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Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 16, 2019

Democrats Fall Short in Effort to Rebuke Administration on Russia Sanctions
A measure that would have forced President Trump to leave sanctions in place on a Russian oligarch's companies fell three votes short in the Senate.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 16, 2019

William Barr and the Mueller Report
A reader says William Barr should not be confirmed as attorney general if he refuses to commit to the full release of the investigative report.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 16, 2019

William Barr Under Oath
We look at how President Trump's nominee for attorney general navigated the first day of his confirmation hearings.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 16, 2019

Democrats in Albany Let the Good Times Roll
Finally, the Legislature gets to work.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 15, 2019

Republicans Break Ranks Over Move to Lift Sanctions on Russian Oligarch's Firms
Eleven Senate Republicans defied their leadership and the Trump administration in a clash over removing sanctions on companies controlled by a Kremlin ally.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 15, 2019

Shutdown's Economic Damage Starts to Pile Up, Threatening an End to Growth
The White House doubled its estimate of the shutdown's drag on growth, and other economists warned a long stalemate could push the economy into a contraction.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 15, 2019

Who Is Kirsten Gillibrand? | 2020 Presidential Candidate
The senator from New York announced on Stephen Colbert's show Tuesday night that she's running for president in 2020. Ms. Gillibrand is the latest candidate to join what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary. Here's what you need to know about her.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 15, 2019

William Barr Vows to Let Mueller Finish and to Protect Justice Dept. Integrity
William P. Barr, a once and likely future attorney general, testified at his confirmation hearing at a time of constitutional tumult.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 15, 2019

William Barr Vows to Let Mueller Finish Inquiry and to Protect Justice Dept. Integrity
William P. Barr, a once and likely future attorney general, testified at his confirmation hearing at a time of constitutional tumult.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 15, 2019

William Barr Vows to Let Mueller Finish Investigation
William P. Barr, a once and likely future attorney general, testified at his confirmation hearing at a time of constitutional tumult.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 15, 2019

Barr Vows to Let Mueller Finish and to Protect Justice Dept. Integrity
William P. Barr, a once and likely future attorney general, testified at his confirmation hearing at a time of constitutional tumult.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 15, 2019

Helping U.S. Exporters
A former head of Export-Import Bank of the United States writes that the agency is being blocked from doing its job by Senate Republicans.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 15, 2019

Barr: Mueller Should ‘Complete His Work'
William P. Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general, said "it is in the best interest of everyone" that the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, be allowed to finish his investigation. He also pledged not to allow the president to "correct and put spin on" a Mueller report before it was released publicly.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 15, 2019

Full Video: Barr Faces Questions About Mueller Investigation at Confirmation Hearing
William P. Barr, the president's nominee for attorney general, faced questioning from the Senate Judiciary Committee. He vowed on Monday to allow the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to complete his Russia investigation.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 15, 2019

Watch Live: Barr Testifies at Confirmation Hearing
William P. Barr, the president's nominee for attorney general, faces questioning from the Senate Judiciary Committee. He vowed on Monday to allow the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to complete his Russia investigation.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 15, 2019

Trump's Pick for Attorney General
We look at whether the changing of the guard at the Justice Department could also alter its often-acrimonious relationship with the president.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 15, 2019

Trump and a New Attorney General
We look at whether the changing of the guard at the Justice Department could also alter its often-acrimonious relationship with the president.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 14, 2019

Republicans Are in Lock Step With Trump on Shutdown. But for How Long?
In Trump country, even some furloughed federal workers are backing the president's wall demands, and keeping Republican senators in line as the shutdown stretches on.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 14, 2019

Attorney General Nominee Promises to Allow Mueller to Finish His Work
But the nominee, William P. Barr, also suggested that he was aware that he could not stop the president from ordering him to end the investigation.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 13, 2019

Fake News as ‘Moral Imperative'? Democrats' Alabama Move Hints at Ugly 2020
Reports about the use of homegrown disinformation online in a 2017 Senate race suggest foreign operatives may be just one thing threatening the integrity of the next presidential election.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 13, 2019

