California passes ‘historic’ legislative package protecting or expanding abortion access

California passes ‘historic’ legislative package protecting or expanding abortion access

This post was originally published on this siteThe California Legislature this week passed about a dozen bills in what proponents call a “historic” legislative package to protect and expand abortion access in the state, as its Democratic leaders seek to make California a “reproductive freedom” state.

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Jobless Claims Declined Last Week

Jobless Claims Declined Last Week

This post was originally published on this siteInitial jobless claims decreased to a seasonally adjusted 232,000 last week from a revised 237,000 the previous week, suggesting layoffs are holding at a low level in a tight job market.

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New political group forms to campaign against anti-LGBTQ candidates

New political group forms to campaign against anti-LGBTQ candidates

This post was originally published on this siteSeveral elected LGBTQ officeholders and veteran Democratic operatives have joined forces to form Agenda PAC, a national organization that will work to preserve

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Sarah Palin loses special election bid for US Congress seat

Sarah Palin loses special election bid for US Congress seat

This post was originally published on this site Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin on Wednesday lost her bid to fill the state’s vacant seat in the US House of Representatives. Palin had hoped to make her political comeback in the special election held to replace Republican congressman Don Young, who...

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Texas has spent $12.7 million, or $1,400 per passenger, busing migrants to New York and D.C.

Texas has spent $12.7 million, or $1,400 per passenger, busing migrants to New York and D.C.

Texas has spent nearly $13 million transporting migrants to New York City and Washington, D.C., according to the Texas Division of Emergency Management. As of Aug. 9, Texas paid charter company Wynne Transportation $12.7 million to bus thousands of migrants to the East Coast, CNN reported Wednesday, citing a spreadsheet obtained through an open records request. The Division of Emergency Management confirmed those numbers to several news organizations.
Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) office said more than 7,400 willing migrants have been bused to D.C. and more than 1,500 to New York since April, meaning his administration is spending about $1,400 per migrant to transport. “Comparatively, a one-way, same-day ticket on a Greyhound bus from El Paso costs $291 to New York City and $324 to Washington, D.C.,” the El Paso Times reports. “Same-day flights to either destination are under $400.” Abbott has requested private donations to offset the cost to taxpayers, but had received just $167,828 as of Aug. 17, CNN reports. 
Abbott rolled out the busing program as part of his multibillion-dollar Operation Lone Star border initiative. He said Wednesday that Chicago has been added to the list of destination cities.
Critics of the program call it an election-year political stunt, and New York and D.C. leaders have indicated their displeasure, but Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) said it’s actually a pretty good deal for the migrants themselves. “It is usually the responsibility of released migrants to cover the cost of their travel throughout the U.S. as their asylum cases are pending in court,” CNN notes.
Abbot’s goal is “to demonize migrants and incite fear among Americans,” but his “busing strategy has brought them closer to their destinations and saved them travel costs,” Escobar told the El Paso Times. “In reality, providing transportation to migrants when coordinated with NGOs to cities with capacity to help is a glimpse into what humanitarian support systems could look like in America if we prioritized assistance and community-based services to those arriving at our nation’s front door.”

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GOP looks for Senate campaign reset heading toward November

GOP looks for Senate campaign reset heading toward November

This post was originally published on this siteRepublicans are looking to hit the reset button on their Senate midterm election playbook after weeks of poor polls and stories about Democratic momentum. Senate GOP candidates emerged from primaries battered, bruised and struggling to gain traction in their general election matchups. Even...

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What to watch for at Thursday’s hearing over documents seized at Mar-a-Lago

What to watch for at Thursday’s hearing over documents seized at Mar-a-Lago

This post was originally published on this siteAfter an explosive court brief and picture of classified documents from Mar-a-Lago earlier this week, the Justice Department will argue in court Thursday against a request by former President Donald Trump that a so-called special master be appointed in to review the evidence...

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‘Extremist threat to our democracy’: What Biden hopes to accomplish in prime-time speech Thursday

‘Extremist threat to our democracy’: What Biden hopes to accomplish in prime-time speech Thursday

This post was originally published on this sitePresident Joe Biden believes what he calls “MAGA Republicans” represent an “extremist threat to our democracy,” the White House said.     

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There aren’t enough young farmers. Congress is looking to change that

There aren’t enough young farmers. Congress is looking to change that

This post was originally published on this site Attracting a younger generation is key to building a sustainable food system, but getting access to land is a huge barrier to entering farming, according to a new survey. (Image credit: Bobbi Wilson )

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N.M. plans $10M abortion clinic near Tex. border, expecting post-Roe demand

N.M. plans $10M abortion clinic near Tex. border, expecting post-Roe demand

This post was originally published on this siteNew Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) pledged $10 million for a clinic ahead of a potential increase in abortion seekers from states that restrict access.

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