Kathy Hochul Unveils Record $216 Billion Budget Plan for NY

Gov. Kathy Hochul unveiled a record-setting new budget plan, as state officials project balanced budgets through 2027, with none of the typical warnings of billion-dollar shortfalls.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #finances, #hochul-kathleen-c, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #taxation

Texas Hostage Taker Was Known to British Intelligence

Malik Faisal Akram had been listed as a “subject of interest” in 2020 by Britain’s MI5 security service, according to a U.S. official and British news media reports. But he had since been deemed to no longer be a risk.

#akram-malik-faisal, #colleyville-tex, #congregation-beth-israel-colleyville-tex, #great-britain, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #london-england, #politics-and-government, #synagogues

Sudan’s Security Forces Kill Protesters as U.S. Diplomats’ Visit Nears

Seven people died after being shot at demonstrations in the northeast African country, a doctors’ group said, bringing the civilian death toll since the military seized back power to 71.

#al-burhan-abdel-fattah, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hamdok-abdalla, #khartoum-sudan, #politics-and-government, #sudan, #united-states-international-relations

Kazakhstan’s Former Leader Speaks Out in Video on Unrest

Nursultan Nazarbayev, who had been absent during the recent unrest that gripped the country, said he supported the country’s leader and the economic reforms he has proposed.

#defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kazakhstan, #nazarbayev-nursultan-a, #politics-and-government, #tokayev-kassym-jomart

Hochul Outpaces Foes by Raising a Record-High $21.6 Million for Campaign

The fund-raising haul positions Gov. Kathy Hochul, who leads her rivals in polls, as a prohibitive favorite to win her first full term as governor of New York in November.

#campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #hochul-kathleen-c, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #primaries-and-caucuses, #suozzi-thomas-r, #williams-jumaane-d, #zeldin-lee-m

Bill de Blasio Says He Won’t Run for Governor After All

Mr. de Blasio, the former New York City mayor, had signaled for months that he planned to run for governor, but he faced long odds in a crowded Democratic primary.

#de-blasio-bill, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #mayors, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government

Roberta Metsola Elected as President of European Parliament

Roberta Metsola of Malta will succeed David Sassoli, an Italian politician who died last week, at a critical time for the institution.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elections, #european-parliament, #european-union, #politics-and-government, #roberta-metsola

Congress Can Trade Stocks or Keep the Public Trust. Not Both.

Why on earth are representatives and senators allowed to trade stocks?

#burr-richard-m, #democratic-party, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #house-of-representatives, #krishnamoorthi-raja, #merkley-jeffrey-a-1956, #ossoff-jon, #pelosi-nancy, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #senate, #spanberger-abigail, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warren-elizabeth

Italy Ponders a New Role for Draghi. Let the Politicking Begin.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi is in the running to be the next president, a powerful but often-ceremonial role that could take his hand off day-to-day affairs.

#berlusconi-silvio, #democratic-party-italy, #draghi-mario, #italy, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #mattarella-sergio, #politics-and-government

Russia Thins Out Its Embassy in Ukraine, a Possible Clue to Putin’s Next Move

The slow evacuation may be part propaganda, part preparation for a conflict or part feint, Ukrainian and U.S. officials say. It could be all three.

#belarus, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kyiv-ukraine, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Poroshenko, ex-President, Returns to Ukraine, Roiling Politics

Petro O. Poroshenko, a former president, returned to Kyiv on Monday facing possible arrest, adding internal political turmoil to a threat of Russian invasion.

#defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #poroshenko-petro-olekseyevich, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

A Love of Trees or a Display of Power? The Odd Park of an Oligarch.

A billionaire former prime minister says he has retired from Georgia’s fraught politics. His critics say he still wields considerable power. What’s beyond dispute: his obsession with trees.

#black-sea, #georgia-georgian-republic, #high-net-worth-individuals, #ivanishvili-bidzina, #politics-and-government, #saakashvili-mikheil, #trees-and-shrubs

BBC Funding Frozen for 2 Years as Cabinet Minister Attacks Public Fee

The license fee on TV owners makes up three-quarters of the British broadcaster’s income and is guaranteed until 2027.

#british-broadcasting-corp, #conservative-party-great-britain, #daily-mail, #dorries-nadine, #great-britain, #politics-and-government, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #television

Éric Zemmour, French Far-Right Candidate, Convicted for Inciting Racial Hatred

Éric Zemmour, a pundit whose presidential run has upended French politics, had called unaccompanied migrant children “assassins” and “rapists” on television.

#discrimination, #elections, #france, #immigration-and-emigration, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #paris-france, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #zemmour-eric

Marcos Jr. Can Stay in Philippine Presidential Race, Officials Say

With Ferdinand Marcos Jr. leading in the polls, victims of his father’s regime have not given up their fight to keep his name off the ballot.

