In Biden’s Foreign Policy, What Is ‘Rules-Based Order?’

All the talk about the “rules-based order” is just a way of sidestepping the real issues. 

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #democratic-party, #russia, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Child Care Is Not the Place for Biden to Skimp

While the idiotic controversy over what constitutes infrastructure rages, the president should look to his former rivals to improve his family plan. 

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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.

#appeals-courts-us, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #bonta-rob-1972, #bush-george-w, #california, #clinton-bill, #constitution-us, #decisions-and-verdicts, #federal-courts-us, #gun-control, #newsom-gavin, #obama-barack, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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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Democrats Unite Behind Voting Rights Bill as It Faces a Senate Roadblock

With Republicans set to filibuster, Democrats are focusing on staying unified in the face of defeat. But the path ahead for the legislation is murky at best.

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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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.

#central-park-manhattan-ny, #de-blasio-bill, #golf, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #new-york-city, #presidential-election-of-2020, #professional-golfers-assn, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-golf-links-at-ferry-point, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wollman-rink-manhattan-ny

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Supreme Court Says Over 200 Patent Judges Were Improperly Appointed

A fractured coalition of justices limited the effect of the decision, saying a larger role for an executive branch official would address the matter.

#anthrex, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #constitution-us, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #inventions-and-patents, #patent-and-trademark-office-us, #smithnephew-plc, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why Do Some Catholic Bishops Want to Deny Joe Biden Communion?

Here is what is at the root of efforts by conservative U.S. bishops to prohibit the country’s second Catholic president from receiving communion.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #priests, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops, #united-states-politics-and-government

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When It Comes to Big City Elections, Republicans Are in the Wilderness

The party’s growing irrelevance in urban and suburban areas comes at a considerable cost, sidelining conservatives in centers of innovation and economic might.

#conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #elections-mayors, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Joe Biden Is as Puzzled by the Senate as You Are

And he was a senator for 36 years. 

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #manchin-joe-iii, #presidential-election-of-2020, #ranked-choice-voting, #republican-party, #roman-catholic-church, #schumer-charles-e, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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.

#bender-michael-c, #carlson-tucker, #content-type-personal-profile, #fox-news-channel, #hagan-joe, #news-and-news-media, #news-sources-confidential-status-of, #stelter-brian, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc, #wolff-michael-1953

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V.A. Plans to Offer Gender-Affirming Surgeries for Transgender Veterans

The secretary of veterans affairs announced the shift in care at a Pride event over the weekend, but the process for changing benefits could take years.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #mcdonough-denis-r, #surgery-and-surgeons, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department

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Stop Hoping the G.O.P. Will Play Ball

Democrats are playing an honor game; Republicans are playing an endgame.

#democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

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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.

#cheney-dick, #cheney-liz, #content-type-personal-profile, #house-of-representatives, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wyoming

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U.S. Preparing More Sanctions Against Russia, Sullivan Says

The national security adviser raised the issue of more penalties in the poisoning of Aleksei A. Navalny days after President Biden met with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Infrastructure Bill Talks Collide With Democrats’ Goal to Tax the Rich

Many Democrats see the push for an infrastructure package as an opportunity to raise taxes on rich individuals and corporations. But resistance is coming from multiple directions.

#american-families-plan-2021, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #capital-gains-tax, #democratic-party, #federal-taxes-us, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-tax, #infrastructure-public-works, #sanders-bernard, #senate, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warren-elizabeth, #wyden-ron

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Covid Lab-Leak Theory Renews “Gain-of-Function” Research Debate

Talk of ‘gain-of-function’ research, a muddy category at best, brings up deep questions about how scientists should study viruses and other pathogens.

#avian-influenza, #bats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #research, #science-and-technology, #united-states-politics-and-government, #viruses, #your-feed-science

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As Money Launderers Buy Dalís, U.S. Looks at Lifting the Veil on Art Sales

Secrecy has long been part of the art market’s mystique, but now lawmakers say they fear it fosters abuses and should be addressed.

#art, #art-dealers-assn-of-america, #auctions, #bouvier-yves, #dali-salvador, #finances, #financial-crimes-enforcement-network-treasury-department, #great-britain, #money-laundering, #philadelphia-pa, #rybolovlev-dmitry-evgenevich, #senate-permanent-subcommittee-on-investigations, #tax-shelters, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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.

