Doctors urge U.S. Supreme Court to include abortion as stabilizing care under federal law
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by Jennifer Shutt
1d ago
Protesters gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, while justices hear oral arguments about whether federal law protects emergency abortion care. (Sofia Resnick/States Newsroom) WASHINGTON — Doctors from throughout the country posted a public letter this week, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to ensure health care professionals can perform abortions in every state when that procedure is essential “stabilizing treatment” under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act. Thousands of doctors, organized by the advocacy group The Committee to Protect Health Care ..read more
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As Memorial Day weekend kicks off, Gov. Murphy touts boardwalk investments
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by Sophie Nieto-Munoz
2d ago
Boardwalk improvements are underway in 18 towns stretching from Cape May to Long Branch, state officials said Friday. (Danielle Heminghaus for New Jersey Monitor) Asbury Park’s boardwalk will see major upgrades this year as part of the state’s efforts to renovate over a dozen Jersey Shore boardwalks that were ruined by storms over a decade ago. Gov. Phil Murphy was joined Friday by state and local officials to tout the state’s boardwalk preservation fund, fueled by federal COVID dollars. Murphy said he expects this to be one of the most successful summers ever for New Jersey as hundreds of th ..read more
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Rutgers president takes heat in Congress over handling of Gaza encampments
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by Sophie Nieto-Munoz
2d ago
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 23: Dr. Jonathan Holloway, President, of Rutgers University testifies at a hearing called "Calling for Accountability: Stopping Antisemitic College Chaos" before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on Capitol Hill on May 23, 2024 in Washington, DC. University leaders are being asked to testify by House Republicans about how colleges have responded to pro-Palestinian protests and allegations of antisemitism on their campuses. (Photo by Michael A. McCoy/Getty Images) Three weeks after protestors at Rutgers University in North Brunswick peacefully dismant ..read more
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Crime victims may get fewer services as federal aid drops. States weigh how to help.
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by Amanda Hernández
2d ago
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 24: An attendee looks at a series of banners for National Crime Victims' Rights Week Candlelight Vigil on the National Mall a on April 24, 2024 in Washington, DC. The Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime held the event to pay tribute to victims and survivors of crime and individuals who provide service and support. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images) Groups that assist crime victims across the United States are bracing for significant financial pain after the amount available from a major federal victim services fund plunged $700 million this year. Congr ..read more
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Forced sterilizations for people with disabilities decried by members of Congress
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by Jennifer Shutt
2d ago
Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley speaks during a press conference on reproductive rights for people with disabilities outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, May 23, 2024. (Photo by Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom) WASHINGTON — Three members of Congress introduced a resolution Thursday that’s intended to bring attention to the experiences and challenges people with disabilities face when it comes to reproductive rights. Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley announced the resolution during a press conference with advocates just steps from the U.S. Capitol, saying that un ..read more
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Congress, campaigns engage in tug-of-war over gas prices as summer travel begins
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by Shauneen Miranda
2d ago
From left, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts; Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island; Lori Lodes, executive director of Climate Power; and U.S. Rep. Sydney Kamlager-Dove, a Democrat from California, urge big oil companies be held accountable for high gas prices on Thursday, May 23, 2024, outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Shauneen Miranda/States Newsroom) WASHINGTON — As Democrats continue to ramp up their push against the oil industry, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and others on Thursday called out big oil companies and their executives fo ..read more
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Gov. Murphy calls for Amtrak investment after cable issues cause hourslong delays
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by Nikita Biryukov
2d ago
Gov. Phil Murphy demanded the agency invest in track reliability and backup plans after lengthy delays caused by Amtrak cables stranded commuters Wednesday. (Fran Baltzer for New Jersey Monitor) Gov. Phil Murphy called on Amtrak to make investments to shore up infrastructure vulnerabilities and expand backup transportation options after a cable failure in Kearny Wednesday caused delays that persisted into Thursday morning. The outage — the second delay caused by Amtrak cables this week — ground the nation’s busiest commuter rail line to a halt for hours, stranding commuters up and down the Ac ..read more
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Twelve vying to fill the late Rep. Donald Payne’s term
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by Nikita Biryukov
3d ago
Rep. Donald Payne Jr. died last month after a heart attack. (Daniella Heminghaus for New Jersey Monitor) A dozen candidates have launched campaigns in the special election to fill the unexpired months of the late Rep. Donald Payne Jr.’s term. Eleven Democrats will vie for the nomination in one of the most Democratic districts in the country, one that regularly sent Payne to Congress with more than 80% of the vote. The special primary is set for July 16 and the general election will be Sept. 18. Payne died last month after a heart attack. He was 65. Campaigns by Newark City Council President L ..read more
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After snafu cost Sen. Bramnick’s campaign $36K, senator seeks change in law on cash transfers
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by Sophie Nieto-Munoz
3d ago
Sen. Jon Bramnick's 2023 campaign lost $36,000 when money intended for a vendor was accidentally sent to the wrong person. Now he wants to make it illegal to keep money you were sent mistakenly. (Dana DiFilippo | New Jersey Monitor) All it takes is one wrong digit to send money to the wrong person via Venmo or a wire transfer. Just ask Sen. Jon Bramnick. During the Union County Republican’s campaign for state Senate in 2023, his treasurer intended to send money to a vendor, but because the intended recipient’s account number was input incorrectly, the cash landed in the account of someone in ..read more
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Wide scope of presidential emergency powers could be reined in by Congress this year
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by Jennifer Shutt
3d ago
Former President Donald Trump used his emergency powers to construct a border wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. In this photo, construction continues on a new section of the barrier on Jan. 8, 2019, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico. (Photo by Mario Tama, Getty Images) WASHINGTON — Senators from both political parties at a Wednesday hearing appeared to be on the same page about limiting presidential emergency powers, striking a bipartisan agreement that Congress should take steps this year to rework a decades-old law. The National Emergencies Act, approved during the 94th Congress, provides the pres ..read more
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