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Politics - U.S. Senate
May 20, 2018

Young People Keep Marching After Parkland, This Time to Register to Vote
Younger voters typically do not cast ballots in midterm elections. But after the Parkland, Fla., shooting, registration among younger voters is accelerating.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 18, 2018

Listen to ‘The Daily': Does Mueller Have a Plan for Trump?
White House lawyers have claimed that the special counsel will not indict the president, regardless of his findings. If that's true, then what's the purpose of his inquiry?

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 18, 2018

Running Uphill: The Challenge of Unseating Dianne Feinstein
A prominent Democrat in the nation's most Democratic state struggles for traction against Dianne Feinstein. At 84, she is a California fixture.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 17, 2018

Chance of Nafta Deal in 2018 Diminishes as Talks Drag Past Congressional Deadline
The Trump administration had hoped a revised deal would reach the current Congress, in which Republicans control both chambers. Now, those prospects are diminishing by the day.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 17, 2018

Congressional Candidates, Not Mueller, Could Decide Trump's Future
The idea of impeachment raises the stakes for control of Congress this November and potentially puts the idea front and center in the midterm elections.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 17, 2018

Senate Confirms Gina Haspel to Lead C.I.A. Despite Torture Concerns
Ms. Haspel, a career clandestine officer, will take the helm as the agency's first female director at a time of shifting alliances and intelligence threats from countries including Russia and Iran.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 17, 2018

Is the System Rigged Against Democrats?
In "It's Time to Fight Dirty," David Faris lays out a strategy for structural changes to level a skewed electoral playing field.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 17, 2018

Must-Do for Florida's Midterm Candidates: A Stop in Puerto Rico. Or Three.
Florida candidates have traveled repeatedly to the island, a sign Puerto Ricans have become an increasingly important constituency.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 16, 2018

Top Republican Senator Says ‘No Reason to Dispute' That Russia Favored Trump
Senator Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he saw "no reason to dispute" the findings of the United States' spy agencies.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 16, 2018

Top Republican Senator Says There's ‘No Doubt' Russia Favored Trump
Senator Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he saw "no reason to dispute" the findings of the United States' spy agencies.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 16, 2018

5 Things the New Trump Tower Meeting Documents Tell Us
A Senate committee released thousands of documents related to a 2016 meeting with Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer. Here are five key findings.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 16, 2018

Senator Grills Nominee on Deadly Carbon Monoxide Risk in Keyless Cars
A top safety official said she would raise awareness about the hazard, but would not commit to mandating a software fix to increase alerts to drivers.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 16, 2018

Senator Urges Action on Deadly Carbon Monoxide Risk in Keyless Cars
A top safety official said she would raise awareness about the hazard, but would not commit to mandating a software fix to increase alerts to drivers.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 16, 2018

In ‘The Restless Wave,' John McCain Says America Is Still Exceptional
In his latest and likely last book, McCain expresses concern about the state of the union, but generally stops short of calling out President Trump.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 16, 2018

Documents Show Promise, and Letdown, Around Trump Tower Meeting
The records, part of the Senate Judiciary Committee's inquiry into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians, produced few major revelations.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 16, 2018

Thousands of Pages of Documents on Trump Tower Meeting Are Released
The records, part of the Senate Judiciary Committee's inquiry into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians, was not expected to produce major revelations.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 16, 2018

Democrats Sharpen Focus as Scott Pruitt Testifies Again on Capitol Hill
The E.P.A. administrator made his third congressional appearance in less than a month and appeared unable to deflect some tough questions.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 16, 2018

Scott Pruitt on Capitol Hill: Highlights From Round 3
The E.P.A. administrator made his third congressional appearance in a month.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 16, 2018

Scott Pruitt on Capitol Hill: Live Updates
The E.P.A. administrator is testifying now, giving senators the first chance to question him about first-class travel, his ties to lobbyists and other ethics issues.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 16, 2018

Scott Pruitt on Capitol Hill: Round 3 in Progress
The E.P.A. administrator is testifying now, the first chance for senators to question him about first-class travel, his ties to lobbyists and other ethics issues.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 16, 2018