Chilling Notion for 2020: Disinformation Will Be Homegrown
Reports that a group of Democrats used online disinformation in the Alabama Senate race in 2017 raise the question of how low will the next presidential campaign go.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 13, 2019

No Photographic Memory in the Senate
Top senators say it may finally be time to allow news photographers into the chamber for special events.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 12, 2019

Is It Time to Move for Impeachment?
David Leonhardt enumerated the ways that President Trump is "unfit for office" and offered scenarios for what comes next. Readers offer their suggestions.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 12, 2019

Trump's Wall Stance Upends Washington's Usual Border Bargaining
The stalemate over funding the president's wall suggests that reaching any agreement on security arrangements at the border is more elusive than ever before.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 12, 2019

Kamala Harris Is Hard to Define Politically. Maybe That's the Point.
"She's my first choice to be my first choice." In Manhattan, voters met Ms. Harris, a Democratic senator from California, as she prepares for a possible presidential run.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 11, 2019

Righting 150 Years of Wrong in Florida
The end of felon disenfranchisement in the Sunshine State marks a bright spot in a nation where voting rights remain under siege.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 11, 2019

Trump Pulls Back From Declaring a National Emergency to Fund a Wall
As he searches for a way to end the political stalemate with Democratic lawmakers, the president finds himself boxed in — a familiar position when it comes to immigration issues

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 11, 2019

Mercurial Trump Has Made Path Out of Shutdown Much Harder to Find
From changing his positions to undermining his vice president, President Trump has left even his own party baffled as lawmakers search for a way to reopen the government.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 11, 2019

They Won Senate Seats. Now Comes the Hard Part: Adjusting to Albany.
A large class of first-time lawmakers must grapple with the ways and wiles of the Capitol before shaking things up.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 11, 2019

Don't Make a Deal
Unless it's a better deal than Trump is likely to accept.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 10, 2019

This Shutdown May Become the Longest Ever. How Did Trump Get Here?
Someone needs to gently explain to the president that, going forward, he might want to adjust his negotiating strategy.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 10, 2019

The Shutdown Is Now the Longest Ever. How Did Trump Get Here?
Someone needs to gently explain to the president that, going forward, he might want to adjust his negotiating strategy.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 10, 2019

What Trump Could Learn From His Shutdown
Someone needs to gently explain to the president that, going forward, he might want to adjust his negotiating strategy.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 10, 2019

White House Considers Using Storm Aid Funds as a Way to Pay for the Border Wall
President Trump traveled to the border and Vice President Mike Pence went to the Capitol to dig in on a border wall, shattering talk of a compromise.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 10, 2019

At the Border and in Washington, the White House Digs In on the Wall
President Trump traveled to the border and Vice President Mike Pence went to the Capitol to dig in on a border wall, shattering talk of a compromise.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 10, 2019

At the Border and in Washington, White House Digs in on Wall
President Trump traveled to the border and Vice President Pence went to the Capitol to dig in on a border wall, shattering talk of a compromise.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 10, 2019

‘No Wall, No Deal,' Pence Says as Shutdown Drags On
Even as he invited Democrats to negotiate, the vice president essentially blocked potential offramps for the shutdown, which is approaching the longest in American history.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 09, 2019

Doug Jones Seeks Inquiry Into Misinformation Efforts in Alabama Senate Race
The Alabama Democrat said "deceptive tactics have no place in American politics and must be repudiated by those involved in our political system."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 09, 2019

Trump Again Warns He May Declare National Emergency to Build Wall
The president faces the urgent task of persuading wavering Senate Republicans that he could still come to an accord with Democrats.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 09, 2019

Trump Storms Out of White House Meeting with Democrats on Shutdown
President Trump slammed a table, then stormed out of a negotiating session with Democrats, declaring it "a total waste of time" as the shutdown stretches on.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 09, 2019

Pressure Builds on Republican Senate to End Government Shutdown as Trump Prepares a Visit
President Trump's Oval Office address appeared to do little to change minds as cracks spread among Senate Republicans ready to reopen the government.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 09, 2019

