October 1, 2022

Federal Court of Appeals Nixes Vaccine Mandate, Citing Religious Liberty

Federal Court Nixes Vaccine Mandate, Citing Religious Liberty

A federal court denied a petition for rehearing in a case surrounding United Airlines’ vaccine mandate – one judge accusing the company of “coerc[ing] its employees into violating their religious beliefs.” Judges for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, widely considered the most conservative federal court, voted 13-4 on Thursday to deny a rehearing.

A federal court denied a petition for rehearing in a case surrounding United Airlines’ vaccine mandate — one judge accusing the company of “coerc[ing] its employees into violating their religious beliefs.” 

Judges for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, widely considered the most conservative federal court, voted 13-4 on Thursday to deny a rehearing. The court also denied United Airlines’ request to vacate a panel opinion from February, which held that the mandate inflicted irreparable harm and remanded the case to district court. 

Trump-appointed Judge James Ho penned a concurring opinion, admonishing the airline for creating a “crisis of conscience” for its employees, and warned of new wave of corporatism in the Unites States that seeks to inflict its cultural values on Americans.


Brian Stelter Out at CNN, Talking Head Sacked at Flailing Cable News Outlet

Inside Brian Stelter’s Ouster and CNN’s New Direction | Analysis

Inside Brian Stelter’s Ouster and CNN’s New Direction | Analysis

Brian Stelter had planned to announce his exit from CNN and the cancellation of his show, “Reliable Sources,” which he’s hosted for nine years, on the air on Sunday, according to an individual with knowledge of the show. It was not to be.

Brian Stelter had planned to announce his exit from CNN and the cancellation of his show, “Reliable Sources,” which he’s hosted for nine years, on the air on Sunday, according to an individual with knowledge of the show.

It was not to be. The news leaked on Thursday and once again the CNN newsroom is aflutter with anxiety and rumor: What is new chairman and CEO Chris Licht’s plan for the future of the news network? Why would Stelter, a respected media journalist, get the boot along with his show? Who else is at risk to get the ax after Stelter and, last week, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin? Will the outspoken primetime host Don Lemon or Jim Acosta, the sometimes combative chief domestic correspondent, be next?

To many observers and network insiders, Licht aims to tone down any politically-pointed coverage in a pivot from the strategy pursued by his flashier predecessor, Jeff Zucker, who was ousted earlier this year over a workplace affair but who nonetheless drove the network to improved ratings during the Trump years.

“It’s not a good brand position to be the opposite of Fox News,” said a network insider familiar with Licht’s thinking. “He wants to be tough and no bulls—, but not affiliated with a side. It’s fair to say he doesn’t like the CNN vs. Fox thing.”


CNN Staff Brace for Change as Chris Licht Era Starts to Take Shape

CNN Staff Brace for Change as Chris Licht Era Starts to Take Shape

On Friday morning, CNN CEO Chris Licht addressed the decision to cancel the Sunday show Reliable Sources , and told staff on the news channel’s 9 a.m. editorial call that there will be more changes to come.

On Friday morning, CNN CEO Chris Licht addressed the decision to cancel the Sunday show Reliable Sources, and told staff on the news channel’s 9 a.m. editorial call that there will be more changes to come.

“I want to acknowledge that this is a time of significant change, and I know that many of you are unsettled,” Licht said, according to multiple people on the call. “There will be more changes, and you might not understand it or like it.”

CNN’s decision to cancel Brian Stelter’s show brought renewed anxiety to the halls of 30 Hudson Yards, according to multiple CNN staffers. 


China’s Power Crisis Worsens As More Factories Suspend Operations

China’s Power Crisis Worsens As More Factories Suspend Operations

A heatwave-induced power crisis is spreading across southwestern China, shuttering factories and worsening by the day, according to Nikkei Asia. The latest news from China is the Chongqing municipal government ordered factories, including Japanese-owned ones, to suspend production through Aug. 24 to conserve power as demand surges because of extreme heat.

A heatwave-induced power crisis is spreading across southwestern China, shuttering factories and worsening by the day, according to Nikkei Asia

The latest news from China is the Chongqing municipal government ordered factories, including Japanese-owned ones, to suspend production through Aug. 24 to conserve power as demand surges because of extreme heat. 

Chongqing is following its neighbor, Sichuan Province, which announced earlier this week that slumping hydropower generation has led to the closure of some of the world’s largest multinationals, including Toyota Motor Corp. and Contemporary Amperex Technology Co.

Moody’s Vice President and Senior Credit Officer Boris Kan pointed out the heatwave will only boost China’s reliance on coal-fired generation. 


How to protect yourself from the Apple security flaw affecting iPhones, iPads and Macs – after experts warn hackers could track your location, read your messages, view your contacts and even access your microphone and camera

How to protect yourself from iPhone and Mac security flaw

Apple users have been told to update their software to block potential intrusion Tech giant discovered serious security vulnerabilities in iPhones, iPads and Macs Cyber security experts say hackers could track location and read messages MailOnline answers key questions and what you need to do to protect yourself Apple users have been told to update their software to block potential intrusion, after the tech giant discovered serious security vulnerabilities in its iPhones, iPads and Macs.


Trump-Appointed Judge Blocks Joe Biden’s Moratorium on Federal Oil and Gas Leasing

Trump-Appointed Judge Blocks Joe Biden’s Moratorium on Federal Oil and Gas Leasing

A federal court late Thursday evening blocked Joe Biden’s moratorium on federal gas and oil leasing in 13 states that sued over the executive order. Shortly after being installed in January 2021, Biden issued an executive order and put a moratorium on new oil and natural gas leases and drilling permits on federal lands.