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Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 14, 2018

Here's How to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Without Taxing Them
Congress should require the share of electricity from low-polluting technologies to increase steadily over time.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 10, 2018

Governor Demands Bill Nelson Back Up Claims That Russia Hacked Florida Voting Systems
The senator's vague allusion to potential Russian interference caused a political maelstrom ahead of the state's primary election.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 10, 2018

What's in a Name? A Political Taste Treat
Some weird things are on the menu this Tuesday.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 10, 2018

Turkey's Downward Spiral
As Presidents Trump and Erdogan feud, the alliance between the United States and Turkey grows ever more frayed.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 09, 2018

Think the Constitution Will Save Us? Think Again
The subversion of democracy was the explicit intent of the framers.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 09, 2018

The Democratic Party Has Two Futures
Candidates in different states are testing out the electoral power of the left and the center.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 09, 2018

How the Abortion Debate Is Playing Out in Argentina
After 16 hours of deliberation, Argentina's Senate narrowly rejected a bill to legalize abortion. Still, the fact that the discussion came this far signals a real shift in public opinion. We spoke with people on both sides of the issue.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 09, 2018

Inside Argentina: A Nation Divided on Abortion
After 16 hours of deliberation, Argentina's Senate narrowly rejected a bill to legalize abortion. Still, the fact that the discussion came this far signals a real shift in public opinion. We spoke with people on both sides of the issue.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 09, 2018

Argentina, a Nation Divided on Abortion
After 16 hours of deliberation, Argentina's Senate narrowly rejected a bill to legalize abortion. Still, the fact that the discussion came this far signals a real shift in public opinion. Our video journalists spoke with people on both sides of the issue.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 08, 2018

Do Trump's Endorsed Candidates Always Win?
President Trump claimed that Senate and House candidates he endorses will always win. But four candidates he has backed have lost their races.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 07, 2018

Whitmer and Schuette Win Michigan Governor's Nominations
John James, who received President Trump's backing, won the Republican nomination for Senate as the president's looming presence continued to influence the midterms.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 07, 2018

Democrats, Do Not Give Up on the Senate
The party's odds aren't great, but they look better all the time.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 06, 2018

Donald Trump Jr.'s Potential Legal Troubles, Explained
President Trump's lawyer, defending the younger Mr. Trump's meeting with Russians, said nobody has pointed to any law that may have been violated. Here are several.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 06, 2018

Why the Midterms Won't Be Won by Playing to the Base
Some people changed which party's nominee they voted for from 2012 to 2016. They are key to who wins the House and Senate.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 06, 2018

The Voters Who Will Decide the Midterms
Some people changed which party's nominee they voted for from 2012 to 2016, and they, not the party bases, are key to who wins the House and Senate.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 06, 2018

Meet Bill Nelson, the Under-the-Radar Senate Candidate in Florida. He's the Incumbent.
Though he has served three terms, Bill Nelson, a Democrat, has less name recognition and less campaign money than his Republican challenger, Gov. Rick Scott, and some Democrats worry that he could lose his seat.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 05, 2018

In Deeply Blue New Jersey, an Unexpected Battle for Senate
What seemed like an easy path to re-election for Senator Robert Menendez is turning into an expensive and nasty fight, causing concern among Democrats.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 05, 2018

White Nationalists Love Corey Stewart. He Keeps Them Close.
The Republican nominee for Senate in Virginia likes to engage the racial fringes of his party, creating a dilemma for mainstream G.O.P. leaders wary of his views.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 03, 2018

John James, Black and Republican, Thinks He Can Crack the ‘Blue Wall' in Michigan
Mr. James, 37, is a West Point graduate who spent eight years in the Army. He is the president of his family-run business. And he wants to become a senator.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 02, 2018

How the U.S. Is Fighting Russian Election Interference
Russia is trying again to spread disinformation to exploit American division, using social media campaigns as well as more traditional tradecraft, officials said.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 02, 2018

