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Banning the Homeless Won’t Keep California From Burning

The day before the county’s encampment ban, a group of Topanga residents submitted a letter urging the board to “take action … to prevent camping fires and similar high-risk human behaviors, in order to protect our lives, homes, and community, including the homeless themselves.” Public comment submitted by concerned citizens in favor of the ban […]

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The Democrats’ High-Stakes Sprint Through a Legislative Minefield

However, this will be a hassle, to put it mildly. If Democrats decide to do a new reconciliation bill—that is, separate from the reconciliation bill they are currently writing, which includes a flock of Democratic agenda items (more on that later)—that will involve several time-consuming procedural steps, including two vote-a-ramas: marathon amendment voting sessions that […]

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Vaccine Mandates and the God-Given Right to Spread Covid

It’s unclear exactly how these religious exemptions—and all the complexities that come with them—will unfold in the courts. Laws vary from state to state, and even the federal government is playing catch-up. “An agency may be required to provide a reasonable accommodation to employees who communicate to the agency that they are not vaccinated against […]

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The Case for Partisanship

Conceived as an inducement to moderation, bipartisanship sits on the cusp of delivering a final victory to the ideologues of the right. Why? The question answers itself. Donald Trump was a demagogue, an idiot, and a boor who spent most of his time launching wild attacks on political opponents inside and outside his party and […]

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How Congress Created the Peril of Trump’s Harrowing Final Days

High-flying journalist and author Bob Woodward once again has the Beltway buzzing over a Donald Trump book. Peril, co-authored by Washington Post reporter Robert Costa, is Woodward’s third book on the former president in as many years and focuses on the president’s final, desperate days in office. Its biggest revelation thus far is that General […]

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How Does Don Jr. Roll?

The company’s own sales pitch to win the lease described a well-maintained building that needed little more than a paint job for the agencies to move in. But Chicora embarked on a renovation that unleashed asbestos, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and environmental assessments done by the county, and demolished multiple floors […]

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How Tucker Carlson Lost It

Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson was born in San Francisco in 1969. He was the older of two sons. (Carlson’s brother is named Buckley Swanson Peck Carlson, which suggests the family’s conservative bona fides.) His father, Dick, was a newsman turned banker turned politician, with a penchant for the kinds of red meat culture war stories […]

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How Kyrsten Sinema Convinced the Beltway Media That She’s the Sensible, Pragmatic One

It’s a familiar, frustrating dynamic for those who have followed conflict between the Democrats’ right and left flank. Progressives are never given credit for showing their work, they are at best starry-eyed romantics and at worst dangerously foolish. They have rejected the risks associated with deficit spending out of hand and want to use the […]

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The Expanded Child Tax Credit Was a Godsend to Struggling Families. Will Democrats Save It?

As Democrats continue to wrangle over what’s to be included in the budget bill, it remains unclear whether a permanent extension of the CTC will survive, despite its efficacy and popularity. Congressional Democrats have included a CTC extension in their massive, multitrillion-dollar budget bill. That measure, which includes a laundry list of progressive priorities, must […]

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Donald Trump Is Running for President, and It Will Be Just as Bizarre as Last Time

What was the weirdest thing that Donald Trump did on Saturday, the twentieth anniversary of 9/11? It is not immediately obvious. While the four other men who served as president during the twenty-first century attended ceremonies honoring the dead, Trump spent the day as only he could, which is to say he dawdled through the […]

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Why Moderate House Democrats Torture Their Colleagues—and Why They’re Wrong

What this means for moderates, I believe, is two things. First, like it or not, it’s a lot harder now to distance oneself from the national party. The whole country watches the same cable news shows. Voters know more than ever about what the parties stand for. Whatever the national party does, the local member […]

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Sorry, Everyone, but Congress Is Bringing Back Debt Ceiling Foolishness

“The fact that we even moved into using extraordinary measures, as though that’s normal practice, just is a reflection of how irresponsible Congress has become at doing the things that need to get done,” said Maya MacGuineas, the president of the Center for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonprofit watchdog organization. Yellen warned in a […]

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Why Would Corporate America Save Reproductive Rights?

From the Lochner era onward, the Supreme Court’s fealty to protecting corporate wealth has been so comprehensive that it would be hard to believe that the conservative justices who recently opted not to stop Texas’s new abortion bounty law, S.B. 8, didn’t consider whether their decision would be bad for business. It was the Roberts […]

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Biden’s Done His Part on Vaccines. Now (Gulp!) It’s Up to America.

There was a tone of both sadness and anger in Biden’s voice Friday morning when the president, during a visit to a Washington school, responded to a reporter’s question about the purported “overreach” of his vaccine requirements. “I am so disappointed,” Biden said, “that, particularly, some of the Republican governors have been so cavalier with […]

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The Things We Carried Home

What scares the hell out of me is that I understand them because, in weak moments on dark nights, I feel those tendencies—those urges to lash out at authority, the apocalyptic anger at the world for all the disgusting things that happened in Afghanistan and friends I needlessly lost, the indignation that any concept of […]

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Is It Finally Curtains for Roe?

