Barrett sidesteps Dianne Feinstein’s abortion questions early in hearings



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Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday sidestepped questions from California Sen. Dianne Feinstein about whether she thought Roe v. Wade was “wrongly decided.”

Feinstein’s questions, part of a series of questions on abortion, kicked off the Democrats’ grilling of Barrett. After Barrett refused to answer if she thought her mentor, Justice Antonin Scalia, was right to say that Roe was wrongly decided, citing her position as a sitting judge, Feinstein pressed her on the subject.

“On something that is a major cause with major effects on over half the population of this country, who are women, it is distressing not to get a straight answer,” Feinstein said. “Let me try again: Do you agree with Justice Scalia’s view that it was wrongly decided?”

Barrett replied that she had “no agenda” but would not answer the question because of her legal position. Feinstein continued to

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New Michigan law lets ballot processing start early, but don’t expect results until Friday of election week

Michigan officials expect record-breaking turnout for the Nov. 3 election and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a few last-minute bills into law to speed the process and ensure every ballot is counted.

On Tuesday, Whitmer signed Senate Bill 757, passed by the House and Senate in September, to allow clerks in cities and townships with at least 25,000 people to start processing absentee ballots Nov. 2. The ballots can’t be tabulated until 7 a.m. on election day, however.

While the move is a “step in the right direction” per Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, it’s not enough, she said. States like Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina and Florida allow more time for processing – sometime weeks more, Benson said.

The change won’t significantly alter when the results will be ready, Benson said.

“We still expect that it will be the Friday of election week that we expect every ballot will be

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Gender Roles And Family Relationships In Early Day Haitian Society

Preamble

Gender roles and family relationships in Haiti have their roots in the diverse cultural backgrounds of the populace. Broadly speaking, the two major cultural influences are African and French. At one extreme is the African heritage. Among the Afro-Haitians who occupy the three lowest classes in the Haitian society, Middle Class, Urban Low Class and Rural Peasantry, the African cultural heritage is still very strong. This is particularly evident in the areas of marital relationships, defined roles of each gender before and after marriage, types of marriages and the extended family system. At the other extreme you have the Franco-Haitians or mulattoes, who have embraced French heritage wholesale, and who occupy the elite upper class of Haitian society.

Rural Haiti

Rural Haiti is where the vast majority of Haitians live and the people are mostly Afro-Haitians. In these parts of Haiti, the twin influences of their African heritage and … Read More