Bipartisan Senate Group Pushes ‘Crushing' Punishments to Thwart Russia
The legislation is one of the biggest efforts to date by Congress to wrestle back some authority to shape foreign policy, but whether it could actually become law is another question.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Aug 02, 2018

He's a G.O.P. Immigration Hard-Liner. So Why Is He Trailing in Trump Country?
Lou Barletta is lagging in the Pennsylvania Senate race, despite embracing the immigration polices that helped Donald Trump turn the state red in 2016.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 31, 2018

Migrant Detention Centers Are ‘Like a Summer Camp,' Official Says at Hearing
Senior Trump administration officials said in Senate testimony that they were not aware of the "zero tolerance" policy that resulted in family separations until it was announced.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 31, 2018

Trump Is Putting Indelible Conservative Stamp on Judiciary
Beyond the Supreme Court, President Trump has already put a stamp on federal appeals courts, and Senate Republicans have been eager partners in the effort.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 30, 2018

How to Fix Social Media's Big Problems? Lawmakers Have Ideas
A U.S. senator and a panel in Britain's House of Commons have offered some of the first firm suggestions to address issues relating to privacy and misinformation.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 27, 2018

Russian Hackers Appear to Shift Focus to U.S. Power Grid
Intelligence and technology officials report there are surprisingly few attempts to disrupt the campaigns of major American political figures.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 27, 2018

Five Lawmakers Call on U.S. to Investigate Florida ‘Stand Your Ground' Case
The congressional Democrats asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to open an inquiry into the killing of a man during an argument over a parking space.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 27, 2018

Maryon P. Allen, Made a Senator by Husband's Death, Dies at 92
One of only two female senators from Alabama, she was picked to fill a suddenly vacant seat but lost a bid to keep it, undone perhaps by her outspokenness.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 27, 2018

Trump Endorses Candidates in Three More Races
President Trump made three congressional endorsements on Friday, backing John James in Michigan, Troy Balderson in Ohio and David Kustoff in Tennessee.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 26, 2018

From Guantánamo Bay to ISIS Fighter Prisons in Syria: 15 Years of Wartime-Detention Reporting
Our national security law expert in Washington has been writing about legal and policy problems related to the government's handling of captured terrorism suspects since 2003.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 26, 2018

I've Been Covering the Detention of Terrorism Suspects for 15 Years. What Have We Learned?
Our national security law expert in Washington made his first of many reporting trips to Guantánamo Bay in 2003. Earlier this month, he toured ISIS fighter prisons in Syria.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 26, 2018

15 Years of Covering the Detention of Terrorism Suspects
Our national security law expert in Washington made his first of many reporting trips to Guantánamo Bay in 2003. Earlier this month, he toured ISIS fighter prisons in Syria.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 26, 2018

When Trump Talks, the World Listens. Should It?
Secretary of State Pompeo leaves unclear whether the president's foreign policy pronouncements are actual policy.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 26, 2018

Stonewall Democrats Club Chooses Cuomo Over Nixon
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's role in legalizing same-sex marriage helped him win the L.G.B.T. club's endorsement over Cynthia Nixon, who would be New York's first openly gay governor.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 26, 2018

Once a Trump Antagonist, Rand Paul Emerges as His Russia Wingman
When they competed for the presidency, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky held Donald J. Trump in contempt. Now the senator is the president's loudest Russia defender.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 26, 2018

Democrats' Vulnerabilities? Elitism and Negativity
Plenty could go wrong en route to the most important midterm in a generation.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 26, 2018

Pompeo's Pugnacious Testimony
A reader chides the secretary of state for being "pompous and sarcastic" at a Senate hearing on U.S. relations with Russia.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 26, 2018

Which to Believe: Trump's Words, or His Acts?
Is the United States' policy toward Russia what the president says, or what the government does?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 26, 2018

To Take the Senate, Democratic Group Will Spend Big in Red States
A super PAC aligned with Democrats will steer $20 million into a campaign to mobilize midterm voters in traditionally Republicans states.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 25, 2018

