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'We are running out of time': Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs urges Senate to pass voting-rights legislation

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs last week urged the Senate to pass voting-rights legislation. Hobbs said that Republicans are "are laying the groundwork to steal" the 2024 presidential election. The For the People Act will face a likely GOP-led filibuster on the Senate floor this week. Sign up for the 10 Things in Politics daily newsletter. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs last week urged the US Senate to...
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Massachusetts rep calls 21 Republicans 'cowards' for voting against honoring law enforcement working during the Capitol riot

Protesters broke into Capitol Building on January 06, 2021. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern called some of his GOP colleagues "cowards" in an interview with WBZ-TV. 21 House Republicans voted against honoring law enforcement who worked during the January 6 riot at the US Capitol. "There's something that's terribly wrong with the Republican party," he said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern on Sunday ...
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Explainer: What is the Catholic Communion controversy?

A committee of U.S. Catholic bishops is getting to work on a policy document that has stirred controversy among their colleagues before a word of it has even been written. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a document “on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church” that some bishops hope will be a rebuke for politicians who support abortion rights but continue to receive Communion. The 168-55 vote to proceed, vehemently opposed by a min...
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1031 property sales: Do they deserve the tax break?

One of the perks of our profession is we get insights into future legislation at the state and federal level that can affect our livelihood. You see, the commercial real estate lobby is quite influential. Recall, the enormous push that occurred last year in California to defeat Proposition 15 which would have altered the way property taxes are calculated for commercial properties. Presently, there is talk in Congress to gut tax deferred exchanges that are accomplished through section 1031 of the...
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Overrun National Forests Prompt Action From US Congress

It's become commonplace for counties in Colorado's high country to spend their own tax dollars to help manage national forests because the U.S. Forest Service is understaffed.
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Bill would require doctors to disclose payments from drug, device manufacturers

New legislation inspired by a Studio City woman’s failed breast reconstruction surgery would force doctors in California to tell their patients annually about any money or gifts they receive from drug and medical device companies. The federal Physician Payments Sunshine Act, a law signed in 2010, already requires the companies to report such payments to a public “Open Payments” database run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. But proponents of Assembly Bill 1278 say the federal ac...
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Day of history, discussion, hope: LA County joins nation to mark first Juneteenth national holiday

Daphne Glass, 70, of Rancho Cucamonga dances during the 31st Annual Pomona Valley Juneteenth Family Jazz and Arts Festival at Ganesha Park on Saturday, June 19, 2021. The event comes after Juneteenth, a day commemorating the emancipation of African American slaves, was officially recognized as a federal holiday. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer) Community members gathered to celebrate the 31st Annual Pomona Valley Juneteenth Family Jazz and Arts Festival at Ganesha Park on Sa...
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Juneteenth added to list of legal holidays, which sometimes affect taxes

Juneteenth, which first began in Texas, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  But today's Juneteenth celebrations are especially notable. This commemoration of June 19, 1865, the day when slaves in Texas got the official word that they were free. It's been a state holiday here since 1980. Now it's a national holiday. Officially, it's now known as Juneteenth National Independence Day. That name change happened when President Joe Biden, ...
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44% of world sees U.S. as dangerous to democracy

Now that everyone has seen our normal-guy president not making an ass of himself in Cornwall at the G7, and then not kowtow to the Russian dictator in Zurich, I don’t know, maybe the numbers are better. But just last month, before Joe Biden had his first chance as president to walk the world stage, 44% of people polled in 53 countries around the globe saw the United States as a danger not just to democracy in general but to the prospects for democracy in their very own countries. And, yes, we’re...
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Protecting free exercise under Smith and after Smith

This article is part of a symposium on the court’s decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. Thomas C. Berg is the James L. Oberstar professor of law and public policy at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota). Douglas Laycock is the Robert E. Scott distinguished professor of law at the University of Virginia.  Fulton v. Philadelphia is an important win for religious liberty. Philadelphia may not terminate its foster-care services contract with Catholic Social Services on the ground that CS...
Tags: Featured, Law, Congress, Css, United States, Philadelphia, Smith, Boy Scouts Of America, Gillette, Fulton, Dale, Barrett, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Kavanaugh, Catholic Social Services


Juneteenth, Recalling End of Slavery, Is Marked Across US

Parades, picnics and lessons in history are all part of Juneteenth celebrations in the U.S. The day is carrying even more significance after Congress and President Joe Biden created a federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery.
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Over 50 House Republicans call on Biden to replace Harris in leading immigration efforts at US-Mexico border

