The F.D.A.’s Ban of Menthol Cigarettes Will Help Black Communities

The proposed ban on menthol cigarettes, long aimed at Black consumers, is crucial to reducing smoking, especially among young people.

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Clyburn Pushes Childs for Supreme Court, Testing Sway With Biden

The highest-ranking Black member of Congress is credited with helping resurrect the president’s 2020 campaign at a critical point. Now he is calling in a favor.

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Map by Map, G.O.P. Chips Away at Black Democrats’ Power

Black elected officials in several states, from Congress down to the counties, have been drawn out of their districts this year or face headwinds to hold onto their seats.

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The Congressional Black Caucus: Powerful, Diverse and Newly Complicated

The group, which includes most Black members of Congress, remains publicly united. But in private, an influx of new members who think differently about its purpose are making a play for the future.

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Justice Sotomayor, the Supreme Court’s Truth Teller

In her opinions, Justice Sotomayor explains how Supreme Court cases are part of a larger unfolding story of where the country finds itself. 

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Black Democrats, Conflicted on a Voting Rights Push, Fear It’s Too Late

In the South, Black Democrats describe a party too slow in combating Republican voting limits. And Black lawmakers are wary that a major elections bill could reduce their power in Congress.

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Biden Urges Calm After Police Shooting. Activists Want Answers.

The police shooting of Daunte Wright in Minnesota has renewed questions about what the administration will be able to accomplish on policing.

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Menthol Cigarettes Kill Many Black People. A Ban May Finally Be Near.

Advocates are hoping that President Biden will soon come out in favor of banning mint-flavored cigarettes and other tobacco products.

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How Democrats Are Already Maneuvering to Shape Biden’s First Supreme Court Pick

The president’s promise to nominate a Black woman to the court has set off efforts to champion candidates and convince the White House to forego the usual elite credentials.

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Democrats Beat Trump in 2020. Now They’re Asking: What Went Wrong?

Disappointed by down-ballot losses, Democratic interest groups are joining forces to conduct an autopsy of the election results. Republicans do not yet seem willing to reckon with the G.O.P.’s major defeats.

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Defense Secretary Pick, Lloyd Austin, Unlikely to Be in Job on Biden’s First Day

The nominee, Lloyd J. Austin III, a retired four-star Army general, must obtain a congressional exemption from a law that bars recent active-duty officers from serving in the top Pentagon job.

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Biden’s Pick for Defense Secretary Unlikely to Be in Job on Administration’s First Day

The nominee, Lloyd J. Austin III, a retired four-star Army general, must obtain a congressional exemption from a law that bars recent active-duty officers from serving in the top Pentagon job.

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Biden’s Pentagon Pick Reignites Debate Over Civilian Control of Military

Congress would need to approve a waiver for Lloyd J. Austin III, a recently retired general, to serve in the civilian post, four years after President Trump’s first defense secretary received one.

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Progressive Victories Signal Staying Power for the Movement

After Bernie Sanders fell to Joe Biden, the young left mourned what could have been. Now, after a series of victories in congressional races, it’s hopeful again.

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In St. Louis, Testing Liberal Might Against a Democratic Fixture

Cori Bush, an activist backed by the progressive group Justice Democrats, is trying to unseat 10-term Representative William Lacy Clay in a bid to turn protest-movement fervor into hard political power.

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Amid a Pandemic, Supporters Hope John Lewis Can Still Lie in State in the Capitol

More than 40 people have lain in state in the Capitol after their deaths. Some in Congress want the civil rights icon and 17-term congressman to receive the honor, even as the building remains closed to the public.

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Drawing on Decades of Activism, Karen Bass Leads Democrats’ Policing Overhaul

The California congresswoman, who heads the Congressional Black Caucus and was the first black woman speaker of a state legislature, has navigated internal divides to produce Democrats’ expansive bill.

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Democrats to Propose Broad Bill to Target Police Misconduct and Racial Bias

Elements of the package, to be unveiled on Monday by House and Senate Democrats, are certain to meet with opposition from police unions and their allies.

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