Cockfighting

A federal court in Louisiana dismissed Holy Fight Ministries’ suit challenging the state’s cockfighting ban. The group claimed cockfighting is an “essential part of their religious faith,” but the court ruled a “religious belief — no matter how sincerely held — does not act as an absolute shield against generally applicable laws.”

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Vaccines

A federal court in New York dismissed seven families’ claims alleging that the state’s mandatory school immunization requirements are too “burdensome and narrow.” The court found the requirements relate to the state’s public health goal of having a high vaccination rate among children and to ensure that medical exemptions are issued for “medical reasons based on evidence-based guidance,” and the families haven’t stated a constitutional violation or federal claim.

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Trump Trial Moves Forward After Senators Clash Over Constitutionality

Heart-pounding scenes of the rampage by insurrectionists in the U.S. Capitol served as a gruesome backdrop for Senate debate Tuesday as lawmakers weighed the question of whether it is constitutional to impeach former President Donald Trump, now a private citizen.

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