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Politics - U.S. House
Sep 18, 2019

As Trump Weighs Gun Safety Bills, Barr's Plan Draws Skepticism
Attorney General William P. Barr has floated a plan to expand background checks for gun buyers, but President Trump has yet to give it his blessing.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 18, 2019

Joe Kennedy to Announce Bid for U.S. Senate
The Massachusetts congressman will officially announce on Saturday his plans to challenge the incumbent Senator Edward Markey.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 18, 2019

Anti-Semitic Slur by N.J. Lawmaker Draws Swift Backlash
The lawmaker from Trenton, who waited days to apologize, came under criticism from all 12 members of Congress from the state.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 18, 2019

How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Learned to Play by Washington's Rules
After nearly nine months in office, the progressive firebrand has swapped the combative brand of politics that swept her into Washington for a more careful political calculus.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 18, 2019

Joe Biden Believes in the Good Will of Republicans. Is That Naïve?
As he runs for president, Joseph R. Biden Jr. has trumpeted his ability to work with Republicans, including Mitch McConnell. Others in his party view that as antiquated and unrealistic.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 18, 2019

Biden Believes in the Good Will of Republicans. Is That Naïve?
As he runs for president, Joseph R. Biden Jr. has trumpeted his ability to work with Republicans, including Mitch McConnell. Others in his party view that as antiquated and unrealistic.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 18, 2019

Biden Thinks Working With McConnell Is a Plus. Is It?
As he runs for president, Joseph R. Biden Jr. has trumpeted his ability to work with Republicans, including Mitch McConnell. Others in his party view that as naïve.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 18, 2019

Biden Managed to Work With McConnell. Many Democrats Weren't Pleased.
As he runs for president, Joseph R. Biden Jr. has trumpeted his ability to work with Republicans, including Mitch McConnell. Others in his party view that as naïve.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 18, 2019

Why an Assault Weapons Ban Hits Such a Nerve With Many Conservatives
The premise of Trumpist populism is that the political preferences of a shrinking minority of citizens matter more than democracy.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 17, 2019

When Is Impeachment Not Impeachment?
When the speaker of the House thinks it is politically foolhardy.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 17, 2019

Lawmakers Urge Aggressive Action From Regulators on Big Tech
Senators at a hearing pushed for assurances that the F.T.C. and Justice Department would provide vigorous oversight of the companies.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 17, 2019

The 184-Year-Old Promise to the Cherokee Congress Must Keep
The tribe's right to a congressional delegate is embedded in the 1835 Treaty of New Echota. The council's nominee should be confirmed by Congress immediately.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 17, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Back First 2020 Challenger to Sitting Democrat
The progressive congresswoman's endorsement of Marie Newman, who is seeking to oust the conservative-leaning Representative Daniel Lipinski, reflects a careful political calculus.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 17, 2019

Mad About Kavanaugh and Gorsuch? The Best Way to Get Even Is to Pack the Court
Their lifetime appointments cry out for Democratic hardball.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 16, 2019

Lewandowski Cleared for Limited Testimony in House Inquiry, as White House Blocks Others
The former Trump campaign chief, who will appear on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, could help bring to life evidence uncovered by Robert S. Mueller III.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 16, 2019

Lewandowski Cleared to Testify in House Inquiry, as White House Blocks Others
The former Trump campaign chief, who will appear on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, could help bring to life evidence uncovered by Robert S. Mueller III.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 16, 2019

Answers to Reader Questions on Our Brett Kavanaugh Essay
The Times's deputy editorial page editor, James Dao, answers questions about how we handled an essay on the Supreme Court justice and a third accuser.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 15, 2019

Schumer and Pelosi, Talking to Trump on Guns, Try to Sweeten the Deal
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer offered to attend a "historic signing ceremony at the Rose Garden" as part of their pressure for the president to back a House-passed bill.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 14, 2019

Fearing ‘Spy Trains,' Congress May Ban a Chinese Maker of Subway Cars
A Chinese train maker, the world's largest, has contracts in Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston, but Congress may block it from securing any new contracts in the United States.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 14, 2019

