Appeals court keeps Texas abortion law in place

The new decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals extends a previous order that for now keeps in place the Texas law known as Senate Bill 8. It marks the third time since October that the conservative-leaning appeals court has sided with Texas and let the restrictions stand. It leaves the Justice Department

To woo Manchin, Dems could OK climate funds for coal and gas plants

Climate advocates consider that effort, called the Clean Electricity Performance Program, one of the core elements of Democrats’ effort to speed the transition toward solar and wind power and slash greenhouse gas emissions. But Manchin (D-W.Va.) has raised issues with the concept both publicly and privately, putting its inclusion in any final compromise reconciliation bill

Social spending fight may claim progressives’ Medicare expansion

“We have no intention of backing down,” Jayapal said on a call with advocates Tuesday night. Addressing the possibility of fewer health programs in the bill, she said, “A lot of people have asked: ‘Isn’t something better than nothing?’ And the answer, quite simply, is no. Because when it comes down to something rather than

‘We’re going to make her life unpleasant’: Activists aren’t finished with Kyrsten Sinema

The planned demonstrations mark the next phase of an aggressive approach activists have taken to turn up the heat on Sinema, who has been a hold-out on the massive domestic spending plan that’s at the heart of Biden’s economic agenda. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) on Capitol Hill Sept. 29, 2021. | Francis Chung/E&E News Last

Biden employer vaccine mandate a step closer to reality as OSHA submits rule text to OMB for review

President Biden’s vaccine mandate for large businesses came one step closer to reality on Tuesday after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) submitted the initial text of an emergency vaccine rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review.  Last month, the president announced businesses with more than 100 employees will be required

Biden taps new Afghan relocation leader as U.S. weighs future with Taliban

She is taking over from John Bass, the former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, whom the Biden administration sent to Kabul in August on a temporary basis to oversee relocation efforts there as the security situation deteriorated. In July, Biden nominated Bass to be undersecretary of State for management. “Ambassador Jones is exceptionally well-equipped to take

Democrats clash over aid for first-time homebuyers

A competing proposal from Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) that would provide a $15,000 tax credit to buyers has drawn fire from affordable housing advocates who warn that it could backfire by fueling rising home prices and exacerbating the racial wealth divide because it would be available to all Americans purchasing their first homes.

One of Newsom’s kids lacks vaccine despite mandate, report says

California Gov. Gavin Newsom last week signed a requirement for all eligible students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, even as his own daughter has yet to receive the shot.  Newsom announced on Oct. 1 that all students and school staff must be vaccinated by January 2022 – the first statewide mandate in the country. The