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Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 22, 2018

Jon Tester Is a Big Guy in Big Sky Country. He Hopes That's Enough.
Once considered a favorite in the contest for his Senate seat in Montana, Mr. Tester is now at risk.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 22, 2018

An 85 Percent Chance, You Say?
Also: ‘I have news for Donald Trump. I do exist.'

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 22, 2018

What Happened to Center-Right America?
If moderate Republicans vote for Democrats, it may not change the Democratic Party for the better.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 22, 2018

Trump's Plans to Deter Migrants Could Mean New ‘Voluntary' Family Separations
New policies to deter illegal immigration include a plan that would ask migrants to choose between their children and longer detention.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 22, 2018

House and Senate Latest, Cruz Rally, Florida Debate: 15 Days to Go
Introducing The Tip Sheet, a daily morning analysis of the midterms in the run-up to Election Day.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 22, 2018

A Red-Meat Rallying Cry for National Republicans: California
California is being held up by Republican officeseekers in several states as an emblem of high taxes, lax immigration enforcement and overregulation.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 21, 2018

Republicans Hold Cash Edge Heading Into Final Stretch of the Midterms
Democrats have raised more money. But Republicans had more left in the bank, and they are using it on ads that try to nationalize the race.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 21, 2018

Count Me Among the Mob
If it means people who stand in opposition to Trump's degradation of the country.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 21, 2018

Democrats Need Latinos at the Polls. But Will They Turn Out?
Democratic Party strategists hope Latino voters angered by the administration's rhetoric and policies will help deliver resounding victories.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 21, 2018

As Democrats Court Latinos, Indifference Is a Powerful Foe
Democratic Party strategists hope Latino voters angered by the administration's rhetoric and policies will help deliver resounding victories.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 21, 2018

Joe Donnelly Runs to the Middle and Tries to Not Get Run Over
The senator from Indiana is testing whether a Democrat can win re-election in a Trump state while running on bipartisanship and moderation.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 21, 2018

Josh Hawley, Missouri Senate Candidate, Oversees an Office in Turmoil
Mr. Hawley, who is challenging Senator Claire McCaskill, has been Missouri's attorney general for less than two years. His tenure has been rocky.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 20, 2018

G.O.P. Candidates Struggling in Key Battlegrounds, With House at Stake
Party leaders worry that candidates for governor and Senate are in trouble in Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and possibly Wisconsin, and that difficulties could spill into House races.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 20, 2018

Republicans Find a Facebook Workaround: Their Own Apps
Conservative political apps deliver curated partisan messages, free from the strictures and content guidelines imposed by Silicon Valley giants.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 20, 2018

Gillibrand's (Lack of) Spending in 2018 Offers Hints of 2020
Senator Kristen Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York, maintains that she is solely focused on her re-election. But her trips and campaign spending suggest otherwise.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 19, 2018

Man Charged With Threatening to Murder 2 Senators Who Supported Kavanaugh
Ronald DeRisi, 74, was arrested on Friday after the police recovered voice mail messages threatening violence against senators who had voted to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 19, 2018

America's Elections Could Be Hacked. Go Vote Anyway.
The system's vulnerabilities are real, but please do not stay home.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 19, 2018

McSally Levels Treason Charge Against Sinema
During their recent debate, Representative Martha McSally accused her opponent in Arizona's Senate race, Representative Kyrsten Sinema, of treason for remarks made in 2003.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 19, 2018

What if the Republicans Win Everything Again?
Total victory for the G.O.P. would mean Trump unleashed.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 19, 2018

Charge of Treason Escalates Tensions in Close Arizona Senate Race
Martha McSally drew national attention this week when she accused her Democratic opponent, Kyrsten Sinema, of treason.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 19, 2018

In 2020, Democrats Expect a Female Front-Runner. Or Three.
"It's not going to be just one woman running," said Kirsten Gillibrand, one of three senators who positioned themselves this week as potential presidential candidates in 2020.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 19, 2018

