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Mattel's controversial $75 Day of the Dead Barbie sold out for the second year as Barbies sales spike during the pandemic

Day of the Dead Barbie. Photo by ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP via Getty Images Mattel introduced the second edition of its Day of the Dead Barbie, which has been criticized as cultural appropriation. The $75 doll sold out in 2019 and 2020. Mattel is doing well despite the pandemic, as Barbie sales spike.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. For the second year in a row, Mattel's Day of the Dead Barbie is a hit, but not without controversy. Mattel introduced the $75 doll in Septembe...
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Case preview: Court will tackle dispute involving religious foster-care agency, LGBTQ rights

This article is the first entry in a symposium previewing Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. In the past five years, the Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage and that federal employment discrimination laws protect LGBTQ employees. On Nov. 4, the justices will hear oral argument in a clash between religious freedom and laws and policies that protect LGBTQ rights. The court’s decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia could have a significant impact fo...
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As a lifelong Catholic and former US diplomat, I'm worried the Church is turning its members into pro-life single-issue voters at the expense of America's democracy

Official Catholic guidance emphasizes an opposition to abortion. Jeffrey Greenberg/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images In 2016, my deacon warned that any Catholic who voted Democrat risked their soul's eternal damnation because of the party's views on abortion.  Official Catholic guidance strongly warns against supporting abortion rights, causing many Catholics to vote single-issue.  Trump is relying on single-issue Catholic voters for his reelection — but confirming A...
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As a lifelong Catholic and former US diplomat, I'm worried the Church is turning its members into anti-abortion single-issue voters at the expense of America's democracy

Official Catholic guidance emphasizes an opposition to abortion. Jeffrey Greenberg/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images In 2016, my deacon warned that any Catholic who voted Democrat risked their soul's eternal damnation because of the party's views on abortion.  Official Catholic guidance strongly warns against supporting abortion rights, causing many Catholics to vote single-issue.  Trump is relying on single-issue Catholic voters for his reelection — but confirming A...
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Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett, Locking In Conservative Control Of SCOTUS

The Senate confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday, making her the third Trump nominee to reach the high court. Her confirmation is the culmination of the decades-long effort by the conservative legal movement to remake the federal judiciary in its image. By putting her on the court just a week before the election, Senate Republicans have prioritized those long term goals over the short term political price their vulnerable members may pay at the ballot box next we...
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Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court despite opposition from Democrats

US President Donald Trump announces his US Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett (R), in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on September 26, 2020. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images) The Senate on Monday voted to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.  Barrett was confirmed just eight days before Election Day amid fervent opposition from Senate Democrats.  She will be President Donald Trump's third Supreme Court justice.  Visit Business Insider'...
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We went inside the ‘American Horror Story’ Murder House ahead of virtual Halloween event

Back in 2015, Dr. Ernst von Schwarz and his wife, actress Angela Oakenfold, fell in love with the stunning six-bedroom, 10,400-square foot Alfred Rosenheim Mansion in Los Angeles’ Country Club Park. The house has been featured in several feature films, television shows, music videos — and it played a significant role in the first season of Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story” TV series. It’s from that show that the residence got its nickname, “The Murder House.” Built in 1908 by L.A. architect ...
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Students return to Long Beach Catholic school with COVID protocols in place

LONG BEACH — About 40 children in transitional kindergarten through second grade are expected to return to the Saint Maria Goretti Catholic in Long Beach Monday morning for in-person instruction. The small, private school is the first Catholic school in Los Angeles County to receive waiver approval to reopen for the first time since the March COVID-19 shutdown, school officials said. Kindergarten students return for full-time in-person instruction, and first and second grade students will be on ...
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Catholic lawmakers ‘have no basis’ to deny same-sex civil unions after Pope’s historic intervention, says Philippine president

Catholic lawmakers in the Philippines "no longer have a basis" to refuse same-sex civil unions after Pope Francis gave them his backing
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Vatican Previously Censored Pope’s Gay-Friendly Comments