#duterte-rodrigo, #duterte-sara, #manila-philippines, #marcos-ferdinand-e, #marcos-ferdinand-jr, #marcos-imelda-r, #philippines, #politics-and-government

Schwarzenegger: Solar Costs Could Rise if California Regulators Get Their Way

Removing incentives to encourage homeowners to install solar panels is a bad idea.

#california, #california-public-utilities-commission, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #newsom-gavin, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #politics-and-government, #roofs, #solar-energy, #state-legislatures

Poroshenko, Former President, Returns to Ukraine, Roiling Politics

Petro O. Poroshenko, a former president, returned to Kyiv on Monday facing possible arrest, adding internal political turmoil to a threat of Russian invasion.

#defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #poroshenko-petro-olekseyevich, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Eastern Europe TestNew Forms of Media Censorship

With new, less repressive tactics, countries like Serbia, Poland and Hungary are deploying highly effective tools to skew public opinion.

#elections, #freedom-of-the-press, #hungary, #news-and-news-media, #orban-viktor, #poland, #politics-and-government, #serbia, #vucic-aleksandar

China’s Births Hit Historic Low, Barely Outpacing Death Rate

China’s population, the world’s largest at 1.4 billion, may soon start shrinking, according to new data. Some experts say it already has.

#census, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #national-bureau-of-statistics-china, #politics-and-government, #population

China’s Economy Slowed Late Last Year on Real Estate Troubles

Economic output climbed 4 percent in the last quarter, slowing from the July through September quarter. Growth has faltered lately as home buyers and consumers become cautious.

#china, #china-evergrande-group, #communist-party-of-china, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-monetary-fund, #international-trade-and-world-market, #kaisa-group-holdings-ltd, #national-bureau-of-statistics-china, #politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

Failure on Voting Rights Would Be Historic

Democracy is losing.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #discrimination, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

A Ban on 19 Singers in Egypt Tests the Old Guard’s Power

Leaders of a musicians’ licensing group are trying to curb mahraganat, a bold genre wildly popular with young people. It is not clear if they can.

#art, #egypt, #music, #politics-and-government

How I Freed Up Time to Daydream

An unexpected perk of quitting Twitter.

#internal-sub-only-nl, #jesus-christ, #politics-and-government, #senses-and-sensation, #social-media, #twitter

Netanyahu’s Lawyers Discuss a Plea Bargain to End His Graft Trial

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s former prime minister, has pleaded not guilty in a corruption case. But his lawyers are negotiating a deal in which he might accept some charges to avoid jail time.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

Serbia’s Leader Denounces Australia’s Treatment of Djokovic as ‘Orwellian’

In the tennis star’s homeland, even those who didn’t support his decision to remain unvaccinated against the coronavirus said that he had been mistreated.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #politics-and-government, #serbia, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization, #visas, #vucic-aleksandar

Serbia’s Vucic Denounces Australia’s Treatment of Novak Djokovic as ‘Orwellian’

In the tennis star’s homeland, even those who didn’t support his decision to remain unvaccinated against the coronavirus said that he had been mistreated.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #politics-and-government, #serbia, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization, #visas, #vucic-aleksandar

How the ‘Djokovic Affair’ Finally Came to an End

Novak Djokovic lost to a government with powerful laws, determined to make an example out of him.

#australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immigration-and-emigration, #melbourne-australia, #politics-and-government, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

Marine Le Pen, Kicking Off Her Campaign, Tries to Embody Credibility

Ms. Le Pen has bet that sanitizing her far-right party’s image will finally bear fruit in the run-up to France’s presidential election in April.

#france, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #pecresse-valerie, #politics-and-government, #zemmour-eric

Boris Johnson Has Survived Many Scandals. This One Is Different.

What might seem like an overblown reaction to a gathering in a garden — as opposed to, say, a violent insurrection — could well have historic repercussions.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government

Towers Rise Over London’s Brick Lane, Clouding Its Future

Luxury developments and rising rents have ignited concerns about gentrification and displacement in a district that has long been a sanctuary for minority communities.

#historic-buildings-and-sites, #london-england, #politics-and-government, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #shopping-and-retail, #shopping-centers-and-malls

Novak Djokovic, a Master on the Court, Keeps Making Errors Off It

Djokovic, the Serbian tennis star, is at the center of some of the most divisive debates of the pandemic: Individual versus community, science versus quackery.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #politics-and-government, #tennis

Let Innocent Afghans Have Their Money

Afghanistan is on the verge of collapse. 

#afghanistan, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #da-afghanistan-bank, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-rescue-committee, #islamic-relief-usa, #politics-and-government, #taliban

The Omicron Shift in Europe: Pandemic or Endemic?

