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For 3yrs #SCOTUS was my beat.
It taught me so much--like that you vote as if SCOTUS depends on it.
So all you "couldn't vote for Hillary" folks?
Thanks for today's decision by #NeilGorsuch.
YOU gave us that.
And him for the next FORTY FREAKING YEARS.
Explain it to your kids.
Excellent explanation of how #NeilGorsuch just screwed every worker in America courtesy of Trump/Stein/Johnson voters.

You wanted it, you got it.

Neil Gorsuch just demolished labor rights…
Honestly, America, are you EVER going to get smarter?
The president lasts for eight years max.
The #SCOTUS is forever.
Voting for the wrong SCOTUS is like getting the name of your 5th grade sweetie tattooed across your face 100 times at 10.
The impact is phenomenal and lasting.
Reading #Gorsuch's ruling is like going back in time to before we HAD labor laws--which is what this ostensibly does.
No one can fix this, you understand?
This is set in stone, now.
People think "oh, some other case will overturn this."
It's rare #SCOTUS rulings are overturned.
The breadth of #Gorsuch's decision is all-encompassing. It gives literally no recourse to workers on any level. We are so screwed.
#EpicSystems will impact women immediately because they comprise 80% of low-wage workers and are most vulnerable to #wagetheft, as in this case.
RBG's dissent is enraged--as it should be. She accused #Gorsuch of turning back the clock on workers (he did), by “substituting [this admin's] preferred economic policies for those chosen by the people’s representatives.”

I mean this ruling means no more collective bargaining.
All those teacher's strikes that have been going on?
They all rely on collective bargaining.
That's out the window.
Employers can just stamp their feet & say no--look at the #EpicSystems ruling. We don't have to do anything except fire you.

Because that will be the alternative.
This started with @SenateMajLdr McConnell & his refusal to even hold hearings for #MerrickGarland--an incredible outrage that will go down in history as one of the most racist of his racist actions. Especially with Kennedy sitting on the SCOTUS after being nominated the same way.
So we never got #MerrickGarland on the #SCOTUS. And then the purists got together with the blatant racists to elect Trump and give us a Trump SCOTUS which will be his legacy: the most right wing court in history. Even if Trump actually went to jail, we'd have 40yrs of his court.
Wage theft, pivot for the #EpicSystems case, is the single most prevelant issue for workers. Which is why this case was being heard by #SCOTUS. And had it been heard in 2016 with a 4-4 court, there'd be no ruling.

#Gorsuch is the youngest justice--36yrs younger than RBG.
Three justices want to retire. Two are the most liberal--RBG, 85 & Stephen Breyer, 80 The third is the swing vote, Anthony Kennedy, 81.

They have to all hang in another year in the hope that we oust Trump in 2020.
But we must #FlipTheSenate to knock McConnell out of power.
People who are #SCOTUS deconstructionists better than I (and I am quite good) will be laying out the full weight of #Gorsuch's ruling. We are nearing the end of the term--all the big decisions will come out in the next couple weeks. This one does NOT bode well for the left.
It's not hyperbolic to say that #Gorsuch's decision in #EpicSystems is the single worst thing to happen to workers in our collective lifetime. It will impact every worker even if they do not ever use the functions of the FAA. Because it will have an immediate chilling effect.
So planned teacher's strikes?
Workers will re-think any strike or what previously would have entailed collective bargaining, anything that would have led to a class action suit. #Gorsuch just handed a ginormous gift to employers who are all #EpicSystems now--free from lawsuits.
I am freaking gutted.
Every time I think it can't get worse, the impact of Trump can't have a more deleterious and far-reaching effect, there is something.

Today it is #Gorsuch.
The youngest member of the court.
RBG could, mathematically, be his grandmother.
We are so screwed.
Half a day after I wrote this thread, I haven't seen one story about this #SCOTUS decision on a single network.

I saw a lot more about the #RoyalWedding tho.
We need to be concerned that we aren't covering all the news because of the Trump scandals. This impacted every American.

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I lived in NOLA right after college.
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We drank too much at Mardi Gras, New Year's.
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Some, like their adult counterparts, don't care.

This is key.
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But there are "lesser" sexual assaults we've given a lighter hand to: Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Mark Halperin, Louis CK--too many to list.
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That's the safety net.

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I had to call my bestie today to have her come up and stay with me while The Wife is teaching.

Even with the oxygen, hard to breathe.

I had to cancel interviews for tomorrow, a radio appearance for Friday.

Chronic illness like #cancer is incapacitating at times.
We need to do better for sick and #disabled Americans.

It is so hard to work and be sick.

Never getting better sick.
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