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Boris Johnson ‘should resign,’ declares Jeremy Corbyn, after high court rules suspension of Parliament illegal

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“The Prime Minister has acted wrongly in shutting down Parliament. It demonstrates a contempt for democracy and an abuse of power,” said Corbyn.

British Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn led calls for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign Tuesday after the U.K. Supreme Court ruled his suspension of Parliament last month “unlawful, void, and of no effect.”

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“The Prime Minister has acted wrongly in shutting down Parliament,” Corbyn said during the Labour Party conference following the court’s decision. “It demonstrates a contempt for democracy and an abuse of power.”

“I invite Boris Johnson, in the historic words, to consider his position,” added Corbyn.

Baroness Brenda Hale, the president of the court, said in a statement on behalf of the unanimous 11-judge panel said Johnson’s “decision to advise Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification.”

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The ruling was described as an “unprecedented” rebuke of Johnson, who critics accused of suspending Parliament in an effort to ram through a no-deal Brexit.

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“The Supreme Court ruling the government broke the law by shutting down Parliament. It’s official: we are ruled by criminals who are at war with democracy,” tweeted Guardian columnist Owen Jones. “If Boris Johnson does not resign, then he is confirming the law only applies to ordinary people, not to the posh Tory prime minister.”

British lawmakers echoed Jones.

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Labour MP David Lammy said in response to the court’s ruling that “Boris Johnson broke the law and lied to the Queen.”

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“Now open the doors of Parliament,” Lammy said, “and resign.”


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Here are 11 of the most popular progressive policies for candidates to run on — and 5 of the least popular

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New polling from the progressive pollster Data for Progress, described in a new piece Monday at Vox, points the way forward for Democrats looking to oust President Donald Trump from the White House and enact a liberal policy agenda.

Progressives often argue that their plans are broadly popular with Americans, and that these ideas are only prevented from becoming reality because of an obstinate Republican Party weaponizing racism and misinformation, archaic political institutions that stymie significant efforts at reform, and corruption across the two parties that allows special and corporate interests to undermine the popular will. And there is a fair amount of truth in this idea — some progressive idea are remarkably popular, and there's no good reason they haven't been implemented yet.

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Coronavirus forces fan ban at Italian football games

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Upcoming matches in Italian Serie A and the Europa League will be played behind closed doors to combat the spread of coronavirus, the Italian sports minister announced on Monday evening.

"Following the demands of the sports world and knowing that the ban on sporting events open to the public remains in force in six regions of northern Italy, we have agreed to the holding of matches behind closed doors," said Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora after a meeting of the Council of Ministers.

Inter Milan themselves announced their Europa League match with Ludogorets on Thursday would be played with no fans present.

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‘Unconscionable’: Fury as federal appeals court upholds Trump’s anti-women, anti-choice “gag rule”

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"Leaving women in the dark about their healthcare and restricting doctors from providing candid advice is simply not in the best interest of public health."

Women's healthcare advocates fumed Monday after a federal appeals court upheld the Trump-Pence administration's so-called domestic "gag rule."

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the 7-4 decision regarding the administration's policy of preventing Title X funds from going to clinics that provide referrals for abortions, even though no federal funds pay for abortions.

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