Game of Thrones Geniuses Benioff & Weiss Get to Ruin Star Wars Next

By CCN: Game of Thrones has caught a lot of heat recently for some questionable plot developments. Those who aren’t fans of showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will be horrified to hear that they have the keys for the newest Star Wars Movie planned for 2022.

Disney boss Bob Iger made the announcement:

“We did a deal with David Benioff and D.B Weiss, who are famous for Game Of Thrones, and the next movie that we release will be theirs, And we’re not saying anything more about that.”

Game Of Thrones Writers Have Hit The Jackpot With Star Wars Deal

Benioff and Weiss, like so many associated with the Game of Thrones juggernaut, have hit the jackpot following the show’s wild success. Making a movie for Disney and their Lucasfilm brand is the pinnacle of screenwriting in terms of budget and public interest.

But as we watch HBO speed its way through the increasingly-disappointing final six episodes of Game of Thrones, the question has to be asked, do they really deserve it?

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Game of Thrones season 8 hasn’t inspired confidence in the quality of a Benioff and Weiss-helmed Star Wars film. | Source: HBO/Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones season 8 has completed the show’s transformation from a faithful adaption of George R.R. Martin’s book series into one of Hollywood’s less-than-memorable summer action flicks. Just look at the ridiculously contrived Avengers-style expedition north of the wall. In short, the latest season has been long on action and short on wit.

Game of Thrones was once the show taught us more about politics and power than an episode of the West Wing ever could. Unfortunately, Benioff and Weiss cut out the monologues and went all-in on appealing to their newfound audience of everyone.

Yes, we’re still watching, but this isn’t the Westeros we remember.

Game of Thrones Showrunners Must Face Star Wars Fans’ Infamous Scrutiny

The pressure cooker of critical opinion that Game of Thrones is stewing in is nothing compared to what it’s like crafting a Star Wars film. That said, the backlash over GoT’s season eight scandals has perhaps given David Benioff and D.B. Weiss a small taste of what’s to come.

The Starbucks cup was the first embarrassing slip-up. The second was the resurrection of the Dothraki. Regarding the latter, audiences felt tricked as the writers had stated we witnessed the “end of the Dothraki” in a previous episode. Taking liberties with assumptions is not something that goes down well with Star Wars fans. Every movie is canon, according to Disney, so Benioff and Weiss won’t be able to make similar slip-ups.

Just like the sun blinding an entire navy, we must not fail to see the elephants (or lack of them) in the room. Game of Thrones is one of the best television shows ever, and you could argue that its writers deserve their time at the top of the mountain.

On the other hand, anyone could have made a hit out of George R. R. Martin’s classic books, and Benioff and Weiss might be the luckiest men ever to be handed a Star Wars film.

Maybe it will look something like this.

 

Elon Musk Reveals Space Pirate Dreams After Hilarious Ted Cruz Speech

By CCN: With all the actual problems facing the modern world, one intergalactic crisis you probably didn’t expect to hear a US senator sounding the alarm about is the horde of space pirates terrorizing the Milky Way. Yet Sen. Ted Cruz – formerly “Lyin’ Ted” and now Trump’s best pal – says he is genuinely, deeply, worried about the need for a Space Force. Maybe he has a point, though, as SpaceX founder Elon Musk has already hoisted the Jolly Roger.

Pirate Captain Elon Musk Is Coming for Ted Cruz’s Space Booty

Obviously, there isn’t any money for a Space Force. Nor is there currently a credible need for the US government to send soldiers into space to fend off pirates. What are they going to steal? Compressed spaghetti bolognese and moon rocks?

If anyone knows the difficulty of merely getting un-manned satellites into the right position, it’s Elon Musk. SpaceX is at the absolute cutting edge of space travel, and the last thing they are worried about is a Moonraker-style abduction of their heavy rockets.

There is so much debris hanging outside our atmosphere that just avoiding it pushes even the most advanced space programs to their limits.

