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Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 20, 2020

Our Poll* Shows Close Race for Senate in Montana
*The survey erred in listing the Green Party, but it's still clear that Daines and Bullock are in a tight contest.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2020

‘This Is Why We Wanted This Guy': Conservatives Push Trump to Fill Court Seat Quickly
Social conservatives and evangelical groups sprang into action after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, encouraging a speedy confirmation and rallying support for embattled Senate Republicans.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2020

Shadow of Merrick Garland Hangs Over the Next Supreme Court Fight
The fight over the confirmation of Judge Garland in 2016 set the tone for an even more brutal battle over who should succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2020

Ginsburg's Death Further Polarizes Voters Just Weeks Before Election
Republicans want to push forward. Democrats are seething. A bitterly divided nation gets more so as a Supreme Court nomination fight looms.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2020

Demonstrators Assemble Outside McConnell's House
Protesters rallied outside the home of Senator Mitch McConnell, after he said he would move forward with President Trump's nominee to replace Justice Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, reversing his 2016 position.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2020

The Latest Positions of Key Senators on Ginsburg's Replacement
The political jockeying intensified on Saturday about what the Senate would do to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2020

In the Supreme Court Battle to Come, Here Are the Senators to Watch
Republicans hold a narrow majority in the Senate, meaning they can only afford to lose a few votes in their push to confirm a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Here are the potential swing votes.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2020

How Mitch McConnell Can Quickly Push Through Trump's Supreme Court Nominee
The rules and partisan breakdown of the Senate make it possible for Republicans to swiftly confirm President Trump's Supreme Court nominee. Here's how.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2020

Leading Candidates to Fill Supreme Court Vacancy
President Trump has vowed to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "without delay." Here is who might fill the seat.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2020

Court Vacancy Injects New Uncertainty Into Rancorous Election Battle
After the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, it was not clear that President Trump's right-wing coalition would be more motivated by a confirmation fight than the alliance of liberals and moderates supportive of Mr. Biden would be.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2020

Ginsburg Supreme Court Vacancy Is the Second Closest to a U.S. Election Ever
The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday left an opening on the Supreme Court 46 days before Election Day.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2020

Can Mitch McConnell Be Stopped?
If Republicans give Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat to some Federalist Society fanatic, Democrats should pack the court.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Legacy
In the rearview mirror, the victories of a trailblazing feminist. On the road ahead, the threat of an entrenched and powerful minority.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 18, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Knew What to Do With Her Time
But she also knew something about the unreliability of happy endings.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 18, 2020

For McConnell, Ginsburg's Death Prompts Stark Turnabout From 2016 Stance
The majority leader pledged that President Trump's nominee to replace Justice Ginsburg would receive a Senate vote, despite his 2016 move to block President Obama's nominee in the waning months of his term.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 18, 2020

McConnell Vows Vote on Ginsburg Replacement as Her Death Upends the 2020 Race
Democrats warn Republicans to follow the precedent they set in 2016, when they refused to consider President Barack Obama's choice for the court on the grounds that it was an election year.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 18, 2020

Virus Pulls Down Trump, Poll Shows, and G.O.P. Senators Suffer With Him
A New York Times/Siena College survey showed Joe Biden leading President Trump by wide margins in Maine and Arizona, and effectively tied in North Carolina. Susan Collins trailed her Democratic rival in Maine's Senate race.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 17, 2020

‘A Comprehensive Plan': Democrats Make New Push for Heroes Act
House and Senate Democrats said they would continue to fight for a stimulus package as the death toll in the United States from coronavirus neared 200,000.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 17, 2020

Senate Democrats Present $350 Billion Strategy to Counter China
Democrats rolled out sprawling legislation that proposes substantial new funding over a decade in a bid to reinvest in the nation's economy and challenge Beijing.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 17, 2020

What's at Stake in This Election? The American Democratic Experiment
Trump's former director of national intelligence on how to firmly and unambiguously reassure all Americans that their votes will be counted.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 16, 2020