Pompeo Oversells Trump's Enthusiasm for Sanctions on Russia
Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, played up the administration's numerous sanctions against Russia during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. But they were issued under a law that the president criticized and the administration tried to water down.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 25, 2018

A Carbon Tax Plan That's a Bad Deal for the Public
Oil companies are backing a plan that seeks to insulate them from lawsuits for damages from carbon dioxide emissions.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 25, 2018

Why Does Congress Make Taxpayers Pay Hush Money?
Senate leaders are undermining efforts to bring full accountability for sexual harassment by members of Congress and other federal workers.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 25, 2018

A Screeching Stop for Speed Cameras in New York City School Zones
The law that authorized the safety cameras was only temporary, and state legislators ended their session last month without issuing an extension.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 25, 2018

Pompeo to Defend Trump With ‘Proof' of Administration's Actions vs. Russia
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared before a Senate panel, where lawmakers had a chance to demand information about President Trump's meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 25, 2018

Pompeo Defends Trump With ‘Proof' of Administration's Actions vs. Russia
Senators demanded information from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about President Trump's meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 25, 2018

Senators to Grill Pompeo on Trump-Putin Meeting: What to Watch
When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before a Senate panel, lawmakers will have a chance to demand information about President Trump's meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 24, 2018

U.S.A. Gymnastics' Talk of Reform Falls on Skeptical Ears at Senate Hearing
The organization's president insisted that it was doing more to protect athletes, but senators and victims were hoping for more.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 24, 2018

As Gillibrand Pushes Left, Her Economic Agenda Tilts to Populism
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has begun to adopt a similar kind of economic populism that infused Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign in 2016.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 23, 2018

Senate Confirms Robert Wilkie as Veterans Affairs Secretary
The Department of Veterans Affairs, which has struggled for years to provide timely and efficient care, has been without permanent leadership since March and is dealing with high staff turnover.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 23, 2018

Meet With Kavanaugh? Not Until There's a Deal on His Documents, Democrats Say
Senate Democrats are avoiding the standard meet-and-greet with President Trump's Supreme Court nominee as they fight over which documents must be turned over.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 23, 2018

Patrick Leahy: Uncover the Truth About Brett Kavanaugh
President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court was involved in some of the most politically charged moments of our recent history. The Senate should examine his full paper trail thoroughly.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 23, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh's Partisan Record
President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court was involved in some of the most politically charged moments of our recent history. The Senate should examine his full paper trail thoroughly.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 23, 2018

A Supreme Court Vote Is Just One of Heidi Heitkamp's Headaches
In North Dakota, Senator Heidi Heitkamp is grappling with a Supreme Court pick, a trade war, a hostile President Trump and a well-known Republican challenger.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 21, 2018

Republicans, Don't Just Tweet About It. Do Something.
The G.O.P. better stand for something — and stand up to someone — soon.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 21, 2018

Lessons From a Failed Nomination, for Both Brett Kavanaugh and the Senate
Senators expect the embarrassing collapse of one judicial nomination to influence others to come.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 20, 2018

With All Eyes on Joe Manchin, He Is All Ears at a Supreme Court Round Table
A discussion in his home state underscored the difficult decision the West Virginia senator and other red-state Democrats must make.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 20, 2018

Republicans Bow to White House on Chinese Telecom Firm ZTE
A pending bill no longer contains the toughest restrictions on a Chinese telecom firm, after the Trump administration persuaded congressional leaders to soften their penalties.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 19, 2018

The Republican Congress Can and Should Take the Lead on Russia
American strength, not weakness, is the best way to preserve a secure world in the face of adversaries like Putin.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 19, 2018

Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin. What Should We Do?
Lawmakers must keep the American people informed of the current danger, writes a Republican congressman from Texas.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 19, 2018

White House Withdraws Appeals Court Nominee Who Deplored Multiculturalism
The administration moved to avoid an embarrassing defeat for Ryan W. Bounds for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after Tim Scott, the Senate's only black Republican, said he would oppose the nomination.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 19, 2018

