Tag: Law and Legislation

Congress Eyes More Spending as Virus Surges and Economy Struggles

WASHINGTON — There is a growing recognition across party lines that Congress will need to spend more money, soon, to continue to prop up the American economy during the coronavirus recession. But there is little consensus on what that next aid package will look like and how quickly it will arrive before the end of […]

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How Chief Justice Roberts Solved His Abortion Dilemma

Here’s a thought experiment. You’re John Roberts, not only the chief justice of the United States but the head of the entire federal judicial branch. After 15 years on the job, you find yourself in an exquisitely tough spot. On the one hand, you’re confronted with a rogue court — the United States Court of […]

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Buried in N.J.’s Budget Cuts: a Break for a Billionaire

New Jersey lawmakers passed a stopgap three-month budget this week that included $4 billion in cuts. The temporary spending plan was described in news releases as “painful,” “austere” and “bare bones,” a bitter but necessary pill to offset the devastating toll the coronavirus has taken on the state’s finances. It was fast-tracked to meet Wednesday’s […]

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Congress Extends Small Business Loan Program for 5 Weeks

WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday agreed to extend for five weeks a popular pandemic relief loan program for small businesses, sending President Trump legislation to give companies more time to apply for federal help under an initiative created by the stimulus law. The move to extend the Paycheck Protection Program through Aug. 8, which […]

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Congress Extends Small Business Loan Program for 5 Weeks

WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday agreed to extend for five weeks a popular pandemic relief loan program for small businesses, sending President Trump legislation to give companies more time to apply for federal help under an initiative created by the stimulus law. The move to extend the Paycheck Protection Program through Aug. 8, which […]

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He Says a Union Fired Him Over His Push for Police Reform

When Gabriel Acevero, a Maryland state legislator employed by a union local, introduced a bill last year to roll back protections for police accused of misconduct, he was stepping on a potential fault line. His union, Local 1994 of the United Food and Commercial Workers, represents thousands of Black and Latino workers in food services […]

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He Says a Union Fired Him Over His Push for Police Reform

When Gabriel Acevero, a Maryland state legislator employed by a union local, introduced a bill last year to roll back protections for police accused of misconduct, he was stepping on a potential fault line. His union, Local 1994 of the United Food and Commercial Workers, represents thousands of Black and Latino workers in food services […]

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How China’s Security Law Scammed Hong Kong

ImageA police officer in Hong Kong on Tuesday standing guard near protesters opposing Beijing’s new national security legislation for the city. The law criminalizes, among other things, threats to China’s national unity, including calls for Hong Kong to become independent from the mainland.Credit…Vincent Yu/Associated Press After many years of rejecting the people of Hong Kong’s […]

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China’s National Security Law for Hong Kong, Explained

The sweeping new national security law that China imposed on Hong Kong, aimed at stamping out opposition to the ruling Communist Party in the former British colony, is as “devastating” as some critics feared, a human-rights activist said on Wednesday. Conceived in secrecy and passed on Tuesday without serious public input, the law sets up […]

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Mississippi Governor Signs Law to Remove Flag With Confederate Emblem

JACKSON, Miss. — Just a few weeks ago, as Mississippi lawmakers mobilized to take down the only state flag in the nation with the Confederate battle emblem embedded into it, Gov. Tate Reeves said the choice was not theirs to make. “It should be the people who make that decision,” Mr. Reeves told reporters then, […]

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China Imposes Security Law on Hong Kong, Brushing Aside Opponents

A year after protesters in Hong Kong jubilantly defied Chinese rule, the national leader, Xi Jinping, has opened a long-term counteroffensive in the territory, signing a new security law on Tuesday that sets obedience to Beijing above the former British colony’s civil freedoms. Conceived in secrecy and passed with intimidating speed, the law has ignited […]

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Mnuchin and Powell to Offer Mixed Views of Economic Recovery

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell will present a mixed picture of the U.S. economy in testimony before Congress on Tuesday afternoon as lawmakers prepare for negotiations over another round of stimulus. The joint appearance of America’s two top economic policymakers comes as the coronavirus pandemic is resurgent […]

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Universities and Tech Giants Back National Cloud Computing Project

Leading universities and major technology companies agreed on Tuesday to back a new project intended to give academics and other scientists access to the computing resources now available mainly to a few tech giants. The initiative, the National Research Cloud, has received bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate. Lawmakers in both houses […]

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The Supreme Court Stopped Anti-Abortion Momentum. For Now.

