Tag: Federal-State Relations (US)

As the Virus Spikes, Vaccine Distribution Is One More Hurdle for States

The coronavirus vaccine may end the pandemic at some point, but for now its slow rollout is straining relations between the federal government and states and cities, and is adding one more huge challenge for overstressed health departments. In a tweet on Friday, President Trump said the states were to blame for the slow start […]

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Supreme Court to Hear Case on Trump’s Medicaid Work Requirements

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether the Trump administration may impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients, an issue that could become moot if the Biden administration eliminates the requirements. In February, a unanimous three-judge panel of a federal appeals court in Washington struck down the requirements, which would have denied […]

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How Progressive States Can Respond to Conservative Courts

President Trump and his allies in the Senate have packed the federal courts with more than 200 conservative judges over the last four years, including three Supreme Court justices. In doing so, Mr. Trump made explicit that he wants “his” judges, and the 6-to-3 conservative majority on the court, to achieve what he could not […]

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Trump’s Hard-Line Immigration Policies Go Before Voters

McALLEN, Texas — The leadership of the Department of Homeland Security gathered on Thursday under the shadow of 30-foot, black-painted, steel bollards to promote the near completion of 400 miles of President Trump’s border wall. The politics of the moment, five days before the election, was lost on no one. “The only reason we haven’t […]

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In Voting Cases, Chief Justice Roberts Is Alone but in Control

WASHINGTON — In a little over a week, the Supreme Court issued five sets of orders in election cases. In three of them, Democrats prevailed. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote an opinion in only one of the cases, and it was only a paragraph long. It sketched out a distinction that no other […]

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New York Sues Trump Over ‘Anarchist’ Label

The Trump administration’s attempt to strip New York City of federal funds because the administration viewed it as an “anarchist jurisdiction” could cost the city as much as $12 billion — money for the cash-starved subway, for the Police Department and for the city’s efforts to treat coronavirus patients, city officials said on Thursday. President […]

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Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court Could Take Us Backward

Amy Coney Barrett has been following recent precedent in her confirmation hearing before the Senate, pretending that she has never had an interesting thought in her life. Is it illegal to intimidate voters at the polls? She didn’t want to weigh in. A president postponing an election? Hmm. She’d have to think about that. What […]

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Federal Official Threatens Nevada for Halting Rapid Tests in Nursing Homes

The leader of the nation’s coronavirus testing efforts condemned Nevada’s health department on Friday for ordering nursing homes to discontinue two brands of government-issued rapid coronavirus tests that the state had found to be inaccurate. “Bottom line, the recommendations in the Nevada letter are unjustified and not scientifically valid,” Adm. Brett Giroir, an assistant secretary […]

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Trump Is Killing the Economy Out of Spite

Last year Donald Trump called Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, a “nasty, vindictive, horrible person.” Actually, she isn’t — but he is. Trump’s vindictiveness has become a major worry as the election approaches. He has already signaled that he won’t accept the result if he loses, which seems increasingly likely though not certain. Nobody knows […]

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States Scramble to Avert Conflicts at Polling Places

The day after the presidential debate, the phones began to ring at the clerk’s office in Ada County, Idaho, with a handful of residents worried about their safety at the polls. Election officials hastily added training for poll workers on what to do if someone shows up armed. In Orange County, Calif., law enforcement officers […]

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Delayed Homeland Security Report Warns of ‘Lethal’ White Supremacy

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security warned on Tuesday that violent white supremacy was the “most persistent and lethal threat in the homeland” in an annual assessment that a former intelligence chief had accused the agency of withholding in deference to President Trump. The intelligence chief-turned-whistle-blower last month accused the department of blocking the […]

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Is Amy Coney Barrett Joining a Supreme Court Built for the Wealthy?

Much of the public anxiety about Amy Coney Barrett — judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Notre Dame law professor and Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court — has focused on the question of abortion, and whether as a believer in originalism and a practicing Catholic she would be […]

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Short of Money to Run Elections, Local Authorities Turn to Private Funds

WASHINGTON — Facing mounting expenses and with Congress yet to provide more money, election administrators across the country are struggling to meet the extraordinary costs of holding an election amid a pandemic. With Election Day nearly five weeks away and early voting underway in some states, many municipalities and states are turning to alternative sources […]

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Justice Dept. Threatens to Withhold Federal Funds From N.Y., Seattle and Portland

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr on Monday escalated the Trump administration’s attacks on Democratic-led cities by threatening to withhold federal funding from New York, Seattle and Portland, Ore., over their responses to protests against police brutality, portraying them as inadequate as President Trump seeks to make the unrest a cornerstone of his re-election […]

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As Courts Back Broad Mail-In Voting, DeJoy Apologizes for Missteps

Courts on both sides of the United States issued rulings on Thursday that could expand mail-in voting in the election in November, as the postmaster general privately apologized to state officials for missteps in his agency’s efforts to educate voters on mail-in ballots. In Pennsylvania, the state Supreme Court paved the way for more mail-in […]

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As Courts Uphold Broad Mail-In Voting, DeJoy Apologizes for Missteps

