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Politics - U.S. House
Oct 23, 2021

Biden's Compromise on Spending Bills Could Have Consequences
The president pushed for an expansive agenda knowing that he would most likely have to pare it back, leaving a sense of disappointment that could hurt his party at the polls.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 23, 2021

Biden the Dealmaker Finds That Compromise Can Have Consequences
The president pushed for an expansive agenda knowing that he would most likely have to pare it back, leaving a sense of disappointment that could hurt his party at the polls.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 22, 2021

Democrats Consider Billionaires Tax
Senator Kyrsten Sinema's refusal to raise rates on high earners and major corporations has led Democrats to consider proposals once championed only by the party's most liberal flank.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 22, 2021

Biden Bolsters Senate Filibuster Foes, but a Fight May Wait
The president's criticism of the Senate tactic was a recognition that legislating has become nearly impossible when the filibuster is routine.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 22, 2021

Canceled by M.I.T.: The Professor's Talk
Readers oppose what one calls "the trend on college campuses to censor disagreeable speakers." Also: Protest songs; Steve Bannon.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 22, 2021

Canceled by M.I.T: The Professor's Talk
Readers oppose what one calls "the trend on college campuses to censor disagreeable speakers." Also: Protest songs; Steve Bannon.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 22, 2021

Biden Crafts a Climate Plan B: Tax Credits, Regulation and State Action
The new strategy could deeply cut greenhouse gases that are heating the planet but it will still face considerable political, logistical and legal hurdles.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 21, 2021

Biden Is Open to Scrapping Filibuster for Voting Rights Bill ‘and Maybe More'
The president said any push to "fundamentally alter" the Senate's 60-vote threshold would have to wait until after Congress passed his vast spending agenda.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 21, 2021

Elizabeth Warren asked the Fed to release its March 2020 ethics warning about trading.
Ms. Warren, a Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, asked the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors to release an email sent to reserve banks.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 21, 2021

Two Top Federal Prosecutors Join Matt Gaetz Case
The move by the department is a sign of the complex and high-stakes nature of the sex trafficking investigation into Representative Gaetz, a close ally of Donald Trump.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 21, 2021

Kevin McCarthy or Liz Cheney? Consultants Forced to Choose
The message, delivered by a lobbyist close to the House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, has already led one Republican firm to cut ties.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 21, 2021

House Finds Bannon in Contempt for Defying Jan. 6 Inquiry Subpoena
The vote came after a bitterly partisan debate over the Capitol attack and as Republicans sought to deflect questions about Donald J. Trump's role in the violence.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 21, 2021

Stocks Hit a Record as Investors See Progress Toward a Spending Deal
After weeks of fluctuations driven in part by Washington gridlock, share prices hit another high and put a dismal September in the rearview mirror.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 21, 2021

Elizabeth Warren asks the Fed to release its March 2020 ethics warning about trading.
Ms. Warren, a Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, asked the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors to release an email sent to reserve banks.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 21, 2021

‘Ordinary Citizens' Turned Rioters on Jan. 6
Readers react to an account of 90 seconds of violence at the Capitol. Also: Voting rights; Parler; the Jefferson statue; older drivers; filing cabinets.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 21, 2021

How Republicans Are Weaponizing Critical Race Theory Ahead of Midterms
Republicans hope that concerns about critical race theory can help them in the midterm elections. The issue has torn apart one Wisconsin suburb.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 21, 2021

Elizabeth Warren asks the Fed to release its March 2020 ethics warning regarding trading.
Ms. Warren, a Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, asked the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors to release an email sent to reserve banks.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 21, 2021

5 Veterans Quit Kyrsten Sinema's Advisory Council
The furious members accused the Arizona Democrat of "answering to big donors rather than your own people," in the latest sign of the political pressure she faces.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 21, 2021

Democrats' Campaign to Control Drug Prices Nears Collapse
Democrats have made giving government the power to negotiate drug prices a central campaign theme for decades. With the power to make it happen, they may fall short yet again.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 20, 2021

