House Passes Sweeping Gay and Transgender Equality Legislation

The bill, which was first passed by the Democratic-led House in 2019, faces a steep climb in the Senate.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government

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House Passes Sweeping Gay and Transgender Equality Legislation

The bill, which was first passed by the Democratic-led House in 2019, faces a steep climb in the Senate.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mitch McConnell Doesn’t Get to Define ‘Bipartisan’

If 70 percent of Americans support a policy, including most Republicans, it is bipartisan — regardless of what some senators think about it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mitch McConnell Doesn’t Get to Define ‘Bipartisan’

If 70 percent of Americans support a policy, including most Republicans, it is bipartisan — regardless of what some senators think about it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Ready to Nag About Gun Control?

A pandemic makes weapons worse.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #everytown-for-gun-safety, #gun-control, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #mass-shootings, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Presumption of Freedom

How Merrick Garland can bring bail reform to the federal justice system.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bail, #criminal-justice, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #prisons-and-prisoners, #senate

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Illinois Becomes First State to Eliminate Cash Bail

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law that he said would end a system that disproportionately hurts the poor and favors wealthier defendants.

#bail, #crime-and-criminals, #illinois, #law-and-legislation, #mental-health-and-disorders, #pritzker-j-b

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‘Patriots’ Only: Beijing Plans Overhaul of Hong Kong’s Elections

The central government is likely to bypass local officials, just as it did with last year’s national security law.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #elections, #hong-kong, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government

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Facebook Strikes Deal to Restore News Sharing in Australia

The agreement means users and publishers in Australia can once again share links to news articles, after Facebook had blocked the practice last week.

#australia, #brown-campbell, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #frydenberg-josh, #law-and-legislation, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #social-media

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Marijuana Is Legal in New Jersey, but Sales Are Months Away

Legislation signed on Monday decriminalizes the use or possession of up to six ounces of cannabis, ending an era of disproportionate arrests in communities of color.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-york-state

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Why Biden Is Tackling Immigration Now

With polls showing broad support for reform, Democrats want to pass major legislation — before 2022.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #hispanic-americans, #immigration-and-emigration, #law-and-legislation, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Democrats’ Big Tent Helped Them Win. Now It Threatens Biden’s Agenda.

The party’s ideological blend of moderates and progressives carried it to power in Washington, but elements of that coalition could block the most ambitious parts of President Biden’s agenda.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barber-william-j-ii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #minimum-wage, #poor-peoples-campaign-coalition, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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Republicans Struggle to Derail Increasingly Popular Stimulus Package

Polls show a $1.9 trillion rescue plan polls strongly across the country, including with many Republican voters, despite a scattershot series of attacks from congressional Republicans.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #polls-and-public-opinion, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Dolly Parton Statue Has Tennessee’s Support, but Not Parton’s

The state legislature was considering a bill that would kick off plans to erect the statue on Capitol grounds. She has asked that the bill be pulled.

#country-music, #law-and-legislation, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #parton-dolly, #ryman-auditorium-nashville-tenn, #tennessee, #windle-john-mark

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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

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Cuomo Faces Revolt as Legislators Move to Strip Him of Pandemic Powers

Democratic lawmakers have begun to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of virus-related nursing home deaths, and the governor also faces a federal inquiry.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #deaths-fatalities, #democratic-party, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-state, #nursing-homes, #war-and-emergency-powers-us

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Biden Signals He’s Flexible on Immigration Overhaul

After two decades of failure, advocates for the broadest possible overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws are considering a new strategy: pressing for piecemeal legislation.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-barriers, #conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #dream-act-development-relief-and-education-for-minors-act, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #law-and-legislation, #obama-barack, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Facebook and Google Diverge in Response to Proposed Australian Law

With Australia moving to make the tech companies pay for news, Facebook said it would block news links in the country while Google has struck deals to pay publishers.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #australian-the-newspaper, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #news-and-news-media, #news-corporation, #social-media, #youtube-com

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Biden Takes Center Stage With Ambitious Agenda as Trump’s Trial Ends

The president plans to quickly press for his $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, and then move on to infrastructure, immigration, climate change and other major priorities.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #house-of-representatives, #impeachment, #law-and-legislation, #stimulus-economic, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How a Minimum-Wage Increase Is Being Felt in a Low-Wage City

Is $15 an hour too much, or not enough? Fresno, Calif., may be a laboratory for a debate over the minimum wage that is heating up on the national level.

