Empty Office Buildings Squeeze City Budgets as Property Values Fall

A looming hit to tax revenues puts pressure on Congress to deliver relief.

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Georgia Takes Center Stage in Battle Over Voting Rights

Two bills moving through the Republican-controlled Legislature would place new restrictions on voting access, in ways Democrats say would have an outsize impact on Black voters.

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New York Mayoral Candidates Weigh How Hard to Hit Cuomo

The feud between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has hurt New York City, but Mr. Cuomo’s recent troubles may alter the dynamic for the next mayor.

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With Demise of Wage Increase, Biden and Democrats Face Progressive Ire

President Biden and top Democrats are working to ensure that frustration over the exclusion of the minimum wage increase in the stimulus plan does not overshadow the success of the package.

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Supreme Court Seems Ready to Sustain Arizona Voting Limits

The case was the court’s first on the key remaining provision of the Voting Rights Act in the context of voting restrictions.

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Why These 2 N.Y.C. Mayoral Candidates Are on a Collision Course

Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, and Ray McGuire, a former Citi executive, have become fast rivals in the New York City mayoral race.

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Trump 2.0 Looks an Awful Lot Like Trump 2020

Are we really going to do this again?

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Cuomo in Crisis, Republicans Emerging: Updates From New York’s Mayoral Race

Several major candidates called for an investigation into Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, as two Republicans vied for key endorsements.

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Voter Suppression Is Grand Larceny

We are watching another theft of power.

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Covid Stimulus Bill Heads to the Senate

The $1.9 trillion pandemic aid bill narrowly passed the House, but now must maneuver through a procedural and political thicket in the Senate.

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Democrats Move to Salvage Minimum Wage Hike

As the House prepared to pass President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package as early as Friday night, Democrats were searching for a Plan B to raise the minimum wage.

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Republicans Grapple With Raising the Minimum Wage

The politics of a $15 minimum wage are increasingly muddled, but some Republicans are gravitating toward a higher base pay, citing the economic needs of working-class Americans.

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Top Senate Official Disqualifies Minimum Wage From Stimulus Plan

The parliamentarian ruled that the provision, which would gradually increase the wage to $15 an hour, violated the strict budgetary rules that limit what can be included in the package.

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Lawmakers Clash Over Call for Special Panel to Investigate Capitol Assault

The disputes are reminiscent of the fight surrounding the creation of the independent commission that conducted an inquiry into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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Mitch McConnell Doesn’t Get to Define ‘Bipartisan’

If 70 percent of Americans support a policy, including most Republicans, it is bipartisan — regardless of what some senators think about it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mitch McConnell Doesn’t Get to Define ‘Bipartisan’

If 70 percent of Americans support a policy, including most Republicans, it is bipartisan — regardless of what some senators think about it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How to Keep Extremists Out of Power

Every political reform proposal must be judged by its ability to fuel or weaken extremist candidates.

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School Closures Have Failed America’s Children

As many as three million children have gotten no education for nearly a year.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #democratic-party, #dropouts, #education-k-12, #income-inequality, #republican-party, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Recall Talk Grows for Newsom in California as Governors Are Under Siege

Fellow Democrats have defended Gov. Gavin Newsom, lavishly praising his handling of the pandemic. But conservatives say his shutdowns have been destructive.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #newsom-gavin, #referendums

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Biden Looks to a Consensus Builder to Heal a Democratic Rift on Trade

Katherine Tai, the Biden administration’s nominee for trade representative, will set the course for the Democrats’ worker-focused approach to trade.

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Should We Put the Filibuster Out of Its Misery?

Depends on which people you talk to. Ezra Klein and Jessica Anderson join Jane Coaston to debate the Senate’s revered and reviled tactic.

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In Stimulus Debate, Senate Parliamentarian Holds Broad Sway

Little known outside the Capitol, Elizabeth MacDonough could make or break key elements of President Biden’s stimulus plan. Senators are competing to win her over.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #byrd-robert-c, #congressional-record, #democratic-party, #macdonough-elizabeth, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why Biden Is Tackling Immigration Now

With polls showing broad support for reform, Democrats want to pass major legislation — before 2022.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #hispanic-americans, #immigration-and-emigration, #law-and-legislation, #united-states-politics-and-government

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State Lawmakers Defy Governors in a Covid-Era Battle for Power

Legislators across the country, mostly Republicans, are moving to strip the powers of governors, many of them Democrats, who have taken on extraordinary authority to fight the pandemic.

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Can We Stop Fighting About Charter Schools?

The real question for Democrats is how to get every student a good education.

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Democrats’ Big Tent Helped Them Win. Now It Threatens Biden’s Agenda.

The party’s ideological blend of moderates and progressives carried it to power in Washington, but elements of that coalition could block the most ambitious parts of President Biden’s agenda.

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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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Cruz and Cuomo Face Scandal. Trump Can’t Save Them.