Maybe Elon Musk Secretly Plans to Launch a Martian Smuggling Ring

Contrary to Trump’s fears of “Space ISIS,” our solar system is currently one of the last places we have where there isn’t conflict. We probably don’t even have the technology to start one. You can only use nuclear or kinetic weapons, and they would destroy your own assets as quickly as they would everything else.

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Does Elon Musk secretly plan to launch the Milky Way’s first intergalactic smuggling ring? | Source: REUTERS / Thom Baur / File Photo

What has piqued Elon Musk’s interest is the title of “Space Pirate.” The self-invented Twitter “meme-lord” can probably think of nothing more exciting than running his inter-galactic smuggling ring out of Mars. Think Han Solo with a more confused accent.

This is all terrific fun, and the Tesla boss joining in the ridicule of Ted Cruz makes it even better. It is depressing, however, to think that a powerful elected official is either this obtuse or this manipulative to peddle such patently absurd ideas.

Maybe Elon Musk should complete his evolution into a full-on Bond villain and change SpaceX’s logo to a skull and crossbones. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Cue the pirate memes.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article are solely those of the author and do not represent those of, nor should they be attributed to, CCN.

Game of Thrones Geniuses Benioff & Weiss Get to Ruin Star Wars Next

By CCN: Game of Thrones has caught a lot of heat recently for some questionable plot developments. Those who aren’t fans of showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will be horrified to hear that they have the keys for the newest Star Wars Movie planned for 2022.

Disney boss Bob Iger made the announcement:

“We did a deal with David Benioff and D.B Weiss, who are famous for Game Of Thrones, and the next movie that we release will be theirs, And we’re not saying anything more about that.”

Game Of Thrones Writers Have Hit The Jackpot With Star Wars Deal

Benioff and Weiss, like so many associated with the Game of Thrones juggernaut, have hit the jackpot following the show’s wild success. Making a movie for Disney and their Lucasfilm brand is the pinnacle of screenwriting in terms of budget and public interest.

But as we watch HBO speed its way through the increasingly-disappointing final six episodes of Game of Thrones, the question has to be asked, do they really deserve it?

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Game of Thrones season 8 hasn’t inspired confidence in the quality of a Benioff and Weiss-helmed Star Wars film. | Source: HBO/Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones season 8 has completed the show’s transformation from a faithful adaption of George R.R. Martin’s book series into one of Hollywood’s less-than-memorable summer action flicks. Just look at the ridiculously contrived Avengers-style expedition north of the wall. In short, the latest season has been long on action and short on wit.

Game of Thrones was once the show taught us more about politics and power than an episode of the West Wing ever could. Unfortunately, Benioff and Weiss cut out the monologues and went all-in on appealing to their newfound audience of everyone.

Yes, we’re still watching, but this isn’t the Westeros we remember.

Game of Thrones Showrunners Must Face Star Wars Fans’ Infamous Scrutiny

The pressure cooker of critical opinion that Game of Thrones is stewing in is nothing compared to what it’s like crafting a Star Wars film. That said, the backlash over GoT’s season eight scandals has perhaps given David Benioff and D.B. Weiss a small taste of what’s to come.

The Starbucks cup was the first embarrassing slip-up. The second was the resurrection of the Dothraki. Regarding the latter, audiences felt tricked as the writers had stated we witnessed the “end of the Dothraki” in a previous episode. Taking liberties with assumptions is not something that goes down well with Star Wars fans. Every movie is canon, according to Disney, so Benioff and Weiss won’t be able to make similar slip-ups.

Just like the sun blinding an entire navy, we must not fail to see the elephants (or lack of them) in the room. Game of Thrones is one of the best television shows ever, and you could argue that its writers deserve their time at the top of the mountain.

On the other hand, anyone could have made a hit out of George R. R. Martin’s classic books, and Benioff and Weiss might be the luckiest men ever to be handed a Star Wars film.

Maybe it will look something like this.