For anti-abortion activists, Monday’s Supreme Court ruling against a Louisiana law delivered a stinging and surprising setback. But perhaps not for long. The anti-abortion movement has a long pipeline of new cases that, if taken up by the Supreme Court, could present a more direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that established […]

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Abortion Rises as a Pivotal Issue for At-Risk Senate Republicans

It did not take Sara Gideon long to leverage Monday’s Supreme Court ruling on abortion in her race against Senator Susan Collins. When Ms. Collins, a Maine Republican, cast a decisive vote to confirm Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in 2018, she did so on the premise that he would uphold precedent […]

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John Roberts Is No Pro-Choice Hero

The Supreme Court upheld abortion rights on Monday, with Chief Justice John Roberts concurring with the liberals on the court to strike down a Louisiana anti-abortion law. That sentence might surprise a lot of people, given that the chief justice is a staunch conservative, and that the court now has a solid right-wing majority. President […]

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House Votes to Limit Health Costs as Drug Maker Adds Price Tag to Virus Treatment

WASHINGTON — House Democrats, moving to sharpen the distinction between themselves and Republicans as the coronavirus pandemic rages, passed legislation on Monday that would ensure that Americans paid no more than 8.5 percent of their income for health insurance and would allow the government to negotiate prices with drug makers. The House passed the bill, […]

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After Setbacks, a Surprising Win for the Abortion-Rights Movement

WASHINGTON — After months of dire warnings about the impending end of abortion access in the United States, the abortion-rights movement was handed a surprise victory by the Supreme Court on Monday. The 5-to-4 striking down of a Louisiana law was a clear win for the abortion-rights movement, and, at least for now, preserved the […]

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A Conversation With a Police Union Leader

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher In the weeks since George Floyd was killed by the Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, Americans have been confronting hard questions about bias and racism within law enforcement — and what the role of the police should […]

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China’s New National Security Law Looms Over Hong Kong

Chinese lawmakers meeting from Sunday could approve a national security law as early as this week, drastically curbing political protest and dissent in Hong Kong and adding to China’s tensions with Western powers. The National People’s Congress Standing Committee — an arm of China’s Communist Party-run legislature — discussed the draft law this month, and […]

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Uber Rides Cost More? OK

The underpinning of countless Silicon Valley success stories is a method of commerce that treats millions of workers as disposable and deprives them of protections regular employees enjoy, like employer-paid health care. Keeping Uber drivers and DoorDash food couriers classified as contractors saves the companies billions in costs and has helped fuel billions more in […]

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Obamacare Faces Unprecedented Test as Economy Sinks

The Affordable Care Act, the landmark health law that has been a subject of caustic debate for more than a decade, is being tested as never before, as millions of Americans lose their jobs and medical coverage in the midst of the nation’s gravest health crisis in a century. The law is offering a vast […]

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Hong Kong Protests: In Seizing Control, China Sidelines its Allies

BEIJING — China’s Communist Party has long pursued its agenda in Hong Kong by working through loyalists among the city’s top officials, lawmakers and tycoons. That behind-the-scenes approach was a key feature in preserving considerable autonomy for the territory. Now, as the party prepares to grab more power in Hong Kong after months of sometimes […]

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House Approves D.C. Statehood in Historic Vote

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted nearly along party lines on Friday to grant statehood to Washington, D.C., the first time a chamber of Congress has approved establishing the nation’s capital as a state. The legislation, which is unlikely to advance in the Republican-led Senate, would establish a 51st state — Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, […]

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Disgraced Lobbyist Jack Abramoff Headed Back to Jail

Jack Abramoff, the disgraced lobbyist whose corruption became a symbol of the excesses of Washington influence peddling, is set to return to jail for violating the law that was amended in response to his earlier crimes, law enforcement officials said on Thursday. Prosecutors said Mr. Abramoff, 62, is the first person charged with flouting the […]

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Senate Democrats Threaten to Block G.O.P. Police Reform Bill

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday signaled that they would block Republicans’ attempts to advance a narrow bill to change policing practices, rejecting the measure as “woefully inadequate” and calling on Senator Mitch McConnell to negotiate a more expansive one that both parties could support. Their decision, outlined in a letter to Mr. McConnell, Republican […]

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Qualified Immunity Protection for Police Emerges as Flash Point Amid Protests

WASHINGTON — Long before the death of George Floyd set off a nationwide uproar over police brutality, before protests erupted in 2014 over the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a 50-year-old man named Wayne Jones took a night stroll through the streets of Martinsburg, W.Va. A police officer saw Mr. Jones walking illegally […]

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We Can Find Common Ground on Gay Rights and Religious Liberty

Last week’s Supreme Court ruling extending employment-discrimination protections to L.G.B.T. Americans — in a 6-to-3 decision, with a conservative justice writing the majority opinion and another conservative, the chief justice, joining it — was a milestone. Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia overjoyed many progressives and L.G.B.T. advocates, who will redouble their push for the Equality […]

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What if the Supreme Court Rules on Abortion and the Country Shrugs?

Remember early March — that week or so before we fully grasped how much our lives were about to change? I was in Washington, D.C., to attend what turned out to be one of the last in-person oral arguments at the Supreme Court for the foreseeable future — the big abortion case out of Louisiana. […]

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The Tempting of Neil Gorsuch

It might surprise contemporary Americans that for most of our history, what we call “culture war” debates — arguments about rights, social justice, the moral organization of society — were often settled through democratic deliberation, rather than the kind of ruling the Supreme Court just delivered on gay and transgender civil rights. Congress debated and […]

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