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Thursday, December 07, 2023

A bill introduced in the House and Senate would prevent hedge funds from owning single-family houses in the United States. read more

The two landmark rulings represent fresh statements of principle in the long-running and complicated fight over how presidents can be held accountable by the law. Key questions of presidential accountability have still never been resolved by the Supreme Court, because no president has ever tested the boundaries of acceptable behavior brazenly enough to focus the court system on resolving them"until now.

Wednesday, December 06, 2023

As the producer of "All in the Family" and many other shows, Mr. Lear showed that it was possible to be topical, funny and immensely popular. read more

A few nights ago, the school in Khirbet Zanuta, a small Palestinian village in the hills south of Hebron, was destroyed along with most of the houses, by a bulldozer. Its tracks lay fresh and undisturbed in the sand when we arrived. The village was empty as its population of about 200 Palestinians left around a month ago, after sustained pressure and threats from armed and aggressive Jewish settlers who live in nearby outposts that are illegal under both Israeli and international law. "They're demolishing Palestinian villages, beating up Palestinian farmers, stealing their olives, trying to open a third front, an eastern front against the Palestinians in the West Bank. Why? Because they want the land without Palestinians."

Tuesday, December 05, 2023

Johnson's ardent religious beliefs and Christian nationalist ideology brought him to serve, often for free, clients affiliated with some of the nation's most extreme anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ groups in the country"including agitators connected to militant movements with a penchant for violent expression.


A few more snippets from the article: "Most people, even devout Christians in most cases, don't want to live in a theocracy," Huffman said. "It is extreme and disturbing and totally antithetical to the way our government was founded and has existed for all these years."


Like a lot of people, when Johnson was elected speaker last month, Rep. Mark Pocan didn't know him from Adam. "I'm going to assume that he's not going to govern like a theocrat until I see elsewise," said Pocan, who married his husband in 2006 and now chairs the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus. "I'm going to try to give him the benefit of the doubt. But certainly, we are watching everything he does very closely given his past statements and activities."


Johnson's views are "pretty much the embodiment of the extreme MAGA wing of the Republican caucus," Pocan added. "He's essentially a cleaned-up version of Marjorie Taylor Greene. He's presentable, he smiles, he comes across as congenial. But his views are probably some of the most extreme around " especially around gays and lesbians " that I've seen in all of Congress."


Johnson has described the separation of church and state as an overstated myth, arguing that when the Founders wrote the First Amendment, they "wanted to protect the church from an encroaching state, not the other way around."

"He's just making that up out of whole cloth," Huffman said. A 2021 Pew survey found that "even among White evangelical Protestants and highly religious Christians, fewer than half say the U.S. should abandon its adherence to the separation of church and state (34% and 31%, respectively) or declare the country a Christian nation (35% and 29%)."

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