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Politics - U.S. House
Aug 23, 2019

Lessons on Law and Ethics From McConnell?
Readers react skeptically to the majority leader's Op-Ed defending the filibuster. Also: Planned Parenthood and a new Trump administration rule.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 23, 2019

A Kennedy-Markey Primary? Massachusetts Is Jolted
With the state gripped by the possibility of another Kennedy campaigning for Senate, the incumbent is not backing down: "Oh, I'm running."

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 23, 2019

Don't Kill the Filibuster
Democracy isn't just about majority rule.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 22, 2019

John Hickenlooper Will Run for Senate in Colorado, a Key Target for Democrats
With his announcement on Thursday, Mr. Hickenlooper instantly became one of the Democrats' best hopes in their quest to retake the Senate next year.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 22, 2019

Mitch McConnell: The Filibuster Plays a Crucial Role in Our Constitutional Order
Democrats who want to change Senate rules for temporary political gain will rue the day, as they have before.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 21, 2019

A Former Congressman and Tea Party Republican Considers a Challenge to Trump
Joe Walsh, now a conservative radio show host, is expected to announce a primary challenge to Mr. Trump.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 21, 2019

Trump's Waffling on Gun Control Confuses Legislative Picture
Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, is caught between some members of his party opposing gun legislation and others working with Democrats.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 21, 2019

Pompeo Fuels Further Talk of Senate Race
Many Republicans hope the secretary of state, who met with prominent members of the party on Tuesday, will run for the Senate from Kansas.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 20, 2019

Italy's Prime Minister Announces His Resignation
In an address to the Senate in Rome, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy said he would offer his resignation to the president.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 20, 2019

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Al Franken
We asked the Democratic presidential candidate how her decision to call for the resignation of a Senate colleague may have affected her campaign and her party.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 19, 2019

Rethinking the Filibuster, and the Senate Itself
Readers react to an Op-Ed by former Senator Harry Reid calling for an end to the filibuster.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 19, 2019

El Paso, Two Weeks Later
The residents of this city have shown the kind of grace we need from people in power.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 19, 2019

A Push to Let the U.S. Charge Foreign Officials With Bribery
A new bill in Congress seeks to expand a prohibition that covers Americans who pay bribes but not the foreigners who accept them.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 17, 2019

Joseph Kennedy III Said to Be Eying Edward Markey's Massachusetts Senate Seat
Mr. Kennedy, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, paid for a poll last month to test his prospects against Mr. Markey, a Democratic official said.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 16, 2019

Lawmakers Accuse State Dept. of Defying Federal Law by Missing Deadlines for Yemen Reports
The State Department is refusing to submit reports mandated by Congress detailing efforts by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 16, 2019

La ley antiboicot que usó Israel para impedir la visita de congresistas
Desde 2017, el país ha usado esta ley para negarles la entrada a los extranjeros que apoyan el movimiento Boicot, Desinversiones y Sanciones.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 16, 2019

Is the Senate Really Not ‘Good Enough'?
Several high-profile Democrats would rather hold on to their low-polling presidential campaigns instead of running for the Senate. Has it lost its appeal?

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 16, 2019

Why Are These Democrats Too Good for the Senate?
Several high-profile Democrats would rather hold on to their low-polling presidential campaigns instead of running for the Senate. Has it lost its appeal?

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 16, 2019

Trump and Netanyahu Put Bipartisan Support for Israel at Risk
After the president enlists Benjamin Netanyahu to deny entry to two Muslim members of Congress, both parties warn that bipartisan support for Israel is in danger.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 16, 2019

King Bibi Bows Before a Tweet
After Trump cowed the Israeli leader into reversing course on Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the biggest loser was Israel itself.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 16, 2019

Rashida Tlaib Says She Won't Visit West Bank Under Israel's Conditions
Israel said on Friday that Ms. Tlaib could visit her grandmother in the West Bank if she agreed not to "promote boycotts." Ms. Tlaib canceled her trip.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 16, 2019

