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Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 24, 2018

Trump Stands by ‘Fantastic' Kavanaugh as He Seeks G.O.P. Votes
In a radio interview with Geraldo Rivera to be broadcast Monday, the president cast doubt on the sexual assault allegation against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 24, 2018

A G.O.P. Senate Candidate Highlights His Drug Industry Career. Should He?
The race for Senator Robert Menendez's seat has proved competitive in deeply blue New Jersey. His Republican opponent, Bob Hugin, built his career in the pharmaceutical industry.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 23, 2018

Kavanaugh to Give Senate Calendars From 1982 to Back Up Denial
Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh has calendars from the summer of 1982 that do not show a party consistent with the allegation against him. But his team acknowledges they do not disprove the accusation.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 23, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh's Accuser Reaches Deal to Testify
Some details on the agreement still needed to be finalized, but her lawyers said those would not impede her testifying Thursday on her accusation of sexual assault.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 23, 2018

Christine Blasey Ford Reaches Deal to Testify at Kavanaugh Hearing
Some details on the agreement still needed to be finalized, but her lawyers said those would not impede her testifying Thursday on her accusation of sexual assault.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 23, 2018

Kavanaugh Was Supposed to Be a Midterm Boon for G.O.P. Not Anymore.
Republican leaders in battleground states like Missouri are increasingly doubtful that candidates can wield the court nomination as a cudgel without risking repercussions.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 23, 2018

Walmart, Patagonia and Lyft Make Push to Increase Voter Turnout
Several big companies are trying to turn out the vote in November. They say it's a nonpartisan effort, but many of the brands have tangled with President Trump.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 22, 2018

Tentative Deal Reached for Christine Blasey Ford to Testify on Thursday
The decision by the woman, Christine Blasey Ford, came after days of uncertainty over whether she would appear at a hearing and answer questions about her accusations of sexual assault.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 22, 2018

Tentative Deal Reached for Kavanaugh Accuser to Testify on Thursday
The decision by the woman, Christine Blasey Ford, came after days of uncertainty over whether she would appear at a hearing and answer questions about her accusations of sexual assault.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 22, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh's Accuser Says She's Willing to Testify Before Judiciary Committee
The decision by the woman, Christine Blasey Ford, came after days of uncertainty over whether she would appear at a hearing and answer questions about her accusations of sexual assault.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 22, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh's Accuser Says She's Willing to Testify Before Senate Committee
The decision by the woman, Christine Blasey Ford, came after days of uncertainty over whether she would appear at a hearing and answer questions about her accusations of sexual assault.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 22, 2018

Sick to Your Stomach? #MeToo
Two university professors, 27 years apart, face the gauntlet to tell their searing stories about conservatives headed to the high court.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 22, 2018

The Long Year of #MeToo on Capitol Hill
What it feels like to have to prep your boss for the Kavanaugh hearings.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 22, 2018

Sheldon Adelson Sees a Lot to Like in Trump's Washington
The casino magnate and his wife, initially skeptical of President Trump, are thrilled with some of his policies and have donated $55 million to Republican campaigns.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 21, 2018

At Missouri Rally, Trump Casts Midterm Elections as Referendum on Presidency
The event resembled a boisterous re-election pep rally for President Trump rather than an effort to lift Josh Hawley, the Republican attorney general running for Senate.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 21, 2018

At Missouri Rally, Trump Vows to Eliminate ‘Lingering Stench' at the Justice Department
The event resembled a boisterous re-election pep rally for the president rather than an effort to lift Josh Hawley, the Republican attorney general running for Senate.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 21, 2018

Beto and Ted — Who's Ahead?
The clash of the Texas titans.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 21, 2018

G.O.P. Leaders Can't Even Fake Respect for Christine Blasey Ford
They are struggling to pretend they will fairly weigh her accusations against Brett Kavanaugh.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 21, 2018

