The possibility of Justice Stephen Breyer Stephen Breyer Senate hears from Biden's high-profile judicial nominees for first time Acting FTC chair urges Congress to revive agency authority after Supreme Court decision Schumer waiting for recommendation on Supreme Court expansion MORE ’s imminent retirement is hanging over the Supreme Court as the current term enters its final weeks and Democrats cling to the slimmest of Senate majorities. With the death of liberal stalwart Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ruth Bader Ginsburg Five hot-button issues Biden didn't mention in his address to Congress Schumer waiting for recommendation on Supreme Court expansion Get woke, go broke: Pious, political Oscars crashes, loses tens of millions of viewers MORE still resonant, a number of court watchers expect that Breyer, 82, will announce his departure this summer, clearing the way for President Biden Joe Biden Americans for Prosperity launches … [Read more...] about Court watchers buzz about Breyer’s possible retirement
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Rep. Matt Gaetz Matthew (Matt) Gaetz Mystery Florida Senate candidate was planning move to Sweden Britney Spears to discuss conservatorship in court Liz Cheney says McConnell, McCarthy are heads of GOP MORE (R-Fla.) and a group of other House Republicans on Friday introduced legislation to end funding for an arm of the U.S. Postal Service that carries out online surveillance. The legislation was rolled out in response to a March bulletin, reported by Yahoo News earlier this month, distributed by the Postal Service’s Inspection Service’s Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP). The bulletin cited iCOP concerns about potential “significant” protests planned for March 20 based on “online inflammatory material” and posts on social media platforms Parler and Telegram. “iCOP analysts are currently monitoring these social media channels for any potential threats stemming from the scheduled protests and will disseminate intelligence updates if needed," … [Read more...] about Gaetz, House Republicans introduce bill to defund Postal Service covert operations program
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – A federal judge ruled Wednesday the Centers for Disease Control have no authority to impose a nationwide eviction moratorium, saying the public health agency doesn’t have the constitutional right to stop evictions. In a 20-page ruling, Judge Dabney Friedrich wrote, “Does the Public Health Service Act grant the CDC the legal authority to impose a nationwide eviction moratorium? It does not.” READ MORE: COVID Recovery: Bay Area Restaurants Struggle To Hire Staff Ahead Of Likely Big Mother's Day Weekend The Department of Justice quickly countered with an appeal, saying in a statement: “The DOJ respectfully disagrees with today’s decision…scientific evidence shows evictions exacerbate the spread of COVID-19…the harm to the public that would result from unchecked evictions cannot be undone.” “There’s a plethora of evidence that there’s a huge health impact by eviction in normal times, let alone in a pandemic,” said Leah Simon-Weisberg, the Legal Director … [Read more...] about Project Home: Federal Court Strikes Down CDC Eviction Moratorium; What Does It Mean For Bay Area Renters?
New data from the Census Bureau show America’s population growth stagnating in the final years of the decade, as declining immigration rates and an aging population run headlong into the coronavirus pandemic that pumped the brakes on migration within the U.S. The consequence is likely to be a fraught battle over the reapportionment process that will follow the bureau’s release of official population figures early next year. The estimates suggest that two states in particular — Alabama and New York — will spend the next few weeks on pins and needles, waiting to see which state wins the 435th seat in the House of Representatives. ADVERTISEMENT If reapportionment took place on the basis of the new estimates, Texas’s delegation to the House of Representatives would grow by three seats, Florida’s by two, and Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon would all add an additional seat. On the losing end is New York, which stands to see its delegation to Congress … [Read more...] about Stagnant population growth sets up close battle for 435th House seat
Earmarks are back in full force as lawmakers prepare for a massive infrastructure package and look to sweeten the appropriations process this year for the first time in more than a decade. Under the new reforms House Democrats established to return earmarks this year, all requests must be posted publicly for review with lawmakers providing justification and certifying they don’t have any personal financial stake. While both parties in the House decided to move forward with what they’re calling “community project funding,” lawmakers across the Capitol are more divided on the issue. Senate Democrats have outlined a similar path forward for returning earmarks, but Senate Republicans technically upheld their own ban last month. ADVERTISEMENT Here are five takeaways from the hundreds of earmark requests submitted so far. Front-line members in competitive districts are taking advantage All but a handful of the Democrats and Republicans representing swing districts have … [Read more...] about Five takeaways on the House’s return to budget earmarks