Republicans Block Anti-Putin Resolutions Before Senate Approves One Rebuke
Congressional Republicans shot down a series of measures brought by Democrats — and some Republicans — to admonish President Trump over his summit meeting with Vladimir V. Putin.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 19, 2018

In Opening Skirmish, Republicans Shoot Down Anti-Putin Resolutions
Congressional Republicans blocked a series of moves brought by Democrats — and some Republicans — to rebuke President Trump over his summit meeting with Vladimir V. Putin.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 18, 2018

Consumer Bureau Nominee Could Face ‘Bumpy Ride' Over Lack of Experience
Kathleen Kraninger, who has little experience with the consumer finance products and businesses that the watchdog agency was created to police, will be grilled by lawmakers on Thursday.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 17, 2018

Time for Republicans to Grow a Spine
Some Republicans say President Trump embarrassed himself and the country in his meeting with Vladimir Putin. Here's what they can do about it.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 17, 2018

The Trump Administration Caves on Plastic Guns
The government has just made it easier for terrorists and criminals to produce deadly weapons with an inexpensive 3-D printer.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 17, 2018

The Age of the Downloadable Gun Begins
The government has just made it easier for terrorists and criminals to produce deadly weapons with an inexpensive 3-D printer.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 17, 2018

Senators Push Fed Chairman for Answers on Slow Wage Growth
Testifying before the Banking Committee, Jerome H. Powell offered a sunny portrait of the economy — and mild warnings on trade policy.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 17, 2018

Republicans Scramble to Contain Trump's Damage, but Path Is Unclear
As Democratic leaders in Congress pressed for tangible actions to punish President Trump, Republicans weighed a variety of proposals to respond to his remarks in Helsinki.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 16, 2018

Trump Trusts Putin's Denial, but Seven U.S. Intelligence Groups Blame Russia for Election Meddling
On Monday, President Trump continued to cast doubt on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, the consensus position of American intelligence agencies and both parties on Capitol Hill.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 16, 2018

Trump Trusts Putin's Denial, but Seven U.S Intelligence Groups Blame Russia for Election Meddling
On Monday, President Trump continued to cast doubt on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, the consensus position of American intelligence agencies and both parties on Capitol Hill.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 16, 2018

The Perils of the Trump Cult
Tennessee's Marsha Blackburn wants to ride the president's coattails to the Senate. But will her plan backfire?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 15, 2018

Kevin De León Beats Feinstein for California Democrats' Endorsement
While Senator Dianne Feinstein trounced Mr. de León in the California primary, they will still face off in the November election. The state party's endorsement of Mr. de León reflects the power of liberal activists.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 15, 2018

Feinstein Has Advantages in California Race. De León Now Has Party Leaders.
Though Senator Dianne Feinstein trounced Kevin de León in a primary, they will still face off in November, after party leaders endorsed Mr. de León, reflecting the power of liberal activists.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 15, 2018

Feinstein Has Assets in California Senate Race. De León Now Has Party Leaders.
Though Senator Dianne Feinstein trounced Kevin de León in a primary, they will still face off in November, after party leaders endorsed Mr. de León, reflecting the power of liberal activists.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 15, 2018

California Democratic Party Snubs Feinstein and Endorses Kevin De León
Senator Dianne Feinstein is widely expected to preserve her seat in the midterm elections, but the support for Mr. de León reflects the rise of younger liberal activists.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 14, 2018

Should Democrats Have Saved Their Filibuster for the New Court Fight?
By forcing a showdown last year, Democrats gave Republicans an opening to end the filibuster of Supreme Court nominees. Some wish they had it back.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 14, 2018

Forget Suits. Show the Tattoo. Female Candidates Are Breaking the Rules.
After years of being told to put on a suit and recite their résumé, women running for office are now revealing themselves in more complex ways.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 14, 2018

Women Rewrite the Political Playbook and Run as … Themselves
After years of being told to put on a suit and recite their résumé, women running for office are now revealing themselves in more complex ways.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 14, 2018

