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LONDON — Bashing solar farms and scrapping green taxes might excite the Tory faithful — but the message Liz Truss is hearing from senior Conservative strategists is that pulling the plug on net zero would not be politically wise.
The Liz Truss Manifesto
LONDON — Liz Truss has not published her plan for government, but this is the closest thing to it. Over nearly eight long weeks of hustings, interviews, articles and debates, Truss won over Conservative members with scores of pledges and promises for how to deal with the urgent problems facing …
What Washington thinks about the next Queen Liz
Liz Truss’ conservative allies in Washington adore her. Democrats opposed to Brexit distrust her. The Georgetown set wonders about her intellectual capacity.
Photos: Reactions as North Dakota's sole abortion provider prepares to shutter
Abortion will be illegal in the state as soon as the attorney general certifies to the legislative council the Dobbs ruling, setting into motion the state’s trigger law, which prohibits all abortions except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the pregnant patient. Red River Women’s …
‘With sorrow ... we dissent’: Liberal justices rebuke decision to overturn Roe
In a scathing dissent of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday, Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan accuse the Court of discarding the “balance” the court struck for half a century as it found a middle ground between “respecting a woman as an …
Blue state gun laws on the chopping block with Supreme Court ruling
Gun control advocates and gun rights groups agree on one aspect of the Supreme Court’s move to strike down New York’s century-old gun law on Thursday: The ruling’s impact goes well beyond New York’s borders.
Pre-K expansion is on the clock this budget season
UNIVERSAL PRE-K: A bid to offer free preschool to all 3- and 4-year-old Californians has enjoyed a nearly frictionless path through the statehouse. But as a season of intraparty budget haggling falls over Sacramento, it’s likely to get rockier. State Sen. Connie Leyva, who brought Senate Bill 976, wants to …
Could supervised injection sites come to California?
RUSSIAN DIVESTMENT — A bill to divest California's public pension funds of Russian assets passed unanimously out of the state Senate today. Senate Bill 1328 calls for CalPERS and CalSTRS to stop investing in companies with connections to the Russian and Belarusian governments in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, …
California's oil future goes to court
UNIVERSAL PRESCHOOL: Legislation that would establish a free universal preschool system for all 3- and 4-year old children passed the state Senate today. Senate Bill 976, introduced by state Sen. Connie Levya (D-Chino), would let families choose between public elementary school and community-based programs. The bill is designed to increase …
How to change ‘Nothing will change’
After every school shooting in the United States, a now 7-year-old tweet by the British journalist Dan Hodges makes the rounds: “In retrospect Sandy Hook marked the end of the U.S. gun control debate. Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over.” Nothing will change now, either. That’s …
How abortion bans might affect IVF
That word choice has led not only to blaring alarms about what this means for Oklahomans’ access to abortion, but also to additional warnings from abortion rights advocates and some Democrats that such legislation could also affect fertility treatments, like in vitro fertilization.
It's lights out for these bills
After an eventful morning in the Capitol, wherein lawmakers were briefly delayed from doing their duties thanks to a power outage, the Legislature undertook the marathon task of considering whether to move 955 bills from the chambers’ respective appropriation committees to the floor or let them die. Several high-profile, high-expectation …
Saving California's last nuclear power plant
ATOMIC OPTIMISM: California’s last nuclear plant has long been slated to close in 2025. But a series of events — and fresh worries about summertime power shortages — could end up prolonging its life. The Pacific Gas & Electric-ownedDiablo Canyon Power Plant produces nearly a tenth of California's electricity, providing …
Big Tech faces angry parents in Sacramento
ABORTION RIGHTS: A group of state lawmakers today argued a reversal of Roe v. Wade would hit disproportionately on women of color and marginalized communities at a news conference where they touted their proposals to boost abortion access in California. Assemblymember Mia Bonta, an Oakland Democrat married to California’s attorney …
Newsom warns there’s more at risk if Roe falls
CAMPAIGN MODE LIVE FROM OC, via Juhi Doshi: For the first time, residents in Orange County were able to watch the incumbent district attorney, Todd Spitzer, spar with three candidates vying for his office. Spitzer’s main opponent is Pete Hardin, whom he has likened to progressive DAs such as George …
The abortion wars in blue states
The red-state drive to diminish and eliminate abortion access before a likely June Supreme Court ruling on Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban has been accompanied by a less-noticed stampede in Democratic states: Blue states are rushing to shore up their abortion protections in anticipation of an overturned or gutted Roe v. …
Progressive and export-dependent: Oregon is a test for Democrats on trade
PORTLAND, Ore. — Democrats’ conflicting impulses over the future of U.S. trade policy are playing out here in the nation’s Pacific Northwest.