#elections-senate, #endorsements, #georgia, #hice-jody-1960, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walker-herschel, #warnock-raphael-g

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With Vaccination Goal in Doubt, Biden Warns of Variant’s Threat

Speaking at the White House, the president did not mention his goal of getting 70 percent of adults partly vaccinated by July 4 but trumpeted a different milestone: 300 million shots in his first 150 days in office.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #harris-kamala-d, #independence-day-us-july-4, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #zients-jeffrey-d

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Eyeing One Big Economic Bill, Democrats Face Myriad Challenges

With bipartisan infrastructure talks coalescing around a plan that omits many of their top priorities, Democrats are vowing to push through their own package. It won’t be easy.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #federal-budget-us, #federal-taxes-us, #gasoline-tax-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #sanders-bernard, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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.

#black-people, #cleaver-emanuel-ii, #cohen-stephen-i, #decisions-and-verdicts, #hubert-kenneth-r, #jews-and-judaism, #missouri, #plea-bargaining, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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.

#alito-samuel-a-jr, #barrett-amy-coney, #breyer-stephen-g, #gorsuch-neil-m, #kagan-elena, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #roberts-john-g-jr, #sotomayor-sonia, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #thomas-clarence, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Madeline Davis, Who Spoke to the Nation as a Lesbian, Dies at 80

She was the first openly gay woman to speak to a major party’s national convention, asking Democrats in 1972 to include an anti-discrimination plank in their platform.

#davis-madeline-d, #deaths-obituaries, #democratic-national-convention, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Millennial Economist Helps Power a Tax Evasion ‘Brain Trust’

Natasha Sarin, a protégé of Larry Summers, is taking a leading role developing tax policy at the Treasury Department — to some progressive Democrats’ chagrin.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #content-type-personal-profile, #federal-taxes-us, #high-net-worth-individuals, #sarin-natasha, #stimulus-economic, #summers-lawrence-h, #tax-evasion, #treasury-department, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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No, there is no evidence that the F.B.I. organized the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

The term “unindicted co-conspirators” generally refers to individuals for whom there is insufficient evidence to bring charges or who have cut a deal. “Legally, it wouldn’t make sense to call informants co-conspirators,” said one legal expert.

#carlson-tucker, #informers, #news-and-news-media, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Congress Rushes to Help Afghans Seeking Visas for Helping U.S.

With President Biden planning to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by September, a bipartisan coalition in Congress is rushing to bring Afghans facing retribution to the United States.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #crow-jason, #ernst-joni, #immigration-and-emigration, #kinzinger-adam, #lutheran-immigration-and-refugee-service, #shaheen-jeanne, #state-department, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

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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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #carson-benjamin-s, #fudge-marcia-l, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Republicans Wave the White Flag on Health Care (for Now)

The Supreme Court’s latest ruling moved the country’s debate over health policy into a new phase. Tough questions await both parties.

#democratic-party, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Katie Hobbs and Kyrsten Sinema Illustrate a Voting Rights Divide

Ms. Hobbs, the Arizona secretary of state, saw her star rise as she fought Republicans’ election falsehoods. Senator Kyrsten Sinema, a fellow Democrat, insists on a bipartisan approach to voting rights.

#arizona, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #hobbs-kathleen-m, #republican-party, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Two More Guantánamo Detainees Are Cleared for Transfer to Other Nations

The decision brings to 11 the number who have been approved to be sent elsewhere, but the Biden administration has yet to name a point person to negotiate transfers with other governments.

#al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #september-11-2001, #state-department, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Democrats Float $6 Trillion Plan Amid Talks on Narrower Infrastructure Deal

Democrats are considering moving unilaterally on a sweeping economic package even as bipartisan talks continue on a smaller infrastructure bill.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #budgets-and-budgeting, #federal-budget-us, #federal-taxes-us, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #medicare, #sanders-bernard, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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St. Louis Couple Who Aimed Guns at Protesters Plead Guilty to Misdemeanors

Mark McCloskey and Patricia McCloskey of Missouri will pay a total of nearly $3,000 in fines and give up the weapons used in the confrontation.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections-senate, #fines-penalties, #firearms, #mccloskey-mark-t-1956, #mccloskey-patricia-n-1959, #missouri, #republican-party, #senate, #st-louis-mo, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Joe Manchin and the Magic 50th Vote for Democrats’ Voting Rights Bill

Democrats know that their election overhaul has no chance as long as the filibuster exists, but they are eager to show that all that stands in its way are Republicans.

