Capitol Bell – What we should learn after religious liberty fight in Missouri

Capitol Bell – What we should learn after religious liberty fight in Missouri

The Daily Signal
May 17, 2016
Good afternoon from Capitol Hill, where the Senate just confirmed a federal judge, nominated by President Obama, who is opposed by major police unions. Philip Wegmann has the vote. Gregg Keller shares eight lessons of the fight for a ballot question on religious liberty. Tori Whiting tells how America can stop lagging in international trade. Call ahead, because it’s Visit Your Relatives Day tomorrow.

Here’s why we’re falling behind in world trade. Despite the success claimed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the United States actually lags behind the world in the use of trade. While the U.S. average tariff rate is only 1.5 percent, some products, like pick-up trucks, are subject to exorbitant special interest tariffs. In the United States, international trade is equal to about 30 percent of gross domestic product. The average for the rest of the world is nearly double that, writes The Heritage Foundation’s Tori Whiting.
Senate confirms Obama judicial nominee opposed by Maryland police unions. The Senate confirmed Paula Xinis to a federal judgeship in Maryland by a vote of 53-34, over the protests of major state police unions and outside conservative groups. Xinis, a partner and senior trial attorney at the Baltimore law firm representing the family of Freddie Gray, will serve in a lifetime position as a judge for the U.S. District Court of Maryland. Gray died in police custody and trials are ongoing for the six officers involved in his arrest.
What we should learn after religious liberty fight in Missouri. By now you’ve likely read or heard of the knock-down, drag-out fight that we had at the Missouri Legislature on Senate Joint Resolution 39. If passed by simple legislative majorities, SJR 39 would have placed a ballot question on either the August or November ballot pertaining to religious liberty, writes the Atlas Strategy Group’s Gregg Keller.
What we’re reading: “Even the worst of men have their moments. Take the Roman Emperor Nero. Mixing wine and honey with mountain snow, he created the first sorbet. Of course, were Nero to make that sorbet in modern America and then sell it, he could be hauled off to a federal hoosegow. That’s because federal law—actually, several laws: 21 U.S.C. §343, 333, and 21 C.F.R. §135.140(e)(4)—impose a maximum one-year jail sentence or $1,000 fine for the sale of wine-flavored sherbet with too much wine in it,” writes The Heritage Foundation’s John-Michael Seibler in The Federalist.
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