Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
Queste sono le più aggiornate previsioni elettorali per midterm.
Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
Queste sono le più aggiornate previsioni elettorali per midterm.
Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
Questi sono gli ultimi sondaggi elettorali in vista di Midterm, i quali siano stati condotti stato per stato a tutto il gennaio 2022. ll Congresso resterebbe sotto il controllo dei democratici.
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Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
«The 2022 midterm elections are fast approaching and could be a major test of both voter approval of President Joe Biden and the strength of former President Donald Trump’s influence within the Republican party»
«Republicans are looking to regain control of both the Senate and the House in 2022 as Democrats try to preserve and build on a razor-thin majority»
«here are some key races to watch in 2022»
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The 2022 midterm elections are fast approaching and could be a major test of both voter approval of President Joe Biden and the strength of former President Donald Trump’s influence within the Republican party.
Republicans are looking to regain control of both the Senate and the House in 2022 as Democrats try to preserve and build on a razor-thin majority.
While many swing states are still working to finalize their congressional districts, here are some key races to watch in 2022:
Pennsylvania Senate race
With Republican Sen. Pat Toomey not seeking reelection, Pennsylvania is one state Democrats are hoping to pick up in 2022. Rep. Conor Lamb, a moderate, is facing Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and progressive state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta in the Democratic primary. In late November, Dr. Mehmet Oz announced his candidacy, joining a crowded Republican primary field.
Ohio Senate race
With the retirement of Republican Sen. Rob Portman, former presidential candidate Rep. Tim Ryan is looking to pick up this seat for Democrats. In the GOP primary, Ohio treasurer Josh Mandel — considered the front-runner — faces “Hillbilly Elegy” author JD Vance, who was once a vocal critic of Trump but is now running on an anti-elitism message that embraces Trumpism.
North Carolina Senate race
Republicans are hoping to hold the seat of retiring Sen. Richard Burr. In the Republican primary, Trump has thrown his support behind Rep. Ted Budd, who faces a tough battle against former Rep. Mark Walker and former Gov. Pat McCrory. Democratic state Sen. Jeff Jackson suspended his campaign in mid-December and threw his support behind former state Supreme Court Justice Chari Beasley, who is the leading Democrat and could become the only Black woman in the Senate and the first ever to represent North Carolina.
Georgia Senate race
Only two years after being elected as the first Black Senator from Georgia and delivering Democrats control of the Senate in 2020, Sen. Raphael Warnock is back in the national spotlight defending his seat. On the GOP side, former football star Herschel Walker is seen as the front-runner to challenge Warnock and has Trump’s endorsement. But Walker’s lack of political experience and a troubled history has some Republicans worried.
Arizona Senate race
Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly is running for reelection after winning a special election in 2020, giving Arizona two Democrats in the Senate for the first time in over 50 years. Arizona has moved into solidly purple territory and a crowded Republican primary field has lined up in an attempt to unseat Kelly. Current Attorney General Mark Brnovich is in the running, as is Blake Masters, who has backing from prominent Silicon Valley executive Peter Thiel and businessman Jim Lamon. The 2020 election is playing a central role in the wake of Arizona’s so-called “audit” and Trump’s lies that the election in the state was stolen. The former president has yet to endorse in the race.
Wisconsin Senate race
Incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson still has not announced whether he will run for reelection in Wisconsin, which Biden flipped with a roughly 20,000-vote lead over Trump in 2020. Current Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes is the top Democrat in the race and has netted endorsements from Sen. Elizabeth Warren and House Majority Whip James Clyburn. Johnson has received pushback on some of his responses to the pandemic, including frequent anti-vaccine rhetoric.
Alaska Senate race
After incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted to convict Trump on charges of inciting an insurrection, state official Kelly Tshibaka jumped into the all-party primary to unseat her. Tshibaka netted an early endorsement from the former president and has mirrored his attacks on Murkowski and others in Washington throughout her campaign. She recently said she would not support Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to lead the GOP — whether or not the party controls the Senate — joining a small group of far-right Republican hopefuls who have said the same.