Israel Says Rashida Tlaib Can Visit to See Her Grandmother
Israel had denied entry to two Congress members, Ms. Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, for supporting a boycott movement. The government now says Ms Tlaib can enter.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 16, 2019

Tlaib Renounces Trip to West Bank Under Israel's Conditions
Israel said Ms. Tlaib could visit her grandmother in the West Bank if she agreed not to "promote boycotts." Ms. Tlaib initially agreed then canceled.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 15, 2019

The Anti-Boycott Law Israel Used to Bar Both Omar and Tlaib
The nation has used the 2017 law to deny entry to some foreign supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 15, 2019

The Law Israel Used to Bar Omar and Tlaib
Israel has used the law, passed in 2017, to deny entry to outspoken foreign supporters of a movement to boycott the country.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 15, 2019

The Law Israel Used to Initially Bar Both Omar and Tlaib
Israel has used the 2017 law to deny entry to foreign supporters of a movement to boycott the country. But it later said Representative Rashida Tlaib could enter on humanitarian grounds.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 15, 2019

The Law Israel Used to Initially Bar Omar and Tlaib
Israel has used the 2017 law to deny entry to foreign supporters of a movement to boycott the country. But it later said Representative Rashida Tlaib could enter on humanitarian grounds.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 15, 2019

The Law Israel Used to Keep Omar and Tlaib Out
Israel has used the law, passed in 2017, to deny entry to outspoken foreign supporters of a movement to boycott the country.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 15, 2019

Israeli Decision on Omar and Tlaib Inflames Politics in Two Countries
Mr. Trump's call to bar the two congresswomen was an extraordinary step to influence an allied nation and punish his political opponents at home.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 15, 2019

John Hickenlooper, Ending Presidential Bid, Will Give Senate ‘Serious Thought'
Mr. Hickenlooper's presidential campaign failed to gain traction. He is eyeing the Republican-held Senate seat in Colorado, a major target for Democrats.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 15, 2019

John Hickenlooper to End Struggling Presidential Campaign
Mr. Hickenlooper has been seriously considering a run for the Republican-held Senate seat in Colorado, a major target for Democrats.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 14, 2019

Trump Weighs Action on Gun Control. But It's Still a Theoretical Discussion.
The president is facing pushback from gun rights advocates and some of his advisers. But he could follow his pattern of abruptly dropping the idea of doing something after talking about it for weeks.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 14, 2019

Steve King, Opposing All Abortions, Asks if There Would Be ‘Any Population' Without Rape and Incest
Mr. King, who represents a deeply conservative district in Iowa, was discussing his opposition to exceptions for rape and incest in anti-abortion legislation.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 14, 2019

Steve King Asks if There Would Be ‘Any Population' Left Without Rape and Incest
Mr. King, who represents a deeply conservative district in Iowa, was discussing his opposition to exceptions for rape and incest in anti-abortion legislation.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 14, 2019

Steve King Asks if There Would Be ‘Any Population' Without Rape and Incest
Mr. King, who represents a deeply conservative district in Iowa, was discussing his opposition to exceptions for rape and incest in anti-abortion legislation.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 14, 2019

Joe Walsh: Trump Needs a Primary Challenge
The case for a contender from the right.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 13, 2019

Paul Findley, Congressman Behind War Powers Act, Dies at 98
The main author of the resolution that limited a president's ability to wage war, he also made overtures to the Arab world and earned the opposition of the pro-Israel lobby.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 13, 2019

John Hickenlooper Mulling Ending Presidential Bid to Run for Senate
Mr. Hickenlooper, who has remained near the bottom of the Democratic field, is in discussions to challenge Colorado's Republican senator, Cory Gardner.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 13, 2019

The New Threat to Endangered Species? The Trump Administration
New rules will weaken the landmark law intended to save plants and animals on the brink.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 13, 2019

Keeping Focus on Gun Bills, Democrats Urge McConnell and Senate to Act
Six prominent Democrats urge the Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, to take up bills the House already passed to extend background checks.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 13, 2019

The House v. Trump: Stymied Lawmakers Increasingly Battle in the Courts
Lawmakers say President Trump's disregard for their authority leaves them no choice but to use the courts with greater frequency, but that could have constitutional consequences.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 12, 2019