#abrams-stacey-y, #democratic-party, #endorsements, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Biden Signs Law Making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

The law went into effect immediately, making Friday the first federal Juneteenth holiday in American history.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #juneteenth, #slavery-historical, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Scholarly Groups Condemn Laws Limiting Teaching on Race

More than 20 states have introduced legislation restricting lessons on racism and other so-called “divisive concepts.”

#colleges-and-universities, #critical-race-theory, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #history-academic-subject, #law-and-legislation, #pen-american-center, #race-and-ethnicity, #states-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Hopes Fade for Imminent Federal Deal on College Athletes, Pressuring N.C.A.A.

New state laws are scheduled to take effect on July 1, but there are vanishingly low expectations for a deal in Washington in the coming days.

#blumenthal-richard, #cantwell-maria, #emmert-mark, #law-and-legislation, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #politics-and-government, #senate, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wicker-roger

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Obamacare Survives Latest Supreme Court Challenge

The court sidestepped the larger issue in the case, whether the 2010 health care law can stand without a provision that required most Americans to obtain insurance or pay a penalty.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Washington Will Open Up for July 4 Fireworks. So Will Biden’s White House.

The White House will host a 1,000-person celebration on the South Lawn, even though President Biden is not on track to meet his goal of vaccinating 70 percent of Americans by July 4.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fireworks, #independence-day-us-july-4, #summer-season, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-dc, #white-house-building-washington-dc

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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.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #authorization-for-use-of-military-force, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #iraq-war-2003-11, #obama-barack, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #republican-party, #senate, #senate-committee-on-foreign-relations, #september-11-2001, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-emergency-powers-us

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Is This the Big Tech Breakup We’ve Been Waiting For?

Representative David Cicilline’s bipartisan package takes aim at tech companies and would be the biggest antitrust reform in decades. But is it too little, too fragmented and way too late?

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #audio-neutral-informative, #computers-and-the-internet, #law-and-legislation, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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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Maybe Joe Manchin Knows Exactly What He’s Doing

In his own way, the Democratic senator from West Virginia is a political magician. What does he have up his sleeve now?

#democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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For Republicans, ‘Crisis’ Is the Message as the Outrage Machine Ramps Up

With next year’s midterm elections seen as a referendum on Democratic rule, Republicans are trying to create a sense of urgency and diverting focus from their own divisions.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #elections-house-of-representatives, #house-of-representatives, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #scalise-steve, #stefanik-elise, #united-states-politics-and-government

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With Putin, Biden Tries to Forge a Bond of Self-Interest, Not Souls

Theirs seems likely to be a strained and frustrating association, one where the two leaders may maintain a veneer of civil discourse even as they joust on the international stage.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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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The World’s Dictators Exploit America’s Racism

They are not completely wrong.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #race-and-ethnicity, #russia, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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House Passes Bill to Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

The measure would designate June 19 as a federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery. More than a dozen Republicans voted against it.

#civil-war-us-1861-65, #emancipation-proclamation-1863, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #house-of-representatives, #johnson-ron-1955, #juneteenth, #law-and-legislation, #markey-edward-j, #senate, #slavery-historical, #thirteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Ends Trump Policy Limiting Asylum for Gang and Domestic Violence Survivors

The decision will affect tens of thousands of cases moving through backlogged immigration courts.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #board-of-immigration-appeals, #domestic-violence, #gangs, #garland-merrick-b, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #justice-department, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Covid Proved the C.D.C. Is Broken. Can It Be Fixed?

The pandemic revealed the glaring weaknesses of the world’s premier public health agency — and just how much work it would take to reform it.

#atlanta-ga, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #electronic-health-records, #epidemics, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #frieden-thomas-r, #masks, #medicine-and-health, #quarantines, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #walensky-rochelle

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