Biden Backs Compromise to Achieve His Vast Social Agenda
The president's trip to Scranton, Pa., comes as Democrats close in on a deal to advance two bills carrying a scaled-back version of his domestic policy priorities.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 20, 2021

Democrats Back Away From Raising Tax Rates to Pay for Agenda
Responding to concerns from a key centrist, Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, the White House and leading Democrats are instead discussing a range of other taxes to pay for the plan.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 20, 2021

Joe Manchin and the Democratic Party's Complicated Relationship
If the Biden agenda has a future, it depends on everyone in the caucus being on board.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 20, 2021

Democrats Search for Path on Voting Rights Amid Republican Blockade
Backers of the legislation said they were not giving up as they shifted focus to the need to "restore" the Senate.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 20, 2021

Biden's Pick for Education Dept.'s Civil Rights Chief Squeaks Through Senate
Catherine E. Lhamon, who had held the post under the Obama administration, faced a G.O.P. wall over her views on transgender students' rights and how to address sexual assault on campus.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 20, 2021

Rahm Emanuel Stresses Japan's Role in U.S. Foreign Policy
Mr. Emanuel, nominee for United States ambassador to Japan, faced a Senate confirmation hearing where he testified that the partnership between the two countries would determine the future of American foreign policy in the region.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 20, 2021

Rahm Emanuel Questioned About Police Killing of a Black Teenager
Rahm Emanuel, a former mayor of Chicago and President Biden's nominee for United States ambassador to Japan, was asked about the murder of Laquan McDonald during his Senate confirmation hearing.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 20, 2021

Senate G.O.P. Blocks Voting Rights Bill for Third Time This Year
The third filibuster of such a measure underscored how the legislation is unlikely to move forward without a change in Senate rules.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 20, 2021

Biden Heads to Scranton to Sell a Shrinking Agenda
The president's trip comes as Democrats circle in on a deal to advance two bills carrying a scaled-back version of his domestic policy priorities

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 20, 2021

Burns Calls for a Mix of Competition and Cooperation with China
"Beijing proclaims that the East is rising, and the West is in decline," said R. Nicholas Burns, President Biden's nominee to be the U.S. ambassador to China. "I'm confident in our own country."

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 20, 2021

‘Promises Made Just Have to Be Promises Kept': Black Colleges Feel Stung by Democrats
A rift is forming over a plan to provide only $2 billion out of the $20 billion President Biden proposed to help level the playing field in his social spending package.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 20, 2021

House Democrats Are Retiring as Party Fears Losing Majority
As they survey a grim political landscape for their party, three senior House Democrats opt for retirement and lament the factionalism within their ranks.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 19, 2021

House Panel Recommends Contempt Charge for Stephen Bannon
The committee scrutinizing the Jan. 6 Capitol riot said the former White House counselor had "multiple roles relevant to this investigation."

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 19, 2021

Democrats, Scaling Back Budget Bill, Press for Compromise by Week's End
As they worked to shrink their marquee domestic policy bill, President Biden told Democrats that a proposal to provide two years of free community college would most likely have to be dropped.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 19, 2021

Republicans Set to Block Voting Bill Again, Raising Stakes on Filibuster
Lawmakers and activists are becoming increasingly alarmed that the proposed legislation will stall and put Democrats at a disadvantage in coming elections.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 19, 2021

Trump's Claim of Executive Privilege in the Jan. 6 Inquiry, Explained
A new lawsuit by the ex-president and a move to hold Stephen Bannon in contempt of Congress are raising untested issues about secrecy powers.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 19, 2021

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska Indicted in Campaign Finance Case
Representative Jeff Fortenberry, Republican of Nebraska, was accused of lying to F.B.I. agents investigating illegal foreign donations. He said he would fight the charges.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 19, 2021

What We Learned in the Latest Campaign Cash Reports
Financial disclosures show who has the early money edge in key races, as well as the value of a Trump endorsement.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 19, 2021