#california, #fresno-calif, #income, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #minimum-wage, #poverty, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #restaurants, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

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Big Tech’s Unlikely Next Battleground: North Dakota

A vote on a bill this week is part of a movement that could cost Apple and Google billions of dollars. State legislatures are becoming the fight’s new front.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #epic-games, #google-inc, #hansson-david-heinemeier, #law-and-legislation, #mobile-applications, #north-dakota

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Maryland Nears Country’s First Tax on Big Tech’s Ad Revenue

Analysts estimate that the tax would generate up to $250 million for schools in the state in the first year. It would also probably face fierce legal challenges.

#corporate-taxes, #hogan-lawrence-j, #law-and-legislation, #maryland, #online-advertising, #state-legislatures, #taxation, #vetoes-us

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Biden Trims Ambitions on School Reopening Pledge

As the White House struggles to flesh out President Biden’s promise to reopen schools within 100 days, aides have found themselves steadily lowering expectations.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #law-and-legislation, #stimulus-economic, #teachers-and-school-employees, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Wants More Stable Diplomacy. An Abortion Fight Is a Test.

U.S. funding for overseas health providers that offer abortion services has vacillated with the changing of administrations for decades. Congress is debating whether to settle the policy by law.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #democratic-party, #foreign-aid, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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Republicans Denounce Budget Reconciliation in Stimulus Package Talks

Whether lawmakers love budget reconciliation or hate it depends on whether they’re in the majority. Democrats who are defending its use now protested it when they were in the minority.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #federal-budget-us, #law-and-legislation, #obama-barack, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Democrats to Unveil Up to $3,600 Child Tax Credit as Part of Stimulus Bill

The credit would send monthly payments to millions of Americans under certain income thresholds for a year starting in July.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #democratic-party, #families-and-family-life, #house-of-representatives, #internal-revenue-service, #law-and-legislation, #poverty, #stimulus-economic, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #taxation, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yellen-janet-l

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Pandemic’s Toll on Housing: Falling Behind, Doubling Up

Eviction moratoriums don’t keep arrears from piling up, and aid to renters may not reach the most vulnerable.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evictions, #federal-aid-us, #landlords, #law-and-legislation, #nonprofit-organizations, #poverty, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #united-states

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Biden’s Economic Plan Is Set to Clear a Senate Hurdle

Democrats agreed to limit direct checks for high earners but rejected several Republican amendments to a budget resolution key to passing the president’s $1.9 trillion rescue plan.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #minimum-wage, #poverty, #republican-party, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Move to Abolish Death Penalty Signals Liberal Power in Virginia

Democrats in control of the Legislature are pushing for a ban on executions, the latest policy change in an ascendant progressive agenda in the state.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #capital-punishment, #law-and-legislation, #northam-ralph-s, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #state-legislatures, #virginia

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The Senate Has Become a Dadaist Nightmare

No one would ever design a legislative body that worked this way.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #budgets-and-budgeting, #federal-budget-us, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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N.Y. Repeals Law That Critics Say Criminalized ‘Walking While Trans’

The anti-loitering law was designed to discourage street prostitution, but was viewed by L.G.B.T.Q. advocates as a cudgel to harass transgender people.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #cuomo-andrew-m, #discrimination, #law-and-legislation, #loitering, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #transgender-and-transsexuals

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How Hong Kong’s Lowliest Politicians Became Its Champions of Freedom

District councilors typically tended to mundane matters like pest control and new bus stops. Now, they’re the last line of defense in keeping the city’s pro-democracy opposition alive.

#china, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government

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PPP Aid to Small Businesses: How Much Did $500 Billion Help?

Some economists say the Paycheck Protection Program has not proved as useful as other aid. The debate could sway the new administration’s plans.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #law-and-legislation, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #recession-and-depression, #shutdowns-institutional, #small-business, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy

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Black Power: Now or Never

Population shifts mean more political might for relatively fewer people.