Georgia governor race
It feels like 2018 all over again, with a possible rematch between Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams and Republican Gov. Brian Kemp for his seat in Georgia. It’s been nearly four years since Kemp narrowly defeated Abrams, pushing her to mobilize voters and fight voter suppression. However, Kemp has to get through a tough primary in which he is facing off against former Republican Sen. David Perdue, who lost his Senate seat in 2020. Perdue has secured Trump’s endorsement and is echoing the former president’s false claim of voter fraud in the 2020 election.
Michigan governor race
Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is pursuing a reelection bid after Biden flipped the state in 2020. Whitmer has received national recognition for her handling of the coronavirus pandemic and became a prominent figure before the 2020 election during Biden’s hunt for a running mate. She was subject to a kidnapping plot in late 2020 after an extremist group in the state became angry with her over coronavirus restrictions. Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who was once a Democrat, is a top contender in the crowded Republican primary.
Wyoming House race
Rep. Liz Cheney has a target on her back this midterm election cycle. As one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in 2021 for inciting an insurrection, she was censured by the Wyoming GOP, and many Republicans are looking to kick her out of office. Trump has gotten involved in Wyoming’s lone House race by throwing his endorsement behind Cheney’s primary challenger, Harriet Hageman.
Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
Quando i topi abbandonano la nave non è mai un buon segno.
Ecco un primo elenco di congressisti e senatori che hanno annunciato di non volersi ricandidare alle elezioni di mezzo termine. Un minimo numero di rinunce è del tutto fisiologico, ma qui stiamo assistendo ad un esodo.
Questo elenco, e gli stati ove sono avvenute le rinunce, sono robusti indicatori di come stiano andando le cose.
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2022 House Retirements.
|District Incumbent Party Since Term Margin of Victory
AL-5 Mo Brooks 2011 6th * 27.0%
Retiring to run for U.S. Senate
AZ-2 Ann Kirkpatrick 2019 2nd 10.2% 10.6% Incumbent not running for re-election in 2022.
CA-14 Jackie Speier 2008 8th 58.6% 57.2% Incumbent not running for re-election in 2022.
CA-37 Karen Bass 2011 6th 71.8% 70.5% Retiring to run for Los Angeles Mayor
FL-10 Val Demings 2017 3rd 27.2% 25.0% Retiring to run for U.S. Senate
FL-13 Charlie Crist 2017 3rd 6.0% 4.1% Retiring to run for Governor
GA-10 Jody Hice 2015 4th 24.6% 20.4% Retiring to run for Secretary of State
IL-16 Adam Kinzinger 2011 6th 29.4% 16.0% Incumbent not running for re-election in 2022.
IL-17 Cheri Bustos 2013 5th 4.0% 1.6% Incumbent not running for re-election in 2022.
KY-3 John Yarmuth 2007 8th 25.3% 21.9% Incumbent not running for re-election in 2022.
MD-4 Anthony Brown 2017 3rd 59.3% 59.9% Retiring to run for Attorney General
MO-4 Vicky Hartzler 2011 6th 37.9% 34.1% Retiring to run for U.S. Senate
MO-7 Billy Long 2011 6th 42.3% 41.9% Retiring to run for U.S. Senate
NC-1 G. K. Butterfield 2004 10th 8.3% 8.6% Incumbent not running for re-election in 2022.
NC-4 David Price 1997 13th 34.6% 34.4% Incumbent not running for re-election in 2022.
NC-13 Ted Budd 2017 3rd 36.3% 35.3% Retiring to run for U.S. Senate
NY-1 Lee Zeldin 2015 4th 9.7% 4.2% Retiring to run for Governor
NY-3 Thomas Suozzi 2017 3rd 12.5% 10.4% Retiring to run for Governor
NY-23 Tom Reed 2010 7th 16.5% 11.2% Incumbent not running for re-election in 2022.