A number of governments have changed their approaches to the coronavirus to one that is more like how we treat the flu. Public health experts say it’s too soon to make that call.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #epidemics, #europe, #great-britain, #italy, #politics-and-government, #spain, #world-health-organization

Boris Johnson’s Office Apologizes to Queen for Parties

The prime minister’s office said it was “deeply regrettable” that two parties took place at Downing Street the night before Prince Philip’s funeral. Mr. Johnson was not accused of attending either of them.

#apologies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #funerals-and-memorials, #johnson-boris, #parties-social, #philip-duke-of-edinburgh, #politics-and-government, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #royal-families, #slack-james, #sun-the-british-newspaper

Novak Djokovic and Global Pandemic Morality

The move to deport Novak Djokovic is not just an exercise of Australian law. It represents an enforcement of collectivist values against an athlete who sought to play by his own rules.

#australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #immigration-detention, #melbourne-australia, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization, #visas

Why Rapid Covid Tests May Not Be Free Upfront at First

Not all health plans will be ready for the Covid tests to be free upfront at stores, relying at first on receipts and reimbursement.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugstores, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #politics-and-government, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shortages, #tests-medical

Fear of Russia Brings New Purpose and Unity to NATO, Once Again

After years of drift, Trumpian ridicule and failure in Afghanistan, Russian demands for a new Iron Curtain in Europe have created unity in the alliance, at least for now.

#baltic-region, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #european-union, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #poland, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Critics Say I.M.F. Loan Fees Are Hurting Nations in Desperate Need

Democratic lawmakers say the global fund’s surcharges for emergency relief siphon away money that countries need to fight the pandemic.

#argentina, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #income-inequality, #international-monetary-fund, #politics-and-government, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #treasury-department

Rockets Possibly Fired by Pro-Iran Assailants Target U.S. Embassy in Iraq

Four rockets were fired at the fortified compound that houses the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and suspicion fell on pro-Iran militias.

#baghdad-iraq, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #iran, #iraq, #politics-and-government, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

How Conservatives Could Oust Prime Minister Boris Johnson

The future of Britain’s prime minister is in doubt after he admitted attending a party while the country was under Covid lockdown. Here’s a guide to how he could be forced out, or fight on.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #sunak-rishi-1980

Britain’s Security Agency MI5 Warns Lawmakers of China’s Political Interference

An unusual alert by the agency named a Chinese lawyer who was “knowingly engaged in political interference activities” on behalf of Beijing in the U.K. Parliament.

#british-secret-intelligence-service, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #great-britain, #politics-and-government

Russia and West at Impasse as Ukraine Urges Reversal of Troop Buildup

In a third round of diplomacy on Eastern European security this week, Kremlin officials sounded an increasingly pessimistic note, though they did not close the door on future talks.

#defense-and-military-forces, #eastern-europe, #europe, #lavrov-sergey-v, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #organization-for-security-and-cooperation-in-europe, #poland, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ryabkov-sergei-a, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Nigeria Lifts Twitter Ban

The social media site had been blocked after it deleted a post from President Muhammadu Buhari about secessionist groups that was widely seen as threatening.

#buhari-muhammadu, #censorship, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #nigeria, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #twitter

Russian-Led Alliance Begins Withdrawing Troops From Kazakhstan

The force was deployed a week ago to stabilize the Central Asian country after political unrest that left dozens dead and thousands injured.

#defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kazakhstan, #politics-and-government, #tokayev-kassym-jomart

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.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #democratic-party, #hochul-kathleen-c, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #stadiums-and-arenas, #state-legislatures, #state-of-the-state-message-nys

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

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

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #senate, #speeches-and-statements, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

NATO and Russia Talk Frankly, but Past One Another for Now

Four hours of frank and serious discussion between Russia and the 30-member alliance leave unanswered whether Vladimir V. Putin will choose diplomacy or war.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-union, #nord-stream-ag, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #organization-for-security-and-cooperation-in-europe, #politics-and-government, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Boris Johnson, Under Fire, Apologizes for Pandemic Party

The British prime minister, on the defensive after a series of ethical lapses, said, “I know there are things we simply did not get right” about a gathering at 10 Downing Street during a lockdown in 2020.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #johnson-boris, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government

Russia and the U.S. Face Off Over Ukraine

Can Moscow be deterred from carrying out an invasion?

#audio-neutral-informative, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states, #ussr-former-soviet-union

The Army of Millions Who Enforce China’s Zero-Covid Policy

As the troubled lockdown in Xi’an has shown, many Chinese people remain willing to work diligently toward the government’s goal of eliminating the virus, no matter the consequences.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #social-media, #xian-china