 

UFC Fighter Ben Funky Askren Shills Litecoin as Price Pumps to $100

By CCN: The Litecoin price has surpassed $100 once again and nobody is more pumped about it than undefeated MMA Fighter Ben Askren. The LTC price hasn’t been trading in the triple digits since June 2018, according to CoinMarketCap data. It’s up more than 13% today and Litecoin disciple Askren is shouting it from the Twitter rooftops.

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Ben Askren has been sponsored by the Litecoin Foundation. | Source: ESPN

Earlier this year, the Litecoin Foundation sponsored Askren, whose nickname is “Funky”, for UFC 235, his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut match in which he faced Robbie Lawler. Askren was named the winner of the match after three minutes and 20 seconds, but Litecoin won, too. The fifth-biggest cryptocurrency’s logo was plastered on the UFC’s famous Octagon during the UFC 232 match in January. Ever since then, the Litecoin price has been on fire.

Litecoin’s Run

Litecoin Creator Charlie Lee has a knack for marketing, and Askren couldn’t have picked a more high-profile cryptocurrency with the exception of bitcoin. Litecoin has been the coin to watch ever since year-end 2018 really when Lee announced his intentions to transform LTC into a privacy coin. But it wasn’t until February 2019 that the Litecoin price rallied some 30% in one day, which according to industry leaders is when the tide began to turn for the crypto market.

While it’s still a far cry from its peak of more than $300 per coin, LTC is on fire in 2019 and could be headed to peak levels once again, which is where some say that the bitcoin price is headed, too.

Pro Athletes and Cryptocurrencies

Professional athletes have begun to catch crypto fever, and it’s not just the UFC. Litecoin is also sponsoring the popular kickboxing league for GLORY 65. The event is scheduled to take place on May 17 in Utrecht, Netherlands. GLORY considers LTC its flagship cryptocurrency and earlier this year began accepting LTC as a form of payment for its merchandise.

The Litecoin Foundation is clearly looking to capitalize on the tech-savvy young fan base of the combat leagues it supports.

The NFL Has Caught Bitcoin Fever

Just yesterday, NFL players Matt Barkley and Russell Okung were tweeting about bitcoin. Both would like to be paid in BTC, something that their respective teams have thus far denied. Considering the way that Litecoin is resonating with the UFC and kickboxing leagues, however, Charlie Lee could be the one to convince the football players to be paid with LTC instead.

Dow Spikes Suddenly as Trump Team Schemes to Salvage China Deal

By CCN: The Dow and broader U.S. stock market erased early losses Wednesday amid reports that the Trump administration was planning to send an envoy to Beijing to resume high-stakes trade negotiations.

Dow Makes Surprise Recovery; S&P 500, Nasdaq Follow

All of Wall Street’s major indexes turned positive in afternoon trading, erasing a volatile pre-market for Dow futures. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 180 points, or 0.7%, to 25,172.97. The blue-chip index was down by as much as 91 points earlier in the day.

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After a volatile open, the Dow Jones Industrial Average breaks higher as trade-deal optimism builds. | Chart via Yahoo Finance.

The broad S&P 500 Index of large-cap stocks climbed 0.8% to 2,856.48. Most of the 11 primary sectors reported gains, though communication services and information technology were by far the best performers. The sectors rose by at least 1.3% on Wednesday.

Surging technology shares lifted the Nasdaq Composite Index to higher ground. The tech-driven average rose 1.3% to 7,832.57.

Will Trade War Standoff Break Soon?

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Steven Mnuchin revealed that U.S.-China trade negotiations will kick back into gear in the near future. | Source: Shutterstock

The United States and China will likely resume trade negotiations soon, according to Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin.

Testifying before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Wednesday, Mnuchin said the White House will likely send a trade envoy to Beijing to restart negotiations. The news comes less than a day after President Trump’s top trade adviser said talks with China have reached “a complete stalemate.”

The world’s two biggest economies locked horns this week after China announced retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion of additional U.S. imports. The United States responded by preparing a list of additional tariffs targeting $300 billion worth of Chinese goods.

