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What Florida's abortion rulings mean for the 2024 US election
What Florida's abortion rulings mean for the 2024 US election | US Politics

What Florida's abortion rulings mean for the 2024 US election

Jon Lieber, head of Eurasia Group's coverage of political and policy developments in Washington, DC, shares his perspective on US politics.

This is what we are watching in US Politics this week: Abortion.

Abortion is the big story in US politics this week with the Florida state Supreme Court ruling that a ballot initiative that would protect access to abortion up until fetal viability will be on the ballot in abortion in Florida this year. Democrats are excited about this ruling because it was starting to look like Florida was increasingly out of reach for them.

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USA TODAY NETWORK via Reuters Connect

USA TODAY NETWORK via Reuters Connect

Abortion in Florida: banned and on the ballot

The Florida Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the state’s constitution does not protect abortion rights, forcing a six-week abortion ban to go into effect on May 1. In a separate decision, justices also called for a vote to enshrine abortion rights into the state’s constitution in November.
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FILE PHOTO: General view shows the United States Supreme Court, in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2024.

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Can the government dictate what’s on Facebook?

The Supreme Court heard arguments on Monday from groups representing major social media platforms which argue that new laws in Florida and Texas that restrict their ability to deplatform users are unconstitutional. It’s a big test for how free speech is interpreted when it comes to private technology companies that have immense reach as platforms for information and debate.

Supporters of the states’ laws originally framed them as measures meant to stop the platforms from unfairly singling out conservatives for censorship – for example when X (then Twitter) booted President Donald Trump for his tweets during January 6.

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Graphic Truth: Perscription drug prices - a bitter pill

It’s a hard and pricey pill to swallow: US prescription drugs are far more expensive than those in Canada, where the government controls drug prices and can refuse to pay if they are deemed to be too high.

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Republican presidential candidate and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.


DeSantis in a storm

Hurricane Idalia is set to make landfall on Wednesday in the US state of Florida. The storm will be the first of many this hurricane season, but it blows in at a sensitive political moment for state Gov. Ron DeSantis. The woke-bashing Republican is currently a distant second to Donald Trump for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, but he’s also fending off an increasingly stiff challenge from the youthful upstart conservative tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy. (Poll numbers here.)

If DeSantis handles Idalia well, it’ll enable him to look experienced and presidential, drawing a contrast with Ramaswamy’s scant political experience. Of course, if DeSantis flubs it, Idalia could deal a crippling blow to his campaign.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed HB 7, known as the “stop woke act,” in Florida, on April 22, 2022.

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Ron DeSantis and the latest battle over Black history

As Black History Month begins today in the US, the country’s latest culture war battle is about … Black history.

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DeSantis is more disciplined than Trump, says NPR journalist
DeSantis Is More Disciplined than Trump, Says NPR Journalist | GZERO World

DeSantis is more disciplined than Trump, says NPR journalist

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is a rising Republican star. And his resounding victory in the US midterms is all but confirmation of a likely run for the president in 2024.

But he'll go up against former President Donald Trump.

For NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith, they're not the same. DeSantis, she tells Ian Bremmer on GZERO World, is younger and far more disciplined than Trump.

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Biden's immigration play, failing students, eye on debates

With Midterm Matters, we are counting down to the US midterm elections on Nov. 8 by separating the signal from the noise on election-related news.

Biden’s pre-midterm immigration play

The number of Venezuelan migrants arriving at the US southern border has plummeted by 90% since President Joe Biden invoked Title 42 (a Trump-era law allowing the expulsion of asylum-seekers on public health grounds) earlier this month.

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