Jun 30, 2020
Supreme Court boosts rights of religious groups to get public funds
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The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled to allow states to provide tax credits for individuals donating money to faith-based educational institutions.
The case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, sought to decide whether or not the Montana state government violated the religion clauses or the equal protection clause of the Constitution by prohibiting funding for religious schools, while allowing it for education in general.It was decided in a 5-4 vote, with the liberal wing and the conservative wing of the court voting together.
"The application of the no-aid provision discriminated against religious schools and the families whose children attend or hope to attend them in violation of the Free Exercise Clause of the Federal Constitution," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the court's majority opinion.
The case arose after three mothers were barred by state law from using their children's scholarship funds won from the state for tuition at a private Christian school. The state law, the result of a Blaine amendment, originally designed as an anti-Catholic measure, is on the books in several states.News Religious Freedom Education Religion Montana Supreme Court Law
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‘Hackers stole $2.3M in Trump funds from president’s Wisconsin campaign’
THE Wisconsin Republican Party says hackers stole $2.3million from the party’s account that was being used to help President Donald Trump’s reelection in the state.
Republican Party Chairman Andrew Hitt told the Associated Press on Thursday that the party noticed the suspicious activity on Oct. 22 and immediately contacted the FBI the following day.1The Wisconsin Republican party claims hackers stole $2.3million from the party's account that was being used to help President Donald Trump's reelection in the stateCredit: AP:Associated Press
The attack was discovered less than two weeks before Election Day as both President Trump and Joe Biden made their final push to win Wisconsin and its 10 electoral votes.
In 2016, Trump won the state by fewer than 23,000 votes and planned his third visit in seven days on Friday.
Polls have consistently shown a tight race in the state, as Biden also plans to campaign in Wisconsin on Friday.
The polls typically show the former vice president ahead of Trump by single digits within the margin of error.
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