Tag: Law and Legislation

Trump’s Attempt to Circumvent Congress Leaves Uneasy Senate Republicans With Hard Choice

WASHINGTON — Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Republican of West Virginia, spent the last two weeks hammering out a deal on federal spending and border security with colleagues from both parties, reassured by a sense that Congress was finally asserting itself as a civil, stabilizing force. The feeling did not last. On Friday, President Trump mounted […]

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Watch Out. Tax Season Is Even More Stressful Than Usual.

Take a deep breath, a drink, whatever calms you: It’s tax season. If you have already filed your return and received a satisfying refund, congratulations! You are a lucky person, because many people are having a hard time this year. Oddly, much of the pain comes from a shift that might seem pleasant: sweeping changes […]

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Trump Declared a Border Emergency. Here’s How It Could Be Undone in Court.

ALBUQUERQUE — Almost immediately after President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday so he could proceed with his ambition to build a wall along the border with Mexico, some of his opponents announced their next move: We’ll see you in court. Citing a dearth of evidence for a border crisis and fears over what […]

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News Analysis: Presidents Have Declared Dozens of Emergencies, but None Like Trump’s

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday pointed to nearly five dozen previous instances in which presidents of both parties have declared emergencies as justification for his invocation of extraordinary powers to build his border wall. But there is no precedent for what he has just done. None of the times emergency powers have been invoked […]

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White House Memo: Trump Follows Familiar Playbook When Confronted by a Loss: Distract and Digress

WASHINGTON — Standing in the Rose Garden on Friday morning, President Trump heaped praise on Rush Limbaugh, the right-wing radio show host, who earlier in the week gave his blessing to a bipartisan spending bill that did not include the money Mr. Trump had demanded for a wall. “This guy is unbelievable,” Mr. Trump said. […]

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On Pro Basketball: Finally, the N.B.A. Comes to Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As the N.B.A. prepares for All-Star Game festivities this weekend in Charlotte, N.C., the backdrop to the celebration is unequivocally political, as nearly everything in the divided state seems to be these days. The event was supposed to be in Charlotte in 2017. But in March 2016, the Republican-controlled legislature passed a […]

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Key Takeaways From Trump’s Decision to Use a National Emergency to Build a Border Wall

WASHINGTON — President Trump has decided to roll out the big cannon. In the Rose Garden on Friday, he said he was declaring a national emergency to build a wall on the border with Mexico, using money from other federal accounts, after Congress declined to authorize sufficient funds to satisfy him in legislation that averts […]

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In a Divided Washington, Congress Averted a Shutdown — but at a Price

WASHINGTON — Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, went to bed Wednesday night cautiously optimistic that a shutdown crisis that had stretched back to December had finally ended. Then President Trump awoke in a rage Thursday, feeling cornered into accepting a bipartisan funding deal struck earlier in the week that would deprive him once again […]

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On Washington: In Wielding Emergency Powers, Trump Paves a Dangerous Path Forward

WASHINGTON — Outraged House Republicans sued President Barack Obama in 2014 for spending billions of federal dollars without congressional approval — and won. Now many House and Senate Republicans could side with President Trump for doing what they saw as a grave abuse of power by Mr. Obama — circumventing an unwilling Congress in a […]

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The House Finally Acts on Yemen

Congress has long ignored its constitutional war-making responsibilities, evading difficult questions about military engagement and effectively giving presidents a blank check to decide when and how the military should be involved in hostilities. That the House finally took up that duty on Wednesday andvoted to end military support for Saudi Arabia in the catastrophic civil […]

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The Real Problem With Trump’s National Emergency Plan

President Trump is verging on a declaration of national emergency — purely in order to fund his wall. And if he does, the courts may — or may not — reject his gambit. But the fact that he may actually possess the legal authority to require agencies to waste billions of dollars simply to fulfill […]

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National Emergency Powers and Trump’s Border Wall, Explained

Updated February 14, 2019: Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, announced that President Trump planned to declare a national emergency so he can bypass Congress and build his long-promised wall along the southwestern border. Read the latest here. WASHINGTON — As the budget standoff between President Trump and congressional Democrats grinds into the third week […]

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McConnell Says Trump Plans to Declare National Emergency to Build Border Wall

WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to declare a national emergency so he can bypass Congress and build his long-promised wall along the border even as he signs a spending bill that does not fund it. The move would effectively end a two-month war of attrition between the president and Congress that closed much of the […]

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Congress Expected to Swiftly Pass Border Deal to Prevent Shutdown

WASHINGTON — Congress will move quickly Thursday to pass a border security deal that deprives President Trump of what might be his last chance to build his wall, leaving the White House to decide whether to try to go around Congress to find the money. The Senate will vote first on the legislation, which includes […]

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The Answer Is Blowin’ in the Wind

Your challenge for today is to build your own Green New Deal. You may have heard of the first one, which we’ll call Green for short. It’s a 15-point proposed House resolution with no force of law, but the Republicans have been sniping at it as if it’s a blueprint for the elimination of everything […]

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House Votes to Halt Aid for Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen

WASHINGTON — The House voted on Wednesday to end American military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, a defiant and rare move to curtail presidential war powers that underscored anger with President Trump’s unflagging support for Saudi Arabia even after the killing of a Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi. The 248-177 vote, condemning a […]

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Trump Says He Does Not Want a Government Shutdown as He Moves Toward Embracing Border Deal

WASHINGTON — President Trump declared on Wednesday that he does not want to see the government shut down at midnight Friday and hinted that he has “options that most people don’t understand” to build his border wall without congressional approval. The remarks, which were made to reporters in the Oval Office as he met with […]

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Pelosi Urges Democrats to Back Border Security Deal as Republicans Fall in Line

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged her House Democratic troops to fall in line behind a border-security agreement that deprived President Trump of a win on his long-promised wall but gave more money for border fencing and detention beds than the left wing of her party wanted. “As with all compromises, I say to people, […]

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California Has a High Rate of Police Shootings. Could a New Open-Records Law Change That?

LOS ANGELES — After her son, Eric, was killed by the police in Los Angeles two years ago when officers mistook a water pistol he was holding for a real gun, Valerie Rivera channeled her grief into activism. She joined Black Lives Matter and lobbied the state legislature to open to the public California’s records […]

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Florida School Hires 2 Former Combat Veterans to Take Down Active Shooters

By the end of February, the students at Manatee School for the Arts in Palmetto, Fla., will see two former combat veterans in body armor roaming the grounds, each carrying a 9-millimeter Glock handgun and a semiautomatic rifle with a 17-inch barrel. If an armed intruder were to enter the campus, “we’re not looking for […]

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