Democrats Want to Revive a Ban on Assault Weapons
But with Republicans in charge of the Senate and President Trump in the White House, an assault weapons ban has little chance of being signed into law before 2021.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 12, 2019

Harry Reid: The Filibuster Is Suffocating the Will of the American People
To save our country's future, Democrats must abolish this arcane Senate rule.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 12, 2019

Hate Crimes Are Slipping Through the Cracks
The mothers of Heather Heyer and Khalid Jabara want federal legislation to improve reporting.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 12, 2019

The Republican Climate Closet
When will believers in global warming come out?

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 12, 2019

The Freshmen: Mikie Sherrill
An outspoken progressive wing in the House has seized the country's attention. But the path to power for Democrats may depend on moderates, who have a very different vision for the party. Meet one of them.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 11, 2019

How to Stop Trump's Trade War Madness
Congress has the authority to limit the president's reckless endangerment of the economy.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 11, 2019

After El Paso Shooting, Will Voters Revisit Beto O'Rourke?
The presidential candidate is back in the spotlight after a tragedy in a city that is core to his personal and political identity.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 09, 2019

Past Flip-Flops Cloud Trump's Position on Background Checks
Whether the president's support is real or another momentary reversal will determine if Congress passes the first new federal gun control measures in years.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 08, 2019

McConnell Expresses New Willingness to Consider Background Check Bill
The Senate majority leader did not back the legislation, but he said the chamber would consider it when lawmakers come back into session next month.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 08, 2019

Trump Weighs New Stance on Guns Amid Changing Politics
The president is consulting allies about supporting expanded background checks. Mitch McConnell said the idea would be "front and center" when the Senate reconvenes.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 08, 2019

Trump Weighs New Stance on Guns as Pressure Mounts After Shootings
The president is consulting allies about supporting expanded background checks. Mitch McConnell said the idea would be "front and center" when the Senate reconvenes.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 08, 2019

Twitter Locks Out Mitch McConnell's Campaign for Posting Video of Protest
The campaign posted a video of people making violent threats against the majority leader in front of his Louisville home. Twitter said the video violated its policy.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 08, 2019

Twitter Unlocks Mitch McConnell's Campaign Account After Pressure
The campaign posted a video of people making violent threats against the majority leader. Twitter said the video violated its policy, but restored the tweet after a review.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 08, 2019

‘The Squad' Is the Future of the Democratic Party
You can credit social movements for that.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 07, 2019

Why Doesn't America Know More About Gun Safety?
Congress can resolve an enduring problem: the lack of federal funding for research on guns.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 07, 2019

U.S. Orders Freeze of Foreign Aid, Bypassing Congress
The Office of Management and Budget is reviewing the use of the money, suggesting that it could cut the funding entirely.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 06, 2019

Senators Call on M.L.B. for More Transparency on Foul Ball Injuries
Senators Richard Durbin and Tammy Duckworth wrote a letter to Commissioner Rob Manfred urging him to release data on which seats at ballparks are most vulnerable to dangerous line drives.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 06, 2019

How the El Paso Shooting Exposes the Rifts in Texas Politics
In areas like Sugar Land, Tex., a burgeoning multiethnic population and suburbanites repelled by President Trump are giving Democrats more hope.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 06, 2019

‘Red Flag' Gun Control Bills Pick Up Momentum With G.O.P. in Congress
Republicans, seeking a response to this weekend's massacres, are coalescing around such bills to help law enforcement take guns from those who pose an imminent danger.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 05, 2019

One Man Could Decide Washington's Response to Gun Violence: Mitch McConnell
After President Trump stopped short of a broad legislative response to the weekend's massacres, lawmakers in both parties said Mr. McConnell held the key.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 05, 2019

Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul Are Recovering From Medical Treatment
Mr. McConnell fractured his shoulder while Mr. Paul had surgery to have part of his lung removed. Both senators are recovering in their home state of Kentucky, their teams said.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 05, 2019

Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul Are Recovering From Medical Procedures
Mr. McConnell fractured his shoulder while Mr. Paul had surgery to have part of his lung removed. Both senators are recovering in their home state of Kentucky, their teams said.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 05, 2019

Senators Urge Google to Give Temporary Workers Full-Time Status
Temps and contractors outnumber permanent employees at the company, allowing it to maintain labor flexibility and save money.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 05, 2019

Trump Calls for ‘Strong Background Checks' After Mass Shootings
President Trump's comments, made in an early morning Twitter post, come as the country mourns two deadly mass shootings over the weekend in Texas and Ohio.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 05, 2019

Trump Calls for ‘Strong Background Checks' but Ties Them to Immigration Laws
President Trump's comments, made in an early morning Twitter post, come as the country mourns two deadly mass shootings over the weekend in Texas and Ohio.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 05, 2019

Trump Condemns White Supremacy but Doesn't Propose Gun Laws After Shootings
President Trump addressed a country in mourning after mass shootings in Texas and Ohio killed 29 people. "Our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy," he said.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 05, 2019

Trump Condemns White Supremacy but Stops Short of Major Gun Controls
President Trump addressed a country in mourning after mass shootings in Texas and Ohio killed 31 people. "In one voice our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy," he said.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 05, 2019

Trump Condemns White Supremacy but Stops Short on Major Gun Control
President Trump addressed a country in mourning after mass shootings in Texas and Ohio killed 29 people. "Our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy," he said.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 05, 2019

Trump Wants ‘Strong Background Checks' After Mass Shootings but Ties Them to Immigration Laws
President Trump's comments, made in an early morning Twitter post, come as the country mourns two deadly mass shootings over the weekend in Texas and Ohio.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 05, 2019

Steve King Narrowly Won His Last Race. His Challenger, J.D. Scholten, Is Running Again.
Mr. King, who has a history of racist remarks, has been elected to the House nine times, but Mr. Scholten came within 10,000 votes of toppling him in 2018.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 05, 2019

Steve King Narrowly Won in Iowa in 2018. Now His Challenger Will Run Again.
Mr. King, who has a history of racist remarks, has been elected to the House nine times, but J.D. Scholten came within 10,000 votes of toppling him in 2018.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 05, 2019

J.D. Scholten Almost Beat Steve King in 2018. Now He's Running Again.
Mr. King, an Iowa congressman with a history of racist remarks, has been elected nine times, but Mr. Scholten came within 10,000 votes of toppling him last year.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 05, 2019

A Fourth Texas Republican Congressman Plans to Retire in 2020
The departure of Representative Kenny Marchant, who has represented the suburbs around Dallas and Fort Worth since 2005, sets the stage for another highly competitive Texas House race in 2005.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 05, 2019

A Fourth Texas Republican Congressman Will Retire in 2020
The departure of Kenny Marchant, who represents the suburbs around Dallas and Fort Worth, sets the stage for another highly competitive Texas House race.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 05, 2019

Kenny Marchant Will Be Fourth Texas Republican Congressman to Retire in 2020
The departure of Mr. Marchant, who represents the suburbs around Dallas and Fort Worth, sets the stage for another highly competitive Texas House race.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 04, 2019

How Gun Control Groups Are Catching Up to the N.R.A.
The gun lobby has structural advantages and a Senate aligned with its stance. But activists have increased financing and grass-roots energy as they pursue their cause.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 04, 2019

Back-to-Back Bursts of Gun Violence in El Paso and Dayton Stun Country
In a country that has become nearly numb to men with guns opening fire in schools, at concerts and in churches, shooting in Texas and Ohio left the public shaken.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 04, 2019

Back-to-Back Outbreaks of Gun Violence in El Paso and Dayton Stun Country
In a country that has become nearly numb to men with guns opening fire in schools, at concerts and in churches, shooting in Texas and Ohio left the public shaken.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 03, 2019

McConnell Promised to End Senate Gridlock. Instead, Republicans Are Stuck in Neutral.
The Senate, once known as "the world's greatest deliberative body," is operating as Senator Mitch McConnell would like: as an approval factory for President Trump's nominees.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 02, 2019

