Covid Isn’t Finished Messing With Politics

Or governorship for that matter. 

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Covid Vaccine Resisters Seek Religious Exemptions. But What Counts?

Major denominations are essentially unanimous in their support of the vaccines against Covid-19, but individuals who object are citing their personal faith for support.

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Biden Is Right: Vaccine Refusal ‘Has Cost All of Us’

Requiring Covid vaccines is necessary to safeguard the country.

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Biden’s Covid-19 Vaccine Push Aligns Him With a Fed-Up, Vaccinated Majority

As the president took forceful new steps to pressure Americans to get inoculated, he argued that they were urgently needed health measures. In his allies’ view, they were also good politics.

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NY Edges Closer to Pre-Covid Life, as City Workers Return

The city’s more than 300,000 municipal employees must report to full-time, in-person work on Monday. Many of them are not happy.

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New York Edges Closer to Prepandemic Life, as City Workers Return

The city’s more than 300,000 municipal employees must report to full-time, in-person work on Monday. Many of them are not happy.

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Palestinians Finally Have Vaccines. But Will People Take Them?

For months, the Palestinian authorities struggled to get doses. Now they have the shots, but disinformation and conspiracy theories have led to widespread hesitancy.

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Who Can Make You Get a Covid Vaccine?

Employers, universities and local governments can all issue some type of vaccination requirement. Here’s what to know about the mandates.

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Beware Free Wi-Fi: Government Urges Workers to Avoid Public Networks

The National Security Agency warned government employees that hackers could take advantage of the public Wi-Fi in coffee shops, airports and hotel rooms.

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As Virus Cases Rise, Another Contagion Spreads Among the Vaccinated: Anger

Frustrated by the prospect of a new surge, many Americans are blaming the unvaccinated. A tougher stance may backfire, some experts warn.

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Anne Schuchat of C.D.C.: My Retirement Message for Americans

A retirement message from Dr. Anne Schuchat to the American people.

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Memorializing a Year of Loss in New York

City agencies are grappling with how to recognize workers who were lost in the coronavirus pandemic. 

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In Biden White House, the Celebrity Staff Is a Thing of the Past

President Biden is undoing a longstanding Washington tradition in which staff members enjoy their own refracted fame.

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Biden Forms Task Force to Explore Ways to Help Labor

The group will issue recommendations on how the government can use existing authority to help workers join labor unions and bargain collectively.

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Macron Closes ENA, in Bid to Diversify France’s Public Service

The institution had become a symbol of privilege in a society where social mobility has broken down.

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In China Sex Scandal, Many See a #MeToo Moment

A young woman from a modest background gets a long prison term. The powerful officials who paid her draw lighter punishment. The Chinese public has questions.

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Young South Koreans Erupt in Anger Over Housing Scandal

President Moon has spent years trying to curb runaway housing prices. Now several officials in his government are under investigation for contributing to the problem ahead of important elections.

#corruption-institutional, #elections-mayors, #government-employees, #moon-jae-in, #politics-and-government, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #south-korea

Mayor Ends Remote Work for 80,000 in Signal to Rest of New York City

Office workers will return starting May 3 in a move that is intended to broadcast a message that New York is reopening for business.

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As 4th Election Looms, Some Ask: Is Israel’s Democracy Broken?

Voters are heading to the polls in Israel for the fourth time in two years. And with few signs that this vote will break the cycle, many are already bracing for a fifth.

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Congressional Aides Unite to Push for Change at the Capitol After the Riot

Shaken by the assault on Jan. 6, about 1,000 congressional aides, mostly people of color, have joined forces to press for changes in their workplace. It is the closest they can get to a union.

#black-people, #government-employees, #house-of-representatives, #minorities, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

British Law Highlights Parental Leave for Lawmakers

Britain approved a measure allowing senior government ministers to take maternity leave without penalty. But some countries make no provisions for lawmakers who are new parents.

#braverman-suella, #family-leaves, #government-employees, #great-britain, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #paid-time-off, #politics-and-government

Johnson Halts Action on Stimulus Bill With a Demand to Read it Aloud

Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, used rules that called on legislative clerks to perform an hourslong reading of the 628-page text.

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Should the Feds Guarantee You a Job?

Not long ago, the question was rarely asked. Now, politicians and economists of various stripes are willing to consider it.

#economics-theory-and-philosophy, #federal-aid-us, #government-employees, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #vocational-training

Myanmar’s Protesting Workers Are Unbowed

Two weeks after the military took power in a coup, growing work stoppages are undermining the ruling generals’ attempt to assert authority over an angry population.