Trump Scorns His Own Scientists Over Virus Data
A public scolding of the C.D.C. chief was only the latest but perhaps the starkest instance when the president has rejected not just the policy advice of his public health officials but the facts and information that they provided.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 16, 2020

Presidentially, Two Parties Is Plenty
Next time maybe they'll bring back the Whigs.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 16, 2020

Why Trump's Supreme Court Fantasy List Is Bad for Real Life
Listing potential justices may distort how we see the judiciary and how it behaves. Joe Biden should stick to "no names."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 15, 2020

Sarah McBride Is Set to Be the Nation's Highest-Ranking Transgender Official
Ms. McBride, who would be the first openly transgender person to serve in any state's senate, won a primary for a safely Democratic seat in Delaware.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 15, 2020

As Democrats Fret, Pelosi Vows to Act Again on Stimulus Plan Before Election
The announcement came as concern grew among rank-and-file lawmakers in both parties over the prospect of returning home to face voters without having enacted another recovery package.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 13, 2020

The Week in Business: Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
In a bad week for deals, a new aid bill fizzled in Congress and Tiffany's sale fell apart.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 12, 2020

Why Does Trump Want an Inaccurate Census?
His effort to stop the census count early, in the middle of a pandemic, is in line with his campaign of exclusion.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 12, 2020

Targeting Conservative Terrain, Democrats Look to Independent Challengers in Alaska
The bids of two congressional candidates are shaping up as crucial tests of whether a centrist label can overcome resistance to Democrats in a conservative-leaning state.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 10, 2020

Hopes Dim for More Stimulus as Democrats Block Narrow G.O.P. Plan
A show vote in the Senate reflected a continuing partisan divide that appears increasingly likely to scuttle any recovery package to address the toll of the pandemic before the November election.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 10, 2020

Republicans' Stimulus Plan Fails in Senate
Senate Republicans failed to advance their substantially scaled-back stimulus plan amid opposition by Democrats who called the measure inadequate.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 09, 2020

Health Official Tries to Reassure Public That Science Will Set Vaccine Approval
Dr. Francis S. Collins, the National Institutes of Health director, who testified before senators along with Surgeon General Jerome Adams, said a vaccine wouldn't be made available unless it was safe.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 09, 2020

N.I.H. Director Has ‘Cautious Optimism' for Covid-19 Vaccine by End of 2020
Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, emphasized to senators that coronavirus vaccine development and distribution would be determined based on science and not politics.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 09, 2020

Pay People to Get Vaccinated
Once a reliable vaccine exists, it won't stop the pandemic unless most people are willing to take it. Economics provides a solution.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 08, 2020

Republicans Push Scaled-Back Stimulus Plan as Impasse on Virus Aid Persists
The economic recovery measure Republicans presented on Tuesday is a fraction of the size of their original offer and was immediately dismissed by Democrats as inadequate.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 08, 2020

Democrats Flip Open the Health Care Playbook
Coronavirus ads are one thing, but Democrats are also bringing back the messaging that worked so well for them in 2018.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 08, 2020

New Hampshire Primary Elections Test the Influence of Trump and Sanders
As voters cast ballots today, the Democratic governor's race and the Republican Senate contest may help preview the parties' future in the presidential swing state.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 08, 2020

Sununu and Shaheen Cruise in New Hampshire Primaries for Governor and Senate
The victories by Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, reinforced the state's status as a battleground in November.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 06, 2020

Joe Biden's China Journey
As a United States senator, he spoke of transforming China through trade. As a presidential candidate two decades later, he denounces it as a "dictatorship."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 04, 2020

How the Green New Deal Saved a Senator's Career
There are lessons here for Joe Biden.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 03, 2020

Netanyahu Privately Condoned U.S. Plan to Sell Arms to U.A.E., Officials Say
The package being pushed by the Trump White House — which could shift the military balance in the Middle East — includes an electronic warfare plane, the EA-18G Growler.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 02, 2020

How a Smooth Election in Massachusetts Could Be a Cautionary Tale
Election experts said that Tuesday's primary offered a mix of smart policies and harsh deadlines, and that the state benefited from not having a highly charged political atmosphere.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 02, 2020

