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Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 19, 2019

As C-Span Turns 40, a Top Executive Reflects on Bringing Cameras to Congress
On March 19, 1979, C-Span went live with its first public broadcast. We talked to one of its chief executives about its push for transparency in Washington.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 19, 2019

On C-Span's 40th Anniversary, a Top Executive Reflects on Its Political Impact
On March 19, 1979, C-Span went live to a public audience for the first time. We spoke with Susan Swain, who joined the network three years later.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 18, 2019

Medicare for All Is Divisive (in the Democratic Party)
Democrats are at odds over how to fulfill their promise to lower health costs, with centrists opposing the "Medicare for all" plan favored by progressives.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 18, 2019

Democrats Pledged to Lower Health Costs. They Just Haven't Figured Out How.
Democrats are at odds over how to fulfill their promise to lower health costs, with centrists opposing the "Medicare for all" plan favored by progressives.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 16, 2019

After Veto, Some Lawmakers See a New Emergency: Fixing the Act Trump Invoked
Those in favor of amending the National Emergencies Act of 1976 remain determined to pursue bipartisan changes in legislation they view as a surrender of congressional power.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 16, 2019

Two Veterans Groups, Left and Right, Join Forces Against the Forever Wars
The groups intend to share a legislative agenda that presses for changes to war authorization measures and an end to the United States' presence in Afghanistan.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 15, 2019

Twelve Righteous Republicans (and 41 Cowards)
Today's G.O.P. is burying Reagan's legacy faster than Elizabeth Warren ever could.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 15, 2019

Trump Issues His First Veto
President Trump rejected legislation on Friday that would have blocked his declaration of a national emergency to fund a wall along the southern border.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 15, 2019

Ted Cruz's 2012 Senate Campaign Is Fined $35,000 for Unreported Loans
The loans for his first Senate race, totaling more than $1 million, became an issue during his 2016 race for president.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 15, 2019

A Mini-Revolt by Republican Senators Against Trump
One reader terms the vote to overturn the emergency declaration just "a symbolic slap on the wrist," while another calls those who sided with the president "spineless."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 15, 2019

Trump Issues First Veto After Congress Rejects Border Emergency
The veto will send the legislation back to Congress, which most likely doesn't have enough votes for an override, meaning the declaration of an emergency at the Mexican border will remain in effect.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 15, 2019

Senator Hypocrisy (R-N.C.)
Don't mind that op-ed from last week.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 14, 2019

Senate Republicans' Declaration of (Semi-) Independence
President Trump's red wall in the Senate cracks. A bit.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 14, 2019

Congress Has a Breaking Point. This Week, Trump Might Have Found It.
In three bipartisan votes, Congress this week rebuked President Trump over Saudi Arabia, blocked his border emergency declaration and demanded a public release of the special counsel's report.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 14, 2019

2 Days in Congress, 3 Trump Rejections
In the On Politics newsletter: There have been multiple bipartisan efforts in the House and Senate to rebuke the president over the wall, Saudi Arabia and the Mueller report.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 14, 2019

On Politics With Lisa Lerer: 2 Days in Congress, 3 Trump Rejections
There have been multiple bipartisan efforts in the House and Senate to rebuke the president over the wall, Saudi Arabia and the Mueller report.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 14, 2019

Mitch McConnell's Absolute Power
A reader suggests that the Senate majority leader's control of the political process is undemocratic.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 14, 2019

The Man Who Changed the Constitution, Twice
Birch Bayh, who died on Thursday, produced two successful amendments to the Constitution. But the one closest to his heart — the popular election of the president — fell short.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 14, 2019

Live Results: The Senate Vote to Block Trump's National Emergency
The Times will track every senator's vote live. The vote is expected Thursday afternoon.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 14, 2019

How Every Senator Voted on Ending Trump's National Emergency
Twelve Republicans joined Democrats to block Trump's emergency declaration.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 14, 2019