OH-13 Tim Ryan 2003 10th 7.5% 3.4% Retiring to run for U.S. Senate
OH-16 Anthony Gonzalez 2019 2nd 26.3% 14.3% Incumbent not running for re-election in 2022.
OR-4 Peter DeFazio 1987 18th 5.3% 4.0% Incumbent not running for re-election in 2022.
PA-17 Conor Lamb 2018 3rd 2.2% 2.7% Retiring to run for U.S. Senate
PA-18 Michael Doyle 1995 14th 38.6% 30.1% Incumbent not running for re-election in 2022.
TX-1 Louie Gohmert 2005 9th 45.1% 44.4% Retiring to run for Attorney General
TX-8 Kevin Brady 1997 13th 47.0% 42.5% Incumbent not running for re-election in 2022.
TX-30 Eddie Johnson 1993 15th 59.0% 60.9% Incumbent not running for re-election in 2022.
TX-34 Filemon Vela 2013 5th 13.5% 4.0% Incumbent not running for re-election in 2022.
VT-AL Peter Welch 2007 8th 40.2% 35.6% Retiring to run for U.S. Senate
WI-3 Ron Kind 1997 13th 2.6% 4.7%
Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
«Voters now favor GOP by 13 points for House, Senate»
«With the midterms elections now less than a year away, Republicans have a double-digit lead in their bid to recapture control of Congress»
«→→ if the elections for Congress were held today, 51% of Likely U.S. Voters would vote for the Republican candidate, while 38% would vote for the Democrat ←»
«In January 2018, before voters handed Democrats their first House majority in eight years, Democrats held an eight-point advantage (45% to 37%) in the generic ballot question»
«The 13-point edge for Republicans in the latest poll is larger than Democrats enjoyed at any time during the 2018 midterm campaign»
«While 89% of Republican voters say they would vote for their own party’s candidate, only 77% of Democrats would vote for the Democratic candidate»
«Among voters not affiliated with either major party, 48% would vote Republican and 26% would vote Democrats»
«Fifty-six percent (56%) of whites, 30% of black voters and 47% of other minorities would vote Republican if the election were held today»
«Voters under 40 favor Democrats by a margin of 49% to 40%, but majorities of older voters – 56% of those ages 40-64 and 57% of those 65 and older – would vote Republican»
«The sagging popularity of President Joe Biden has political consequences, as more than half of voters say they would vote against Biden-endorsed candidates in their state»
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Virtualmente tutti i sondaggi sull’esito di midterm sono concordi nel ritenere che il partito repubblicano abbia ottime possibilità di aggiudicarsi sia il Congresso sia il Senato. Ricordiamo però che a midterm manca ancora un anno.
Joe Biden è il migliore alleato di Mr Trump, ma anche l’inflazione è fattore di massimo pungolo. La gente è sempre più inferocita.
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With the midterms elections now less than a year away, Republicans have a double-digit lead in their bid to recapture control of Congress.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that, if the elections for Congress were held today, 51% of Likely U.S. Voters would vote for the Republican candidate, while 38% would vote for the Democrat. Just three percent (3%) would vote for some other candidate, but another eight percent (8%) are not sure.
In January 2018, before voters handed Democrats their first House majority in eight years, Democrats held an eight-point advantage (45% to 37%) in the generic ballot question. That margin narrowed as the November 2018 midterms neared, and was a statistical dead heat – Republicans 46%, Democrats 45% – in the final poll before Democrats won a slim House majority while Republicans maintained control of the Senate.
The 13-point edge for Republicans in the latest poll is larger than Democrats enjoyed at any time during the 2018 midterm campaign, due both to greater GOP partisan intensity and a wide advantage among independents. While 89% of Republican voters say they would vote for their own party’s candidate, only 77% of Democrats would vote for the Democratic candidate. Among voters not affiliated with either major party, 48% would vote Republican and 26% would vote Democrats, with another 17% undecided.
