‘I Wonder How Long We’re Going to Have These Institutions’: Justice Thomas Warns That Leak of Abortion Draft Judgment Could Herald The END of The Supreme Court As He Suggests Leak Came From Clerk And Takes Dig at Recent Appointees

  • Justice Clarence Thomas told conference for black conservatives that the leak of the Roe v Wade draft opinion was ‘tremendously bad’
  • The conservative judge said that despite being at odds politically with the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg: ‘She was actually an easy colleague to deal with’
  • Thomas also told the audience that conservatives wouldn’t show up to protest at justice’s homes
  • Thomas went on to say that he always felt that leaking of opinions was ‘verboten’
  • Protests are expected across the country on Saturday, including a rally in DC 

Justice Clarence Thomas on Friday compared the leak of fellow Justice’s Samuel Alito’s draft opinion, which would overturn abortion protections under Roe v Wade, to ‘infidelity.’

Thomas, 73, said at a conference that the leak would weaken the public’s trust in the Supreme Court as an institution, calling the unauthorized disclosure of deliberations ‘tremendously bad.’

In his remarks, the conservative justice, who has long called for overturning Roe, hinted that a liberal clerk may have leaked Alito’s draft opinion, and lamented that partisan rancor has grown more entrenched on the high court.

Thomas pondered: ‘I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them, and then I wonder when they’re gone or destabilized what we will have as a country and I don’t think the prospects are good if we continue to lose them.’

He continued: ‘When you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I’m in, it changes the institution fundamentally. You begin to look over your shoulder. It’s like kind of an infidelity – that you can explain it but you can’t undo it,’ reports Politico.

Thomas, a nominee of President George H.W. Bush, said it was beyond ‘anyone’s imagination’ before the May 2 leak of the opinion that even a line of a draft opinion would be released in advance, much less an entire draft that runs nearly 100 pages.

Thomas was speaking at the Old Parkland Conference, a meeting of black conservatives, in Dallas where he was Friday’s keynote speaker.

Following his speech, Thomas sat for a questions and answers session with John Yoo of Berkeley Law School.

He also hinted that the atmosphere on the court had changed for the worse since he was confirmed in 1991, and suggested that a liberal justice’s clerk could be behind the leak.

Thomas said: ‘This is not the court of that era. I sat with (famously liberal justice) Ruth Ginsburg for almost 30 years and she was actually an easy colleague to deal with… We may have been a dysfunctional family, but we were a family.’

‘Anybody who would, for example, have an attitude to leak documents, that is your general attitude, that is your future on the bench.’

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Pillen Wins Nebraska Governor Primary, Dealing Blow To Trump

University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen was projected to win Nebraska’s Republican gubernatorial primary on Tuesday, dealing a high-profile loss to former President Trump, who aggressively backed one of his rivals.

The Associated Press called the race at 11:23 p.m. ET.

Pillen came out ahead of eight other candidates running to replace Gov. Pete Ricketts (R).

The race was seen as the latest test for Trump, who had endorsed businessman Charles Herbster in the primary. Herbster is facing sexual misconduct allegations from eight women, including from state Sen. Julie Slama (R) and Elizabeth Todsen, who previously worked for state Sen. Dave Murman (R).

State Sen. Brett Lindstrom was also running in the primary as a moderate Republican, while Herbster and Pillen ran on a more hard-line brand of conservatism.

Pillen had been endorsed by Ricketts, who is term-limited.

According to the Nebraska Examiner, Pillen raised the most money from donors out of all of the GOP candidates.

But still, the primary field was essentially a three-way contest between Herbster, Pillen and Lindstrom until the end, with Trump putting some eleventh-hour muscle behind his chosen contender.

Trump appeared at a rally with Herbster earlier this month in a push to drag him across the finish line amid the growing furor over the sexual misconduct claims.

Charles is a fine man, and he’s innocent of these despicable charges,” Trump said at the rally.

But in the end, it appeared that the sexual misconduct allegations and Ricketts’s support for Pillen proved too much for Herbster to overcome. Pillen now enters the general election as the overwhelming favorite in deep-red Nebraska.

Republicans Make Final Push For Kemp In Georgia, Bucking Trump




Dr. Oz Roundly Booed at Pennsylvania MAGA Rally Despite “TRUMP ENDORSEMENT”

This is happening because Trump’s surrounded himself by staff who are on McConnell’s payroll & hostile to the MAGA agenda. Everybody telling Trump who to endorse in primaries works for The Swamp. They played him. Again.

Prior to Oz’s speech, the former TV doctor was booed during an introductory video in which he shared his stance against abortion.

“I’m pro-life, life starts at conception, and that’s how I feel,” Oz said in the pre-recorded remarks.

He was met by a chorus of boos.

Oz eventually took to the stage, where he argued Trump endorsed him after coming to the realization he is both “smart” and “tough.”

let you down,” a rain-drenched Oz said. “Yeah, I’m smart, but am I tough? That’s the question. He knew it because he checked it out. He did his homework. He wrote that announcement himself. ‘Cause I am smart. ‘Cause I’m tough as nails and I will never let you down.

Trump’s endorsement of Oz has left some conservatives scratching their heads.

