Tag: Law and Legislation

U.S. Bill Supporting Hong Kong Rights Heads to Trump’s Desk

A bill compelling the United States to support pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong could arrive on President Trump’s desk as soon as Thursday morning, potentially complicating the administration’s talks with China to end the trade war. The bill, passed by the Senate on Tuesday, would require the government to impose sanctions on Chinese officials responsible […]

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In Warning to Hong Kong’s Courts, China Shows Who Is Boss

BEIJING — After months of relative restraint, China’s Communist government this week took its most decisive steps to intervene in Hong Kong’s political crisis, signaling a more forceful response that could further inflame tensions in the Chinese territory. China’s top legislative body, the National People’s Congress, warned that it would use its authority, if necessary, […]

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House Moves to Stave Off Another Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday voted to extend government funding for another month, rushing to ward off a government shutdown and setting up a pre-Christmas clash over spending just as the House is likely to be considering whether to impeach President Trump. With just days before funding for the entire government is set to […]

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The Latest Failure in the War on Drugs

In September 2018, the rapper Mac Miller died of a drug overdose — a toxic combination of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol. Three men were charged with distributing the drugs that allegedly led to his death. In July, Tyler Skaggs, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, died from asphyxia. Fentanyl, oxycodone and alcohol were found in […]

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Bill Barr, the Man From 1980

In two recent speeches, one at Notre Dame and the other before the Federalist Society, Attorney General Bill Barr infuriated people already infuriated with him by issuing extended attacks on contemporary liberalism. The first speech, a defense of religious liberty and religious conservatism, attacked the “growing ascendancy of secularism and the doctrine of moral relativism” […]

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Hong Kong Protests: Hundreds Arrested at a University and a Warning from Beijing

About 100 protesters remained holed up inside a Hong Kong university on Tuesday, as a standoff between the students and the police stretched into a third day. Hundreds more who had spent days clashing with the police were detained after heavily armed officers surrounded the school and gave the protesters few options but to surrender […]

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Barr Bridges the Reagan Revolution and Trump on Executive Power

WASHINGTON — The midst of a swelling impeachment inquiry over abuse-of-power allegations might seem like an odd moment for Attorney General William P. Barr to deliver a high-profile speech linking his lifelong vision of maximalist presidential power with a defense of President Trump’s use of executive authority. But a head-turning, at times partisan speech that […]

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Can Hong Kong’s Courts Save the City?

ImageProtesters clashed with riot police at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Sha Tin on Tuesday.Credit…Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times HONG KONG — It both comforts and depresses me, as a lawyer who has practiced for four decades, that every day over the past few months I have been besieged on […]

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Planned Parenthood Awarded $2 Million in Lawsuit Over Secret Videos

Planned Parenthood was awarded as much as $2.2 million in damages on Friday, after a federal jury in San Francisco ruled that an anti-abortion activist had broken federal and state laws when he secretly recorded workers for the organization. The activist, David R. Daleiden, recorded the videos in 2015 in an attempt to show that […]

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Did Trump Commit ‘Bribery’? Pelosi’s Impeachment Accusation, Explained

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week explicitly accused President Trump of “bribery,” suggesting after hearings in the impeachment investigation opened that he is guilty of one of the few specific offenses listed in the Constitution as a basis for impeaching and removing a president. “The devastating testimony corroborated evidence of bribery uncovered in […]

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Elizabeth Warren Vows to Expand Health Coverage in First 100 Days

WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren vowed on Friday to pass major health care legislation in her first 100 days as president, unveiling a new, detailed plan to significantly expand public health insurance coverage as a first step, and promising to pass a “Medicare for all” system that would cover all Americans by the end of […]

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County Clerks Revolt Over N.Y. Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

When New York lawmakers passed the so-called Green Light Law in June, it was hailed a landmark victory by those who had fought for the measure for more than two decades. The law makes New York one of 14 states that allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, which proponents argue will help them avoid […]

