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Transgender people in Utah can amend birth certificates, top court rules

Source: MSN/NY Daily News

Muri Assunção 1 hr ago

Transgender people in Utah have the right to amend their birth certificates, the state’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.

The 4-1 decision — hailed by advocates as a “a landmark win for transgender rights in Utah” — comes after a 3-year legal battle, and several attempts by lawmakers to block transgender Utahns from changing their name and gender on birth certificates.

The ruling overturned a district court ruling that denied plaintiffs Sean Childers-Gray, a transgender man, and Angie Rice, a transgender woman, the right to change their gender markers on state records.

"A person has a common-law right to change facets of their personal legal status, including their sex designation,” Justice Deno Himonas wrote in the majority opinion.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/transgender-people-in-utah-can-amend-birth-certificates-top-court-rules/ar-BB1gtA5f

What Separates Biden from Obama and Clinton

May 6, 2021 at 11:25 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

Ronald Brownstein: “Both of the earlier administrations tended to view widening inequality as a kind of natural phenomenon—the inevitable result of structural changes in the economy, led by greater automation and more global economic competition.”

“The Biden team views inequality much more as something molded by human hands—the result of policies that have weakened workers and strengthened corporations’ marketplace leverage. To a greater degree than Obama’s and especially Clinton’s teams, it believes that generating widely shared prosperity isn’t possible without aggressive government intervention.”



FEC Seeks to Ban Prechecked Recurring Donation Boxes

May 6, 2021 at 11:52 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

The FEC voted unanimously to recommend that Congress bar political campaigns from guiding donors by default into recurring contributions through prechecked boxes, a month after a New York Times investigation showed that Donald Trump’s political operation had steered huge numbers of unwitting supporters into repeated donations through that tactic, the New York Times reports.

The FEC is often stymied by partisanship but this practice is so egregious the vote was unanimous.



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Biden's land conservation program to rely on voluntary, local efforts

Source: NBC News

A new report leaves many details unanswered about how the government will use its dollars and federal powers to promote local conservation.

May 6, 2021, 10:15 AM EDT / Updated May 6, 2021, 10:16 AM EDT
By Josh Lederman

The Biden administration will rely on “locally led and voluntary” efforts to meet President Joe Biden’s goal of conserving 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by 2030, the administration said in a report released Wednesday.

In his first days in office, Biden signed an executive order on "tackling the climate crisis" that established the "30 by 30" goal and tasked Cabinet officials with drafting a report on how to get there. Although environmental and conservation groups hailed the target as ambitious, the administration did not initially offer specifics about how it would meet that target or how conservation would be defined.

The report, titled "Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful," offers the first look at how the administration believes it can meet the target. It calls on the administration to work with local and tribal governments to create more parks, expand fish and wildlife habitats, boost outdoor recreation and create incentives for fishers, farmers and forest owners to voluntarily conserve some of their land.

"As the country works to recover and rebuild from the coronavirus pandemic and fully address the climate crisis, now is the time to develop and pursue a locally led, nationally scaled effort to conserve, connect, and restore the lands, waters, and wildlife upon which we all depend," says the report.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/bidens-land-conservation-program-rely-voluntary-local-efforts-rcna846

Democrats wary of appearing to push Justice Breyer out despite their small window to replace him

By Ariane de Vogue, Manu Raju and Phil Mattingly, CNN
Published 5:00 AM EDT, Thu May 6, 2021

(CNN) — Senior Democrats are treading carefully around Justice Stephen Breyer these days, worried that a progressive push to get him to retire could either anger him or come off as overtly political – in either case potentially dashing their hopes of getting a young new liberal on the Supreme Court in his place.

The clock is ticking for the party, because the Senate could fall into Republican hands during the midterm elections next year – or, actually, at any moment. Two members of the Democratic majority are near or just over 80 years old, and they hail from a state where a Republican governor would name their replacement if they weren’t able to serve.

But Breyer – at age 82 the senior liberal on the Supreme Court – is keen on keeping the high court free of political influence. And at a moment when a Democratic president gets to nominate any new justice, and Democrats hold the Senate’s tie-breaking vote on confirmation, an open campaign to squeeze him out could have the opposite of the intended effect.