ROME—As the repercussions of Pope Francis’ groundbreaking endorsement of same-sex unions, in which he called for a “civil union law,” continue to rattle the church—especially its conservative corners—it has emerged that the Vatican originally censored the comments after the pope made them back in 2019.Earlier this week, filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky debuted his documentary Francesco on the life of the pope at the Rome Film Festival. The film carries a lengthy interview with Francis during which he...
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Poland braces for more protests over abortion ban ruling

Demonstrations planned amid anger over court decision banning almost all abortionsProtests are planned for various Polish cities this weekend amid public anger over a ruling banning almost all abortion in the country.Poland already has some of the most draconian abortion laws in Europe, and on Thursday a constitutional tribunal ruled that one of the few exceptions to the ban – cases of severe foetal impairment – should also be made illegal. These cases, which hardline Catholic anti-abortion acti...
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Pope's civil union remarks raise hopes, doubts for gay Catholics

While one practicing Catholic said she was "cautiously optimistic," another woman who left the church said she "won’t be running back"...
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Poland rules abortion due to foetal defects unconstitutional

Constitutional court’s ruling could pave way for governing PiS party to move ahead with legislative banPoland’s constitutional tribunal has ruled that abortion due to foetal defects is unconstitutional, rejecting the most common of the few legal grounds for pregnancy termination in the predominantly Catholic country.The chief justice, Julia Przyłębska, said in a ruling that existing legislation – one of Europe’s most restrictive – that allows for the abortion of malformed foetuses was “incompati...
Tags: Health, Europe, Human Rights, Law, Women, World news, Poland, Abortion, Catholic, Donald Tusk, Julia Przyłębska


Texas bishop says Francis' support of civil unions is 'dangerous,' papacy lacks clarity

The Catholic bishop of Tyler, Texas, a vocal opponent of Pope Francis, has invited the pontiff to fire him. In a new interview, Bishop...
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Trump’s best path to 270 runs through Florida, Pennsylvania

By JILL COLVIN | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump still has a path to the 270 Electoral College votes he needs to win reelection. But it requires everything to break in his direction a second time. Persuadable voters in battleground states will need to overwhelmingly swing in his favor. He’ll have to win back crucial voting blocs. And his turnout operation will need to dramatically outperform Democrat Joe Biden’s in an extraordinarily turbulent year. “In 2016, his chances of ...
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Southern California Catholics mostly welcome Pope Francis’s endorsement of same-sex civil unions

Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pontiff when he was being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Rome Film Festival. While a number of Southern California Catholics were not surprised by the pope’s compassionate stance toward the LGBTQ community, many also recognized that his comments, significant as they are, would not change the church’s doctrine, which views the sacrament of marriage as the union...
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How to read Pope Francis' message of love for LGBTQ people

The Pope's recent comments on civil unions, while not a formal decree or a consensus among the Catholic leadership, will have a global ripple effect, says Allison Hope, who writes that while such unions do not constitute full equality, the Pope's message of love and compassion could politically and spiritually empower LGBTQ people and still save lives.
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Supreme Court nominee Barrett was trustee for private schools with anti-gay policies

By MICHELLE R. SMITH and MICHAEL BIESECKER | Associated Press Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett served for nearly three years on the board of private Christian schools that effectively barred admission to children of same-sex parents and made it plain that openly gay and lesbian teachers weren’t welcome in the classroom. The policies that discriminated against LGBTQ people and their children were in place for years at Trinity Schools Inc., both before Barrett joined the board in 2015 and d...
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Pope Francis backs same-sex civil unions

Pontiff’s endorsement likely to further enrage his conservative opponents in Catholic churchPope Francis has backed same-sex civil unions in a move that is likely to further enrage his conservative opponents in the Catholic church.His endorsement came in an interview in a documentary film, Francesco, which premiered at the Rome film festival on Wednesday. Continue reading...
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Pope Francis said same-sex couples should be covered by a civil union law

"Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family," Pope Francis said in a new documentary. Franco Origlia / Getty Images Pope Francis said he supports a civil union law for same-sex couples, according to the Catholic News Agency.  In a documentary about his life and ministry that debuted in Rome on Wednesday, Pope Francis said believes same-sex couples should be "legally covered." "Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family," Pope Francis said in the documentary. "They're chil...
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Beheading in France could bolster president's claim that Islam is in 'crisis' – but so is French secularism

A French high school teacher who had shown caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to his class was beheaded on Oct. 16 by an 18-year-old Muslim refugee in what France’s President Emmanuel Macron characterized as an “Islamist terrorist attack.”The killing is the latest high-profile attack by a Muslim extremist in France, coming after the 2015 massacre at Charlie Hebdo magazine and the 2016 truck attack in Nice. It also occurred two weeks after Macron gave a controversial speech defining Islam as “a ...
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Trump and Biden vie for Catholic voters amid Supreme Court battle

The fight to win over swing Catholic voters in the presidential election has intensified as Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill battle over confirming President Donald Trump's conservative nominee to the Supreme Court.
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The top 9 shows on Netflix this week, from 'The Haunting of Bly Manor' to 'Emily in Paris'

"The Haunting of Bly Manor" Eike Schroter/Netflix Netflix has a pair of original hits this week with "Emily in Paris" and "The Haunting of Bly Manor." Netflix introduced daily top lists of the most popular titles on the streaming service in February. Streaming search engine Reelgood keeps track of the lists and provides Business Insider with a rundown of the week's most popular TV shows on Netflix. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A pair of very different Netflix origina...
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7 of our top opinion columns this week: ICYMI

From Amy Coney Barrett's large, Catholic family to Donald Trump's ban on diversity training, here are some of our top columns you may have missed.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Like Amy Coney Barrett, I'm a professional woman criticized for my big, Catholic family.

Our culture tells women and girls, from a very young age, that patriarchal religion and fertility will only hold them back in life.
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Amy Coney Barrett wouldn't tell America where she stands on vital issues, so GOP senators did it for her

Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett listens on the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on October 13, 2020 in Washington, DC. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett repeatedly avoided answering questions during her confirmation hearings this week.  Barrett leaned on the so-called "Ginsburg rule" in justifying her refusal to address an array of topics, though it's a rule that the l...
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Like Amy Coney Barrett, I'm a professional woman criticized for my big, Catholic family.

Our culture tells women and girls, from a very young age, that patriarchal religion and fertility will only hold them back in life.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Symposium: Barrett’s record suggests willingness to uphold abortion restrictions

This article is the first entry in a symposium on the jurisprudence of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. As a presidential candidate in 2016, Donald Trump pledged to appoint “pro-life” justices. As a result, he told Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, the Supreme Court would “automatically” overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision establishing the right to obtain an abortion. At this ongoing week’s confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s nominee to fill the vacancy o...
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Who is US supreme court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett?

The confirmation process to appoint Amy Coney Barrett, a deeply conservative judge who is Donald Trump’s pick for supreme court judge, has begun. Guardian US investigative journalist Stephanie Kirchgaessner has been looking at her career and personal life, including membership to the secretive Catholic group People of Praise, and discusses what her appointment would mean for the USIf Donald Trump has his way then he will use the few weeks remaining before Americans go to the polls on 3 November ...
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Barrett Will Be Pressed On ACA, Roe, Legal Precedent During Second Day Of Hearings

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett will face senators’ questions over her approach to health care, legal precedent and even the presidential election during a second day of confirmation hearings on track to lock in a conservative court majority for years to come. The mood is likely to shift to a more confrontational tone as Barrett, an appellate court judge with very little trial court experience, is grilled in 30-minute segments Tuesday by Democrats gravely opposed to Pre...
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