Tag: Law and Legislation

Democrats Work to Sell an Unfinished Bill

To get around Republican obstruction, Democrats are using a fast-track process known as reconciliation that shields legislation from a filibuster. That would allow it to pass the 50-50 Senate on a simple majority vote, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting a tiebreaking vote. But it would still require the support of every Democratic senator — […]

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Pramila Jayapal Won’t Let the Biden Presidency Fail

But Jayapal didn’t find the business world fulfilling, and an internship at a nonprofit in Thailand put her on a different path. In her book, she describes visiting Site 2, an enormous refugee camp on the Thai-Cambodian border, in 1989. It was, she said, her “first exposure to the travails, trauma, and the dire situations […]

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Appeals Court Lets Texas Continue to Enforce Near-Total Abortion Ban

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court said on Thursday that a near-total ban on abortions in Texas can remain in effect while the courts decide whether the law violates the Constitution. The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit kept in place its own previous order last week that had temporarily […]

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In Budget Bill, Democrats Bet the Temporary Will Become Permanent

“The idea is that these initiatives will get a good foothold in this legislation, and we can extend them,” said Senator Chris Van Hollen, Democrat of Maryland. “Take the child tax credit. That is something that has been in effect just a few months now, and is already making a huge difference, and is enormously […]

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Democrats Plan Another Bid to Break G.O.P. Voting Rights Filibuster

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats will try again next week to advance a voting rights measure, Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, announced on Thursday, though Republicans are expected to maintain their filibuster against the legislation backed by all Democrats. In a letter laying out the coming agenda for the Senate, Mr. Schumer, Democrat of New […]

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Why Democrats Are Having Trouble in Congress

Despite party control of Congress and the presidency, Democrats are still struggling to enact their agenda. The ballyhooed bipartisan infrastructure deal is stuck in the House, and the sweeping $3.5 trillion reconciliation package has been the source of bitter disputes among party members. The Biden administration set out with hopes for big, bold change — […]

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House Approves Bill to Avert U.S. Default, Sending It to Biden

WASHINGTON — The House gave final approval on Tuesday to legislation that would raise the debt ceiling into early December, postponing the threat of a first-ever federal default even as Republicans vow to reimpose their blockade on a longer-term solution. The vote was 219 to 206 to pass the bill, clearing it for President Biden, […]

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Lawmakers Press to Rescue Afghan Relatives of U.S. Troops

WASHINGTON — More than a month after a frenzied U.S. effort to evacuate thousands facing retribution from the Taliban in Afghanistan, members of Congress are still quietly pushing the government to help extract a small group of stranded Afghans who are direct relatives of American military service members. The service members, some of whom have […]

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As Democrats Trim Spending Bill, Some Americans Fear Being Left Behind

WASHINGTON — Democrats in Congress are curbing their ambitions for President Biden’s economic agenda, and Jennifer Mount, a home health care aide, worries that means she will not get the raise she needs to pay more than $3,000 in medical bills for blindness in one eye. Edison Suasnavas, who came to the United States from […]

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After Killings, U.K. Asks: Should Misogyny Be a Hate Crime?

LONDON — As anger grew in Britain last week over the justice system’s approach to violence against women, the public discourse has turned to a new question: Should misogyny be considered a hate crime? The debate comes amid a broader national outcry over gender-based crimes after the murder of Sarah Everard, whose abduction and killing […]

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Joe Manchin’s Choices on Family Policy

There is an interesting counterfactual scenario for the now-flailing Biden presidency, where the president responded to the initial success of his bipartisan infrastructure push — all those Republicans at the White House, signing up for billions in new spending — by immediately going out and saying, let’s do the same for family policy. In this […]

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Lawmakers See Path to Rein in Tech, but It Isn’t Smooth

WASHINGTON — “Facebook and Big Tech are facing a Big Tobacco moment,” Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, said this week when a whistle-blower testified about how the social media company’s products harmed teenagers. “I think that that’s an appropriate analogy,” Senator Cynthia Lummis, Republican of Wyoming, added later. The whistle-blower’s testimony, and the thousands […]

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Biden Signs Bill to Compensate ‘Havana Syndrome’ Victims

President Biden signed into law on Friday a new government program to compensate C.I.A. officers, State Department diplomats and other federal officials who have suffered traumatic neurological injuries that the intelligence community has yet to figure out, launched by assailants it cannot yet identify. With no ceremony and little public comment, Mr. Biden signed the […]

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Are Tesla and Texas a Perfect Match? It’s Questionable.

Tesla’s move from Silicon Valley to Texas makes sense in many ways: The company’s chief executive, Elon Musk, and the conservative lawmakers who run the state share a libertarian philosophy, favoring few regulations and low taxes. Texas also has room for a company with grand ambitions to grow. “There’s a limit to how big you […]

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California Makes ‘Stealthing,’ or Removing Condom Without Consent, Illegal

California became the first state to make stealthing, the act of removing a condom without consent during intercourse, illegal after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law on Thursday. The bill amends the state’s civil definition of sexual battery, making stealthing a civil offense and giving victims the grounds to sue their assailants for […]

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Liberal Voters Hold Firm to Biden’s Stronger Safety Net