Senate Rejects Trump's Border Emergency Declaration, Setting Up First Veto
The Senate voted to overturn President Trump's national emergency declaration, delivering a bipartisan rebuke for what lawmakers in both parties saw as executive overreach.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 14, 2019

Birch Bayh, 91, Dies; Senator Drove Title IX and 2 Amendments
Mr. Bayh, from Indiana, was a force in laws barring sex discrimination, giving 18-year-olds the vote and providing for the removal of a president.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 14, 2019

Birch Bayh, 91, Dies; Senator Drove Title IX and Other Historic Legislation
Mr. Bayh, from Indiana, was a force in laws barring sex discrimination, giving 18-year-olds the vote and providing for the removal of a president.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 14, 2019

Birch Bayh, Liberal Senator Behind Historic Legislation, Dies at 91
Mr. Bayh, from Indiana, was a force in laws barring sex discrimination, giving 18-year-olds the vote and providing for the removal of a president.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 13, 2019

G.O.P.'s Attempt to Avoid Emergency Showdown With Trump Is Scuttled, by Trump
Senator Mike Lee of Utah hoped that a bill to block future emergency declarations would give Republicans cover to allow President Trump's current declaration. Mr. Trump didn't buy it.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 13, 2019

Senate Votes Again to End Aid to Saudi War in Yemen, Defying Trump
The Senate voted to halt U.S. military assistance for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, defying President Trump again for his defense of the kingdom after the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 13, 2019

Neomi Rao Will Replace Brett Kavanaugh on Key Appeals Court
Ms. Rao, who heads a White House office on regulatory affairs, was confirmed, 53-46, for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals in Washington.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 13, 2019

Senate Confirms Neomi Rao to Replace Brett Kavanaugh on Key Appeals Court
Ms. Rao, who heads a White House office on regulatory affairs, was confirmed, 53-46, for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals in Washington.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 12, 2019

If Not Trump, Then Who? Pelosi Fuels Impeachment Debate With Long Implications
By all but ruling out impeachment without waiting for the evidence, Speaker Nancy Pelosi may be setting a far-reaching precedent that will empower presidents for decades to come.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 11, 2019

Trump Proposes a Record $4.75 Trillion Budget
The president's budget request for the 2020 fiscal year has little chance of becoming law because Congress control spending, and Democrats control the House.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 11, 2019

Part 2: What to Expect When You're Expecting (the Mueller Report)
We look at three possible outcomes of the special counsel investigation, which is believed to be wrapping up soon.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 11, 2019

Cut the Science Budget? Not So Fast
Contrary to first impressions, Congress has done a decent job standing up for scientific research.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 10, 2019

Defying Congress, Trump Plans to Renew Fight for Border Wall Funding
The president's budget, to be unveiled Monday, asks for $8.6 billion to build border barriers while increasing military spending and cutting domestic programs.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 09, 2019

How Congress Is Weaponizing a Series of Hot-Button Votes
Much of the activity on Capitol Hill these days is more akin to trolling on Twitter than tackling national priorities.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 08, 2019

Only One Roadblock on the Road to Reform: Mitch McConnell
Why no vote on the House-passed ethics and election reform bill, Mr. Senate Leader? "Because I get to decide what we vote on."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 08, 2019

Trump Falsely Claims That Manafort Judge Declared There Was ‘No Collusion' With Russia
What Judge T.S. Ellis III actually said was that Mr. Manafort was "not before this court for anything having to do with collusion with the Russian government to influence this election."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 07, 2019

Senator Martha McSally's Revelation of Assault May Reopen Debate
Long before the #MeToo movement brought sexual violence and harassment to the fore, women in the military and their advocates had highlighted such misconduct in the armed forces.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 07, 2019

Senator's Revelation of Assault May Reopen Debate on Capitol Hill
Long before the #MeToo movement brought sexual violence and harassment to the fore, women in the military and their advocates had highlighted such misconduct in the armed forces.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 07, 2019

