Editorial: Pope Francis leads change for same-sex couples
Pope Francis appears ready to lead Catholics worldwide to a greater recognition of same-sex unions, declaring in a new documentary that same-sex couples are “children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it.”While stopping well short of endorsing actual same-sex marriage, the pope said that such couples should be legally recognized. “What we have to create is a civil union law,” he said.As modest as such a statement may seem by contemporary standards, it could be the start of a dramatic shift in that attitude of the Catholic Church t...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
White women are ditching Trump, and it could cost him Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA — Elaine Caruso voted for Donald Trump in 2016. He seemed to be the candidate who would better protect the country from foreign threats, which Caruso, who lived across the Hudson River from Manhattan on 9/11, feared.“I thought, we need somebody who has a set — we need a tough guy,” said Caruso, 58, who now lives in Northeast Pennsylvania. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think that thug would turn on us.”Trump won half of the votes cast by white women in Pennsylvania in 2016, according to exit polls, helping him narrowly win the state. But with Election Day just two weeks away an...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Rudy Giuliani's daughter is voting for Joe Biden for president, says 'none of us can afford to be silent right now'
NEW YORK — When your dad is Rudy Giuliani, father definitely does not know best — at least when it comes to politics, his daughter said Thursday in a surprise op-ed that urged Americans to vote for Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Nov. 3.In a piece for Vanity Fair, Caroline Rose Giuliani said that despite her father’s close personal and professional ties with Republican President Donald Trump, “none of us can afford to be silent right now.”“As a child, I saw firsthand the kind of cruel, selfish politics that Donald Trump has now inflicted on our country. It made me want to run as far a...
New York Daily News
Ann McFeatters: Recusal in potential election case up to Barrett
If the 2020 presidential election goes to the Supreme Court, as happened just 20 years ago, whether Amy Coney Barrett helps Donald Trump get a second term is totally up to her.Refusing to vote on a case before the Supreme Court because of a conflict of interest (in this case that Trump nominated her just as he is running for reelection after promising he would expect his nominee to support him) is not governed by any ethics code. The justice himself or herself decides whether to recuse or rule.Twenty years ago, Amy Coney Barrett worked to get George W. Bush elected over Al Gore, who won the po...
Tribune News Service
Melinda Henneberger: Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley would rather not talk about the GOP's 'Josh Hawley problem'
On the day that Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court was announced, I wrote that it would be wrong as well as politically unwise for Democrats to attack her on religious grounds. And they haven’t.Instead, in the days since, Democrats have talked about everything but Barrett’s faith. They’ve argued against confirming her during an election. They’ve argued against confirming her during a pandemic. Again and again, they’ve warned that Barrett would, if confirmed, side with those who want to kill the Affordable Care Act and overturn Roe v. Wade. Not because of her religious beliefs,...
The Kansas City Star
Lawyer for grand juror in Breonna Taylor case blasts Kentucky AG's 'misleading' statements, says his client should be allowed to speak
A lawyer for the anonymous grand juror in the Breonna Taylor case says his client shouldn’t be muzzled at the request of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, especially now.Attorney Kevin Glogower filed new court paperwork Sunday arguing it’s too late to bar his client from speaking because Cameron already allowed the release of 15 hours of grand jury recordings and gave his characterization of the proceedings in press interviews.“Anonymous Grand Juror #1 submits the Attorney General cannot choose to part from the rules in disclosing information and then use his position to prevent others...
New York Daily News
In politically divided Michigan, business owners try to dodge cancel culture
When the then-owner of the Detroit Popcorn Company posted a racially charged comment on social media in early June, the reaction was swift and the fallout immediate.Local companies ended business relationships with the company that sells popcorn and concession equipment. Customers blasted the business on social media, vowing never to shop there again.When word spread on social media earlier this summer that the Genuine Toy Company was requiring customers to wear face masks in the downtown Plymouth shop to prevent the spread of COVID-19, its Facebook page was inundated with posts attacking the ...
Detroit Free Press
Schumer seeks to block Supreme Court replacement before Election Day
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accused the GOP of hypocritically trashing precedent to quickly transform the top court into a right-wing bulwark against the liberal values the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for.“They are fighting to reverse Justice Ginsburg’s legacy, not honor it,” the New York Democrat said, in a fierce broadside at Republican colleagues.He called the fast-track confirmation plan an effort to win support on the top court to repeal Obamacare and turn back the clock on abortion, voting rights and same-sex marriage.The Supreme Court will hear on Nov. 10 the GOP la...
New York Daily News
Heidi Stevens: 'Why are you at Harvard Law School?' Ginsburg's life is a lesson for anyone made to feel they don't belong
If you’ve read many of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg appreciations (or watched “On the Basis of Sex,” the 2019 movie about her life), you likely know that Harvard Law School Dean Erwin Griswold asked Ginsburg, along with the small group of nine female students in their class of hundreds, “Why are you at Harvard Law School, taking the place of a man?”And if you’ve read the appreciations (or watched the movie), you also know the answer.Because she belonged there. Because she earned the spot. Because she was ready to take flight and change the world and Harvard was her runway. (She later transferred to...
Hong Kong court rules in favour of same-sex couples under inheritance law
Hong Kong’s High Court ruled on Friday that same-sex couples should enjoy equal rights under the city’s inheritance laws. The decision was welcomed by campaigners as a victory for the LGBT+ community in a city which still does not permit equal marriage.Justice Anderson Chow said the differential treatment accorded to same-sex couples under two inheritance ordinances was unjustified.“In all, the differential treatment accorded to same-sex married couples and opposite-sex married couples…cannot be justified, and constitutes unlawful discrimination,” he said in his written judgement.The tradition...
Hong Kong Free Press