Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a four-time cancer survivor, turns 87 on Sunday.
That’s all you really need to know for the 2020 presidential election if you’re a Democrat or left-leaning moderate.
“RBG is 87” is the slogan to emblazon on the buttons, bumper stickers, ball caps and other campaign merch in your effort to win the votes of sulky progressives now threatening to sit out the election since their favorite candidate is unlikely to get the party’s nomination for president.
Liberal icon Ginsburg is not only by far the oldest justice now serving, she’s also the fourth oldest justice in the 231-year history of the court. In October, she’ll pass former Chief Justice Roger Taney, who served from 1836 until his death in 1864,and become the third oldest.
And if she’s still on the court in January 2024, Ginsburg will become the oldest Supreme Court justice ever by passing Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Holmes was two months shy of his 91st birthday when he retired in 1932 at the suggestion of colleagues who’d noticed he’d been dozing off during arguments and was proving unable to keep up with his workload.
“The condition of my health makes it a duty to break off connections that I cannot leave without deep regret,” he wrote in his letter of resignation. “But the time has come and I bow to the inevitable.”
Ginsburg is clearly a tough, sharp, determined jurist, but her time is coming too. She’s battled cancer four times since 1999 — colon, lung and, twice, pancreatic cancers — and although one can never say never when it comes to the ravages of aging, it seems doubtful she’ll avoid the inevitable for the entire presidential term that begins in January 2021 and ends in January 2025 when she’ll be nearly 92.
The precarious state of her health inspired my favorite joke on Twitter this week: “If you’re feeling sick you have a responsibility to avoid crowded places and Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” by @jdmaccoby. It also inspired one of my favorites of 2018, “Just changed my organ donor status so that now all of my organs go to Ruth Bader Ginsburg even if I’m still alive,” by @DesiJed.
Further, I wouldn’t put a lot of money on the proposition that the next oldest justice — 81-year-old Stephen Breyer, a left-leaning appointee of President Bill Clinton — will serve through the next administration.
So look, yes, I get why some lefties are going through the five stages of grief over the rise of former Vice President Joe Biden and the fall of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Denial — It’s not over yet! Biden hasn’t won a majority of delegates yet and there are still major primaries to come.
But it is over. I won’t trouble you with the delegate math, but even if young Sanders supporters start turning out in huge numbers — which they have yet to do — the outcome of this battle is no longer in any doubt after last Tuesday’s round of voting.
Anger — Biden is a corporatist with a troubling, mushy-to-conservative record on many issues including health care, abortion, criminal justice, climate change, the war in Iraq and so on.
Yes. Barack Obama chose Biden as his running mate in 2008 for the very reason that his establishment centrism would reassure mainstream Democrats that they weren’t voting for a radical ticket. But Sanders, Warren and other progressives have coaxed Biden to the left over the years. He now supports the $15 an hour minimum wage, endorses the outlines of the Green New Deal, favors a government option on health care and has stressed his commitment to abortion rights and a compassionate immigration policy. No, he’s not nearly the revolutionary Sanders is, but neither is he a dreaded DINO — Democrat In Name Only.
Bargaining — If we keep complaining about Biden and threatening not to vote for him, maybe we’ll be able to pull him even further to the left.
Probably not. The far left has played its best cards. The majority of Democratic voters have spoken. Officials in Washington state, where Sanders beat Hillary Clinton 73% to 27% in a caucus contest four years ago, are still counting the votes in Tuesday’s primary, but Biden is holding a narrow lead as of Friday afternoon. They like where Biden is positioned for the general election.
Depression — The lives of minorities and poor and working people won’t get better under Biden.
Maybe not. We certainly seem headed into very rough times with the economic fallout from the spread of the coronavirus. But consider the only alternative.
And consider that, whatever else the president elected this fall does or doesn’t do in office, he is quite likely to appoint one or two justices to lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court and will certainly appoint hundreds of judges to the federal bench. If Trump is reelected, we could see a 7-2 conservative majority on the high court and a suffocating conservative consensus on the lower courts that will blight the aspirations of Sanders’ most fervent supporters for generations and, at the very least, spell the end of abortion rights.
Republicans know this and they vote accordingly. Democrats have more of a tendency to make the perfect the enemy of the good and ignore the importance of the courts in shaping our daily lives.
Biden will certainly act to begin to restore balance in the judiciary at every level. This single insight ought to motivate the most currently infuriated, frustrated, defiant supporters of other candidates to reach the final stage …
Acceptance — Well, actually, since it’s Trump or Biden, the choice is easy.
The reminder of the dimensions of that choice can be summed up in five sobering words: Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 87.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov was a part of some of the highest-selling pay-per-views in history. He is the current UFC lightweight champion with an undefeated record of 28-0. After achieving almost everything there is to achieve, Khabib revealed what keeps him motivated.
