Headline RoundupMay 23rd, 2024

Second Report of Controversial Flag Flying at Justice Alito's Home

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Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is facing criticism after a second report came out about a controversial flag flying at his vacation home in Long Beach Island, New Jersey.

Key Details: The first report by the New York Times (Lean Left bias) was on May 16th and revealed photos of an upside down flag - a symbol of the "Stop the Steal" movement surrounding the 2020 election. On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that Alito flew an "Appeal to Heaven" flag last year. This flag is a Revolutionary War-era symbol that was also flown by some religious conservatives and rioters on January 6th.

Key Quote: Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said in a statement: “This incident is yet another example of apparent ethical misconduct by a sitting justice, and it adds to the court’s ongoing ethical crisis. For the good of our country and the court, Justice Alito must recuse himself immediately from cases related to the 2020 election and the January 6th insurrection."

For Context: Other leading Democrats are demanding that Alito recuse himself from election-related cases: Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-NJ), and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

How the Media Covered it: The Guardian (Lean Left bias) noted other criticisms of Alito by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-NJ), and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). The Washington Times (Lean Right bias) noted that Alito is expected to take part in the Supreme Court decisions regarding obstruction by January 6th defendants and whether former President Donald Trump is immune from his federal charges. These opinions could come by the end of June.

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