Democrats Can Win This Fall if They Make One Key Promise

To make the 2022 elections a referendum on Roe, Democrats have to put protecting Roe and abortion rights on the table.

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Gun Talks Put Senate’s Tattered Credibility on the Line

After a string of Democratic failures on marquee issues, Senator Chuck Schumer’s decision to give bipartisan gun talks time is a test of the Senate — and of democracy itself.

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It’s Not Looking Too Good for Government of the People, by the People and for the People

The filibuster is only one part of the larger problem of the capture of America’s political institutions by an unrepresentative minority.

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Democrats Plan a Bid to Codify Roe, but Lack the Votes to Succeed

In announcing a Wednesday vote on doomed legislation to enshrine abortion rights into federal law, the top Senate Democrat teed up a political fight for the midterm campaign.

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This Is Why It Took More Than 100 Years to Get an Anti-Lynching Bill

Our political system was the primary obstacle to protecting the lives and livelihoods of its own citizens.

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Arizona Democrats Censure Sinema After Filibuster Vote

Kyrsten Sinema, a first-term Arizona senator, was rebuked by fellow Democrats in her state after her vote on the filibuster helped sink the party’s voting-rights legislation.

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On the Filibuster, Joe Manchin Thinks James Madison Is on His Side. Nope.

Arguments about the filibuster need the right context.

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On Voting Rights Bill, Democrats Say They Had to Go Down Swinging

Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, chose to plunge ahead because of the importance of the issue even after the outcome became preordained.

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Voting Rights Bill Dead, Filibuster Alive

The voting rights bill and the filibuster. Also: A Supreme Court ruling; President Biden and Ukraine; Medicare and Covid tests; an American paradox.

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Voting Rights Bill Is Blocked in the Senate

Without the votes to change Senate rules, Democrats had no avenue for overcoming a Republican filibuster against legislation intended to offset new state voting restrictions.

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Democrats Blame Sinema, Manchin for Voting Rights Impasse

Prominent Democrats are expressing rage at their party’s two filibuster holdouts, rather than at Republicans who are blocking their voting rights bill.

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How Much Would the Senate Change if the Filibuster Were Gone?

A Senate without the filibuster would be different, but majority parties would still sometimes have difficulty legislating.

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Emily’s List Presses Kyrsten Sinema Over Filibuster Stance

The powerful political action committee said the Arizona senator could find herself “standing alone” in 2024 if she refuses to change Senate rules to force through voting rights legislation.

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Marchers Honor King and Call on Senate to Pass Voting Rights Legislation

The holiday came a day before the Senate returns to debate what is expected to be a doomed effort to pass the legislation. But advocates say they aren’t giving up.

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Senate Democrats Press Ahead With Debate on Voting Rights Bill

The Senate on Tuesday will begin to debate new voting rights protections, even though the measure appears all but dead in the face of two key Democratic defections.

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Welcome to the ‘Well, Now What?’ Stage of the Story

It’s been a very long year for Joe Biden. 

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Sinema Says She Will Not Support Changing Filibuster

Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s comments came after the House approved a set of voting rights measures on a party-line vote of 220 to 203.

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House Passes Voting Rights Bill, Speeding a Senate Showdown

Democrats used an arcane maneuver to pass the legislation, denying Republicans in the Senate the ability to block it from being brought up, as they have done four times previously.

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Will Biden’s Voting Rights Speech Be Too Little Too Late?

I hope that this is a better-late-than-never situation.

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Democrats Plan to Fast-Track Voting Rights Bill, Speeding a Showdown

The move will allow for debate on the legislation to begin this week, hastening a confrontation with Republicans and the moment when Democrats could try to change Senate rules.

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Analysis: Biden Defense of Filibuster Withers Under Partisan Rancor

The president left no doubt that he has reached a breaking point, lashing out at senators who are blocking voting rights legislation.

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Voting Rights Groups Skipping Biden’s Speech Over Inaction

Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor, also will not be there, but she cited a scheduling conflict.

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Harry Reid Had a Unique Political Superpower

He possessed a quality rare among politicians: profound comfort in his own skin.

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Schumer Will Try to Change Senate Rules if G.O.P. Stalls Voting Bill

The Senate majority leader still lacks the votes to alter the filibuster, but he said he will renew the effort to enact voting rights measures as early as the first week of January.

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Congress Ends ‘Horrible Year’ With Divisions as Bitter as Ever

Democrats’ achievements were overshadowed by legislative setbacks, fallout from the Jan. 6 attack and a sense that Congress was not rising to meet a perilous moment in history.