Since he is not a showman, Khabib had to take the long route to the UFC gold. He defeated Al Iaquinta in 2018 to capture the UFC lightweight championship. In the same year, Khabib defended it in one of the biggest fights of his career. “The Eagle” took on the Irishman, Conor McGregor in his first title defence.
Khabib submitted Conor in the fourth round and then proceed to fight Dustin Poirier. Again, it was the same story in which he submitted Poirier by a rear-naked choke. From fighting a big name like Conor to fighting the less popular Dustin Poirier, how does Khabib stay motivated?
Khabib Nurmagomedov feels that it’s in his blood to fight
Khabib revealed that people questioned his source of motivation. He said:
“I tell people that I have big motivation, I’m hungry. I really wanna compete with the best in the world. This is inside my blood. I feel this.”
“I am famous, I have money, I have belt, I defend my belt I just finished my biggest fight in combat sports history. Now they give me Dustin Poirier. Where are you gonna get motivation from?” Khabib told Brett Okamoto.
At 31 years old, Khabib feels that he is in his athletic prime. The champion wants nothing but to compete at the highest level. After all, Khabib wants to leave behind a legacy.
Although Khabib had mentioned earlier that there are not many fights left in his career, it is clear from his responses that he does not want to leave any questions unanswered.
He said that he will keep fighting as long as he is motivated.
Khabib’s next test will take place in New York where he will face the “Boogeyman”, Tony Ferguson. Ferguson is on a 12 fight win streak and looks to take away Khabib’s belt in one of the highly anticipated matches in UFC history.
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La insaciable voracidad tributaria de los gobiernos nacionales y municipales en el país se está convirtiendo en una amenaza creciente contra cualquier recuperación, por pequeña que sea, de la economía venezolana, ya que en el último mes se ha registrado una verdadera oleada de incrementos desproporcionados de impuestos y tarifas de servicios públicos.
Un ejemplo concreto, son los municipios del este del Área Metropolitana de Caracas, donde las tarifas de Aseo Urbano se han incrementado alrededor de 10 veces, a tal punto que una oficina mediana puede llegar a pagar más de 90 dólares al mes, por este concepto.
Bajo el amparo de la promoción del Petro, como moneda convertible, más de 80% de las Alcaldías ha dolarizado sus impuestos, ahora expresados en el token criptográfico gubernamental, con incrementos que van entre 1.000% y 4.000% de la mayoría de los tributos, junto con la imposición de multas en divisas estadounidenses, que pueden llegar a miles de dólares. Leer más: https://www.noticiasdenuevaesparta.com
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Greensboro, N.C. – The memory was fresh. Syracuse players still felt the sting of Feb. 29, when North Carolina shellacked them in the Carrier Dome.
That loss, the 92-79 pounding the Tar Heels inflicted upon them, served as motivation for Wednesday night’s rematch in the Greensboro Coliseum. Only this time, advancement in the ACC Tournament was on the line along with personal pride.
“We came out today, we wanted to take it a little personal,” Elijah Hughes said. “They came to our home court and they beat us. And we took it personal.”
When SU players thought about that game, they winced at the details. UNC shot nearly 52 percent. The Heels, a team not particularly proficient from the 3-point line, made 42.3 percent of their 3s.
They also outrebounded the Orange by 10.
All of this happened on a day when SU honored its seniors and one of its all-time greats in John Wallace.
“Just coming off that loss, it was Senior Night. And it was a bad loss,” Buddy Boeheim said. “Our defense was bad. They shot the ball probably the best they’ve shot it all season. We knew that if we got stops and got into shooters, they wouldn’t make those shots. We knew that.”
“They for sure crushed us. They scored (92) points. At home, where we are supposed to play good,” Marek Dolezaj said. “They played a really good game. But we wanted revenge. And we knew that for us this was a road game with the UNC fans. So we used the revenge and we crushed them here.”
The Greensboro Coliseum teemed Wednesday night with Tar Heels fans. They wore Carolina blue and complained about every foul called on UNC. But as the game wore on and the end seemed inevitable, one Tar Heel fan dressed in a Michael Jordan replica jersey stood up in the front row near midcourt and begged the team to “show some heart for the last time.”
Syracuse players, attuned to media and broadcast commentary, believed nobody gave them a chance against North Carolina. During one pre-game meeting, players talked about focusing on the backboards, on everybody playing a part in keeping the Heels off the glass. They emphasized defense, believing that if they reached shooters, if they bothered players like Cole Anthony enough, Wednesday’s outcome would be different.
“This is their home court,” Buddy Boeheim said. “They kind of felt like everyone was talking about them going on a five-game run. They were kind of overlooking us in this game, their second game of the tournament. I think they were getting a little too ahead of themselves. We knew that we weren’t just let them go right over us.”
SU took that motivation and carried it to Wednesday’s late game, the last of the ACC Tournament games to feature a full house of paying fans. And they defeated UNC 81-53.
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