Vice President Kamala Harris listens as President Joe Biden speaks about distribution of COVID-19 vaccines at the White House on May 17, 2021. AP Photo/Evan Vucci Over 50 Republicans have called on Biden to replace Vice President Harris in immigration efforts at the border. "Harris has not yet shown adequate interest in observing this crisis first-hand," the group said. The administration has emphasized that Harris is not a "czar" in charge of managing the border. Sign up for the 10 Things...
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Repeal the 2001, 2002 authorizations for use of military force

On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 268 to 161 to repeal the 2002 authorization for use of military force in Iraq. The AUMF, directed at the regime of Saddam Hussein, has long since lost its relevance. As with the 2001 AUMF passed after the attacks of Sept. 11, the 2002 AUMF wrongly cedes war-making powers to the executive branch while letting Congress shirk its constitutional authority. Both AUMFs should be repealed once and for all. The U.S. Constitution is clear. Article I, Sectio...
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8 GOP reps who voted against making Juneteenth a national holiday appeared to close their offices anyway: report

Al Drago/Getty Images GOP lawmakers who opposed the creation of a federal holiday for Juneteenth closed their offices Friday anyway, BuzzFeed News reported. In total, 14 members of Congress opposed the new holiday, and eight of them appeared to close their office. The bill unanimously passed the Senate and was signed by President Biden on Thursday. See more stories on Insider's business page. Eight GOP members of Congress who voted against the bill that established Juneteenth as a fed...
Tags: Politics, News, Congress, Senate, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, House, Biden, Capitol, BuzzFeed News, Ronny Jackson, Juneteenth, Chip Roy, Galveston Bay Texas


Not Too Much, Not Too Little: Frederick Douglass in Kurt Lash’s Reconstruction Volumes

For the Symposium on Kurt Lash, The Reconstruction Amendments: The Essential Documents (University of Chicago Press, 2021)(2 vols.).Bradley Rebeiro  In his introduction to his two volumes of essential Reconstruction documents, Kurt Lash explains that he sought to produce a collection that would be neither excessively long nor unhelpfully narrow. Lash has hit the Aristotelian mean, providing just the right amount of primary material to facilitate insight into the political and constitutional comp...
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The US job market is about to turn into a giant science experiment - with millions of Americans as guinea pigs

Carlos Ponce joins a protest in in Miami Springs, Florida, asking senators to continue unemployment benefits past July 31, 2020. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Half of US states are cutting off enhanced unemployment benefits over the next few weeks. This is going to throw millions of Americans into a real-world economic experiment that could hurt many people. Biden and the federal government could step in, but America's misguided tradition of a hands of federal government is stopping them. T...
Tags: Supreme Court, Congress, Washington, Kentucky, Boston, US, America, Trends, Gop, United States, Arizona, Oklahoma, Federal Reserve, Biden, Medicaid, Bernie Sanders


Florida Republican Recorded Threatening Opponent With 'Russian Hit Squad, Close-Battle Combat, Mac-10s, Silencers Kind of Thing' (gizmodo)

William Braddock may have set some kind of Florida record: In the state’s crowded pack of Republican bozos running for Congress, he’s the only one in recent memory (and possibly ever) to allegedly threaten a political opponent with murder by a heavily armed Russian-Ukrainian mafia death squad.Read more... [Author: Tom McKay]
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Trump changed the date of his Juneteenth Tulsa rally after a Black Secret Service agent told him it was 'very offensive,' book says

Former President Donald Trump. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File A Black Secret Service member told Trump it was "offensive" to hold a rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth. In his book, reporter Michael Bender provides more detail about the exchange that led Trump to change the rally date. Trump's team - including former campaign manager Brad Parscale - was unaware of the date's significance in US history. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Trump campaign team changed the dat...
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Hit by a ransomware attack? Your payment may be deductible

By Alan Suderman and Marcy Gordon | Associated Press WASHINGTON — As ransomware attacks surge, the FBI is doubling down on its guidance to affected businesses: Don’t pay the cybercriminals. But the U.S. government also offers a little-noticed incentive for those who do pay: The ransoms may be tax-deductible. The IRS offers no formal guidance on ransomware payments, but multiple tax experts interviewed by The Associated Press said deductions are usually allowed under law and established guidance....
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Accounting would be part of STEM under education grant proposal

