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Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 21, 2018

Republicans, Don't Just Tweet About It. Do Something.
The G.O.P. better stand for something — and stand up to someone — soon.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 21, 2018

Lessons From a Failed Nomination, for Both Brett Kavanaugh and the Senate
Senators expect the embarrassing collapse of one judicial nomination to influence others to come.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 20, 2018

With All Eyes on Joe Manchin, He Is All Ears at a Supreme Court Round Table
A discussion in his home state underscored the difficult decision the West Virginia senator and other red-state Democrats must make.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 20, 2018

Republicans Bow to White House on Chinese Telecom Firm ZTE
A pending bill no longer contains the toughest restrictions on a Chinese telecom firm, after the Trump administration persuaded congressional leaders to soften their penalties.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 19, 2018

The Republican Congress Can and Should Take the Lead on Russia
American strength, not weakness, is the best way to preserve a secure world in the face of adversaries like Putin.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 19, 2018

Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin. What Should We Do?
Lawmakers must keep the American people informed of the current danger, writes a Republican congressman from Texas.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 19, 2018

White House Withdraws Appeals Court Nominee Who Deplored Multiculturalism
The administration moved to avoid an embarrassing defeat for Ryan W. Bounds for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after Tim Scott, the Senate's only black Republican, said he would oppose the nomination.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 19, 2018

Republicans Block Anti-Putin Resolutions Before Senate Approves One Rebuke
Congressional Republicans shot down a series of measures brought by Democrats — and some Republicans — to admonish President Trump over his summit meeting with Vladimir V. Putin.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 19, 2018

In Opening Skirmish, Republicans Shoot Down Anti-Putin Resolutions
Congressional Republicans blocked a series of moves brought by Democrats — and some Republicans — to rebuke President Trump over his summit meeting with Vladimir V. Putin.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 18, 2018

Consumer Bureau Nominee Could Face ‘Bumpy Ride' Over Lack of Experience
Kathleen Kraninger, who has little experience with the consumer finance products and businesses that the watchdog agency was created to police, will be grilled by lawmakers on Thursday.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 17, 2018

Time for Republicans to Grow a Spine
Some Republicans say President Trump embarrassed himself and the country in his meeting with Vladimir Putin. Here's what they can do about it.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 17, 2018

The Trump Administration Caves on Plastic Guns
The government has just made it easier for terrorists and criminals to produce deadly weapons with an inexpensive 3-D printer.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 17, 2018

The Age of the Downloadable Gun Begins
The government has just made it easier for terrorists and criminals to produce deadly weapons with an inexpensive 3-D printer.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 17, 2018

Senators Push Fed Chairman for Answers on Slow Wage Growth
Testifying before the Banking Committee, Jerome H. Powell offered a sunny portrait of the economy — and mild warnings on trade policy.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 17, 2018

Republicans Scramble to Contain Trump's Damage, but Path Is Unclear
As Democratic leaders in Congress pressed for tangible actions to punish President Trump, Republicans weighed a variety of proposals to respond to his remarks in Helsinki.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 16, 2018

Trump Trusts Putin's Denial, but Seven U.S. Intelligence Groups Blame Russia for Election Meddling
On Monday, President Trump continued to cast doubt on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, the consensus position of American intelligence agencies and both parties on Capitol Hill.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 16, 2018

Trump Trusts Putin's Denial, but Seven U.S Intelligence Groups Blame Russia for Election Meddling
On Monday, President Trump continued to cast doubt on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, the consensus position of American intelligence agencies and both parties on Capitol Hill.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 16, 2018

The Perils of the Trump Cult
Tennessee's Marsha Blackburn wants to ride the president's coattails to the Senate. But will her plan backfire?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 15, 2018

Kevin De León Beats Feinstein for California Democrats' Endorsement
While Senator Dianne Feinstein trounced Mr. de León in the California primary, they will still face off in the November election. The state party's endorsement of Mr. de León reflects the power of liberal activists.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 15, 2018

