Senate Republicans Shun Earmarks, Embracing Spending Restraint Anew

With a Democratic president in the White House, Senate Republicans have a newfound zeal for austerity, foreshadowing spending fights to come.

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Biden Keeps Trump’s Policy Retaining Land Mines in U.S. Arsenal, for Now

On the campaign trail, Joseph R. Biden Jr. had pledged to reverse his predecessor’s land mine policy. A Pentagon spokesman said the matter was under review.

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A Secret War. Decades of Suffering. Will the U.S. Ever Make Good in Laos?

America has never taken responsibility for spraying Agent Orange over the neutral country during the Vietnam War. But generations of ethnic minorities have endured the consequences.

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5 Takeaways From Day One of Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial

Before senators could get started on the charge against former President Donald J. Trump, they spent a day debating whether they had the right to try a former president in the first place.

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A Trifecta of Roles for Leahy: Witness, Juror and Judge in Trump’s Trial

With the chief justice and vice president standing aside for the first-ever impeachment trial of a former president, it has fallen to Patrick Leahy, the 80-year-old Vermont Democrat and longest-serving senator, to preside.

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The Senate Needs Absentee Voting, Too

The chamber’s new leadership should get serious about enabling members to vote remotely in the event of emergencies.

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Republicans Rally Against Impeachment Trial, Signaling Likely Acquittal for Trump

All but five Republican senators voted to challenge the constitutionality of the trial, suggesting that Democrats were unlikely to find the 17 they would need to join them in convicting the former president.

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What Does Amy Coney Barrett Mean for the Supreme Court?

We know who her allies are, and we know how to read what she’s written or signed.

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A Saudi Spy Chief Hid Abroad. With Appeals and Threats, M.B.S. Tried to Bring Him Back

To try to force a former Saudi intelligence officer to return to the kingdom, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman asked for his help, targeted his family and sought to have him arrested abroad.

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Senators Seek Answers on Coronavirus Protections at Guantánamo Bay

In a letter, they asked the Pentagon how the military is safeguarding troops and prisoners from an outbreak of Covid-19 given the base’s limited health care facilities.

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