Embattled Ocasio-Cortez Aides Are Leaving Capitol Hill
Two of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's top aides are leaving her office after clashing with elected House members and pursuing primary challenges.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 02, 2019

Deprived of Power, House Republicans Head for the Exits
Six House Republicans announced retirements over the last two weeks, making the road to a G.O.P. majority that much steeper and the conference that much whiter and more male.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 02, 2019

Conservatives Are Hiding Their ‘Loathing' Behind Our Flag
The molten core of right-wing nationalism is the furious denial of America's unalterably multiracial, multicultural national character.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 02, 2019

Identity Politics Roil Most Diverse House Democratic Caucus Ever
The staff struggles at the House Democratic campaign arm point up a fundamental issue: As the caucus celebrates its diversity, its majority relies on white districts.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 01, 2019

Will Hurd, Only Black Republican in House, Is Retiring From Congress
Mr. Hurd was one of a few Republicans to condemn President Trump's attacks on four freshman Democratic congresswomen.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 01, 2019

Why Not Cory Booker?
He's winning the debates and he's great on paper. When will he catch on?

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 01, 2019

Despite Deficit Worries, Senate Gives Final Approval to Spending Increases
The Senate gave final approval to a two-year budget deal that would lift the federal debt limit and raise spending by hundreds of billions of dollars.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 01, 2019

Support for Impeachment Inquiry Grows in the House
The trickle of Democrats backing an impeachment inquiry is threatening to turn into a flood, but there are few signs the rising tide will sway House Democratic leaders.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 01, 2019

On the Border Wall, the Supreme Court Caves to Trump
Increasingly, the court risks becoming identified as the president's lap dog.

Politics - U.S. House
Aug 01, 2019

Is Impeachment Finally Happening?
And the columnists answer your questions.

Politics - U.S. House
Jul 31, 2019

Joe Biden Did Fine, and That Might Have Been Enough
The former vice president had a lot to prove. To those who had written him off after the first debate, he had this to say: "malarkey."

Politics - U.S. House
Jul 31, 2019

Kelly Craft Is Confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to United Nations
Senators voted largely along party lines to confirm President Trump's nominee, who became the American ambassador to Canada in 2017.

Politics - U.S. House
Jul 31, 2019

Kelly Craft, Trump Nominee for U.N. Ambassador, Confirmed by Senate
Senators voted largely along party lines to confirm Ms. Craft, who became the American ambassador to Canada in 2017.

Politics - U.S. House
Jul 31, 2019

The Republican Exodus From Congress
Eight Republican House members have announced their retirement this year, with more predicted to follow. What's going on?

Politics - U.S. House
Jul 31, 2019

F.A.A. Leaders Face Scrutiny Over Boeing 737 Max Certification
At a Senate committee hearing Wednesday, officials from the Federal Aviation Administration defended their approval of the 737 Max and their response to two fatal crashes.

Politics - U.S. House
Jul 31, 2019

A Rare Do-Over Congressional Election Is a Chance to Battle-Test 2020 Strategies
An emerging Republican strategy describes Democrats as "socialists" who "hate the values that make America great." Will it work?

Politics - U.S. House
Jul 31, 2019

What Does Kamala Harris Stand For?
As the Democratic senator emerges as a leading presidential contender, her vision for the country has remained difficult to define.

Politics - U.S. House
Jul 31, 2019

What Kamala Harris Doesn't Want to Be Asked at the Debate
In an extended interview, the California senator explains why she thinks litmus-test questions aren't helpful and how she is approaching this campaign.

Politics - U.S. House
Jul 30, 2019

America's Intelligence Chief Must Value Honesty Over Politics
If confirmed as director of national intelligence, would John Ratcliffe be more loyal to the truth or to the president?

Politics - U.S. House
Jul 30, 2019

Trump's Pick for Top Intelligence Post Overstated Parts of His Biography
Aides revised old claims about Representative John Ratcliffe's role in prosecuting a prominent terrorism case.

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