California Democratic Party Snubs Feinstein and Endorses Kevin De León
Senator Dianne Feinstein is widely expected to preserve her seat in the midterm elections, but the support for Mr. de León reflects the rise of younger liberal activists.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 15, 2018

Feinstein Has Advantages in California Race. De León Now Has Party Leaders.
Though Senator Dianne Feinstein trounced Kevin de León in a primary, they will still face off in November, after party leaders endorsed Mr. de León, reflecting the power of liberal activists.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 15, 2018

Feinstein Has Assets in California Senate Race. De León Now Has Party Leaders.
Though Senator Dianne Feinstein trounced Kevin de León in a primary, they will still face off in November, after party leaders endorsed Mr. de León, reflecting the power of liberal activists.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 14, 2018

Should Democrats Have Saved Their Filibuster for the New Court Fight?
By forcing a showdown last year, Democrats gave Republicans an opening to end the filibuster of Supreme Court nominees. Some wish they had it back.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 14, 2018

Forget Suits. Show the Tattoo. Female Candidates Are Breaking the Rules.
After years of being told to put on a suit and recite their résumé, women running for office are now revealing themselves in more complex ways.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 14, 2018

Women Rewrite the Political Playbook and Run as … Themselves
After years of being told to put on a suit and recite their résumé, women running for office are now revealing themselves in more complex ways.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 14, 2018

These Ads Reveal How Women Candidates Are Changing Campaigns
Candidates like Abby Finkenauer are ditching ads showing them in pantsuits and instead focusing on their personal stories.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 13, 2018

Republicans Had a Plan for Josh Hawley in Missouri. He's Working on It.
Handpicked by party leaders and backed by influential donors, Mr. Hawley has gained recognition and influence in a key state. But there have been growing pains.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 12, 2018

Trump to Appoint a New Liaison to Congress
Shahira Knight, who was deputy director at the National Economic Council under its former director, Gary D. Cohn, will take over as director of White House legislative affairs, officials said.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 12, 2018

Two Senators Call for Investigation of Smart TV Industry
In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, Edward J. Markey and Richard Blumenthal expressed concern that Samba TV wasn't transparent with viewers about data it collected.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 12, 2018

Just Confirm Kavanaugh
How much political capital can Democrats spend on a losing battle?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 11, 2018

Justice Dept. Nominee Who Drew Scrutiny for Russian Bank Work Is Confirmed
Democrats also questioned the experience of Brian Benczkowski, who will lead the department's Criminal Division. His confirmation broke a logjam of pending nominations for top jobs at the department.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 11, 2018

As President Trump Bashes NATO, Republicans Are Largely Silent
Republicans on Capitol Hill said they support the alliance, but they declined to offer opinions on President Trump's slamming of NATO at a breakfast in Brussels.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 11, 2018

Democrats Zero In on Kavanaugh's Defense of Presidential Power
Democrats thought the weakness of a Supreme Court nominee would be health care and abortion. Then came Brett M. Kavanaugh's writings on shielding presidents from investigation.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 11, 2018

Listen to ‘The Daily': Brett Kavanaugh's Change of Heart
President Trump's Supreme Court nominee once made the case for impeaching a president. He now says that was a mistake.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 11, 2018

For Midterms, Supreme Court Political Drama Plays to Its Audience
The clash over Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh's nomination will leave Democratic senators on the defensive, but it could energize the left in House races.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 10, 2018

How Fraught Is Meeting With Russia? Just Ask Republican Senators
Republican senators traveled to Russia over their July 4 recess, preaching conciliation and dialogue. The Russians could not have been more pleased.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 10, 2018

How Fraught Is Meeting With Russia? Just Ask Republican Senators.
Republican senators traveled to Russia over their July 4 recess, preaching conciliation and dialogue. The Russians could not have been more pleased.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 10, 2018

Who Might the Court Fight Help in the Midterms? Democrats. And Republicans.
President Trump's new Supreme Court nominee could help Republicans hold or expand control in the Senate, even as it helps Democrats' chances to take the House.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 10, 2018