Here, as in Dobbs, both constitutional text and history, as well as the court’s own precedent, require the same result—upholding the lower court decision. After all, at the same time the framers of the Fourteenth Amendment drafted that amendment, they also enacted a long list of race-conscious legislation designed to guarantee equality of opportunity for […]

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How Is the Media Still Screwing Up Covid Stories?

There is already so much bad news about Covid-19 that no one needs to look very hard to find it. On Memorial Day, the United States was hovering around 25,000 new cases a day; on Labor Day, the figure is more than six times higher. The daily death total is about where it was last […]

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Kevin McCarthy Really Doesn’t Want the January 6 Committee to See Those Phone Records

“There’s two issues here. Number one, I don’t think this is a single member of Congress, is it?” Wheeler said. “And number two, the data that he chooses? No. This is about an insurrection.” Conspicuously, Carr, a former telecommunications attorney and aide to former FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, is married to Machalagh Carr, McCarthy’s general […]

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Getting to the U.S. Is Just the First Hurdle for Afghan Refugees

Parolees, however, are not eligible for the same benefits as SIV refugees under the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, Peck noted. For example, people on humanitarian parole are required to secure vaccinations within a week of arrival: “If they arrived directly here as SIV holders, that would be covered through […]

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The Filibuster Is Blocking Roe v. Wade From Becoming the Law of the Land

“We need to restore balance to the Court after Donald Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell blatantly stole the seats of Justice Scalia and Justice Ginsburg,” Markey said in a statement on Thursday. (As Senate majority leader, McConnell blocked President Barack Obama from filling the vacant seat left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in […]

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Two Frontline Workers on Day One of Texas’s New Abortion Ban

“I said that many times over the summer: Roe is going to fall before we even hear that case.” I haven’t been working in clinics this week, and I don’t know if that’s good or bad. When other terrible political things have happened in this country over the past few years, I’ve been providing abortion […]

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The GOP Is Building Its Midterm Strategy on a Mountain of Hypocrisy

Appearing at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library on Wednesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy argued that Joe Biden’s presidency was already a failure. “To be a successful president, you have to have the faith, the trust, and the confidence of the American public,” he said in conversation with radio host Hugh Hewitt. “I think over […]

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Is This the End of Roe v. Wade?

To that end, Texas officials offered a wave of procedural defenses against the providers’ lawsuit in a brief filed Tuesday evening to the Supreme Court. They argue that the providers lack legal standing to sue them. There is no “case or controversy” under Article III for federal courts to adjudicate in this lawsuit, the state […]

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Here’s What Happens When Texas’s Extreme Abortion Ban Goes Into Effect

Signed by Governor Greg Abbott in May, S.B. 8 appears to be modeled on the local abortion bans trumpeted by Dixon and other anti-abortion extremists in the past two years—it bans abortion before most people even know they’re pregnant, and deploys a similar enforcement mechanism. (When I interviewed Dixon in March 2020, he told me […]

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Welcome to the Climate-Covid Convergence

While “we can feel a little overwhelmed” by these compounding crises, there is an upside, Basu added. “If we have appropriate, aggressive, bold policy that can address these crises, we can be solving a lot of problems at once.” “There can be a virtuous circle,” Trisos said. “Potential climate change adaptation actions can also be […]

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The Ivermectin Boom Is the Inevitable Product of Our Crass Culture Wars

But the vast majority of the ill-fated vaccination campaign, not to mention the devastating surge in cases and deaths caused by widespread distrust and hostility toward the shot, wouldn’t happen under Trump’s presidency—it would happen under Joe Biden’s. And it would play out in a political context primed not only by deeply entrenched partisanship, but […]

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The Media Is Blowing the Afghanistan Story—Again

As the American withdrawal from Afghanistan accelerated toward catastrophe—the Taliban sweeping across the country, tens of thousands of Afghans desperately trying to exit the country, an unknown number of Americans not evacuated—a media narrative rapidly crystallized. Here, at long last, was not just the first true crisis of the Biden administration, but an epochal failure: […]

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How Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi Beat the Moderates

The story seems to always go like this: A Democratic administration wants to pass a major policy initiative. Democrats, in theory, have the votes to pass it. A group of rabble-rousers—almost always moderates, maybe or maybe not coincidentally—gums up the process. Heated negotiations ensue. The rebellion fails. Democrats move on to passing the policy initiative, […]

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New York’s New Governor Wants You to Forget Some Things

Hochul remains an admired figure in Buffalo and Erie County, which is closer to Detroit than to New York’s main population centers downstate. From working-class roots she went to law school and into Washington legislative jobs in the 1980s, notably for legendary New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. But Buffalo pulled Hochul back when her […]

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Twenty Years After 9/11, Are We Any Smarter?

The bipartisan front has benefits. In June, Congress passed a sweeping bill providing $250 billion in funding for technology research and manufacturing, hoping to bolster America’s ability to compete with China. “There is a surprising degree of agreement between, let’s call it the Trump tribe, and the internationalist tribe,” said Joseph Nye, pointing to this […]

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