Politics

Congress approves $2.1 billion in emergency spending for Capitol security and aid for Afghan allies.

Congress on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a $2.1 billion emergency spending bill to pay for Capitol security costs stemming from the Jan. 6 attack and a push by the Biden administration to allow thousands of Afghans facing retribution for aiding American troops to be quickly evacuated to the United States. The Senate voted 98-0 after leaders […]

Politics

Senate Democrats announce $3.5 trillion budget agreement – The Denver Post

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats announced Tuesday that they have reached a budget agreement among themselves that envisions spending an enormous $3.5 trillion over the coming decade. The fiscal plan would pave the way for Democrats’ drive to direct a huge pool of federal resources at climate change, health care and family-service programs sought by President […]

World News

Colorado’s Senate Bill 132 is an outrageous attack on free speech

In 40 years of following the Colorado legislature as a journalist, I’ve seen many attempts — occasionally successful — to curtail free speech in the name of an alleged greater good. There have been bills to restrict the rights of certain protesters; to obstruct citizens from spending their own money to leaflet neighborhoods on behalf […]

Politics

What to Watch For in the Impeachment Trial on Friday

Lawyers for former President Donald J. Trump will have their first chance on Friday to counter the claim that Democratic House impeachment managers have sought to establish this week: that he was personally responsible for inciting the mob that stormed the Capitol on Jan 6. As House prosecutors wrapped up their arguments on Thursday, they […]

Politics

Native Americans Helped Flip Arizona. Can They Mobilize in Georgia?

Marian McCormick lives in Georgia, as do 2,700 other members of the Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe. She knows that comes as a surprise to some people. “Here in Georgia, they tend to think that Native Americans were all removed,” said Ms. McCormick, the principal chief of the tribe, which is based in Whigham. More than […]

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Senate Republicans could be an obstacle for Biden’s Cabinet nominees.

Senator Bernie Sanders, the progressive Vermont independent, has emerged as a contender for labor secretary in President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s administration, a prospect that would suit his ambitions of being a warrior for working Americans — and one that makes some Senate Republicans very uneasy. It is a testament to the deterioration of the […]

Analysis & Comment

Opinion | A Republican Senate Would Be Bad for Business

So the blue wave fell short of expectations. Joe Biden will be the next president, but unless Democrats pull off an upset in the Georgia Senate runoffs — which, to be fair, they might, given the remarkable strength of their organizing efforts there — Mitch McConnell will still be the Senate majority leader. Big business […]

Politics

U.S. Senate committee concludes Russia used Manafort, WikiLeaks to boost Trump in 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia used Republican political operative Paul Manafort, the WikiLeaks website and others to try to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election to help now-U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign, a Senate intelligence panel report said on Tuesday. WikiLeaks played a key role in Russia’s effort to assist Republican Trump against Democrat Hillary Clinton […]

World News

China, Iran, Russia on agenda as Pompeo testifies in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers expect to question Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on dealings with China and Russia, the decision to move troops out of Germany and weapons exports when the country’s top diplomat offers rare public testimony in the Senate on Thursday. Pompeo will testify at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing for […]

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Jeff Sessions loses Senate bid to Trump candidate

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has lost his bid to run for the Senate after a candidate backed by President Donald Trump defeated him in Alabama. Tommy Tuberville, a former football coach, will face incumbent, Democrat Doug Jones, in November’s election. Mr Sessions was the first senator to back Mr Trump as president, but their […]