Editorial: Of prayers and plagues: What the Supreme Court got wrong about Gov. Cuomo's COVID restrictions
The unsigned opinion by the nation’s highest court got it wrong, insisting that restrictions placed on religious gatherings imposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York’s COVID hot spots must be nullified, for they violate the First Amendment.The dissent by the Bronx’s Sonia Sotomayor got it right. The rules, capping gatherings at 10 people or less, are actually more generous for faith-based institutions than for any other type: “New York treats houses of worship far more favorably than their secular comparators.” How on Earth can that be an offense to the guaranteed freedom to exercise religion? ...
New York Daily News
Supreme Court may decide Austin billboard battle
AUSTIN, Texas — A three-year legal battle involving Austin’s ban on digital advertising on commercial billboards appears to be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, an escalation by the city that could have rippling consequences throughout Texas and two other states.Austin is among roughly 90% of cities in Texas that prohibit digital billboards anywhere except for on the premises of the business being advertised. The prohibition is aimed at protecting the aesthetics of the city’s skyline and keeping motorists from being distracted by rotating advertisements for such things as whiskey brands and pe...
Cuomo calls Supreme Court decision blocking NY restrictions on religious gatherings a political statement
NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down Wednesday night blocking state officials from enforcing a cap on religious gatherings in coronavirus hot spots in Brooklyn and Queens is “irrelevant from any practical impact” because those areas are no longer designated virus hot spots.He said the decision, among the first that includes newly appointed Justice Amy Coney Barrett, was “really more an opportunity for the court to express its philosophy and politics.”“The Brooklyn zone no longer exists as a red zone. That’s mooted. So that restriction is not in e...
New York Daily News
What does California have to lose if undocumented immigrants are excluded from the census?
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — If The U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of President Donald Trump’s memorandumThe Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments Nov. 30Eric McGhee, a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, said the state is home to an estimated 2 million undocumented immigrants. If they aren’t included in the census formula, the state could lose congressional representation.Due to the state’s slow population growth and people moving out of the state, California is already expected to lose one congressional seat.With the potential omission of undocumented immigrants, it ...
The Sacramento Bee
Ann McFeatters: Yes, there's hope in the air
Finally, there are glimmers of … hope.Yes, it has been a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad year. Many of us lost loved ones. Some of us lost good health. Some said goodbye to jobs and savings. Many lost their faith in democracy.But still so many of us think there is so much good in so many fellow Earth dwellers that we can still smile and laugh and plan and learn and look forward to finding a path out of a dark period of despair. The pendulum has swung. Not all the way back, but it’s moving.The system worked. The man with 6 million more votes won. The Supreme Court did not decide the victo...
Tribune News Service
Biden likely to help states increase health care access
President Donald Trump has spent four years trying to undermine the Affordable Care Act. President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to bolster the law and give states new tools to expand coverage.Among them: more money and additional guides to help people buy health insurance on the ACA exchanges; support for states that want to allow more people onto Medicaid rather than fewer; and a crackdown on health care plans that don’t offer the minimum benefits required by Obamacare.Unlike the Biden health care idea that has attracted the most attention — the addition of a Medicare-like public option to the...
Supreme Court declines to order virus safety steps for vulnerable Texas inmates
AUSTIN, Texas — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to order Texas officials to beef up safety measures at a Southeast Texas prison where 20 inmates have died from COVID-19.Two at-risk inmates at the Wallace Pack Unit, which houses geriatric and medically vulnerable prisoners, asked the high court to reinstate a trial judge’s September order requiring safety steps that included disinfecting common areas, providing inmates with cleaning supplies, conducting weekly testing and enforcing social distancing and a face mask mandate.The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay blocking the ...
Washington state's AG has sued the Trump administration 82 times. What's he going to do now?
SEATTLE — Washington is one of 20 states that argued before the U.S. Supreme Court this past week to defend the Affordable Care Act against the third major lawsuit seeking to throw out the landmark health care law.The Affordable Care Act is a federal law and the federal Department of Justice normally defends federal laws in court. But the Trump administration, instead, argued that the entire law should be struck down.Washington, among other states, jumped in to fill the void in defending the law.It’s been a recurring theme of the last four years. When the Trump administration has taken a contr...
The Seattle Times
Editorial: The law must stand: With our without the individual mandate, the Affordable Care Act must remain on the books
With Justice Amy Coney Barrett joining its ranks, the Supreme Court now includes six self-declared conservative jurists who purport to abhor legislating from the bench. A mockery will be made of those claims today if that new supermajority seeks to invalidate the entire Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress in 2010, because Congress removed one of its components in 2017.Obamacare is gargantuan and complex. It sets up health insurance marketplaces for the self-employed, authorizes subsidies to make that insurance more affordable, encourages states to expand Medicaid, prevents insurers from di...
New York Daily News
Remembering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in song, with help from her Chicago family
The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sept. 18, at age 87, prompted tributes from around the world.But none more touching than the one that will be featured during “Live with Carnegie Hall: Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” a prerecorded program to be posted online Nov. 19.Chicago vocalist Patrice Michaels — Ginsburg’s daughter-in-law — will sing “My Dearest Ruth,” by Chicago composer Stacy Garrop. Its lyrics are drawn from a letter that Martin D. Ginsburg, the justice’s husband, wrote to his wife on June 17, 2010, 10 days before his death at age 78.“My dearest Ruth,” it be...