What Happens When Multiple Women Run for President? Democrats Are Starting to Find Out
"It's not going to be just one woman running," said Kirsten Gillibrand, one of three senators who positioned themselves this week as potential presidential candidates in 2020.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 18, 2018

Before Arguing About DNA Tests, Learn the Science Behind Them
Our genetic code cannot be treated as a matter of simple fractions.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 18, 2018

Seeking Work After Congress? Sharp Partisans Need Not Apply
Big trade groups in Washington are moving away from hiring former lawmakers, given a divisive political atmosphere.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 18, 2018

Republican Candidates Soften Tone on Health Care as Their Leaders Dig In
Candidates are pledging to protect pre-existing conditions, a stance often at odds with their votes, but their leaders are vowing to revisit an Affordable Care Act repeal.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 18, 2018

On Politics With Lisa Lerer: The Races Running the Most Ads
Which midterm contests are airing the most campaign spots; plus, new polling numbers, a big spend in N.J. and the latest from Opinion.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 18, 2018

Here Are the Midterm Races Running the Most Ads
In the On Politics newsletter, which midterm contests are airing the most campaign spots; plus, new polling numbers, a big spend in N.J. and the latest from Opinion.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 18, 2018

Will Trump Make New York Democrats the New Lords of Capitol Hill?
If the president's unpopularity leads to Democrats taking back the House, New York stands to play a larger role in Washington than it has in decades.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 18, 2018

Who's Winning the Social Media Midterms?
Democrats appear to be winning on social media, except in some key races.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 18, 2018

Trump's Focus on a Washington Building Project Draws Scrutiny
President Trump has taken an interest in the F.B.I. headquarters, which had been set for redevelopment. Democrats wonder if he is trying to protect his hotel.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 17, 2018

Senate Truce Collapses as G.O.P. Rush to Confirm More Judges Begins Anew
Last week, senators agreed to confirm one last slate of President Trump's nominees, then recess for the midterm campaign. But on Wednesday, Republicans recommenced the judicial rush.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 17, 2018

Walter Huddleston, Senator Toppled by Mitch McConnell, Dies at 92
A two-term Democrat from Kentucky, he was narrowly defeated by Mr. McConnell, then a county judge and executive, in a Republican campaign engineered by Roger Ailes.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 17, 2018

Heitkamp Apologizes For Campaign Ad About Sexual Abuse
Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Democrat of North Dakota, called her campaign's recent newspaper ad a "horrible mistake" after learning that it incorrectly identified survivors of sexual abuse who did not want their names used.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 17, 2018

Elizabeth Warren and the Folly of Genetic Ancestry Tests
DNA can't tell us about identity.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 17, 2018

Why Many Native Americans Are Angry With Elizabeth Warren
The anger is about what it means to be Native American, and who gets to decide.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 17, 2018

O'Rourke Repeats Trump Line, Refers to Cruz as ‘Lyin' Ted'
During their debate, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Texas, Representative Beto O'Rourke, accused the Republican incumbent, Senator Ted Cruz, of being dishonest with voters, a line of attack President Trump used against Mr. Cruz in the 2016 campaign.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 17, 2018

The Growing Crisis of Democracy
It has joined middle-class stagnation and climate change as a central challenge of our time.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 17, 2018

The Battle for Missouri, Part 2: The Moderate
The abortion debate has become a proxy for the fight over the Democratic Party's future in the state.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 17, 2018

Fact Check: Did Senator Menendez Hire Underage Prostitutes?
The most recent ad from Bob Hugin, Robert Menendez's Republican rival in the New Jersey race, focuses on unproven allegations by an anonymous tipster.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 17, 2018

To Avoid Conflicts, Rick Scott Created a Trust Blind in Name Only
The Florida governor and Senate candidate could become the richest member of the next Congress. He'd bring with him a tangle of investments that could benefit from his policies.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 16, 2018

Heitkamp Apologizes for Embarrassing Error in Campaign Ad
The North Dakota Senator, an endangered Democrat, ran an ad criticizing her opponent for comments about sexual abuse. But it backfired, just three weeks before the midterms.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 16, 2018