Oz previously made statements in support of abortion, against gun rights, and against fracking.

Wealthy Americans Are Buying Second Passports As a ‘Plan B’ For Their Families, Citing The Pandemic, Climate Change, And Political Turmoil


  • The number of wealthy Americans buying “golden passports” has skyrocketed over the past three years.
  • The top programs grant citizenship to foreigners who invest millions of dollars in the country.
  • US applicants are citing COVID, climate change, and political division, multiple firms told Insider.

The number of wealthy Americans applying for citizenship or residency in foreign countries has skyrocketed over the past three years as US billionaires, tech entrepreneurs, and celebrities look to create a “plan B” for their families, multiple investment migration firms told Insider.

More than a dozen countries offer so-called “golden passports” and visas that allow affluent foreigners to receive citizenship or residency in exchange for investing in the country. The most expensive programs range from $1.1 million in Malta to $9.5 million in Austria, according to Forbes.

“We see these programs as an insurance policy,” Ezzedeen Soleiman, a managing partner at Latitude Residency & Citizenship, said. “We’ve had some billionaires approach us and ask what’s the best place to live if there’s a climate catastrophe, or if there’s another storm, or another global pandemic.”

Latitude, a company which guides high-net-worth investors around the world through the application process, said US inquiries have increased 300% between 2019 and 2021. Henley & Partners, one of the world’s largest citizenship brokers, said sales to American nationals increased by 327% between 2019 and 2020 and an additional 10% in 2021.

According to Dominic Volek, head of private clients at Henley & Partners, there are “four C’s” currently driving the investor citizenship industry: COVID-19, climate change, cryptocurrency, and conflict.


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Biden Cuts Hole In Mask So He Can Still Sniff People’s Hair




WASHINGTON, D.C.—Joe Biden has committed to wearing a mask in public to be a good example and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Aides were disappointed and a little frightened, however, when Biden immediately cut a large hole in the middle of the mask so he could continue to invade people’s personal space and sniff their hair, necks, and faces.

Staffers usually don’t let Biden play with sharp objects, but he managed to find some safety scissors stashed behind the Metamucil in his campaign bus. Using the purple plastic scissors, he cut a large hole and then fitted the mask to his face, confident that he was protecting himself and others from the virus.

“That’s better,” he said as he cut a big hole for his schnoz. “Now I’m protecting against infection and I’m still able to give the ladies a good sniff. You know, in my day, I wore a mask just like this, as was the fashion at the time. All the kids at the pool would ask to play with the mask, and they’d run their fingers through it. In fact, one time, a gangster named CornPop was about to go cause some trouble at the sock hop, and I put some rocks in my mask and started swinging it around like a sling. You know, real Daniel and Goliath type stuff. He looked at me, tears in his eyes, and promised never again to go out and cause a ruckus.”

“Anyway, that’s why I’m your best choice for senator of the Roman Empire. Vote for Joe!” Biden suddenly came to and realized he was standing in a Walmart parking lot talking to a hobo.


A Texas BBQ Chain Owed Nearly $900,000 In Unpaid Tips And Overtime To Employees Due To A ‘Misunderstanding’ Of Labor Laws



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  • BBQ chain Hard Eight failed to pay $867,000 in tips and overtime to employees over nearly two years.
  • The Department of Labor reported the news, following an investigation.
  • The chain told local media it had immediately changed its practices upon learning about the rules.

A Texas BBQ chain owed nearly $900,000 in unpaid tips and overtime to its employees in what it said was a misunderstanding of labor laws, the US Department of Labor (DOL) reported on Thursday.

The DOL discovered that Hard Eight’s Roanoke branch had failed to distribute $867,000 to 910 employees across the branch’s five restaurants.

The report stated the company failed to pay tipped employees their tips in full. Roanoke Hard Eight then shared the withheld tips among managers, who weren’t paid for their correct hours and only paid a half rate for overtime, it added.

In the statement released by the DOL, wage and hour district director Jesus A. Valdez said, “Roanoke Hard Eight violated the law by including managers in their tip pool. By doing so, the employer denied tipped workers some of their tips and managers proper overtime wages.”

The Wages and Fair Standards Act prohibits employers, managers, and supervisors from withholding tips received by the workers they oversee.

The DOL did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment outside regular working hours.

According to Valdez in the report, the damage amounted to nearly $1,000 in unpaid tips and overtime per employee, an error that he said would harm the restaurant’s credibility in the future.

“As businesses struggle to find people to do the work needed to keep operating, employers would be wise to avoid violations or risk finding it even more difficult to retain and recruit workers who can choose to seek jobs where they will receive all of their rightful wages,” he continued.

Hard Eight’s chief operating officer Matt Perry told NBC 5 on Friday afternoon that the company was made aware of the investigation in 2020 and its actions related to a misunderstanding of legislation.

In an emailed statement to the Insider, the restaurant’s executive director Katie Gooch said the issue was resolved in August 2021.

“At that time, our floor managers, who are deeply involved in the hands-on guest experience, were included in our tip sharing program,” Gooch said.

She added: “We learned about the new rules during a Department of Labor review and immediately changed our practices. We compensated all affected hourly employees and former employees. We also gave our floor managers a wage increase.”

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