Prosecutors Reportedly Asked About Trump’s Role in Jan. 6 Riot

A court filing by a defendant in a Capitol riot case said the Justice Department was looking for information about a possible “organized conspiracy” involving the former president.

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Congress Can Trade Stocks or Keep the Public Trust. Not Both.

Why on earth are representatives and senators allowed to trade stocks?

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Wolves Are Being Slaughtered in the West

Wolves have thrived since returning to the Northern Rockies. Now they face relentless assault by hunters and trappers.

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Trump Rally Underscores G.O.P. Tension Over How to Win in 2022

Donald Trump’s rally in Arizona on Saturday will feature a host of election deniers. His involvement in state races and his inability to let go of his 2020 loss worries many Republicans.

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Trump Rally Underscores GOP Tension Over How to Win in 2022

Donald Trump’s rally in Arizona on Saturday will feature a host of election deniers. His involvement in state races and his inability to let go of his 2020 loss worries many Republicans.

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Democrats Face a Dilemma on Voting: Compromise or Keep Pressing?

With their broad voting rights push nearing a dead end, Democrats must soon decide whether to embrace a far narrower bipartisan effort to protect vote counting and administration.

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John Katko, Who Voted to Impeach Trump, Won’t Seek Re-election

Increasingly marginalized from conservatives at home and in Washington, Mr. Katko also faced a brutal general election campaign in his left-leaning New York district.

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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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Gaetz’s Ex-Girlfriend Testifies Before Federal Grand Jury

The development suggests that the Justice Department may have secured a key witness in its child sex trafficking investigation of Representative Matt Gaetz.

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The Mood in the Capitol Was Already Dark. Then Came Omicron.

Congress, always a reflection of the country, is in a testy mood, as the latest coronavirus variant looms over the Capitol and schadenfreude is in full swing.

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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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Jan. 6 Committee Asks Kevin McCarthy for Interview

The panel said it was interested in conversations the top House Republican had with Donald J. Trump on the day of the riot and in its aftermath.

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Jan. 6 Panel Seeks to Debunk Unfounded Theory About F.B.I. Role in Riot

The House select committee investigating the attack on the Capitol interviewed Ray Epps, a protester at the center of a right-wing conspiracy theory.

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Civil Suits Against Trump Seek Damages for Jan. 6 Attack

Lawyers argued that the cases against the former president should be allowed to go forward because he inflamed a mob and failed to stop the violence it wrought.

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Former ‘American Idol’ Star Clay Aiken Announces Run for Congress

Mr. Aiken said he was running as a “loud and proud Democrat” for an open House seat in his native North Carolina this year.

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Covid 3.0, Biden 2.0 and Trump Number … Well, We’re Not Quite Sure

The new year is off to an unusual start. 

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Jim Jordan Refuses to Cooperate With Jan. 6 Panel

The Republican congressman from Ohio, a close ally of former President Donald Trump’s, denounced the House investigation of the Capitol riot as one of the Democrats’ “partisan witch hunts.”

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Our Democracy Isn’t Just Going to Fix Itself

It needs your help.

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4 Takeaways From the Jan. 6 Capitol Attack Commemoration

President Biden took a confrontational approach to his predecessor, who isn’t going away, and other takeaways from the commemoration events.

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At the Capitol, a Day of Somber Remembrance

The anniversary of Jan. 6 was part national commemoration, part group therapy session and part slick production as Democrats marked the deadliest attack on the Capitol in two centuries.

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Jan. 6, Part 2: Liz Cheney’s Battle Against the Big Lie

A conversation with the Republican House member about the Capitol riots and the state, and future, of the Republican Party.

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One Year Later, Congress Weighs How to Memorialize Jan. 6 at the Capitol

In a building that is both a legislative body and a living museum, lawmakers are grappling with how to commemorate an attack whose victims cannot agree on the basic facts of the day.

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10 Republicans Voted to Impeach Trump. What’s Become of Them?

Ten House Republicans voted to charge President Donald J. Trump with inciting the Capitol attack. All of them are still struggling with the consequences.

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Sean Hannity Is Asked to Cooperate in Jan. 6 Inquiry as Panel Details Texts

The committee told Mr. Hannity it had obtained “dozens of text messages” he exchanged with senior Trump White House officials around the time of the riot.

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In the Capitol’s Shadow, the Jan. 6 Panel Quietly Ramps Up Its Inquiry

From a nondescript office building, a few dozen investigators and members of Congress are rushing to dissect what led to the worst attack on the Capitol in centuries.