Cohen Hearings Are Over, but Not the Arguing About His Testimony
Michael D. Cohen, however inadvertently, handed his Republican critics just what they were looking for: fresh material they could weaponize to try to undermine the credibility of his larger account.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 07, 2019

Promise and Peril of the Green New Deal
The controversial proposal to combat global warming and economic inequality is transforming the political calculus around climate change.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 06, 2019

Senate Confirms Trump Nominee Who as Justice Official Fought the Affordable Care Act
Democrats say support for new judge shows Republicans aren't serious about protections for pre-existing conditions as judicial juggernaut rolls on.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 06, 2019

McSally Says She Was Raped While in the Air Force
Senator Martha McSally, Republican of Arizona, said she was "preyed upon and then raped by a superior officer" while serving in the Air Force. Her testimony came at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about preventing sexual assault in the military.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 06, 2019

Senator Martha McSally Says Superior Officer in the Air Force Raped Her
Senator Martha McSally, the first woman in the Air Force to fly in combat, said a superior officer had raped her while she was serving.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 06, 2019

Martha McSally Says She Is a Survivor of Sexual Assault in the Military
Senator Martha McSally, the first woman in the Air Force to fly in combat, said a superior officer had raped her while she was serving.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 06, 2019

Ilhan Omar, Aipac and Me
The congresswoman and I have a lot in common ??? but not her stance on Israel.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 05, 2019

Fix America's National Emergencies Law. And Not Just Because of Trump.
The 1976 statute had flaws before President Trump took office. But his recent emergency declaration gives Congress an incentive to fix it.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 05, 2019

Jeff Merkley, Oregon Senator, Says He Won't Run for President
Indicating that he wanted to help fix a dysfunctional Senate, Mr. Merkley said there were other Democrats in the race who recognized the challenges ahead.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 05, 2019

What Happened to Lindsey Graham?
The South Carolina Republican was once a vehement Trump critic. Now, he's one of the president's most ardent supporters.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 04, 2019

Trump's Grip Shows Signs of Slipping as Senate Prepares to Block Wall Emergency
Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, conceded that he could not stop the Senate from overturning President Trump's national emergency declaration.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 04, 2019

Senate Has Votes to Overturn Trump's Emergency Declaration
The Senate is poised to rebuke President Trump's national emergency declaration at the southwestern border. The only question: how big the Senate margin will be.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 04, 2019

Pressed by Climate Activists, Senate Democrats Plan to ‘Go on Offense'
Senator Chuck Schumer says Senate Democrats plan daily floor speeches on climate change, a special select committee and climate legislation to run on next year — and enact in 2021.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 04, 2019

Pressed by Climate Activists, Senate Democrats to ‘Go on Offense'
Senator Chuck Schumer says Senate Democrats plan daily floor speeches on climate change, a special select committee and climate legislation to run on next year — and enact in 2021.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 03, 2019

Rand Paul Opposes Trump's Emergency Declaration, Likely Providing Decisive Vote
Mr. Paul is the fourth Senate Republican to back a measure to block the president's attempt to use emergency powers to fund a wall, appearing to give it the support to pass.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 03, 2019

Rand Paul, a Key Vote, Appears to Support Blocking Trump's Emergency Declaration
Though Mr. Paul did not explicitly announce his vote, his remarks served as the clearest sign he could give Democrats the majority they need to send a resolution to the president.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 02, 2019

White House Ambitions Cloud Democratic Hopes to Win the Senate
If 2020 produces an anti-Trump wave, Democrats will need plenty of candidates to recapture the Senate. But some of the party's best only want the White House.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 01, 2019

Let's Destroy Robocalls
Finally, something worse than Donald Trump.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 01, 2019

After Cohen, Republicans Are Now Trump's Fixers
G.O.P. lawmakers who started by making excuses for the president's most repulsive personal traits have now moved on to bedrock principles. They are headed for a reckoning.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 28, 2019

