Emily’s List Presses Kyrsten Sinema Over Filibuster Stance

The powerful political action committee said the Arizona senator could find herself “standing alone” in 2024 if she refuses to change Senate rules to force through voting rights legislation.

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Senate Democrats Press Ahead With Debate on Voting Rights Bill

The Senate on Tuesday will begin to debate new voting rights protections, even though the measure appears all but dead in the face of two key Democratic defections.

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What Is Joe Biden Thinking?

The strange strategy of a staggering presidency.

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Politics and the Supreme Court

Several readers accuse the court of making decisions based on partisanship, not legal reasoning.

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Democrats Face a Dilemma on Voting: Compromise or Keep Pressing?

With their broad voting rights push nearing a dead end, Democrats must soon decide whether to embrace a far narrower bipartisan effort to protect vote counting and administration.

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New Rule Makes Thousands of Federal Inmates Eligible for Release

The Justice Department issued guidelines that allow more prisoners to participate in a program to earn shorter terms under the 2018 bipartisan criminal justice law.

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Sinema Says She Will Not Support Changing Filibuster

Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s comments came after the House approved a set of voting rights measures on a party-line vote of 220 to 203.

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We Must Stop Showering the Military With Money

America faces lots of challenges. A blank check for the Pentagon doesn’t help solve them.

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House Passes Voting Rights Bill, Speeding a Senate Showdown

Democrats used an arcane maneuver to pass the legislation, denying Republicans in the Senate the ability to block it from being brought up, as they have done four times previously.

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Hochul Unveiled a Sweeping Vision for New York. Now Comes the Hard Part.

After laying out her priorities in the State of the State address, Gov. Kathy Hochul must now work with the Legislature to back her with funding and new laws.

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Will Biden’s Voting Rights Speech Be Too Little Too Late?

I hope that this is a better-late-than-never situation.

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Democrats Plan to Fast-Track Voting Rights Bill, Speeding a Showdown

The move will allow for debate on the legislation to begin this week, hastening a confrontation with Republicans and the moment when Democrats could try to change Senate rules.

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How the Voting Rights Bills Miss the Target on Election Subversion

The proposed legislation and the push to reform the Electoral Count Act leave open a variety of pathways to subvert a presidential election.

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Good Cause Eviction Is a Landlord’s Worst Nightmare

The comedian and journalist Jeff Seal takes to the streets to rally support for a little-known bill that would protect millions of New Yorkers from unjust evictions. But a powerful lobby stands in its way.

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Analysis: Biden Defense of Filibuster Withers Under Partisan Rancor

The president left no doubt that he has reached a breaking point, lashing out at senators who are blocking voting rights legislation.

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Nearly 5 Years After Grenfell Fire, U.K. Tells Developers to Pay for Upgrades

After a deadly high-rise blaze in 2017, countless instances of unsafe building practices came to light. The latest plan to address them expands who will be covered.

#accidents-and-safety, #deaths-fatalities, #england, #grenfell-tower-fire-june-2017, #law-and-legislation

Boris Johnson’s Repressive Legislation Reveals Who He Really Is

A raft of repressive legislation shows the prime minister’s true colors.

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Conflict Quickly Emerges Between Top Prosecutor and Police Commissioner

A memo by New York City’s new police leader sharply questioned Manhattan’s new district attorney over his strategy for prosecuting crime.

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New York Could Make History With a Fashion Sustainability Act

The state would be the first to pass legislation setting broad sustainability regulations for the industry.

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F.D.R.’s Court-Packing Plan Had Two Parts. We Need to Bring Back the Second.

Roosevelt warned about courts becoming a “third house of the national legislature.” History may be on the verge of repeating itself.

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Canadian Law Banning ‘Conversion Therapy’ Set to Go Into Effect

When it takes effect on Friday, the law will put Canada in the company of more than a dozen countries that have banned the widely discredited practice.

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The G.O.P. Is Making ‘Critical Race Theory’ the New ‘Shariah Law’

Critical race theory is a boogeyman the right can use to activate and harness racist anti-otherness.

#critical-race-theory, #discrimination, #history-academic-subject, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #social-conditions-and-trends, #united-states-politics-and-government

With Legislation Stalled, Biden Will Speak in Atlanta on Voting Rights

He will be joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, who is leading the administration’s push for voting access.

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Biden Will Deliver a Speech on Voting Rights in Atlanta on Tuesday

He will be joined by Kamala Harris, the vice president, who is leading the administration’s push for access to the vote.

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Watch Kathy Hochul Give Her First State of the State Speech

Gov. Kathy Hochul was set to pledge $10 billion to boost the state’s decimated health care work force, and to direct funds to further combat gun violence.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #criminal-justice, #elections-governors, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #hochul-kathleen-c, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #state-of-the-state-message-nys, #taxation, #term-limits-political-office

Why Biden’s Expanded Child Tax Credit Isn’t More Popular

The expansion has expired, and a bill to renew it has stalled. Public opinion is favorable but not overwhelmingly so, for several reasons.

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Senate Returns to Deal With Biden’s Stalled Agenda

The president’s domestic policy ambitions hang in the balance, but little legislative action is expected ahead of the anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot.

#democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Kathy Hochul Will Propose Term Limits for New York Governors

The state’s Covid response will continue to demand her attention, but other contentious issues await as the Legislature returns and a primary looms in June.

#bail, #budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #hochul-kathleen-c, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #state-of-the-state-message-nys

Founder of CrowdTangle Hopes to Bring Transparency to Social Media

The co-founder of CrowdTangle has been working with Congress on legislation to make tech companies disclose their inner workings.

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A New Ban on Surprise Medical Bills Starts This Week

If you have a medical emergency, you will no longer need to worry about a large bill from a doctor you did not choose.

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Here’s How Joe Biden Can Protect Abortion Rights

It’s time to think creatively.

#abortion, #abortion-drugs, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #food-and-drug-administration, #law-and-legislation, #telemedicine, #united-states

Voting Rights Tracker: What to Know About the U.S. Elections Fight

Since the 2020 election, Republicans have pursued a host of new voting restrictions across the country. Here’s where things stand.

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How Oklahoma Became a Marijuana Boom State

Weed entrepreneurs have poured into Oklahoma from across the United States, propelled by low start-up costs and relaxed rules.

#california, #colorado, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #oklahoma, #united-states

Britain’s Crossbow Rules in the Cross Hairs After Windsor Castle Breach

Britain’s Home Office said it was “considering options to strengthen controls” on the weapons, part of a continuing review, after a man was arrested in castle grounds with one.

#buckingham-palace, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #great-britain, #law-and-legislation, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #royal-families

Crash Test Dummies Made Cars Safer (for Average-Size Men)

Designers and researchers are now trying to leverage cutting-edge technology to create a system that better protects every body, women’s included.

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President Biden Signs $770 Billion Defense Bill

The National Defense Authorization Act passed Congress with bipartisan support, over the opposition of liberals pushing for more social spending.

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Poland’s President Says He Will Veto Media Bill Opposed by U.S.

The measure backed by the nationalist governing coalition sought to limit foreign influence and could have imperiled the license of an American-owned TV station.

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U.S. Effort to Combat Forced Labor Targets Corporate China Ties

The Biden administration is expected to face scrutiny as it decides how to enforce a new ban on products made with forced labor in the Xinjiang region of China.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cotton, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #factories-and-manufacturing, #forced-labor, #global-warming, #house-of-representatives, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #senate, #solar-energy, #supply-chain, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xinjiang-china

India’s Christians Attacked Under Anti-Conversion Laws

“They want to remove us from society,” a Christian farmer said of Hindu extremists. Rising attacks on Christians are part of a broader shift in India, in which minorities feel less safe.

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Manchin in the Middle: Is He a ‘No,’ or a ‘Not Yet’?

Democrats have been left hoping that the West Virginian, who fashions himself as an old-school centrist dealmaker, will eventually budge on President Biden’s agenda.

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Has Manchin Doomed the Build Back Better Plan?

The senator from West Virginia has said he cannot vote for the president’s signature policy. Why not? And where does this leave President Biden?

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A Plan Forms in Mexico: Help Americans Get Abortions

Mexican activists plan to provide women in Texas and other U.S. states with information, support — and abortion-inducing pills.

#abortion, #abortion-drugs, #law-and-legislation, #mexico, #texas, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Manchin Rejects Landmark Legislation, Putting Biden’s Climate Goals at Risk

Senator Joe Manchin III said he was opposed to legislation that includes climate action designed to keep the planet from dangerously overheating.

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Biden Agenda Sinks Under its Own Ambitions

A key Democrat’s decision to pull support from the president’s sprawling climate and social agenda is rooted in the scope of the bill.

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Joe Manchin Says He Can’t Support Build Back Better Act

“I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation,” Mr. Manchin said on ‘Fox News Sunday,’ citing concerns about adding to the national debt.

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Congress Ends ‘Horrible Year’ With Divisions as Bitter as Ever

Democrats’ achievements were overshadowed by legislative setbacks, fallout from the Jan. 6 attack and a sense that Congress was not rising to meet a perilous moment in history.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #law-and-legislation, #murkowski-lisa, #republican-party, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Biden’s Covid Vaccine Mandate Reinstated for Large Businesses

The decision, by a split three-judge panel, overturned an earlier ruling that had blocked a Biden administration rule requiring companies with more than 100 employees mandate vaccinations or testing for workers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #national-retail-federation, #occupational-safety-and-health-administration, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Protect Abortion Rights? Virginia Democrats’ Vacation Plans Get in the Way.

Some Virginia Democrats want to codify abortion rights into state law in their final weeks in power. But several state senators do not want to upend their travel to Hawaii, Europe and Africa.

#abortion, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

Biden Concedes Social Policy Bill Is Stalled as Immigration Plan Falters

A top Senate official ruled that a measure to grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants must come out of the plan, as President Biden said a final deal would take more time.

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #dream-act-development-relief-and-education-for-minors-act, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Facing Subpoenas, Trump Allies Try to Run Out the Clock on Democrats

Democrats hope a Biden Justice Department can speed up legal action, but Donald J. Trump and his allies are proving adept at using judicial delay to withhold information from Congress.

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