Joni Ernst, in a Tight Senate Race, Repeats a Debunked Coronavirus Theory
The Iowa senator's comments echoed a false claim, spread by President Trump over the weekend, that deaths from Covid-19 have been inflated.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 02, 2020

Lawmakers Ask N.F.L. About Race Norms Used in Concussion Settlement
Members of Congress questioned whether the racial benchmarks used to settle dementia claims were consistent with discriminatory economic practices like redlining.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 01, 2020

Markey Holds Off Joseph Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate Race
The result was the first loss by a Kennedy in a Massachusetts election and demonstrated the progressive energy that is reshaping the Democratic Party.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 01, 2020

Trump Says Some Really Strange Things. Republicans Say No Comment, Again.
"If the leader comments, I'll be sure to pass it along," said a spokesman for Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader. As of Tuesday afternoon, there was nothing to pass along.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 01, 2020

Mnuchin Says Economy Is Recovering but ‘More Work' Is Needed to Alleviate Pain
The Treasury secretary's House testimony, combined with renewed stimulus discussions among Republicans, highlighted divisions over how big an economic package should be.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 01, 2020

The Subways Are Facing a Five-Alarm Fire
New York City cannot recover without a robust transit system, and the country cannot rebound without New York.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 01, 2020

Massachusetts Primary Elections: What to Watch For
Senator Edward J. Markey is facing off against Joseph P. Kennedy III, while the powerful Representative Richard E. Neal is confronting a challenge from the young mayor Alex Morse.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 31, 2020

In Massachusetts, Markey Outflanks Kennedy by Running as Bold Insurgent
Edward Markey, 74, entered Congress before Joseph Kennedy III was born. But in their Senate race he has harnessed the energy of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the ascendant left, much to Mr. Kennedy's frustration.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 30, 2020

Shift on Election Briefings Could Create an Information Gap for Voters
The elimination of in-person election security briefings to Congress could leave the public with a diminished understanding of the threats facing the election as it enters a critical phase.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 29, 2020

No More In-Person Election Briefings for Congress, Intelligence Chief Says
Lawmakers in both parties worry the move will block their ability to question and test intelligence assessments when they are crucial to ensuring that foreign powers do not undermine election results.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 28, 2020

House Panel Moves to Hold Pompeo in Contempt of Congress
The House Foreign Affairs Committee cited Mike Pompeo's defiance of subpoenas related to the State Department's compliance with Senate Republicans' investigation targeting the Bidens.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 28, 2020

‘End of the Line': School Bus Industry in Crisis Because of the Coronavirus
Industry leaders say it will be the nation's schoolchildren and parents who will suffer, as they alter their lives and figure out how to replace a mode of transportation that was once a certainty.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 28, 2020

Crucial Battle to Keep Senate Control Gets Little Notice at Republican Convention
Despite its importance to the next president, the contest for the Senate majority was relegated to the background as the convention focused almost exclusively on President Trump.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 27, 2020

How to Respond to Police Shootings and Mayhem
A reader asks Joe Biden to condemn the violence, while another calls for a truth commission on "systemic abuse and racism." Also: Senator Sherrod Brown, on getting the Senate back to work.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 25, 2020

Airline Job Cuts Could Pressure Congress and Trump on Stimulus
American Airlines said it would furlough 19,000 workers if lawmakers do not extend aid to the industry, which has been hammered by the pandemic.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 24, 2020

The Senate Is on Vacation While Americans Starve
Thirty million households didn't have enough food in the last week. Only the Fed has acted forcefully.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 24, 2020

The Senate's on Vacation While Americans Starve
Thirty million households didn't have enough food in the last week. Only the Fed has acted forcefully.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 24, 2020

Not the Convention, or the Election, North Carolina Republicans Hoped For
The G.O.P. was supposed to be celebrating in the state this week. Instead, it is trying to hold on to a Senate seat and lift President Trump's low poll numbers.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 22, 2020

