[This briefing has ended. For the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in the New York area, read Thursday’s live coverage .] Here’s what you need to know: Deaths in New York and New Jersey hit one-day highs again. The virus is killing black and Latino New Yorkers at twice the rate of whites. New York City sues three stores it says overcharged for key items. Volunteers rushing to help New York hospitals are frustrated. Infections rise among workers and inmates at the city’s jails. Deaths in New York and New Jersey hit one-day highs again. Deaths from the coronavirus spiked to new highs in both New York and New Jersey for a second straight day on Wednesday, underscoring the outbreak’s continued grip on the region even as other figures showed that its impact was beginning to slow. Another 779 people in New York State died of the virus, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo reported, compared with 731 the day before. In New Jersey, 275 … [Read more...] about Bleak Records in N.Y. and N.J., but Leaders See Coronavirus Curve Flattening
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President Biden Joe Biden Macro grid will keep the lights on Pelosi suggests filibuster supporters 'dishonor' MLK's legacy on voting rights Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown MORE , who ran on the promise of being the most pro-labor president in history, has struggled to secure pro-worker legislation during his first year in office and recently clashed with major unions over his administration’s COVID-19 policies. The administration’s decision to weaken COVID isolation guidelines and rescind the emergency temporary standard for health care worker protections puts Biden in rare disagreement with labor unions. Still, labor leaders point to the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law as two of Biden’s many pro-worker victories and blame the tight Democratic majority in the Senate for failing to deliver on other legislative priorities like the PRO Act and Build Back Better plan. ADVERTISEMENT Unions pushed … [Read more...] about Biden endures up-and-down first year on labor issues
Ukrainian servicemen walk past a minefield warning sign on the frontline with Russia-backed separatists near Luganske in Ukraine’s Donetsk region. Photo: Anatolii Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images Over the past few months, Russia has amassed tens of thousands of soldiers, along with tanks, artillery and other materiel near its border with Ukraine in what U.S. intelligence (and much of the world) has interpreted as a buildup in preparation for an invasion. At the same time, online propaganda and disinformation activity has increased , as have cyberattacks on Ukrainian targets, including one that took down several government websites on Friday. It is no coincidence that these ominous activities look strikingly similar to the leadup to Russia’s 2014 invasion of its weaker neighbor, in which it annexed Crimea and launched the still-ongoing insurgency by Moscow-backed separatists in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. Indeed, if Russia does send troops into Ukraine in the … [Read more...] about Is Another Russian Invasion of Ukraine Inevitable?
Democrats’ push to make permanent the voting rules put in place during the pandemic is a near last-ditch effort to keep their 2024 hopes alive. Should the Democrats not be able to preserve COVID-related, “emergency” voting measures by passing the Freedom to Vote Act, many voters who only came out because of automatic or early balloting in 2020 will be less likely to cast ballots in 2024. The combination of reversion to pre-pandemic voting measures and shifting demographics means that without a thumb on the scale in the next elections, they lose. Pandemic emergency voting measures such as mass mail-in voting, often involving unrequested ballots sent by states and ballot drop boxes, fundamentally transformed the electoral landscape in 2020. Such efforts are key to Democrats’ hopes in 2024 — last election, 58 percent of Joe Biden voters voted by mail; this was almost double the rate of Donald Trump Donald Trump Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown … [Read more...] about Democrats would rip up election law under the guise of a COVID emergency