The Daily Populous

Sunday July 17th, 2022 day edition

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Federal prosecutors are seeking a 15-year prison sentence for the Texas man who was convicted of storming the U.S. Capitol with a holstered handgun.

The longest sentence so far is five years and three months for Robert Palmer, a Florida man who pleaded guilty to attacking police officers at the Capitol. U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich is scheduled to sentence Reffitt on Aug. 1.

He noted that Reffitt wasn’t accused of entering the Capitol or assaulting any police officers that day.

Prosecutors argue that an “upward departure for terrorism” is warranted in Reffitt’s case, which would lead to significantly longer sentence if the judge agrees to apply it.

Jurors saw videos that captured the confrontation between a few Capitol police officers and a mob of people, including Reffitt, who approached them on the west side of the Capitol.

Hardie said Reffitt talked about dragging lawmakers out of the Capitol and replacing them with people who would “follow the Constitution.” »

Ted Cruz Says SCOTUS 'Clearly Wrong' to Legalize Gay Marriage

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We saw states before Obergefell—some states were moving to allow gay marriage, other states were moving to allow civil partnerships.

"In Obergefell the Court said, 'no, we know better than you,' and now every state must sanction and permit gay marriage," he said.

Polling by Gallup from May 2021 showed that 70 percent of the U.S. population approves of gay marriage. »

Pope Francis calls on youth to save the planet and “eat less meat|”

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Pope Francis calls on youth to save the planet and “eat less meat|”.

“There is an urgent need to reduce the consumption not only of fossil fuels but also of so many superfluous things,” the pope saidee.

Pope Francis, who comes from Argentina, known for its beef production and consumption, said that in some parts of the world, it would be a good idea to “consume less meat” to help save the environment. »

Joe Manchin, who just torpedoed Democrats’ climate agenda, has long ties to coal industry

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(CNN)West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s long-standing financial ties to the coal industry face scrutiny after sources familiar with high-level negotiations told CNN he would not support the climate provisions of his party’s proposed economic package.

But climate advocates on Friday morning were quick to point to Manchin’s longtime ties to the coal industry.

“And what makes it all the more troubling is that he’s the 50th Democratic senator, which gives him enormous sway over climate change policy.”. »

Hear ye, hear ye: Medieval Times cast forms its first-ever union in NJ

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“We are excited to have won our union and grateful for the solidarity shown by our coworkers,” Medieval Times Performers United said in an emailed statement.

“We look forward to working with management to create a fairer, safer, and more enjoyable Medieval Times,” it said.

The article has been updated to include the email Medieval Times CEO Perico Montaner sent to workers late Friday. »