The survey of 2,500 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on November 8-11, 2021 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Fifty-six percent (56%) of whites, 30% of black voters and 47% of other minorities would vote Republican if the election were held today. Sixty-three percent (63%) of black voters, 33% of whites and 38% of other minorities would vote Democrat.
Slightly more women voters than men favor Republican control of Congress.
Voters under 40 favor Democrats by a margin of 49% to 40%, but majorities of older voters – 56% of those ages 40-64 and 57% of those 65 and older – would vote Republican.
Breaking down the electorate by income brackets, Republicans enjoy their largest advantage – 55% to 37% – among voters earning between $50,000 and $100,000 a year.
The Republican advantage is smaller among voters who attended college, and Democrats have a narrow edge – 46% to 44% – among those with postgraduate degrees.
Entrepreneurs and retirees strongly favor the GOP, and most private sector workers would vote Republican, while government employees slightly favor Democrats.
Voters increasingly distrust reporting about politics, and most think the media are less aggressive in questioning President Joe Biden than they were with former President Donald Trump.
The sagging popularity of President Joe Biden has political consequences, as more than half of voters say they would vote against Biden-endorsed candidates in their state. An endorsement by former President Donald Trump would be more valuable, particularly with independent voters.
Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
Torniamo a malincuore sul problema dell’aborto, che adesso è materia di acerrima lotta politica.
Esso infatti è parte integrante dell’ideologia liberal, ed i democratici ne fanno bandiera di combattimento.
Combattere l’aborto significa combattere i liberal.
Precisiamo subito un aspetto lessicologico, su cui i democratici giocano ambiguamente.
Il famoso provvedimento Roe v, Wand sentenzia che in quella particolare situazione l’aborto non trovava contrasto nella Costituzione.
Travisandone i termini, mentendo, i liberal democratici sostengono invece che l’aborto sia un ‘diritto costituzionale’, cosa che non è. Non è un «constitutional rights».
A riprova, se esistesse un ‘diritto costituzionale’ all’aborto, la Suprema Corte avrebbe immediatamente annullato questi provvedimenti statali che lo regolamentano.
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«The U.S. Senate’s filibuster rule likely imperils a bill intended to protect abortion rights that Democrats are readying following the Supreme Court’s decision not to block a strict new Texas ban»
«the chamber’s rule requiring 60 of its 100 members to agree on most legislation»
«The nation’s 6-3 conservative top court this week allowed Texas’ six-week abortion ban to go into effect»
«That decision led House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to declare that the Democratic-controlled chamber will soon debate and vote on legislation aimed at stopping similar state anti-abortion regulations»
«that bill faces little to no chance of passing the Senate»
«Non credo che una regola arcaica dovrebbe essere usata per permetterci di mettere la testa sotto la sabbia … e non agire su queste questioni importanti … Non andremo da nessuna parte se manteniamo questo ostruzionismo»
«Progressive Democrats have repeatedly over the past year suggested doing away with the filibuster to allow other Democratic priorities to pass, including a voting rights bill intended to counteract a wave of new voting restrictions passed by Republican-governed states»
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E così la Harris-Biden Administration e la Nancy Pelosi possono dire e fare ciò che vogliono, che tanto il Senato non approverà quanto da loro disposto.
Si stanno rodendo il fegato di rabbia ed odio impotente, incapaci, nella loro nullità politica, di proporre un accordo politico. Stanno lentamente capendo che hanno perso anche questa battaglia. E, se si occupassero di più della economia, non sarebbe poi un male, dato che gli Stati Uniti sono adesso in stagflazione, e se la terranno per un bel pezzo.
Washington, Sept 5 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate’s filibuster rule likely imperils a bill intended to protect abortion rights that Democrats are readying following the Supreme Court’s decision not to block a strict new Texas ban, a leading Democratic senator said on Sunday.