Patti Davis, Ronald Reagan's Daughter, Tells Her Story of Sexual Assault
In an opinion piece defending Christine Blasey Ford, the former first daughter wrote: "Your memory snaps photos of the details that will haunt you forever."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 21, 2018

Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke Clash Over ‘Jim Crow,' Immigration and Kavanaugh in Debate
The Texas political rivals spent weeks preparing for the debate, the first of three in their Senate race, which is one of the tightest and most heated this year.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 21, 2018

Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke Debate Who is ‘Out of Step' With Texas
The Texas political rivals spent weeks preparing for the debate, the first of three in their Senate race, which is one of the tightest and most heated this year.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 21, 2018

Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke Set for First Debate Friday Night
The Texas political rivals have spent weeks preparing for the debate, the first of three in their Senate race, which is one of the tightest and most heated this year.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 21, 2018

Beto O'Rourke and Ted Cruz Clash in Debate Over Who is ‘Out of Step' With Texas
The Texas political rivals spent weeks preparing for the debate, the first of three in their Senate race, which is one of the tightest and most heated this year.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 21, 2018

Beto O'Rourke and Ted Cruz Clash Over Immigration and Law Enforcement in Debate
The Texas political rivals spent weeks preparing for the debate, the first of three in their Senate race, which is one of the tightest and most heated this year.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 21, 2018

Conservative Pundit Points Finger at Another Man to Deflect from Kavanaugh
Conservative lawyer Edward Whelan's theory that Christine Blasey Ford was attacked by a classmate of Brett M. Kavanaugh's has heads shaking — and Mr. Whelan apologizing.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 21, 2018

Christine Blasey Ford Pushes Back: Here's What Might Happen Next
As of Friday, Dr. Blasey had ruled out the possibility of testifying at a Monday hearing, but seemed open to doing so later in the week.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 21, 2018

Grassley Extends Negotiation Deadline for Christine Blasey Ford
Dr. Blasey, who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, has until 2:30 p.m. Saturday to agree to testimony terms, Charles Grassley said late Friday night.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 21, 2018

Putting Aside Grudge, Trump Backs Ex-Rival in Tight Nevada Race
The president dispensed with some of his usual bravado on Thursday and instead told an audience in a cavernous convention center in Las Vegas that the Republican majority was on a razor's edge.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 20, 2018

Anita Hill Hearing: An All-Male Panel With an Agenda
In 1991, senators questioned Anita Hill about her accusation that Clarence Thomas, a nominee to the Supreme Court, had sexually harassed her. The questions and remarks that lawmakers made during the hearings are now viewed as a low point for the Senate.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 20, 2018

Anita Hill Hearings: A Master Class in Mansplaining
In 1991, senators questioned Anita Hill about her accusation that Clarence Thomas, a nominee to the Supreme Court, had sexually harassed her. The questions and remarks that lawmakers made during the hearings are now viewed as a low point for the Senate.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 20, 2018

Why We Need an F.B.I. Investigation
A hearing without evidence would be little more than theater.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 20, 2018

Anita Hill's Testimony and Other Key Moments From the Clarence Thomas Hearings
In three days of televised hearings that riveted the nation, Anita F. Hill detailed allegations of workplace sexual harassment by Judge Clarence Thomas.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 20, 2018

Senator Orrin Hatch Reads ‘The Exorcist' at Thomas Hearing
At the 1991 hearing, the Republican senator suggested Anita Hill's story was inspired by the book.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 20, 2018

Kavanaugh Confirmation Delay: G.O.P. Sees Obstruction; Democrats See Hypocrisy
Senate Democrats are calling for an investigation into an accusation of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Tensions in the Senate still linger from the refusal by Republicans to hold a hearing for President Obama's nominee in 2016, Judge Merrick B. Garland.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 20, 2018

2 Supreme Court Nominees. 2 Delays.
Senate Democrats are calling for an investigation into an accusation of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Tensions in the Senate still linger from the refusal by Republicans to hold a hearing for President Obama's nominee in 2016, Judge Merrick B. Garland.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 20, 2018

