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Ninth Circuit Panel Rules in Favor of Pledge of Allegiance

Good news from the Ninth Circuit: A divided panel has ruled that teacher-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, with its reference to “one Nation under God,” is constitutionally permissible. Judge Carlos T. Bea wrote the majority opinion, which Judge Dorothy W. Nelson joined. Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote a 133-page dissent.

For what it’s worth, Judge Bea is a Bush 43 appointee, and Judges Nelson and Reinhardt are both Carter appointees.

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The Brexit Crisis

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