Scott Pruitt on Capitol Hill: What to Expect in Round 3
The E.P.A. administrator testifies on Wednesday, the first chance senators will have to question him about first-class travel, his ties to lobbyists and other ethics issues.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 16, 2018

Scott Pruitt on Capitol Hill: What to Expect in Round Three
The E.P.A. administrator testifies on Wednesday, the first chance senators will have to question him about first-class travel, his ties to lobbyists and other ethics issues.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 16, 2018

Primaries 2018: 3 Key Takeaways From Tuesday Night
In Pennsylvania, the Democrats rallied around women, and the Republicans went for candidates in the Trump mold.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 16, 2018

3 Key Takeaways From Tuesday's Primaries
In Pennsylvania, the Democrats rallied around women, and the Republicans went for candidates in the Trump mold.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 15, 2018

Tantalizing Testimony From a Top Trump Aide Sets Off a Search for Proof
The aide said he remembered getting an email about Russian dirt on Hillary Clinton well before compromising Democratic emails were released. No one can find the message he mentioned.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 15, 2018

Talking to Senators, Trump Stays on (His Own) Message
During a lunch on Tuesday, President Trump avoided controversial topics and instead talked about his own accomplishments and his optimism for the Republican Party in the fall midterm elections.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 15, 2018

Gina Haspel Likely to Be Confirmed as C.I.A. Chief After Repudiating Torture
After refusing at her confirmation hearing to condemn the C.I.A.'s use of torture after 9/11, she wrote in a letter that the agency should not have undertaken that program.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 15, 2018

Gina Haspel Portrays C.I.A. Torture as a Bad Idea in ‘Hindsight'
After refusing at her confirmation hearing to condemn the C.I.A.'s use of torture after 9/11, she wrote in a letter that the agency should not have undertaken that program.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 15, 2018

Haspel Likely to be Confirmed After Repudiating C.I.A. Torture
After refusing at her confirmation hearing to condemn the C.I.A.'s use of torture after 9/11, she wrote in a letter that the agency should not have undertaken that program.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 15, 2018

It's Primary Day. Here's Everything You Need to Know
Voters on Tuesday cast ballots for primaries in four states: Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 15, 2018

It's Primary Election Day. Here's Everything You Need to Know
Voters on Tuesday cast ballots for primaries in four states: Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 15, 2018

Maybe We Don't Deserve John McCain
As a senator, he exemplifies a political ideal we are fast losing sight of.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 14, 2018

Harry Reid Has Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer
The former Senate Democratic leader had surgery on Monday to remove a tumor from his pancreas. Mr. Reid's family said the prognosis for his recovery was good.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 14, 2018

Why Comey's October Surprise Was Pointless and Wrong
He said his only choices were "speak or conceal." But a third way would have avoided election interference.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 13, 2018

Dean Heller, Buffeted on Both Sides, Tries to Save His Nevada Senate Seat
Mr. Heller has angered Trump supporters and infuriated Democrats. Now, he faces re-election as the Senate's most vulnerable Republican incumbent.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 12, 2018

A Surge of Women Candidates, but Crowded Primaries and Tough Races Await
More than half the female candidates for House and Senate seats are challenging incumbents, who historically always win. And many women running for open seats are in challenging districts.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 11, 2018

As He Lay Dying
John McCain is not just plotting the details of his own funeral, but living it. And he's giving us a very public tutorial in dignity and defiance.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 11, 2018

‘America Is Respected Again,' Trump Says in Elkhart, Ind., a City Obama Once Championed
On Thursday, President Trump swapped his role as grim-faced statesman for one that comes more naturally to him: campaign trail firebrand.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 10, 2018

Gina Haspel's Testimony About C.I.A. Torture Raises New Questions
Several statements by Ms. Haspel, President Trump's nominee to lead the C.I.A., at her confirmation hearing are attracting scrutiny.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 10, 2018

John McCain Isn't Ready to Wave a White Flag Just Yet
In a new memoir as he confronts brain cancer and his mortality, the senator from Arizona yearns for a return to more civil politics and worldwide U.S. leadership.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 09, 2018

