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US Supreme Court punts – sends anti-gay Christian bakers’ case back to lower court

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The U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to weigh in on a case brought by an Oregon anti-gay couple who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The court has effectively kicked the can down the road, sending the case back to a lower court for review.

The case is Klein v. Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, involving Sweetcakes by Melissa, the bakery whose owners raked in over a half-million dollars in donations.

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These cases involving anti-LGBTQ Christian bakers, florists, and other groups who make a lot of money from couples getting married are not going away. There are legal firms who specialize in this niche business now – and in getting their cases before the Supreme Court.

It is not unlikely the Court will take up this or another cases – most likely a group of cases – this fall, with the decision coming out one year from now, just months before the 2020 election.

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Whistleblower hands House Dems evidence of ‘inappropriate’ interference on Trump’s tax returns

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A federal employee turned over “credible” evidence to House Democrats of possible “inappropriate efforts to influence” the IRS presidential audit process, House lawyers said in a court filing Tuesday.

In July, House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., sued Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin after the latter rejected the panel’s request for six years of Trump’s tax returns. On Tuesday, House lawyers cited the new evidence in a motion asking a federal judge to rule without trial that the Treasury Department is required by law to turn over the president’s tax returns.

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‘Manic, unhinged and unnerving’: MSNBC host warns that Trump’s erratic behavior has ‘crossed the threshold’

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MSNBC guest host John Heilemann warned on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s behavior has been “manic, unhinged, and unnerving” in recent days — and some fear it will only get worse.

Heilemann was filling in for Nicolle Wallace on “Deadline: White House.”

He noted at the top of the show that Trump’s behavior has driven a consensus this week that he’s even less even-keeled than usual — which is saying a lot.

“The world is reeling and offering a collective judgment of O-M-G and W-T-F,” Heilmann said. He then played a clip of Trump’s bizarre, belligerent, and blatantly racist comments. He claimed that “no one can be trusted,” that Jews who vote for Democrats are “disloyal,” and that he is “the Chosen One.”

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Bolsonaro’s ‘disastrous’ policies on Amazon led to fires, say observers

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"We must stand together behind the Indigenous communities and leaders across the Amazon region—from Brazil to Ecuador and beyond. For them the Amazon is more than the lungs of the world, it is their home."

The Amazon is burning and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is to blame.

That's the general consensus from observers and green groups who say the right-wing firebrand's anti-environmental policies shoulder the lion's share of the responsibility for thousands of fires across the rainforest, known as the world's lungs

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