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So while many congressional Democrats admit the ticking clock is on their minds, multiple sources tell CNN, they’re almost all keeping a studiously respectful distance.


Blinken in Ukraine reaffirms U.S. support amid Russia tensions

Source: PBS/AP

By — Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press

May 6, 2021 8:36 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with top Ukrainian officials in Kyiv Thursday and reaffirmed Washington’s support for the country in the wake of heightened tensions with Russia, fueled by its recent troop buildup near the borders with Ukraine.

The top American diplomat met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and reiterated the U.S.’s commitment to Ukraine’s “sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence,” while also underscoring the importance of Ukraine’s efforts to tackle widespread corruption and carry out reforms.

“Ukraine is facing two challenges: aggression from outside, coming from Russia, and in effect aggression from within, coming from corruption, oligarchs and others who are putting their interests ahead of those of the Ukrainian people,” Blinken told a news conference after his meeting with Zelensky.

By visiting so early in his tenure, before any trip to Russia, Blinken signaled that Ukraine is a high foreign-policy priority for President Joe Biden’s administration. His visit was highly anticipated in Ukraine, with hopes for increased military aid and strong support for NATO membership being voiced on the frontlines of the battle against Russia-backed separatists in the east and in the halls of government in Kyiv.

Read more: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/blinken-in-ukraine-reaffirms-u-s-support-amid-russia-tensions

Is America the merciful nation immigrants want it to be?

Tyrone Beason
Thu, May 6, 2021, 8:00 AM·15 min read

Some of the world’s most vulnerable people arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border every day.

Men and women fleeing violence in Central America, political strife in Haiti and Venezuela. Boys and girls sent alone by their families, in the hope that America will offer them better lives.

They are beckoned by the image of the United States as a welcoming and merciful nation. But a disturbing increase in racist and xenophobic attacks targeting Americans with Asian and Pacific Island backgrounds makes it brutally obvious that my country doesn't always live up to its promise of acceptance.

Can a society that treats some of its own citizens of color as not fully American take responsibility for those who have left everything behind to become one of us?


Here's just how much people have stopped talking about Trump on Facebook and Twitter

Trump used to be everywhere on social media. Now he’s nowhere.

By Shirin Ghaffary and Rani Molla May 6, 2021, 8:00am EDT

Donald Trump used to be everywhere on social media — but lately, it feels like he’s nowhere.

Many have noted just how little people have been talking about Trump — from cable news to Google searches — since he lost the election and was kicked off Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube four months ago.

New data Recode obtained from social media measurement firms Zignal Labs and CrowdTangle shows just how drastic the drop in conversation about Trump has been.

Mentions of Trump went down by 34 percent on Twitter and 23 percent on Facebook the week after he was banned from both platforms following the Capitol riot on January 6. Since then, Trump mentions have continued to decline around 90 percent on both platforms from where they were the week of the riots. (That decline may be even greater than what the current data reflects on Twitter because it doesn’t include retweets and tweets from accounts that have since been deleted, like Trump’s.)


The census shows the US needs to increase immigration -- by a lot

The 2020 census shows that America isn’t full — and that it needs immigrants.

By Nicole Narea
@nicolenarea May 6, 2021, 8:30am EDT

The results of the 2020 census are a warning sign that America is on a course for slow population growth.

Economists broadly agree that population growth fuels economic growth in wealthy countries. But the recently released census figures show the US population grew by just 7.4 percent, or 331.5 million people, between 2010 and 2020 — the lowest rate since the 1930s. Projections suggest that, unless current trends change, those numbers could continue to diminish dramatically over the next two to three decades, with the population growing by just 78 million by 2060.

Some parts of the US are already beginning to experience some of the downsides of population slowdown or decline: Shrinking tax bases in rural areas have made it harder for government budgets to support essential services, such as infrastructure and public schools. As population growth slows, the pressure for cuts will likely grow. Meanwhile, the existing population will continue to age; by 2030, the Census Bureau estimates that one in five US residents will be of retirement age.

“Slow population growth, at least in the United States and a lot of other developed countries, will become a dire age dependency problem,” William Frey, a senior fellow at the Brooking Institution’s metropolitan policy program, said. “It puts a big strain on the rest of the population.”

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