Mnuchin Paved Way for Postal Service Shake-Up
At President Trump's behest, the Treasury Secretary sought out appointees who would restructure the United States Postal Service.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 22, 2020

House Votes to Block Postal Changes and Allocate Funds for Mail
The Democratic bill would send $25 billion to the Postal Service and reverse changes that have slowed service until after November's election.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 21, 2020

DeJoy Tells Senators Election Mail Will Be Delivered ‘Fully and on Time'
The postmaster general, under fire for recent changes that have slowed mail delivery, defended his approach and asked Congress to help free the Postal Service from costly retirement obligations.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 21, 2020

DeJoy: Postal Service Is ‘Committed' to Deliver Election Mail On Time
Louis DeJoy, the postmaster general, defended his first three months overseeing the Postal Service on Aug. 21.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 21, 2020

Live: U.S. Postmaster General Testifies Before Congress
Louis DeJoy, the postmaster general, will testify to senators to defend his first three months overseeing the Postal Service.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 21, 2020

Senators Lead an Increasingly Diverse Nation. Their Top Aides Are Mostly White.
A new study shows that 11 percent of top aides shaping policy and public messaging in senators' Washington offices are people of color, compared with almost 40 percent of the American populace.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 20, 2020

Here's What to Watch as the Postmaster General Testifies Before Congress
Louis DeJoy's appearance before the Senate Homeland Security Committee will be his first congressional testimony since he suspended cost-cutting measures at the Postal Service.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 20, 2020

Democrats Have Their Doubts About Biden's Bipartisan Bonhomie
Twelve years after he left the Senate, a President Biden would find a Capitol that is far more partisan and less open to deal-making than the one that shaped his views of legislating.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 19, 2020

The Trump Campaign Accepted Russian Help to Win in 2016. Case Closed.
"Cooperation" or "collusion" or whatever. It was a plot against American democracy.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 19, 2020

Trump Administration Pushes Arms Sale to U.A.E. Despite Israeli Worries
The Trump White House is quietly planning sales of F-35 stealth fighters and advanced drones to the Emiratis as part of a wider plan to realign the Middle East, but Israel and Congress may object.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 19, 2020

Trump Phone Calls Add to Lingering Questions About Russian Interference
A Senate committee went further than the Mueller report on key points about Russia's election sabotage operations and the Trump campaign.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 19, 2020

Decision to Halt Postal Changes Does Little to Quell Election Concerns
Democrats are calling on Louis DeJoy to step down amid concerns that changes already made could disenfranchise voters in November.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 19, 2020

Slade Gorton, Who Was Voted Out of Senate and Then Back In, Dies at 92
A "passionate moderate" Republican from Washington State, he served three nonconsecutive terms as a friend to its industries, from logging to tech.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 19, 2020

Why Are Senate Republicans Playing Dead?
They're allowing President Trump to place loyalists in important government positions.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 18, 2020

Joe Biden's Secret Untapped Weapon
How he could win the Latino vote … and the presidency.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 18, 2020

Biden Shouldn't Take Latinos for Granted
If he can get these voters to turnout in November, they could ultimately be the ones who send Trump packing.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 18, 2020

Report Details Manafort's Ties During 2016 Trump Campaign to a Russian Agent
The former campaign chairman Paul Manafort kept in close touch with a longtime colleague whom Senate investigators identified as a Russian intelligence officer.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 18, 2020

Trump and Miss Moscow: Report Examines Possible Compromises in Russia Trips
The Senate committee report says that President Trump may have had a relationship with a Russian beauty pageant winner. But investigators say they "did not establish" that Russia had compromising information on Mr. Trump.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 18, 2020

Republicans Float a Scaled-Back Stimulus Bill
The measure would reinstate supplemental unemployment benefits at half their original rate, and is unlikely to find support among Democrats.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 18, 2020

8 Takeaways From the Senate Committee Report on Russian Interference
Senators divided along party lines about whether to conclude that the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin's election sabotage operations.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 18, 2020