Pressure Builds on Senate to End Shutdown as Trump Prepares a Visit
President Trump's Oval Office address appeared to do little to change minds as cracks spread among Senate Republicans ready to reopen the government.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 09, 2019

Have We Had Enough of the Imperial Presidency Yet?
Even a feeble president can impose his will on the nation if he lacks any sense of restraint or respect for political norms and guardrails.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 09, 2019

Why Trump's Weakness Masks the President's Power
Even a feeble president can impose his will on the nation if he lacks any sense of restraint or respect for political norms and guardrails.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 08, 2019

Trump's National Address Escalates Border Wall Fight
President Trump sought to go over the heads of Congress to enlist support for his border wall, raising the stakes of a conflict that has closed many federal agencies.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 07, 2019

Washington's New Power Structure
Only Senate Republicans can make government work.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 07, 2019

Democrats Faked a Push to Outlaw Alcohol in Alabama Race
A prohibitionist campaign appeared to be led by supporters of the Republican Senate candidate in 2017. But it was created by progressives — the second such secret effort to be unmasked.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 07, 2019

Democrats Faked Online Push to Outlaw Alcohol in Alabama Race
A prohibitionist campaign appeared to be led by supporters of the Republican Senate candidate in 2017. But it was created by progressives — the second such secret effort to be unmasked.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 07, 2019

Posing as Prohibitionists, 2nd Effort Used Online Fakery in Alabama Race
The Dry Alabama campaign appeared to be led by supporters of the Republican Senate candidate. But it was a stealth creation of progressive Democrats.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 06, 2019

Trump the Vulnerable
A close look at the 2018 midterm results shows why he is so weak.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 06, 2019

Trump Offers a ‘Steel Barrier,' but Democrats Are Unmoved
President Trump's evolving definition of a border wall animated negotiations to end a partial government shutdown on Sunday.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 05, 2019

11 of Our Best Weekend Reads
A killing in Gaza. Meet the freshmen in Congress. How to find friends after 50. Catch up with Michelle Yeoh and Chadwick Boseman. And more.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 04, 2019

‘I Just Think It's Time': Roberts Says He Won't Run For Re-Election
Senator Pat Roberts, Republican of Kansas, said he will not be seeking re-election for fifth term in 2020. Mr. Roberts, who never lost a race for office, will leave as the longest-serving lawmaker in the state's history.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 04, 2019

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts Will Not Seek Re-Election
Mr. Roberts became the second long-serving Republican lawmaker to announce he will not seek re-election, joining Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 04, 2019

‘I Did Say That': Trump Suggests Shutdown Could Last for Months
President Trump and congressional leaders emerged from a meeting to negotiate an end to the government shutdown with messages signaling that a deadlock remained over the president's demand for a border wall.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 04, 2019

Government Shutdown: Trump Suggests It Could Last ‘Months or Even Years'
A meeting between President Trump and congressional leaders broke up without a deal but he said talks will be held over the weekend.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 04, 2019

Democrats to Visit Trump Again, Searching for a Path to End the Government Shutdown
Congressional leaders will head to the White House Friday for a midday meeting with President Trump, trying to find a way around an impasse over funding a wall at the Mexican border.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 04, 2019

Schumer: Trump Suggests Shutdown Could Last ‘Months or Even Years'
A meeting between President Trump and congressional leaders broke up with little progress made to reopen a government partially closed now for two weeks.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 04, 2019

Trump Suggests Government Shutdown Could Last for ‘Months or Even Years'
A meeting between President Trump and congressional leaders broke up without a deal, but he said talks will be held over the weekend.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 04, 2019

Trump Suggests Shutdown Could Last ‘Months or Even Years'
A meeting between President Trump and congressional leaders broke up with little progress made to reopen a government partially closed now for two weeks.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 04, 2019

McConnell Repeats the Need for Trump's Support to End Shutdown
The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has said he refuses to bring up any legislation that President Trump does not support on the Senate floor. Mr. McConnell repeated this sentiment on Thursday, while a few Republicans called for an end to the shutdown.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 04, 2019