SEATTLE — In the bluest congressional district in the Pacific Northwest, Democrats range from liberal to even more liberal. So as their party moves toward passing a watered-down version of President Biden’s domestic agenda, voters in Washington’s Seventh District, which includes most of Seattle, wrestled this week with a range of feelings. Anger at holdout […]

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‘Long Overdue’: Liberal Voters Hold Firm to Biden’s Stronger Safety Net

SEATTLE — In the bluest congressional district in the Pacific Northwest, Democrats range from liberal to even more liberal. So as their party moves toward passing a watered-down version of President Biden’s domestic agenda, voters in Washington’s Seventh District, which includes most of Seattle, wrestled this week with a range of feelings. Anger at holdout […]

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With Biden Agenda at Stake, Activists Target Sinema, Dividing Democrats

WASHINGTON — In the days after cellphone camera-toting protesters trailed Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona into a university restroom to confront her for opposing parts of President Biden’s agenda, top Senate Democrats drafted a statement of outrage on behalf of their centrist colleague. “Following someone into a bathroom and filming the encounter is plainly inappropriate, […]

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Abortions in Texas Do Not Fully Resume Despite Judge’s Ruling

At least six clinics in Texas returned to performing abortions the day after a federal judge halted enforcement of the nation’s most restrictive abortion measure, but a majority had not, a reflection of the power of the law the judge froze. The novel law, which banned most abortions in the state after cardiac activity is […]

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Flooding Deaths Push Council to Demand Climate Change Plan for New York

Lonnie Portis, the environmental policy coordinator for WE ACT for Environmental Justice, a group that advocates for poor, Black and Latino neighborhoods disproportionately affected by environmental hazards, said the group had worked to make sure the law specifically addressed the needs of those communities, “which are hit first and worst” by climate change. City officials […]

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Texas’ Toxic Heart

But when she pointed to a subtle churn of the lawn in various spots and said that I had moles? That threw me. And that’s when I finally accepted that I hadn’t bought a house. I’d bought a zoo. I moved to my forested neighborhood in Chapel Hill, N.C., in mid-July, and in my first […]

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The Supreme Court’s Pain — and Our Anger

Justice Amy Coney Barrett, speaking not at Notre Dame, where she taught law for 15 years before becoming a federal appeals court judge, but at the University of Louisville, told her audience last month that “my goal today is to convince you that the court is not comprised of a bunch of partisan hacks.” Media […]

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Federal Judge Halts Enforcement of Texas Abortion Law

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday granted the Justice Department’s request to halt enforcement of the recently passed Texas law that bans nearly all abortions in the state, ruling that the law should be put on hold as the legal battle over the statute makes its way through the federal courts. In his 113-page […]

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Senate Republicans Offer to Allow Debt Ceiling Increase Until December

Mr. McConnell’s offer was designed to rob Democrats of the argument that they do not have time to capitulate to his demand. The reconciliation process must start in the House with a budget resolution instructing committees to draft legislation to lift the debt ceiling, and the House is not even in session this week. With […]

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I Designed Algorithms at Facebook. Here’s How to Regulate Them.

That era seems quaint now. Our social media feeds are full of unbidden and fringe content, thanks to social media’s embrace of two key technological developments: personalization, spurred by mass collection of user data through web cookies and Big Data systems, and algorithmic amplification, the use of powerful artificial intelligence to select the content shown […]

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Biden’s Pick for Top Antitrust Official Was a Star Corporate Lawyer

Mr. Kanter left Paul, Weiss in 2020. His growing ties to companies that had competitive complaints against Big Tech companies increasingly brought up conflicts of interest for the firm. While Google is not a Paul, Weiss client, Apple, for example, is. If he joins the Justice Department, the issue of conflicts would probably be one […]

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Biden Calls Curbing Filibuster to Raise Debt Limit ‘a Real Possibility’

WASHINGTON — President Biden said on Tuesday that Democrats are considering a change to Senate filibuster rules to bypass a Republican blockade over raising the debt limit, which has set the United States on a collision course with a government default. “Oh, I think that’s a real possibility,” Mr. Biden said when asked if Democrats […]

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Facebook Whistle-Blower Urges Lawmakers to Regulate the Company

WASHINGTON — A former Facebook product manager who turned into a whistle-blower gave lawmakers an unvarnished look into the inner workings of the world’s largest social network on Tuesday and detailed how the company was deliberate in its efforts to keep people — including children — hooked to its service. In more than three hours […]

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Biden Scales Back His Agenda in Hopes of Bringing Moderates Onboard

WASHINGTON — President Biden and Democratic leaders in Congress in recent days have slashed their ambitions for a major expansion of America’s social safety net to a package worth about $2 trillion or less, which will force hard choices about how to scale back or discard key portions of the president’s agenda. The figure is […]

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Supreme Court Asked to Weigh Foreign Laws in Abortion Case

WASHINGTON — Not so long ago, conservatives found it maddening when U.S. judges cited foreign law in their decisions interpreting the Constitution. When the Supreme Court took account of international trends in a 2005 decision eliminating the juvenile death penalty, for instance, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote a furious dissent. “The basic premise of the court’s […]

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The Supreme Court Has Gone Off the Rails

The Supreme Court has final authority to make difficult judgment calls articulating the powers of government and the limits and constraints upon them. To merit the public trust, these judgments must not appear simply as assertions of individual value choices by the justices or willy-nilly discard long-established court precedents that profoundly affect people’s lives. Nor […]

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