Many Americans Think Congress Is More Broken Than It Actually Is

For a gridlocked capital, Washington has been amazingly productive.

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How Frustration Over TikTok Has Mounted in Washington

National security concerns over the Chinese-owned viral video app remain unresolved. Lawmakers and regulators are increasingly pushing for action.

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U.S. Says Al Qaeda Has Not Regrouped in Afghanistan

A new intelligence assessment of the Al Qaeda threat was prepared after a drone strike killed Ayman al-Zawahri, the group’s leader. But some outside counterterrorism specialists said it was overly optimistic.

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House Delivers Biden Victory, and a Bet on America’s Future

Congress gave final approval to the Inflation Reduction Act, which will lower the cost of prescription drugs, extend health care subsidies and invest billions into climate and energy programs.

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Why the White House Is Staying Quiet About the F.B.I. Search of Mar-a-Lago

The approach is part of a concerted effort to make sure the law enforcement operation is not seen as partisan.

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House Is Set to Pass Climate, Tax and Health Package

The passage of the bill, which appeared dead just weeks ago, would cap a Democratic effort to deliver on major components of President Biden’s agenda.

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What Are Burn Pits, and How Did They Harm U.S. Troops?

Veterans and their advocates describe continuously burning fires on overseas bases that consumed the military’s trash and produced toxic smoke.

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Inflation Cooled in July, Welcome News for White House and Fed

Prices have increased rapidly since last year, but barely budged in July — a positive development, though not yet enough for a victory lap.

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Biden Signs Bill to Help Veterans Exposed to Toxic Burn Pits

President Biden, who has long advocated the expanded benefits, has speculated that his son Beau developed brain cancer because of exposure to burn pits when he served in Iraq.

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High Inflation Remain a Problem for Biden

Speaking at the White House, the president declared that his “economic plan is working.”

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Iran Weighing ‘Final’ E.U. Offer on Nuclear Deal

Tehran has dropped a key demand that stalled the talks for months, but it now has a new one.

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U.S. Signs Measure Giving Approval to Sweden and Finland’s Bid to Join NATO

The expansion of NATO has received overwhelming support among Democrats and Republicans in a deeply divided Washington.

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Fighting Inflation With Climate Action

Here’s how policies to slow global warming can also shield consumers from rising prices.

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Democrats Enter the Fall Armed With Something New: Hope

Democrats say the climate and tax bill will help win over a skeptical electorate in November, as Republicans try to galvanize their base against a progressive wish list.

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Democrats and Republicans Struggle to Forecast 2022 Midterms

People who have predicted election after election are scratching their heads about this one, as Election Day approaches.

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The Inflation Reduction Act Is a Huge Deal for the Climate

On climate, Biden got almost everything he wanted.

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Biden Is on a Roll That Any President Would Relish. Is It a Turning Point?

White House aides say the string of victories compares favorably to the two-year legislative record of most any other modern president.

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Can Global Shipping Be Fixed? One Regulator Will Try.

The Federal Maritime Commission, traditionally obscure, has been cast by Congress and the administration to help lead the campaign to tame inflation.

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Biden Appeared to Overstate the Role of Al Qaeda’s Leader

Terrorism experts were surprised by the president’s descriptions of Ayman al-Zawahri, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike.

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The vote was a major victory for…

The vote was a major victory for President Biden and Democrats, who are battling to maintain their slim House and Senate majorities in November’s midterm congressional elections.

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Five Decades in the Making: Why It Took Congress So Long to Act on Climate

The Senate bill avoided the political pitfalls of past legislative attempts by offering only incentives to cut climate pollution, not taxes.

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Biden’s Remarkable Summer

The president needs to seize this moment and brag about his wins.

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Biden Is Now an Uneasy Champion on Abortion. Activists Are Still Wary.

A practicing Catholic, President Biden has long sought a middle ground on abortion. But activists see the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade as a sign that Democrats have tiptoed too carefully around the issue.

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Hey, Joe, Don’t Give It a Go

Rest on your laurels, and don’t run for re-election, Mr. President.

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Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan Shows the Need for a Clear U.S. Policy on China

Tensions over Taiwan underscore the need for the United States to engage more deeply with China on more than just trade.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #pelosi-nancy, #taiwan, #united-states-international-relations

How This Economic Moment Rewrites the Rules

Jobs aplenty. Sizzling demand. If the United States is headed into a recession, it is taking an unusual route, with many markers of a boom.

