POLITICS & POLICY

(rarrarorro/Getty Images) Earlier this year, the federal government worked across party lines to pass a historic economic-relief bill. By most measures, it worked: Concerns about a wave of bankruptcies and permanently high unemployment have more or less receded. Despite the lockdowns, personal incomes soared in the second quarter, cushioning household finances and avoiding a wave
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AR-15 rifles for sale at the Guntoberfest gun show in Oaks, Penn., October 6, 2017 (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) In his questioning of Amy Coney Barrett regarding an Indiana case about a non-violent felon and his constitutional right to bear arms, Illinois senator Dick Durbin dropped numerous false claims about Chicago gun crimes. But he topped it
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Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett enters the hearing room during the second day of her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., October 13, 2020. (Demetrius Freeman/Reuters) Senator Patrick Leahy on Tuesday asked Judge Amy Coney Barrett to recuse herself in advance from any potential Supreme Court cases
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A volunteer is injected with a vaccine as he participates in a coronavirus vaccination study at the Research Centers of America, in Hollywood, Fla., September 24, 2020. (Marco Bello/Reuters) Johnson & Johnson has paused its late stage clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine because of an “unexplained” illness in one of the participants, the company
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) participates in a news conference at the U.S. Capitol, October 1, 2020. (Erin Scott/Reuters) Should Amy Coney Barrett recuse herself from California v. Texas, the case challenging Obamacare? Chuck Schumer has called for it: Sen. Schumer: “Judge Barrett should pledge to recuse herself from the case involving ACA a week
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Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on the Crossfire Hurricane investigation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., August 5, 2020. (Carolyn Kaster/Pool via Reuters) Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) slammed Democrats on Monday for what he termed their attempts to “bring back religious tests” for judicial nominees, during the
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Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., May 5, 2020. (Andrew Harnik/Reuters) Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) on Sunday called Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s refusal to say whether he would add seats to the Supreme Court if elected “grotesque,” saying court packing amounts to the “suicide bombing of two
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Governor Andrew Cuomo wears a mask as he arrives to speak during a daily coronavirus briefing in New York, July 13, 2020. (Mike Segar/Reuters) A federal judge has approved the implementation of restrictions on religious gatherings in designated coronavirus hotspots in New York, citing the urgency of preventing the spread of the illness. Governor Andrew
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Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks while making a campaign stop in Pittsburgh, Pa., September 30, 2020. (Mike Segar/Reuters) Joe Biden on Friday again refused to state whether he would attempt to pack the Supreme Court if elected president, saying in an interview that voters “don’t deserve” to know his position
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Soldiers march with a Chinese Communist Party flag during a rehearsal for a military parade in Beijing, China, October 1, 2019. (Jason Lee/Reuters) Professor Anne-Marie Brady’s work on CCP political interference in her native New Zealand is under review by university administrators. Nearly 150 China-focused experts and academics signed on to a letter this week
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Jaime Harrison speaks during a Democratic National Committee forum in Baltimore, Md., in 2017. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) South Carolina Senate candidate Jaime Harrison on Wednesday questioned whether Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett would “roll back the civil rights of folks” saying, “I don’t look good in chains, so I’m not going back to that.” The
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In an incompetent essay in Commonweal, philosophy professor Gregory Bassham tries to bash Judge Amy Coney Barrett by contending that she and Justice Scalia “have very different views on the issues of judicial restraint and respect for legal precedent.” Barrett, Bassham contends, holds a “judicial philosophy outside the mainstream, … a fringe view that even
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participates in the first presidential campaign debate with President Donald Trump in Cleveland, Ohio, September 29, 2020. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) Joe Biden told reporters on Thursday that voters would learn his position on packing the Supreme Court after the election. Senate Republicans are currently attempting to confirm the appointment of Judge
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U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) I want to underscore once again just how flatly unacceptable Joe Biden’s now oft-repeated non-answer on packing the Supreme Court is. Here is Biden, once again, refusing to answer the question. “You’ll know my opinion of court packing,” Biden says, “when the election is over.” Joe
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