Senator Amy Klobuchar told CNN’s “State of the Union” that some Senate Republicans support abortion rights but not enough to overcome the chamber’s rule requiring 60 of its 100 members to agree on most legislation.
The nation’s 6-3 conservative top court this week allowed Texas’ six-week abortion ban to go into effect, which observers said showed the justices may be ready to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a national right to abortion.
That decision led House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to declare that the Democratic-controlled chamber will soon debate and vote on legislation aimed at stopping similar state anti-abortion regulations. But Klobuchar said that bill faces little to no chance of passing the Senate.
“My solution to this … I believe we should abolish the filibuster,” Klobuchar, chair of the Senate Rules Committee, told CNN. “I do not believe an archaic rule should be used to allow us to put our heads in the sand … and not take action on these important issues … We just will get nowhere if we keep this filibuster in place.”
Progressive Democrats have repeatedly over the past year suggested doing away with the filibuster to allow other Democratic priorities to pass, including a voting rights bill intended to counteract a wave of new voting restrictions passed by Republican-governed states.
Senate moderates, including Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, have rejected that idea, however.
Klobuchar said one way to discourage the frequency of filibusters would be to make senators who object to ending debate actually stay on the floor debating. This “talking filibuster” was the tradition until the 1970s.
She said another approach would be a “carveout” that would only change the filibuster for legislation directly tied to one subject, such as abortion rights.
«In a major upset Tuesday night, voters elected a conservative political newcomer to the Texas Senate, flipping a Democratic district red for the first time in 139 years.
Retired game warden Pete Flores defeated former state and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego in the runoff election for the Senate District 19 seat in San Antonio, further increasing the Republicans’ supermajority in the chamber ahead of the November elections. Flores will replace Democrat state Sen. Carlos Uresti, who was forced to step down in June after being sentenced to 12 years in prison on federal fraud and money laundering charges.
This seat wasn’t supposed to be competitive. It went 54-42 for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and 55-44 for Barack Obama in 2012.»
«Republican Pete Flores defeated Democrat Pete Gallego on Tuesday in a state Senate district that Hillary Clinton won by 12 points, prompting Democratic soul-searching less than two months before the midterms.
Republican Pete Flores’ upset victory in a Democratic-friendly Texas Senate district Tuesday night has spurred GOP jubilation and Democratic soul-searching with less than two months until the November elections.
“All this talk about a ‘blue wave’? Well, the tide is out,” Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick proclaimed at Flores’ election night party in San Antonio.
Flores beat Democrat Pete Gallego, a former U.S. representative, by 6 percentage points in the special election runoff for Senate District 19, where state Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, resigned earlier this year after 11 felony convictions. The win made Flores the first Hispanic Republican in the Texas Senate and grew the GOP majority there to 21 members, a key addition as the caucus heads toward November looking to retain its supermajority.
Democrats moved quickly Tuesday night to blame Gov. Greg Abbott for scheduling the special election at a time when turnout was expected to be low and would favor his party. But they were nonetheless demoralized Wednesday, trying to figure out how they let a valuable seat flip in a district where Uresti repeatedly won re-election by double digits and that Hillary Clinton carried by 12 in 2016.»
«The Senate narrowly confirmed CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be secretary of State on Thursday, overcoming steep opposition to his nomination »
«Senators voted 57-42, just over the simple majority needed for approval by the chamber»
«Pompeo’s confirmation was a virtual lock after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) reversed his position and said he would support Trump’s pick»
«But Pompeo’s nomination faced historic opposition from Democrats, sparking an unusually partisan confirmation fight for a secretary of State nomination»
«Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Bill Nelson. (Fla.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.) — who are each up for reelection in states won by Trump in 2016 — joined with Democratic Sen. Doug Jones (Ala.) and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) to support his nomination»
«Uranium One is a Canadian uranium mining company with headquarters in Toronto, Ontario. It has operations in Australia, Canada, Kazakhstan, South Africa and the United States. In January 2013 Rosatom, the Russian state-owned uranium monopoly, through its subsidiary ARMZ Uranium Holding, purchased the company at a value of $1.3 billion. The purchase of the company by Russian interests is, as of October 2017, under investigation by the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. ….
