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States Can't Discriminate Against Churches in Secular Aid Programs, Supreme Court Rules

The Chief Justice wrote that this was not a case where public funding was being denied because of what the recipient would do with it (impermissibly use taxpayer money for religious purposes). While the Court's ruling is straightforward, Michael Moreland, Professor of Law and Religion at Villanova University, said that the balance of opinion among the justices was notable, showing that the majority supports a broad interpretation of religious liberty.



US Senate healthcare reform bill would leave 22 mn without coverage

It also warned that some insurance premiums for individuals would be 20 percent higher next year than under current law, mainly because eliminating mandated coverage would prompt comparatively fewer healthy people to sign up. As such, the CBO concluded , they would simply forego health insurance altogether. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters Monday night. "Kind of a problem, isn't it?" In states where such waivers were granted, consumers could experience substantial cost increases for ...


GOP releases newest version of Senate health care bill

GOP releases newest version of Senate health care bill

The Senate draft comes over a month after the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on May 4. "It is far from a ideal bill", Sen. The Senate bill does give a tax cut to wealthy Americans and medical-related industry. It's a bit hyperbolic to say everybody's health care would be cut to finance the tax cut; it's mostly lower-income people who lose out as a direct result of the bill.



Supreme Court rules churches are eligible for some public funds

Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts said: "The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has not subjected anyone to chains or torture on account of religion". The majority said this was a neutral government program and not really about religion at all. "The Chief Justice's opinion states that religious institutions can not be singled out for disfavored treatment for public benefits simply because they are religious".


China Releases Renowned Dissident And Nobel Peace Prize Winner With Terminal Cancer

China Releases Renowned Dissident And Nobel Peace Prize Winner With Terminal Cancer

Most of those rounded up were released on bail but last year courts found six of them guilty of serious crimes, with sentences ranging from no additional jail time to seven years in prison. Liu, a former professor of literature at Beijing Normal University, wrote on Chinese society and culture with a focus on democracy and human rights and was influential among intellectuals.


Senate GOP health care bill vote: The whip count

Senate GOP health care bill vote: The whip count

It would also make major changes to Medicaid, the federal health care program for the poor and disabled. Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiMurkowski: I don't have enough information to vote in favor of healthcare bill Four GOP senators will vote against taking up healthcare bill without changes This week: Senate races toward ObamaCare repeal vote MORE (R-Alaska) said Monday evening that she does not have enough information yet to vote in favor of the upper chamber's legislation to ...