These Ads Reveal How Women Candidates Are Changing Campaigns
Candidates like Abby Finkenauer are ditching ads showing them in pantsuits and instead focusing on their personal stories.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 13, 2018

Republicans Had a Plan for Josh Hawley in Missouri. He's Working on It.
Handpicked by party leaders and backed by influential donors, Mr. Hawley has gained recognition and influence in a key state. But there have been growing pains.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 12, 2018

Trump to Appoint a New Liaison to Congress
Shahira Knight, who was deputy director at the National Economic Council under its former director, Gary D. Cohn, will take over as director of White House legislative affairs, officials said.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 12, 2018

Two Senators Call for Investigation of Smart TV Industry
In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, Edward J. Markey and Richard Blumenthal expressed concern that Samba TV wasn't transparent with viewers about data it collected.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 12, 2018

Just Confirm Kavanaugh
How much political capital can Democrats spend on a losing battle?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 11, 2018

Justice Dept. Nominee Who Drew Scrutiny for Russian Bank Work Is Confirmed
Democrats also questioned the experience of Brian Benczkowski, who will lead the department's Criminal Division. His confirmation broke a logjam of pending nominations for top jobs at the department.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 11, 2018

As President Trump Bashes NATO, Republicans Are Largely Silent
Republicans on Capitol Hill said they support the alliance, but they declined to offer opinions on President Trump's slamming of NATO at a breakfast in Brussels.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 11, 2018

Democrats Zero In on Kavanaugh's Defense of Presidential Power
Democrats thought the weakness of a Supreme Court nominee would be health care and abortion. Then came Brett M. Kavanaugh's writings on shielding presidents from investigation.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 11, 2018

Listen to ‘The Daily': Brett Kavanaugh's Change of Heart
President Trump's Supreme Court nominee once made the case for impeaching a president. He now says that was a mistake.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 11, 2018

For Midterms, Supreme Court Political Drama Plays to Its Audience
The clash over Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh's nomination will leave Democratic senators on the defensive, but it could energize the left in House races.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 10, 2018

How Fraught Is Meeting With Russia? Just Ask Republican Senators
Republican senators traveled to Russia over their July 4 recess, preaching conciliation and dialogue. The Russians could not have been more pleased.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 10, 2018

How Fraught Is Meeting With Russia? Just Ask Republican Senators.
Republican senators traveled to Russia over their July 4 recess, preaching conciliation and dialogue. The Russians could not have been more pleased.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 10, 2018

Who Might the Court Fight Help in the Midterms? Democrats. And Republicans.
President Trump's new Supreme Court nominee could help Republicans hold or expand control in the Senate, even as it helps Democrats' chances to take the House.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 10, 2018

Senate Democrats Come Out Swinging in Long-Shot Fight to Block Kavanaugh
Democrats painted the Supreme Court nominee as an arch-conservative who would endanger abortion rights and health care and protect President Trump.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 10, 2018

Kavanaugh Must Answer the Abortion Question
Would he uphold Roe v. Wade?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 10, 2018

Listen to ‘The Daily': Trump Picks Brett Kavanaugh
Given Judge Kavanaugh's conservative record and the political math in the Senate, what happens now?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 10, 2018

What Does the Supreme Court Mean for the Midterm Elections? Here Are 2 Hints
President Trump's selection of Brett Kavanaugh for a Supreme Court vacancy comes just four months before crucial national elections.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 09, 2018

After Kavanaugh, the Deluge
The promises that the conservative legal movement made to the pro-life voters are about to come due.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 09, 2018

There's So Much You Don't Know About Brett Kavanaugh
And you probably won't until it's too late.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 09, 2018

If the Supreme Court is Nakedly Political, Can It Be Just?
Rigidly divided by both ideology and party, the court risks losing public legitimacy.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 09, 2018

The Nominee Is Coming. What Then?
The country's center-left majority "has to actually organize and elect people to office."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 08, 2018

This Is No Time For Liberal Despair
It's time for a bottom-up progressive movement to counter a conservative Supreme Court.

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