If a new piece of legislation is enacted, these two youngsters might bring their classroom enthusiasm to the accounting profession. Tax professionals have been unsung heroes for the last two tax filing seasons. They've dealt with complicated and often last-minute tax law changes created to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic's economic problems. Not only did they have to decipher and apply the changes, tax pros had to explain them to their clients and, in many cases, hand hold taxpayers throu...
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ATF Halts All New Opinion Letters For Unfinished Frames and Receivers

Polymer 80 Glock Pistol Build with Jig Finished WASHINGTON D.C. –-(Ammoland.com)-The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) has halted all issuances of new opinion letters to any company submitting samples for “non-firearms” items. JSD Supply sent an email to the ATF inquiring about its request for an opinion letter from The Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division (FATD) about its new unfinished Smith and Wesson M&P, CZ Scorpion Evo, and Sig Sauer p365 products. The AT...
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Steinberg, 10 Other U.S. Mayors Commit To Develop Reparations Pilot Projects

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — Eleven U.S. mayors, including Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, have pledged to pay reparations for slavery to a small group of Black residents in their cities, saying their aim is to set an example for the federal government on how a nationwide program could work. The mayors had no details on how much it would cost, who would pay for it or how people would be chosen. All of those details would be worked out with the help of local commissions comprised of repres...
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SCOTT GALLOWAY: Less than 2% of US millionaires' taxes returns get audited - here's how increasing IRS funding could change that and net billions more in tax revenue

Audit rates of millionaires have steadily decreased over the last decade. Alex Wong/Getty Images Scott Galloway is a bestselling author and professor of marketing at NYU Stern. The following is a recent blog post, republished with permission, that originally ran on his blog, "No Mercy / No Malice." In it, Galloway discusses the global vaccine rollout and upcoming US antitrust legislation. See more stories on Insider's business page. Optimists are overrated. With Big Tech, COVID-19, o...
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The Best TV Shows and Movies Coming to Disney+ and Hulu in July 2021

Summer is coming on fast! We’re nearly halfway through June, and July is just around the corner. It will bring with it humidity, fireworks, BBQs, and new movies and TV shows on Disney+ and Hulu. So crack open a beer, fire up the grill, and check out the Best TV Shows and Movies Coming to Disney+ and Hulu in July 2021 below. Black Widow Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow finally has her own solo adventure. The film is a prequel – it kind of has to be – and also the start of Phase Four of the...
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Mike Pence was booed and heckled with chants of 'TRAITOR!' at a conservative conference

Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Faith & Freedom coalition Screenshot via Fox NewsNOW/Youtube Former VP Mike Pence was booed and heckled with chants of "Traitor!" at a conservative conference. Pence, widely expected to run for president in 2024, appeared at a Faith & Freedom Coalition event. Trump and his supporters have attacked Pence for not trying to overturn the 2020 election. See more stories on Insider's business page. Former Vice President Mike Pence was booed and...
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Perspectives on tackling Big Tech’s market power

The need for markets-focused competition watchdogs and consumer-centric privacy regulators to think outside their respective ‘legal silos’ and find creative ways to work together to tackle the challenge of big tech market power was the impetus for a couple of fascinating panel discussions organized by the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), which were livestreamed yesterday but are available to view on-demand here. The conversations brought together key regulatory leaders from Europe and...
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Declaration of Juneteenth Holiday Sparks Scramble in States

Congress and President Joe Biden acted with unusual swiftness this week in approving Juneteenth as a national holiday.
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Trump claimed that he 'made Juneteenth very famous,' new book says

Trump's campaign planned to hold a rally on Juneteenth in 2020, but cancelled it after criticism. Win McNamee / Staff / Getty Images Trump said he "made Juneteenth very famous" and "nobody had heard of it" before him, writes reporter Michael Bender. The Trump campaign sparked backlash by initially planning to hold a rally that day in Tulsa. Juneteenth marks the anniversary of the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans in 1865. See more stories on Insider's business page. Trump b...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Holidays, Minneapolis, Congress, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Racism, United States, Red Cross, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Trump, Tulsa, Greenwood


End the War on Drugs

Fifty years ago, the United States launched the War on Drugs. The results are clear. The policy of federal drug prohibition, aimed at combating drug use, abuse, cultivation and distribution, brought a sledgehammer approach that has only compounded the problems associated with illicit drugs. “It is, in my view, as I have indicated, drug traffic is public enemy number one domestically in the United States today, and we must wage a total offensive, worldwide, nationwide, government wide, and if, I ...
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There are two key pieces of legislation that could help dismantle systemic racism in America

Legislation moved quickly through Congress this week to establish June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a US federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
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