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Tampons to Be Taxed as Essential, Not Luxury, Items in Germany

BERLIN — Long classified in Germany as “luxury goods” taxed at the highest possible rate, tampons, pads and other menstrual products will soon join bread, books and cut flowers on the list of items considered “necessary for everyday life.” The change, set to take effect on Jan. 1, will reduce the tax on menstrual products […]

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Handcuffed for Selling Churros: Inside the World of Illegal Food Vendors

The hot dog carts that are synonymous with New York City street food are run mostly by men. So are the ice cream stands in Central Park, and the halal carts dishing out aromatic tins of chicken and rice in Midtown. But just as much a part of New York City life, if harder to […]

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Discussing Guns in America Is Difficult. Let’s Try It.

How can ordinary Americans move the debate about guns and gun violence forward, when it seems our legislators cannot? We thought a conversation might be the right way to start. We paired readers with differing perspectives about guns and American society and asked them to discuss gun violence and legislation. Specifically, we asked them to […]

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Is It a Crime to Encourage Unauthorized Immigration? The Supreme Court Will Decide

WASHINGTON — A 1986 federal law makes it a crime to “encourage” unauthorized immigrants to come to or stay in the United States. “The statute potentially criminalizes the simple words — spoken to a son, a wife, a parent, a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker, a student, a client — ‘I encourage you to stay […]

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F.B.I. and Prosecutors Try Speaking Plainly About Domestic Terrorism

OAKWOOD VILLAGE, Ohio — As a group of prominent black pastors listened, the top federal prosecutor in northern Ohio, Justin E. Herdman, spoke recently at Mount Zion church about the prospect that a gunman could target one of their congregations. The subtext was clear. Mr. Herdman is among a group of federal law enforcement officials […]

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Ukraine Affair Thrusts White House Lawyer Into Center of Crisis

WASHINGTON — The complaints came to the National Security Council’s top lawyer within hours of each other in early July. Two senior aides said they feared that one of President Trump’s top political appointees was improperly pressuring Ukrainian officials to help the president’s political fortunes. The lawyer, John A. Eisenberg, remained impassive, taking notes as […]

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Congressional Democrats to Revive Equal Rights Amendment Push

Democrats, buoyed by their party’s electoral sweep in Virginia this week, plan on Friday to revive the Equal Rights Amendment in Congress, embarking on what they hope is a final push to add the nearly century-old measure to enshrine equality of the sexes into the Constitution. Representative Jerrold Nadler, the New York Democrat who is […]

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Animal Cruelty Moves One Step Closer to Being a Federal Crime

A bill was unanimously passed in the Senate on Tuesday that, if signed into law, would make animal cruelty a federal felony punishable with fines and up to seven years in prison. The bipartisan bill, sponsored by Senator Pat Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, and Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, got unanimous support and is […]

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Powerful Coalition Pushes Back on Anti-Tech Fervor

WASHINGTON — Thomas Lambert, a professor at the University of Missouri’s law school, gave his former colleague Josh Hawley a warning before Mr. Hawley became a senator in January. Mr. Lambert had been wary of Mr. Hawley’s decision in 2017, as Missouri’s attorney general, to open an antitrust investigation into Google, saying he didn’t see […]

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Tucson Rejects Sanctuary Status as Places Across U.S. Vote on Their Futures

In Arizona, a red state known for its strict immigration policies, Tucson has earned a reputation as a spot of blue. But at the ballot box on Tuesday, voters overwhelmingly rejected an initiative to turn Tucson into a sanctuary city for migrants. The initiative, Tucson Families Free and Together, or Proposition 205, would have restricted […]

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Airbnb Suffered a Big Defeat in Jersey City. Here’s What That Means.

If you are hoping to book a cheap stay just a short train ride away from the bustle of Manhattan, good luck finding an Airbnb in Jersey City. On Tuesday, Jersey City residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of stricter regulations on short-term rentals that will almost certainly shrink the number of Airbnb listings in New […]

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