Trump Sees a ‘Red Wave' Where His Party Sees a Red Alert
The many "distractions" generated by the president, Mitch McConnell said, were preventing Republicans from having a coherent message focused on the economy.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 20, 2018

We Need to Hear From Christine Blasey Ford
Republicans are being unfair. I hope she testifies anyway.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 20, 2018

The Kavanaugh Case: Memory, Truth and Politics
Readers discuss recalling the trauma of rape decades later, Senator Lindsey Graham's comments and how the Senate should proceed.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 20, 2018

With More Than 200 L.G.B.T. Candidates, Advocates Hope for a ‘Rainbow Wave' in the Midterms
The number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates running for office this year is higher than ever. But there is a partisan split among the nominees.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 20, 2018

Christine Blasey Ford Opens Negotiations on Testimony Next Week
Dr. Blasey, who accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her as a teenager, has reopened discussions that could lead to testifying next week.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 20, 2018

Evangelical Leaders Are Frustrated at G.O.P. Caution on Kavanaugh Allegation
They say religious conservatives may feel little motivation to vote in the November elections unless Senate Republicans defend and confirm Judge Kavanaugh.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 20, 2018

A Fork in the Road for the Kavanaugh Nomination
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Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 20, 2018

A High School Assault
The allegations against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh prompted Caitlin Flanagan, a writer for The Atlantic, to share her own story.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2018

The Kavanaugh Charade
What are Republicans hiding about him? What don't they want you to know?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2018

Once ‘99 Percent Against Trump,' Dean Heller Calls Him ‘Great Leader'
The Nevada senator, the most endangered Senate Republican up for re-election in November, was unusually effusive in praising the president ahead of Mr. Trump's rally in Las Vegas.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2018

Everyone Deserves Better Than This Senate Spectacle
Forget the political finger pointing. Christine Blasey Ford's accusations against Brett Kavanaugh need to be seriously investigated.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2018

For Christine Blasey Ford, a Drastic Turn From a Quiet Life in Academia
Dr. Blasey, a researcher and statistician, was reluctant to come forward with her allegation that Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, sexually assaulted her.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2018

For Christine Blasey Ford, a Drastic Turn to a Quiet Life in Academia
Dr. Blasey, a researcher and statistician, was reluctant to come forward with her allegation that Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, sexually assaulted her.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2018

From the Anonymity of Academia to the Center of a Supreme Court Confirmation
Christine Blasey Ford, a researcher and statistician, was reluctant to come forward with her allegation that Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, sexually assaulted her.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2018

Voting at Home Will Help Save Our Democracy
All 50 states should follow the example set by Oregon and Washington.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2018

Inside Facebook's Election ‘War Room'
Seven weeks before the midterm elections, the social network is setting up a central hub to root out disinformation and false news. We visited the operation.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2018

For Red-State Democrats, Accusation Against Kavanaugh Scrambles Midterm Calculus
Three moderates had been weighing a yes vote to confirm Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, while other Democrats hoped there would be few consequences for a no vote. The sexual assault allegation has changed calculations.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2018

‘Who Has the Greater Incentive to Lie?': Defenders of Kavanaugh and His Accuser Square Off
Readers debate the credibility of Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2018

What the Kavanaugh Accusations Mean for Red-State Democrats
Things just got a lot more complicated for Joe Manchin.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2018

Will Dr. Blasey Testify?
Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault, has said that an investigation should take place before a hearing. Here's how things could play out.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 18, 2018

U.S. Loses Track of Another 1,500 Migrant Children, Investigators Find
The inability to confirm the whereabouts of migrant children after they move from federal shelters raises concerns that they could be exploited by human traffickers.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 18, 2018

As the New Kavanaugh Hearings Loom
Readers continue the debate over whether an alleged sexual assault as a teenager should disqualify a Supreme Court nominee.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 18, 2018

