The National Ambitions of States’ Rights Reactionaries

Will a red-state social order be imposed on the rest of the country?

#conservatism-us-politics, #constitution-us, #federal-state-relations-us, #internal-sub-only-nl, #republican-party, #segregation-and-desegregation, #states-us, #supreme-court-us

What’s the Difference Between a Woman and a Sea Turtle? The Senate Wants to Know.

 Don’t be fooled. The debate over Roe is all about women and sex.

#abortion, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #blackburn-marsha, #comstock-anthony, #constitution-us, #daines-steve, #discrimination, #federal-state-relations-us, #lankford-james, #law-and-legislation, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

Only the Feds Can Disqualify Madison Cawthorn and Marjorie Taylor Greene

State courts or elections boards lack jurisdiction in keeping alleged insurrectionists off a congressional ballot.

#cawthorn-madison, #chase-salmon-p, #confederate-states-of-america, #constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #elections-house-of-representatives, #federal-state-relations-us, #fourteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #garland-merrick-b, #georgia, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #north-carolina, #states-us, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Ketanji Brown Jackson Has Her Work Cut Out for Her

The scope of judicial review is itself part of the problem.

#constitution-us, #federal-state-relations-us, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #law-and-legislation, #marshall-john, #revolutionary-war-american-1775-83, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

This Is Why It Took More Than 100 Years to Get an Anti-Lynching Bill

Our political system was the primary obstacle to protecting the lives and livelihoods of its own citizens.

#black-people, #discrimination, #federal-state-relations-us, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #lynching, #minorities, #united-states-politics-and-government

Supreme Court, in Case on Veteran Hurt by Burn Pits, Debates War Powers

The justices seemed split on whether Congress can allow suits against states that discriminate against injured service members returning from conflicts.

#federal-state-relations-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #torres-le-roy-1972, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

The Whole Point of the Constitution Was to Weaken the States

There’s a reason Madison was a federalist. 

#constitution-us, #federal-state-relations-us, #madison-james-1751-1836, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Covid Stimulus Money Brings Clashes Within Cities and Counties

As communities across the United States receive pandemic relief money, fierce debates have erupted over priorities, and who has the power to set them.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #coeur-dalene-idaho, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #dutchess-county-ny, #federal-state-relations-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #onondaga-county-ny, #stimulus-economic

Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Law on Adopting Native American Children

The Indian Child Welfare Act calls for special solicitude for the sovereignty and heritage of tribes in adoption decisions.

#adoptions, #child-custody-and-support, #federal-state-relations-us, #indiana, #louisiana, #native-americans, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

Justice Department Sues Missouri Over Its Gun-Rights Law

Attorney General Merrick Garland argued that the law allowing citizens to sue police for $50,000 for violating their right to bear arms was unconstitutional.

#blunt-roy-d, #bureau-of-alcohol-tobacco-firearms-and-explosives, #federal-state-relations-us, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #missouri, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #suits-and-litigation-civil

C.D.C. Resists Pressure to Change Guidance on Masks

The Biden administration said federal masking guidance would not change for now, but was seeking advice from public health experts on the way forward.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-state-relations-us, #masks, #walensky-rochelle, #zients-jeffrey-d

As Infrastructure Money Flows, Wastewater Improvements Are Key

The new law allocates $11.7 billion for wastewater and stormwater projects. Will it get to the impoverished communities who need it most?

#alabama, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #environmental-protection-agency, #federal-aid-us, #federal-state-relations-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #lowndes-county-alabama, #race-and-ethnicity, #sewers-and-sewage, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

Why Joe Biden Needs More Than Accomplishments to Be a Success

A theory of political time explains how he has become a prisoner of great expectations.

#adams-john-1735-1826, #carter-jimmy, #conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #federal-state-relations-us, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #income-inequality, #jackson-andrew, #manchin-joe-iii, #new-deal-1930s, #organized-labor, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #republican-party, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #skowronek-stephen, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Justice Dept. Files Voting Rights Suit Against Texas Over Map

The department said the state’s redistricting plan would violate the Voting Rights Act by discriminating against minority voters.

#black-people, #discrimination, #federal-state-relations-us, #garland-merrick-b, #gupta-vanita, #hispanic-americans, #justice-department, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

What an America Without Roe Would Look Like

Legal abortions would fall, particularly among poor women in the South and Midwest, and out-of-state travel and abortion pills would play a bigger role.

#abortion, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #federal-state-relations-us, #law-and-legislation, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #supreme-court-us, #women-and-girls

Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated: Europe’s Covid Culture War

In pockets of Europe, vaccine resistance has become the long tail of the populist nationalist movements that shook up European politics for a decade.

#alps-mountains, #alternative-and-complementary-medicine, #alternative-for-germany, #austria, #bolzano-italy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #disease-rates, #draghi-mario, #eastern-europe, #europe, #federal-state-relations-us, #france, #germany, #italy, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #saxony-germany, #vaccination-and-immunization

Federal Judge Hears Arguments Over Texas Abortion Law

The Justice Department said the law was intended to “violate the Constitution,” and asked for it to be suspended while the courts determine if it is legal.

