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Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 15, 2021

Is It Time for Kyrsten Sinema to Leave the Democratic Party?
The Arizona senator is, at heart, a Democrat of convenience and expediency. She could well break up with the party — before it breaks up with her.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 14, 2021

Democrats Plan Another Bid to Break G.O.P. Voting Rights Filibuster
Senator Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat, announced he would force another vote next week to bring legislation to the floor despite a Republican blockade.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 13, 2021

As Budget Bill Hangs in Limbo, Kyrsten Sinema Heads to Europe
With the Senate out of session, Ms. Sinema, the Democratic senator from Arizona, has been in Europe on a fund-raising trip.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 13, 2021

Democrats Scramble to Keep Immigration Overhaul Alive
Democratic leaders are considering a long-shot proposal intended to get around political and procedural roadblocks to provide temporary legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 13, 2021

Which of These 4 Family Policies Deserves Top Priority?
We asked 18 academics what they would choose if they could pick only one, as Senator Manchin has reportedly advised.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 13, 2021

How to Counter Pro-Trump Extremism
Readers discuss how to combat Trumpism. Also: The F.D.A. decision on e-cigarettes; the port crisis; parents and teenagers; decluttering responsibly.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 13, 2021

Of 4 Family Policies in Democrats' Bill, Which Deserves Priority?
We asked 18 academics what they would choose if they could pick only one, as Senator Manchin has reportedly advised.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 12, 2021

Does the Democratic Party Have a Future?
Democrats are staring down a decade of powerlessness, and some strategists think shutting up about racial injustice and immigration could save them.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 11, 2021

Biden's Proposal to Empower I.R.S. Rattles Banks and Their Customers
To help fund its new initiatives, the Biden administration wants banks to report more customer information. Account holders aren't happy.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 11, 2021

As Democrats Trim Spending Bill, Some Americans Fear Being Left Behind
President Biden had an ambitious agenda to remake the economy. But under the duress of negotiations and Senate rules, he has shelved a series of proposals, some of them indefinitely.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 11, 2021

The Temporary Truce on the Debt Ceiling
Maneuvering over the debt; Indigenous Peoples' Day; China's economy; border crisis; a course in the Beatles; a quieter SoHo; advice, wanted or not.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 11, 2021

There's More Than One Way to Play Dead
The Senate is in a tizzy. Education is in a tizzy. Also, Democratic strategists.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 10, 2021

How Two Bills in Congress Could Have a Major Impact on Climate Action
Legislation aimed at infrastructure and social programs also includes big changes in energy, transportation and disaster preparation. They would amount to the most significant climate action ever taken by the United States.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 10, 2021

The Democrats Are in Danger of a Midterm Rout
With the president's agenda stalled in Congress, many Democratic voters are growing impatient and disillusioned.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 09, 2021

Joe Manchin's Choices on Family Policy
How the conservative Democrat should be negotiating with his party.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 09, 2021

Stop the Debt Ceiling Nonsense
In the fight over the debt ceiling, both political parties are behaving badly, albeit in very different ways.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 09, 2021

Lawmakers See Path to Rein In Tech, but It Isn't Smooth
If what faces Big Tech is anything like what happened to Big Tobacco, the road ahead is likely to be a yearslong battle over proposed rules and regulations.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 08, 2021

Trouble Comes for Big Tech
Will the industry finally have its feet held to the fire?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 08, 2021

McConnell Warns Biden He Won't Help Raise the Debt Ceiling Next Time
A day after agreeing to allow a short-term increase in the federal debt limit to move forward, the Republican leader said Democrats should not expect such cooperation in December.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 08, 2021

Benefits for All or Just the Needy? Manchin's Demand Focuses Debate
As Democrats ponder cutting a $3.5 trillion social safety net bill down to perhaps $2 trillion, a proposal to limit programs to the poor has rekindled a debate on the meaning of government itself.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 08, 2021

Kyrsten Sinema Wants to Cut $100 Billion in Proposed Climate Funds, Sources Say
The Arizona senator, who started in politics as an environmentalist, is one of two centrist Democrats who could make or break a spending bill at the center of President Biden's legislative agenda.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 08, 2021

Lurching from Crisis to Crisis, Congress is Addicted to Cliffs
Lawmakers almost never act until they absolutely must — and even then, they usually punt.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 08, 2021

David Shor Is Telling Democrats What They Don't Want to Hear
His forecasting model shows a looming disaster for Senate Democrats. Are they going to do anything about it?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 08, 2021

With Biden Agenda at Stake, Activists Target Sinema, Dividing Democrats
Progressive activists have adopted more aggressive tactics against Senator Kyrsten Sinema and other centrist holdouts as she declined to answer questions and the stakes for President Biden's agenda have risen.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 07, 2021

