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Senate sends massive defense bill for Trump to sign, creating Space Force

Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to pass a $738 billion defense policy bill that creates President Donald Trump’s “Space Force” and gives federal employees 12 weeks of paid parental leave, sending it to the White House, where Trump has promised to quickly sign it into law.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted 86 to 8 in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA. The Democratic-led House approved the bill by 377-48 last week.

Trump said on Twitter last week that he would sign the bill as soon as it passes, saying it included all his priorities.

The NDAA also does not bar the Republican president from using military funds to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-defense-congress/senate-sends-massive-defense-bill-for-trump-to-sign-creating-space-force-idUSKBN1YL24C



I really hate that last part... ^^^

Please tell me that today's USA Today's polls aren't accurate

From the article on removing Trump from office:

In the wake of combative impeachment hearings, those surveyed oppose by 51%-45% a Senate vote to convict Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Though those results may be sobering – almost half of Americans support removing the president from office – they are a bit better for him than the survey's findings in October, when Americans split 47%-46%.

On Trump's approval ratings:

Trump's job approval rating in the new poll is 48% approve-50% disapprove, a tick better than in October, when it was 46%-52%.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/12/15/poll-impeachment-looms-narrow-majority-opposes-convicting-trump/2657549001/

Supreme Court Refuses to Revive City's Outdoor-Sleeping Ban

Source: Bloomberg Law

The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a ruling that said homeless people have a constitutional right to sleep on public property outdoors if no other shelter is available to them.

The justices without comment on Monday turned away an appeal by Boise, Idaho, which said the federal appeals court ruling would leave cities “powerless” to address residents’ health and safety concerns.

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Boise would be violating the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishments by enforcing criminal penalties under its anti-camping ordinance when its three homeless shelters are full.

“The state may not criminalize conduct that is an unavoidable consequence of being homeless -- namely sitting, lying, or sleeping on the streets,” the 9th Circuit said.

Read more: https://news.bloomberglaw.com/us-law-week/supreme-court-refuses-to-revive-citys-outdoor-sleeping-ban?campaign=9B4A0578-2013-11EA-8AE6-81B54F017A06&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=lawdesk

Representative Jeff Van Drew, Anti-Impeachment Democrat, Considering Switching Parties

Source: NY Times

WASHINGTON — Representative Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, a moderate Democrat who is among his party’s staunchest opponents of impeaching President Trump, is considering switching parties and could make an announcement as soon as next week, just as the House is casting its historic votes on articles of impeachment.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/14/us/politics/jeff-van-drew-democrat-republican.html



Can't link anymore, source is a paywall...

Three new polls out today

Biden is up by 12, 8, and 5 in the three polls. Bernie in second in each one. Bloomberg at 5, 5, and 6. Biggest news is that Buttigieg is way down in all of them.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/latest_polls/

Which of the four liberals declined to hear a challenge to Kentucky's anti-abortion law?

As most of you know, a little while ago the Supreme Court let stand the Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients, by declining to hear a challenge. Since it takes four votes to hear it, at least one liberal didn't want to take it up.

Which one (or ones) do you think didn't want to take up the case? What was their reasoning? The only thing that I can think of is that they feared that the Court would strike down Row if they took up this case. That's not a really good reason though, because we can't let these crazy laws stand without getting challenged.

It has come to my attention that you used to be able to see "post removed" posts...

I've been here a little over two years, and I like to search and read old posts, sometimes years old. I read somewhere someone talking about "being able to read removed posts now." To me, that sounds like paradise. This has never been an option since I've been here, unless I'm doing something wrong in my settings.

Is the option there, or is it not available anymore? We all get curious, so if it's there I'd click it every time. If it's not there anymore, why was it removed?

Long time members, has any other things changed over the years?

Supreme Court temporarily halts court order requiring accountants to turn over Trump's tax returns t

Source: CNBC

The Supreme Court on Monday temporarily blocked a ruling that requires President Donald Trump’s longtime accounting firm to turn over his tax returns to Congress.

The temporary stay order signed by Chief Justice John Roberts gives the Democratic-controlled House Committee on Oversight and Reform until Thursday to respond. The document did not note any public votes or dissents.

The move was expected and does not provide new information about how the justices may ultimately vote on the matter. It generally requires five votes to grant a stay, though in some cases one justice may do so pending review by the full court.

Earlier in the day, attorneys for House Democrats said in a letter they would not oppose a temporary delay in enforcing the subpoena to allow the court time to consider arguments on both sides. The committee said in the letter that it would provide its response on Friday.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/18/supreme-court-temporarily-halts-court-order-requiring-accountants-to-turn-over-trumps-tax-returns-to-congress.html
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