Mnuchin confirmed Wednesday that China did in fact renege on a “historic agreement” that would have been good for both countries. Chinese officials reportedly scrapped a previous agreement to change industrial policy so that American companies operating in China wouldn’t have to hand over intellectual property. A slew of other issues were also identified by U.S. negotiators after China sent over a marked-up copy of the draft text.

Click here for a real-time Dow Jones Industrial Average price chart.

Teslas Stock Is on the Brink of Disaster as Growth Gets Shorted Out

By CCN: Tesla investors are having a forgettable year as the stock has made them poorer by more than 30%. The Elon Musk-led company’s stock fell to two-year lows earlier this week.

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Tesla stock recently dropped to two-year lows, but Evercore expects more downside | Source: Yahoo! Finance

But independent investment banking advisory firm Evercore ISI believes that the bloodbath isn’t done yet and has lowered its stock price target to $200 from $240. This represents a 13% drop from Tesla’s current stock price.

The Wheels Are Coming Off

Tesla’s stock has been hammered this year as investors and analysts have recognized that the electric vehicle maker faces an uphill task to grow sales thanks to a variety of challenges. According to Evercore ISI cited in CNBC:

“Our rev estimates decline -3%, -1%, and -6% in ’19, ’20, ’21 respectively, due to concerns around production, demand and macroeconomic conditions. With an enterprise value still of $53bn, Tesla still trades at a huge valuation premium to any automotive peers. This compares to other premium OEMs such as VW’s $36bn, BMW’s $15bn and DAI’s $27bn.”

Evercore’s thesis is that Tesla needs to deliver impressive growth in order to justify its lofty valuation. That can only happen if the company manages to execute its operating plan well, but that hasn’t been the case this year.

Tesla reported its biggest sales drop ever last month. Not surprisingly, the stock cratered. Its Q1 numbers were terrible amid logistics problems that hampered deliveries. Of course, Tesla is still promising that it will deliver 400,000 cars this year after moving just 63,000 vehicles in Q1.

But Musk has failed to deliver on his promises in the past, so don’t be surprised to see him fluffing his lines once again.

Tesla’s Stock Is in for a Rocky Road

Tesla’s stock can only be propped up if the company can boost sales, but there are a ton of reasons why this is easier said than done.

First, the company no longer enjoys the federal tax credit tailwind, making its cars more expensive to purchase.

Second, Tesla has added to the potential buyer’s woes by raising the price of its cars. And finally, there’s a possibility that sales growth will be hurt by the growing population of used Tesla cars.

The combination of all these factors will dent not only Tesla’s sales growth but also its bottom line.

Tesla stock is already facing ominous signs as sales of the affordable Model 3 were down a whopping 74% month-over-month in January. This contributed to the big miss in Q1 deliveries, as analysts were originally expecting the company to deliver 91,000 vehicles.

If Elon Musk fails to ramp up delivery numbers in the coming quarters, Evercore’s $200 Tesla stock price prediction could come true and burn a deeper hole in investors’ pockets.

Bitcoin Analyst Destroys Mr. Wonderful After Shark Tank Star Slams Crypto

By CCN: When it comes to ignorant allegations about bitcoin, Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary took the cake this week, managing to hit every wrong button in trying to bash the suddenly-resurgent cryptocurrency.

Kevin O’Leary: Bitcoin a ‘Scam’ & ‘Total BS’

O’Leary, also known as “Mr. Wonderful,” tried to debate bitcoin enthusiast Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano on CNBC’s SquawkBox Tuesday. The co-founder and partner at Morgan Creek Digital crushed him like a cockroach, which is precisely what O’Leary calls entrepreneurial hopefuls’ ideas when he viciously shoots them down.

In bashing bitcoin, O’Leary dug deep into his bag of insults, lambasting it as a “digital game,” a “scam,” and “total BS.”

He said to Pompliano:

“Where is the value in owning bitcoin as an asset class? Tell me why this, which is basically a digital game, has any intrinsic value. And where is the long-term value? Just this idea that they’re going to cut the number of units in half is just a scam. That’s just total BS.”

