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In GOP strongholds, a big push on ‘culture war’ legislation

Haaretz - 59 min 59 sec ago
The Human Rights Campaign, the nations largest LGBTQ rights group, said its been alarmed by the record number of bills imposing restrictions on transgender people - over 100 filed so far this year

Supreme Court lifts California restrictions on at-home religious gatherings

JTA - 1 hour 4 min ago

(JTA) — The Supreme Court extended a string of decisions overturning pandemic restrictions on religious gatherings, ruling Friday night that California’s restrictions on at-home gatherings unfairly limited religious freedom.

The 5-4 ruling, in which Chief Justice John Roberts again joined the liberal justices in the minority, lifted rules limiting at-home gatherings in much of the state to three households. Those rules, imposed during a recent surge of COVID-19 cases in California, were set to expire April 15.

A Christian pastor and a group of others had asked the court to lift California’s restriction on at-home gatherings so they could host Bible study classes and prayer groups. They argued that the state was restricting their religious liberties by forbidding such gatherings in houses of worship and limiting the size of at-home gatherings.

The conservative majority argued that the restrictions privileged secular activities like restaurants, salons and sporting events over religious gatherings. In the dissent, Justice Elena Kagan disagreed, noting that all at-home gatherings were restricted, including those for secular purposes.

The decision follows a trend in which the 5-4 conservative majority, solidified by Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment in October, has overturned COVID restrictions on religious gatherings. In November, the court blocked New York’s restrictions on houses of worship after the Orthodox Jewish advocacy group Agudath Israel, along with the Brooklyn Catholic Diocese, sued the state. In December, the court issued a similar ruling in response to an appeal by a New Jersey rabbi and priest.

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Iran's atomic energy agency says Natanz facility hit by 'nuclear terrorism'

Haaretz - 2 hours 27 min ago
Top nuclear official Ali Akbar Salehi didn't say who Tehran accuses of the alleged cyberattack, which hit the facility a day after Tehran launched new advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges there

Iran reports 258 coronavirus deaths Sunday, in highest daily toll since December

Haaretz - 2 hours 47 min ago
Health minister warns about more fatalities if Iranians fail to adhere to regulations

Libya's new PM to hold talks with Erdogan in Turkey on Monday

Haaretz - 2 hours 48 min ago
Prior to Libya's unity government, Ankara had backed the GNA, signing a maritime demarcation agreement and a military cooperation accord under which Turkey sent military advisers and trainers to Tripoli

Intimidation. Extortion. Eviction: This is the brutal reality for Palestinians in Silwan, Jerusalem

Haaretz - 2 hours 51 min ago
I'm a Palestinian community organizer in East Jerusalem's Silwan neighborhood. Let me show you what it's like to be besieged by settlers and under constant attack by the Israeli authorities

Anne Beatts remembered as courageous and witty by fellow SNL writer

Haaretz - 3 hours 44 min ago
'She was witty, and she was good at editing. It was a good team,' Rosie Shuster said of Beatts, who died Wednesday at age 74

A prehistoric Saudi Arabian loved a dog 6,000 years ago

Haaretz - 4 hours 4 min ago
Dogs joined households in the Levant well over 12,000 years ago, but this crippled canine is the earliest evidence of dog domestication in the Arabian Peninsula

Justice Department: 'Boogaloo' members tried to thwart probe into officer's killing

Haaretz - 4 hours 17 min ago
The men are accused of conspiring to destroy communications and other records about the May 29, 2020, killing of federal security officer David Patrick Underwood and attempted murder of his partner

‘Clear the Capitol,’ Pence pleaded, timeline of riot shows

Haaretz - 4 hours 54 min ago
'We need help,' elsewhere in the building, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were making a dire appeal to military leaders to deploy the National Guard

Senate filibuster’s racist past fuels arguments for its end

Haaretz - 5 hours 5 min ago
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell recently declared it 'fake history' to suggest a racial component to the filibuster practice

ADL chief calls for Tucker Carlson’s ouster after Fox News host endorses white supremacist conspiracy theory

Haaretz - 5 hours 9 min ago
Anti-extremism watchdogs said Carlsons comments echo an idea popular among white supremacists that has inspired multiple antisemitic and extremist attacks

Israeli cyberattack caused mysterious accident at Iran’s Natanz, previous reports indicate

Haaretz - 5 hours 17 min ago
As Iran keeps violating the terms of the nuclear deal during talks with world powers, it seems as if the escalation between Israel and the Islamic Republic is going up a notch

Jordan's king Abdullah and estranged prince Hamza make first joint appearance since rift

Haaretz - 5 hours 41 min ago
Abdullah has addressed the public feud with his half-brother as an attempted 'sedition' that caused him shock, anger and pain

60 years later, Eichmann’s trial is still shaping how we discuss the Holocaust

The Forward - 5 hours 45 min ago
This event was the most significant moment in the evolution of addressing the Holocaust in the post-World War II period.
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