HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) A federal judge in Pennsylvania has kept alive a lawsuit by nonbelievers who want to be allowed to give invocations at the start of state House sessions.
U.S. District Judge Christopher Conner ruled Friday the case will continue on the claim that the practice violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution's First Amendment, prohibiting the establishment of religion by the government.
The judge said he's allowing the section of the lawsuit to continue that argues the policy favors "theism to nontheism and excessively entangl(es) the House in religious judgment, and coerc(es) House visitors to participate in theistic prayer."
He dismissed portions of the case that alleged violations of people's right to free speech, free exercise of religion and equal protection under the law.
On his 100th day in office on Saturday, facing historically low popularity ratings, a succession of intractable foreign crises and multiple investigations of his links with Moscow, Donald Trump reminded the nation that 1 May was Loyalty Day.
The day is a US tradition dating back to the cold war, when it was a bolster to stop May Day becoming a rallying point for socialists and unionised workers, but for an embattled president learning politics on the job it has an added resonance.
In an interview with Fox News to mark the 100-day mark, he declared himself disappointed with congressional Republicans, despite his many great relationships with them.
He blamed the constitutional checks and balances built in to US governance. Its a very rough system, he said. Its an archaic system Its really a bad thing for the country.
Heres a chronological listing of the whoppers Trump has told during his first 100 days:
In a tent deep in the woods of rural Kentucky, an old neo-Nazi spoke bitterly of how he feels betrayed by Donald Trump.
Im sorry I voted for the son of a bitch, I really am, said Art Jones, who the Anti-Defamation League identifies as a Holocaust denier who has been dressing in Nazi garb and celebrating Hitler since the 1970s.
Im sorry I spent $180 out of my own pocket to buy three big banners that said, President Trump, build the wall, the blazer-clad Jones said, to a tent full of about 100 men, some of whom wore paramilitary-style uniforms. Now he says, Eh, what wall? Im embarrassed that I voted for him.
Jones blamed Trumps failures on the Jewish lobby and the presidents son-in-law and aide, Jared Kushner, who is Jewish.
If I could take the vote back, he said. I would.
"He's following the script from the Chamber of Commerce."
Donald Trump got a higher share of the vote among union members in last year's election than any Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan, helping propel him to victory in key Rust Belt states and to the White House. Since his inauguration, he has continued to sound populist notes. He signed a "Buy American, Hire American" executive order and promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. He has invited labor leaders to the White House for chummy photo ops, and some have praised him in return.
But beyond these symbolic gestures, Trump's actual track record on organized labor is quickly moving in the opposite direction. That's because his greatest impact is likely to come from his high-profile appointments, which appear poised to decimate the power of unions.
Trump's overtures to unions have so far struck labor advocates as hollow. His Buy American order is vaguely worded and unlikely to have much effect on manufacturing and trade. On NAFTA, his stance has seemed to change several times just in the past few days, and he now says he won't scrap it "at this time."
Turkey has blocked online encyclopedia Wikipedia, the telecommunications watchdog said on Saturday, citing a law allowing it to ban access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national security.
The move is likely to further worry rights groups and Turkey's Western allies, who say Ankara has sharply curtailed freedom of speech and other basic rights in the crackdown that followed last year's failed coup.
"After technical analysis and legal consideration ... an administrative measure has been taken for this website (Wikipedia.Org)," the BTK telecommunications watchdog said in a statement on its website.
It cited a law that allows it to block access to individual web pages or entire websites for the protection of public order, national security or the well being of the public.
Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-internet-wikipedia-idUSKBN17V06Q?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5904887704d30126392d54e4&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter
That didn't take long
President Donald Trump on Friday proclaimed May 1 as 'Loyalty Day' as a way to "recognize and reaffirm our allegiance to the principles" upon which America was built and express pride in those ideals, according to a release of the proclamation from the White House.
The holiday was first observed in 1921, during the First Red Scare. It was originally called "Americanization Day," and it was intended to replace the May 1 ("May Day" celebration of the International Workers' Day, which commemorates the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago.
During the Second Red Scare, it was recognized by the U.S. Congress on April 27, 1955, and made an official reoccurring holiday on July 18, 1958 (Public Law 85-529). President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1955, the first observance of Loyalty Day. In 1958, Eisenhower urged Congress to move Child Health Day to the First Monday in October, to avoid conflicting with Loyalty Day Loyalty Day has been recognized with an official proclamation every year by every president since its inception as a legal holiday in 1958.
Were 100 days into Corporate Government.
While giant corporations have for decades and on a bipartisan basis exerted far too much influence over government decision-making, weve never seen anything like the Trump administration.
The key officials in the federal government, starting with the president himself, come from Big Business; the administration openly seeks guidance and direction from giant corporations and corporate CEOs on policymaking; and the Trump administration is rushing to deliver subsidies, tax breaks and deregulatory gifts to the giant corporations to which the administration apparently owes its primary allegiance.
A day-by-day review of the administrations first 100 days in office shows that virtually every day there has been a new, extraordinary grant of power to corporate interests and/or another development in Donald Trumps get-rich-quick-scheme known as the American presidency.
President Donald Trump lashed out again at the American judiciary for blocking a piece of his agenda.
Except on Wednesday, he got his court wrong.
In a morning tweet, he blamed the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for the Tuesday decision blocking his order to withhold funding from so-called sanctuary cities. He called the ruling "ridiculous" and signaled that his administration will appeal by saying "see you in the Supreme Court."
The problem: The ruling Tuesday did not come from the 9th Circuit. It was made in federal district court in San Francisco.
Read more: http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/26/trump-just-blasted-the-wrong-court-for-blocking-his-sanctuary-cities-order.html
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