Beto O'Rourke and Ted Cruz Set to Debate Tuesday Night
Mr. Cruz, the Texas Republican senator, will try to use the face-off to widen his lead in the polls, while Mr. O'Rourke, the Democratic congressman challenging him, is hoping to recapture momentum.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 16, 2018

Beto O'Rourke Attacks Ted Cruz as ‘Dishonest' in Debate in Senate Race
Mr. Cruz, the Texas Republican senator, will try to use the face-off to widen his lead in the polls, while Mr. O'Rourke, the Democratic congressman challenging him, is hoping to recapture momentum.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 16, 2018

Is It Possible to Be an Anti-Abortion Democrat? One Woman Tried to Find Out
In Missouri, where Democrats' fortunes have been dwindling for years, party members are trying to figure out how to win back voters.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 16, 2018

All the Good Beto Headlines Have Been Used
Does a much-covered Texas representative looking to unseat Ted Cruz stand a chance? And what if he — gulp — loses? Well, we've been here before.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 16, 2018

The Battle for Missouri, Part 1: The Anti-Abortion Democrat
As the Democratic Party struggles to establish its identity in Missouri, the issue of abortion has taken center stage.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 16, 2018

What Could Ruin a Big Blue Wave?
Donald Trump seems to have evaded Hispanics voters' wrath.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 16, 2018

Will Trump Evade Hispanic Voters' Wrath?
That could spoil Democratic dreams of a big blue wave.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 16, 2018

Does This Moment in History Call for More ‘Nuance,' or Less?
Focusing on subtleties makes sense when you're engaged in a conversation. It may be less useful when that conversation turns into a battle.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 16, 2018

Polarization Seems to Be Helping Republicans in Run-Up to Midterms
Energized voters on the right dim prospects for big Democratic gains in red districts and states.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 15, 2018

Elizabeth Warren Has a Native American Ancestor. Does That Make Her Native American?
The senator's genetic analysis was sound, scientists said. But whether the senator may claim a cultural kinship with Native Americans is a very different question.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 15, 2018

Heading Into Debate, Cruz Believes Momentum Is on His Side, Not O'Rourke's
As the Texas Senate race moves into the homestretch, incumbent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and challenger Beto O'Rourke prepare for what could be their last debate.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 15, 2018

Ted Cruz Sees Momentum on His Side, Not Beto O'Rourke's, Heading Into Debate
As the Texas Senate race moves into the homestretch, Mr. Cruz, the Republican incumbent, and Mr. O'Rourke, the Democratic challenger, prepare for what could be their last debate on Tuesday night.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 15, 2018

Packing the Supreme Court Is a Terrible Idea
Democrats paid a political cost for decades after F.D.R. tried it in the 1930s. They probably would again.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 15, 2018

The Senate's White-State Bonus
It's time to end the longest stretch in American history without a new state.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 15, 2018

The State of the Midterms (and the Country)
What to watch for in the run-up to the Nov. 6 elections.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 14, 2018

The Senate: Affirmative Action for White People
And why it's time to make Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., the 51st and 52nd states.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 14, 2018

G.O.P. Finds an Unexpectedly Potent Line of Attack: Immigration
While many of the attacks are misleading, the fear-based appeal demonstrates how President Trump has overcome negative headlines on immigration to make the issue profitable.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 13, 2018

Taylor Swift, the Grown-Up in the Room
Tennessee progressives were unhappy with their options in a close Senate race. A 28-year-old pop star explained the stakes.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 13, 2018

Less Divisive Ways to Pick a Justice
We asked readers how to make confirmations less partisan and contentious. Here are some of their ideas.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 12, 2018

At Ohio Rally, Trump Delivers Trademark Mix of Exaggerations and Vague Assertions
The president singled out Richard Cordray, the Democratic candidate for governor in Ohio, to deliver a one-two punch against longstanding political rivals.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 12, 2018

