Arkansas restricts public school bathroom use by transgender people

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday signed a law prohibiting transgender people at public schools from using the restroom that matches their gender identity, the first of several states expected to enact such bans this year amid a flood of bills nationwide targeting the trans community. The bill signed by the Republican governor makes … Read more

As Ukraine war drags on, NATO steps up war readiness

When two Russian fighter jets forced down an American surveillance drone above international waters a week ago, it was yet another incident driving home an urgent question for NATO planners: How will the alliance respond if Russia attacks a member the alliance has pledged to defend? In fact, NATO has been quietly taking the step … Read more

L.A. school workers launch three-day strike over stalled contracts

Tens of thousands of workers in the Los Angeles Unified School District walked off the job Tuesday over stalled contract talks, and they are being joined in solidarity by teachers in a three-day strike that has shut down the nation’s second-largest school system. Demonstrations began at a bus yard and are expected at schools across … Read more

Sen. Mark Warner: Big risks to tackle from banks to TikTok

Sen. Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, is right in the thick of the news. As chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, he’s grappling with security concerns over the popular TikTok app, ramifications of Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow this week, and other issues around Russia’s brutal war in Ukraine. And as … Read more

Wyoming becomes first state with explicit ban on abortion pills

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon has signed into law the nation’s first explicit ban on abortion pills since they became the predominant choice for abortion in the U.S. in recent years. Governor Gordon, a Republican, signed the bill Friday night while allowing a separate measure restricting abortion to become law without his signature. The pills are already … Read more

Why Biden’s tack to center should come as no shock

In his first two years as president, Joe Biden surprised and delighted the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. Early on, he enacted the American Rescue Plan, a nearly $2 trillion economic stimulus law aimed at pandemic relief. He signed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package and the first gun control legislation in decades. But recently, … Read more

Gavin Newsom to remodel San Quentin State Prison for rehabilitation

The infamous state prison on San Francisco Bay that has been home to the largest death row population in the United States will be transformed into a lockup where less-dangerous prisoners will receive education, training, and rehabilitation, California officials announced Thursday. The inmates serving death sentences at San Quentin State Prison will be moved elsewhere … Read more

Colin Kaepernick: The uneasy mix of social justice and sports

I was a teenager back in 1996 when Muhammad Ali raised the torch as a precursor to the Atlanta Summer Olympics. I distinctly remember the cheers and reverence for “The Greatest.” But the graciousness of that day belied the rhetoric that surrounded Ali in the 1960s, when he was reviled for his religious beliefs and … Read more

On border policy, Biden takes a harder line

On the campaign trail, then-candidate Joe Biden promised to reform the country’s immigration system by undoing many of the policies put in place by former President Donald Trump.  Now, more than two years into President Biden’s term, his administration is reportedly considering reinstating the practice of detaining families that cross the U.S. border illegally – a policy … Read more

Abortion pill faces Texas conservative challenge in court

A federal judge will hear arguments Wednesday in a high-stakes court case that could threaten access to medication abortion and blunt the authority of U.S. drug regulators.  Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk of Texas is weighing a lawsuit from Christian conservatives aimed at overturning the Food and Drug Administration’s more than two-decade-old approval of the abortion pill … Read more

Russian fighter jet collided with a U.S. MQ-9 drone over the Black Sea

When a Russian fighter jet collided with a large U.S. surveillance drone over the Black Sea on Tuesday, it was a rare but serious incident that triggered a U.S. diplomatic protest and raised concerns about the possibility Russia could recover sensitive technology. United States and Russian officials had conflicting accounts of the collision between the … Read more

Campaigning in Iowa, Trump shows his strengths

Since launching his third bid for the White House some four months ago, Donald Trump’s campaign has frequently seemed fizzling and unfocused. The former president is juggling distractions in the form of mounting legal troubles and the threat of indictment. After many of his candidates lost in the 2022 midterms, his grip on the GOP … Read more

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