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Law scholar Jonathan Turley takes on Chris Wallace regarding Amy Coney Barrett and the Affordable Care Act

Law scholar Jonathan Turley took on Fox News’s Chris Wallace regarding Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court and the Affordable Care Act.





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“You need, truly, waders to get through the rising hypocrisy from both parties. That’s nothing new. Both parties are adopting the opposite views that they had in 2016. Although I’m not too sure the Democrats would be doing anything different if they were given this vacancy and this opportunity. But I want … Chris Wallace raises some good points. The lower court did strike down the ACA, but there … does not appear to be a majority of votes from our count of overturning the entire Act. In fact, the betting money is that conservatives might join liberals,” Turley said on Monday on Fox News.

Wallace interjected, “Jonathan, if I may, you know, the point I’m simply making is this: That’s what the court did. You are predicting how judges, including one who is not even on the court yet, are going to vote. I’m just saying.”

“No,” Turley said.

“Let me finish. You don’t know what’s going to happen, and I don’t know what’s going to happen. But the fact is for Democrats to talk about the cases of these individual people, and to say that their lives might be at stake is not an irrational leap. That’s the case that’s being heard by the court,” Wallace continued.

The segment broke for a commercial break but allowed Turley to respond when it returned.

“Well, what concerns me is that this is becoming a sort of milk carton hearing with all of these pictures surrounding the nominee. And the members making arguments of policy, saying how important the ACA is. At the same time, they are accusing her of being overtly political. Those are not consistent positions. They are arguing for the policy and benefits of the ACA to a future justice who is not supposed to consider her decision on policy. She just looks at whether law is constitutional or legal in every respect,” he said.

“Where Chris and I disagreed is that yes, the ACA was struck down by the lower court judge. But the betting of most legal experts is that at least two conservative justices will support sending it back to sever the one provision found to be unconstitutional. So my point is only that the assumption being made, being brought here with all of these pictures, is that this future justice is going to end healthcare for all these individuals. That’s just not likely, and more importantly, the arguments on the merits of the ACA, in my view, are really inappropriate for a confirmation hearing,” he added.

Barrett’s first day of hearings began Monday morning. Barrett is expected to be grilled by senators on issues such as healthcare and abortion beginning Tuesday.

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UK government warns businesses to ‘act now’ on transition preparation

Britain's Business Secretary Alok Sharma arrives for a cabinet meeting at the FCO in London, Britain September 22, 2020. Photo: Leon Neal/Pool via Reuters
Britain’s Business Secretary Alok Sharma arrives for a cabinet meeting at the FCO in London, Britain September 22, 2020. Photo: Leon Neal/Pool via Reuters

As the Brexit transition period countdown hits 81 days, the UK’s business secretary Alok Sharma has called on companies to take action now to prepare.

Sharma is due to write to 600,000 businesses on Monday 12 October, emphasising that there is no time to waste to get ready for the UK’s “new start.”

Boris Johnson has said the transition period, due to end at the end of the year, will not be extended.

The EU and UK have been negotiating for months on the finer points of the exit agreement.

Johnson said the country is committed to “exploring every avenue” to reach an agreement on Brexit talks, in a phone call to France’s president Macron yesterday, in which he also urged the need for progress to be made in the coming days.

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“Businesses must act now to ensure they are ready for the UK’s new start come January. There will be no extension to the transition period, so there is no time to waste,” said Sharma.

“I urge all businesses across the country to check gov.uk to see what action they need to take, sign up for updates, or attend one of our sector-specific webinars.

“Businesses have a crucial role to play in ensuring a smooth transition, and we will be there to support them through this change every step of the way.”

The government is to host a range of sector-specific webinars on the topic, covering what needs to be done on permits, visas and tariffs.

The vast majority of preparation for the end of the transition period will have to be completed regardless of the outcome of negotiations, the government said.

Those things include ensuring staff register for residency rights and preparing for customs procedures when trading with the EU.

Watch: What happens if no Brexit trade deal is struck?

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New York Government Officials Urge Senate to Pass the ‘Save Our Stages’ Act (Guest Column)

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed the revised $2.2 trillion “Heroes Act” coronavirus stimulus package, which includes provisions of the $10 billion bipartisan “Save Our Stages” Act designed to provide financial assistance to independent music and live-entertainment venues across the U.S. However, the Republican-controlled Senate appears unlikely to vote on the latest version unless an agreement is reached between Democrats and the White House.

Below, Justin Brannan, New York City Council Member, District 43, and Ariel Palitz, Senior Executive Director, NYC Office of Nightlife, a division at The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, urge the Senate to pass “Save Our Stages.” Head here to find out more you can do to support your local music venue and others across the country. 

Our greatest comfort as human beings is so often found in public, in the company of others—grabbing a drink with friends, catching some live music, or letting go on the dance floor. For New York City residents, bars, dance clubs, and music venues are homes away from home, celebrations of creativity, and safe harbors of diversity. These venues are essential to the social and economic health and vibrance of our city.

As public servants who began our careers working in the kinds of venues that are now in danger of disappearing completely, we urge Congress to pass the Save Our Stages Act. We fear that without federal support we are going to lose the independent venues that are the heart and soul of our city and the backbone of our nightlife economy.

The sobering reality, and global dilemma, is that live music, dance, and performance venues are sustained by gathering. So, while most industries have been afforded lifelines to gradually re-open, these venues have been closed since March, with no opening date in sight.

According to the National Independent Venue Association, which represents almost 2,000 music and performance venues across the country, 90% of independent venues may be forced to close permanently without support from Washington.

As a City Councilman and the Senior Executive Director of New York City’s Office of Nightlife, we know what this means. Live venues are the places where the energy and culture and creativity that define New York City radiates, and they are the livelihood for 200,000 of our fellow New Yorkers.

As the former East Village club owner and a founding member of two New York City hardcore punk bands, we know the human cost. We’ve watched as fear and uncertainty have gripped the DJs and musicians, lighting and sound engineers, security, bar staff, and venue operators, who make this part of our economy function. We know the blood, sweat, and tears that go into running a venue, and we know the people who run venues are fighting for survival as we speak.

This bi-partisan Save Our Stages bill, introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, and John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, would provide a total of $10 billion in grants, of up to $12 million each, to independent venue

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