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Sasse accuses Democrats of ‘suicide bombing of two branches of government’

Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseSunday shows preview: Trump, top Republicans recover from COVID-19; stimulus bill remains in limbo GOP vows quick confirmation of Trump’s Supreme Court pick amid coronavirus turmoil McConnell: Plan is to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court pick before election MORE (R-Neb.) said on Sunday that Democrats expanding the Supreme Court and ending the filibuster would be “suicide bombing” and called Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocratic poll shows neck-and-neck race brewing in Florida House district Nebraska district could prove pivotal for Biden in November Bringing Black men back home MORE’s refusal to clarify whether he would expand the court “grotesque.”

“It’s grotesque that Vice President Biden won’t answer that very basic question,” Sasse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on “Fox News Sunday.”

The Nebraska Republican said an expansion of the court, combined with the elimination of the filibuster, would constitute a “suicide bombing” that would “blow up” their respective branches of government and “turn the Senate into just another House of Representatives.”

Sasse also defended Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President TrumpDonald John TrumpNorth Korea unveils large intercontinental ballistic missile at military parade Trump no longer considered a risk to transmit COVID-19, doctor says New ad from Trump campaign features Fauci MORE’s Supreme Court nominee, amid warnings that she would overturn Roe v. Wade and the Affordable Care Act, saying she was “very clear about her jurisprudence, she’s an originalist and a textualist.”

Judges, Sasse claimed, “don’t advocate for policy positions … we shouldn’t have either Democrats or Republicans on the committee trying to figure out how can they divine the future of how they’re going to rule on particular cases.”

Host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBob Dole claims no Republicans on debate commission support Trump Debate commission co-chair: ‘No evidence whatsoever’ Trump has tested negative Trump calls into Rush Limbaugh’s show for two hours MORE pushed back, saying Sasse, who is himself staunchly anti-abortion, was “being a little disingenuous here.”

“Aren’t you in fact counting on Justice Barrett to either end or restrict Roe v. Wade, and wouldn’t you be terribly disappointed if she failed to do that?” Wallace asked.

Sasse again denied that judicial originalists held policy positions, saying: “If Amy Barrett were running for the United States Senate from the state of Illinois, she would have policy positions that she would lay out to the American people, [but] that isn’t what a judge’s job is.”

As to the president saying he would appoint a Supreme Court justice who would rule in his favor on issues like the ACA and Roe v. Wade, Sasse replied: “President Trump says a whole bunch of things, so he may say something that’s more outcomes-based.”

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Amid COVID-19 spike in ultra-Orthodox areas, Jewish history may explain reluctance of some to restrictions

A spike in coronavirus cases in several Orthodox Jewish areas of New York has prompted state and city authorities to impose new localized restrictions aimed at halting the spread.On Oct. 5, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that nearly 100 public schools and 200 private schools in 20 ZIP codes – many of which have a large ultra-Orthodox population and have seen increased rates of positive test results of COVID-19 – would end in-person classes “temporarily.”The move has sparked animosity among some Orthodox Jews, who claim that they are being unfairly singled out. It comes amid warnings from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio of further action to prevent the spread and follows earlier instances, including the breaking up a funeral for an Orthodox Jewish rabbi by police in Brooklyn on April 28.Similar tensions have played out in Israel, where recent plans to implement a system to identify coronavirus hot spots met resistance from some ultra-Orthodox leaders, who suggested it was unfair to place restrictions on their communities while many secular Israelis have been gathering regularly to demonstrate against the government. Rather than loosen restrictions on the ultra-Orthodox community, the government tightened restrictions on demonstrations, resulting in additional tension between secular and ultra-Orthodox Israelis.Most prominent rabbis around the world have supported government regulations intended to curb the spread of coronavirus, even if it means closing places of study and worship. But some observant Jewish communities in the United States and Israel have been reluctant to adopt social distancing. Outsiders are often outraged when religious communities defy policies meant to protect the general public. As an anthropologist who studies religion, politics, identity and conflict in Israel and Palestine, my research helps explain why some strictly observant Jewish communities disobey public health guidelines – and it’s more complicated than simply flouting the rules. Who are Haredi Jews?Ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi, Jewish communities are a diverse population, with varying spiritual and cultural practices. But they all follow Halacha, loosely translated as Jewish law. As such, many do not share the same information sources that others take for granted. In accordance with the rulings of their rabbis, internet access, television broadcasts and certain cellphone functions are generally limited in strictly observant Jewish communities. Maintaining their closeness to God by distancing themselves from the secular world prevented many Haredim from seeing news reports of the virus spreading worldwide in February and March. Some Haredi leaders maintained that gathering to pray and study remained paramount. Studying the Hebrew scriptures, or Torah, is a commandment and a duty in Judaism. Haredi men generally gather to pray three times daily. Students at yeshivas, or Jewish seminaries, may spend 18 hours a day studying together. More than a way of life, prayer and study are believed to be the means for protecting life itself. According to Jewish sages, “One who engages in Torah study also protects the entire world.” Indeed, “without Torah the

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UK Commons Speaker accuses government of bypassing lawmakers on virus measures

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s parliamentary Speaker reprimanded Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government on Wednesday for disregarding the House of Commons with its COVID-19 measures, calling on ministers to better include lawmakers in their decisions.

But Lindsay Hoyle decided against allowing lawmakers the chance to consider a so-called amendment to a vote on the extension of emergency laws to impose restrictions that would have made sure parliament played a greater role.

Several lawmakers from Johnson’s own Conservative Party have threatened to rebel against the government over renewing the Coronavirus Act, which some said had allowed it to govern by diktat and deprive people of their civil liberties.

“The way in which the government has exercised its powers to make secondary legislation during this crisis has been totally unsatisfactory,” Hoyle told parliament, adding some explanations the government had offered on why it had bypassed parliament showed a “total disregard” for lawmakers.

“The government must make greater efforts to prepare measures more quickly, so that this House can debate and decide upon the most significant measures at the earliest possible point,” he added.

A rebellion would dent Johnson’s authority and ministers have been trying to defuse any revolt by promising parliament they would involve it more.

A spokesman for Johnson said the government was “looking at further ways to involve parliament in the process in advance …I think at the same time it does remain vital that we can move quickly to stop the virus spreading.”

Health minister Matt Hancock will address parliament later when he will set out the government’s plans.

Hoyle said he sympathised with lawmakers’ concerns, but could not allow parliament to vote on an amendment by senior Conservative Graham Brady which would have forced the government to get parliamentary approval before any more national restrictions were imposed.

“I now look to the government to rebuild trust with this House and not treat it with the contempt that it has shown,” he said.

(Reporting by William James, writing by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addison)

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