The Senate: Still Great at Deliberating, but Less So at Legislating
Today's Senate, devoted almost only to confirming the president's nominations, is hardly a hotbed of legislative activity. Members of both parties would like that to change.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 14, 2019

Trump Inspires California Lawmakers to Go on Offense
California Democrats have been energized by a wave of anti-Trump sentiment to enact a sweeping liberal agenda that in almost every way offers a counternarrative to Trump administration policies.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 13, 2019

Impeachment Inquiry or Just Plain Oversight? It Depends on Who You Ask
Democrats say they have started a full impeachment investigation. Republicans disagree. A judge may have the final word.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 13, 2019

Impeachment Inquiry or Just Plain Oversight? It Depends on Whom You Ask
Democrats say they have started a full impeachment investigation. Republicans disagree. A judge may have the final word.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 13, 2019

Liz Cheney, Tart-Tongued Fighter, Is Warring With Rand Paul Over Who's Trumpier
Ms. Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, has supplanted her father, Dick Cheney, as the most combative Cheney in Washington. She usually attacks Democrats, but not this time.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 13, 2019

House Antitrust Panel Demands Big Tech C.E.O.'s Emails
Lawmakers investigating Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google for possible antitrust violations on Friday sent the companies detailed requests for information.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 13, 2019

House Antitrust Panel Seeks Documents From 4 Big Tech Firms
Lawmakers investigating Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google for possible antitrust violations on Friday sent the companies detailed requests for information.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 12, 2019

As Democrats Debate, Trump Offers Alternative: A Rambling Speech
President Trump's speech at an event in Baltimore hit his usual lines as he careened between prepared remarks, ad-libbed attacks and boasts about his record.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 12, 2019

Senator Ben Sasse, Vocal Trump Critic, Goes Mum After President's Endorsement
The surprise endorsement has put Mr. Sasse, Republican of Nebraska, in an awkward spot. But it will help fend off his primary challenger.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 12, 2019

A Strong Bipartisan Path to Tackle Gun Violence
A red flag law will reduce bloodshed and respect the rights of gun owners.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 11, 2019

Is It an Impeachment Inquiry or Not? Democrats Can't Seem to Agree
As they navigate the tricky politics and complex legal terrain of impeachment, Democrats are sending mixed messages about their inquiry into President Trump.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 11, 2019

Divided Democrats Step Back From Assault Weapons Ban
Democrats in Congress have made a calculated decision not to call for a ban to be included in an emerging package of gun control measures.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 11, 2019

The North Carolina Vote: Trump's Unwavering Base
A reader says the House special election reflects the president's steadfast support from Republicans. Also: California's pollution rules; why South Korea ended an agreement with Japan.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 11, 2019

With Trump Hungry for Credit, Advisers Brag About North Carolina Win
Officials on the president's re-election campaign said Dan Bishop's narrow victory in North Carolina came thanks to Mr. Trump, who told aides he wasn't getting recognition he felt he deserved.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 11, 2019

North Carolina Election Shows How Political Lines Are Drawn. And They Are Fixed.
The Republican candidate won Tuesday's special election, with help from President Trump, but the chasm between voting groups has widened, a problem for both parties.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 11, 2019

Dan Bishop Wins North Carolina House Seat for Republicans
The Republican state senator Dan Bishop won a House seat over Dan McCready, a moderate Democrat, in a special election in North Carolina widely viewed as a test of President Trump's popularity.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 11, 2019

Democrats, Going in Reverse
They did worse in North Carolina last night than last year.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 11, 2019

How Biden and Warren Split on Health Care, Immigration and the Economy
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren will face off for the first time at Thursday's debate. Here's how they differ on key issues.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 10, 2019

A Q&A With Jon Ossoff, Who Wants to Turn Georgia Blue
Two Senate seats will be up for grabs in Georgia in 2020, and Mr. Ossoff is the highest-profile Democrat to enter the ring so far. Can he improve on Stacey Abrams's playbook?