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Representative Bobby Rush, Longtime Illinois Democrat, Will Retire

The decision by the pastor and civil rights activist added to a wave of Democrats deciding not to run for re-election in a difficult midterm cycle.

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The Jan. 6 Committee’s Consideration of a Criminal Referral, Explained

The House panel does not have the authority to pursue criminal charges, but it can provide the Justice Department with evidence of any wrongdoing it unearths in its investigation.

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The Jan 6. Capitol Riot Committee’s Consideration of a Criminal Referral, Explained

The House panel does not have the authority to pursue criminal charges, but it can provide the Justice Department with evidence of any wrongdoing it unearths in its investigation.

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Jan. 6 Panel Faces Difficult Questions as Anniversary of Capitol Riot Approaches

Decisions about subpoenas and a Supreme Court ruling loom as lawmakers, staff members and Capitol employees plan to commemorate the day.

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Every Day Is Jan. 6 Now

Though we yearn for peace and quiet, things in America are far from normal.

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Greene and Clyde Rack Up Fines for Defying House’s Mask Mandate

Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Andrew Clyde have incurred more than $100,000 combined in penalties for dozens of violations.

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Jan. 6 Committee Shelves Requests for Hundreds of Trump Records

The Biden administration asked to shield some sensitive documents but continued to reject Trump’s blanket claim of executive privilege.

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Ethics Investigators in Congress Increasingly Run Into Walls

Lawmakers under scrutiny are more likely than before to simply refuse to cooperate with an inquiry.

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The Best, Worst and Weirdest Political Stories of 2021

The figures and stories that defined 12 very weird months.

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U.S. Effort to Combat Forced Labor Targets Corporate China Ties

The Biden administration is expected to face scrutiny as it decides how to enforce a new ban on products made with forced labor in the Xinjiang region of China.

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Jan. 6 Panel Seeks Interview With Jim Jordan, a Close Trump Ally

The House committee said investigators wanted to ask Mr. Jordan, a Republican congressman from Ohio, about his conversations with former President Donald J. Trump.

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Republican House Member Refuses to Meet With Jan. 6 Committee

Representative Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, who worked with Donald Trump in an effort to overturn the election results last year, called the panel illegitimate.

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Phil Waldron’s Unlikely Role in Pushing Baseless Election Claims

Phil Waldron, who owns a bar in Texas, is a case study in how pro-Trump fringe players managed to get a hearing for conspiracy theories at the highest level during the presidential transition.

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For First Time, Jan. 6 Panel Seeks Information From a House Member

The committee is requesting testimony and documents from Representative Scott Perry, a Pennsylvania Republican who was deeply involved in efforts to overturn the election.

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Jan. 6 Committee Weighs Possibility of Criminal Referrals

The House panel is examining whether there is enough evidence to recommend that the Justice Department pursue cases against Donald J. Trump and others.

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The Medicaid Reentry Act Could Save Lives

The Medicaid Re-entry Act ought to become law, regardless of the fate of Build Back Better.

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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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Will Trump Undercut a Red Wave?

The G.O.P. has experienced hopeful times before — only to have the moment pass.

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Jan. 6 Committee May Add New Expertise for Investigation

As the panel continues to take testimony, it is looking to do more analysis of social media and possible foreign efforts to sow discord in the U.S. before the Capitol riot.

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Jan. 6 Panel Subpoenas Retired Colonel Who Shared Plan to Overturn Election

Phil Waldron has been under scrutiny since a 38-page PowerPoint he circulated was turned over to the panel by former President Donald J. Trump’s last chief of staff.

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Facing Subpoenas, Trump Allies Try to Run Out the Clock on Democrats

Democrats hope a Biden Justice Department can speed up legal action, but Donald J. Trump and his allies are proving adept at using judicial delay to withhold information from Congress.

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Trump Found Crucial Support in Congress as He Fought to Stay in Power

A small circle of Republican lawmakers, working closely with President Donald J. Trump’s chief of staff, took on an outsize role in pressuring the Justice Department, amplifying conspiracy theories and flooding the courts in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election.

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House Set to Refer Contempt Charge Against Meadows in Jan. 6 Inquiry

The former White House chief of staff previously provided the committee with thousands of pages of documents, including text messages he received on Jan. 6.

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Democrats Set Debt Limit Increase at $2.5 Trillion Ahead of Senate Vote

The figure would allow the government to continue borrowing to finance its obligations without further action by Congress until after the 2022 midterm elections.

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