Many Americans Think Congress Is More Broken Than It Actually Is

For a gridlocked capital, Washington has been amazingly productive.

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Idaho Supreme Court Rules That Strict Abortion Ban Can Take Effect

In a late Friday ruling, the state’s highest court said that a ban could begin at the end of the month while legal challenges are reviewed.

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Laws and Lists in Search Warrant Offer Clues to Trump Document Investigation

Three criminal statutes show the inquiry goes beyond classified information — and that the former president is also suspected of obstructing an unidentified government effort.

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As Search Shows Trump Had Secret Files, G.O.P. Splits Over Assailing F.B.I.

House Republicans on the Intelligence Committee expressed support for law enforcement. As for lawmakers saying otherwise? “Question them, not us.”

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Climate Bill Heads to Biden’s Desk. There Is More to Be Done.

The bill will cut U.S. emissions, but not nearly enough. It’s “like losing 20 pounds when you need to lose 100 pounds” one expert said.

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Ditching Fossil Fuels

The climate bill will make cleaner energy cheaper for everyone.

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For Electric Vehicle Makers, Winners and Losers in Climate Bill

Carmakers may need several years to revamp their supply chains to meet new rules, but the legislation is still seen as a win for electric vehicles.

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House Is Set to Pass Climate, Tax and Health Package

The passage of the bill, which appeared dead just weeks ago, would cap a Democratic effort to deliver on major components of President Biden’s agenda.

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Rethinking Joe Manchin

Now that Joe Manchin has saved the Democratic agenda, how should liberals think about him?

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Biden Signs Bill to Help Veterans Exposed to Toxic Burn Pits

President Biden, who has long advocated the expanded benefits, has speculated that his son Beau developed brain cancer because of exposure to burn pits when he served in Iraq.

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Medicare Recipients Could Find Drug Cost Relief in Health Bill

Starting in 2025, Medicare recipients with prescription drug coverage will not have to pay more than $2,000 annually for medications, a significant savings for some.

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Fighting Inflation With Climate Action

Here’s how policies to slow global warming can also shield consumers from rising prices.

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Overlooked Provisions

Climate has received most of the attention. But the Senate bill brings big changes to health care, too.

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How Democrats Salvaged a History-Making Bill

The climate change and prescription drug law has revived a set of party goals that were widely thought to be dead.

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Democrats Enter the Fall Armed With Something New: Hope

Democrats say the climate and tax bill will help win over a skeptical electorate in November, as Republicans try to galvanize their base against a progressive wish list.

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Can Donald Trump Run for President Again If He Broke This Law?

An obscure criminal law bars the removal of official records, on penalty of disqualification from holding any federal office. But it may not play out that way.

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How Private Equity Lobbying Watered Down the Corporate Minimum Tax

The new corporate minimum tax is not law yet and is already rife with exceptions for the businesses that might have to pay it.

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Electric Cars Are Too Costly for Many, Even With Aid in Climate Bill

Battery-powered vehicles are considered essential to the fight against climate change, but most models are aimed at the affluent.

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Can Global Shipping Be Fixed? One Regulator Will Try.

The Federal Maritime Commission, traditionally obscure, has been cast by Congress and the administration to help lead the campaign to tame inflation.

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Chuck Schumer Delivers on Climate Change and Health Care Deal

The Senate majority leader managed to resurrect and pass a signature climate change and health care deal with help from Republican missteps.

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Five Decades in the Making: Why It Took Congress So Long to Act on Climate

The Senate bill avoided the political pitfalls of past legislative attempts by offering only incentives to cut climate pollution, not taxes.

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Biden’s Remarkable Summer

The president needs to seize this moment and brag about his wins.

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Senate ‘Vote-a-Rama’ Lasts Through the Night With Democrats’ Agenda at Stake

Bleary-eyed senators went through a marathon series of votes at the Capitol that is the final step before passing Democrats’ climate, energy and tax package.

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Some Women Turn to Self-Managed Abortion as Access Recedes

Information and medications needed to end a pregnancy are increasingly available outside the health care system.

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Major Indiana Employers Criticize State’s New Abortion Law

The drug company Eli Lilly said it “will be forced” to look outside the state for employment growth. The engine maker Cummins said the law will “impede our ability to attract and retain top talent.”

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Progressives Embrace Climate and Tax Deal, Despite Disappointments

Liberal Democrats who once demanded a far more ambitious plan appear ready to support a climate, health and tax package that could be their party’s last chance to enact some of its agenda.

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A Clean Energy Future is in the Hands of Congress

The Inflation Reduction Act may be the single-most important piece of climate legislation in American history.

