Priorities USA Will Pour $20 Million Into Voting Rights Efforts

Priorities USA, one of the largest liberal super PACs, is hoping to counteract Republican-driven voting restrictions through both digital ad campaigns and legal efforts.

#democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #political-action-committees, #political-advertising, #priorities-usa, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Democrats Unite Behind Voting Rights Bill as It Faces a Senate Roadblock

With Republicans set to filibuster, Democrats are focusing on staying unified in the face of defeat. But the path ahead for the legislation is murky at best.

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Google’s Hidden Monopoly

The absence of stringent regulation has allowed the search giant to dominate the powerful market for online advertising. Here’s how to fix it.

#advertising-and-marketing, #alphabet-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #conflicts-of-interest, #doubleclick-inc, #gensler-gary-s, #google-inc, #jayapal-pramila, #law-and-legislation, #online-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #texas

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Stop Hoping the G.O.P. Will Play Ball

Democrats are playing an honor game; Republicans are playing an endgame.

#democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

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How Republican States Are Expanding Their Power Over Elections

In Georgia, Republicans are removing Democrats of color from local boards. In Arkansas, they have stripped election control from county authorities. And they are expanding their election power in many other states.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #elections, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #states-us, #trump-donald-j

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She Was a Black Election Official in Georgia. Then Came New G.O.P. Rules.

In Georgia, Republicans are removing Democrats of color from local boards. In Arkansas, they have stripped election control from county authorities. And they are expanding their election power in many other states.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #elections, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #states-us, #trump-donald-j

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Eyeing One Big Economic Bill, Democrats Face Myriad Challenges

With bipartisan infrastructure talks coalescing around a plan that omits many of their top priorities, Democrats are vowing to push through their own package. It won’t be easy.

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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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Why G.O.P.-Led States Are Banning the Police From Enforcing Federal Gun Laws

Missouri is the latest state to throw down a challenge to the enforcement of federal firearms laws as Republicans seek to thwart President Biden’s gun control proposals.

#everytown-for-gun-safety, #firearms, #gun-control, #law-and-legislation, #missouri, #nixon-jay, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #state-legislatures, #states-us

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Why the Supreme Court Should Reset the Terms of the Abortion Debate

The viability standard has governed the conversation for decades. It’s time for a new conversation.

#abortion, #babies-and-infants, #dobbs-v-jackson-womens-health-organization, #law-and-legislation, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #premature-babies, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #supreme-court-us, #united-states

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Democrats Float $6 Trillion Plan Amid Talks on Narrower Infrastructure Deal

Democrats are considering moving unilaterally on a sweeping economic package even as bipartisan talks continue on a smaller infrastructure bill.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #budgets-and-budgeting, #federal-budget-us, #federal-taxes-us, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #medicare, #sanders-bernard, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Joe Manchin and the Magic 50th Vote for Democrats’ Voting Rights Bill

Democrats know that their election overhaul has no chance as long as the filibuster exists, but they are eager to show that all that stands in its way are Republicans.

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Obamacare Is Here to Stay. Brace for New Health Care Battles.

Republicans in Congress have largely abandoned efforts to repeal the law. With the latest Supreme Court ruling, health policy now shifts to new territory.

#law-and-legislation, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us

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Scholarly Groups Condemn Laws Limiting Teaching on Race

More than 20 states have introduced legislation restricting lessons on racism and other so-called “divisive concepts.”

#colleges-and-universities, #critical-race-theory, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #history-academic-subject, #law-and-legislation, #pen-american-center, #race-and-ethnicity, #states-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Hopes Fade for Imminent Federal Deal on College Athletes, Pressuring N.C.A.A.

New state laws are scheduled to take effect on July 1, but there are vanishingly low expectations for a deal in Washington in the coming days.

#blumenthal-richard, #cantwell-maria, #emmert-mark, #law-and-legislation, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #politics-and-government, #senate, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wicker-roger

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Is This the Big Tech Breakup We’ve Been Waiting For?

Representative David Cicilline’s bipartisan package takes aim at tech companies and would be the biggest antitrust reform in decades. But is it too little, too fragmented and way too late?

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #audio-neutral-informative, #computers-and-the-internet, #law-and-legislation, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Maybe Joe Manchin Knows Exactly What He’s Doing

In his own way, the Democratic senator from West Virginia is a political magician. What does he have up his sleeve now?

#democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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House Passes Bill to Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

The measure would designate June 19 as a federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery. More than a dozen Republicans voted against it.

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Hungary Adopts Child Sex Abuse Law That Also Targets LGBT Community

Legislation increasing sentences for pedophiles was changed to include restrictions on portrayals of homosexuality and transgender people that young people might see.

#advertising-and-marketing, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #elections, #fidesz-party, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #hungary, #law-and-legislation, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #sex-crimes, #television

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With Cuomo Weakened, New York Lawmakers End Session With Flex of Power

State lawmakers passed several progressive priorities to cap the 2021 session, but clashed with Gov. Andrew Cuomo as impeachment inquiries continued.

#cuomo-andrew-m, #impeachment, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #sexual-harassment, #state-legislatures

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Collins and Menendez: We Need a Covid-19 Commission

We need a commission to study America’s Covid-19 response.

#collins-susan-m, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #law-and-legislation, #medicine-and-health, #menendez-robert, #senate, #september-11-2001, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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A Film Tries to Make a Difference for Domestic Violence Survivors

“And So I Stayed” examines how the courts treat women who kill their abusers. The movie played a role in one case that resulted in freedom after a conviction.

#and-so-i-stayed-movie, #documentary-films-and-programs, #domestic-violence, #law-and-legislation, #nelson-daniel-a-filmmaker, #pattillo-natalie, #sentences-criminal, #women-and-girls

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Board Approves Removal of ‘Negro’ From 16 Place Names in Texas

An Interior Department committee’s decision to allow the renaming of the sites comes nearly 30 years after Texas lawmakers first voted to change the names.

#black-people, #discrimination, #law-and-legislation, #names-geographical, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #texas, #united-states-board-on-geographic-names

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What Drives Joe Manchin? Frustrated Democrats Can Look to West Virginia.

The senator has become a lightning rod in his party and a major obstacle to President Biden’s agenda. In his home state, his stubborn belief in bipartisanship is recognized as the core of his being.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #content-type-personal-profile, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #west-virginia

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Lawmakers, Taking Aim at Big Tech, Push Sweeping Overhaul of Antitrust

A bipartisan group of House members introduced five bills that take direct aim at Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Robert Katzmann, a Humane Judge Gone Too Soon

Robert Katzmann, who had been a top federal judge, died this week at age 68.

#appeals-courts-us, #katzmann-robert-a, #law-and-legislation, #united-states

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Policing Reform Negotiations Sputter in Congress Amid Partisan Bickering

Just as a bipartisan deal was supposed to be emerging, a new proposal has sown discontent among Republicans and Democrats and divided law enforcement groups, raising doubts about a deal.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-lives-matter-movement, #booker-cory-a, #floyd-george-d-2020, #fraternal-order-of-police, #graham-lindsey, #immunity-from-prosecution, #law-and-legislation, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #scott-timothy-eugene, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Defense Secretary Backs Changes to Handling of Sexual Assault Cases

Lloyd Austin signaled support for removing sexual assault cases from the military chain of command but declined to endorse a broader measure to deal with other serious crimes.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #gillibrand-kirsten-e, #law-and-legislation, #senate, #senate-committee-on-armed-services, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Collapse of Infrastructure Talks Puts Climate Action at Risk

The chances of pushing climate legislation through Congress, a long shot from the beginning, now appear even more uncertain.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #browner-carol-m, #democratic-party, #energy-efficiency, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #markey-edward-j, #politics-and-government, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Gun Makers Could Be Sued More Easily Under New York Bill

New legislation would allow civil lawsuits against manufacturers and dealers who make or sell guns illegally or inappropriately.

#firearms, #foo-fighters, #gun-control, #law-and-legislation, #madison-square-garden, #myrie-zellnor, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #springsteen-on-broadway-play

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Uber and Lyft Ramp Up Efforts to Shield Business Model

Gig economy companies are backing state laws in New York and elsewhere that would cement drivers’ status as contractors in exchange for a union.

#car-pooling-and-ride-sharing, #collective-bargaining, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #lyft-inc, #new-york-state, #organized-labor, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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How Long Should It Take to Give Away Millions?

The promise of philanthropy was that the wealthy could enjoy tax breaks for their charitable contributions. The pandemic laid bare how accumulation can trump getting money to those in need. A Senate bill aims to change that.

#arnold-john-douglas-1974, #bezos-earth-fund, #fidelity-charitable-gift-fund, #grassley-charles-e, #high-net-worth-individuals, #king-angus-jr, #law-and-legislation, #philanthropy, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions

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It’s Hard to Sue Gun Makers. New York Moves to Change That.