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 10, 2019

Can Jon Ossoff Help Turn Georgia Blue?
Two Senate seats will be up for grabs in Georgia in 2020, and Mr. Ossoff, who narrowly lost a congressional race two years ago, is the highest-profile Democrat to enter the ring so far.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 10, 2019

With the Faithful at Trump's North Carolina Rally: ‘He Speaks Like Me'
Two months after his rally there produced "send her back" chants, the president brought identity politics back to the state.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 10, 2019

After String of Mass Shootings, Democrats Begin New Push for Gun Control
The fate of the Democrats' proposals, and of the broader effort to enact gun safety measures, remains murky amid uncertainty about where President Trump stands.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 10, 2019

Democrats to Force Another Vote to End Trump's National Emergency at the Border
The move is designed to force Senate Republicans to choose between rejecting Mr. Trump's border wall or endorsing his plan to divert funding from projects in their states.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 10, 2019

Senate Democrats Try to Corner Republicans on Border Emergency
Democrats want a second vote on ending the emergency, a move meant to force Republicans to choose between rejecting a border wall or endorsing a plan to divert funding from projects in their states.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 10, 2019

Voters Head to the Polls in North Carolina's Special Election
Voters in the conservative-leaning Ninth Congressional District will choose between Dan McCready, a Democrat, and Dan Bishop, a Republican.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 10, 2019

What You Need to Know About North Carolina's Special Election
Voters in the Republican-leaning 9th Congressional District will choose between Dan McCready, the Democratic candidate, and Dan Bishop, the G.O.P. candidate.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 10, 2019

Dan Bishop, North Carolina Republican, Wins Special Election
Voters in the conservative-leaning Ninth Congressional District were choosing between Mr. Bishop, a Republican, and Dan McCready, a Democrat.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 10, 2019

North Carolina's Special Election to Provide Test of Trump's Clout
Voters in the conservative-leaning Ninth Congressional District were choosing between Dan McCready, a Democrat, and Dan Bishop, a Republican.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 10, 2019

Elizabeth Warren Continues to Persist
But does she have Trump's number? And what is going on with him anyway?

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 10, 2019

Moderate Democrats Fared Best in 2018. One Gets Another Chance Today.
A North Carolina election is also a chance to think about what kind of candidate might do best against President Trump.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 09, 2019

Jon Ossoff Will Run for Senate in Georgia
Mr. Ossoff, a former documentary filmmaker who nearly flipped a conservative House district in 2017, will run in one of two Senate races in the state next year.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 09, 2019

Amid Diplomatic Strain, House Opens Inquiry Into Trump's Dealings With Ukraine
President Trump has signaled displeasure with the American ally. His lawyer has been pressing the government in Kiev to investigate his political foes.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 09, 2019

Trump Chides ‘America-Hating Left' in Rally for House Candidate
Dan Bishop, a conservative well known for sponsoring a bill requiring transgender people to use restrooms based on the gender listed on their birth certificates, faces a tough race in North Carolina.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 09, 2019

Trump Campaigns for House Candidate in Closely Watched North Carolina Race
Dan Bishop, a staunch conservative well known for sponsoring a bill requiring transgender people to use restrooms based on the gender listed on their birth certificates, faces a tough race.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 09, 2019

In Texas, a Lone House Democrat Has an ‘A' Rating From the N.R.A. Can He Survive?
Representative Henry Cuellar is one of only three House Democrats with "A" ratings from the gun lobby. Now he faces a primary challenge from the left.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 09, 2019

Staring Down a 3-Week Deadline, Congress Braces for Another Brutal Funding Fight
With senators convening Tuesday to hash out 2020 spending, the race to reconcile must-pass bills to avert a shutdown is particularly tense.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 09, 2019

Bernie Sanders Went to Canada, and a Dream of ‘Medicare for All' Flourished
The Vermont senator has staked his presidential campaign, and much of his political legacy, on transforming health care in America. His mother's illness, and a trip he made to study the Canadian system, help explain why.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 09, 2019

Pelosi and Schumer, in Push for Gun Safety Legislation, Urge Trump to Defy N.R.A.
In a letter, the top two Democrats in Congress called on the president to expand background checks to nearly all gun buyers.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 08, 2019

In North Carolina Do-Over Vote, a Reliable Republican District Is Up for Grabs
The election in the Ninth Congressional District on Tuesday will in many ways be the first test of the political terrain heading into 2020, and of the two parties' dueling strategies.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 08, 2019

