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Mark Beckfold and Steve Ledoux (R) , who are married, hold their foster son at a celebration of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage on June 26, 2015 in West Hollywood, California."

Media Matter for America notes that leading up to the 2020 confirmation of then-Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Fox News propagandist Sean Hannity falsely assured viewers that federal abortion protections were safe and sound.

 “In spite of the lies the left will tell you, Judge Barrett has been described as personally pro-life but has expressed doubts that Roe v. Wade will ever be overturned,” he said at the time.

That one aged like a carton of milk left out in the sun, after the Supreme Court struck down the landmark decision last week. Next on the right wing’s agenda is marriage equality. How do we know that? Because voices in that faction are currently insisting that worries over Obergefell v. Hodges are overblown, Media Matters said. Much like Hannity was insisting in saying that Roe v. Wade was safe.

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“Yet in the aftermath of the ruling, right-wing media have attempted to dismiss the genuine possibility that Obergefell could face the same fate as Roe, reflecting their earlier push to downplay the risks to Roe,” Media Matters reports. “Meanwhile, many right-wing outlets, including some of the same ones denying gay marriage is under threat, have called for Obergefell to be repealed.”

Among them is Hannity, yet again. The propagandist insisted on June 24 that concerns over marriage equality were “left-wing lunacy,” Media Matters said. But just days later, on June 28, he said “’striking down Roe should open up the high court to review other precedents’ before suggesting that striking down ‘Griswold, Lawrence, and some [other cases]’ would be ‘the most democratic for this democratic republic that we live in,’” the report continued.

You might ask how he manages to hold both views at once? Well, the same way the Supreme Court claimed abortion should be left to the states but then blocked New York's strict limits on the concealed carry of firearms in public: There simply is no logic. They say and do it because they can get away with it. Others insisting that marriage equality isn’t at risk are The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board and racist “great replacement” conspiracy theory proponent Tucker Carlson.

“As with their tactic on Roe, right-wing media outlets are intent on gaslighting their audiences into believing that the right to gay marriage is safe,” Media Matters continued. “They'll push that claim just long enough for the same powerful conservative organizations responsible for overturning federal abortion protections to overturn marriage equality. Two of the organizations that filed briefs in support of Dobbs, Concerned Women for America and the Family Research Council, are both vocal critics of Obergefell and have leadership that is frequently featured on right-wing outlets like Fox News.”

Remember, we only need look to what the most far-right members of the court themselves have foreshadowed. Clarence Thomas, who authored the New York decision and is married to a fellow extremist who sought to overturn the 2020 presidential election, issued a concurring decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that offered a list of rights he wanted struck down, including marriage equality.

”Thomas argues that the Supreme Court should go beyond ending abortion rights and end those other rights that so many people have been warning that Republicans and this court would next move to dismantle: birth control, marriage equality, the very right to same-sex intimate relationships,” Daily Kos’ Laura Clawson wrote at the time. “In future cases,” Thomas writes, “we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell.” 

Yes, this was Thomas’ separate opinion, but the vast swath of devastating cases released this term make it clear that without reform, this court is pointed in Thomas’ direction, not the other way around.

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Chris Buescher Continues To Prove Brad Keselowski Right

Getty Chris Buescher continues to turn in strong performances.

RFK Racing’s Brad Keselowski turned heads early in the 2022 Cup Series season with some strong comments about teammate Chris Buescher. The August 14 trip to Richmond Raceway only further proves that this praise was justified.

Buescher struggled during practice and qualifying on August 13, which led to him starting 18th overall in the field. He proceeded to make moves at the short track that put him in a position to potentially cause some chaos. He racked up seven points in Stage 2 and then finished third overall after battling winner Kevin Harvick for the lead late.

Left it all out on the track.

A solid day for @Chris_Buescher.

— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 14, 2022

This third-place finish at Richmond Raceway was Buescher’s second top-five of the season. It was also the best finish for RFK Racing at a non-superspeedway or road course since Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished second overall at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016, per Jayski’s Dustin Albino.

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“Chris is an amazing race car driver,” Keselowski told PRN’s Garage Pass during the May trip to Dover Motor Speedway. “If we get him in the equipment he needs to run up front, he’ll win races. Chris Buescher and Ross Chastain are so similar. Just a matter of getting them in the right equipment.”

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Buescher Has Rebounded From Setbacks

GettyChris Buescher has showcased an ability to rebound.

The Texas native has turned in some strong runs during his first season working with Keselowski. He has seven top-10 finishes, putting him one shy of his career-best from the 2021 and 2020 seasons. His two top-fives match his career-best numbers from three different seasons.

Buescher has shown speed and control during the 2022 season while fighting for strong finishes, but he has also showcased the ability to rebound from unexpected issues. This includes the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course when the No. 17 caught on fire. Buescher’s car was full of smoke, and he couldn’t see. He still recovered after falling two laps down and finished 10th overall.

“Honestly, for about three months now, I haven’t been able to wait to get to each and every race track,” Buescher told media members after his third-place finish at Richmond. “That’s where I feel like the company’s got to.

“I think that our results haven’t always shown it because we’ve had some freak deals. We’ve had… we’ve been making the highlight reel for all the wrong reasons. I’ve been upside down, on fire.”

Buescher Has Circled the Next Cup Series Race

No flip, no fire… made the highlight reel for the right reason today! ????????

Two shots left. Bring on @WGI.

— Chris Buescher (@Chris_Buescher) August 14, 2022

There are only two races remaining in the regular season, and Buescher is in a must-win situation. The only way that he can reach the playoffs is if he wins either at Watkins Glen International or Daytona International Speedway, two tracks with the potential for chaos.

The next race on the schedule, Watkins Glen, is one that Buescher has circled. He has run very well at road courses in the Next Gen era, headlined by a runner-up at Sonoma Raceway. He also scored a sixth-place finish at Road America and a 10th-place finish at IMS. Now he has another road course waiting for him.

Buescher hasn’t scored a top-10 finish at Watkins Glen in his previous six starts. He has been close with an 11th-place finish in 2017 and a 13th-place finish in 2019. His first start at the track for RFK Racing was a 17th-place finish.

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