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Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 16, 2019

Democrats, Dream Big but Tell the Whole Truth
Big moves come with hitches. But that's no reason not to go big and bold.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 13, 2019

The Clinton Legacy: Impeachment Hurts the President
The 1998 trial damaged Democrats more than Republicans.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 10, 2019

Don't Weaken Privacy Protections for Children
Regulators appear poised to cave to the tech industry. What's the rush?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 10, 2019

Republicans' ‘Dead Chicken' Strategy on Impeachment
After the successful confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, one political operative sees a clear path through the impeachment inquiry. But at what cost?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 10, 2019

The ‘Dead Chicken Strategy': A Republican Roadmap for Surviving Impeachment
After the successful confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, one political operative sees a clear path through the impeachment inquiry. But at what cost?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 09, 2019

What Joe Biden Learned at the Last Two Impeachments
The only major debate over removing a president that he missed, for obvious reasons, was Andrew Johnson's in 1868. From Nixon onward, the longtime senator has urged caution above all.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 08, 2019

G.O.P.-Led Senate Panel Affirms Russia Attacked Election, and Urges Action
A report called for steps by Congress, the Trump administration and tech firms, and reiterated a conclusion the president has resisted: Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 07, 2019

U.S. Using Trade Deals to Shield Tech Giants From Foreign Regulators
The push is the latest salvo in a global fight over who gets to set the rules for the internet.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 07, 2019

When ‘Get Out' Is a President's National Security Strategy
President Trump has demonstrated that in his pursuit of ending America's "endless wars," no troop presence abroad is too small to escape his desire to terminate it.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 07, 2019

Trump Throws Middle East Policy Into Turmoil Over Syria
After criticism that he was allowing a Turkish incursion into northern Syria, the president pivoted, saying he would prevent Turkey from going too far.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 03, 2019

Will the G.O.P. Turn Against Trump?
Whose armrest is it anyway? An airplane etiquette debate.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 02, 2019

Impeachment Bombshell That Wasn't: Mysterious Packet Sends Rumor Mill Into Overdrive
Congress was expecting the State Department's independent watchdog to deliver a bombshell. Instead, it got a package of opposition research mixing fact and speculation.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 02, 2019

American Diplomats Are Being Persecuted by Their Own President
Congress needs to repair the damage Trump has caused to the effectiveness and morale of the Foreign Service.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 02, 2019

Trump's Assault on the State Department Must Be Stopped
Congress needs to repair the damage the president has caused to the effectiveness and morale of the nation's diplomats.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 02, 2019

On Impeachment, the Real Political Action Is in the Senate
Its impact on the presidential race will be a wash. But can Mitch McConnell stop it from shaking his hold on Congress?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 02, 2019

How the Arizona Senate Race Could Be a Test for the Gun Control Debate
As the Senate contemplates new gun laws in the wake of mass shootings, gun control is not an issue Mark Kelly and Martha McSally can easily avoid.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 02, 2019

Is Arizona Shifting on Gun Control? Senate Race May Offer an Answer
As the Senate contemplates new gun laws in the wake of mass shootings, gun control is not an issue Mark Kelly and Martha McSally can easily avoid.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 01, 2019

Republicans, You're Not Helping Trump
G.O.P. leaders, confused and dazed by the Ukraine scandal, haven't come up with a coherent defense. Maybe because there isn't one?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 01, 2019

Impeachment Rules Say Senate Must Act, but Its Act Might Be a Swift Dismissal
As both sides prepare for a potential Senate impeachment showdown, the focus is on how quickly Republicans might move to jettison the accusations.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 01, 2019

Congress and Trump Agreed They Want a National Privacy Law. It Is Nowhere in Sight.
Even amid a bipartisan backlash against tech companies, lawmakers have struggled to channel that into a federal privacy law.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 01, 2019

Trump Has Disqualified Himself From Running in 2020
The president's brazen attempt at cheating has taken "decide it at the ballot box" off the menu. Impeachment is imperative.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 30, 2019

