Manchin, Playing to the Home Crowd, Is Fighting Electric Cars to the End

The West Virginia senator, who holds the swing vote in negotiations for a budget plan, wants to cut incentives. The president and most Senate Democrats say buyer credits are crucial to fight climate change.

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Biden Administration to Set Rules of the Road for Charging Electric Vehicles

Proposed regulations would require charging stations built with federal dollars to be located no more than 50 miles apart.

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What America Needs Is a Liberalism That Builds

You can’t transform the economy without first transforming the government.

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Justice Dept. Tries to Shift Environmental Justice Efforts From Symbolic to Substantive

The agency has announced a series of policies intended to elevate those efforts, including the creation of an office meant to address the “harm caused by environmental crime, pollution and climate change.”

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Trump Figures in West Virginia House Race

The incumbent-on-incumbent Republican primary between Representatives Alex Mooney and David McKinley on Tuesday will again test the former president’s grip on the G.O.P.

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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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Biden Tries to Sell Domestic Agenda During a West Coast Trip

President Biden acknowledged that the immediate demands of the presidency, including the pandemic and war in Ukraine, have taken him away from his domestic agenda.

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Don Young of Alaska, the House Dean, Leaves an Earmark Legacy

The Alaska Republican lay in state on Tuesday in the Capitol, where he was renowned for his virtuosity with earmarking federal money for his state.

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California’s Ambitious High-Speed Rail at a Crossroads

As President Biden touts an “infrastructure decade,” there is little that’s certain about the biggest infrastructure project of them all.

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There Are Glimmers of Hope for Biden. Or Maybe Slivers.

“Biden is finally getting some good news after a long period of horrible events,” says one Republican strategist.

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As Biden Pivots, Democrats Seek to Salvage His Domestic Agenda

The president repackaged his sweeping domestic policy plan with more centrist language, but it remained unclear whether Congress would resurrect key elements of his agenda.

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As Infrastructure Money Flows, Mitch Landrieu Must Straddle Partisan Divide

Much of the funding is left up to state leaders, some of whom have already pushed back on the federal government’s goals. Mr. Landrieu will be key to resolving those differences.

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The Democrats Have Bigger Problems Than the Squad

Having immobilized the president’s agenda and plunged their party into disarray, moderate and conservative Democrats are casting around for someone to blame.

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Asphalt Industry Is a Big Winner in Infrastructure Plan

A range of special interests lobbied for infrastructure dollars. The asphalt industry may have been the most successful.

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Harris Says Replacing Lead Pipes Is a Priority, Despite Limited Funding

Some civil rights leaders have grown frustrated with the lack of action behind administration proposals that would help Black and Latino communities.

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How Billions in Infrastructure Funding Could Worsen Global Warming

Highway expansions tend to bring more greenhouse gas emissions. A few states are trying to change that dynamic, but it won’t be easy.

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Why This Could Be a Critical Year for Electric Cars

Booming in a depressed market, battery-powered vehicles are a plus for the climate but pose a big threat to carmakers and parts suppliers that are slow to change.

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Transportation Dept. Outlines Plan to Address Rising Traffic Deaths

The department said it would use new funding in the infrastructure law to carry out the strategy, which touches on issues ranging from speed limits to emergency medical care.

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The View From the White House

Ron Klain, President Biden’s chief of staff, reflects on the first year of the administration.

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This Isn’t the Presidency Biden Imagined for Himself

The problems the president is facing are an almost perfect inversion of the problems Obama faced.

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As Infrastructure Money Flows, Wastewater Improvements Are Key

The new law allocates $11.7 billion for wastewater and stormwater projects. Will it get to the impoverished communities who need it most?

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No, the Build Back Better Act Isn’t Dead Yet

The strategy Barack Obama used to resuscitate the A.C.A. offers clues that may help revive the Build Back Better Act, and President Biden’s precarious standing.

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John Thune, a Likely Successor to Mitch McConnell, Weighs Retirement

Mr. Thune, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, is considering giving up his South Dakota seat because of both family concerns and Donald Trump’s enduring hold on the G.O.P.