Pompliano tried to bring O’Leary up to speed, but the reality television star kept interrupting him, which could explain his ignorance on the space.

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Bitcoin’s refusal to die has brought out the worst in its critics. | Source: CoinMarketCap

When Pompliano said that bitcoin is a disruptive technology, Mr. Wonderful chirped there is “an odor of BS” about that explanation, too.

An incredibly patient Pompliano continued:

“Everything that’s new seems different right in the beginning. And I think what you have to realize is with bitcoin specifically, money is a belief system. So, for the US dollar, the only reason you and I use it is because we believe it has value. So I give you a dollar, and you give me a good or service in exchange.”

“Bitcoin has value because the two people who exchange it believe it has value. And what we’re seeing is the volume, look at people using it.”

That “Wallet Thing” Called Coinbase

The forever self-congratulatory Kevin O’Leary deferred to himself with another shallow spiel. He said that he taught a class at Harvard 18 months ago, and was “challenged” by the students to give crypto a try.

“I put a hundred dollars into something called Coinbase, which is a wallet thing. I bought all the crypto crap. I put a hundred dollars in. It’s now worth $30. That’s a 70 percent loss on my crypto crap. I bought them all, and I think that really sucks. People should understand that today it’s the hot digital [token] is bitcoin, and tomorrow could be whatever, right?”

Not tangling with that Coinbase nonsense, Pompliano said the reason bitcoin is getting so much attention relates to it:

  • being the best performing asset over the last decade
  • drastically outperforming the S&P 500, as well as other financial assets
  • attracting institutions because it is a better store of value.

No matter, O’Leary said:

 “If it is a real currency, why can’t I pay my taxes with it?”

That was another “duh!” moment because people can do just that in Ohio, which allows taxpayers to pay with bitcoin.

Can’t Buy $10 Million of Land in Switzerland With Crypto!

In a wild hypothetical about buying land in Switzerland, O’Leary sought to prove that bitcoin was not a “real currency.” He called it “useless because you can’t get in and out of it in large amounts.”

“Let’s say you want to buy a piece of real estate for $10 million in Switzerland and they don’t want to use the traditional transfer system. They want to guarantee that the value comes back to U.S. currency attained. You have to somehow hedge the risk of bitcoin. That means it’s not a real currency. That means the receiver is not willing to take the risk of the volatility it has. It’s worthless.”

Pompliano’s response was sublime: “Everyone eventually comes around. Just takes time!”

Can Congress Steer The U.S. Away From War With Iran?

The Trump administration’s sudden march toward an armed conflict with Iran has a number of top Democrats and even some Republicans attempting to rein in the president’s hawkish senior officials before potentially tens of thousands of U.S. troops are once again engaged in a bloody conflict in the Middle East.

Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have renewed a push for a 2018 bill that would prohibit the U.S. from using funds for a war against Iran without first getting congressional approval. On Tuesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined the bill as a co-sponsor.

“We cannot let the Trump Admin drag us into yet another war in the Middle East,” Warren tweeted.

The United States abruptly ordered all its non-emergency staff to leave Iraq on Wednesday, and in the last week, American warships and bombers deployed to the Persian Gulf, the U.S. blamed Iran for the alleged sabotage of oil tankers, and The New York Times reported that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented plans to potentially send 120,000 American troops to the region. Meanwhile, the White House has continued its pattern of stonewalling lawmakers when it comes to calls for accountability.

These developments have shaken European diplomats and top military officials and roiled Congress, but analysts say the Udall bill is not enough to fix the underlying problems: Congress has been cut out of the decision-making on Iran and has, since 2001, ceded too much power to the president when it comes to using military force. The U.S. now finds itself in a precarious position where missteps from either the Trump administration or Tehran could trigger a confrontation that Congress would have little power to stop from spiraling into full-on armed conflict.

Congress Calls For Hearings

One of the primary issues for Congress and the public in assessing the situation in Iran is that the White House has essentially kept its alleged intelligence about Iranian threats to itself, while allies such as Britain have publicly disputed White House claims that the danger from Iran has increased.

