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.

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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.

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Juneteenth Reminds Us Just How Far We Have to Go

Abolishing slavery was only one step on a winding journey.

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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.

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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.

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How to Counter the Republican Assault on Voting Rights

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Empty Office Buildings Squeeze City Budgets as Property Values Fall

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

As Courts Back Broad Mail-In Voting, DeJoy Apologizes for Missteps

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy privately apologized to election officials for failing to consult about a postcard that was sent to educate voters on mail-in ballots.

#absentee-voting, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #dejoy-louis, #federal-state-relations-us, #pennsylvania, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #postcards, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #washington-state

Barr Told Prosecutors to Consider Sedition Charges for Protest Violence

The extraordinary suggestion came as Attorney General William P. Barr has emerged as a messenger for President Trump’s re-election campaign.

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Veterans Fortify the Ranks of Militias Aligned With Trump’s Views

The vast majority of veterans do not join militias, but some fast-growing militias have many veterans among their ranks.

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In Cities Republicans Have Ignored, Trump Sees Only Democratic Problems

Mayors don’t have the power that the president ascribes to them.

#crime-and-criminals, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #federal-state-relations-us, #mayors, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #urban-areas

Trump Administration Promise to Focus on Extremism Remains Unfulfilled

A year after the Department of Homeland Security promised to focus more on violent extremism, the plan to carry out that shift remains hidden while the atmosphere worsens.

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Portland Shooting Amplifies Tensions in Presidential Race

A fatal shooting after clashes in Portland came on the heels of the shooting deaths of two people during confrontations in Kenosha, Wis., earlier in the week.

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April Was Trump’s Cruelest Month

Covid-19 won when he tweeted LIBERATE MINNESOTA.

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Here’s How Moving to Work Remotely Could Affect Your Taxes

The rules are complicated and vary by state, so accountants are advising taxpayers to keep track of how many days they spend working in each state.

#accounting-and-accountants, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-taxes-us, #federal-state-relations-us, #income, #income-tax, #new-york-state, #states-us, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017, #taxation, #united-states

A Historic Supreme Court Ruling Upends Courts in Oklahoma

Local prosecutors are referring criminal cases to the federal and tribal courts, which are now flooded with new cases.

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The Arc of Homeland Security Bends Toward Trump. Chad Wolf Bends With It.

Mr. Wolf joined the Department of Homeland Security in its infancy to help prevent another 9/11. Now he is helping President Trump use it to achieve his political ambitions.

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I’m the Police Chief in Portland. Violence Isn’t the Answer.

As a Black man and a public servant, I see that spectacle is drowning out the voices that need to be heard to make positive change.

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Homeland Security Shuts Down ‘Intelligence’ Reports on Journalists

The acting secretary of homeland security said that he would investigate his department’s dissemination of the tweets of journalists who uncovered agency documents.

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Help Me Find Trump’s ‘Anarchists’ in Portland

The president has his politically driven narrative. And then there’s reality.

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Federal Tactical Teams to Withdraw From Portland, Governor Says

Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon said the teams will begin a withdrawal on Thursday. Federal officials cautioned that they will withdraw only when they are confident the federal courthouse can be secured.

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Fact Checking the Portland Protests: How Violent Are They?

Attorney General William P. Barr said protesters had used fireworks, Tasers, pellet guns and lasers to target federal officers in Portland.

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From the Start, Federal Agents Demanded a Role in Suppressing Anti-Racism Protests

Twin government memos show how a gung-ho federal law enforcement response to anti-racism protests may have been driven by a shaky understanding of the demonstrations’ roots.

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Fact Check: How Violent Are the Portland Protests?

Attorney General William P. Barr said protesters had used fireworks, Tasers, pellet guns and lasers to target federal officers in Portland.

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Cities in Bind as Turmoil Spreads Far Beyond Portland

Galvanized in part by the deployment of federal agents in Portland, Ore., protesters have returned to the streets in Oakland, Seattle and elsewhere.

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In Portland’s So-Called War Zone, It’s the Troops Who Provide the Menace

If President Trump is actually trying to establish order, he is stunningly incompetent.

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Judge Rejects Challenge to Federal Agents Targeting Portland Protesters

Oregon’s attorney general had sued to prevent federal agents from patrolling the city in unmarked vehicles and detaining protesters.

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Videos Show How Federal Officers Escalated Violence in Portland

Peaceful protests were already happening for weeks when federal officers arrived on July 4. Our video shows how President Trump’s deployment ignited chaos.

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