Not Over Yet
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court late last night alleging that changes to election procedures in four states were unconstitutional.
The lawsuit contends that decisions made by bureaucrats and courts in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to change their state's voting procedures violated the authority of state legislatures under Article II of the Constitution and corrupted the election in the process.
In a statement, Paxton declared:
"Trust in the integrity of our election processes is sacrosanct and binds our citizenry and the States in this Union together. Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin destroyed that trust and compromised the security and integrity of the 2020 election. The states violated statutes enacted by their duly elected legislatures, thereby violating the Constitution. . .
"Their failure to abide by the rule of law casts a dark shadow of doubt over the outcome of the entire election. We now ask that the Supreme Court step in to correct this egregious error."
The Texas lawsuit asks the Supreme Court to allow state legislatures to appoint their electors to the Electoral College.
There is no guarantee that the justices will agree to hear this challenge. But as the Supreme Court has original jurisdiction in cases involving lawsuits between states, it was an imaginative effort to quickly get an argument before the high court.
The Left's Pro-Abortion Extremism
In yesterday's report, I noted that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra was Joe Biden's choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, a massive federal bureaucracy that manages our healthcare policies and doles out billions of dollars in federal grants.
Becerra is all in on the left's extreme pro-abortion agenda. As attorney general of California, he continued Kamala Harris's effort to put undercover journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt in jail. You may recall that Daleiden and Merritt exposed Planned Parenthood's trafficking in aborted baby body parts.
Becerra also led blue state efforts to sue the Little Sisters of the Poor over Obamacare's contraceptive mandate, which Joe Biden has also vowed to do. That vow and Becerra's appointment should shatter the myth that Joe Biden is a moderate.
There's a reason Planned Parenthood spent $45 million in the elections to help elect Joe Biden and why it is spending millions more in Georgia right now to take over the Senate.
Meanwhile, Speaker Nancy Pelosi hasn't found time to pass an emergency relief bill for small businesses and working families, but she did authorize the House Appropriations Committee to find ways to repeal the Hyde Amendment.
The Hyde Amendment has been law since 1976, and it prevents taxpayers from being forced to subsidize abortions. Polling shows that the law is overwhelmingly popular. (Here and here.)
But the left doesn't care what the American people want. Its commitment to offering babies to abortionists resembles the child sacrifices that were made at the altar of Baal.
Kudos to Senator Tom Cotton! He has been clear about his opposition to Becerra, and he is urging the Senate to reject his nomination.
Fighting Christian Persecution
I am pleased to report that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has designated Nigeria as a "country of particular concern" due to the increasing persecution of Christians in Africa's most populous country.
I was blessed to play a role in this designation as a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. The Commission has been urging this step for some time now. Recently I and other commissioners sent a strong letter to the State Department urging immediate action given the deteriorating situation.
What is happening in parts of Nigeria is an Islamic jihad against Christians. Almost every Sunday, churches are attacked and Christians in Nigeria are murdered.
Incredibly, there is an attempt to explain away the bloodshed as an ongoing dispute between farmers and herders competing for scarce resources. That is beyond absurd.
There are no radical Christian groups in Nigeria killing Muslims or blowing up mosques. But Christians are being slaughtered there. Sadly, the government of Nigeria has been passive and ineffective. A week does not go by that I don't interact with Nigerian Christians begging for help.
While the State Department designation won't end the conflict in Nigeria, it is a significant step forward with major implications for international aid and foreign policy.
Hopefully, the Biden/Harris administration, if they prevail in the ongoing legal battles, won't see this as just another Trump/Pence/Pompeo policy that must be reflexively reversed.