How to Win Republican Support for Impeachment
Don't rush the inquiry, and make it about more than Trump's Ukraine scandal.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 30, 2019

Republicans Don't Have to Nominate Trump in 2020
The party can do better.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 30, 2019

What's the Matter With Republicans?
Trump has given them another chance to break away. Why won't they take it?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 29, 2019

Impeach the Malignant Fraudster
This is how Republicans can redeem themselves.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 29, 2019

Republicans, the Time Has Come
America is better than Donald Trump.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 28, 2019

At the Border, Lawmakers See a Broken System and Little Common Ground
Dozens of lawmakers have flocked to the southwestern border to see with their own eyes how migrants are being treated. They have come away with little consensus about what needs to be done.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 27, 2019

Yang vs. Warren: Who Has the Better Tax Plan?
Andrew Yang's proposed V.A.T. and $1,000 dividend would be more practical than Senator Warren's wealth tax, in the view of the economist N. Gregory Mankiw.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 27, 2019

Clashing Senate Reports and New Questions on the N.R.A.
A new report from Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee scours the N.R.A.'s Russia ties, calling the gun group "a foreign asset," while Republicans reject concerns.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 26, 2019

Eugene Scalia Confirmed by Senate as Labor Secretary
The nominee has long been a lawyer for corporate clients, and critics asked whether he could be a sufficient advocate for American workers.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 26, 2019

Congress Gives Final Approval to Spending Measure That Would Stave Off Shutdown
The legislation would give lawmakers an additional two months to iron out differences in the 12 spending bills needed to keep the government funded.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 26, 2019

Pelosi Accuses White House of Cover-up as Maguire Says Case Is ‘Unprecedented': Live Updates
A whistle-blower's complaint accused President Trump of using his office to try to get Ukraine to help him in 2020, while Joseph Maguire, the acting intelligence chief, defended the whistle-blower before the House Intelligence Committee.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 26, 2019

Intelligence Chief Heads to the Hill: Here's What You Need to Know
Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, will appear before the House Intelligence Committee at 9 a.m. Thursday, as an impeachment showdown heats up in Congress.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 26, 2019

Intelligence Committee Questions Joseph Maguire: Live Updates
Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, is appearing before the House Intelligence Committee, as an impeachment showdown heats up in Congress.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 26, 2019

Intelligence Committee Questions the Acting Intelligence Chief: Live Updates
Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, is appearing before the House Intelligence Committee, as an impeachment showdown heats up in Congress.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 26, 2019

Intelligence Committee Releases Whistle-Blower's Complaint: Here's What You Need to Know
Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, will appear before the House Intelligence Committee at 9 a.m., as an impeachment showdown heats up in Congress.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 26, 2019

Whistle-Blower Complaint Fuels Impeachment Fight but Not Consensus: Live Updates
A whistle-blower's complaint accused President Trump of using his office to try to get Ukraine to help him in 2020. Joseph Maguire, the acting intelligence chief, called the controversy "unprecedented."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 26, 2019

Trump Impeachment Inquiry Updates: The Complaint, the Testimony, the Reaction
A whistle-blower's complaint accused President Trump of using his office to try to get Ukraine to help him in 2020. The acting intelligence chief told Congress that the controversy is "unprecedented."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 26, 2019

Trump Impeachment Inquiry Updates: The Complaint, the Testimony, the Threats
A whistle-blower's complaint accused President Trump of using his office to try to get Ukraine to help him in 2020. The acting intelligence chief told Congress that the controversy is "unprecedented."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 26, 2019

Already Light, Legislative Menu Chopped Down by Impeachment Fight
Rancor surrounding impeach inquiry certain to spill over and constrict an already limited legislative agenda

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 25, 2019

It Has Begun
An impeachment inquiry is nothing to celebrate. Still, it is evidence of what's right being put ahead of what's expedient.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 25, 2019

