Politics & Law

Nebraska AG joins five others in suing the Biden administration to stop student debt cancellation

BY: - September 29, 2022

OMAHA —  College borrowers banking on President Joe Biden’s plan to forgive up to $20,000 in student loan debt hit a potential snag Thursday, when Nebraska and five other states filed a lawsuit challenging the Department of Education’s authority to do so. Theirs is the second major lawsuit filed by conservatives trying to stop the […]

‘Abortion absolutely is healthcare’: U.S. House panel told as GOP pursues nationwide ban

BY: - September 29, 2022

A nationwide abortion ban would widen disparities in healthcare and drive up the maternal mortality rate, particularly among Black women, physicians and advocates told a U.S. House panel on Thursday. “Women’s progress has always been inextricably linked with the ability to control our own bodies,” Jocelyn Frye, the president of the National Partnership for Women […]

U.S. Senate approves stopgap spending bill with disaster relief, heating aid

BY: - September 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved broadly bipartisan legislation Thursday that would provide billions for natural disaster relief, military and economic aid to Ukraine and funding to help low-income families offset the rising costs of heating and cooling their homes. It includes $2.5 billion in assistance for the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire that burned large swaths of […]

Gov. DeSantis goes live as he manages Ian response, with Fox News stars, other interviews

BY: - September 29, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis burned up the airwaves while managing the state’s response to Hurricane Ian, holding press conferences throughout Wednesday as the Category 4 storm landed in Florida, as well as interviews with broadcasters including Fox News stars. The governor appeared on Sean Hannity’s radio program and even the Trumpist One America News Network during […]

President Biden approves Florida disaster declaration

BY: - September 29, 2022

(UPDATED) President Biden declared Florida a major disaster area Thursday morning, ordering federal aid to supplement local recovery efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Ian, which hit Florida as a Category 4 storm yesterday afternoon. The declaration will allow federal aid to go to Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties. […]

COMMENTARY

Hurricane Ian proves politicians are trying to fool us if they’re tackling climate change

BY: - September 29, 2022

Note: This commentary has been updated. Craig Pittman filed this column early Wednesday afternoon, before Ian made landfall. By the time you read this, we will know where Hurricane Ian made landfall, and how much destruction it caused. We’ll know how high its winds were and how much storm surge it pushed ashore. We will […]

As Ian churns SW FL communities, Gov. DeSantis warns to expect long recovery

BY: - September 28, 2022

UPDATE: “Extremely dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida.” //////////////////////// Hurricane Ian is ravaging southwest Florida Wednesday afternoon, with storm surges, flooding, 155 mile per hour winds, some cars underwater and many homes without power. Just after 3 p.m., The Weather Channel reported that Ian made landfall on the southwest coast of […]

DeSantis’ team plans to resist hauling governor in for depositions in Andrew Warren suspension case

BY: - September 28, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis will resist testifying in Andrew Warren’s legal challenge to the governor’s order suspending him as the elected state attorney for Hillsborough County, according to a pretrial report issued in the case. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle released the report, a summary of where the case stands, on Tuesday. It sets deadlines for […]

Indiana lawyer files first significant lawsuit against Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan

BY: - September 28, 2022

A public interest lawyer in Indiana is suing to block President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan on the basis that he would be forced to pay state taxes on the canceled debt. It’s one of the first significant legal challenges to Biden’s plan. The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the […]

Key U.S. Senate panel advances bill aimed at preventing another Jan. 6

BY: - September 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee on Tuesday passed legislation that would update an 1887 elections law and clarify how electoral votes are certified, with the hopes of averting another attempt to overturn a presidential election. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat and Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, put forth the bill, S. 4573, known […]

Stopgap spending bill advances in U.S. Senate after Manchin pulls his energy plan

BY: - September 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate advanced a catchall spending package Tuesday that would provide billions to aid Ukraine’s war effort, help communities throughout the country recover from natural disasters and keep the federal government funded through mid-December. Democrats and Republicans voted 72-23 to move the measure toward a final vote later this week—a success that […]

As FL contends with the fentanyl crisis, ‘harm reduction’ advocates work to save lives

BY: - September 28, 2022

With thousands of Floridians dying of drug overdoses caused by fentanyl, Attorney General Ashley Moody has been urging the Biden administration since mid-summer to classify the drug as a “weapon of mass destruction,” warning of the dangers posed if the potent opioid gets into the hands of an avowed enemy of the United States. “We […]