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Democrats start push to pack Supreme Court with four new justices



Lawmakers have introduced a bill to increase court from nine to thirteen justices

A gathering of Democrats on Thursday officially launched a legislative effort to pack the Supreme Court by extending the number of justices by four. This move that was hailed by progressive activists but swiftly met with aggressive GOP opposition and doubt by Democratic leadership.

Senator Ed Market, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Judiciary Committee members Mondaire Jones, and Hank Johnson, were outside the Supreme Court Thursday to declare their new legislation to expand the high court from nine to thirteen justices.

“We’re here today because the United States Supreme Court is broken,” Markey said, surrounded by the Democratic lawmakers. “It is out of balance. It needs to be fixed.

“Expanding the Supreme Court rights the wrongs the Republicans have done to this great court,” Markey added. “Expanding the Supreme Court is equal justice and will ensure equal justice is dispensed to all Americans.”

The Democrats said the far-right has taken over the court thanks to “norm-breaking” moves by Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, and increasing the number of justices is needed to be done to restore balance and honesty to the highest court in America.

Nadler declined the notion that Democrats were trying to pack the court with liberal justices and claimed it was Republicans who packed the court with moves such as blocking the confirmation of Merrick Garland, former President Obama’s Supreme Court pick, and forcing through Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation just before the presidential election.

“We’re not packing the court,” Nadler said. “We’re unpacking the court.”

The Judiciary Act of 2021 is just a two-page bill that would expand the number of justices on the court from nine to thirteen, setting up an instant opportunity for President Biden to nominate four new justices to be established in the Democratic-led Senate.

The legislation has long-odds of passing Congress because unless Democrats eliminate the filibuster, it would require sixty votes to pass in the Senate.

But Markey claims it is time to change the filibuster in order to pass the legislation with a simple majority.

“Ultimately, we have to repeal the filibuster,” Markey said.

Biden himself has been cool to court-packing and has only validated setting up a 36-member bipartisan commission to study the court reforms.

Republicans quickly condemned the proposal as a delusional progressive attempt to take over the Supreme Court.

McConnell, who conservatives credit for reforming the court by preventing a vote Garland and then changing Senate voting thresholds to confirm three of President Trump’s nominees, quickly panned the court-packing proposal. He said the move is created to “guarantee the rulings that liberals want” and would “destroy” the legitimacy of the court.

Progressives, however, said with Democrats in control of the House, Senate and White House now is the time to balance out the court, which currently has a six to threee conservative majority.

“Democrats are officially done being complacent about the courts,” Brian Fallon, executive director of Demand Justice, a liberal group pushing for court reforms. “Our goal is to build consensus for this plan as quickly as we have seen Democrats align around the need to abolish the Senate filibuster. Expanding the Court is every bit as necessary for restoring our democracy.”

The constitution doesn’t order the number of justices be set at nine. The number is set by Congress and it can be changed without a constitutional amendment.

The Supreme Court’s website says that the number of justices changed six times before settling at the current total of nine in 1869.

Democrats said the number of thirteen is timely because it reflects how the number of appellate courts in America has grown from nine to thirteen with time.

“Today begins a new era in terms of the Supreme Court,” Johnson said. “It’s been taken for granted for so long that the court has to be nine people … There simply is no need to continue with a nine- person court given the circumstances that have been expressed.”

Jones, a freshman lawmaker from New York’s Westchester County, said the Supreme Court’s decisions on campaign finance, gutting voting rights and partisan gerrymandering show the John Roberts-led court “is hostile to democracy itself.”

Jones said the Supreme Court has been “an accomplice” to voter suppression and creating a path for the “far-right to remain in power”. He said expanding the court is the answer.

“Our democracy faces its greatest test since Jim Crow,” Jones said. “From the insurrection at the Capitol, to the racist voter suppression being attempted all throughout the United States of America, the far-right is at war with our democracy.”

Not only Biden but, other Democrats are cool to the plan of court-packing. Senator Dick Durbin, chair of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee which has jurisdiction of the courts, said he’s not ready to endorse the bill.

“I just heard about it,” Durbin said. “I’m not ready to sign on yet. I think this commission of Biden’s is the right move. Let’s think this through carefully. This is historic.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said Thursday she also supports Biden’s commission to study reforms and doesn’t plan to advance the court-packing legislation to a full House vote.

“I have no plans to bring it to the floor,” Pelosi said.

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Survey shows majority of Americans reject Build Back Better: More think Biden’s infrastructure spending bill will hurt them more than help them



In a total inversion of what Democrats had expected, Americans have dismissed the expensive framework bill with gigantic social projects incorporated into it. Another survey shows that more Americans repel the Democrats’ $1.75 trillion spending proposition than welcome it.

As indicated by another ABC News/Ipsos survey delivered on Sunday, public help for President Joe Biden’s bills to expand spending on framework and social projects has blurred.