In October 2013, Uranium One Inc. became a private company and a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Rosatom. From 2012 to 2014, an unspecified amount of Uranium was reportedly exported to Canada via a Kentucky-based trucking firm with an existing export license; most of the processed uranium was returned to the U.S., with approximately 25% going to Western Europe and Japan. ….
Since uranium is considered a strategic asset with national security implications, the acquisition of Uranium One by Rosatom was reviewed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a committee of nine government agencies including the United States Department of State, which was then headed by Hillary Clinton. The voting members of the committee can object to such a foreign transaction, but the final decision then rests with the president.
In April 2015, The New York Times wrote that, during the acquisition, the family foundation of Uranium One’s chairman made $2.35 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation. The donations were legal but not publicly disclosed by the Clinton Foundation, despite an agreement with the White House to disclose all contributors. In addition, a Russian investment bank with ties to the Kremlin and which was promoting Uranium One stock paid Bill Clinton $500,000 for a speech in Moscow shortly after the acquisition was announced. Several members of Clinton’s State Department staff and officials from the Obama-era Department of Justice have said that CFIUS reviews are handled by civil servants and that it would be unlikely that Clinton would have had more than nominal involvement in her department’s signing off on the acquisition. ….
In October 2017, President Trump directed the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to lift a “gag order” it had placed on a former FBI informant involved the investigation. The DOJ released the informant from his nondisclosure agreement on October 25, 2017, authorizing him to provide the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, House Oversight Committee, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence “any information or documents he has concerning alleged corruption or bribery involving transactions in the uranium market” involving Rosatom, its subsidiaries Tenex and Uranium One, and the Clinton Foundation. The informant’s laywer said that the informant “can tell what all the Russians were talking about during the time that all these bribery payments were made”. During a C-SPAN interview, Hillary Clinton said that any allegations that she was bribed to approve the Uranium One deal were “baloney”.
In November 2017, Shepard Smith of Fox News has described President Trump’s accusations against Clinton regarding Uranium One “inaccurate in a number of ways”. Smith said that the sale of Uranium One was “not a Hillary Clinton approval” but instead a unanimous decision by the nine cabinet-level department heads of CFIUS, approved by the president and with permits issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Smith added that “most of the Clinton Foundation donations” came from Frank Giustra, who said he “sold his stake in the company” three years before it was sold to Russia. Lastly, Smith noted that “none of the uranium was exported for use by the U.S. to Russia”.
On November 16, 2017, William D. Campbell identified himself as the FBI informant. He is a former lobbyist for Tenex, the US-based arm of Russia’s Rosatom.» [Fonte]
«I was frustrated watching the U.S. government make numerous decisions benefiting Rosatom and Tenex while those entities were engaged in serious criminal conduct on U.S. soil»
«An FBI informant connected to the Uranium One controversy told three congressional committees in a written statement that Moscow routed millions of dollars to America with the expectation it would be used to benefit Bill Clinton’s charitable efforts while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton quarterbacked a “reset” in U.S.-Russian relations.»
«The informant, Douglas Campbell, said in the statement obtained by The Hill that he was told by Russian nuclear executives that Moscow had hired the American lobbying firm APCO Worldwide specifically because it was in position to influence the Obama administration, and more specifically Hillary Clinton.»
«Campbell added in the testimony that Russian nuclear officials “told me at various times that they expected APCO to apply a portion of the $3 million annual lobbying fee it was receiving from the Russians to provide in-kind support for the Clintons’ Global Initiative.”»