Until Gina Haspel Denounces Torture, She Shouldn't Lead the C.I.A.
Trump's pick to head the agency said torture would not happen on her watch but refused to call it immoral.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 09, 2018

Does Torture Work? Trump: Yes. Haspel: No.
As a candidate, President Trump was known to tout the effectiveness of torture. But his pick for C.I.A. director, Gina Haspel, told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday that she sees things much differently.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 09, 2018

Democrats in Rust Belt: Stay Close to Trump, but Not Too Close
After primaries in prime Trump territory Tuesday, Republicans were eager to embrace the president while Democrats had a more delicate balancing act.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 09, 2018

Cory Booker on His Side, Newark's Mayor Charts a Pragmatic Second Term
Mayor Ras J. Baraka, re-elected Tuesday by a large margin, has signaled a course that few predicted, including a partnership with Mr. Booker.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 09, 2018

Trump and the Mosquito Wars
What the nation needs now is clearly more lobbyists.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 09, 2018

Gina Haspel, Nominee for C.I.A., Says Era of Torture Is Over
Ms. Haspel, the career spy who once oversaw the waterboarding of a suspect, defended the agency's past at a confirmation hearing. She said there would be no torture in its future.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 09, 2018

Gina Haspel Vows She Won't Allow Torture if She's Confirmed to Run the C.I.A.
Ms. Haspel, the career spy who once oversaw the waterboarding of a terrorism suspect, defended the agency's past at her confirmation hearing, but she said there would be no torture in its future.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 09, 2018

Gina Haspel Vows She Will Never Allow Torture if Confirmed to Run C.I.A.
Ms. Haspel, the career spy who once oversaw the waterboarding of a terrorism suspect, defended the agency's past at her confirmation hearing, but said there would be no torture in its future.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 09, 2018

Haspel Says C.I.A. ‘Historically' Has Not Interrogated Subjects. History Shows Otherwise.
Gina Haspel, President Trump's nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency made the claim during her Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 09, 2018

Republican Midterm Mastermind Tells All!
A strategist key to the party's November fortunes bluntly sizes up the race for control of Congress.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 09, 2018

Republican Midterms Mastermind Tells All!
A strategist key to the party's November fortunes bluntly sizes up the race for control of Congress.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 09, 2018

America Doesn't Need Gina Haspel. We Need a Debate on Torture.
Whether the Senate confirms Ms. Haspel as the director of the C.I.A. or not, the United States needs a conversation about torture and rendition.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 09, 2018

Gina Haspel Testifies at Confirmation Hearing to Lead the C.I.A.
Ms. Haspel is a career spy who spent her life in the shadows. Now she is facing questions about her role in the C.I.A.'s torture of terrorism suspects.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 09, 2018

Gina Haspel Vows at Confirmation Hearing That She Would Not Allow Torture by C.I.A.
Ms. Haspel is a career spy who spent her life in the shadows. Now she is facing questions about her role in the C.I.A.'s torture of terrorism suspects.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 09, 2018

What to Watch For in Gina Haspel's Confirmation Hearing for C.I.A. Post
Ms. Haspel is a career spy who spent her life in the shadows. Now she is facing questions about her role in the C.I.A.'s torture of terrorism suspects.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 09, 2018

What to Watch for in Gina Haspel's Confirmation Hearing to Run the C.I.A.
Ms. Haspel is a career spy who spent her life in the shadows. Now she is facing questions about her role in the C.I.A.'s torture of terrorism suspects.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 08, 2018

Don Blankenship Loses West Virginia Republican Primary for Senate
The former coal executive faced a concerted campaign by Republicans to stop him, including a last-minute appeal from President Trump. Patrick Morrisey, the state's attorney general, won the nomination.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 08, 2018

Russia Tried to Undermine Confidence in Voting Systems, Senators Say
The Senate Intelligence Committee identified around 20 states where Russian hackers targeted election systems in 2016, but said it found no evidence that vote tallies were changed.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 08, 2018

9/11 Planner, Tortured by C.I.A., Asks to Tell Senators About Gina Haspel
It isn't known whether Ms. Haspel, nominated to lead the C.I.A., was involved in torturing Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who asked a military judge at Guantánamo Bay for permission to share the information.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 08, 2018

Listen to ‘The Daily': Gina Haspel and the Shadow of Torture
The C.I.A. is pushing to make Gina Haspel its next leader. Why do its agents see her controversial past as her greatest asset?