GOP govs play final cards ahead of primaries
In just two weeks, Ohio and Indiana will launch a busy portion of the 2022 primary calendar on May 3. And as the clock ticks down, GOP governors are gearing up for reelection across the country, making their final pitches to voters to show they’re still up for the job.
Washington Was an Icon of Black Political Power. Then Came Gentrification.
The capital city was a national icon of local Black political power. No longer. As D.C. has skyrocketed in population over the past 20 years, buoyed by a renaissance in urban life, it has also seen a sharp outflow of Black residents.
This cheeseburger explains your bigger grocery bill
American consumers are seeing food prices rise at the fastest rate in decades. Supply chain snarls, labor shortages and climate challenges (plus the conflict in Ukraine) share the blame.
Humanitarian groups on the scene in Bucha
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the U.N. Security Council today that Russian soldiers have tortured and shot Ukrainian civilians in the head. Other civilians have been killed by grenades thrown into their apartment or crushed to death by tanks while in their cars, Zelenskyy said. Mothers have been raped and …
Ukraine business association calls EU sanctions ‘ridiculous’
“Seeing shelling and missile strikes ... that fall upon residential areas, or for instance power stations with pictures of residents hiding in Kyiv subway, this inadequate approach is ridiculous,” said Nazar Bobitski, chief of the association’s Brussels office.
Swiss to tighten measures targeting Russia — but not yet freeze individual assets
Swiss officials say they aim to tighten rules targeting Russia, but are still deciding on certain concrete steps and will not immediately freeze assets of wealthy oligarchs held in Swiss banks, which may allow them to move funds elsewhere.
THE BUZZ — ANOTHER LA DEVOTEE: Los Angeles has officially hosted — and won — a Super Bowl. Now Angelenos can focus on a more consequential contest: the race to lead America’s second-largest city. The field is now officially set in the LA mayoral race. Perceived frontrunner Rep. Karen Bass, …
The NSC’s weekly Ukraine crisis club
About once a week starting in December, two key National Security Council aides hop on a Zoom call to discuss their thinking about the current Russia and Ukraine crisis. Led by Senior Director for Europe AMANDA SLOAT and Senior Director for Russia and Central Asia ERIC GREEN, the 30- to …
UK labor unions warn jobs at risk in US steel tariffs row
‘What we are hoping for is that we can agree on a way forward,’ says NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Biden looks to chip away at supply chain snarls as midterms loom
Long-term fixes will require major changes to how supply chains are operated and regulated, labor and industry officials say. Now that attention is shifting away from an imminent holiday crisis, they are leaning on Biden to address long-standing issues related to workers’ rights, market competition and insufficient logistics technology.
‘Ridiculous demands’ and ‘impossible requests’: Life outside Cuomo's pandemic war room
In this Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 photo provided by the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Gov. Cuomo holds a press briefing on the coronavirus in the Red Room at the State Capitol in Albany, N.Y. | Darren McGee/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via AP ALBANY, N.Y. — No …
Gun control legislation isn’t going to happen. Here’s what Biden’s doing instead.
As president, Biden has promised billions of dollars in funding for community violence intervention, or CVI, programs that have been shown to break cycles of violence by connecting high-risk individuals to wraparound social services.
A Trumpist Star is Born
For people who’d watched Stefanik’s political rise, her combativeness came as a surprise, a sharp pivot from her understated demeanor in most public appearances (and, according to reporting, very different from her own behavior in impeachment proceedings without network cameras present). To hear pundits tell it, she had transformed overnight …