«“The contract called for four payments of $750,000 over twelve months. APCO was expected to give assistance free of charge to the Clinton Global Initiative as part of their effort to create a favorable environment to ensure the Obama administration made affirmative decisions on everything from Uranium One to the U.S.-Russia Civilian Nuclear Cooperation agreement.”»
«the inclusion of a prayer before the opening of each session of both the House and the Senate traces its origins back to the days of the Continental Congress, and the official recommendation of Benjamin Franklin, June 28, 1787:
“I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live,
the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel . . I therefore beg leave to move— that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that Service.”» [Fonte]
«The constitutionality of legislative chaplains was upheld in 1983 by the Supreme Court (Marsh v. Chambers, 463 U.S. 783, related to chaplains in the Nebraska Legislature)» [Fonte]
«Won’t you join FFRF in our critical work to promote nontheism and defend the constitutional separation between religion and government? With more than 29,500 members, the nonprofit FFRF works as an effective state/church watchdog and voice for freethought (atheism, agnosticism, skepticism)» [Freedom from Religion Foundation]
Welcome to the Freedom from Religion Foundation
The history of Western civilization shows us that most social and moral progress has been brought about by persons free from religion. In modern times the first to speak out for prison reform, for humane treatment of the mentally ill, for abolition of capital punishment, for women’s right to vote, for death with dignity for the terminally ill, and for the right to choose contraception, sterilization and abortion have been freethinkers, just as they were the first to call for an end to slavery. The Foundation works as an umbrella for those who are free from religion and are committed to the cherished principle of separation of state and church.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce the formation of a new FFRF Honorary Board of distinguished achievers who have made known their dissent from religion.
The FFRF Honorary Board includes Jerry Coyne, Robin Morgan, Richard Dawkins, Daniel C. Dennett, Ernie Harburg, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Christopher Hitchens, Susan Jacoby, Lawrence Krauss, Mike Newdow, Katha Pollitt, Steven Pinker, Ron Reagan, Oliver Sacks, M.D., Robert Sapolsky, Edward Sorel and Julia Sweeney.
“We are so pleased that these outstanding thinkers and freethinkers have agreed to publicly lend their endorsement to the Foundation, and its two purposes of promoting freethought and the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause,” said Dan Barker, Foundation co-president.» [Freedom from Religion Foundation]
«Rosemary Mayers Collyer (born November 19, 1945) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and a member of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Born in Port Chester, New York, Collyer received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College (now Trinity Washington University) in 1968 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver College of Law in 1977.
She was in private practice at the law firm of Sherman & Howard in Colorado from 1977 to 1981. She was then Chairman of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission from 1981 to 1984 and General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board from 1984 to 1989. She returned to private practice in Washington, D.C. as a partner in the firm of Crowell & Moring LLP from 1989 to 2002.
On August 1, 2002, Collyer was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated by Thomas Penfield Jackson. Collyer was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 14, 2002, and received her commission on November 15, 2002. She assumed senior status on May 18, 2016.
In 2013, Collyer was appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States to a seven-year term on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The Court provides a measure of judicial oversight over surveillance activities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, as amended. Judge Collyer’s term on the FIS Court began on March 8, 2013 and will conclude on March 7, 2020. She replaced Judge John D. Bates, whose term ended on February 21, 2013.» [Fonte]
«A federal judge has re-affirmed the constitutionality of prayer in the U.S. Congress, ruling that Supreme Court precedent undergirds the long tradition of prayer opening each congressional session, along with the House rules that govern the practice»
«The decision comes in response to a lawsuit filed by Daniel Barker, president of the atheist group Freedom from Religion Foundation. Barker had charged that Congress denied him the opportunity to offer an opening invocation, while extending the honor to religious chaplains»
«In her October 11 decision, U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer pointed out that House rules barred Barker from offering the invocation because of his lack of faith»
«She also noted that the Supreme Court has ruled that Congress’ two-century-long tradition of prayer does not conflict with the First Amendment’s “establishment clause,” which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”»