#black-people, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #mcconnell-mitch, #pew-research-center, #population, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Women’s Health Isn’t a Geopolitical Game

Presidents have played politics with women’s lives for long enough.

#abortion, #amfar-the-foundation-for-aids-research, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #law-and-legislation, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-politics-and-government

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After Record Turnout, Republicans Are Trying to Make It Harder to Vote

The presidential election results are settled. But the battle over new voting rules, especially for mail-in ballots, has just begun.

#absentee-voting, #law-and-legislation, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Biden’s Fast Start Echoes F.D.R.’s. Now Comes the Hard Part.

The most daunting challenge for Mr. Biden in the weeks ahead will be balancing his stated desire for bipartisanship with his sense of urgency.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #law-and-legislation, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mitch McConnell Should Leave the History Lessons to Others

The framers did not want a Senate supermajority to be required to pass ordinary legislation.

#constitution-us, #debates-political, #elections-senate, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #hamilton-alexander, #law-and-legislation, #madison-james-1751-1836, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Democrats Prepare to Move on Economic Aid, With or Without the G.O.P.

President Biden is trying to persuade Republicans to back a $1.9 trillion spending package, but Democrats are pursuing another path to get the relief approved without bipartisan support.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #federal-budget-us, #law-and-legislation, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Fate of the Filibuster

An exploration of the debate over the rule’s future in the U.S. Senate.

#democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Recycling in America Is a Mess. A New Bill Could Clean It Up.

As programs shutter and plastic use rises in the pandemic, a New York bill to get manufacturers to pick up the recycling tab could offer a solution.

#containers-and-packaging, #environment, #kaminsky-todd-d-1978, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-state, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #steve-englebright, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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Biden, With Powerful Allies and Foes, Targets Climate Change

The president is moving rapidly to address climate change, with some unlikely allies behind him and huge hurdles ahead — some in his own party.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #law-and-legislation, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Lloyd Austin Tackles Military’s Sexual Assault Problem

President Biden has been a vocal proponent of moving the cases outside of the military chain of command, even as general after general has argued against them.

#metoo-movement, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #gillibrand-kirsten-e, #law-and-legislation, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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Democratic Congress Prepares to Take On Big Tech

Lawmakers say the attack on the Capitol has generated more support for tougher regulation of the industry.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #democratic-party, #klobuchar-amy, #law-and-legislation, #privacy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Democrats Should Act Like They Won the Election

What was the point of putting together a majority in the Senate if they weren’t going to wield it?

#collins-susan-m, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #liberalism-us-politics, #manchin-joe-iii, #rayburn-sam, #romney-mitt, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government

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French Roosters Now Crow With the Law Behind Them

After a series of high-profile disputes in rural areas, the French Parliament has passed a bill that enshrines countryside smells and sounds as protected national heritage.

#agriculture-and-farming, #chickens, #france, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #noise, #smells-and-odors

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With Online Terms of Service, What Happens When You Click ‘Agree’?

The same legalese that can ban Donald Trump from Twitter can bar users from joining class-action lawsuits. It’s time to fix the fine print.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #customer-relations, #law-and-legislation, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Is President Biden Ready for the New Senate?

Mr. Biden, a man of old Washington, might be in for a rude awakening.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #elections-senate, #law-and-legislation, #mcconnell-mitch, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Two Years After Legalizing Cannabis, Has Canada Kept Its Promises?

Legal pot has made Canadian justice a little fairer, with “heavily racialized” arrests for possession mostly ending. But vows on amnesty, illicit sales and Indigenous inclusion are works in progress.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #black-people, #british-columbia-canada, #canada, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #ontario-canada, #statistics-canada, #toronto-ontario, #trudeau-justin

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What Defines Domestic Abuse? Survivors Say It’s More Than Assault

The Congresswoman Cori Bush and the musician FKA twigs describe how manipulative, isolating conduct known as “coercive control” helped trap them in abusive relationships. Lawmakers are starting to listen.

#bush-cori, #dating-and-relationships, #domestic-violence, #fka-twigs, #jennifer-spivak, #labeouf-shia, #law-and-legislation, #susan-rubio, #women-and-girls

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