2018 Midterms: Beto O'Rourke, Ted Cruz and a (Possibly) Changing Texas
In ruby red Texas, a Democrat hasn't been elected to a statewide position since 1994. But ahead of this year's midterms, a Senate race between an unflinching liberal and a religious conservative is unexpectedly close.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 12, 2018

In Tennessee, a Microcosm of the Midterms
Will voters pull back from Trumpian partisan warfare?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 12, 2018

Joseph Tydings, Ex-Democratic Senator and Nixon Target, Dies at 90
He had an active single term as what the White House called a "liberal radical" from Maryland. He later objected to Trump's appropriating his family seal.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 12, 2018

Beto O'Rourke's War Chest Bothers Some Democrats as He Struggles Against Ted Cruz
Mr. Cruz, the Texas Republican senator, held an eight-point lead in a new Times poll over Mr. O'Rourke, his Democratic challenger, in one of the most closely watched Senate races this year.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 12, 2018

Ted Cruz Leads Beto O'Rourke in Times Poll
Mr. Cruz, the Texas Republican senator, held an eight-point lead over Mr. O'Rourke, his Democratic challenger, in one of the most closely watched Senate races this year.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 12, 2018

Did Hell Freeze Over? My Republican Dad Is Voting for a Democrat
Senator Jon Tester is less of a cookie-cutter Democrat and more of a Bull Moose wild card, "a Montanan who understands Montana."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 12, 2018

Alarmed About the Midterms
The last two weeks of polling have been good for the Republicans.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 11, 2018

Senators Add a Batch of Judges, and Head Home to Campaign
Republicans exacted a steep price for an arrangement that will let vulnerable senators, mostly Democrats, leave town: expedited approval of 15 judicial nominees.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 11, 2018

The Aftershocks of the Kavanaugh Hearings
Readers criticize President Trump's attack on "wacko" Democrats and lament that the hearings eroded faith in the Supreme Court.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 11, 2018

The Biggest Questions in Nevada's Crucial Senate Race
Dissatisfaction with President Trump among Nevada voters has not had the ripple effect Democrats hoped for. Senator Dean Heller, a Republican, holds a slight edge over Jacky Rosen.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 11, 2018

Made and Distributed in the U.S.A.: Online Disinformation
Ahead of the midterm elections, false and divisive messages on social media — once the specialty of Russian-linked operatives — are now increasingly being created and spread by Americans.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 11, 2018

Facebook Tackles Rising Threat: Americans Aping Russian Schemes to Deceive
Ahead of the midterm elections, false and divisive messages on social media — once the specialty of Russian-linked operatives — are now increasingly being created and spread by Americans.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 11, 2018

Trump Calls Relations With Saudi Arabia ‘Excellent,' While Congress Is Incensed
President Trump said he was not in favor of stopping arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which is accused of killing a prominent journalist in its consulate in Turkey.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 11, 2018

A Lesson for Kavanaugh From Another Tarnished Supreme Court Justice
Hugo Black rose from his past in the Ku Klux Klan to become one of the great civil libertarians.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 10, 2018

F.B.I. Director Defends Kavanaugh Investigation as ‘Standard'
The bureau's director, Christopher A. Wray, said the White House directed the F.B.I. to conduct a narrow background investigation into Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh that was "specific in scope."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 09, 2018

A Hurricane's Coming, but Fear Not, the Governor Is Here. And Here. And Here.
Hurricane Michael arrives in the height of campaign season in Florida, and Gov. Rick Scott, who is running for the Senate, already is in heavy public service mode. So are other Florida politicians.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 09, 2018

Voter Registrations Spike as Deadlines Loom. Taylor Swift Had Something to Do With It.
Registrations on Vote.org typically increase in October, the month before Election Day, but "this is leaps and bounds beyond what we typically see," a spokeswoman said.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 09, 2018

Beto O'Rourke May Benefit From an Unlikely Support Group: White Evangelical Women
In the Texas race, any small shift among evangelical voters could be a significant loss for Senator Ted Cruz — and a signal to Democrats.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 09, 2018