Democrats Plan Vote to Formalize Procedures for Impeachment Investigation
The procedures could elicit more information about instances of possible obstruction of justice and abuses of power by President Trump.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 08, 2019

Protesters Besiege Central Hong Kong After Rally Near U.S. Consulate
Protesters carrying American flags sought support for a bill in Congress that would punish Chinese officials who suppress freedoms in the city.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 08, 2019

Protesters Besiege Hong Kong After Rally Near U.S. Consulate
Protesters carrying American flags sought support for a bill in Congress that would punish Chinese officials who suppress freedoms in the city.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 08, 2019

Hong Kong Protesters Descend on U.S. Consulate, Seeking Support
Protesters carrying American flags and singing "The Star Spangled Banner" sought support for an American law that would punish Chinese officials who suppress freedoms in the city.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 07, 2019

The Republicans Are Dropping Like Flies
What do retiring members of Congress know that President Trump doesn't?

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 07, 2019

Arizona G.O.P. Leader Said Party Would Stop Mark Kelly ‘Dead in His Tracks'
Mr. Kelly, a Democrat running for United States Senate, is married to Ms. Giffords, the former congresswoman who survived a gunshot to the head in a 2011 attack.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 07, 2019

Something Strange Is Going On With All Those Retiring Texans
A wave of G.O.P. House members leaving Congress is a political opportunity for hungry Democrats.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 07, 2019

How Congress Passed an Assault Weapons Ban in 1994
Congress and the White House found a way to come together on guns 25 years ago. It is hard to see that kind of bipartisanship resurfacing in the current environment.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 07, 2019

Biden Wants to Work With ‘the Other Side.' This Supreme Court Battle Explains Why.
In the clash over Robert H. Bork's nomination, Joe Biden's moderate instincts defined a winning strategy.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 06, 2019

With Voters Watching, Tough-Talking Diplomat Strikes Softer Tone in Kansas
The question of whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will run for Senate in Kansas "hangs over the race a little bit," said the leading Republican candidate.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 06, 2019

More House Republicans Ask: Why Win Re-election When You Can Retire Instead
A majority of the Republicans planning to leave the House could have easily held onto their seats — but they most likely didn't want to suffer any more time in the minority.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 06, 2019

We Deported Him to a Land He'd Never Seen, and Now He's Dead
Jimmy Aldaoud lived almost his whole life in Michigan. When ICE sent him to Iraq, it was the first time he'd set foot in the country.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 06, 2019

We Sent Jimmy Aldaoud to Die in Iraq
He lived almost his whole life in Michigan. ICE deported him to a country he had never been before.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 06, 2019

Pence's Stay at Trump Hotel in Ireland and Trump's G7 Plans Draw Democrats' Scrutiny
The Democrats argued that the president could benefit financially if his administration spends taxpayer dollars on stays at his private company's properties.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 06, 2019

Pence's Stay at Trump Resort in Ireland and Trump's G7 Plans Draw Democrats' Scrutiny
The Democrats argued that the president could benefit financially if his administration spends taxpayer dollars on stays at his private company's properties.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 05, 2019

On Politics With Lisa Lerer: Why House Republicans Are Bailing
You have to wonder if the Republicans' retirements are less about spending time with families and more about spending time far away from Congress.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 05, 2019

Complaint Filed After Door Closes on Drag Performers With Down Syndrome
A Republican congressional candidate declined to host the performers, questioning whether they could give their "full and informed consent."

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 05, 2019

Doug Collins, Defending Trump in Impeachment Inquiry, Seeks Georgia Senate Seat
An ascension of Mr. Collins, a congressman from Georgia, could elevate some of the president's closest allies in the House.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 05, 2019

‘Steve Bullock Is the Most Important Person on the Planet'
Hear me out.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 05, 2019

Are Democrats Throwing Away the Senate?
And should we blame economists for income inequality in America?

