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Democrats start push to pack Supreme Court with four new justices

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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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Cruz criticizes Biden’s ‘unconstitutional’ vaccine mandate: ‘They want to change the topic from Afghanistan’

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Cruz calls Afghanistan the evacuation the ‘worst foreign policy catastrophe in a generation’

Senator Ted Cruz, said Sunday that President Biden’s vaccine requirement for private companies is intended to fail and being utilized only as a distraction from his mistakes made in Afghanistan.

While appearing on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Cruz said Biden’s standard demandung businesses with hundred or more workers to require the COVID-19 vaccine or weekly testing is “illegal” and simply intended to get the Democratic president back in the media’s good side after he was broadly criticized for his sloppy military evacuation in Afghanistan.

“They want to change the topic from Afghanistan,” the senator said. “It’s why Biden issued this completely illegal and unconstitutional vaccine mandate, because he wanted to change the topic from the disaster in Afghanistan.”

“The vaccine mandate is going to be struck down in court. They know that,” he continued. “But the president is defying the law because he wanted the press to start defending him and stop talking about the disasters in Afghanistan. And he’s counting on a bunch of big businesses, in particular, forcing their employees to comply before the matter is ever adjudicated and before the order is struck down.”

Cruz proceeded to contend that each policy decision by Biden, foreign and domestic, has been driven by “pure politics.”

“When it comes to Afghanistan, Joe Biden and his administration presided over the worst foreign policy catastrophe in a generation,” he said. “They put politics in front of everything else. They abandoned Americans behind enemy lines, and it was a disaster. We were routed there, because Joe Biden surrendered.”

“He fled and left hundreds if not thousands of Americans in harm’s way and we are going to be paying the price – our nation is going to pay the price for our president’s weakness and incompetence for years to come,” he added.

Cruz also said the world is less protected because of Biden’s actions in Afghanistan, contending that America’s foes have overserved the president’s shortcoming and will not hesitate to take advantage of it, referring China for instance.

“Unfortunately, I believe the chances of a Chinese amphibious assault on Taiwan have increased tenfold in the last month,” Cruz said. “If that happens it would be utterly disastrous, but weakness invites aggression.”

“When you have a president who rolls over for everything, it only invites the bad guys to do worse and worse things,” he said.

Ten Chinese aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense zone on Friday, the day after the democratically governed island reported a $9 billion boost to military spending to counter the danger from central China, which considers Taiwan as part of its territory.

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Chants of ‘F*** Joe Biden’ at diverse vaccine mandate protest, thousands embrace at NYC freedom rally: ‘This is the power we want to send to the world’

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A large number of New Yorkers spoke up against vaccine mandates on Saturday. A diverse group in New York City protested against the government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate orders.

A diverse group walked through the streets of New York City on Saturday; some waved American, Gadsden, and LGBTQ flags. Some protestors were holding signs that read: “My body, my choice,” “Latinos against forced vaccines,” “God is with us,” and “LGBTQ people for medical freedom.”

There were moms demanding the end of mask mandates for their kids in school. There were some demanding the government to recognize natural immunity and requesting that those with past COVID-19 infection be absolved from the vaccine mandate.

The freedom rally halted in Times Square, where speakers conveyed messages against COVID-19 vaccine mandates. At one point, the ideologically coordinated group embraced one another in a sign of unity against the mandates.

“This is the power that we want to send to the world,” a speaker said.

There were chants of “Wake up New York!” and “My body, my choice!”

One highlighted speaker at the freedom rally cited President Biden, who recently said, “What more do you need to see? We’ve made vaccinations free, safe and convenient. We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us.”

The speaker told the protestors, “Joe Biden, your patience is wearing thin? We lost our patience!”

The crowd responded by reciting, “F*** Joe Biden!”

This anti-Biden chant was utilized at college football stadiums recently.

On Sept. 9, Biden declared a general vaccine mandate for companies with more than a hundred workers, which will affect a hundred million Americans.

On Aug. 16, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an emergency executive order demanding residents to give proof of coronavirus vaccination to enter indoor eating at restaurants, cinemas, gyms, and more.

The demonstration was just one of many “World Wide Rally For Freedom” occasions that occurred in communities around the world.

“We will push back against widespread propaganda, by producing our own media, and advancing our own narrative, instead of succumbing to the one being pushed on us. We will not accept the rampant politicization of science and medicine, and we will return these institutions to being neutral sources of information for the benefit of society, over government and corporate interests,” an official statement from the protestors read.

There were also big protests in France and Canada.

Protests in Australia became violent, and more than two hundred were apprehended in Melbourne.

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Biden aides set up a ‘wall’ to protect him from unscripted occasions, book claims

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The book depicts the internal White House staff members ‘ process as a ‘cocooning’ of the president

Top White House aides set up a “wall” to protect President Joe Biden from unscripted occasions and long interviews in the midst of fears of the president’s touchiness and propensity for ruining statements, as indicated by a recent book.

“Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa referred to various of episodes from the blunder inclined president in the beginning days of his administration, including a back-and-forth with a CNN journalist for which he later apologized.

“That side of Biden — his tendency to at times be testy or mangle statements — was still with him and now part of his presidency,” the book says.

Thus, various Biden associates told the journalists that Chief of Staff Ronald Klain and then-White House advisor Anita Dunn worked to keep such occurrences from happening by keeping him away from “unscripted events or long interviews.”

“They called the effect ‘the wall,’ a cocooning of the president,” they wrote.

However, the creators note that those episodes still kept showing up, regardless of that defensive air pocket.

The book says that the White House needed damage control after Biden reported he had struck a significant bipartisan infrastructure deal, but then said it was dependent on a more liberal spending bundle being passed.

It reportedly shocked Democrats, who considered them as separate, and infuriated Republicans who were unhappy about the caveat. It prompted officials working the telephones to fix the damage, and Biden giving a long statement to explain his position.

The book contains various disclosures, specifically its announcing regarding how General Mark Milley was in correspondence with the Chinese to console them about feelings of trepidation of an assault during the mayhem encompassing the Jan. 6 Capitol revolt.

The White House did not quickly respond to Fox News’ request for input.

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