Two major decisions came down from the Supreme Court today.
Hobby Lobby won – they and other organizations with religious objections will not be compelled to provide contraception coverage.
Unions were dealt a serious blow today, ruling that home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover the union’s costs of collective bargaining.
If you cap that with the 9-0 decision on Obama’s appointments to the National Labor Relations Board – defining further what “the Senate is in recess” means, the nation has had some good news for a change.
Foreign Policy disasters continue: Yesterday, ISIL declared the restoration of the Caliphate, an Islamic State that includes all the territories ISIL has conquered. It called on all Muslims to pledge their allegiance. ISIL leader al-Baghdadi declared himself Caliph Ibrahim.
The Caliph is supposed to be the legitimate successor to Mohammed. There are many who would claim this title. This declaration will be challenged on theological, ideological, military and genealogical grounds. This is a potential break for the Iraqi and Syrian forces because it adds another basis for internal fighting among the Islamists. It will force Sunni Arab tribal leaders to rethink their strategy for controlling ISIL and to choose sides. In the process, it will deepen the civil war, which Obama declared had ended – about three weeks ago.