Tuesday Clutter: Trump Trade War, Beto O'Rourke Reboot, Roundup Weedkiller Verdict, Robert Kraft, Male Biological Clocks, Garbage, and more
Thursday Clutter: Trump Finances, Global Wealth Inequality, Boston Red Sox, Game of Thrones, Star Trek, Rolling Stones, Semisonic, and more

Wednesday Clutter: Alabama Abortion Ban, Donald Trump Jr., Boston Sports, Black Mirror, Chicago P.D., Hole, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  Don't freak out, but it looks like the sun is here.  Maybe it will stick around if we're quiet.  BDH and Little Buddha just whispered that the coffee is ready, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Wednesday Clutter.

The never-ending war on reproductive health took another step forward yesterday, as Alabama passed a near-total abortion ban that could also sentence doctors who perform abortions to a life sentence.  The approved bill has no exceptions for rape or incest survivors.  It gives women one week from the time of conception to have an abortion, even though most women don't know for sure that they're even pregnant until about six weeks later.  Assuming it's signed into law, the legislation is explicitly designed to challenge Roe v. Wade, and given the current makeup of the Supreme Court, anti-choice advocates have to be feeling good about their chances.  Another reminder to every 2016 voter who somehow didn't think there was any difference between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton - that was an idiotic position to take, and this country will pay for it for decades because of Trump's judicial appointments.

Alabama Abortion Ban May 15 2019The war on women's health is picking up speed in 2019.  (pic via axios.com)

Donald Trump Jr. has agreed to comply with a subpoena and appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed-door session that's being described as having a "limited scope and time," so who knows if anything of value will come of this. 

A memo from National Labor Relations Board general counsel Peter Robb says Uber drivers are independent contractors, not employees. That's a serious setback for the drivers who are seeking better wages and benefits, but it won't stop the lawsuits that say Uber and Lyft misclassified these people.  Frankly, we'd support anything that encourages people to stop working for these companies.  They're a negative to the environment by keeping so many cars on the road, and if this fight costs them staff, all the better.

Someone recently tried this Social Security scam with us, so remember to be wary of anyone asking for your personal information over the phone.

The Boston Red Sox lost 5-4 to the Colorado Rockies in 11 innings last night. Everything was going Boston's way for most of the game, as Chris Sale was dominant all evening long.  He struck out eight of the first nine batters he faced, and his final line was three hits, two runs, and 17 K's (a new career record.)  It was an amazing performance, and Boston led 3-0 after six innings.  Everything was going smoothly until Sale made one mistake, which was giving up a two-run home run in the 7th.  The bullpen couldn't hold on to the lead, and eventually, the Sox fell in 11.  That is unfortunate to say the least, but the Red Sox have to be thrilled that their ace seems to have regained his All Star form after such a rough start this year.  Eduardo Rodriguez takes the mound for Boston tonight as the Sox try to split this two-game series with the Rockies.

Boston Celtics point guard Terry Rozier doesn't want to stay with the team unless some significant roster moves happen in the off-season.  He means he doesn't want to play behind Kyrie Irving again.  He may well get his wish if Irving moves on to another team, but on what planet does Rozier deserve to complain so loudly?  It's not like the Celtics would fall apart if he leaves, and fans would forget about him inside of three minutes.  Yes, everyone has an ego, and it's good for players to be competitive, but no Hall of Famer is being held back here.

The good news for local sports fans is that the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 last night to take a commanding 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference Finals series.  The B's can wrap this up and punch their ticket for the Stanley Cup Finals by winning on the road on Thursday.

The first trailer for Season 5 of Black Mirror is here, and it looks intriguing.  Have any of you watched this series?  We may need to check it out when it starts on June 5:

There are two episodes left of Chicago P.D., and we're still not happy about the pending departure from the cast, but it appears that the show is setting things up for an interesting season finale next week.

We're sorry to hear that Tim Conway died yesterday at age 85. Hearing his name immediately takes us back to fond memories of watching The Carol Burnett Show with Grandma and Grandpa Clutter back in the day.  Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Hole to close things out with, "Malibu," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  BDH and Little Buddha remind you that all of tonight's "One Chicago" shows are new episodes, so you're welcome to come back and join us for that.  Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day (and the sunshine while it lasts), be good, and we'll catch up with you again soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

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