Democrats Lay Out Their Agenda as Shutdown Fight Casts Shadow
House Democrats were expected to detail an ambitious bill — including changes to ethics, campaign finance and voting laws — on Friday. But a meeting on the shutdown could deflect attention.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 04, 2019

Aiming at Trump, Democrats Lay Out Agenda for a Post-Shutdown Congress
House Democrats detailed an ambitious bill — including changes to ethics, campaign finance and voting laws — on Friday. But the ongoing the shutdown deflected attention.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 04, 2019

Day 1 of a Democratic Majority
As the 116th Congress was gaveled in, Nancy Pelosi took her place at the helm of the most diverse House in history.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 04, 2019

As Shutdown Persists, New Congress Opens With Celebration and Uncertainty
Both sides seemed to be standing firm, suggesting no easy end to a funding impasse that shuttered a large portion of the federal government.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 03, 2019

McConnell Faces Pressure From Republicans to Stop Avoiding Shutdown Fight
By absenting himself, the Senate majority leader had hoped to push the blame for a prolonged shutdown onto Democrats while protecting Republicans running for re-election next year — including himself.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 03, 2019

Unease of Senate Republicans Over 2020 Races Puts Pressure on McConnell to Engage on Shutdown
By absenting himself, the Senate majority leader had hoped to push the blame for a prolonged shutdown onto Democrats while protecting Republicans running for re-election next year — including himself.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 03, 2019

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Stop Inequality Before It Starts
Redistribution is important, but it comes too late.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 03, 2019

Chuck Schumer on the Wall, the Shutdown and the Era of Divided Government
On the eve of a new Congress, the Senate minority leader sat down with "The Daily" to discuss his hopes — and his strategy for getting things done — before the next election rolls around.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 03, 2019

The Watergate Class of '74 Has Valuable Lessons for Freshman Democrats
New House members should study how their earlier counterparts saw their jobs and their relationship to constituents. For starters, keep it local.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 02, 2019

Pelosi and Schumer Recap Meeting With Trump on Shutdown
Congressional leaders, including Representative Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, met with President Trump to discuss border security. Ms. Pelosi said Democrats will put forth legislation to end the shutdown.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 02, 2019

Mitt Romney Faces Counterattacks From Trump Allies
Several Republicans assailed Mr. Romney, including the party leader who is also his niece. One Republican official urged colleagues to change party rules to ensure Mr. Trump's renomination in 2020.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 02, 2019

Trump and Democrats Dig In After Talks to Reopen Government Go Nowhere
During the contentious meeting, the president made his case for a border wall and rejected Democrats' proposals for reopening the government while the two sides ironed out their differences.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 02, 2019

Trump to Meet Congressional Leaders as Shutdown Stretches On
President Trump will meet with congressional leaders in the White House Situation Room, a session that will either worsen the border wall dispute or begin peace talks.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 02, 2019

Trump Rejects Potential Shutdown Compromise as He Prepares to Meet Congressional Leaders
President Trump torpedoed a proposal to spend $2.5 billion on border security, rejecting his own team's plan as he prepared to host congressional leaders in the White House Situation Room

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 02, 2019

Mitt Romney, Piling On Trump
The president is facing a level of intraparty criticism that has no recent precedent.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jan 01, 2019

Mitt Romney Says Trump ‘Has Not Risen to the Mantle of the Office'
The Utah senator-elect criticized the president in an op-ed essay in The Washington Post days before he enters Congress, raising speculation that he could try to challenge Mr. Trump in 2020.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Dec 31, 2018

Democrats Try to Box In Trump With Plan to End Government Shutdown Without Wall Funding
The spending measures are expected to pass the House, but there is no guarantee the shutdown will end soon given the Senate is still firmly controlled by Republicans.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Dec 31, 2018

Cleaning the Congressional Stables
The House Democratic class of '19 is planning a major push on voting, ethics and campaign finance reform. All that stands in the way is the Senate.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Dec 30, 2018

Trump Digs In, Darkening Hopes for a Deal to End the Shutdown
The president has repeatedly called allies, reassuring them that he will not yield on his wall demands. But he has not reached out to Democrats, whose votes he needs for a deal.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Dec 29, 2018