Senate Again Rejects Trump's Border Emergency, but Falls Short of a Veto-Proof Majority
The vote forced Republicans to go on record about a choice between asserting Congress's power of the purse and supporting President Trump's border wall.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 25, 2019

Why a Trump Impeachment Should Terrify You
What's just and what's wise aren't always the same.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 25, 2019

Trump Asks Ukraine's Leader to ‘Do Us a Favor' and Also Urges Inquiry of Biden
Separately, two intelligence officials referred Mr. Trump's activity to the Justice Department for a possible investigation. Law enforcement officials declined to open an inquiry.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 25, 2019

‘Do Us a Favor': Call Shows Trump's Interest in Using U.S. Power for His Gain
The president pressed Ukraine's leader on potential investigations that could benefit him politically.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 25, 2019

‘Do Us a Favor': Calls Shows Trump's Interest in Using U.S. Power for His Gain
The president pressed Ukraine's leader on potential investigations that could benefit him politically.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 25, 2019

Highlights: Whistle-Blower Complaint Goes to House as Ukraine Phone Call Gets Released
A whistle-blower's private expressions of concern about President Trump's actions kicked off an extraordinary series of revelations that have prompted Democrats in Congress to officially begin an impeachment inquiry.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 25, 2019

Full Whistle-Blower Complaint Heads to the House
A whistle-blower's private expressions of concern about President Trump's actions kicked off an extraordinary series of revelations that have prompted Democrats in Congress to officially begin an impeachment inquiry.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 25, 2019

Full Whistle-Blower Complaint Heads to the House: Live Updates
A whistle-blower's private expressions of concern about President Trump's actions kicked off an extraordinary series of revelations that have prompted Democrats in Congress to officially begin an impeachment inquiry.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 25, 2019

Pelosi on Trump: ‘He Does Not Care About Ethics' — Live Updates
The White House released a reconstructed transcript that showed President Trump urged Ukraine's leader to contact Attorney General William Barr about opening an inquiry tied to Joseph R. Biden Jr. Two intelligence officials referred Mr. Trump's activity to the Justice Dept. for a possible criminal inquiry. It declined to open one.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 25, 2019

House Opens Trump Impeachment Inquiry: Live Updates
As the House begins a formal impeachment inquiry, the White House prepares to release the transcript of President Trump's call with Ukraine's leader.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 25, 2019

Trump Defends Phone Call as Impeachment Inquiry Opens: Live Updates
The White House released a reconstructed transcript that showed President Trump urged Ukraine's leader to contact Attorney General William Barr about opening an inquiry tied to Joseph R. Biden Jr. Two intelligence officials referred Mr. Trump's activity to the Justice Dept. for a possible criminal inquiry. It declined to open one.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 25, 2019

Trump Impeachment Inquiry Opens as Call Transcript Is Released: Live Updates
As the House begins a formal impeachment inquiry, the White House releases the transcript of President Trump's call with Ukraine's leader.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 25, 2019

What to Expect as House Launches an Impeachment Inquiry
As the House begins a formal impeachment inquiry, the White House prepares to release the transcript of President Trump's call with Ukraine's leader.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 24, 2019

Congress Steps Up, Trump Blinks
It's a start, maybe.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 24, 2019

White House Seeks Deal for Whistle-Blower to Speak to Congress
As House Democrats moved to begin a formal impeachment inquiry, the administration also prepared to release a redacted version of the whistle-blower's complaint.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 24, 2019

When Should a President Be Impeached?
Only two presidents have ever been put on trial. Democrats may make Trump the third.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 24, 2019

Beware of Impeaching Trump. It Could Hurt the Presidency.
We must avoid doing long-term harm to the president's ability to conduct foreign policy and protect our nation.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 24, 2019

How an Impeachment Process Inquiry Works
The inquiry into President Trump has the potential to reshape his presidency. Here's how impeachment works.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 24, 2019