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How a New Corporate Minimum Tax Could Reshape Business Investments

With a new corporate minimum tax, Democrats would be adding complexity to an already byzantine tax system.

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Progressives Embrace Climate and Tax Deal, Despite Disappointments

Liberal Democrats who once demanded a far more ambitious plan appear ready to support a climate, health and tax package that could be their party’s last chance to enact some of its agenda.

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Good News on Jobs May Mean Bad News Later as Hiring Spree Defies Fed

Employers hired rapidly and paid more in July, suggesting the Federal Reserve may have to remain aggressive in its effort to cool the economy.

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Brittney Griner’s Sentence Renews Pressure on President Biden

The basketball star’s supporters are pressing for action. But critics of any possible deal are already fuming.

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Democrats’ Long-Sought Plan for Lowering Drug Costs Is at Hand

Empowering Medicare to negotiate prices directly with drug makers has been a Democratic goal for 30 years, one the pharmaceutical industry has fought ferociously.

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Russian Court Sentences Griner to 9 Years, Raising Pressure on Biden

Amid the hostility over the war in Ukraine, a court imposed nearly the maximum possible sentence on the American basketball star Brittney Griner, intensifying calls to win her release.

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Lawmakers Urge Electoral Count Changes to Fix Flaws Trump Exploited

Lawmakers in both parties are eager to act after former President Donald J. Trump and his allies sought to exploit a 135-year-old law to overturn the 2020 election.

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Biden Issues Executive Order on Abortion Access, Calling for More Study

The order is short on specifics, directing federal officials to consider how to help those traveling out of state for abortions.

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On Abortion, Kansas Voters Held the Line

In many ways, across state and even party lines, voters did it together.

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Giuliani Is Unlikely to Face Criminal Charges in Lobbying Inquiry

A federal investigation into Donald Trump’s former lawyer over his work in Ukraine during the 2020 campaign is winding down with no indictment expected.

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Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit Risks Undermining U.S. Efforts With Asian Allies

The Biden administration has built an economic and diplomatic strategy in Asia to counter China, assuring friendly countries that the U.S. is in the region for the long haul.

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How the C.I.A. Tracked Ayman al-Zawahri, the Leader of Al Qaeda

The U.S. search for Ayman al-Zawahri had spanned decades. His presence on a balcony at a safe house in Kabul presented an opportunity to strike.

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Killing of al-Zawahri Stirs Debate Over Biden’s Afghan Strategy

President Biden now confronts the question of what, if anything, he will do in response to the revelation that the Taliban were again sheltering a leader of Al Qaeda.

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The Last Thing We Needed Was Pelosi Backing Down From a Bully

Bullies don’t usually read concessions as anything but signs of weakness.

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White House Retrofits Infrastructure Bill to Better Help Poor Communities

The Biden administration will increase assistance to areas that lack the capacity to apply for improvements to their sanitation and storm water systems.

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A New Axis?

With tensions rising in Taiwan, we look at the shared interests of China, Russia and Iran.

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The Killing of bin Laden’s Successor

Al Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, has been killed by a U.S. drone strike. Who was he and what impact will his death have?

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Killing of Top Qaeda Leader Offers Lessons on U.S. Afghanistan Involvement

The American drone strike is a symbol of success but also of failures in nation building.

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Why Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan Is Utterly Reckless

The timing could not be worse. The Ukraine war is not over.

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A Pelosi Trip to Taiwan Would Test China’s Appetite for Confrontation

Xi Jinping has long vowed to answer any challenge to China’s claim to Taiwan. But current economic and political forces may make him unlikely to court a crisis.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #house-of-representatives, #pelosi-nancy, #taiwan, #tsai-ing-wen, #xi-jinping

Joe Manchin Is Throwing Joe Biden a Surprise Party

Goody bags include the biggest surprise of all: action on climate change.

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We Are Living in Richard Nixon’s America, and Trump Wants to Keep Us There

Remember when there was talk of Joe Biden as a transformational figure?

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Biden Tests Positive for Covid Again in ‘Rebound’ Case

The president tested positive on Saturday morning and will once again isolate, though his symptoms have not come back, the White House physician said.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Joe Manchin Shaped the Climate Change Bill

Along the way to the $369 billion package, the West Virginia senator secured an array of concessions for his state and for the fossil fuel industry.

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