Texas Drops Its Virus Restrictions as a Wave of Reopenings Takes Hold

As coronavirus cases fall, states are rescinding mask mandates and reopening businesses and schools, prompting people to emerge after months of isolation despite uncertainty about the pandemic’s future.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization, #walensky-rochelle

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Texas and Other States Reopen as Covid Cases Fall

As coronavirus cases fall, states are rescinding mask mandates and reopening businesses and schools, prompting people to emerge after months of isolation despite uncertainty about the pandemic’s future.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization, #walensky-rochelle

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The $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Plan

As the Senate prepares to vote on President Biden’s first major piece of legislation, we look at the partisan debate that has erupted around it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #law-and-legislation, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Virus Did Not Bring Financial Rout That Many States Feared

Grim forecasts held up for a few states, but many took in about as much tax revenue as before the pandemic — sometimes a lot more.

#brookings-institution, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #federal-budget-us, #income-tax, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #republican-party, #sales-and-excise-taxes, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #tax-policy-center, #taxation, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Supreme Court Test for What’s Left of the Voting Rights Act

While state legislatures consider new voting restrictions to address claims of election fraud, the justices will hear arguments on what kind of legal scrutiny such laws should face.

#arizona, #brnovich-mark, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-and-voters, #voting-rights-act-1965

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The Coronavirus Is Plotting a Comeback. Here’s Our Chance to Stop It for Good.

Many scientists are expecting another rise in infections. But this time the surge will be blunted by vaccines and, hopefully, widespread caution. By summer, Americans may be looking at a return to normal life.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #shutdowns-institutional, #states-us, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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We Still Have to Worry About the Supreme Court and Elections

The justices are about to consider whether the Voting Rights Act applies to policies that restrict the vote.

#absentee-voting, #alito-samuel-a-jr, #barrett-amy-coney, #florida, #gorsuch-neil-m, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #minorities, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2000, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #thomas-clarence, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Criminal Justice Is a State Issue

State power is the path to racial equality and liberation.

#bail, #black-people, #brookings-institution, #capital-punishment, #crime-and-criminals, #death-penalty-information-center, #illinois, #income-inequality, #race-and-ethnicity, #states-us, #virginia, #whites

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Passports May Soon Include a New Option for Gender Identity

Activists are pushing President Biden to uphold a campaign promise to add the nonbinary designation “X” to federal IDs.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #drivers-licenses, #gender, #identification-devices, #intersex, #states-us, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Over 160 Confederate Symbols Were Removed in 2020, Group Says

The Southern Poverty Law Center said more “symbols of hate” were removed from public property last year after the death of George Floyd than in the previous four years combined.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #confederate-states-of-america, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #military-bases-and-installations, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #names-organizational, #race-and-ethnicity, #sons-of-confederate-veterans, #southern-poverty-law-center, #states-us, #symbols, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Weddings Are Coming

The weddings never stopped. Even more are on their way.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #marriages, #states-us, #weddings-and-engagements, #your-feed-selfcare

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Coronavirus Vaccines Are Reaching American Arms

Millions of doses of coronavirus vaccine are still sitting in freezers, allocated in excess to nursing homes or stockpiled for later use. Now states are claiming them.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #nursing-homes, #states-us, #stockpiling, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #virginia

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A Dismal Spring Awaits Unless We Slow the Spread of Covid-19

How soon life returns to normal depends on what we do now.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #food-and-drug-administration, #quarantines, #small-business, #states-us, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

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To Plug a Pension Gap, This City Rented Its Streets. To Itself.

Cities and states issued at least $6.1 billion in pension bonds last year. Novel ways to do so include renting property they already own under dummy corporations.

#california, #california-public-employees-retirement-system, #government-bonds, #local-government, #municipal-bonds, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #states-us, #west-covina-calif

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Biden Administration Moves to End Work Requirements in Medicaid

Reversing the Trump administration’s policy of allowing states to tether work to health insurance.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #medicaid, #states-us, #verma-seema

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Spring Break’s New Look: Older and Socially Distant

Beach parties in Florida, Texas and Mexico made headlines a year ago for ignoring virus safety advice. Here’s how the travel ritual will look different in 2021.

#colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #spring-season, #states-us, #travel-and-vacations

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Governors Are Easing Restrictions at Exactly the Wrong Time

Relaxing rules on indoor dining and other activities undermines vaccination efforts and gives a leg up to coronavirus variants.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #new-york-city, #restaurants, #states-us, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Crossing State Lines for a Covid Vaccine

With no nationwide plan for distributing coronavirus vaccines, people are scrambling to other states. Some health officials, saying greater immunity is the goal, aren’t standing in the way.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ethics-personal, #states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization

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New Democratic Ad Campaign Ties G.O.P. to QAnon

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has started a $500,000 effort on television and online portraying House Republicans as aligned with Marjorie Taylor Greene and QAnon conspiracy theories.

#conspiracy-theories, #democratic-congressional-campaign-committee, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #mitch-mcconnell, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #qanon, #republican-party, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Gerrymander Battles Loom, as G.O.P. Looks to Press Its Advantage

With new census results coming, Republicans control redistricting in key states, while Democrats prepare for legal challenges and look to redraw some maps of their own.

#census-bureau, #elections-house-of-representatives, #midterm-elections-2018, #politics-and-government, #population, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why Pennsylvania Republican Leaders Are All-In for Trump More Than Ever

Pennsylvania G.O.P. leaders have made loyalty to the defeated ex-president the sole organizing principle of the party, and would-be candidates are jockeying to prove they fought the hardest for him.

#costello-ryan-1976, #elections-governors, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #elections-state-legislature, #pennsylvania, #pennsylvania-general-assembly, #perry-scott-g-1962, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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How West Virginia Became a U.S. Leader in Vaccine Rollout

West Virginia has used 83 percent of its allotted vaccines, among the best in the nation. But even efficient operations face a major problem: There simply are not enough shots to go around.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #national-guard, #states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization, #west-virginia

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New Pandemic Plight: Hospitals Are Running Out of Vaccines

Health officials are frustrated that available doses are going unused while the virus is killing thousands of people each day. Many vaccine appointments have been canceled.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #shortages, #states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization

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How Our Unemployment Benefits System Failed

A decline in funding and changes in the workplace — and how long people are out of work — have left a program unequal to the 21st-century economy.

#federal-state-relations-us, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #recession-and-depression, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Gerrymandering Will Protect Republicans Who Challenged the Election

Taking a position as inflammatory as refusing to certify a fair election would be riskier for G.O.P. lawmakers if they needed to appeal to an electorate beyond their next set of primary voters.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #elections-house-of-representatives, #jordan-jim-1964, #ohio, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #trump-donald-j

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One Year, 400,000 Coronavirus Deaths: How the U.S. Guaranteed Its Own Failure

After the White House declined to pursue a unified national strategy, governors faced off against lobbyists, health experts and a restless public consumed by misinformation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #governors-us, #local-government, #states-us

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In New Jersey, Smokers Can Get Covid Vaccine

New Jersey is one of only two states that has included smoking among the high-risk medical conditions that make people eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #elderly, #medicine-and-health, #new-jersey, #nursing-homes, #smoking-and-tobacco, #states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization

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More Than Half of States Widen Access to Covid-19 Vaccine

At least 28 states have begun vaccinating older people. Amid a shifting rollout, here is a look at what every state is doing.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #states-us, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

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National Guard Provides Covid Vaccine Help in Overwhelmed States

At least 16 states and territories are using the National Guard to give shots, drawing on doctors, nurses, medics and other troops who are skilled in administering injections.

#arizona, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #hogan-lawrence-j, #maryland, #national-guard, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #reserves-military, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Unemployment Claims Rise Sharply, Showing New Economic Pain

Weekly filings for jobless benefits hit the highest level since July as the pandemic’s resurgence batters the service industry.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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State Capitols ‘on High Alert,’ Fearing More Violence

Officials around the country are bracing for any spillover from last week’s violent assault on the U.S. Capitol. State legislatures already have become targets for protesters in recent days.

#capitol-building-washington-dc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #georgia, #idaho, #michigan, #minnesota, #missouri, #nevada, #oregon, #presidential-election-of-2020, #security-and-warning-systems, #shutdowns-institutional, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Long, Lonesome Look at America

Alone on a 10,000-mile road trip across the United States, a Times journalist found an America cloaked in solitude — and a country on edge.