State lawmakers are trying to get around a federal law that gives gun manufacturers broad immunity from lawsuits.

#firearms, #gun-control, #immunity-from-prosecution, #law-and-legislation, #national-rifle-assn, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Biden Ends Infrastructure Talks With Republicans, Falling Short of a Deal

After weeks of failed efforts to bridge deep divides, the president pulled the plug, turning to a bipartisan group to try to salvage a chance at compromise.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #capito-shelley-moore, #cassidy-bill-1957, #deese-brian-c-1978, #federal-budget-us, #fitzpatrick-brian-k-1973, #gottheimer-joshua-s-1975, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #transportation, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Republican Filibuster Blocks Pay Equity Bill in the Senate

In a vote choreographed to fail, Democrats tried to bring to the Senate floor a bill to make it easier to sue over compensation discrimination, hoping to make the case to end the filibuster.

#filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

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Senate Passes Bill to Bolster Competitiveness With China

The wide margin of support reflected a sense of urgency among lawmakers in both parties about shoring up the technological and industrial capacity of the United States to counter Beijing.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #democratic-party, #energy-department, #innovation, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #law-and-legislation, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #national-science-foundation, #politics-and-government, #research, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #shortages, #space-and-astronomy, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Democrats Rethink Strategy as Filibuster Dashed

President Biden and his party searched for a way forward on their ambitious agenda after one of their own, Joe Manchin III, closed the door on ending the filibuster.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Dreams of Ending the Filibuster Dashed, Democrats Rethink Strategy

President Biden and his party searched for a way forward on their ambitious agenda after one of their own, Joe Manchin III, closed the door on ending the filibuster.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Industrial Policy, Alzheimer’s, Pizza: Your Monday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

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Senate Poised to Pass Huge Industrial Policy Bill to Counter China

The broad support for the bill highlights how competition with Beijing is one of the few issues that can still unite both political parties.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #international-trade-and-world-market, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #senate, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Manchin Vows to Block Democratic Voting Rights Bill and Preserve Filibuster

Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, appeared to slam the door on the far-reaching measure when he wrote in a home state newspaper he will not vote for any partisan voting bill.

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Democrats, Converted to Filibuster Foes, Are Set to Force the Issue

Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, is lining up votes to build the case for defusing the procedural weapon, which Republicans have used to thwart the party’s agenda.

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Bipartisan Infrastructure Talks Recall Heated Health Care Summer of 2009

Once again, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking to bridge a deep policy divide, but the lesson of failed negotiations on the Affordable Care Act has left Democrats skeptical about an infrastructure deal.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Infrastructure Talks Recall Heated Debate Over Obama Healthcare

Once again, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking to bridge a deep policy divide, but the lesson of failed negotiations on the Affordable Care Act has left Democrats skeptical about an infrastructure deal.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Congress Needs to Defend Vote Counting, Not Just Vote Casting

A voting rights law before Congress does not fully address the imminent threats to representative democracy in the United States.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #raffensperger-brad, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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N.J. ‘Ban the Box’ Housing Bill Removes Hurdle for Ex-Convicts

Rental applications will no longer ask about criminal convictions, and landlords’ use of background checks will be limited.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #law-and-legislation, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #state-legislatures

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High School Valedictorian Takes Aim at Texas Abortion Law

In a graduation speech, Paxton Smith, 18, of Dallas said the new law, which bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, was “a war on my body and a war on my rights.”

#abortion, #commencement-speeches, #dallas-tex, #lake-highlands-high-school, #law-and-legislation, #smith-paxton-2003, #texas, #women-and-girls

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Barack Obama Isn’t Afraid of Being a Politician

But can the Biden administration save our at-risk democracy using the Obama-Biden model of politics?

#a-promised-land-book, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #content-type-personal-profile, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #senate, #tea-party-movement, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Sound of Silence on Abortion

Sport leagues and corporations rally against bias and voter suppression. But they are quiet about abortion. 

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A 7-Year-Old Was Accused of Rape. Is Arresting Him the Answer?

“Science doesn’t support prosecution of second graders,” one lawyer said. Still, in New York, children as young as 7 can be charged with a crime.

#childrens-defense-fund, #juvenile-delinquency, #law-and-legislation, #massachusetts, #new-york-state, #perry-n-nick

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