Without Donald Trump dominating the political conversation, politicians’ audacious behavior isn’t so quickly subsumed.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cruz-ted, #cuomo-andrew-m, #democratic-party, #johnson-ron-1955, #schumer-charles-e

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Republicans Struggle to Derail Increasingly Popular Stimulus Package

Polls show a $1.9 trillion rescue plan polls strongly across the country, including with many Republican voters, despite a scattershot series of attacks from congressional Republicans.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #polls-and-public-opinion, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Neera Tanden, Biden’s Budget Nominee, Faces Challenge to Confirmation

Senator Joe Manchin III said he would oppose President Biden’s nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget, a move that could scuttle her chances for her confirmation.

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Biden’s Is Going Big, and Americans Are With Him

The long-awaited blue wave will come from policy that takes care of people.

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Democratic Lawmakers Introduce Biden’s Immigration Overhaul in House

Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Representative Linda Sánchez of California disclosed details of the proposal on Thursday in a news conference.

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Cuomo Faces Revolt as Legislators Move to Strip Him of Pandemic Powers

Democratic lawmakers have begun to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of virus-related nursing home deaths, and the governor also faces a federal inquiry.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #deaths-fatalities, #democratic-party, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-state, #nursing-homes, #war-and-emergency-powers-us

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Texas Grid Failure Stirs Feud Between Cities and State

As the state reels from power outages, Democrats look to turn the tables on the Republicans who dominate state government.

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Biden Signals He’s Flexible on Immigration Overhaul

After two decades of failure, advocates for the broadest possible overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws are considering a new strategy: pressing for piecemeal legislation.

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Trump’s Dreaded Nickname

Watching the Senate is better than watching reruns.

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Corey Johnson Exited the N.Y.C. Mayor’s Race. Will He Run for Comptroller?

Mr. Johnson, the New York City Council speaker, said he expected to decide in the next two weeks whether to run to be the city’s fiscal watchdog.

#campaign-finance, #city-council-nyc, #democratic-party, #elections-comptrollers, #johnson-corey, #new-york-city

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An Impeachment Manager on Trump’s Acquittal

We look at the former president’s trial through the eyes of Stacey Plaskett, a Democratic congresswoman who sought his conviction.

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Don’t Care for This Impeachment? Wait Until Next Year

Leaders of both political parties suggest that impeachments, Electoral College standoffs and Supreme Court nomination blockades may become frequent fights in American politics.

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Zoom Fatigue on the Campaign Trail: 5 Takeaways From the Mayor’s Race

The candidates in New York City can barely keep up with a dizzying schedule of online forums. One candidate joins from his closet.

#democratic-party, #elections-mayors, #garcia-kathryn, #mcguire-raymond-j, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sutton-loree-k, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

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Calls Grow for Commission to Investigate Capitol Riot

Lawmakers are increasingly pushing for a 9/11-style panel that would examine failures and make recommendations. It could also be a final chance for Congress to hold Donald J. Trump to account.

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Tom Perez on Democrats’ Mistakes and Why Iowa Shouldn’t Go First

In an interview, the former D.N.C. chairman discussed a possible bid for Maryland governor and said Iowa and New Hampshire starting the presidential nominating process was “unacceptable.”

#democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #maryland, #perez-thomas-e, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Democrats Could Have Made Republicans Squirm

G.O.P. lawmakers were unlikely to convict Trump. But a different approach to impeachment would have been more difficult for them to ignore.

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Trump Acquitted of Inciting Insurrection, Even as Bipartisan Majority Votes ‘Guilty’

The verdict was unlikely to be the final word for former President Donald J. Trump, his badly divided party or the festering wounds the Jan. 6 riot that prompted the impeachment left behind.

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McConnell, Denouncing Trump After Voting to Acquit, Says His Hands Were Tied

The top Senate Republican gave his most damning condemnation of Donald Trump, but said the Senate had no power to convict an ex-president. He had refused to try Mr. Trump while he remained in office.

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Takeaways From Day 5 of Trump’s Impeachment Trial

Seven Republicans broke ranks in voting to convict former President Donald J. Trump, and despite moving to acquit the former president, Senator Mitch McConnell condemned him on the Senate floor.

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What We Learned About the Capitol Riots From the Impeachment Trial

Yet for all the heart-pounding narrative of that day presented on the Senate floor, what was also striking was how many questions remained unanswered.

#democratic-party, #impeachment, #pence-mike, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j

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Can Biden Save Americans Like My Old Pal Mike?

A childhood friend’s deadly mistakes prompt reflection on our country’s — and my own.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #children-and-childhood, #democratic-party, #homeless-persons, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #mental-health-and-disorders, #minimum-wage, #oregon, #poverty, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries, #yamhill-ore

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How Stable Is the Democratic Coalition?

The party may control the elected branches in Washington. But it may be facing some slippage in support from minority communities.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #hispanic-americans, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #roman-catholic-church, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

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Impeachment Trial Saturday Guide: Time, Streaming, Defense and Prosecution

Closing arguments from both sides could set up a final vote to convict or acquit former President Donald J. Trump.

#democratic-party, #impeachment, #republican-party, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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