Courts on both sides of the United States issued rulings on Thursday that could expand mail-in voting in the election in November, as the postmaster general privately apologized to state officials for missteps in his agency’s efforts to educate voters on mail-in ballots. In Pennsylvania, the state Supreme Court paved the way for more mail-in […]

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Barr Told Prosecutors to Consider Sedition Charges for Protest Violence

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr told federal prosecutors in a call last week that they should consider charging rioters and others who committed violent crimes at protests in recent months with sedition, according to two people familiar with the call. The highly unusual suggestion to charge people with insurrection against lawful authority alarmed […]

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Veterans Fortify the Ranks of Militias Aligned With Trump’s Views

WASHINGTON — Emboldened by President Trump’s campaign platform of law and order, militia groups have bolstered their strength before Election Day by attracting military veterans who bring weapons and tactical skills viewed as important to the organizations. The role of veterans in the newly proliferating militia groups — which sometimes are steeped in racism and […]

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In Cities Republicans Have Ignored, Trump Sees Only Democratic Problems

ImageA police officer in Portland, Ore., last month. Over the decades, the Republican Party has participated less in the conversation on solutions to urban problems. Credit…David Ryder for The New York Times Minneapolis, Chicago, Portland, Ore., and Kenosha, Wis., are first and foremost “Democrat cities” in President Trump’s telling. They have Democratic mayors, Democratic policies, Democratic […]

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Trump Administration Promise to Focus on Extremism Remains Unfulfilled

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security launched an effort a year ago this month to address domestic terrorism, white nationalist threats and other acts of homegrown violence, a major shift for an agency created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to protect the country from foreign terrorism Today the plan to carry out that […]

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Portland Shooting Amplifies Tensions in Presidential Race

PORTLAND, Ore. — A fatal shooting in Portland, Ore., over the weekend led President Trump to unleash a torrent of tweets and attacks on Sunday, capping a volatile week of street violence that is becoming a major theme in the final weeks of the 2020 campaign. On Saturday, a man affiliated with a right-wing group […]

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April Was Trump’s Cruelest Month

On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence peddled an extraordinary fantasy about Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus. Pence’s tale of heroic, decisive leadership was so completely at odds with reality that pretty much the only words he spoke that weren’t lies were “a,” “and,” and “the.” And most media organizations did, indeed, point out the […]

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Here’s How Moving to Work Remotely Could Affect Your Taxes

If you decided to ride out the pandemic at your out-of-state vacation house or with your parents in the suburbs, you may be in for an unpleasant reality: a hefty tax bill. Given the complexity of state tax laws, accountants are advising their clients to track the number of days they spend working out of […]

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A Historic Supreme Court Ruling Upends Courts in Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. — Kelsey Lipp was sitting in jail, charged with robbery and murder, when her lawyer walked into court with three pieces of paper and a new plan to get her case thrown out. The documentation he had looked sparse: A letter identifying Ms. Lipp as a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and grainy […]

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The Arc of Homeland Security Bends Toward Trump. Chad Wolf Bends With It.

WASHINGTON — It took only 24 hours after President Trump attacked New York City in his State of the Union address for the president’s man at the Department of Homeland Security to act. Chad F. Wolf had joined the department nearly two decades before as a midlevel staff member to help the sprawling new agency […]

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I’m the Police Chief in Portland. Violence Isn’t the Answer.

After the horrendous killing of George Floyd, people in Portland, Ore., joined with thousands across the country in demonstrations to address police reform and widespread systemic racism. The leaders of the Portland Police Bureau denounced this tragic death, and we reiterated our willingness to engage in reforms. But Portland has now faced weeks of extreme […]

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Homeland Security Shuts Down ‘Intelligence’ Reports on Journalists

WASHINGTON — The acting secretary of homeland security said on Friday that he had shut down an intelligence examination of the work of reporters covering the government’s response to protests in Portland, Ore., beginning an investigation into what he suggested was an infringement on First Amendment rights. The effort by the Department of Homeland Security’s […]

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Help Me Find Trump’s ‘Anarchists’ in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — I’ve been on the front lines of the protests here, searching for the “radical-left anarchists” who President Trump says are on Portland streets each evening. I thought I’d found one: a man who for weeks leapt into the fray and has been shot four times with impact munitions yet keeps coming back. […]

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Federal Tactical Teams to Withdraw From Portland, Governor Says

Federal tactical teams that have clashed with protesters in Portland in recent weeks will soon begin leaving the city, Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon said Wednesday. The federal agents will begin leaving downtown on Thursday, Ms. Brown said in a statement. An agreement between federal and state officials calls for the Oregon State Police to […]

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Fact Checking the Portland Protests: How Violent Are They?

PORTLAND, Ore. — Attorney General William P. Barr forcefully defended the federal response to long-running protests in Portland on Tuesday, telling the House Judiciary Committee that the protests had become violent. The federal intervention has been condemned by state and city officials, but Mr. Barr argued it was necessary to prevent violence from spreading to […]

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From the Start, Federal Agents Demanded a Role in Suppressing Anti-Racism Protests

WASHINGTON — From the earliest days of the recent protests against police brutality and racism, some top federal law enforcement officials viewed the demonstrators with alarm and called for an aggressive federal response that two months later continues to escalate. A memo from the deputy director of the F.B.I., dated June 2, demanded an immediate […]

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