dane-county-judge-ruling/2c79f58a-93ce-11ee-9d5c-d462c9032daa_story.html__________________________________________________________ 5. Senate approves hundreds of military promotions after Republican senator ends blockade of nominees, By Kevin Freking, The Washington Post, December 5, 2023, 6:45 PM The Senate in a single stroke Tuesday approved about 425 military promotions after Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama ended a monthslong blockade of nominations over his opposition to a Pentagon abortion policy.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/12/05/tuberville-senate-military-holds/38322126-939d-11ee-9d5c-d462c9032daa_story.html__________________________________________________________

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