John M. Crisp: We have a right to know more about Barrett
By all accounts, Amy Coney Barrett is a fine human being, but it’s disconcerting to consider how little we actually know about her after the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings last week on her nomination to the Supreme Court.It’s not unreasonable for Supreme Court nominees to decline to reveal how they would rule if faced with specific cases that could reach the court. Indeed, Barrett declined often, relying on the so-called Ginsburg rule, which Barrett summed up as follows: “No hints, no previews, no forecasts.”But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was entirely transparent about where she stood on...
Tribune News Service
Washington's mandatory sex-education referendum tests conservative power at the ballot box
SEATTLE — This spring, as the coronavirus spread across Washington, a team of stalwart volunteers set up signature-gathering drive-thrus outside churches and stores. Their aim: to put a referendum on the November ballot overturning a new law that required public schools to teach comprehensive sexual health education.Thousands of voters streamed to these impromptu drive-thrus. By June, more than 264,000 people had signed, more than double the number needed for the referendum to qualify for the ballot.But in the roughly four months since then, the campaign has moved mostly online. Those who favo...
The Seattle Times
Trump lashes back at Nebraska senator in a sign of GOP fissures
President Donald Trump is back to hurling insults at the people who are supposed to be his allies as the campaign heads into the home stretch.Trump trashed Sen. Ben Sasse Saturday as “rather stupid and obnoxious” after the Nebraska Republican slammed the president for botching the national response to coronavirus and “kissing dictators’ butts.”“Little Ben is a liability to the Republican Party, and an embarrassment to the Great State of Nebraska,” Trump tweeted, deriding the conservative Sasse as a RINO, or Republican in name only.Trump waited barely two hours to follow up by effectively prono...
New York Daily News
3 prominent Buddhist monks call on President to reconsider 20A | Daily FT
The 3 members of the clergy who staunchly backed the election of the President write expressing concerns about the 20A BillSay the Amendment will create a powerful Executive; weaken Legislature, Judiciary and CabinetAsks for several clauses in Bill to be removed before it is enactedOpposition to the 20th Amendment to the Constitution from members of the Buddhist clergy grew yesterday with three prominent monks writing to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa urging him to reconsider passing the Bill in its current form.The three members of the clergy – namely Bengamuwe Nalaka Thera, Muruttettuwe Ananda...
Daily Financial Times
Sen. David Perdue purposefully flubs Kamala Harris' name, drawing sharp criticism
MACON, Ga. — U.S. Sen. David Perdue purposefully flubbed the name of his colleague Sen. Kamala Harris at a rally Friday for President Donald Trump in Macon, drawing immediate criticism from his Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff and others who called it a “racist tactic.”As Perdue warned that the Democratic presidential ticket of Joe Biden and Harris would bring “radical socialism” to the country if elected, Perdue dramatically struggled with Harris’ name, to the delight of the crowd.“Kamala? Kamala? Kamala-mala-mala? I don’t know. Whatever.”Harris and Perdue have served together in the U.S. Sen...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Commentary: Congress must deliver COVID-19 relief
Pamela Rush was a good mother and a caring neighbor.She was also a poor woman in rural Alabama, fighting a predatory lender who was fleecing her over the broken, dangerous trailer she and her children lived in. As part of the Poor People’s Campaign, Pamela gave heartbreaking testimony before Congress in 2018 on behalf of roughly 140 million poor and low-income Americans.Life wasn’t easy for this 43% of the American public before the pandemic, and it’s gotten harder now. Despite her fighting spirit, Pamela tragically perished from COVID-19 this summer.As a poor woman who is also Black, Pamela w...
Tribune News Service
Jeff Van Drew has been winning South Jersey elections for decades. Can he do it as a Republican?
HAMMONTON, N.J. — On a rain-drenched Columbus Day morning, Jeff Van Drew stood beneath a tent emblazoned with an Italian flag and spoke about his wife, Ricarda, and her parents. The Villanis, he said, saw America as the land of opportunity for immigrant families.“Today is about cherishing your heritage, cherishing the people who came here and worked so hard so we can all have the opportunities they had,” he told about 50 business and community leaders at the Sons of Italy lodge here.Van Drew, who is fighting to keep his seat in Congress, has attended Columbus Day events like this one for years...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Shocking new rates for homeowners insurance threaten Florida's economy
Florida homeowners, already facing an anxious few months because of the COVID-19 pandemic, face a new threat — the prospect of major cost increases for property insurance.As the Sun Sentinel reported Sunday, the increases could range from 30% to 40%. They would come just as Gov. Ron DeSantis has ended the moratorium on mortgage foreclosures. It also seems likely that Senate Republicans won’t pass a second COVID-19 stimulus bill that could help laid-off homeowners pay their insurance premiums.How will the Florida Legislature respond? If history is a guide, the priority will be to please the ins...
Ethics complaints filed against South Carolina's Graham after he sought donations in Senate building
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Democratic Party leaders say they have filed an ethics complaint against Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham after he promoted his campaign website this week in a Senate office building saying he needed to close a fundraising gap.It was one of two complaints filed against Graham with the Senate Ethics Committee on Thursday, according to groups that filed them. The second came from the Washington, D.C., based Campaign Legal Center.On Wednesday, Graham responded to a reporter’s question about how Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing would...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
US lawmakers demand Trump administration support free, fair elections in Haiti
MIAMI — Rep. Frederica Wilson is calling on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to clarify recent comments by a top State Department official on elections in Haiti that have been widely criticized as an attack on the country’s opposition and civic groups, and a dismissal of widespread concerns about the legitimacy of the process.Last month a senior State Department official warned political opponents of Haitian President Jovenel Moise and members of civil society that they could face “consequences” if they stand in the way of the electoral process. The official’s comments was in response to a ...