National security adviser John Bolton has a history of misrepresenting intelligence, so Congress could hold hearings and demand briefings to assess the reality behind the alleged new Iranian threats and get clarity on military plans such as the reported 120,000 troop deployment, said Mandy Smithberger, director of the Center for Defense Information at the Project on Government Oversight, a nonprofit government watchdog organization.  

“This is the kind of thing that is serious enough that you want to have Acting Secretary Shanahan and [Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo coming forward,” Smithberger said. Ideally such a hearing would also involve Bolton, who has been at the forefront of the aggressive posturing against Iran and explicitly called for bombing Iran in previous years.

On Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s ranking Democrat, Sen. Bob Menendez (N.J.), called for bipartisan support to demand the State Department hold public and private briefings on Iran. But that may be hard to find, with some senators, such as Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), blithely claiming the U.S. would easily win a conflict with Iran with “two strikes: the first strike and the last strike,” and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) saying war with Iran is up to Tehran.

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A photo released by the U.S. Navy shows part of the strike group being deployed to the Persian Gulf.

The AUMF

If Congress does hold public hearings on Iran, one key question will be whether the White House believes that the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force would cover a military intervention against Iran.

The AUMF, passed three days after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, has been used by multiple administrations to justify a broad range of military actions without congressional oversight, including detentions, bombings and troop deployments in over 20 countries. When President Donald Trump launched airstrikes last year against Syrian forces following President Bashar Assad’s chemical attack on the town of Douma, top Republicans insisted the move was constitutionally valid under the AUMF.

If the U.S. were to strike an Iranian target, it’s possible the White House would use a similar argument to circumvent congressional oversight, an issue critics brought up earlier this year when Trump classified Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a foreign terrorist group. The bill from Udall and other senators does not explicitly say the AUMF shouldn’t be invoked for any conflict with Iran ― which leaves a loophole open for the Trump administration.

“I would personally be extremely concerned about this administration’s unwillingness or inability to say that the AUMF doesn’t apply to Iran,” said Jarrett Blanc, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a former Obama administration official.

The current escalation is something more lawmakers should have seen coming. Relations between Iran and the U.S. have steadily deteriorated since Trump took office, after he spent much of his presidential campaign vowing to tear up the Iran nuclear deal and adopt a more hawkish stance on Iran. Trump formally withdrew the U.S. from the Iran deal in May 2018 and implemented heavy sanctions on the Iranian oil industry, which critics say emboldened Iranian hard-liners and put the two countries back on a collision course.

There are steps Congress can take to increase its oversight of U.S. actions against Iran. But Smithbergen said nearly two decades of lawmakers failing to forcefully push back against the broad uses of the AUMF have resulted in Trump now holding much of the power when it comes to any potential military strike. And while Trump has personally shown little appetite to become entrenched in foreign military intervention, analysts say, he has surrounded himself with officials who have long called for more hard-line and interventionist policies in a number of countries around the world.

“John Bolton and Mike Pompeo have been on the record their entire careers wanting war with Iran,” Blanc said.

Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby Wont Say If He Supports Bill Outlawing Abortion

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) on Wednesday dodged several questions about whether he supported or opposed far-reaching legislation approved by the Alabama state Senate that would enact a near-total ban on abortion.

The Alabama Republican told reporters he has “always supported the Hyde Amendment,” which prohibits federal funding for abortions except to save the life of the woman, or if the pregnancy arises from incest or rape.

“I think that would change that,” he said of the Alabama legislation, which is now awaiting a possible signature by Gov. Kay Ivey (R). 

Asked if that meant he opposed the bill, Shelby said, “I don’t oppose any of that because I’m not in the legislature.”

The bill passed in a 25-6 vote on Tuesday evening after a lengthy and rancorous debate in the Alabama Senate. It makes no exceptions for victims of rape and incest.

Ivey has not publicly made up her mind on the bill. If she signs it into law, it would become effective within six months. 