Senate Democrats Come Out Swinging in Long-Shot Fight to Block Kavanaugh
Democrats painted the Supreme Court nominee as an arch-conservative who would endanger abortion rights and health care and protect President Trump.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 10, 2018

Kavanaugh Must Answer the Abortion Question
Would he uphold Roe v. Wade?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 10, 2018

Listen to ‘The Daily': Trump Picks Brett Kavanaugh
Given Judge Kavanaugh's conservative record and the political math in the Senate, what happens now?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 10, 2018

What Does the Supreme Court Mean for the Midterm Elections? Here Are 2 Hints
President Trump's selection of Brett Kavanaugh for a Supreme Court vacancy comes just four months before crucial national elections.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 09, 2018

After Kavanaugh, the Deluge
The promises that the conservative legal movement made to the pro-life voters are about to come due.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 09, 2018

There's So Much You Don't Know About Brett Kavanaugh
And you probably won't until it's too late.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 09, 2018

If the Supreme Court is Nakedly Political, Can It Be Just?
Rigidly divided by both ideology and party, the court risks losing public legitimacy.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 09, 2018

The Nominee Is Coming. What Then?
The country's center-left majority "has to actually organize and elect people to office."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 08, 2018

This Is No Time For Liberal Despair
It's time for a bottom-up progressive movement to counter a conservative Supreme Court.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 07, 2018

McConnell Tries to Nudge Trump Toward Two Supreme Court Options
Senator Mitch McConnell argued that Judges Raymond M. Kethledge and Thomas M. Hardiman presented the fewest obvious obstacles to being confirmed, according to Republican officials.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 07, 2018

‘It's a Terrible Vote': Red-State Democrats Face an Agonizing Supreme Court Choice
The Supreme Court votes by a handful of Senate Democrats from Republican states could have broad ramifications for their party, its leadership and its core voters.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 06, 2018

Democrats: Do Not Surrender the Judiciary
Resist President Trump's radical court picks, from the Supreme Court on down. This is both a sprint and a marathon.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 05, 2018

Trump Assails Critics and Mocks #MeToo. What About Putin? ‘He's Fine'
The president, at a rally for Montana's Republican Senate candidate, also revived his "Pocahontas" attack on Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 05, 2018

Can Amy McGrath's Military Experience Carry Her to Victory in Kentucky?
As a Marine fighter pilot, Amy McGrath broke many barriers for women in the military. Her experience has already carried her to an upset victory in the Democratic primary for a House seat in Kentucky. Here's how her campaign hopes to win in November.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 05, 2018

Senators Collins and Murkowski, It's Time to Leave the G.O.P.
If the Senate's moderate Republican women really want to send a message about women's health, they can do better than a Supreme Court justice vote.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 05, 2018

Senators Collins and Murkowski: It's Time to Leave the G.O.P.
If the Senate's moderate Republican women really want to send a message about women's health, they can do better than a Supreme Court justice vote.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 05, 2018

How Will We Know What a Supreme Court Nominee Really Thinks?
It's a myth that potential justices can't answer questions about their positions on Roe v. Wade.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 03, 2018

New York Times Reassigns Reporter in Leak Case
Dean Baquet, the paper's executive editor, said Ali Watkins, whose email and phone records were seized by the Trump administration, will be moved from the Washington bureau to a new beat in New York.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 03, 2018

Can a Stronger Congress Check the Supreme Court?
Justice Kennedy's exit is a reminder of the ways in which a very weak Congress has abdicated its coequal role.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 02, 2018

Things to Consider in Picking a Supreme Court Justice
Readers address the confirmation battle over the next justice.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 02, 2018

Listen to ‘The Daily': Susan Collins on Roe v. Wade and the Next Justice
The Republican from Maine is among few senators willing to break from their parties on major issues — and who may decide the makeup of the Supreme Court.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 01, 2018

If Congress Changes Food Stamp Requirements, Kids Will Go Hungry
The House's harsh proposal targets adults but, children will suffer if it becomes law.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 01, 2018