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 08, 2018

The Quiet Americans Behind the U.S.-Russia Imbroglio
Can Washington's ‘Russia hands' help explain why the post-Cold War relationship has gone off the rails?

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 07, 2018

Gina Haspel Has the Experience to Run the C.I.A., and That May Be Her Biggest Problem
As she prepares for her confirmation hearing, President Trump's nominee to lead the spy agency faces questions about her involvement in torture and secret prisons.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 07, 2018

Don Blankenship: Too Trump-Like Even for Trump?
Republicans in Washington, including President Trump, encouraged West Virginians not to vote for Don Blankenship, a Senate candidate with a complicated past.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 07, 2018

Is Don Blankenship Too Trump-Like Even for Trump?
Republicans in Washington, including President Trump, are encouraging West Virginians not to vote for Don Blankenship, a popular Senate candidate with a complicated past.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 07, 2018

The Candidate Who's Too Trump-Like Even for Trump
Republicans in Washington, including President Trump, are encouraging West Virginians not to vote for Don Blankenship, a popular Senate candidate with a complicated past.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 07, 2018

Trump Urges West Virginians Not to Vote for Don Blankenship
The president tweeted that Mr. Blankenship's opponents have a better chance of beating the incumbent Democratic senator, Joe Manchin

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 07, 2018

Trump Weighs In on West Virginia Senate Race in Sign of Republican Anxiety
The president tweeted that Don Blankenship's opponents have a better chance of beating the incumbent Democratic senator, Joe Manchin.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 07, 2018

At McConnell's Urging, Trump Asks West Virginians Not to Vote for Don Blankenship
The president tweeted that Mr. Blankenship's opponents have a better chance of beating the incumbent Democratic senator, Joe Manchin

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 06, 2018

Gina Haspel Offered to Withdraw C.I.A. Nomination Amid Concerns Over Role in Torture Program
Gina Haspel offered to withdraw her nomination to run the C.I.A. if her past role in the brutal interrogation of an Al Qaeda suspect threatened to tarnish the agency.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 06, 2018

Trump's Nominee for C.I.A. Director Offered to Withdraw Amid Concerns Over Past Role in Torture Program
Gina Haspel offered to withdraw her nomination to run the C.I.A. if her role in the brutal interrogation of an Al Qaeda suspect threatened to tarnish the agency

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 06, 2018

An Urgent Debate for California Republicans: How to Get Back in the Game
Hitting Rock Bottom? California Republicans fear that they will have no U.S. Senate or governor candidate on ballot in November.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 05, 2018

At His Ranch, John McCain Shares Memories and Regrets With Friends
Mr. McCain urged former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to "not walk away" from politics, and said he wished he had chosen Joseph I. Lieberman, not Sarah Palin, as his running mate in 2008.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 04, 2018

An Ohio Senate Candidate Cloaks Himself Uncomfortably in Trump Garb
Representative James B. Renacci, a traditional Chamber of Commerce Republican, hopes he can replicate the success the president found in Ohio in the 2016 election.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 04, 2018

Tough Choices, and Criticism, for Emily's List as Democratic Women Flood Primaries
For Democratic women, no endorsement is as powerful as one from the fund-raising juggernaut. But with so many female candidates, the group is forced to pick between them.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 04, 2018

Democrats: Don't Take the Bait on Impeachment
The president is rallying his base with talk of impeachment. But we don't know yet if the evidence warrants it.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 03, 2018

Why Are American Troops in the Yemen War?
With secrecy and deception, America's role in a horrific conflict grows.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 03, 2018

Have Special Elections Warped Our Sense of the Midterms?
Democratic gains in special elections may be painting a darker picture for Republicans than is warranted.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 03, 2018

Actually, National Democrats Should Interfere in Primaries
Picking a candidate is not corrupt and undemocratic. That's what party leadership is all about.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 02, 2018

Of Swamps, a New Pence and ‘Cocaine Mitch'
Gird your loins because it's time to vote.