Senate Votes to Raise the Debt Ceiling
In a 50-to-48 vote, the Senate passed legislation to raise the debt ceiling through early December. The House is expected to take up the bill on Tuesday.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 07, 2021

Debt Ceiling Bill Approved by Senate
An agreement struck on Thursday allows the government to cover its expenses through early December, but does little to address the crux of the partisan stalemate.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 07, 2021

Senate Approves Bill to Raise Debt Ceiling and Avert Default, for Now
An agreement struck on Thursday allows the government to cover its expenses through early December, but does little to address the crux of the partisan stalemate.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 07, 2021

Senate Leaders Agree to Vote on Short-Term Debt Ceiling Increase
The agreement avoids catastrophic consequences of a default by the federal government, but runs only through early December.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 07, 2021

Senate Leaders Strike a Deal on Debt Ceiling Increase
Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the majority leader, announced that he reached an agreement with Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the minority leader, to raise the federal borrowing limit through early December.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 07, 2021

For the Debt Ceiling, Biden Can End Sabotage Once and for All
The 14th Amendment offers a way out.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 07, 2021

Senate Leaders Agree to Short-Term Debt Ceiling Increase
The agreement avoids catastrophic consequences of a default by the federal government, but runs only through early December.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 07, 2021

Taxing the Rich
Americans strongly favor raising taxes on the rich. Why are Democrats struggling to do so?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 07, 2021

Biden Can End Debt-Ceiling Sabotage Once and for All
The 14th Amendment offers a way out.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 06, 2021

New Details of Trump Pressure on Justice Dept. Over Election
A Senate panel fleshed out how Donald Trump pursued his plan to install a loyalist as acting attorney general to pursue unfounded reports of fraud.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 06, 2021

Senate Nears Agreement to Lift Debt Ceiling Until December
With a default on federal debt as little as 12 days away, Senator Mitch McConnell offered to let Democrats temporarily lift the borrowing limit.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 06, 2021

Mitch's Mini-Moment
The triumph of being less awful than usual.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 06, 2021

Finance Executives Say Risk of Default Is Already Damaging the Economy
Shortly after the C.E.O.s met with President Biden, Senator Mitch McConnell said he would allow Democrats to raise the debt ceiling enough to push a potential default to December.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 06, 2021

What the Debt Ceiling Means for Social Security and More
The Treasury secretary says the government will run out of money to spend if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling. Here's what that could mean for programs that help millions of Americans.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 06, 2021

Finance executives say the risk of a default is already damaging the economy.
Shortly after the C.E.O.s met with President Biden, Senator Mitch McConnell said he would allow Democrats to raise the debt ceiling enough to push a potential default to December.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 06, 2021

Republicans Again Block Debt Ceiling Increase
The proposal offered a way out of the short-term fiscal crisis, and a means for Republicans to defuse criticism that they were acting recklessly, but only put off the threat of a default.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 06, 2021

Senate Republicans Offer to Allow Debt Ceiling Increase Until December
The proposal offered a way out of the short-term fiscal crisis, and a means for Republicans to defuse criticism that they were acting recklessly, but only put off the threat of a default.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 06, 2021

The Professor, the Donors and a Clash at Yale
A battle over academic freedom at Yale. Also: Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona; hazing and assault on campus; bike chaos in New York; Messi's goal.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 06, 2021

As Debt Ceiling Vote Looms, Democrats Reconsider Filibuster
Top Democrats say the Republican refusal to allow a vote to avert a federal default is the most powerful argument yet for weakening the Senate's signature procedural weapon.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 06, 2021

‘We Can Do Better,' Facebook Whistle-Blower Says
Frances Haugen, a former product manager at the company, spent hours detailing to lawmakers how the social network harmed young people. Facebook disagreed with her testimony, but said new rules for the internet were long overdue.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 06, 2021

The Facebook Whistle-Blower Testifies
Congressional testimony by a former employee could be a turning point for the social media giant.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 05, 2021

Biden Calls Curbing Filibuster to Raise Debt Limit ‘a Real Possibility'
Senate Democrats discussed carving out an exception to the 60-vote requirement as they explore ways to overcome Republican opposition.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 05, 2021

Senators Call for More Regulation of Facebook
Republican and Democratic senators voiced support for greater regulation of Facebook and its social media platforms during a hearing in which a whistle-blower warned about wrongdoing inside the company.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 05, 2021

The Cocooning of Kyrsten Sinema
The Arizona senator has undergone a political metamorphosis.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 05, 2021

What Does Mitch McConnell Want in the Debt Ceiling Standoff?
Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, has a long record of tying debt ceiling increases to policy demands. But this time, he has made none.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 05, 2021

Facebook Whistle-Blower Urges Lawmakers to Regulate the Company
Frances Haugen, who left the social network in May and leaked internal documents, gave senators rare insight into its inner workings.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 05, 2021

