Analysis & Comment

Opinion | Restrict the Vote!

Last year, in his eulogy for Representative John Lewis, President Barack Obama urged Congress to pass a new voting rights act to continue the work of the lifelong civil rights activist. “If politicians want to honor John, and I’m so grateful for the legacy of work of all the Congressional leaders who are here, but […]

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Native Americans ‘Left Out in the Cold’ Under Trump Press Biden for Action

WASHINGTON — When President Biden introduced Representative Deb Haaland of New Mexico as his pick for interior secretary, making her the first Native American to be selected for a Cabinet position, he acknowledged the country’s long history of failing the land’s first citizens. “The federal government has long broken promises to Native American tribes who […]

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Biden Works to Leverage Senate Ties to Power His Agenda

WASHINGTON — As Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska walked the halls of the Capitol recently, the two moderate Republicans marveled to each other about how much time President Biden had spent with them during a meeting in the Oval Office. The session had been scheduled for an hour, but then […]

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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 […]

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A Trifecta of Roles for Leahy: Witness, Juror and Judge in Trump’s Trial

WASHINGTON — As senators barreled down a Senate basement tunnel fleeing the pro-Trump mob storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, Patrick J. Leahy, the chamber’s longest-serving senator, glanced up at the Vermont flag hanging overhead and offered a promise. “Don’t worry, Vermont’s going to be represented,” Mr. Leahy vowed. Shortly after, a law enforcement officer […]

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Exiled From Committees, Greene Says She Is ‘Freed’ to Push Republicans to the Right

WASHINGTON — One day after the House voted to banish her from congressional committees, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene sent a defiant message to both parties on Friday, warning that the punishment had only “freed” her to press Republicans further to the right and insist on their allegiance to former President Donald J. Trump. In a […]

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Biden to Sign Executive Order Bolstering ‘Buy American’ Provisions

WASHINGTON — President Biden will sign an executive order on Monday intended to strengthen “Buy American” provisions that encourage the federal government to purchase goods and services from U.S. companies, administration officials said on Sunday evening. Existing law already requires the government to contract with American companies when possible, but there are many exceptions and […]

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Opinion | Why Joe Biden Must Not Shy Away From the Full Power of the Presidency

The Biden administration has signaled an ambitious legislative agenda, including plans to reform immigration, stimulate the economy and strengthen the federal Covid-19 response. Mr. Biden, who was a senator for most of his political career, respects Congress and has emphasized the importance of acting through it. During the presidential campaign, he was not shy about […]

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Pelosi Holds Back Impeachment Article as House Builds Case

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that House impeachment managers were preparing to prosecute President Trump in the Senate, but she refused to offer a timeline for when they would move forward with a never-before-attempted trial of a former president. At a news conference two days after the House impeached Mr. Trump in […]

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Opinion | The Bogusness of Anti-Impeachment Republicans

The Republican Party has devised its response to the push to impeach the president over his role in the attack on the Capitol last week, and it is so cynical as to shock the conscience. “Now the Democrats are going to try to remove the president from office just seven days before he is set […]