New Twists in the Kavanaugh Drama
Readers continue the debate over whether an alleged sexual assault as a teenager should disqualify a Supreme Court nominee.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 18, 2018

Trump Officials Urge End of Time Limits on Detaining Migrant Children
Administration officials told senators that a court ruling that limits detention of children has encouraged migrants to bring their offspring when they illegally enter the country.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 18, 2018

Kavanaugh's Accuser Has Yet to Confirm Appearance at Monday Hearings
Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault, has yet to confirm that she will appear at hearings on Monday.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 18, 2018

Christine Blasey Ford Wants F.B.I. to Investigate Kavanaugh Before She Testifies
Her position puts the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled for Monday in doubt.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 18, 2018

Trump Accuses Democrats of Using Sex Assault Allegation to Delay Kavanaugh's Confirmation
"We want to get to the bottom of everything," President Trump said, adding that a delay of the judge's confirmation was "certainly acceptable."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 18, 2018

Trump Sides With Kavanaugh, Accusing Democrats of Timing Sex Assault Charge to Delay Confirmation
"I feel so badly for him that he's going through this," President Trump said of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. "This is not a man that deserves this."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 18, 2018

The Supreme Court Needs Term Limits
They would make the current system fairer — and tone down the intensity of the confirmation process.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 18, 2018

Anita Hill: How to Get the Kavanaugh Hearings Right
The Senate Judiciary Committee has a chance to do better by the country than it did nearly three decades ago.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 18, 2018

The Accusation Against Brett Kavanaugh
The Supreme Court nominee faces sexual assault allegations that throw his confirmation, once seen as inevitable, into turmoil.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 18, 2018

Should Brett Kavanaugh Withdraw?
The political interest of the country might be better served with a nominee who didn't have to be confirmed under a cloud of suspicion.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 18, 2018

Claire McCaskill Is in a Rugged Political Fight. She's Survived Them Before.
The Missouri senator is in a neck-and-neck race to keep a crucial seat in Democratic hands, facing criticism from her opponent that she's a Washington insider.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 18, 2018

McCaskill Battles Charges That She Is a Stranger in Her Own State
The Missouri Senator is in a neck-and-neck race to keep a crucial seat in Democratic hands, battling criticism from her opponent, Josh Hawley, that she's a D.C. insider.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 17, 2018

Echoes of Anita Hill, but in a Different Era for Women
Now it is Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh who faces a hearing to address explosive accusations by Christine Blasey Ford that he sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 17, 2018

Why America Needs to Hear Brett Kavanaugh's Accuser
The Senate is right to reopen hearings on his Supreme Court confirmation after Christine Blasey Ford's claim of sexual assault.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 17, 2018

Boys Will Be Supreme Court Justices
Kavanaugh's accuser is credible. Will it matter?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 17, 2018

Ted Cruz's Campaign Marked a Fund-Raising Letter an Official ‘Summons.' It Wasn't Against the Rules.
The Texas senator's re-election campaign sent voters in at least three counties a letter with a label suggesting it was a legal summons. The Federal Election Commission says doing so doesn't break any rules.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 17, 2018

Hearing Set for Monday to Hear Kavanaugh and His Accuser
Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee, said he is willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee about accusations from a woman who said he sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 16, 2018

Delay the Vote — for Kavanaugh, for His Accuser and for the Court
Christine Blasey Ford deserves to be heard. And the judge deserves a chance to clear his name.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 16, 2018

Not Deranged. Determined!
In the midterm elections, the resistance will finally have a chance to push back against Trump.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 16, 2018

Kavanaugh's Nomination in Turmoil as Accuser Says He Assaulted Her Decades Ago
"I thought he might inadvertently kill me," said Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault when they were teenagers. He has denied the allegations.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 16, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation at Risk After Accusation by Christine Blasey Ford
"I thought he might inadvertently kill me," a woman said, accusing Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault when the two were teenagers. He has denied the allegations.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 16, 2018

