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We’ve all heard about it by now: Houses are selling like crazy (and they have been for quite some time), interest rates have been at all-time lows, and it seems like everywhere you turn, you learn of another wild real estate story.
Justice Department Settles Claims Against Toms River, New Jersey Over Zoning Code That Restricts Houses of Worship
“Zoning regulations that impose unreasonable restrictions or prevent religious faiths from having a place to worship violate RLUIPA. The complaint also alleges that the Township’s zoning ordinance treats houses of worship and other religious assemblies and institutions on less favorable terms than nonreligious assemblies and institutions. RLUIPA is a federal law that protects religious institutions from unduly burdensome or discriminatory land use regulations. In June 2018, the Justice Department announced its Place to Worship Initiative, which focuses on RLUIPA’s provisions that protect the rights of houses of worship and other religious institutions to worship on their land. More information about RLUIPA, including questions and answers about the law and other documents, may be found at http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/hce/rluipaexplain.php.justice.gov
Houses in New Orleans transformed into floats for Mardi Gras
Houses in New Orleans transformed into floats for Mardi Gras Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans have been canceled for this year – but that's not stopping residents from celebrating in a big way. Thousands of houses have been transformed into floats.cbsnews.com
Supreme Court sides with Colorado church over COVID attendance caps
In that case, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of churches and synagogues that argued New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's limitations on attendance at religious institutions in coronavirus hotspots were unconstitutional. Justice Elena Kagan, joined by Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer dissented in the Colorado case, writing it is moot because Colorado lifted the attendance limits in response to the Supreme Court's ruling in the challenge to New York's coronavirus restrictions. The dispute over the capacity restrictions was brought by High Plains Harvest Church, a church in Ault, Colorado, and its pastor, Mark Hotaling. In its filing with the Supreme Court asking it to lift the cap, High Plains Harvest Church said "it is difficult to imagine more blatantly unconstitutional discrimination against religious gatherings in favor of secular gatherings." But the state told the court it amended the public health order setting the restrictions to remove attendance limits from all houses of worship in response to the Supreme Court's recent decisions in similar disputes.cbsnews.com
Chicago won’t cancel Halloween; Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveils pandemic rules for the holiday
While the state said “the safest way to celebrate is to stay home,” IDPH said trick-or-treaters this year should only travel with other members of their household. And, both trick-or-treaters and those passing out candy must wear masks and maintain a 6-foot distance at all times.chicagotribune.com
Supreme Court blocks House from Mueller grand jury material
WASHINGTON The Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily prevented the House of Representatives from obtaining secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. The American people deserve the truth.The case is one of several ongoing court disputes between the Trump administration and Congress. The Supreme Court heard arguments last week over whether Trumps accountants and banks must turn over financial records to House committees. Portions of the report were blacked out, including grand jury testimony and material that Mueller said could harm ongoing investigations or infringe on the privacy of third parties. Grand jury testimony is typically treated as secret, in part to protect the privacy of people who are not charged or are considered peripheral to a criminal investigation.
U.S. Supreme Court wary of presidential 'harassment' in Trump finances fight
The courts conservative majority signaled concern about improper harassment of Trump - who is seeking re-election on Nov. 3 - by three Democratic-led House of Representatives committees seeking his records. Trump, unlike other recent presidents, has declined to release his tax returns and other financial records that could shed light on his net worth and the activities of his family real-estate company, the Trump Organization. Two of the three cases before the justices involved House subpoenas seeking Trumps financial records from his longtime accounting firm Mazars LLP, Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp. Roberts pressed one of Trumps lawyers, Patrick Strawbridge, on whether lawmakers can ever subpoena a presidents financial records. Why should we not defer to the Houses views on its own legislative purposes? asked conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch, a Trump appointee.feeds.reuters.com
Schiff expects White House officials subpoenaed to testify Monday to defy summons
House Intelligence Committee Chairman U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, (D-CA) speaks with members of the news media during the ongoing impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 4, 2019. REUTERS/Leah MillisWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said on Monday he fully expected four White House officials scheduled for depositions with investigators in the Houses impeachment inquiry to defy congressional subpoenas. We expect the witnesses who have been subpoenaed to come in this afternoon, at White House instruction, also to be no-shows. This will only further add to the body of evidence on a potential obstruction of Congress charge against the president, Schiff told reporters. The officials were called in to testify in the Houses ongoing impeachment inquiry stemming from a July 25 call in which U.S. President Donald Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate one of Trumps domestic political rivals, former vice president and leading Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.feeds.reuters.com