#abortion, #federal-state-relations-us, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #netter-brian, #supreme-court-us, #texas

What Sandra Day O’Connor Stood For on the Supreme Court

Forty years after her appointment as the court’s first female justice, it’s worth reflecting on the path she took.

#abortion, #admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #alito-samuel-a-jr, #american-civil-liberties-union, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #arizona, #breyer-stephen-g, #constitution-us, #discrimination, #federal-state-relations-us, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #marshall-thurgood, #mccain-john, #oconnor-sandra-day, #obama-barack, #phoenix-ariz, #planned-parenthood-federation-of-america, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #rehnquist-william-h, #religion-state-relations, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

House Plans to Vote on Abortion Rights Bill

The measure has little chance of becoming law, but its consideration reflects a view among Democrats that the issue could resonate in midterm congressional elections.

#abortion, #democratic-party, #federal-state-relations-us, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

With Roe Under Threat, House Plans to Vote on Bill to Counter Abortion Curbs

The measure has little chance of becoming law, but its consideration reflects a view among Democrats that the issue could resonate in midterm congressional elections.

#abortion, #democratic-party, #federal-state-relations-us, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Texas Leaders Are Having Problems. Time to Attack the Feds!

The state’s attorney general is trying to distract from his legal troubles by fomenting election-fraud rage.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #conservatism-us-politics, #federal-state-relations-us, #paxton-ken, #presidential-election-of-2020, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Really Big Fight on Voting Rights Is Just Around the Corner

The John Lewis Act would reaffirm Congress’s central role in protecting the right to vote against racially discriminatory changes.

#discrimination, #federal-state-relations-us, #holmes-oliver-wendell-jr, #lewis-john-r, #manchin-joe-iii, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #senate, #southern-states-us, #supreme-court-us, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

Juneteenth Reminds Us Just How Far We Have to Go

Abolishing slavery was only one step on a winding journey.

#black-people, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #discrimination, #federal-state-relations-us, #juneteenth, #law-and-legislation, #lincoln-abraham, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical, #thirteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #united-states

Constitutional Challenges Loom Over Proposed Voting Bill

The sprawling legislation, known as H.R. 1, could result in lawsuits leading to a dozen Supreme Court cases, legal experts said.

#campaign-finance, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #constitution-us, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #federal-state-relations-us, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #presidential-elections-us, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #senate, #state-legislatures, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

The Biden Plan for Free Community College Has a Big Challenge

A federal solution has to account for states that vary widely in how much they charge for tuition.

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #colleges-and-universities, #community-colleges, #federal-state-relations-us, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Cities Are Flouting Flood Rules. The Cost: $1 Billion.

Cities and towns nationwide are failing to properly restrict construction in flood zones, an analysis for The Times found, violating taxpayer-subsidized insurance rules.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #federal-state-relations-us, #flood-insurance, #floods, #global-warming, #local-government, #national-flood-insurance-program, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states, #urban-areas, #zoning

How to Counter the Republican Assault on Voting Rights

Congress should consider a targeted federal law to slow the march of restrictive state laws.

#constitution-us, #federal-state-relations-us, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

Biden Administration Faces Legal Fight Over State Aid Restrictions on Tax Cuts

The litigation came amid growing pushback from Republican lawmakers and state officials to a provision in the relief package that the Treasury Department said was constitutional.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #attorneys-general, #constitution-us, #federal-state-relations-us, #ohio, #republican-party, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #taxation, #treasury-department, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Powerful New Framing of America’s First Civil Rights Movement

Kate Masur’s “Until Justice Be Done” looks back at the fight for Black people’s freedom and equality, from the Revolutionary War to Reconstruction.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #federal-state-relations-us, #masur-kate, #slavery-historical, #united-states, #until-justice-be-done-the-struggle-between-states-rights-and-racial-equality-from-the-revolution-to-reconstruction-book

Republican Attorneys General Press Biden Over Restrictions on State Aid in Stimulus Plan

In a letter, 21 officials asked the Treasury secretary, Janet L. Yellen, to clarify how expansively her department would interpret a portion of the law.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #attorneys-general, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-state-relations-us, #republican-party, #taxation, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Should Biden Cancel Student Debt?

It’s a trillion-dollar crisis that’s crippling the economy and dooming millions of college graduates. So what’s the fairest way to fix it?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #colleges-and-universities, #credit-and-debt, #federal-state-relations-us, #student-loans, #united-states-economy, #urban-institute

As Biden Urges Caution on Covid, Governors Split on How Fast to Reopen

Even within political parties, governors were taking different approaches as they tried to balance public health guidance with residents’ eagerness to get back to normal life.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #federal-state-relations-us, #governors-us, #masks, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Empty Office Buildings Squeeze City Budgets as Property Values Fall

A looming hit to tax revenues puts pressure on Congress to deliver relief.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #democratic-party, #federal-state-relations-us, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #property-taxes, #real-estate-commercial, #recession-and-depression, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #republican-party, #senate, #shopping-centers-and-malls, #stimulus-economic, #taxation, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Amazon Sues New York Attorney General to Block Covid-19 Charges

The company said the attorney general, Letitia James, had overstepped her authority in investigating workplace safety.