Postal Service Suspends Changes After Outcry Over Delivery Slowdown
Policy changes by the postmaster general prompted allegations that the Trump administration was trying to disenfranchise voters ahead of the 2020 election.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 18, 2020

G.O.P.-Led Senate Panel Details Ties Between 2016 Trump Campaign and Russia
A nearly 1,000-page report confirmed the special counsel's findings at a moment when President Trump's allies have sought to undermine that inquiry.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 18, 2020

G.O.P.-Led Senate Panel Releases Final Report on Russian Interference and Ties to Trump
The report was expected to confirm the special counsel's findings at a moment when President Trump's allies have sought to undermine his inquiry.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 18, 2020

What if Trumpism Is the G.O.P.'s Natural State?
Beating Trump would be just the beginning. Democrats would still be confronted with a radical Republican Party.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 18, 2020

I Was a Postal Service Regulator for 18 Years. Don't Panic.
The service is perfectly capable of handling election mail.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 17, 2020

DeJoy Earned Millions From Company With Financial Ties to Postal Service
The postmaster general, under fire for his business ties and his cost-cutting measures, will testify before the House next week.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 15, 2020

‘We're Desperate': Transit Cuts Felt Deepest in Low-Income Areas
As the pandemic wreaks havoc on public transit systems across the country, experts say it is low-income residents, people of color and essential workers bearing the brunt.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 14, 2020

Firm Collecting Virus Data Refuses to Answer Senators' Questions
A private technology company that gathers data for a coronavirus database said a nondisclosure agreement with the Trump administration blocks it from discussing its $10.2 million contract.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 14, 2020

Senators Criticize Guantánamo Prison Coronavirus Plan
After a report from the Pentagon, Democrats questioned whether there was enough capacity to help either detainees or their guards if an outbreak occurs.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 14, 2020

Top Homeland Security Officials Are Serving Illegally, G.A.O. Says
The acting secretary of homeland security, Chad F. Wolf, and his deputy, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, were appointed to their posts in violation of federal law, Congress's watchdog determined.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 13, 2020

Who Would Replace Kamala Harris in the Senate for California? Let the Jockeying Begin
As the Democratic vice-presidential nominee hits the campaign trail, a race to replace her kicks off.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 13, 2020

After Trump, America Needs Accountability for His Corruption
Restoring the rule of law is not the same as "lock her up."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 12, 2020

Administration Reaches Out to Democrats on Stimulus Bill
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin talked with Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the first time since negotiations on a new coronavirus relief bill collapsed, but neither side showed any willingness to budge.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 12, 2020

¿Quién es Kamala Harris, la selección para vicepresidenta de Joe Biden?
Un recorrido por los momentos clave de la carrera de la senadora de California, la primera mujer negra y la primera persona de ascendencia asiática en unirse a la fórmula electoral para la presidencia de uno de los dos partidos principales de Estados Unidos.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 12, 2020

What the Kamala Harris Pick Tells Us About Joe Biden
His choice is a characteristic example of his tendency to row in the direction of the day's strongest political currents.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 12, 2020

Advisers Consider Whether Trump Can Cut Taxes Without Congress
Trump's lawyers and economic advisers have studied how far they could stretch executive authority to set tax policy, though the legality of any cuts is dubious.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 11, 2020

Crisis in the Nation, Crickets on Capitol Hill
The standoff between the White House and Democratic leaders in Congress over a new coronavirus aid bill showed no signs of resolution — or even of efforts to find a way back to the bargaining table.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 11, 2020

A Look at Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's V.P. Choice
Ms. Harris, a California senator who is the first woman of color to join a major party's national ticket, ran for president against Mr. Biden last year.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 11, 2020

What to Know About Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's V.P. Choice
Ms. Harris, a California senator who is the first woman of color to join a major party's national ticket, ran for president against Mr. Biden last year.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 11, 2020

Vote Counts Change. Please Don't Panic.
The "blue shift" is real. Take it seriously.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 10, 2020

Trump Goes Around Congress to Provide Pandemic Relief
It's unclear whether the measures he signed will have any immediate effect, but the president pressed ahead anyway: This is your morning tip sheet.

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