Los Angeles County fined a Catholic church shortly after it filed a lawsuit to challenge California's coronavirus restrictions. Two health agents cited and fined Our Lady of the Angels Church in Arcadia, Calif., $1,000 for violating COVID restrictions on indoor church services, according to a copy of the citation obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The authorities wrote that they saw
A vulnerable New Mexico Democrat campaigning as an advocate for the energy industry in an oil-rich district is scrambling to separate herself from presidential nominee Joe Biden and her past anti-oil activism. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D., N.M.) has repeatedly tried to reassure constituents in New Mexico of her support for the oil and natural gas industry. Biden and vice-presidential
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) said Tuesday he had a "long and serious talk" with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) over her handling of the Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings. A reporter asked Schumer if he was considering pulling Feinstein from her perch as ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee in light of liberal criticism of her,
Joe Biden and Donald Trump are running neck and neck among Catholic voters in six of the nation's most important swing states, according to a new poll. Trump and Biden are statistically tied among Catholic voters in the battleground states of Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, according to an EWTN News/RealClear Opinion Research poll. Trump trails the Catholic Democrat
Republican senator Ted Cruz (Texas) said the leaders of Facebook and Twitter will answer to Congress for their suppression of the New York Post‘s reporting about Hunter Biden before Election Day. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will be called upon "to explain to the committee and to the American people why Twitter is abusing its market power to interfere in the
Moderate Democrats lashed out at Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) during a conference call Tuesday for her refusal to negotiate with the White House on coronavirus relief. Representatives Abigail Spanberger (Va.), Max Rose (N.Y.), Jason Crow (Colo.), and Kathleen Rice (N.Y.) all called on Pelosi to accept a compromise to get the relief package through, according to Politico, and Spanberger said Democrats need to do their "g—damn job." But Pelosi stuck by the $3.4 trillion HEROES Act that the House passed in May. Recent Stories in Democrats Pelosi also said the House Democrats would stay in session until an agreement is reached. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) contradicted her shortly afterwards, saying members would not be required to stay past the scheduled recess date of Oct. 2 but would be on call to return if an agreement is reached. Spanberger asked why members were no longer expected to stay in session until a deal is reached, which Pelosi dismissed before signing off of the call. "My conviction is to actually do my g—damn job and come up with a solution for the American people," Spanberger said. "We have to bring something to the floor." "Every member of the leadership team, Democrats and Republicans, have messed up," Rose said in Politico‘s account of the call. "Everyone is accountable. Get something done." Pelosi said she wants a bill that would gain bipartisan support and President Donald Trump's signature, but she rejected requests from some moderates to bring a new, smaller stimulus bill to the House floor for a vote. This statement comes after Senate Democrats blocked a Republican "skinny" relief bill last week that would have extended unemployment benefits, provided more funding for schools and child care, and given legal protections to businesses. Other Democrats expressed concern that failing to vote on another coronavirus package could mean voters forgetting the House passed the HEROES Act back in May. Still, Pelosi had refused to consider targeted stimulus efforts or a smaller stimulus deal prior to her comments Wednesday morning. She has indicated openness to a $2.2 trillion package but would not go lower to the White House's number of $1.5 trillion.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said last year that charter schools are "very misguided." In an interview with the nation’s largest teacher’s union, he agreed with National Education Association (NEA) president Lily Eskelsen García’s claim that charter schools are "very misguided school reforms." Recent Stories in Democrats Biden's campaign website does not mention charter schools under his "plan for educators, students, and our future." He has received endorsements from NEA, the American Federation of Teachers, and other major teachers' unions, which fiercely oppose charter schools despite evidence of their success in improving student results. "If you're going to have a charter school, it cannot come at the expense of the public school," Biden said, echoing the unions' argument that charter schools are a danger to the health of public schools. Biden has also said that he is "not a charter school fan" because they take money away from public schools, although public charter schools spend less per pupil than traditional public schools. The argument that charter schools "take money" from public schools has faced criticism from economists including Thomas Sowell, who has pointed out that charter schools deliver improved results for minority students compared with district schools that cost more. Research by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute also suggests that the superior results of charter schools save the government millions in the long run. President Donald Trump criticized Biden for pushing to shutter charter schools, arguing in his speech at the Republican National Convention that they are a lifeline for families in underperforming school districts. Biden said at an education forum in December that, as president, he would make sure that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's work promoting charter schools would be undone.
A California judge granted Los Angeles County a victory over Grace Community Church on Thursday by temporarily suspending indoor worship at the church. The judge issued a preliminary injunction halting any indoor worship services in the church as the legal questions surrounding the case are decided. A final decision is expected next week after hearings on the case were held on Sept. 4. Recent Stories in Coronavirus The decision cited the health threat of the coronavirus and argued that the risk of the virus spreading outweighed the harm from restrictions on worship. "The potential consequences of community spread of COVID-19 and concomitant risk of death to members of the community—associated and unassociated with the Church—outweighs the harm that flows from the restriction on indoor worship caused by the County Health Order," the decision stated. The legal representation for the church argued that the church has been treated like a second-class citizen and the government gave preferential treatment to Black Lives Matter protesters. "While the judge did go out of his way to repeatedly state that he is not ruling on the merits, only a ruling at this very preliminary stage, [Pastor John MacArthur] is still harmed because he has every right to hold church," Jenna Ellis, special counsel for the Thomas More Society, said. "Church is essential, and no government agent has the runaway, unlimited power to force churches to close indefinitely." Los Angeles County praised the decision and said that they "look forward" to working with the church. "We went to court only after significant efforts to work with the leaders of Grace Community Church to protect public health. We now look forward to working with church leaders on a plan to move services outdoors with physical distancing and the use of face coverings, which will allow worshipers to gather for religious observances in a manner that is lower risk and consistent with public health directives," the county said in a statement. The injunction marked a victory for the county, which has been taking more aggressive action against the church over the past couple of weeks. The county terminated a decades-old lease with the church for a portion of the church's parking lot and also fined the church for having misplaced signs regarding coronavirus guidance.
Biden campaign senior adviser Symone Sanders dodged a question on Sunday about Joe Biden's claims that he sounded an early alarm about the coronavirus. "In January and February, Joe Biden was not being briefed by national security experts who warned him how deadly the virus was," Sanders told ABC's This Week. "In January and February, Joe Biden did not have the knowledge that President Trump did, but I will tell you that if Joe Biden were president in January or February, he would have taken proper precautions, he would have warned the American people." Recent Stories in 2020 Election Asked for evidence that Biden called for coronavirus mitigation efforts in January or February, Sanders pointed to an op-ed the Democratic nominee wrote in January and his warning in October 2019 that the United States was vulnerable to a pandemic. ABC's George Stephanopoulos pushed back on this record, however, saying that Biden's January op-ed did not call for travel bans, social distancing, or mask-wearing. Biden has previously said that if President Trump "had listened to me and others and acted just one week earlier to deal with this virus, there'd be 36,000 fewer people dead." Biden, however, continued to hold in-person campaign rallies through March along with President Trump, holding his last in-person rally on March 9. The presidential nominee issued his plan for dealing with the virus on March 12, four days before the White House issued lockdown guidance on March 16. Last week, another Biden spokesman misrepresented Biden's record on supporting coronavirus mitigation efforts, arguing that Biden supported the White House's ban on travelers from China. In fact, Biden criticized Trump for instituting the travel ban.