What We Actually Mean When We Talk About Biden’s Age

Michelle Cottle and David Brooks on gerontocracy and generational power in American politics.

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Beware the Ruinous Optimism of Democratic Leaders

Millions of Democratic voters can see and feel that American politics has changed in profound ways since at least the 1990s.

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As Dianne Feinstein Declines, Democrats Wrestle With Open Secret

Democrats have quietly accepted the California senator’s memory issues as the status quo, even as her inner circle frets that the spectacle of her difficulties on the job could tarnish her legacy.

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Richard Blum, Political Donor and Husband of Senator Feinstein, Dies at 86

As a financier, he amassed a fortune that he spent on Democrats, helping to propel his wife from San Francisco mayor to a long career in the Senate.

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San Francisco Schools Will Keep Jefferson, Lincoln and Washington Names

The school board rescinded its January decision to rename 44 schools that honor historical figures such as Jefferson, Lincoln and Washington after an outcry from parents and the mayor.

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Feinstein’s Future Could Swing on Husband’s Potential Posting Overseas

Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, is seeking an overseas posting, which could pave the way for her to leave the Senate. She said she would “absolutely’’ serve out her term.

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Potential Posting for Husband Renews Questions About Feinstein’s Future

Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, is seeking an overseas posting, which could pave the way for her to leave the Senate. She said she would “absolutely’’ serve out her term.

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San Francisco Pauses School Renamings to Focus on Returning Students to Classrooms

A plan to rename schools that honored people like Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson was put on hold after criticism of the plan and, particularly, its timing amid the pandemic.

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San Francisco School Name Debate Pits Liberals

Incredulous parents and the mayor criticized the school board’s decision to change the names of 44 schools that honor historical figures like Jefferson, Lincoln and Paul Revere.

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San Francisco Scraps 44 School Names, Citing Reckoning With Racism

The school board said the move would shed homages to figures including Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Dianne Feinstein. But critics — including the mayor — said the matter was ill-timed amid the pandemic.

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A Single Senator Dashes Hopes for Latino and Women’s Museums — For Now

Senator Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, blocked the creation of Smithsonian museums honoring women and Latinos, warning they would worsen societal divides.

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For California Governor the Coronavirus Message Is Do as I Say, Not as I Dine

A meal at the French Laundry? A junket to Maui? California’s Democratic leaders have put strict measures in place. If only they would follow them.

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Republicans Close In on Barrett Confirmation to Supreme Court

The Senate Judiciary Committee lined up a vote for Oct. 22 on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court, as Democrats warned Republicans would rue the day.

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The Confirmation Hearing of Amy Coney Barrett

With the judge looking all but certain to rise to the Supreme Court, Democratic senators scrutinized her on contentious issues like abortion, elections and Obamacare.

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Democrats, Facing Critical Supreme Court Battle, Worry Feinstein Is Not Up to the Task

Ms. Feinstein, 87, has slowed in recent years and limited her public profile, leading some Democrats to wonder if she can lead them through a consequential confirmation process.

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Who Would Replace Kamala Harris in the Senate for California? Let the Jockeying Begin

As the Democratic vice-presidential nominee hits the campaign trail, a race to replace her kicks off.

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Why Is Trump attacking the International Criminal Court?

Why is America attacking the International Criminal Court with economic pressure?

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Senators Seek Answers on Coronavirus Protections at Guantánamo Bay

In a letter, they asked the Pentagon how the military is safeguarding troops and prisoners from an outbreak of Covid-19 given the base’s limited health care facilities.

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Justice Dept. Ends Inquiries Into 3 Senators’ Stock Trades

Law enforcement officials told three senators that they would not be pursuing charges, but an investigation into trades by Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina appears to be proceeding.

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