The Dilemma for Red-State Democrats
How the showdown over the Supreme Court is affecting crucial midterm races in the nation's heartland.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 09, 2018

Kavanaugh Uproar in Senate Fuels G.O.P. Races for Governor and House
Republicans are working to harness outrage over the confirmation hearings among their voters in races where a surge of energy from the left is a threat.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 08, 2018

Joe Manchin's Yes on Kavanaugh Finds Sympathy in West Virginia
Senator Joe Manchin III was the only Democrat to vote for Brett M. Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court. That's O.K. with his home state of West Virginia.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 08, 2018

A '91 Cloud Over Biden
A reader says she can't forget his treatment of Anita Hill in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings in 1991.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 08, 2018

The Coming Storm Over the Supreme Court
If it swings too far to the right, expect a response.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 08, 2018

A Supreme Court With Justice Kavanaugh
Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh takes his place on a Supreme Court whose reputation has suffered significant damage from the battle over his confirmation.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 07, 2018

Court Battle Shifts Political Terrain for Senators in Heartland
In North Dakota and other farm states, the heated debate over the Supreme Court has nationalized the fight for the Senate, elating Republicans and worrying Democrats.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 07, 2018

Court Battle Shifts the Political Terrain for Senators in the Heartland
In North Dakota and other farm states, the heated debate over the Supreme Court has nationalized the fight for the Senate, elating Republicans and worrying Democrats

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 07, 2018

Get Angry, and Get Involved
The midterm elections are the smart way to make your influence felt in today's toxic political atmosphere.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 07, 2018

Why New Jersey Democrats Are Suddenly Worried About the Menendez Race
Activists and Democratic officials in New Jersey are growing worried that the national party is taking its eye off an unexpectedly contested race.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 07, 2018

The Senate's Deep Wounds From an Ugly Kavanaugh Fight
Accusations, threats, attacks: The confirmation process of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh entered new territory from the beginning, and senators from both parties fear lasting institutional damage.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 07, 2018

Losing Hope as Susan Collins Spoke
For the women rallying against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, the senator's announcement brought anguish.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 07, 2018

Women Will Pay for the Mess of the Kavanaugh Confirmation
Christine Blasey Ford. Deborah Ramirez. Julie Swetnick. Lisa Murkowski. Even Amy Chua. They will face the consequences. Justice Kavanaugh won't.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 07, 2018

Was the Kavanaugh Hearing the Worst Supreme Court Fight? You Be the Judge
While some have bemoaned recent cutthroat politics in the Senate, history shows many failed or hard-fought nominations back to the 1700s.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 06, 2018

Senate Confirms Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court
Over repeated interruptions by protesters in the gallery, the Senate on Saturday voted 50 to 48 to confirm Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 06, 2018

Show How You Feel, Kavanaugh Was Told, and a Nomination Was Saved
Judge Kavanaugh's angry Senate testimony, urged by the White House counsel, Don McGahn, turned the tables and emboldened demoralized Republicans.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 06, 2018

Full Video: Senate Delivers Final Vote on Kavanaugh
After a highly contentious nomination process, senators delivered the final vote on the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 06, 2018

Watch Live: Senate Delivers Final Vote on Kavanaugh
After a highly contentious nomination process, senators deliver the final vote on the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 06, 2018

Lindsey Graham Is the Saddest Story in Washington
His fight for Brett Kavanaugh completed his transformation into Donald Trump's slobbering manservant.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 06, 2018

Senate Poised to Confirm Kavanaugh, Ending a Clash With Lasting Fallout
As the senators entered their final hours of debate, hundreds of protesters were massed on the steps of the Supreme Court and later the Capitol.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 06, 2018

Senate Poised to Confirm Kavanaugh, Ending a Clash With Lasting Ripples
As the senators entered their final hours of debate, hundreds of protesters were massed on the steps of the Supreme Court and later the Capitol.

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