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Lydia is a senior at Cedarville University, where she is studying Political Science. She currently contributes as a reporter for Cedarville's student paper and magazine, and is a captain of the school's debate team. In addition to politics, Lydia's interests include playing music on her guitar or euphonium and reading books.

On Thursday, the hosts and guests on CNN’s New Day continued to reel over the possibility of Roe v. Wade being curbed or overturned. The Supreme Court oral arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization were heard Wednesday, with several of the court’s conservative justices seeming to indicate a willingness to support Mississippi’s ban on abortions past 15 weeks of pregnancy.

As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday over Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that challenges the precedent of landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade, liberal news outlets nationwide panicked over the possibility that abortions could be restricted. CNN was no exception, with a panel of guests on Inside Politics fretting over the conservative majority in the Supreme Court.

On Wednesday, CNN’s New Day briefly stopped rehashing old news about Trump long enough for “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter to mention his colleague Chris Cuomo’s suspension from CNN. On Monday, released records revealed that Cuomo was even more intimately involved with covering up sexual harassment allegations against his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, than previously acknowledged. Tuesday night, CNN indefinitely suspended Cuomo, pending further investigation; Anderson Cooper devoted less than a minute of his show to announce the suspension that evening.

On CNN’s “Reality Check” segment on Tuesday, John Avlon expressed shock and outrage over comparisons of Dr. Anthony Fauci to Nazi doctor Josef Mengele and Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. Avlon those nasty attacks on Fauci “dangerous deflections” while ignoring the countless times his own network, among others, eagerly compared Republicans to Nazis and other historical villains.

On Wednesday's New Day, CNN legal analyst Elie Honig actually called for tougher responses to crime in the wake of tragedy in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where a man intentionally drove an SUV into a parade. Six people have died from their injuries so far. The perpetrator, Darrell Brooks, is in custody, but had previously been out on $1000 bail for a different violent crime. 

Joe Biden is the president of the United States, but CNN seems to think that it’s “not quite fair” to hold him accountable for the economic failures of his administration. Two-thirds of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of inflation, and on Tuesday’s Inside Politics, host John King and a panel discussed other people and organizations that they could blame for these abysmal numbers.

During Thursday’s so-called “reality check” segment on CNN’s New Day, John Avlon blamed everything but President Biden for skyrocketing inflation and gas prices that have impacted millions of Americans. Avlon complained that Republicans are criticizing Biden for a struggling economy and suggested that there was “something more sinister at work.”

CNN’s legal analysts seem to have a problem with Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights, and this came up again on Wednesday. Jennifer Rodgers joined Newsroom hosts Jim Sciutto and Erica Hill to discuss the ongoing trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, where jurors are currently deliberating.

The defense in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial rested their case on Thursday, and CNN has spent large segments attacking the judge, criticizing gun-owners, and accusing Rittenhouse of “white wanna-be vigilantism.” However, the hosts of CNN Newsroom were taken aback when a guest Friday morning challenged their liberal talking points on the case. 

National media attention has focused in on the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, a young man charged with murder after shooting his attackers during the Kenosha riots of August 2020. As Rittenhouse took the stand himself to testify, facing harsh interrogation from the prosecution and accusations of faking his own emotional breakdown while on the stand, even CNN’s own experts were forced to conclude that his testimony was compelling. On Thursday, the liberal cable channel took a different tack: actually complaining that people are allowed to carry firearms in public.