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Billions in Amtrak Funding Could Modernize Aging Rail System

The $1 trillion infrastructure bill that President Biden signed into law includes money that Amtrak hopes can fix crumbling bridges and tunnels along the Northeast Corridor.

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Biden Agenda Sinks Under its Own Ambitions

A key Democrat’s decision to pull support from the president’s sprawling climate and social agenda is rooted in the scope of the bill.

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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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Manchin Balks on Social Policy Bill; Democrats May Punt to 2022

A self-imposed Christmas deadline for action on the $2.2 trillion social safety net, climate and tax package appeared likely to slip as negotiations with the West Virginia Democrat faltered.

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Biden Should Not Run Again — and He Should Say He Won’t

The president would be doing the country, his party and his legacy a favor.

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Deals Reached on 3 Major NYC Transportation Projects

Elected officials announced deals on funding of a new international terminal at Kennedy Airport and improvements to commuter train service.

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So You Lost the Election. We Had Nothing to Do With It.

Why is it that progressives are always blamed when moderates lose?

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How Stephanie Murphy, a Holdout on Biden’s Agenda, Helped Salvage It

The centrist Democrat from Florida put the brakes on President Biden’s social safety net legislation because of concerns about cost. Then she brokered a deal to steer it through the House.

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Billions for Climate Protection Fuel New Debate: Who Deserves It Most

The $1 trillion infrastructure law funds programs that tend to favor wealthy, white communities — a test for Biden’s pledge to defend the most vulnerable against climate change.

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Governor Steve Bullock Warns: Democrats Face Trouble in Rural America

It’s time to ditch the grand ideological narratives and talk to voters about their real needs.

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Years of Delays, Billions in Overruns: The Dismal History of Big Infrastructure

The nation’s most ambitious engineering projects are mired in postponements and skyrocketing costs. Delivering $1.2 trillion in new infrastructure will be tough.

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Democrats Struggle to Energize Their Base as Frustrations Mount

Even as President Biden achieves some significant victories, Democrats are warning that many of their most loyal supporters see inaction and broken campaign promises.

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The Disconnect Between Biden’s Popular Policies and His Unpopularity

Voters often punish a president for pushing an unpopular agenda. But President Biden has been learning that they rarely reward a president for enacting legislation.

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Righting the Historical Wrong of the Claiborne Highway

Is it possible to undo the damage done to Black communities by the expressway projects of the 20th century?

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Spending as if the Future Matters

Public investment, including spending on children, is a worthy American tradition.

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What We Give Thanks for and What We Say No Thanks To

The Biden bill, the Rittenhouse verdict and the fate of the Democratic majority.

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How Higher Prices This Holiday Season Could Cost Democrats, Too

Rising prices for gas and a holiday meal could come back to bite Democrats, who fear that inflation may upend their electoral prospects in the 2022 midterms.

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A.O.C. on Why Democrats’ ‘Talking Points Are Not Enough’

The House progressive spoke about “demoralizing” congressional negotiations, how she was told to stay away from Virginia’s elections, and what it means to excite the Democratic base.

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How Nancy Pelosi Got Biden’s Build Back Better Bill Back on Track

The House’s approval of a sweeping social policy bill after weeks of fits and starts notched another win for the speaker in a career defined by them.

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One Historic Black Neighborhood’s Stake in the Infrastructure Bill

Generations of New Orleans residents have dreamed of the day when the Claiborne Expressway might be removed. President Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure package could eventually make that possible.

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China’s Influence Looms Over Blinken’s Africa Visit

On a stop in Nigeria, the secretary of state said the U.S. would no longer treat African countries as pawns in a global game. But American competition with Beijing was hard to overlook.

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Joe Biden’s Infrastructure Bill Is a Big Success

Voters may pummel Democrats next year but future generations will be grateful. 

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Biden Says His Infrastructure Law Is a ‘Big Deal.’ How Big?

$550 billion for new spending is big, but many say America’s infrastructure needs are even bigger.

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Democrats Shouldn’t Panic. They Should Go Into Shock.

‘No administration is going to thrive in that economic environment.’

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Biden Sells Infrastructure Improvements as a Way to Counter China

Spending on roads, broadband internet and more will help revitalize U.S. competitiveness against its top economic adversary, the president says.

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