Susan Collins, Pivotal Moderate, Says ‘Hostility' to Roe Would Sway Her Vote
Ms. Collins, a Republican senator, appeared to edge beyond previous statements, saying a Supreme Court pick who would overturn the abortion rights case "would not be acceptable to me."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 30, 2018

As Trump Consolidates Power, Democrats Confront a Rebellion in Their Ranks
The looming battle over the Supreme Court opening highlights the fissure between establishment Democrats and activists pressing a liberal, anti-Trump agenda.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 29, 2018

Trump Says He Will Announce Supreme Court Pick on July 9
The president said that he has narrowed down his Supreme Court candidates to about five people, including two women, calling them "brilliant" and "talented."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 28, 2018

With Roe in the Balance, Two Republicans Hold High Court in their Hands
Democrats are practically powerless to stop President Trump's Supreme Court pick. So all eyes are on Senators Collins and Murkowski to save abortion rights.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 28, 2018

Denied a Filibuster, Democrats Eye Other Tactics in Supreme Court Fight
Coming hearings will be the first time the process has begun with the threat of a filibuster off the table.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 28, 2018

A Senate Committee Votes for Peace in the Music Industry
The Music Modernization Act moves one step closer to law. It aims to bring analog-era music copyright law into the digital age.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 28, 2018

New Way to Pay Songwriters and Musicians in the Streaming Age Advances
A Senate committee voted in favor of the Music Modernization Act, moving it one step closer to becoming law. It aims to modernize the analog-era music copyright law.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 28, 2018

The End of Abortion
With a new Trump appointee, the Supreme Court is likely to make access to the procedure practically impossible in states hostile to it.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 28, 2018

Fighting Privilege: The Senate Finally Wants to Pay Its Interns
In a bid to make Washington's halls of power more diverse, the Senate is seeking to create a $5 million fund to compensate its interns, the first such organized congressional effort in two decades.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 28, 2018

It Was Kennedy's Court. Will It Now Be Now Trump's?
Sampling the reaction to the announcement that Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire, setting the stage for another Trump nomination to the court.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 28, 2018

It Was Kennedy's Court. Will It Now Be Trump's?
Sampling the reaction to the announcement that Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire, setting the stage for another Trump nomination to the court.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 28, 2018

This Is the World Mitch McConnell Gave Us
Donald Trump dominates our universe. McConnell made it all possible.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 28, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Is Retiring. What Happens Now?
The timing gives both parties a potent issue heading into the midterm elections. Here's what we can expect in the coming months.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 28, 2018

Justice Kennedy Is Retiring. What Happens Now?
The timing gives both parties a potent issue heading into the midterm elections. Here's what we can expect in the coming months.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 27, 2018

Trump, at Rally, Vows to Carry On Anthony Kennedy's Legacy With Court Pick
At a rally in North Dakota, the president celebrated an indisputable political trophy as he tries to drum up support for Republicans before the midterm elections.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 27, 2018

Kennedy Retirement Injects an Inflammatory New Issue Into Midterms
Democrats will focus on Justice Kennedy's replacement in an attempt to motivate voters in the fall, while conservatives will pressure vulnerable Democratic senators in red states.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 27, 2018

Democrats Cite McConnell's Precedent to Delay Supreme Court Hearings. But Does It Apply?
Democrats are demanding that the Senate majority leader delay confirmation proceedings during an election year, citing his refusal to consider an Obama nominee in 2016.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 27, 2018

Anthony Kennedy's Exit May Echo for Generations
Despite President Trump's rocky tenure, his opportunity to reshape the Supreme Court may allow him to go down in history as an unusually influential president.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 27, 2018

Trump Gets Chance to Influence American Life for Generations Through Supreme Court Pick
Despite President Trump's rocky tenure, his opportunity to reshape the Supreme Court may allow him to go down in history as an unusually influential president.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 27, 2018

McConnell Promises Fall Vote to Confirm Next Supreme Court Justice
Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement throws the volatile issue of a Supreme Court confirmation to the Senate, and Democrats have little power to stop it.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 27, 2018

