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Virginia’s Supreme Court ruled that the city of Charlottesville is allowed to remove statues of Confederate generals, including one of Robert E. Lee.

The court ruled on Thursday, overturning a ruling made in 2019 by a lower district court that statues of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and fellow General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson could not be removed because they are protected by state law, according to The New York Times.

The lower court argued that the statues could not be removed because of a law passed in 1904 and amended in 1997 that forbid localities from disturbing or removing them.

“In the present case, the Statues were erected long before there was a statute which both authorized a city’s erection of a war memorial or monument and regulated the disturbance of or interference with that war memorial or monument,” Justice S. Bernard Goodwin wrote in the court’s opinion. “The trial court erred by interpreting the statute as operating retroactively to prohibit removal of the Statues from the City’s parks.”

The statue of Lee was erected in 1924 and the statute of Jackson was erected in 1921.

Chip Boyles, Charlottesville’s city manager, said the move was a win for the city and that he would work with the City Council to plan the next steps to remake the parks where the statues stand.

The statues were a focal point during the 2017 “unite the right rally,” which saw the death of one protester and injuries to many others, according to CNN.

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Mother of Four Who Stopped Capitol Protesters From Breaking Windows Raided, Faces 55 Years in Prison –

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Victoria White is a single mother of four daughters who volunteered with the Trump Victory campaign, helps organize Back the Blue and 9/11 memorial events — and is now an “insurrectionist” according to the liberal media.

White travelled to DC from her home in Rochester, Minnesota on January 6th to listen to then-President Donald Trump speak, before finding herself in the midst of chaos that will forever change her life.

Following Trump’s speech, White made her way to the Capitol along with the crowd of thousands. As things began to spiral, she found herself stopping two people from breaking a window, demanding that doing so would be unpatriotic and wrong.

White maintains that she did not vandalize or hurt anyone, quite the opposite, as she says she was trying to prevent that.

In the FBI’s own report, they note that there is a video in which “an individual who appears to be WHITE (wearing the same red cap and black coat as seen on WHITE’s Facebook page) is seen arguing with other rioters who were attempting to break the glass. In the video, WHITE can be heard yelling at the individuals attempting to break the glass and she physically attempts to pull them away from the glass. A sample of screenshots from that video are shown below. WHITE is circled in red.”

“I tried to stop those two people from breaking the Capitol window because when we go to see the president, we don’t go there to do stuff like that. That’s not patriotic. We don’t do that,” White told the Gateway Pundit.

According to her charging documents, the FBI is claiming that White had attempted to grab an officer’s shield. Their big smoking gun against her, she says, was actually just an attempt to protect herself from getting hit with it or forced into it by the crowd — not trying to hurt anyone.

The hectic scene led to an officer striking White in the head with a metal baton. She responded by reminding the officer that he took an oath to the Constitution and that what he was doing was uncalled for. The officer, White says, responded by calling her a “b-tch” and hitting her again, and again. The third strike caused her to bleed from her head.

On Thursday, April 8, her home was surrounded by federal agents and she was arrested — while her daughters were home. White was released shortly after, but cannot leave the state until her trial. She is charged with six offenses that combined, carry a maximum sentence of 55 years in prison.

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Arizona AG Sues Biden Admin Over Reversal of Trump’s Effective Border Policies

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The legal pushback against President Joe Biden’s radical left-wing agenda has begun in earnest, as Arizona becomes the latest state to take the administration to court.

No sooner than Biden took office and sat down behind the Resolute Desk, his handlers had a pre-selected stack of executive orders for him to sign. The majority of those early EOs were reversals of very effective border control and immigration enforcement policies enacted by Biden’s predecessor, President Donald Trump.

And while illegal immigration had already been rising (thanks to Biden’s campaign pledges to a) reverse Trump orders and b) stop deportations), it really took off after the current president proved he planned to keep those promises.

But Biden’s orders have had real-world consequences, especially for border states like Texas and Arizona, where historically, illegal immigration has always been the most problematic.

As such, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed suit against the administration, alleging “harmful immigration orders, and is now asking a court to void [Biden’s] executive actions to halt the construction of the border wall and reversing the Trump administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy,” The Epoch Times reported.

Brnovich is arguing in court that those orders have violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires federal agencies like the DHS to weigh environmental considerations before taking any significant federal action.

The DHS and federal officials, however, did not provide environmental impact statements or environmental assessments after the agency stopped construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall and started permitting entry to illegal immigrants after ending the Migrant Protection Protocols, the Remain in Mexico policy that was started under the Trump administration, according to Brnovich’s office

“It’s the pinnacle of hypocrisy for the Biden Administration to claim it wants to protect our environment, while not enforcing federal statutes that are specifically designed for that purpose,” the Republican attorney general noted on Monday. “We’re not going to sit idly by as the Biden Administration ignores real harms to our state resulting from its heavy-handed executive orders.”

The order to stop wall construction came on Biden’s first day in office; getting rid of the MPPs took a few days more.

“Although those immigration policies undeniably have significant effects on the environment, Defendants have not even attempted to comply with NEPA,” said Brnovich.

The suit argues that thousands of illegal immigrants have settled down in Arizona after crossing from Mexico who otherwise would not have if the wall was completed as Trump had ordered and the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy was still being enforced.

“Migrants, like everyone else, need housing, infrastructure, hospitals, and schools. They drive cars, purchase goods, and use public parks and other facilities. All of these activities have significant environmental impacts, including displacement of undeveloped lands and additional air emissions,” said Brnovich.

“But although courts have repeatedly recognized that these impacts must be analyzed under NEPA, DHS has never even attempted to do so,” he added, according to his press release, which also said that after construction was halted, “machinery has been standing idle” in parts of his state.

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Supreme Court lifts California’s pandemic ban on in-home religious gatherings

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled late Friday night that California cannot ban in-home religious services while allowing other similar activities in the secular world, once again ruling in favor of religious liberty in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 5-4 ruling was led by the court’s most conservative justices, including newest member Amy Coney Barrett, while Chief Justice John Robert’s once again joined the liberal bloc as he has during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“California treats some comparable secular activities more favorably than at-home religious exercise, permitting hair salons, retail stores, personal care services, movie theaters, private suites at sporting events and concerts and indoor restaurants,” the majority opinion stated.

The decision overruled the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which had upheld the ban. The majority rebuked the lower court for ignoring its earlier guidance in rulings siding with religious liberty over pandemic restrictions.

“This is the fifth time the court has summarily rejected the Ninth Circuit’s analysis of California’s COVID restrictions on religious exercise,” they wrote.

Justice Elena Kagan wrote the dissent, saying the majority was wrong to compare in-home prayer meetings with other secular activities.

The state does not need to “treat at-home religious gatherings the same as hardware stores and hair salons,” she argued.

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