Appeals Court Blocks Ruling That Overturned California’s Assault Weapons Ban

The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit leaves the three-decade-old ban in place while litigation continues.

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Judge Narrows Suits Over Clearing of Protesters Before Trump Photo Op

The judge said that federal officials had immunity, and that claims of a conspiracy to clear Lafayette Square for President Donald J. Trump’s walk across it were “simply too speculative.”

#american-civil-liberties-union, #black-lives-matter-movement, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #lafayette-square-washington-dc, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Sues N.Y.C. for Ending Golf Course Contract After Capitol Riot

The Trump Organization, which had a 20-year contract to operate a public golf course in the Bronx, claims it was unfairly targeted.

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Tucker Carlson Calls Journalists ‘Animals.’ He’s Also Their Best Source.

His platform on Fox News made him a big player in Donald Trump’s circle. Off camera, he shapes the coverage of Trump’s world and Fox’s own internal politics.

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In Rift With Biden, a Dramatic Show of Force by a Conservative Catholic Movement

A vote by the U.S. bishops was the most dramatic example of the conservative Catholic movement’s reach since Joseph R. Biden was elected. But the contingent had been gaining strength throughout the Trump era.

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Liz Cheney’s Unlikely Journey From G.O.P. Royalty to Republican Outcast

Dick Cheney always saw doomsday threats from America’s enemies. His daughter is in a lonely battle against what both see as a danger to American democracy: Donald J. Trump.

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The Strange Death of Liberal Russophobia

How the Biden presidency is (wisely) opting out of Cold War 2.0.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #putin-vladimir-v, #republican-party, #russia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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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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Herschel Walker’s Cryptic Video Could Upend Georgia Senate Race

If the Georgia college football legend Herschel Walker declares his candidacy it could put former President Donald J. Trump’s power as a kingmaker to the test.

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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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Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening to Lynch 2 Members of Congress

Kenneth R. Hubert, of Marionville, Mo., had threatened Representatives Emanuel Cleaver II after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and Steve Cohen in 2019, prosecutors said.

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The Supreme Court’s Newest Justices Produce Some Unexpected Results

In the term so far, including two major decisions on Thursday, the court’s expanded conservative majority is fractured and its liberals are often on the winning side.

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Biden’s First Task at HUD: Rebuilding Trump-Depleted Ranks

An exodus of top-level officials during the previous administration has left the Department of Housing and Urban Development short of expertise even as its role expands.

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Russia’s Pro-Putin Commentators Praise Biden After Summit

Cooler heads say President Biden skillfully laid the groundwork for what he can, and cannot, reasonably expect to gain from the Kremlin.

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As Wars Wind Down, Congress Revisits Presidential Powers

The House is expected to repeal the 2002 authorization for the invasion of Iraq, and the Senate will consider doing so as well in a rare debate over war powers.

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Trevor Noah on Cancel Culture and Trump

Jane and the host of ‘The Daily Show’ sit down to discuss the death of nuance, cancel culture and talking to people you disagree with.

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Frank Bruni: A Final Column on What it Means to Be a Columnist

As I leave this job after 10 years, I wish I’d handled many columns better.

#cruz-ted, #news-and-news-media, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Texas Says It Will Build the Wall, and Asks Online Donors to Pay for It

Gov. Greg Abbott said he would draw on $250 million of state revenues to begin work on a border wall and asked supporters to chip in with donations to a crowdfunding website.

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Texas Says It Will Build the Wall, and Abbott Asks Online Donors to Pay for It

Gov. Greg Abbott said he would draw on $250 million of state revenues to begin work on a border wall and asked supporters to chip in with donations to a crowdfunding website.

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We’ve Come a Long Way Since Trump. Putin Is Still Winning.

The overriding U.S. foreign policy aim must be to prevent an existential confrontation with Russia.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Justice Dept. Ends Policy Limiting Asylum for Gang Violence and Domestic Abuse Survivors

The move is one of the Justice Department’s most significant reversals of a Trump-era policy.

#asylum-right-of, #board-of-immigration-appeals, #domestic-violence, #gangs, #garland-merrick-b, #gupta-vanita, #immigration-and-emigration, #justice-department, #sessions-jefferson-b-iii, #trump-donald-j

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Justice Dept. Ends Criminal Inquiry, Lawsuit on John Bolton’s Book

President Donald J. Trump had pressured the department to use its legal powers to stop his former national security adviser from publishing embarrassing details about him.

#bolton-john-r, #books-and-literature, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #justice-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Corporate America Forgives the Sedition Caucus

Donations flow to lawmakers who tried to overturn the election.

#campaign-finance, #political-action-committees, #republican-party, #scott-richard-l, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Vaccine Maker Earned Record Profits but Delivered Disappointment in Return

Emergent BioSolutions was awarded a $628 million federal contract with no competitive bidding. Top executives received big bonuses while factories mostly sat idle and tens of millions of Covid-19 doses were thrown away.

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Title IX Protections Extend to Transgender Students, Education Dept. Says

Using a Supreme Court ruling as its guide, the department will issue guidance that says discrimination against gay and transgender students is prohibited under the 1972 law.

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Trumpism Without Borders

The forces that brought the former president to power are exerting pressure all over the world. 

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #income-inequality, #national-intelligence-estimates, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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As Pandemic Recedes in U.S., Calls Are Growing for an Investigative Commission

Bills have been introduced in both houses of Congress to create a bipartisan panel, but a leader of the Sept. 11 commission thinks a nonpartisan effort would have more success in the current climate.