Terry Crews Won't Be in ‘Expendables 4,' Citing Threat Over Groping Claim
The actor told senators that a producer tried to get him to drop a lawsuit against a Hollywood executive who Mr. Crews says sexually assaulted him at a party.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 26, 2018

Trump Helps Boost Two Preferred Candidates While Progressive Democrats Gain
The president helped lift South Carolina's governor and a House candidate in New York, and the Democrats' liberal wing had its biggest wins yet

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 26, 2018

Henry McMaster Wins Governor's Primary in South Carolina After Boost From Trump
The 71-year-old governor, forced into a runoff two weeks ago, defeated a first-time candidate a day after appearing at a rally with Mr. Trump.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 26, 2018

Senate Odd Couple Tries to Salvage an Immigration Deal
Five years ago, Ted Cruz and Dianne Feinstein clashed memorably over the Constitution. Now, the senators are searching for comity on immigration.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 26, 2018

Senate ‘Odd Couple' Tries to Salvage an Immigration Deal
Five years ago, Ted Cruz and Dianne Feinstein clashed memorably over the Constitution. Now, the senators are searching for comity on immigration.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 26, 2018

Rand Paul Sues Neighbor Who Attacked Him
In his lawsuit, the Republican senator from Kentucky seeks compensation for medical expenses and a loss of "enjoyment of life."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 26, 2018

Unchecked Power Is Still Dangerous No Matter What the Court Says
In the travel ban case, the majority turned a blind eye to racism by invoking legal rules that give the president vast power over immigration.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 25, 2018

Only in New York: Where Primary Day Comes Twice a Year
New Yorkers must contend with two separate primary elections — a congressional contest on Tuesday and a state primary in September, sowing confusion.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 24, 2018

How an Affair Between a Reporter and a Security Aide Has Rattled Washington Media
The seizure of email records from a Times reporter alarmed First Amendment groups. Her relationship with an intelligence aide set off an ethical debate.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 23, 2018

Elizabeth Warren Condemned Trump in Reno. He Answered in Las Vegas With a Slur.
Ms. Warren and President Trump were both campaigning for Senate candidates in Nevada Saturday, but their fast-burning exchange had the feel of a 2020 presidential campaign confrontation.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 23, 2018

Trump Appeals to Republicans in Las Vegas, Leaving Behind Washington's Legislative Chaos
On a visit to Nevada, President Trump delivered a blunt message he has repeated at rallies for weeks: "We need more Republicans."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 23, 2018

A Prophet of Doom Was Right About the Climate
Thirty years after a NASA scientist warned Congress the planet was warming, lawmakers have taken no action remotely commensurate with the threat.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 22, 2018

Senator Jeff Merkley, a Quiet Stalwart of the Left, Has a Breakout Moment at the Border
Senator Jeff Merkley, Democrat of Oregon, has been an under-the-radar presence in Washington. Then a video of his visit to a former Walmart in Texas went viral.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 21, 2018

G.O.P. Wants Hungry Kids to Fund Tax Cuts
After raising the deficit, Republicans want stricter limits on food stamps.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 21, 2018

Congress Doesn't Seem to Know Its Own Strength
Complicit in their own subservience, legislators have enabled President Trump's callous devastation of families.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 21, 2018

If 2 Republican Senators Defect
A reader suggests that two Republican senators who are not running for re-election caucus with the Democrats.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 21, 2018

Ted Cruz Is Running Again. Trump Is Still Making Things Complicated.
The Texas senator, facing a serious re-election challenge, is projecting loyalty to a president he once criticized as erratic and dangerous.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 21, 2018

Trump and Cruz: Friends? Enemies? Frenemies?
Legislation by Senator Ted Cruz countering the Trump administration's policy on families at the border was the latest twist in a hot-and-cold relationship.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 20, 2018

Senate Rejects White House Plan to Cancel Unused Funding
Two Republicans, Richard M. Burr and Susan Collins, broke with their party to oppose the plan, which was intended to broadcast fiscal responsibility.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 20, 2018

G.O.P. Lawmakers Hope Trump's Border Action Heads Off Political Threat
The executive order relieved pressure on lawmakers under fierce fire for the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.

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