Trump's Claim of Executive Privilege in the Jan. 6. Inquiry, Explained
A new lawsuit by the ex-president and a move to hold Stephen Bannon in contempt of Congress are raising untested issues about secrecy powers.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 19, 2021

Democrats to Scale Back Proposal for Banks to Report Account Balances to IRS
Under the new plan, banks would only be required to provide data on accounts with total annual deposits or withdrawals worth more than $10,000, not including payroll and beneficiary deposits, rather than the $600 threshold that was initially proposed.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 18, 2021

What Joe Manchin Wants the Domestic Policy Bill to Look Like
The West Virginia Democrat could decide the fate of President Biden's top legislative priority, and he has not been shy about outlining the kinds of changes he wants to see.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 18, 2021

Biden's Paid Leave Plan at Risk as Lawmakers Seek Cuts
An initial proposal to offer workers 12 weeks of paid leave could be whittled down as Democrats try to trim their $3.5 trillion social policy bill.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 18, 2021

Trump Sues to Block Release of White House Papers to Jan. 6 Inquiry
The case raises novel constitutional questions about the scope of an ex-president's executive privilege powers if the current president disagrees.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 18, 2021

I'm the President of the National Taxpayers Union. Be Careful With I.R.S. Reform.
The I.R.S. needs more resources. But it also needs to protect taxpayer rights.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 18, 2021

Decoding Kyrsten Sinema's Style
Sometimes a dress is just a dress. Sometimes it's a strategy.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 18, 2021

How Not to Reform the I.R.S.
The I.R.S. needs more resources. But it also needs to protect taxpayer rights.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 18, 2021

Explaining the Impact of Redistricting in Texas, Visually
When Texas Republicans revealed their new congressional map last month, our reporters and graphics editors used maps and data to examine the effects.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 17, 2021

As Manchin Blocks Climate Plan, His State Can't Hold Back Floods
As the senator thwarts Democrats' major push to reduce warming, new data shows West Virginia is more exposed to worsening floods than anywhere else in the country.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 17, 2021

Last Chance to Save American Democracy
This season of oppression is very likely the beginning of an era of oppression — unless Congress intervenes.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 17, 2021

Concerns About Diversity as Black Staff Members Leave Congress
Low pay, a high cost of living and an insulated culture make it hard for Black aides to build a career in Congress.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 17, 2021

How Democrats Should Sell Themselves to Avoid Electoral Disaster
Sampling the responses to Ezra Klein's column. Also: Children who've lost caregivers to Covid; an exercise ethic.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 16, 2021

Democrats Weigh Carbon Tax After Manchin Rejects Key Climate Provision
Faced with the likely demise of a central pillar of President Biden's agenda, the White House and outraged lawmakers are scrambling to find alternatives.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 16, 2021

Democrats Work to Sell an Unfinished Bill
As President Biden and his allies in Congress work to whittle down the size of their ambitious domestic plans, Democrats must sell a bill without knowing precisely what will be in it.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 16, 2021

Pramila Jayapal Won't Let the Biden Presidency Fail
In the infrastructure negotiations, the leader of the House progressive caucus has shown a willingness to play hardball.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 16, 2021

Money Floods the Race for Control of Congress, More Than a Year Early
The main House war chests for both Democrats and Republicans have a combined $128 million in the bank — more than double the sum at this point in 2020.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 16, 2021

Why Wasn't Biden's Child Tax Credit More Popular?
The president needs to make the case for a big expansion of government spending.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 16, 2021

Funding Fight Threatens Plan to Pump Billions Into Affordable Housing
A federal voucher program is at risk of being sharply scaled back as the White House seeks to slash its social policy package to appease two centrist senators.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 15, 2021

Key to Biden's Climate Agenda Like to Be Cut Because of Manchin
The West Virginia Democrat told the White House he is firmly against a clean electricity program that is the muscle behind the president's plan to battle climate change.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 15, 2021

Testimony at Lev Parnas Trial Offers Peek at His Place in Trump's Orbit
Among other things, Adam Laxalt, a U.S. Senate candidate in Nevada, described his suspicions about a donation to his run for governor in 2018.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 15, 2021

Illinois Democrats Propose New Gerrymandered Congressional Maps
The districts would be among the most gerrymandered in the country. The Republican-friendly seat held by Representative Adam Kinzinger, a Trump antagonist, would be eliminated.