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Trump Executive Could Face Charges as Soon as This Summer

An investigation into Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization’s finance chief, appears to be heading into its final stages as prosecutors increase pressure on him.

#frauds-and-swindling, #manhattan-nyc, #tax-evasion, #taxation, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vance-cyrus-r-jr, #weisselberg-allen

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In Geneva, Putin Wants Respect. Biden Might Just Give Him Some.

By calling the Russian leader “a worthy adversary,” the president raised expectations in Moscow, but he will expect the favor to be returned.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #europe, #geneva-switzerland, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trump-donald-j

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Trump Pressed Official to Wield Justice Dept. to Back Election Claims

The former president began pressuring his acting attorney general even before announcing that his predecessor was stepping down, emails show.

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Justice Dept. Will Toughen Rules for Seizing Lawmakers’ Data, Garland Says

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland met with news media executives amid fallout over prosecutors’ seizures of records from phone and tech companies for leak inquiries.

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Where Biden’s Justice Department Isn’t Breaking From Trump

Democratic gripes are increasing, as some critics worry that the department is rubber-stamping Trump-era policies.

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Deb Haaland Wants to Restore National Monuments Slashed by Trump

Deb Haaland has advised the president to reinstate former boundaries at Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, and also in a marine area off New England.

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Queen Elizabeth II Welcomed the Bidens to a Private Tea at Windsor

President Biden and the first lady seemed relaxed, and there were no obvious diplomatic breaches.

#biden-jill-tracy-jacobs, #biden-joseph-r-iii, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #great-britain, #trump-donald-j, #windsor-castle

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Apple Says It Turned Over Data on Trump in 2018

The company notified Donald F. McGahn II last month that it had been subpoenaed for his account information three years ago.

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Donald Trump Is Starving

A glutton for attention is yanked away from the buffet.

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Garland Confronts Crisis Over Leak Inquiries and Journalism

Prosecutors’ approach to unauthorized disclosures of government secrets has undergone a sea change in the 21st century.

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How Private Equity Firms Avoid Taxes

The I.R.S. almost never audits private equity firms, even as whistle-blowers have filed claims alleging illegal tax avoidance.

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Justice Dept. Watchdog and Senate Open Inquiries Into Seizure of Democrats’ Data

Democrats denounced the Trump administration’s seizure of lawmakers’ data as an abuse of power and called on Republicans to back the congressional inquiry.

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We Are Not Fated to Be Fanatics

Humans may be wired to need some kind of faith, but it doesn’t have to be like this.

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Biden Plans to Restore Protections to Tongass National Forest in Alaska

The administration says it will “repeal or replace” the rule that opened up more than half of Tongass National Forest to logging.

#alaska, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #dunleavy-mike-j, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #logging-industry, #murkowski-lisa, #tongass-national-forest-alaska, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilderness-areas

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Question Looms Over This Year’s Group of 7: Where Are All the Protesters?

It’s challenging it is to be an activist this year, what with the pandemic, a hermetically sealed summit and a new American president who is hard to get too worked up over.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cornwall-england, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #group-of-seven, #johnson-boris, #trump-donald-j

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Wonking Out: Economic Nationalism, Biden-Style

China is the new Japan, and chips are the new chips.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #harris-kamala-d, #international-trade-and-world-market, #japan, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-economy

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How Democrats Should Approach the Midterm Elections

After four years of authoritarian rule,  Democratic control hangs in the balance. It doesn’t have to.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j

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E.P.A. to Review Rules on Soot Linked to Deaths, Which Trump Declined to Tighten

The Biden administration says it will consider tougher limits on a deadly air pollutant that disproportionately affects low-income and minority communities.

#air-pollution, #american-lung-assn, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #harvard-university, #lungs, #medicine-and-health, #regan-michael-s-1976, #respiratory-diseases, #trump-donald-j

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6 Men Said to Be Tied to Three Percenters Movement Are Charged in Capitol Riot

The indictment marks the first charges lodged against conspirators linked to the radical gun rights group or involved with planning any of the political events held the week of the attack.

#american-phoenix-project, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hostetter-alan, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #taylor-russell, #three-percenters, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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What a Candid Pentagon Papers Memo Revealed About Washington

A White House correspondent examines a predecessor’s candid memo about how classified information is traded in the Beltway.

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How Trump’s Political Legacy Is on the Ballot in the Virginia Governor’s Race

Terry McAuliffe, the Democrat, will try to tie his opponent, Glenn Youngkin, to former President Donald Trump, while Mr. Youngkin will try to sidestep Mr. Trump but not reject him.

#democratic-party, #elections-governors, #governors-us, #mcauliffe-terry, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

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Keystone XL Pipeline Project Is Canceled

The embattled project to carry oil from Canada to Nebraska had been on life support since President Biden’s first day in office and stalled by legal battles for years before that.

#350-org, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #enbridge-inc, #energy-transfer-partners-lp, #global-warming, #indigenous-people, #keystone-pipeline-system, #nebraska, #obama-barack, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #republican-party, #tc-energy-corp, #trump-donald-j

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McGahn Affirmed That Trump Tried to Oust Mueller

The former White House counsel testified behind closed doors last week about the former president’s attempts to interfere with the Russia investigation.

#house-committee-on-the-judiciary, #justice-department, #mcgahn-donald-f-ii, #mueller-robert-s-iii, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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