Trump Issues Order Freezing Federal Workers' Pay in 2019
Congress may still approve a raise, perhaps as part of legislation to reopen the government. But union leaders condemned the order as unnecessary provocation.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Dec 28, 2018

John Culver, Liberal Congressman From Iowa, Is Dead at 86
Mr. Culver, who served five terms in the House and one in the Senate, won praise across the political spectrum for his independence.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Dec 28, 2018

Trump Threatens to Close Border if Congress Won't Fund Wall
The president's tweets were the latest indication that he was digging in for a protracted partial government shutdown.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Dec 27, 2018

With No Votes Scheduled, a Government Shutdown Will Greet the Democratic House
The federal government will be partly shut down into the new year, Republicans announced, and the new Democratic leadership will have to get money flowing again.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Dec 27, 2018

Trump Unites Left and Right Against Troop Plans, but Puts Off Debate on War Aims
A serious debate over the future of America's wars is worth having. But the way President Trump made and announced his decisions snuffed out any opportunity.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Dec 26, 2018

LinkedIn Co-Founder Apologizes for Deception in Alabama Senate Race
The tech billionaire Reid Hoffman said he had no idea his money had been spent on a Russian-style social media disinformation campaign.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Dec 24, 2018

In Latest Shutdown, Some Lawmakers See a Diminished Congress
As the partial government shutdown bled into Christmas, lawmakers from both parties lamented that the legislative branch had ceded so much power to the executive branch.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Dec 23, 2018

Shutdowns Are ‘All Games of Chicken.' Here's How They've Evolved.
There have been at least 21 lapses in government funding over the last 40 years, under both Democratic and Republican administrations.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Dec 23, 2018

A Shutdown for Weeks? Washington Merely Shrugs
With a resolution further out of grip, a sense of resignation settled over lawmakers, in a sharp contrast to the frenzied political warfare of previous shutdowns.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Dec 23, 2018

White House Budget Chief Says Shutdown May Extend Into January
Mick Mulvaney, the budget director and incoming chief of staff, said that the White House had made Democrats an offer below the $5 billion figure President Trump had demanded for a border wall.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Dec 22, 2018

Facebook Closes 5 Accounts Tied to Russia-Like Tactics in Alabama Senate Race
Facebook acted in response to news reports that a group of social media experts had secretly used deceptive activity in the Alabama race in 2017.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Dec 22, 2018

Trump After Mattis
The Secretary of Defense worked to shield the world from President Trump's worst impulses. But even he had his limits.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Dec 22, 2018

Government Shutdown to Continue for Days as Senate Adjourns Until Thursday
Senate Democrats said they would never accede to President Trump's demand for $5 billion for a border wall, and the White House offered no early indication that the president would accept less.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Dec 21, 2018

What Happens When the Government Shuts Down?
It's official: The federal government is partially shut down. So how does this happen and who is affected?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Dec 21, 2018

Why Trump Needs a Border Wall Shutdown Fight
It's a recognition that he is going to sink or swim politically in 2020 by standing with his base.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Dec 21, 2018

On Capitol Hill, a Fittingly Chaotic End to a Tumultuous Year
On Wednesday, lawmakers thought they would get out of town by the end of the week with the government funded until February. President Trump changed their plans.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Dec 21, 2018

Shutdown? More Like a Breakdown
President Trump, who thrives on chaos and drama, brings much of the government to a standstill.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Dec 21, 2018

McConnell Laughs at Number of Amendments in Shutdown Fight
Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, announced on the Senate floor that more negotiations need to be made before a spending bill can be voted on.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Dec 21, 2018

‘His Wall Does Not Have 60 Votes,' Schumer Says in Rebuke of Trump
As a deadline for avoiding a government shutdown loomed, Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, said his party would push ahead with negotiations with members of Congress and the president in order to get "something done."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Dec 21, 2018

‘We're Not Voting On Anything' Until a Deal is Reached, Says Corker
Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, addressed lawmakers as the midnight deadline to keep the government funded approached.

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