The overview tracked down that 32% of Americans feel that the spending bills would hurt individuals like them if they became law, while 25% said they accept the bills would help them. Close to 66% (64%) of Republicans figure the bills would hurt individuals like them, and 29% of free thinkers feel something very similar. In spite of being the significant system of Biden’s administration, less than half of Democrats (47%) accept the two bills would help them.

A CBS News survey from recently tracked down that 36% of respondents said it would help them and their family versus 33% who said it would hurt their friends and family. The overview additionally said that 79% of review members said that expansion was brought about by supply and assembling issues after the pandemic and 66% said it was brought about by U.S. government strategy. “And when asked about potential causes of inflation right now, two-thirds cited U.S. government policy,” the outlet stated.

The poll showed that just 37% of Americans thought that Biden and the Democrats were centered around issues they care very much about.

This sad survey for Biden and the Democrats shows up on that very days as a NBC News review that shows the president at unsurpassed lows. The NBC News surveys found that Biden was submerged interestingly of his administration – 42% endorsement rating versus 54% who object.

The survey likewise showed that 71% said the nation is “off on the wrong track” – including 48% of Democrats.

“When you see a wrong track of 71%, it is a flashing red light,” Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies said. “These folks are telling us that this is not going well.”

That is a huge increment from one more survey in September that said 61% of Americans felt like the country has “pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track.”

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President Biden says the Pope advised him to continue to take communion and considered him a ‘good Catholic’



President Joe Biden said that Pope Francis let him know he was a “good Catholic” and said he could keep on taking communion regardless of the complaints of numerous U.S. bishops.

Biden made the case after a private gathering with the pontiff at the Vatican on Friday.

“We just talked about the fact he was happy that I was a good Catholic and I should keep receiving Communion,” Biden said about the gathering.

He added that the topic of abortion didn’t come up in the gathering.

An assertion from the White House showed that Biden said thanks to the Pope for pushing for an “equitable global economic recovery” and for battling global warming.

“Biden thanked His Holiness for his advocacy for the world’s poor and those suffering from hunger, conflict, and persecution,” the assertion added.

The Vatican didn’t affirm Biden’s case in their official statement about their gathering.

Biden’s claim will probably disappoint and outrage many conservative Catholics in the U.S. who have called for communion to be declined to politicians who stand behind abortion, which is in opposition to Catholic church teaching.

The issue will be taken up by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops following upon a vote during their June plenary meeting to address it generally. After Biden met with the Pope, they delivered an assertion saying that they would not single out a particular legislator if they vote to say something about the issue.

The Pope had recently reacted to the contention by approaching the diocesans to try not to politicize the congregation’s most elevated holy observance, which would transform it into a “source of discord rather than unity within the episcopate and the larger church in the United States.”

Here’s additional info on the gathering between the Pope and Biden:

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Gold Star father tears into Biden over supposed arrangement to give large installments to illegal migrant families



Gold Star father David Horton slammed President Joe Biden in a meeting Sunday, scrutinizing the Biden organization’s accounted for plan to convey huge financial installments to some migrant families.

The Wall Street Journal announced last week about the arrangement to pay migrant families affected by previous President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance illegal immigration policies.

The Biden administration is in talks to offer immigrant families that were separated during the Trump administration around $450,000 a person in compensation, according to people familiar with the matter, as several agencies work to resolve lawsuits filed on behalf of parents and children who say the government subjected them to lasting psychological trauma.

The U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services are considering payments that could amount to close to $1 million a family, though the final numbers could shift, the people familiar with the matter said. Most of the families that crossed the border illegally from Mexico to seek asylum in the U.S. included one parent and one child, the people said. Many families would likely get smaller payouts, depending on their circumstances, the people said.

Among the issues pundits have raised with the arrangement, the greatest is that non-citizens remain to get additional cash from the U.S. government than gold star families if the arrangement becomes reality.

As of now, the U.S. government pays the group of fallen assistance individuals $100,000 in “death gratuity”; the installments are tax excluded. The families of service members additionally have the choice to gather a limit of $400,000 in extra security, however administration individuals need to pay into the protection intend to accept its advantages.

Speaking on “Fox and Friends,” Horton — whose son, Army Spc. Christopher Horton, was killed in Afghanistan in 2011 — proclaimed the Biden administration’s arrangement “an insult” and clarified it disrespects military families.

“I think it’s another — yet another insult … against our military families and Gold Star families and veterans’ families,” Horton said. “It’s just another another slap in the face. It’s completely disrespectful.”

“To compare an illegal person who has broken our country’s border laws … they’ve broken the law coming in on our borders and to compare that with someone, a patriot like my son, who gave his all on the battlefield of Afghanistan, and to just say, ‘Oh well, the value is more for someone who has broken our laws’ … and now to say, ‘Oh, we owe you money — and it’s more money than we would pay a patriot — I am outraged,” Horton said.

“You just wonder, where is the outcry against some of these policies that are just there? Unbelievable to me,” Horton added.

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