#amazon-com-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-state-relations-us, #james-letitia, #new-york-city, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

How Our Unemployment Benefits System Failed

A decline in funding and changes in the workplace — and how long people are out of work — have left a program unequal to the 21st-century economy.

#federal-state-relations-us, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #recession-and-depression, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Northwest’s Salmon Population May Be Running Out of Time

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office found that some salmon species are “on the brink of extinction.” Habitat loss, climate change and other factors are to blame, it said.

#beaches, #columbia-river-pacific-northwest, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #federal-state-relations-us, #global-warming, #levees-and-dams, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #population, #puget-sound, #salmon, #united-states, #washington-state, #water

As the Virus Spikes, Vaccine Distribution Is One More Hurdle for States

Mass vaccination would be a challenge under any circumstances. But doing it during an out-of-control pandemic is straining states, cities and health departments.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #dewine-mike, #federal-state-relations-us, #garcetti-eric-m, #houston-tex, #los-angeles-calif, #nursing-homes, #ohio, #vaccination-and-immunization

What Really Saved the Republic From Trump?

It wasn’t our constitutional system of checks and balances.

#constitution-us, #corruption-institutional, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #federal-state-relations-us, #house-of-representatives, #justice-department, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Trump’s Medicaid Work Requirements

The case, which could become moot if the Biden administration eliminates the requirements, will be scheduled to be heard early next year.

#federal-state-relations-us, #labor-and-jobs, #medicaid, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Progressive States Can Respond to Conservative Courts

We need to prepare now to protect the values and institutions that matter most.

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Trump’s Hard-Line Immigration Policies Go Before Voters

The administration has raced to build the president’s promised border wall and block migrants from entering the United States, but the future of those policies will be determined by the election.

#asylum-right-of, #border-barriers, #border-patrol-us, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #federal-state-relations-us, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #mexico, #presidential-election-of-2020, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #rio-grande-valley-tex, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wolf-chad-f

In Voting Cases, Chief Justice Roberts Is Alone but in Control

While the chief justice’s views have not been fully endorsed by any of his colleagues, they have so far prevailed in five recent disputes, delivering victories to both Democrats and Republicans.

#absentee-voting, #barrett-amy-coney, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #federal-courts-us, #federal-state-relations-us, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #presidential-election-of-2020, #roberts-john-g-jr, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

New York Sues Trump Over ‘Anarchist’ Label

New York City, Seattle and Portland, Ore., all so-called “anarchist jurisdictions,” are trying to stop the Trump administration from withholding federal funds.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #federal-state-relations-us, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #new-york-city, #portland-ore, #presidential-election-of-2020, #seattle-wash, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j

Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court Could Take Us Backward

In Amy Coney Barrett, Republicans are once again backing a Supreme Court nominee who could take us backward.

#barrett-amy-coney, #conservatism-us-politics, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #federal-state-relations-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #race-and-ethnicity, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Federal Official Threatens Nevada for Halting Rapid Tests in Nursing Homes

Nevada health officials had found that two rapid tests had led to a high number of false positives in nursing home residents.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-state-relations-us, #nursing-homes, #your-feed-healthcare

Trump Is Killing the Economy Out of Spite

So what will he do if he loses the election?

#federal-state-relations-us, #local-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #senate, #small-business, #trump-donald-j, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

States Scramble to Avert Conflicts at Polling Places

Election experts say President Trump’s messaging, the pandemic and other factors are creating a tension around casting ballots not seen since the Jim Crow era.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #fairfax-county-va, #federal-state-relations-us, #orange-county-calif, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

Delayed Homeland Security Report Warns of ‘Lethal’ White Supremacy

An annual assessment that a whistle-blower said was withheld for months did not hold back on the threat from violent extremists and tagged Russia as the primary source of disinformation.

#antifa-movement-us, #china, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #federal-state-relations-us, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #portland-ore, #presidential-election-of-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #russia, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites, #wolf-chad-f

Is Amy Coney Barrett Joining a Supreme Court Built for the Wealthy?

Future decisions by a very conservative majority could give corporations even more weight and workers less.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #constitution-us, #corporate-social-responsibility, #federal-state-relations-us, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #supreme-court-us, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Short of Money to Run Elections, Local Authorities Turn to Private Funds

Cities and states face huge bills to deal with voting during the pandemic. Mark Zuckerberg offered $300 million to help — and conservatives are objecting.

#absentee-voting, #chan-priscilla, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #facebook-inc, #federal-state-relations-us, #philanthropy, #presidential-election-of-2020, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e