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 04, 2019

Representative Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, Republican Mainstay, Is Set to Retire
The announcement adds to what appears to be a growing exodus of House Republicans that promises to change the character of the chamber, regardless of whether the party wins back control.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 04, 2019

That Assault Weapon Ban? It Really Did Work
Since the ban was lifted in 2004, gun massacres involving military-style weapons are way up.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 04, 2019

Another Texas Republican Congressman Will Not Seek Re-election
Representative Bill Flores announced his current term would be his last, joining a long list of Republicans who have said they will retire or seek other offices.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 04, 2019

Fifth Texas Republican Congressman Will Not Seek Re-election
Representative Bill Flores announced his current term would be his last, joining a long list of Republicans who have said they will retire or seek other offices.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 04, 2019

Does America Care About Care? Not Enough
Some 41 countries across the globe guarantee their workers paid family leave to tend to children or elders. The United States doesn't. That may be changing.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 03, 2019

Manchin Decides Against Running for Governor of West Virginia, and Will Stay in the Senate
Joe Manchin III is a rare breed in the Senate: a moderate Democrat.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 03, 2019

Manchin Won't Run for West Virginia Governor; Will Stay in Senate
Joe Manchin III is a rare breed in the Senate: a moderate Democrat.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 03, 2019

Will Trumpism Take Deeper Root in New Hampshire?
Corey Lewandowski, President Trump's former campaign manager, sounds a lot like his boss as he weighs a run for Senate. Some Republican state leaders are shuddering.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 02, 2019

Why Has Trump's Exceptional Corruption Gone Unchecked?
"Drain the swamp" suggests that all political corruption is the same. It isn't, and the distinctions matter.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 01, 2019

Texas Shooting Brings New Urgency to Gun Debate in Congress
After shootings in Dayton and El Paso last month, the issue was already expected to top the agenda when lawmakers return from their recess next week. Now the pressure has intensified.

Politics - U.S. House
Sep 01, 2019

In Republican-Leaning Districts, Lawmakers Shy Away From Broaching Impeachment
A key group of lawmakers in Republican-leaning districts are staying cautious, and many of their constituents — even impeachment supporters — appear to tolerate that.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 31, 2019

Both Parties See Control of the Senate as Pivotal. Here Are the Key Races They're Watching.
Republican-held seats in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and North Carolina are top targets for Democrats but both sides are keeping an eye out for wild cards.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 28, 2019

Isakson to Resign From Senate, Citing Health Reasons
Senator Johnny Isakson, Republican of Georgia, announced on Wednesday that he will resign from his seat at the end of the year.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 27, 2019

Russia Bars 2 U.S. Senators From Entering Country Ahead of Congressional Trip
Two American senators critical of the Kremlin said that Russia had denied them visas to visit as part of a congressional delegation.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 27, 2019

Cherokee Nation Seeks to Send First Delegate to Congress
The group is pointing to treaties signed in the 18th and 19th centuries that explicitly promised them a seat at the table.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 27, 2019

A Senator's Lake House vs. a Town Fighting Flooding
For years, there has been fierce debate over water levels at a popular lake. Senator James Inhofe, who has a vacation home there, took the matter to Washington.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 26, 2019

Sean Duffy of Wisconsin, a Tea Party Favorite, to Leave Congress
Citing health complications of a baby he and his wife are expecting in October, Mr. Duffy is the latest Republican to announce a departure from the House.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 26, 2019

The N.R.A. Has Trump. But It Has Lost Allies in Congress.
The Times analyzed every congressional grade the National Rifle Association has issued since 2008 and found that the group has fewer allies on Capitol Hill than it did 10 years ago.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 23, 2019

Court Hints at a Range of Paths in Fight Over Trump Records
Two congressional committees have asked Deutsche Bank and Capital One for Trump family financial records. A judge said the fight does not have to be all or nothing.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 23, 2019

Lessons on Law and Ethics From McConnell?
Readers react skeptically to the majority leader's Op-Ed defending the filibuster. Also: Planned Parenthood and a new Trump administration rule.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 23, 2019

A Kennedy-Markey Primary? Massachusetts Is Jolted
With the state gripped by the possibility of another Kennedy campaigning for Senate, the incumbent is not backing down: "Oh, I'm running."

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 23, 2019

Don't Kill the Filibuster
Democracy isn't just about majority rule.

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