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King Family and Activists Plan Marches to Spur Action on Voting Rights

Prominent backers of stalled voting rights legislation plan a blitz emphasizing the urgent need to counter new state restrictions.

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Debt Limit Split Shows Pragmatic Republicans Are Dwindling

Fearing backlash from the right, most in the party dug in against a bipartisan deal needed to stave off a federal default.

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Why Joe Biden Needs More Than Accomplishments to Be a Success

A theory of political time explains how he has become a prisoner of great expectations.

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Republicans Block a Second Voting Rights Bill in the Senate

Democrats hope that a filibuster of a measure named for former Representative John Lewis of Georgia, the civil rights icon, will help build momentum for a change in Senate rules.

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Republicans Are Expected to Block a Second Voting Rights Bill in the Senate

Democrats hope that a filibuster of a measure named for former Representative John Lewis of Georgia, the civil rights icon, will help build momentum for a change in Senate rules.

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Biden Isn’t Being Vocal Enough on Voting Rights

Why is the president so reticent to say unequivocally that we must protect voting rights at all costs, even at the expense of the filibuster?

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Biden’s Compromise on Spending Bills Could Have Consequences

The president pushed for an expansive agenda knowing that he would most likely have to pare it back, leaving a sense of disappointment that could hurt his party at the polls.

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Biden the Dealmaker Finds That Compromise Can Have Consequences

The president pushed for an expansive agenda knowing that he would most likely have to pare it back, leaving a sense of disappointment that could hurt his party at the polls.

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Biden Bolsters Senate Filibuster Foes, but a Fight May Wait

The president’s criticism of the Senate tactic was a recognition that legislating has become nearly impossible when the filibuster is routine.

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Biden Is Open to Scrapping Filibuster for Voting Rights Bill ‘and Maybe More’

The president said any push to “fundamentally alter” the Senate’s 60-vote threshold would have to wait until after Congress passed his vast spending agenda.

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Democrats Search for Path on Voting Rights Amid Republican Blockade

Backers of the legislation said they were not giving up as they shifted focus to the need to “restore” the Senate.

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Senate G.O.P. Blocks Voting Rights Bill for Third Time This Year

The third filibuster of such a measure underscored how the legislation is unlikely to move forward without a change in Senate rules.

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Republicans Set to Block Voting Bill Again, Raising Stakes on Filibuster

Lawmakers and activists are becoming increasingly alarmed that the proposed legislation will stall and put Democrats at a disadvantage in coming elections.

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Democrats Plan Another Bid to Break G.O.P. Voting Rights Filibuster

Senator Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat, announced he would force another vote next week to bring legislation to the floor despite a Republican blockade.

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Why Democrats Are Having Trouble in Congress

A party with full control of government usually struggles and often fails to enact its agenda.

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Lurching From Crisis to Crisis, Congress Is Addicted to Cliffs

Lawmakers almost never act until they absolutely must — and even then, they usually punt.

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Finance Executives Say Risk of Default Is Already Damaging the Economy

Shortly after the C.E.O.s met with President Biden, Senator Mitch McConnell said he would allow Democrats to raise the debt ceiling enough to push a potential default to December.

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Senate Republicans Offer to Allow Debt Ceiling Increase Until December

The proposal offered a way out of the short-term fiscal crisis, and a means for Republicans to defuse criticism that they were acting recklessly, but only put off the threat of a default.

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Republicans Again Block Debt Ceiling Increase

The proposal offered a way out of the short-term fiscal crisis, and a means for Republicans to defuse criticism that they were acting recklessly, but only put off the threat of a default.

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As Debt Ceiling Vote Looms, Democrats Reconsider Filibuster

Top Democrats say the Republican refusal to allow a vote to avert a federal default is the most powerful argument yet for weakening the Senate’s signature procedural weapon.

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Biden Calls Curbing Filibuster to Raise Debt Limit ‘a Real Possibility’

Senate Democrats discussed carving out an exception to the 60-vote requirement as they explore ways to overcome Republican opposition.

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As the U.S. Hurtles Toward a Debt Crisis, What Does McConnell Want?

Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, has a long record of tying debt ceiling increases to policy demands. But with a catastrophic default two weeks away, he has yet to make any.

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What Does Mitch McConnell Want in the Debt Ceiling Discussions?

Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, has a long record of tying debt ceiling increases to policy demands. But with a catastrophic default two weeks away, he has yet to make any.

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Biden Calls Republicans ‘Reckless’ Over the Debt Limit Increase

The president warned Republicans “not to use procedural tricks to block us from doing the job.”

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Biden says Republicans are being ‘reckless’ over the debt limit increase.

Mr. Biden warned Republicans “not to use procedural tricks to block us from doing the job.”

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