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42 years ago this week, the United States Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in the case of Roe v. Wade, establishing the legal right to abortion — a right that opponents have been dismantling ever since with the passage of state laws that impose senseless regulations and requirements. Katha Pollitt’s Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights is a lucid history of the struggle for access to legal abortion and a cogent argument that abortion is not merely a right, but a “positive social good” that is tied to our most fundamental freedoms.

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Proud Boys demonstrator

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Reprinted with permission from DailyKos

It's become apparent that, even as Donald Trump tries to deny reality and continue claiming he won the election, the hate group that he ordered, on national television, to "stand back and stand by" now considers (per leadership's statements that "standby order has been rescinded," as well as other threatening statements on social media) those orders null and void: The Proud Boys are now playing the role of Trump's goon-squad defenders in the streets—and appear unlikely to stop anytime soon.

Following the initial burst of Proud Boy violence in Washington, D.C., during and after the "Million MAGA March" of November 14, the familiar black-and-yellow polos, red MAGA hats and thug tactics have been showing up on the streets of Raleigh, North Carolina; Sacramento, California; and Staten Island, New York. At each event, brawls broke out amid overheated rhetoric, much of it in Trump's defense.

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