Colorado Supreme Court refuses to hear Christian baker’s appeal on gay wedding cakes

Colorado Supreme Court refuses to hear Christian baker’s appeal on gay wedding cakes

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The Daily Signal
April 26, 2016
Good afternoon from Capitol Hill, where lawmakers soon take up the annual document that puts defense policies and spending in focus. Justin Johnson counts off 12 likely amendments that Heritage Foundation experts think Americans should keep an eye on. Olivia Enos says the State Department misunderstands terrorism in its new report on human rights. Religious liberty watchers wonder what’s next for a Christian baker who, according to Colorado’s highest court, should be forced to make cakes celebrating same-sex marriages.

Colorado Supreme Court refuses to hear Christian baker’s appeal on gay wedding cakes. The Colorado Supreme Court will not review the case of a Denver-area “cake artist” ordered by the state government to bake and decorate cakes to celebrate same-sex marriages. Lawyers for Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., said they are evaluating his legal options, reports The Daily Signal’s Leah Jessen.
12 amendments to watch for in the Defense Authorization fight. The House Armed Services Committee will soon mark up their version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This bill regularly runs over a thousand pages long and sets budgets and policies for almost every aspect of our national defense. The committee markup routinely runs until 3 or 4 a.m. and includes hundreds of amendments. Here’s what to watch for in the markup, writes The Heritage Foundation’s Justin Johnson.
Do human rights abuses cause terrorism? The Heritage Foundation’s Olivia Enos writes that Secretary of State John Kerry and Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski presided over the release of the U.S. Department of State’s 40th annual Human Rights Report. The report reviews the state of human rights in nearly all countries across the world. This year, Kerry placed special emphasis on the plight of individuals in the Middle East. As a component of his remarks Malinowski highlighted the connection between terrorism and human rights abuse.
What we’re reading: “A stealth effort in state legislatures would essentially eliminate the Electoral College and undermine the carefully considered structure set up by the Framers to elect our president. And it would do so without amending the Constitution. Many Americans may forget that when they vote in November, they are not voting directly for the candidates. Instead, under Article II, they are voting for electors who have pledged to vote for particular candidates. Each state has electors equal to the number of senators and representatives the state has in Congress,” writes Hans von Spakovsky for CNSNews.

Recently some have claimed that international trade is responsible for unemployment in the United States. It can be shown that over the last 40 years that this has not been the case. Others have argued that imports destroy American jobs. Again, these claims are mistaken. According to Bryan Riley and Anthony Kim, senior policy analysts at The Heritage Foundation, “the freedom to trade is the foundation of America’s modern economic system” and “free and open trade has fueled vibrant competition, innovation, and economies of scale.”
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