How a Brooklyn Democrat Who Votes With the G.O.P. Defied the Progressive Wave
Senator Simcha Felder has been painted by some as a traitor for being a Democrat who sits with the Republicans, but voters do not seem to care.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 16, 2018

As Other Disloyal Democrats Suffer, Simcha Felder Perseveres
Senator Simcha Felder has been painted by some as a traitor for being a Democrat who sits with the Republicans, but voters do not seem to care.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 15, 2018

Democrats' Top-Secret Formula for Victory
Stop obsessing over ideology. It's about personality.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 15, 2018

The Economy Is Humming, but Trump Is Tweeting. Republicans Are Worried.
The president and the healthy economy have become countervailing forces, with his self-inflicted wounds obscuring the Republican message, and buoying Democrats

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 14, 2018

Women Have Won More Primaries Than Ever Before. Will They Set a Record in November?
Despite record primary victories, it is possible that the number of women will decline or remain at status quo in Congress and in the governors' offices.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 14, 2018

Letter Claims Attempted Assault by a Teenage Brett Kavanaugh
A letter forwarded to senators considering the nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court describes an episode at a party.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 14, 2018

Primary Season Is (Finally) Over. Here Are 5 Things We Learned.
A record number of women are running. Trump endorsements helped shape Republican races. And the Democrats are looking for a comeback. Here's what to know about the next 53 days.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 13, 2018

Dianne Feinstein Refers a Kavanaugh Matter to Federal Investigators
Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced she has referred a matter involving Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to federal investigators.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 12, 2018

Lawmakers Dismiss White House Push to Fight Election Interference as Too Weak
Legislators are seeking to bring the legislation to a vote that they say would be more punitive toward Russia or other countries that interfere in the midterms.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 12, 2018

Age Before Beauty, but Not Politics
You're not getting older, you're getting … elected.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 12, 2018

John Kerry Says the World Is Worried About America
The former politician on John McCain, the senatorial virtues of a military background and the absurdity of withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 12, 2018

On Politics: A Contentious Take on Anti-Semitism
The new head of civil rights at the Education Department has reopened a seven-year-old case brought by a Zionist group against Rutgers University.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 11, 2018

In Texas, Ted Cruz Has ‘A Dogfight on His Hands,' Some Republicans Admit
Ted Cruz is facing an increasingly powerful challenge from Democrat Beto O'Rourke, and even some Republicans are saying he faces a tough challenge.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 11, 2018

Interest Groups Turn Up Pressure on Senators Before Kavanaugh Vote
Last week's confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh injected new energy into efforts to block his ascent to the Supreme Court.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 11, 2018

Turning Back Refugees Hurts Us
President Trump's administration is considering another extreme reduction in the number of refugees allowed into the United States.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 11, 2018

To Fix the Subway, Vote in State Elections
Then make sure lawmakers approve congestion pricing.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 11, 2018

The Other Biggest Problem in Washington
Congress is very weak — but the "first branch" has rejuvenated itself in the past, and can do so again.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 10, 2018

The Handmaid's Court
Jane Doe may have been the first pregnant girl Brett Kavanaugh ruled against. But she won't be the last.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 10, 2018

Senate Poised to Pass Bill to Stop Flow of Opioids Through the Mail
The bipartisan bill would give the Postal Service new tools to curb imports of fentanyl and other deadly synthetic opioids, many of which come in the mail from China.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 10, 2018

Democrats Are Credible on Health Care
Obamacare has delivered — and Republicans have been wrong all the way.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 10, 2018

In Florida, DeSantis Hopes to Woo Latinos — Not Just Cubans — by Denouncing ‘Socialism'
Mr. DeSantis, a three-term congressman, is locked in an intense battle for Florida governor against Andrew Gillum.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 10, 2018

Biography Is Not Enough, for John McCain or Anyone Else
The senator's heroism should not blind us to his political failures.

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