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Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)

Civil rights groups like the American Civil Liberties Union have already pledged to challenge the measure in court, saying it violates a woman’s right to an abortion under the U.S. Constitution and the landmark Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade.

But sparking a Supreme Court review of abortion rights is likely the whole point, as Eric Johnston, who drafted the legislation as president of the Alabama Pro-Life Coalition, has acknowledged.

“That might be the question. It’s a good question,” Shelby said when asked if the Supreme Court might have to rule on the matter in the future.

Democrats and abortion rights groups slammed the bill as “inhumane,” and a number of candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 condemned it as unconstitutional.

“I refuse to believe that these Republican men represent the views of most Alabamians,” Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), the state’s junior senator, tweeted Tuesday after GOP lawmakers approved the bill. “Their action is both unconstitutional and shameful. The people of Alabama deserve to be on the #rightsideofhistory – not the side of extremists. Women deserve better.”

Other Republican senators were not as willing to weigh in on the matter, however.

“I’m focused on my work here,” Sen. Martha McSally (R-Arizona.) said when asked about the bill on Wednesday.

“I’m going to leave it to folks in Alabama to figure out how to govern that state and we’re going to have to see how it goes up through the courts,” added Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.).

Game of Thrones Geniuses Benioff & Weiss Get to Ruin Star Wars Next

By CCN: Game of Thrones has caught a lot of heat recently for some questionable plot developments. Those who aren’t fans of showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will be horrified to hear that they have the keys for the newest Star Wars Movie planned for 2022.

Disney boss Bob Iger made the announcement:

“We did a deal with David Benioff and D.B Weiss, who are famous for Game Of Thrones, and the next movie that we release will be theirs, And we’re not saying anything more about that.”

Game Of Thrones Writers Have Hit The Jackpot With Star Wars Deal

Benioff and Weiss, like so many associated with the Game of Thrones juggernaut, have hit the jackpot following the show’s wild success. Making a movie for Disney and their Lucasfilm brand is the pinnacle of screenwriting in terms of budget and public interest.

But as we watch HBO speed its way through the increasingly-disappointing final six episodes of Game of Thrones, the question has to be asked, do they really deserve it?

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Game of Thrones season 8 hasn’t inspired confidence in the quality of a Benioff and Weiss-helmed Star Wars film. | Source: HBO/Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones season 8 has completed the show’s transformation from a faithful adaption of George R.R. Martin’s book series into one of Hollywood’s less-than-memorable summer action flicks. Just look at the ridiculously contrived Avengers-style expedition north of the wall. In short, the latest season has been long on action and short on wit.

Game of Thrones was once the show taught us more about politics and power than an episode of the West Wing ever could. Unfortunately, Benioff and Weiss cut out the monologues and went all-in on appealing to their newfound audience of everyone.

Yes, we’re still watching, but this isn’t the Westeros we remember.

Game of Thrones Showrunners Must Face Star Wars Fans’ Infamous Scrutiny

The pressure cooker of critical opinion that Game of Thrones is stewing in is nothing compared to what it’s like crafting a Star Wars film. That said, the backlash over GoT’s season eight scandals has perhaps given David Benioff and D.B. Weiss a small taste of what’s to come.

The Starbucks cup was the first embarrassing slip-up. The second was the resurrection of the Dothraki. Regarding the latter, audiences felt tricked as the writers had stated we witnessed the “end of the Dothraki” in a previous episode. Taking liberties with assumptions is not something that goes down well with Star Wars fans. Every movie is canon, according to Disney, so Benioff and Weiss won’t be able to make similar slip-ups.

Just like the sun blinding an entire navy, we must not fail to see the elephants (or lack of them) in the room. Game of Thrones is one of the best television shows ever, and you could argue that its writers deserve their time at the top of the mountain.

On the other hand, anyone could have made a hit out of George R. R. Martin’s classic books, and Benioff and Weiss might be the luckiest men ever to be handed a Star Wars film.

Maybe it will look something like this.