Biden Scales Back His Agenda in Hopes of Bringing Moderates Onboard
The president has conceded that his $3.5 trillion collection of spending programs and tax cuts will need to shrink to about $2 trillion or less.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 05, 2021

A Safer Social Media ‘Is Possible,' Facebook Whistle-Blower Says
Frances Haugen, a former Facebook product manager, told senators that there were solutions to problems seen across social media platforms and that a safer, free-speech-respecting, more enjoyable social media was possible.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 05, 2021

Lawmakers seek details on accounting firms after a New York Times report.
Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Pramila Jayapal asserted that the firms were "abusing the public trust and taking advantage of the revolving door between public service and private profit."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 05, 2021

Facebook Products ‘Weaken Our Democracy,' Whistle-Blower Says
Frances Haugen, a former product manager for Facebook, testified during a Senate hearing, accusing the company of knowing its platforms are harmful and putting profits before safety.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 05, 2021

What Does Mitch McConnell Want in the Debt Ceiling Discussions?
Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, has a long record of tying debt ceiling increases to policy demands. But with a catastrophic default two weeks away, he has yet to make any.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 05, 2021

Watch Live: Facebook Whistle-Blower Testifies to Congress
Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee, testifies before the Senate after releasing documents showing that Facebook knew how harmful its platforms could be.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 05, 2021

What Time is the Facebook Senate Hearing?
Frances Haugen, a former product manager for Facebook, will argue to protect consumers from a profits-over-safety culture.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 05, 2021

How to Watch the Facebook Senate Whistle-Blower Hearing
Frances Haugen, a former product manager for Facebook, will argue to protect consumers from a profits-over-safety culture.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 05, 2021

As the U.S. Hurtles Toward a Debt Crisis, What Does McConnell Want?
Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, has a long record of tying debt ceiling increases to policy demands. But with a catastrophic default two weeks away, he has yet to make any.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 04, 2021

What's Wrong With Kyrsten Sinema?
There's a difference between being a maverick and being a narcissist.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 04, 2021

Biden Calls Republicans 'Reckless' Over the Debt Limit Increase
The president warned Republicans "not to use procedural tricks to block us from doing the job."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 04, 2021

With Biden's Agenda in the Balance, Lobbying Kicks Into High Gear
Business interests are using ads and other efforts to cajole Democrats to change or kill a $3.5 trillion social policy bill.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 04, 2021

Biden Blasts Republicans Over Debt Limit Increase
President Biden chastised Republican lawmakers for what he called obstruction in raising the debt ceiling, warning that Americans could see the implications as early as this week if Senate Democrats were not able to vote to increase the debt limit.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 04, 2021

Biden says Republicans are being ‘reckless' over the debt limit increase.
Mr. Biden warned Republicans "not to use procedural tricks to block us from doing the job."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 04, 2021

Todd Akin, Whose Senate Bid Collapsed After a Rape Remark, Dies at 74
The former Republican representative from Missouri was widely criticized after saying in 2012 that women's bodies could reject pregnancies that were the result of a sexual assault.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 03, 2021

Progressives in Congress Reject Sen. Manchin's Demands
Liberals rejected demands from moderate Democrats to shrink President Biden's domestic policy agenda by more than half, though they said they were willing to compromise.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 02, 2021

Biden Signs Bill Ending Furlough of 3,700 Transportation Workers
The measure, which extends expiring transportation programs for a month, had originally been part of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill that stalled in the House this week.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 02, 2021

Senate Sends Bill to Biden Ending Furlough of 3,700 Transportation Workers
The measure, which extends expiring transportation programs for a month, had originally been part of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill that stalled in the House this week.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 02, 2021

Jan. 6 Was Worse Than We Knew
The Electoral Count Act needs to be fixed.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 02, 2021

Biden's Agenda in Doubt as He Aids Progressives in Fight With Moderates
Progressives flexed, but remain empty-handed. Moderates feel betrayed. The outcome of their battle could determine Democrats' fate in the midterms and the success of the Biden presidency.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 02, 2021

Biden's Big Vision Collides With His Small Majorities
The president's push for transformative policies is running into the realities of governing with no votes to spare.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 02, 2021

Jan. 6 Was Worse Than It Looked
The Electoral Count Act needs to be fixed.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 02, 2021

Sinema Stars in Her Own Film
The Garbo of the Senate leaves Democrats confused and angry.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 02, 2021

Ted Cruz Is Blocking Biden Nominees
Dozens of nominations have been held up by a fight between the Texas senator and the Biden administration over a Russian gas pipeline project.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 01, 2021

Congress Votes to Avert Government Shutdown
Lawmakers in the Senate and House cleared a short-term spending bill to extend federal funding through early December, avoiding a government shutdown.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 01, 2021