Give Sept. 11 Survivors the Help They Deserve
A fund to aid the thousands sickened from the toxic dust of the World Trade Center attack is running out of money.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 27, 2019

Highlights of Michael Cohen's Testimony Before Congress
Before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday, President Trump's former lawyer accused Mr. Trump of directing hush payments, lying about his business dealings in Russia and inflating his wealth.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 27, 2019

Can a Horrible Boss Be a Great Leader?
Amy Klobuchar needs to make amends for her behavior.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 27, 2019

Highlights of Michael Cohen's Opening Remarks to Congress
President Trump's former lawyer called him a "con man" and a "cheat" in testimony on Wednesday and accused Mr. Trump of knowing about communications with WikiLeaks and ongoing efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 26, 2019

House Votes to Block Trump's Border Emergency Declaration
The House easily voted on Tuesday to block President Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border, seeking to stop the diversion of funds to his wall.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 26, 2019

House Votes to Block Trump's National Emergency Declaration About the Border
The House easily voted on Tuesday to block President Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border, seeking to stop the diversion of funds to his wall.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 26, 2019

Drug Makers Try to Justify Prescription Prices to Senators at Hearing
Lawmakers, who along with President Trump have promised to address rising drug prices, pressed the heads of major drug companies to lower prices or risk legislative action.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 26, 2019

Drug Makers Will Try to Justify Prescription Prices to Senators at Hearing
Lawmakers and President Trump have promised to address rising drug prices; a hearing on Tuesday could be the first step to legislation to lower costs.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 26, 2019

Death to the Filibuster?
The fate of the 60-vote threshold has become one of the early tests of the 2020 campaign.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 25, 2019

Covering Pre-existing Conditions Isn't Enough
Too often, even patients who have coverage can't afford their medications.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 25, 2019

The Administration You Save May Be Your Own
Democratic candidates for the 2020 nomination must come out against the filibuster.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 25, 2019

G.O.P. Tries to Hold Down Defections Before Vote to Block Trump's Emergency
With some Republicans worried over precedent, party leaders are scrambling to hold their troops in line ahead of a House vote to reject President Trump's emergency declaration.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 25, 2019

Rust Belt, Sun Belt or Both? Democrats Seek the Best Route to the White House
Democrats are split over whether to redouble their efforts to win back the industrial heartland, or turn their attention to more demographically promising states like Georgia and Arizona.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 25, 2019

How Lindsey Graham Went From Trump Skeptic to Trump Sidekick
"What happened to me?" the senator asks. "Not a damn thing."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 24, 2019

It's Time for Pharmaceutical Companies to Have Their Tobacco Moment
Elected officials have made a lot of noise about the cost of prescription drugs. Now they must demand answers from pharmaceutical companies.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 23, 2019

The Green New Deal Is Better Than Our Climate Nightmare
The ambitious plan has had a rocky start, but it has also changed the national conversation. That alone is reason to applaud it.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 23, 2019

What's Green? What's New? What's the Deal?
A dream? Maybe. But it's better than the climate nightmare we're living.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 22, 2019

An Emergency for the G.O.P.
The Constitution or The Donald? Why is this such a hard choice for congressional Republicans?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 22, 2019

How Amy Klobuchar Treats Her Staff
Interviews with more than two dozen former staff members and internal emails reviewed by The Times reveal demeaning and unusual behavior by Ms. Klobuchar toward her subordinates.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 21, 2019

A Green New Deal Is Technologically Possible. Its Political Prospects Are Another Question.
The technology is feasible for a Green New Deal, though experts doubt its goals could be accomplished as quickly as advocates hope. Finding money and political will is a bigger challenge.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 21, 2019

Nine Key Questions About the Green New Deal
If you've heard a lot recently about the Green New Deal but still aren't quite sure what it is, we're here to help.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 20, 2019

G.O.P. Ready to ‘Nuke' Senate Democrats Again Over Nominee Delays
For the third time in six years, a Senate majority is preparing to force through a change in rules covering confirmations, without a single vote from the minority.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 20, 2019

