Wendy Davis: Perry Kicking Women to Curb for Politics

Plus, Pelosi on Snowden in the airport: 'He can stay there'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2013 1:25 PM CDT
Wendy Davis: Perry Kicking Women to Curb for Politics
In this June 25, 2013 file photo, Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, speaks during her filibuster of an abortion bill, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Wendy Davis took her 10 hours of filibustering fame and extended it by at least 15 minutes, appearing on three Sunday shows today and unloading on Texas Republicans trying to push through a 20-week abortion ban. “Gov. Perry and Lt. Gov. Dewhurst are willing to … put women in harm’s way in order to step up on the political ladder,” she said, adding that Republicans "mismanaged the clock terribly last time, and ran roughshod over a lot of our senate rules and traditions to try to ram this bill through. And they’ll probably be a bit smarter. But what they now have to confront is that the eyes of Texas, the eyes of the country are watching.” As for Rick Perry's musings on her beginnings, she responded thusly: "My life story is something that belongs to me. I had choices and chances and opportunities. What I'm working to fight for is to make sure that all women have the ability to do that." Elsewhere on the Sunday dial, as per Politico:

  • Nancy Pelosi on Edward Snowden: “We have to know what is it that he has. And I don't know that he has that much substance. He may know something about the machinery. I don't know that he knows that much about the content. But now that he's threatening to share information with Russia and China, if he in fact he has any information, I think that should disabuse anybody of the notion that he is a hero.”
  • And furthermore: “I think it's pretty good that he's stuck in the Moscow airport. That's OK with me. He can stay there, that's fine.”
  • Former NSA chief Michael Hayden on NSA leak: It has caused "significant" damage, and “in an ideal world, I’d keep all of this secret because any of it I make public slices some of my operational advantage away from me. But democracies like ours don’t get to do something over a long period of time without national consensus."
  • Conservative leader Ralph Reed says Prop 8 supporters aren't bigots: Joe Biden and Pat Leahy were among Dems who "voted for this law and Bill Clinton, who signed it into law, (so were they) intolerant and motivated by an animus toward gays? Obama was 14 months ago. Was he a bigot 14 months ago?"
(More Wendy Davis stories.)

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