#boycotts, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #government-employees, #labor-and-jobs, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #strikes

How Biden Can Make the Machinery of Government Work Again

Trump waged war against the government itself. The Biden administration must act quickly to repair the damage.

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N.S.A. Installs Trump Loyalist as Top Lawyer Days Before Biden Takes Office

The acting defense secretary ordered the spy agency to appoint Michael Ellis, who has been accused of having a hand in one of the Trump administration’s most contentious legal decisions.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bolton-john-r, #defense-department, #ellis-michael, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #government-employees, #nakasone-paul-m, #national-security-agency, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Kentucky Hurting While Awaiting Federal Pandemic Aid

Urban and rural fortunes diverge in the state, with the pandemic compounding troubles that predated it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #federal-aid-us, #government-employees, #kentucky, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #local-government, #mcconnell-mitch, #paul-rand, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment

The Life of Jerry Givens, a State Executioner Turned Death-Row Abolitionist

“Cause of Life” celebrates the messy, tenacious, and extraordinary lives of five people we lost to Covid-19.

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Trump Issues Order Giving Him More Leeway to Hire and Fire Federal Workers

The move would give the president greater freedom to weed out what he sees as a “deep state” bureaucracy. The executive order, which could be rescinded if he is not re-elected, was condemned by civil service unions.

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U.S. Diplomats and Spies Battle Trump Administration Over Suspected Attacks

American officials in China, Cuba and Russia say U.S. agencies are concealing the true extent of the episodes, leaving colleagues vulnerable to hostile actions abroad.

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How to Fix New York’s $5 Billion Budget Crisis

Before he borrows, Mayor de Blasio needs to make significant cuts to avoid greater pain later.

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Trump Moves to Cancel Contracts for Government Sensitivity Training

A memo sent to agency heads on Friday called efforts that often focus on promoting awareness of racism “divisive” and “un-American propaganda.”

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Kevin Clarkson Steps Down as Flurry of Text Messages Are Aired

“So what are you doing sweet lady?” A flurry of 558 messages was sent by a senior state official over 27 days.

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USPS Suspends Changes After Outcry Over Delivery Slowdown

Policy changes by the postmaster general prompted allegations that the Trump administration was trying to disenfranchise voters before the 2020 election.

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Trump’s White House Grows Bolder in Flouting Ethical Norms

The outcry over a photograph of Ivanka Trump with a can of Goya beans reveals how the president and his aides continue to disregard traditional boundaries between the official and the political.

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Despite Coronavirus, Federal Workers Head to the Office

Federal employees are being ushered back to office buildings under inconsistent and conflicting reopening plans, against the wishes of leaders in the nation’s capital.

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Immigration Officers Face Furloughs as Visa Applications Plunge

Nearly 70 percent of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees will be furloughed because the immigration processing fees that fund the agency have plummeted.

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Why a Rotting Green Bay Boardwalk May Help Solve America’s Jobs Crisis

Some cities and states are looking toward a simple solution to mass unemployment: hire workers directly.

#coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #government-employees, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance

Ex-Officer Accused of Murdering Floyd Could Get $50,000 Annual Pension

A conviction would not stop Derek Chauvin from receiving his state pension. But George Floyd’s family could potentially seize the funds by winning a lawsuit.

#chauvin-derek-1976, #floyd-george-d-2020, #government-employees, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn

The Top Doctor Who Aced the Coronavirus Test

Dr. Bonnie Henry kept the disease in check in British Columbia without harsh enforcement methods. Now, she is leading the way out of lockdown.

#british-columbia-canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #doctors, #government-employees, #henry-bonnie-physician, #quarantines

Coronavirus Contact Tracing Jobs Are on the Rise

Tens of thousands of people across the United States have applied for the job of cold-calling strangers who may have been exposed to Covid-19. Here’s what it’s like.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #government-employees, #labor-and-jobs, #partners-in-health, #unemployment, #viruses

Washington, the Nation’s Capital, Moves to Reopen. Washington, the City, Is Not Ready.

As the coronavirus hits the White House, Congress and D.C.’s poorest areas, many across the region are asking the Trump administration to proceed with caution.

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How N.Y.C. Struggled to Protect the Workers Who Still Had to Show Up

More than 200 city workers have died from the coronavirus. Many municipal employees, from caseworkers to police officers, don’t have the luxury of working from home.

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Republicans Don’t Want to Save Jobs

Billions for oil, nothing for nurses and teachers.

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