Mitch McConnell's Misuse of Power
A reader faults the Senate majority leader for his actions no matter the cost.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 19, 2019

Trump to Tap Other Military Money for Wall Before Emergency Funds
It's not just the emergency declaration. President Trump is also siphoning more than $2 billion in military funds for his wall through another complex move.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 19, 2019

Why Trump's Emergency Mess Means Danger for the Courts
The president's move has already been challenged in court. Win or lose, he is almost certainly forcing an alarming judicial precedent.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 18, 2019

How Mitch McConnell Enables Trump
He's not an institutionalist. He's the man who surrendered the Senate to the president.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 16, 2019

Trump's Attempt to Circumvent Congress Leaves Uneasy Senate Republicans With Hard Choice
It remains to be seen whether Senate Republicans will act collectively to try to stop the president or how far into unchartered territory they are willing to follow him.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 15, 2019

Phony Wall, Phony Emergency
The president plans to manage the border crisis from the golf course at Mar-a-Lago this weekend.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 15, 2019

Presidents Have Declared Dozens of Emergencies, but None Like Trump's
In invoking emergency powers for an end run around Congress in building his border wall, President Trump violated a norm of presidential self-restraint.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 15, 2019

Some Republicans Were Against Executive Power on Immigration. Now They Aren't.
President Trump declared a national emergency to unlock funds for a border wall that he couldn't get from Congress. Those Republicans supporting the move didn't approve when President Barack Obama used his executive power to act on immigration in 2014.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 15, 2019

Trump Declares a National Emergency, and Provokes a Constitutional Clash
The president's decision incited instant condemnation from Democrats, who called it an unconstitutional abuse of his authority and vowed to overturn it with Republican support.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 15, 2019

In a Divided Washington, Congress Averted a Shutdown — but at a Price
President Trump's last-minute tantrum nearly derailed a deal to avert another government shutdown, and forced the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, to accept an emergency declaration.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 14, 2019

Answers to 4 Key Question About Trump's Declaration of an Emergency
Congress has tools to override the president's declaration, but opponents most likely do not have the votes to overcome a veto.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 14, 2019

Answers to 4 Key Questions About Trump's Declaration of an Emergency
Congress has tools to override the president's declaration, but opponents most likely do not have the votes to overcome a veto.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 14, 2019

Trump Declares a National Emergency. What Happens Next?
Congress has tools to override the president's declaration, but opponents most likely do not have the votes to overcome a veto.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 14, 2019

Trump Will Declare a National Emergency. What Happens Next?
Congress has tools to override the president's declaration, but opponents most likely do not have the votes to overcome a veto.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 14, 2019

Trump's Face-Saving Way Out of Crisis Raises Fears Over Rule of Law
Declaring a national emergency over a border wall lets the president avoid another damaging shutdown while not surrendering. But it could do long-term damage, experts say.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 14, 2019

Trump's Face-Saving Way Out of Political Crisis Raises Fears Over Rule of Law
Declaring a national emergency over a border wall lets the president avoid another damaging shutdown while not surrendering. But it could do long-term damage, experts say.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 14, 2019

A Trump-Made Emergency
The president decides that fulfilling a campaign promise is more important than respecting the separation of powers.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 14, 2019

The House Finally Acts on Yemen
The Senate should quickly follow suit and end United States complicity in the humanitarian horrors there.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 14, 2019

The Real Problem With Trump's National Emergency Plan
The fact that the president may have the authority to throw away billions on a foolish campaign promise is itself scandalous.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 14, 2019

McConnell and Pelosi React to Potential National Emergency Declaration
Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, said he will support President Trump's national emergency declaration. Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, said the move "should be met with great unease."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Feb 14, 2019

Live Count: The Senate Vote on the Shutdown and Border Security Bill
The Senate is expected to vote on a border bill to prevent a government shutdown.

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