President Trump continues 9th Circuit makeover

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed a controversial nominee to the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals over the objections of both home-state senators. Senators voted 52-45 on Kenneth Lee's nomination to the influential appeals court, giving President Trump his 40th circuit

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2019-05-16T12:14:05-07:00May 16th, 2019|Categories: Politics|Tags: |11 Comments

Bills that California’s bishops think are important

The following is from the California Bishops' website, the California Catholic Conference: Take Action! Oppose Bill Targeting “Seal of Confession” For Catholics, the sanctity of the confessional is unquestionable.  It is central to our constitutional right to the free expression

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2019-05-14T11:56:16-07:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: Politics|Tags: |3 Comments

San Francisco sues Trump administration

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sued the Trump administration on Thursday, accusing it of effectively sacrificing patients' health and lives by expanding "conscience" protections for patients and health care professionals who opposed controversial treatments. “At its core, this rule is about

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2019-05-06T08:41:20-07:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: Politics|Tags: |10 Comments

Poll analysis finds Catholic approval of Trump has declined

Two years into his presidency, President Donald Trump still enjoys high approval ratings from white evangelical Protestants, while Catholic support has declined. A new analysis released on Monday by the Pew Research Center examining 11 surveys conducted throughout the president’s

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2019-03-19T23:22:43-07:00March 19th, 2019|Categories: Politics|21 Comments

Trump appointees shifting balance on 9th Circuit

President Trump and conservative commentators routinely mock the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit as intolerably liberal: It’s the “Ninth Circus” to Rush Limbaugh, the “Nutty Ninth” to former NRATV commentator Dan Bongino, “a complete & total disaster,” according

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2019-03-01T17:35:48-07:00March 1st, 2019|Categories: Politics|Tags: |6 Comments

Mario and Andrew Cuomo exposed by America magazine

The following comes from a Feb. 12 story by Kenneth Woodward in America magazine. Woodward was the religion editor for Newsweek for 38 years. Reading Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York Times op-ed in defense of New York State’s new and perversely titled Reproductive

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2019-02-18T11:36:23-07:00February 18th, 2019|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

Trump and Pelosi at National Prayer Breakfast

The following comes  from a Feb. 7 story on National Public Radio by  Tom Gjelten. With his opening words at this year's National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump made clear he saw the largely conservative crowd as a friendly audience, one

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Feinstein, Harris fume over Trump’s nominees to 9th Circuit

The following comes from a Jan. 31 story by Fox News. California Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris lashed out at the White House after President Trump, under pressure from conservative activists, re-nominated two conservative California judges to the 9th Circuit federal appeals court

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2019-02-01T09:31:29-07:00February 1st, 2019|Categories: Politics|Tags: |7 Comments