SCOTUS: California Must Allow In-Home Religious Gatherings

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision late Friday that California must lift its coronavirus pandemic restrictions on in-home religious gatherings and prayer meetings. The petitioners are a pastor and group of worshipers who hold services in their home because of coronavirus restrictions. They asked for an injunction reversing the lower federal courts and blocking California Gov. Gavin Newsom while this case is on appeal. Earlier in 2020, faith leaders protested Newsom’s lockdowns on indoor worship. Later in the year, Newsom ignored a Supreme Court order and doubled down on his lockdowns regarding indoor religious gatherings. The lower courts, including the Ninth Circuit, ruled against these home-church worshipers. According to the court majority, this is “the fifth time the Court has summarily rejected the Ninth Circuit’s analysis of California’s coronavirus restrictions on religious exercise.” In an order from the court, the five conservative justices on the court voted to grant the injunction. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the three liberals on the court to deny the injunction sought by the church. In this opinion, no single justice is credited as the author, so it is a per curiam opinion. The court majority explained its ruling under

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Mitch McConnell: A Republic's 'Legitimacy' Does Not Flow from Left's 'Feelings'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on the Senate floor Monday night that America is a “constitutional republic,” and the government’s “legitimacy” does not arise from the left’s “feelings.” McConnell said before the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, “Our Democratic colleagues keep repeating the word illegitimate as if repetition would make it true …We’re a constitutional republic. Legitimacy does not flow from their feelings.” He also said that Democrats now “see legitimate defeat as an oxymoron.” “The louder they scream, the less accurate they are,” he added. McConnell charged that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wants to confirm activist judges instead of originalist judges such as Barrett. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) also slammed leftists’ attacks against Barrett during her confirmation. He said on the Senate floor:  The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett is truly historic. This is the most openly pro-life judicial nominee to the Supreme Court in my lifetime. This is an individual who has been open in her criticism of that illegitimate decision Roe v. Wade. This is a nominee who has been open about her faith and her faith commitments and the way she and her husband live their lives

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Justice Amy Coney Barrett Will Face Cases on Voting, Obamacare, Apportionment, Mueller Report

Newly-confirmed Justice Amy Coney Barrett will face several important cases upon taking her seat at the Supreme Court. In the long term, she could have a profound influence on American jurisprudence, reinforcing originalism and textualism, and perhaps revisiting controversial precedents such as Roe v. Wade. First, Justice Barrett will face these important cases: Elections: Already, the Supreme Court has begun to consider cases involving the 2020 elections. Moments before Barrett was confirmed by the Senate, it sided with Republicans in blocking a lower court’s decision to extend the deadline for the receipt of absentee ballots in the state by six days beyond Election Day. At least one decision deadlocked 4-4; no longer. Obamacare: On November 10, the Supreme Court will hear Texas v. California. The case will consider several different issues, including whether the individual mandate of Obamacare is unconstitutional once its value has been set to zero by Congress, and whether the entire law must be overturned as a result (whether the mandate is “severable”). It is unlikely, contrary to Democrats’ claims, that the Affordable Care Act will be overturned, but theoretically the Court could do so. Apportionment: On November 30, the Court will hear Trump v. New York, a challenge brought by Democrat-governed

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Sen. Ed Markey: ‘We Must Expand the Supreme Court’

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) demanded Monday that more justices be added to the U.S. Supreme Court in the wake of Monday’s anticipated confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the high court’s vacant seat. Markey, an outspoken opponent of Barrett’s confirmation process, has remained to the left of Democrat leaders in his open calls to expand the Supreme Court following the death of perhaps the most well-known liberal justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and President Donald Trump’s subsequent nomination of Barrett. Markey bluntly reaffirmed his stance Monday: We must expand the Supreme Court. — Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) October 26, 2020 The idea of expanding or “packing” the court recently resurfaced out of concerns that the court, which will now seat six Republican-appointed justices to the Democrats’ three assuming Barrett is confirmed, will function as a political body and produce decisions with Republican-favored outcomes. Democrat leaders such as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Massachusetts’ senior senator, Elizabeth Warren, have avoided directly advocating for court expansion as the idea has long been viewed as a response with long-term implications in exchange for only short-term political gain. Both Schumer and Warren have said instead that all options to address concerns about an imbalance on

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Poll: Plurality of Voters Want Amy Coney Barrett Confirmed to Supreme Court

