Antitrust Overhaul Passes Its First Tests. Now, the Hard Parts.

When the Judiciary Committee began approving a suite of bills on Wednesday, it exposed the fault lines that could make final passage difficult.

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Tech Giants, Fearful of Proposals to Curb Them, Blitz Washington With Lobbying

Executives, lobbyists, and more than a dozen groups paid by Big Tech have tried to head off bipartisan support for six bills meant to undo the dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

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Justice Dept. Watchdog and Senate Open Inquiries Into Seizure of Democrats’ Data

Democrats denounced the Trump administration’s seizure of lawmakers’ data as an abuse of power and called on Republicans to back the congressional inquiry.

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McGahn Affirmed That Trump Tried to Oust Mueller

The former White House counsel testified behind closed doors last week about the former president’s attempts to interfere with the Russia investigation.

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McGahn Breaks Little New Ground in Closed-Door Testimony

A transcript of the former White House counsel’s appearance, which ended a two-year dispute between the Justice Department and Congress over a subpoena, will be made public next week.

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McGahn Likely to Testify on Trump’s Efforts to Obstruct Russia Inquiry

A delay is said to have stemmed from an initial threat by former President Donald J. Trump to intervene, but he apparently reversed course.

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McGahn Is Likely to Testify Next Week on Trump’s Efforts to Obstruct Russia Inquiry

A delay is said to have stemmed from an initial threat by former President Donald J. Trump to intervene, but he apparently reversed course.

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House, Biden Administration Reach Deal Over McGahn Testimony

A terse announcement signaled a possible end to a long-running constitutional lawsuit. But former President Donald J. Trump is not a party to the arrangement.

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House Panel Poised to Advance Bill to Study Reparations in Historic Vote

The legislation, which would create a panel to consider reparations for slavery, is being considered as President Biden works to address racial inequity.

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Asian-American Lawmakers Call Out Racist Language: ‘I Am Not a Virus’

House lawmakers described the fear and trauma rippling through the Asian-American community, and they argued that an uptick in violence was a result of the rise of anti-China messaging stoked during the pandemic.

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Suit Over Ex-Trump Aide’s Testimony Divides White House and House Democrats

President Biden has inherited litigation over a subpoena to Donald F. McGahn II, President Donald J. Trump’s former lawyer, about the Russia investigation.

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Has Trump’s Reckoning Come Too Late?

Finally the world agrees that Trump is exactly the man his fiercest critics said he was. But has the reckoning come too late?

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As Twitter and Facebook Clamp Down, Republicans Claim ‘Election Interference’

Conservatives said they would subpoena the chief executives of the social networks, which had blocked an unsubstantiated New York Post article.

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Big Tech Was Their Enemy, Until Partisanship Fractured the Battle Plans

A House report on how to limit the reach of Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook has been delayed as Democrats and Republicans split on remedies.

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House Can Sue to Force Testimony From McGahn, Appeals Court Rules

A court endorsed the House Judiciary Committee’s ability to pursue testimony from the former White House counsel as part of its oversight responsibilities.

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Fact Checking the Portland Protests: How Violent Are They?

Attorney General William P. Barr said protesters had used fireworks, Tasers, pellet guns and lasers to target federal officers in Portland.

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Barr Clashes With House Democrats in Testimony, Defending Protests Response

The deployment of federal agents to confront protesters and rioters and attacks on the Russia investigation highlighted a contentious hearing.

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Barr Clashes With House Democrats, Defending Responses to Protests and Russia Inquiry

The deployment of federal agents to confront protesters and rioters and attacks on the Russia investigation highlighted a contentious hearing.

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Fact Check: How Violent Are the Portland Protests?

Attorney General William P. Barr said protesters had used fireworks, Tasers, pellet guns and lasers to target federal officers in Portland.

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Barr to Testify on Protest Response, Mueller Inquiry and Other Issues

The attorney general heads to Capitol Hill this morning to testify for the first time more than a year.

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Barr to Testify on Capitol Hill for First Time in More Than a Year

The attorney general is expected to be pressed on a host of issues, including the federal response to nationwide protests and his handling of the criminal cases of Trump advisers.

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House Democrats Advance New Checks on Presidential Pardon Power

The measures face major political and constitutional hurdles, but amount to the most substantial attempt by Congress in recent history to put guardrails around such powers.

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House Democrats Considered 10 Impeachment Articles Before Narrowing Their Case Against Trump

The question of what to include in the case against President Trump is at the heart of a new book by Norm Eisen, a lawyer working with House Democrats in the impeachment effort.

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Former Manhattan Federal Prosecutor Fired by Trump to Teach at Stanford

Geoffrey S. Berman will be a visiting professor of law at Stanford Law School.

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Supreme Court to Hear Case on Release of Full Mueller Report

The move almost certainly means that blacked-out passages requested by Congress will stay secret at least until after the presidential election.

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Justice Dept. Officials to Testify on Politicization Under Barr

Lawmakers will hear from officials claiming that politics drove decisions on the sentencing of a presidential ally and on antitrust actions.

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Roger Stone Sentencing Was Politicized, Ex-Prosecutor Plans to Testify

The prosecutor’s supervisor said that the case was being treated differently because of the defendant’s relationship with the president, according to planned testimony.

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Trump Poses ‘Danger for the Republic’ if Re-elected, John Bolton Charges

The president’s former national security adviser, in a TV interview, called the November election the “last guardrail” against a second term in which “there’s no telling what will happen.”

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Prosecutor in Roger Stone Case Will Testify About Barr’s Intervention

The prosecutor is one of two Justice Department officials coming forward whom Democrats are calling whistle-blowers.

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Jeff Bezos Willing to Testify Before Congress

Lawmakers had requested that he testify as part of their antitrust investigation into the big tech companies.

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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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Congress Calls on Jeff Bezos of Amazon to Testify

Lawmakers want to question Mr. Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, as part of its antitrust investigation.

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Impeachment Taught Trump All the Wrong Lessons

He thinks he can get away with anything.

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House Can See Mueller’s Secret Grand Jury Evidence, Appeals Court Rules

The decision is a victory for Congress’s power to obtain information for an impeachment inquiry. The Trump administration is likely to appeal.

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