I Know This Is Crazy, but Maybe We Should Live Under Majority Rule
Or at least try it.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 01, 2021

Biden's Slide With Key Voters: Momentary Blip or Danger Sign?
Polls show women and other reliably Democratic voters have soured on the president's performance, raising questions about the causes of dissatisfaction.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Oct 01, 2021

Your Friday Briefing
House Democrats delay a crucial vote.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 30, 2021

Senate Moves to Advance Bill Raising the Debt Limit
Senate Democrats pushed forward with a party-line procedural vote on the measure, but it is all but guaranteed to fail in the face of Republican opposition.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 30, 2021

Biden Signs Short-Term Spending Bill, Averting Government Shutdown
The president signed the stopgap bill on Thursday evening, after both chambers of Congress passed it earlier in the day.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 30, 2021

Lawmakers Blast Facebook Over Its Effect on Children
Senators from both sides of the aisle threw harsh questions at Antigone Davis, Facebook's global head of safety, admonishing her for withholding internal information about how its services hurt young people.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 30, 2021

Consumer Bureau Chief Confirmed in Close Senate Vote
The incoming director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Rohit Chopra, is expected to use his position to rein in financial firms.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 30, 2021

Senate Votes to Avert Government Shutdown
The Senate passed a short-term spending bill to extend federal funding through early December, avoiding a government shutdown at midnight.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 30, 2021

Facebook's Strategies to Hook Our Kids are Dangerous
Getting children hooked on social media is a bad idea.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 30, 2021

Manchin Voices Support for a Slimmer Social Safety Net Bill
Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia for the first time stated publicly how much funding he would support in a reconciliation bill focused on social programs, saying that he could not vote for a package costing more than $1.5 trillion.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 30, 2021

Manchin Says He'll Support $1.5 Trillion Spending Bill


Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 30, 2021

Senate Passes Short-Term Spending Bill to Avert Government Shutdown
The legislation passed 65 to 35, and now heads to the House, where it is also expected to be approved, clearing it for President Biden's signature.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 30, 2021

Supreme Court to Hear Ted Cruz's Campaign Finance Challenge
The justices will also consider a dispute over whether Boston was entitled to turn down a private group's request to raise a Christian flag in front of its City Hall.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 30, 2021

Senate to Vote on Amendment to Curtail Aid to Afghans Who Fled Taliban Rule
The amendment by Senator Tom Cotton would have cut off aid by the end of March 2023.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 30, 2021

Biden and Pelosi Attend Congressional Baseball Game
President Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi were seen cheering on the sideline and talking to players at the annual Congressional Baseball Game as they tried to salvage two crucial pieces of Mr. Biden's domestic agenda.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 30, 2021

Watch Live: Congress Votes on Spending Bill
Parts of the government that operate under the discretion of Congress's annual spending process will run out of money if a stopgap spending bill does not pass.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 30, 2021

Watch Live: Facebook Executive Testifies at Senate Hearing
Antigone Davis, Facebook's global head of safety, faces questions from lawmakers about Instagram's effect on teenagers, addressing accusations that Facebook has known for years that its photo-sharing app has caused mental and emotional harm.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 30, 2021

Congress Races to Avert Government Shutdown, With Biden's Agenda in the Balance
The House and Senate are both expected to pass short-term bills to fund the government, but a planned infrastructure vote is in limbo amid deep party divisions.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 30, 2021

Facebook to Face Senate Grilling Over Instagram's Effects on Teens
The company faces accusations that it hid research showing the mental and emotional harm its photo-sharing app Instagram has had on teenagers.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 30, 2021

The Daily: Here Are The Democrats Who Might Block Biden's Infrastructure Plan
A key vote on one of the president's top priorities is approaching, but now members of his own party are threatening to block it. Here's why.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 29, 2021

Facebook Downplays Internal Research Released on Eve of Hearing
The social network published its findings about Instagram's effect on young users, as senators prepared to question an executive on Thursday.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 29, 2021

Democrats Move to Avert Shutdown, but Divisions Imperil Biden's Agenda
Democrats prepared a spending bill to keep the government funded past a Thursday deadline, but moderates dug in harder against their ambitious social safety net bill.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 29, 2021

Republicans at Odds Over Infrastructure Bill as Vote Approaches
With a bipartisan infrastructure bill set for a Thursday vote in the House, a campaign by business groups and some Senate Republicans to secure G.O.P. support may be the measure's last hope.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 29, 2021

Kyrsten Sinema Faces a Growing Revolt From Her Former Supporters
The centrist senator is key to President Biden's agenda in Washington. Her positions have angered some Democrats back home.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Sep 29, 2021

I'm One of Biden's Advisers. Here's How I Think About His Economic Agenda.
For decades, politicians have rewarded wealth over work, putting big corporate interests above working families. That has to stop.

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