#arkansas, #california, #colorado, #conservation-of-resources, #forests-and-forestry, #montana, #oregon, #ozark-mountains, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #states-us, #wildfires

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Pressure Grows for States to Open Vaccines to More Groups of People

Some states are already expanding eligibility to people 65 and over, even though millions of people the C.D.C. recommends go first — health care workers and nursing home residents — have yet to get shots.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #governors-us, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #nursing-homes, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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We Came All This Way to Let Vaccines Go Bad in the Freezer?

America did not sufficiently plan for how to get millions of people vaccinated.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #states-us, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Why Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution is Taking Longer Than Expected

Health officials and hospitals are struggling with a lack of resources. Holiday staffing and saving doses for nursing homes are also contributing to delays.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Here’s Why the ‘Last Mile’ of Vaccine Distribution Is Going So Slowly

Health officials and hospitals are struggling with a lack of resources. Holiday staffing and saving doses for nursing homes are also contributing to delays.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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U.S. Officials Say Covid-19 Vaccination Effort Has Lagged

“We know that it should be better, and we’re working hard to make it better,” said Moncef Slaoui, a leader of the federal effort to accelerate vaccine development and distribution.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Barry Lopez, Lyrical Writer Who Was Likened to Thoreau, Dies at 75

Mr. Lopez spent five years in the Arctic, and his books, essays and short stories explored the kinship of nature and human culture.

#books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #lopez-barry-1945, #oregon, #states-us, #wolves

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The U.K.’s New Coronavirus Strain and How to Stop It

Travel restrictions might make sense, but what America really needs is better disease surveillance.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #disease-rates, #great-britain, #new-york-state, #states-us, #travel-warnings, #united-states

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The Auto I.R.A. Is Gaining Traction as a Retirement Savings Option

The automatic I.R.A., administered by state governments, will be more widely available.

#asset-allocation-personal-finances, #california, #illinois, #individual-retirement-accounts, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #retirement, #small-business, #social-security-us, #states-us, #united-states

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Why Some States Are Predicting Higher Revenue Amid Job Losses

As the pandemic batters the poor, the rich prop up state budgets.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #income-inequality, #politics-and-government, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy

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Congress Drops State Aid to Secure Stimulus, A Challenge for Biden

A campaign by conservative activists and disputes over how to divvy up federal assistance have thwarted negotiators. But President-elect Joe Biden will make a new push for such funding next year.

#americans-for-tax-reform, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #norquist-grover-g, #recession-and-depression, #republican-party, #senate, #states-us, #taxation

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Thank the Supreme Court, for Now

The justices did the right thing by declining to hear the case brought by red states to overturn the election results. But let’s see what happens down the road.

#attorneys-general, #barrett-amy-coney, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #chuang-theodore-d, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #nessel-dana, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Use It or Lose It: Tenant Aid Effort Nears a Federal Cutoff

Emergency pandemic funding to help renters must be distributed by Dec. 30. But getting the money to those who need it is no small task.

#coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #evictions, #federal-aid-us, #landlords, #nonprofit-organizations, #philadelphia-pa, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #states-us, #urban-areas

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Electoral College Vote Officially Affirms Biden’s Victory

The vote made official Joe Biden’s victory, despite President Trump’s attempt to subvert the nation’s democratic process, and it put pressure on Republicans to acknowledge the outcome.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #electoral-college, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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4 Takeaways From Biden’s Electoral College Victory

Joe Biden was confirmed as the winner of the election, but President Trump’s war on the results is likely to have lasting effects for the country.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #electoral-college, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Has Never Believed in Democracy

He wants to wield power without winning it legitimately.

#conservatism-us-politics, #house-of-representatives, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Meet the Electoral College’s Biggest Critics: Some of the Electors Themselves

“Do we really want 538 Bob Nemanichs electing our president?” Bob Nemanich, a former elector, doesn’t. And he is hopeful that 2020 might put future electors out of a gig.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #elections, #electoral-college, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Coronavirus Vaccine Won’t Solve Everything

More Americans have died from Covid-19 than perished in four years of combat in World War II.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #pfizer-inc, #shutdowns-institutional, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Supreme Court Rejects Texas Lawsuit Challenging Biden’s Victory

The suit, filed directly in the Supreme Court, sought to bar Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin from casting their electoral votes for Joseph R. Biden Jr.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #paxton-ken, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #trump-donald-j

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