Russian Atrocities Prompt Bipartisan Push to Expand U.S. War Crimes Law

A bill being drafted in the Senate would allow U.S. courts to try war crimes cases even if neither the perpetrators nor the victims are American.

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Biden Has Already Done More for Rural America Than Trump

Democrats should let voters know about their successes — and run on Democratic values.

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Democrats Aim to Fill as Many Court Vacancies as Possible by End of 2022

Democrats aim to fill as many court vacancies as possible by the end of 2022, when Senate Republicans are in reach of winning control and slamming the brakes on President Biden’s picks.

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Biden, a Veteran of Supreme Court Fights, Ponders His Own Historic Pick

President Biden spent decades in the Senate and presided over the transformation of Supreme Court fights into hyperpartisan affairs. Now he is pushing to lower the temperature for his own nominee.

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Republicans Who Railed About Clinton Emails Are Quiet on Trump’s Records

Republicans once attacked Hillary Clinton for her handling of government records. But few showed outrage over news about former President Donald J. Trump’s White House records.

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Will Congress Pass New Regulation on Big Tech? Time May Be Running Out.

With midterm elections approaching, a vote expected on Thursday could be the first of several that Congress takes on bills aimed at the industry.

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How Long Should It Take to Give Away Millions?

The promise of philanthropy was that the wealthy could enjoy tax breaks for their charitable contributions. The pandemic laid bare how accumulation can trump getting money to those in need. A Senate bill aims to change that.

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Old-Guard Senators Defy Changes in How Military Treats Sex Assault Cases

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has won broad backing for legislation that would cut out the military chain of command in such cases. Now she faces another big hurdle.

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Rescue Package Includes $86 Billion Bailout for Failing Pensions

Democrats pushed through a big aid measure for multiemployer pensions whose problems predate the pandemic.

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After Electoral College Votes, More Republicans Warily Accept Trump’s Loss

“At some point, you have to face the music,” said the second-ranking Senate Republican. But Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, was notably silent.

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Hearing Aids Could Use Some Help

The vital medical devices could be inexpensive and available over the counter. But efforts have stalled under the F.D.A.

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As Grassley Tests Positive, Coronavirus Threatens to Stall Work in Congress

Two of the oldest members of Congress, Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa and Representative Don Young of Alaska, now have the virus, underscoring the risks on Capitol Hill.

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As Grassley Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Virus Threatens to Stall Work in Congress

Two of the oldest members of Congress, Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa and Representative Don Young of Alaska, now have the virus, underscoring the risks on Capitol Hill.

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The Coronavirus Crisis Inside Prisons Won’t Stay Behind Bars

Federal officials recognized the danger of the spread of coronavirus in prisons early, but have dragged their feet releasing at-risk inmates.

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Demand Answers on Trump’s Firing of Inspectors General

Congress is still owed answers about President Trump’s dismissal of inspectors general.

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The Coronavirus and a World Without Meat

If you care about the working poor, about racial justice, and about climate change, you have to stop eating animals.

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‘Where Are They?’: Biden Criticizes G.O.P. Over Trump’s Firing of Inspectors General

At a virtual round table discussion, the former vice president said that defending the independent watchdogs “used to be a hobbyhorse for Republican senators.”

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Lawmakers Ask I.R.S. to Help Companies That Keep Paying Health Benefits

A bipartisan letter took issue with guidance about a tax credit for retaining workers during the pandemic that was part of an economic rescue package.

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Trump’s Attack on the Inspector General’s Office Is an Attack on Accountability

Firing the watchdogs charged with protecting the public’s money and policing the executive branch undermines democracy.

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Puerto Rico Lags Behind in Coronavirus Testing

A strict lockdown has required much sacrifice from Puerto Ricans, whose patience with the slow pace of testing is running out.

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‘All of It Is Happening All at Once’: When Congress Works From Home.

With the Capitol shuttered for the foreseeable future, senators and representatives are struggling, with the rest of the country, to adapt to virtual working.

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