Politics - U.S. Senate
May 01, 2018

The Democrats' Real Diversity Problem
The party is coming off an election in which its presidential candidate won just 487 out of 3,141 counties.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 30, 2018

Roy Moore Sues 4 Women, Claiming Defamation and Conspiracy
Mr. Moore, the former Senate candidate from Alabama, continues to deny allegations that he pursued sexual and romantic relationships with teenagers.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 30, 2018

ICE Leader, Advocate of Tough Trump Immigration Policies, Will Retire
Thomas D. Homan, the agency's acting director, faced opposition from several Senate Democrats — and even some Republicans — who said he was too aggressive in deporting undocumented immigrants.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 29, 2018

A Growing Problem for the Military Transgender Ban — Facts
Generals and researchers provide growing evidence that the administration's claims about transgender troops are false.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 29, 2018

A Growing Problem for the Military Transgender Ban: Facts
Generals and researchers provide growing evidence that the administration's claims about transgender troops are false.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 29, 2018

Can a Tennessee Democrat Pull a Doug Jones?
Maybe last fall's Alabama Senate race wasn't a fluke after all.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 28, 2018

Trump's Role in Midterm Elections Roils Republicans
G.O.P. leaders and White House aides are trying to prepare the president for trouble in House and Senate races. But he is rejecting their grim prognoses and wants to start campaigning.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 28, 2018

Trump Calls on Montana Democrat to Resign in Fight Over Failed V.A. Nomination
President Trump lashed out at Senator Jon Tester, the Democrat who helped thwart the cabinet nomination of Dr. Ronny L. Jackson.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 27, 2018

White House Says Records Don't Match Accusation Against Jackson
On Friday, the White House said a thorough review of vehicle incident reports conducted by administration officials revealed no crashes that matched an accusation against Dr. Ronny L. Jackson.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 27, 2018

The Obstinacy of Mitch McConnell
He's less powerful than he looks.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 26, 2018

Menendez Is ‘Severely Admonished' by Senate Panel for Accepting Gifts
The Ethics Committee chastised Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, for the gifts, which were also the focus of a criminal case.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 26, 2018

Mike Pompeo, Confirmed as Secretary of State, Plans to Quickly Head to Europe
After the Senate voted to confirm Mike Pompeo to be the nation's 70th secretary of state, he turned to urgent problems around the world.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 26, 2018

Senate Confirms C.I.A. Chief Mike Pompeo to Be Secretary of State
After the Senate voted to confirm Mike Pompeo to be the nation's 70th secretary of state, he turned to urgent problems around the world.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 26, 2018

In Warning to Trump, Senators Advance Bill to Protect Mueller
The Senate Judiciary Committee, on a bipartisan vote, advanced legislation that would allow special counsels like Robert S. Mueller III to appeal their firing.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 26, 2018

The Pentagon Needs a Better Way to Count Civilian Casualties
A systematic flaw in the way the military screens claims of civilian casualties surely lowers the numbers.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 26, 2018

White House Withdraws Jackson Nomination for V.A. Chief Amid Criticism
Accusations leveled against Dr. Ronny L. Jackson's time leading the White House medical staff led lawmakers to have concerns over his nomination.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 26, 2018

Isolation of White House Medical Unit Hid Ronny Jackson From Scrutiny
Accusations leveled against Dr. Ronny L. Jackson's time leading the White House medical staff led lawmakers to have concerns over his nomination.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 25, 2018

A New Mitt or the Same Old Weenie?
The world's excited to know Mitt Romney's still around.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 25, 2018

Sessions Won't Say Whether He Recused Himself in Michael Cohen Inquiry
The attorney general refused to tell lawmakers about whether his recusal in all campaign-related matters extended to the investigation into President Trump's personal lawyer.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 25, 2018

Accusations Against Ronny Jackson, Trump's Veterans Affairs Nominee
The questions surrounding President Trump's nominee to lead the Veterans Affairs Department.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 25, 2018

Who is Ronny Jackson, and What Are the Allegations Against Him?
The questions surrounding President Trump's former nominee to lead the Veterans Affairs Department.

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