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Democrats’ Long-Sought Plan for Lowering Drug Costs Is at Hand

Empowering Medicare to negotiate prices directly with drug makers has been a Democratic goal for 30 years, one the pharmaceutical industry has fought ferociously.

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Pitching G.O.P. on Gay Marriage Bill, Tammy Baldwin Leaves Nothing to Chance

The second-term Democrat was the first openly gay woman elected to Congress. Now she is leading the effort to rally Republican support for legislation that would protect marriage equality nationwide.

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The Carried Interest Loophole Survives Another Political Battle

The latest effort to narrow the preferential tax treatment used by private equity executives failed after Senator Kyrsten Sinema objected.

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Carried Interest Is Back in the Headlines. Why It’s Not Going Away.

Changes demanded by Senator Kyrsten Sinema will preserve a tax loophole that Democrats have complained about for years.

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Sinema Agrees to Climate and Tax Deal, Clearing the Way for Votes

The Arizona Democrat had been her party’s last remaining holdout on the package, now slated to move forward on Saturday and pass the Senate within days.

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Georgia Abortion Law Says a Fetus Is Tax Deductible

The state’s “fetal personhood” provision now includes a $3,000 tax exemption starting at around six weeks of pregnancy.

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Gov. Hochul Defends Bail Reform as Mayor Adams Presses for Changes

Mayor Eric Adams is calling forcefully for more changes to state bail laws, putting pressure on Gov. Kathy Hochul as she runs for a full term in November.

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Lawmakers Urge Electoral Count Changes to Fix Flaws Trump Exploited

Lawmakers in both parties are eager to act after former President Donald J. Trump and his allies sought to exploit a 135-year-old law to overturn the 2020 election.

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The Anti-Abortion Movement Needs Minority Rule

Both democracy and choice triumph in Kansas.

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With Climate Deal in Sight, Democrats Turn Hopes on Sinema

Now that Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia is on board, the Arizona Democrat has emerged as the final holdout on Democrats’ domestic agenda. So far, she’s staying characteristically silent.

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This Is How the U.S. Will Stand With Taiwan

If we do nothing, then we must be comfortable with effectively ceding Taiwan by letting China continue its unabated bullying campaign.

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Kansas Votes to Preserve Abortion Rights Protections in Its Constitution

In the first election test after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, voters overwhelmingly rejected an amendment that would have allowed legislators to enact abortion restrictions.

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Senate Passes Burn Pits Legislation, Expanding Benefits for Veterans

Republicans who had blocked the bill, which would extend benefits to an estimated 3.5 million veterans, allowed it to pass after trying unsuccessfully to limit funding for the treatments.

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Analysis Deems Biden’s Climate and Tax Bill Fiscally Responsible

Despite Republican claims, the new legislation would be only a modest corporate tax increase, Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation found.

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Democrats’ Climate Deal Isn’t Done Yet. Here Are the Remaining Hurdles.

An agreement with Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia salvaged a key piece of President Biden’s agenda. But Democrats still have a few crucial steps to take before it becomes law.

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A Polish Priest’s War Against Abortion Focuses on Helping Single Mothers

The Rev. Tomasz Kancelarczyk sees little effect on women’s decisions whether to have a child from a 29-year abortion ban. What may matter more is support for women who choose to have a child.

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How Joe Manchin Shaped the Climate Change Bill

Along the way to the $369 billion package, the West Virginia senator secured an array of concessions for his state and for the fossil fuel industry.

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Biden Savors Much-Needed Victories. But Will the Highs Overshadow the Lows?

With the midterm elections around the corner, the challenge for President Biden is to make sure his latest successes resonate with Americans who remain deeply skeptical about the future.

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House Passes Assault Weapons Ban That Is Doomed in Senate

Coming on the heels of a spate of mass shootings, the vote gave Democrats another opportunity to draw a sharp distinction with Republicans before the midterm elections.

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Climate Bill ‘Transformative’ for Auto and Energy Industries

The Senate’s proposal aims to accelerate electric car sales and promote domestic battery manufacturing at China’s expense.

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The Anti-Abortion Movement Is in Denial

It can’t defend the world it has made.

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What Would the New Carried Interest Loophole Proposal Do?

Legislation agreed to by top Democrats falls far short of closing a tax loophole that party leaders have complained about for years but would narrow its preferential treatment.

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After Clash, Manchin and Schumer Rushed to Reset Climate and Tax Deal

The West Virginia Democrat said he had relented and agreed to sign on to a climate, energy and tax package after returning to negotiations to draft a version that would combat inflation.

#democratic-party, #inflation-economics, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government