How the Impeachment Process Works
The inquiry into President Trump has the potential to reshape his presidency. Here's how impeachment works.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 24, 2019

The Impeachment Process, Explained
Democrats are intensifying talk of trying to remove President Trump for pressuring Ukraine to go after a political rival. Here's how that would work.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 24, 2019

House Barrels Toward Impeachment Decisions as Democratic Resistance Crumbles
With a cascading rush of Democrats declaring their support for an impeachment push, House leaders are changing course.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 24, 2019

Nancy Pelosi Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry of Trump
Faced with new allegations against President Trump and administration stonewalling, Democrats have ended months of caution.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 24, 2019

Nancy Pelosi Plans Formal Impeachment Inquiry of Trump
Faced with new allegations against President Trump and administration stonewalling, Democrats have ended months of caution.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 21, 2019

Elizabeth Warren Lost Her Dream Job but Gained a Path to 2020
She had a plan to take on big banks. In the fight to get it done, she honed the approach to politics that defines her presidential campaign.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 20, 2019

As ‘Moscow Mitch' Rings in His Ears, McConnell Backs Election Security
Even if it took a taunt to do it, he approved $250 million for voting protections.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 20, 2019

Why the Whistle-Blower Complaint Is Falling on Deaf Ears
The separation of powers has become increasingly subservient to the separation of parties.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 20, 2019

Why the Whistle-Blowing Process Is Breaking Down
The separation of powers has become increasingly subservient to the separation of parties.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2019

After Resisting, McConnell and Senate G.O.P. Back Election Security Funding
Stung by the "Moscow Mitch" moniker, Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, threw his weight behind an infusion of $250 million for states to bolster election security.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 19, 2019

House Approves Short-Term Spending Bill That Would Stave Off Shutdown
The bill, which the Senate is also expected to pass before funding lapses on Oct. 1, would extend funding for all federal government departments and agencies through Nov. 21.

Politics - U.S. Senate
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. Senate
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. Senate
Sep 18, 2019

Let the Lewandowski Circus Change Congressional Hearings Forever
Because the status quo is just terrible.

Politics - U.S. Senate
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. Senate
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. Senate
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. Senate
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. Senate
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. Senate
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. Senate
Sep 17, 2019

Corey Lewandowski's Testimony Before Congress: What to Expect
He is a witness to possible obstruction of justice. But when he goes before Democrats' impeachment investigation, Mr. Lewandowski's fierce loyalty to President Trump will also be front and center.

Politics - U.S. Senate
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. Senate
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. Senate
Sep 16, 2019

During Kavanaugh Hearings, Senator Alerted F.B.I. to New Allegation
A Democratic senator expressed concern last year that the F.B.I. was not following up on allegations against the Supreme Court nominee.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 16, 2019

Senator Alerted F.B.I. to New Kavanaugh Allegation
A Democratic senator expressed concern last year that the F.B.I. was not following up on allegations against the Supreme Court nominee.

Politics - U.S. Senate
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. Senate
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. Senate
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. Senate
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. Senate
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. Senate
Sep 12, 2019

Amid Bipartisan Outcry, White House Agrees to Release Ukraine Aid
Two lawmakers said the administration would release $250 million, which is intended partly to train and equip Ukrainian forces defending against Russian incursion.

Politics - U.S. Senate
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. Senate
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. Senate
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. Senate
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. Senate
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. Senate
Sep 10, 2019

Pelosi Energizes Battle to Lower Drug Prices
Speaker Nancy Pelosi's draft plan to allow the federal government to negotiate the price of hundreds of drugs will add new urgency to Washington's effort to fight rising prescription costs.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 10, 2019

Pelosi Enlivens Battle to Lower Drug Prices
Speaker Nancy Pelosi's draft plan to allow the federal government to negotiate the price of hundreds of drugs will add new urgency to Washington's effort to fight rising prescription costs.

Politics - U.S. Senate
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. Senate
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. Senate
Sep 10, 2019

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

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