Politics - U.S. House
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. House
Oct 14, 2021

Jan. 6 Panel Moves to Recommend Criminal Charges Against Bannon
The House select committee investigating the Capitol riot will vote next week to recommend a criminal contempt of Congress charge against Stephen K. Bannon after he defied a subpoena.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 14, 2021

Jan. 6 Panel Sets Vote to Recommend Criminal Charges Against Bannon
The House select committee investigating the Capitol riot will vote next week to recommend a criminal contempt of Congress charge against Stephen K. Bannon after he defied a subpoena.

Politics - U.S. House
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. House
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. House
Oct 13, 2021

Jan. 6 Panel Subpoenas Jeffrey Clark, Former Justice Dept. Official
The committee asked for testimony and documents from the little-known former official who pressed his colleagues to pursue Donald J. Trump's election fraud claims.

Politics - U.S. House
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. House
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. House
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. House
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. House
Oct 12, 2021

House Approves Debt Ceiling Increase
The House voted 219 to 206 on Tuesday to raise the federal borrowing limit by $480 billion, which the Treasury Department has estimated is enough to last until at least Dec. 3.

Politics - U.S. House
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. House
Oct 12, 2021

John Yarmuth of Kentucky, House Budget Chairman, Announces Retirement
Mr. Yarmuth, the lone Democrat in his state's congressional delegation and a key proponent of President Biden's domestic agenda, said he would not seek re-election.

Politics - U.S. House
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. House
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. House
Oct 11, 2021

Lawmakers Press to Rescue Afghan Relatives of U.S. Troops
Members of Congress who helped evacuate Afghans who worked with U.S. forces turn their focus to their stranded relatives.

Politics - U.S. House
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. House
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. House
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. House
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. House
Oct 09, 2021

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

Politics - U.S. House
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. House
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. House
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. House
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. House
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. House
Oct 08, 2021

Jan. 6 Panel Threatens to Pursue Charges Against Bannon
After Stephen K. Bannon refused to comply with a subpoena, the committee investigating the Capitol riot said it would consider recommending contempt of Congress charges.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 08, 2021

Steve Bannon Rebuffs Subpoena from Jan. 6, Capitol Riot Inquiry
The refusal of the former adviser to President Donald J. Trump to comply with a subpoena raises the prospect of a legal battle for evidence in the inquiry.

Politics - U.S. House
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. House
Oct 08, 2021

Bannon Rebuffs Subpoena from Jan. 6 Inquiry
The refusal of the former adviser to President Donald J. Trump to comply with a subpoena raises the prospect of a legal battle for evidence in the inquiry.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 08, 2021

Liberal Voters Hold Firm to Biden's Stronger Safety Net
In the deep-blue Seattle district represented by Pramila Jayapal, a leading progressive in Congress, voters see the Democrats' left wing as ascendant and want it to play hardball against moderates.

Politics - U.S. House
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. House
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. House
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. House
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. House
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. House
Oct 07, 2021

Trump Tells Former Aides to Defy Subpoenas From Jan. 6 Panel
The select committee also sent subpoenas to two "Stop the Steal" organizers and a group affiliated with the event that preceded the mob violence.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 07, 2021

Jan. 6 Panel Issues More Subpoenas Focusing on Rally Before Capitol Riot
The committee is seeking information from two "Stop the Steal" organizers and a group affiliated with the event that preceded the mob violence.

Politics - U.S. House
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. House
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. House
Oct 07, 2021

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

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