A plurality of voters want to see Federal Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to the Supreme Court, according to a Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen released on Monday. The poll found that 37 percent of voters favor Barrett’s confirmation by the United States Senate, while 30 percent oppose her confirmation, for a net approval of plus seven for confirmation. Thirty-three percent were undecided. “It’s important to remember that 46% of voters had either never heard of Barrett or didn’t know enough to have an opinion of her,” pollster Scott Rasmussen told Just the News. “These results are especially interesting in light of the questions some have about the nomination process. While polls show that many voters would have preferred waiting on the nomination until after the election, there is a generally positive reaction to the nominee herself,” Rasmussen added. The poll of 1,000 registered voters was conducted online on Saturday, September 26, in two hours immediately after President Trump nominated Barrett to the Supreme Court that day at 5 p.m. eastern time. Public support for Barrett’s confirmation at net approval of plus seven is very similar to

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Poll: Vast Majority of Voters Favor 'Keep Nine' Amendment to Prevent Court Packing

A vast majority of registered voters favor the “Keep Nine” amendment, establishing the number of Supreme Court justices at nine and thereby preventing the president and Congress from ever “packing” the highest court in the land. The “Keep Nine” amendment simply states that the Supreme Court of the United States “shall be composed of nine Justices.” A survey, conducted by McLaughlin and Associates from Sept 23 – 27 among 1,000 registered, likely voters, found that 62 percent favor the amendment, as opposed to the 18 percent who do not. “Whether or not we can preserve an independent Supreme Court, or end up with a Court whose size could be manipulated for political advantage by whoever controls the White House and Congress will be a defining issue for the future of our nation,” Paul Summers, former Attorney General of Tennessee and “leader of the Keep Nine Amendment effort,” said in a statement. Last week, two congressmen, Denver Riggleman (R-VA) and Collin C. Peterson (D-MN) introduced a “Keep Nine” measure which would effectively set the number of Supreme Court justices at nine. “The independence and non-partisan nature of the Supreme Court of the United States is a core aspect of American government,” Riggleman said

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Michael Rapaport Tells HBO Host John Oliver to 'Shut the F**k Up' About U.S. Politics

Actor Michael Rapaport unloaded on HBO host John Oliver on Monday, demanding that he “shut the fuck up” and stop “whining” about America’s political climate and the Supreme Court nomination process. “When I hear a fucking guy like John Oliver, with his fucking glasses, whining… I respect John Oliver,” Rapaport said. “But when I hear this fucking four-eyed fuck with his Scottish accent… saying things are basically hopeless. Shut the fuck up John Oliver.” “That’s coming from me, who is pessimistic,” Rapaport continued. “We are going to be fine, whoever SCOTUS is, whoever wins, whether’s it’s Kadavra Joe or dickstain Donald Trump, we’re going to be fucking fine. Are you even from here? We got it, we’re tough, OK? We’re going to be fucking fine, stop whining.” Watch below: #JOHNOLIVER speak for yourself you Fkcing whinny scared cry baby. You’re projecting your bull jive projecting your fears. We’re gonna be OK @iamrapaport is LIVE & DISRUPTIVE Here:https://t.co/Q8XeE72a6P pic.twitter.com/HnkVlpPQLe — MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) September 28, 2020 Rapaport’s tongue lashing came after the British comedian freaked out on Sunday’s edition of This Week with John Oliver over President Donald Trump’s decision to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court following the death

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US Supreme Court declines to hear cases on laws banning pro-life free speech outside abortion centers

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 6, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The U.S. Supreme Court decided last week on Thursday not to hear challenges

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New U.S. Supreme Court decision will protect pro-life Mexico City policy

NEW YORK, July 3, 2020 (C-Fam) – In a decision that may have far-reaching implications for the pro-life cause internationally,

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Normal Human Virome: 2017 Study Finds HIV, Hepatitis and Many Other Viruses Present in People

Did you know the normal human virome contains a multitude of different viruses, including many strains of coronavirus? And did you

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Normal Human Virome: 2017 Study Finds HIV, Hepatitis & Many Other Viruses Present in People

Do you know what your virome is? A normal human virome is full of viruses, even ‘scary’ ones like HIV

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Pollak: Gorsuch Decision in LGBT Discrimination Case Shows Religious Freedom, LGBT Rights Coexist

It is deeply significant that Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion in the Bostock v. Clayton County case, the 6-3

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