Sept. 18 Was No Jan. 6.

Sept. 18 was no Jan. 6.

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As G.O.P. Digs In on Debt Ceiling, Democrats Try Shaming McConnell

Senator Mitch McConnell says Republicans will not support raising the federal borrowing limit. Weeks before a potential default, Democrats do not appear to have a strategy for doing so.

#democratic-party, #federal-budget-us, #mcconnell-mitch, #national-debt-us, #republican-party, #senate, #treasury-department, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Trump Coup Is Still Raging

One thing should be clear to conservatives estranged from the Republican Party: We can’t go home again.

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Republicans Flip-Flop on Support for Afghanistan Withdrawal

Eager to denounce President Biden, some Republicans have flip-flopped on bringing U.S. troops home — making it difficult to discern what they actually believe.

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Can the Senate Be Saved? Ben Nelson, the Manchin of Yesteryear, Has Doubts

A former Democratic centrist senator says too many lawmakers come to Washington to obstruct rather than be constructive.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #elections-senate, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #manchin-joe-iii, #mcconnell-mitch, #nelson-ben, #obama-barack, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Republicans Block Voting Rights Bill, Dealing Blow to Biden and Democrats

All 50 G.O.P. senators opposed the sweeping elections overhaul, leaving a long-shot bid to eliminate the filibuster as Democrats’ best remaining hope to enact legal changes.

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Senate Confirms Top Biden Judge as McConnell Threatens Future Nominees

As Ketanji Brown Jackson became the president’s first appellate judge, Senator Mitch McConnell suggested he would block a Biden Supreme Court pick in 2024 if Republicans gained the majority.

#appeals-courts-us, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #breyer-stephen-g, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #federal-courts-us, #garland-merrick-b, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #senate, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Won’t Republicans Rebuild America?

A bipartisan infrastructure deal was never going to happen.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #infrastructure-public-works, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party

Senate Confirms First Biden Judges, Beginning Push to Rebalance Courts

The votes were the start of an effort by Democrats to confirm liberals and people of color to the federal courts after Donald J. Trump moved aggressively to install conservative white men.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #democratic-party, #federal-courts-us, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #mcconnell-mitch, #senate, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Democrats, Converted to Filibuster Foes, Are Set to Force the Issue

Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, is lining up votes to build the case for defusing the procedural weapon, which Republicans have used to thwart the party’s agenda.

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How Joe Manchin Could Make the Senate Great Again

He should follow in the steps of Robert Byrd and reform the filibuster.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #byrd-robert-c, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #manchin-joe-iii, #mcconnell-mitch, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-virginia

Chipping Away at Democracy

Republicans are attempting to maintain power by redefining democracy backward.

#mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

Senate Republicans Filibuster Jan. 6 Inquiry Bill, Blocking a Capitol Riots Investigation

The vote killed the best chance for an independent accounting of the deadly Capitol attack, which Republicans feared would damage them politically.

#filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #senate, #sicknick-brian-d-1978-2021, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-politics-and-government

Republicans Block Jan. 6 Commission

The vote was a stinging defeat for proponents of the commission, who had argued that it was the only way to assemble a truly comprehensive account of the riot for a polarized nation.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

After Skirting Filibuster Fight for Months, Democrats Near a First Battle

The looming vote on creating a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol assault could reignite a clash over the Senate blocking tactic. Activists worry that time is short for a bid to eliminate it.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #gun-control, #immigration-and-emigration, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #mcconnell-mitch, #police, #schumer-charles-e, #sinema-kyrsten, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

Bipartisanship Is Dead. Long Live Bipartisanship.

Biden has less than two years before congressional elections could change everything. Is now really the time for compromise?

#biden-joseph-r-iii, #democratic-party, #mcconnell-mitch, #obama-barack

Greene’s Holocaust Comparisons Cause New Headaches for GOP

Republican leaders condemned the latest anti-Semitic statements by Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, but their slow response and refusal to punish her reflected tacit backing.

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Greene’s Holocaust Comparisons Cause New Headaches for G.O.P.

Republican leaders condemned the latest anti-Semitic statements by Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, but their slow response and refusal to punish her reflected tacit backing.

#anti-semitism, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #house-of-representatives, #jews-and-judaism, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why the Capitol Riot Inquiries Leave Room for a Broader Commission

Republicans have argued that the existing Justice Department and congressional investigations will address the assault. But they have strict limits.

#house-of-representatives, #justice-department, #mcconnell-mitch, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Election Considerations Drive G.O.P. Opposition to Jan. 6 Panel

Republicans see an independent inquiry into the attack on the Capitol as a threat to their push to regain control of the Senate and the House.

#house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #mcconnell-mitch, #national-commission-on-terrorist-attacks-upon-the-united-states, #republican-party, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

House Backs Jan. 6 Commission, but Senate Path Dims

The vote was a victory for Democrats, who were joined by 35 Republicans in pushing for a full accounting of the deadly riot. But Mitch McConnell voiced opposition, clouding Senate prospects.

#house-of-representatives, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

History Can Be Erased. It Often Has Been.

I see Republicans trying to alter our perception of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. I do not take that lightly.

#black-people, #house-of-representatives, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #senate, #tulsa-okla, #tulsa-race-riot-1921, #united-states-politics-and-government

Subpoena to Twitter Is Said to Concern a Purported Threat to McConnell, not Nunes

Details are trickling out about the Justice Department’s use of a grand jury to attempt to identify the user behind a parody account mocking Representative Devin Nunes.

#cyberharassment, #justice-department, #mcconnell-mitch, #nunes-devin-g, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-politics-and-government

How the Storming of the Capitol Became a ‘Normal Tourist Visit’

Insurrection? What insurrection?

#cheney-liz, #conservatism-us-politics, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #liberalism-us-politics, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Looking for Bipartisan Accord? Just Ask About Big Business.

In surveys and political discourse, Republicans are increasingly critical of corporations, but not for the reasons Democrats have long held that view.

#corporate-social-responsibility, #corporations, #mcconnell-mitch, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #surveymonkey, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Courts Democrats and Republican Leaders on Infrastructure

The meeting produced little progress, underscoring the political challenge for President Biden as he seeks to exploit the narrowest of majorities in Congress to revive the country’s economy.

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Biden’s ‘Big 4’ Meeting: President Meets Top Congressional Leaders

President Biden met with the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and the Senate in a bid to “reach some consensus,” he said.

#american-families-plan-2021, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #infrastructure-public-works, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Joe and Mitch Hold a Frenemy Summit

The president’s meeting with leaders from both parties will be a test of what friendship means in Washington these days.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #infrastructure-public-works, #mcconnell-mitch, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Once Deal Makers, Biden and McConnell Are Miles Apart

Their longstanding relationship has so far yielded no trace of compromise. Now Senator Mitch McConnell says he is focused on stopping President Biden’s agenda in its tracks.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Stefanik Resurfaces False Election Claims as She Moves to Oust Cheney

Republicans say Liz Cheney, their No. 3, is being targeted because she won’t stay quiet about Donald J. Trump’s election lies. Her would-be replacement is campaigning on them.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cheney-liz, #elections-house-of-representatives, #house-of-representatives, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #stefanik-elise, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

When Loyalty Is Overrated

Sometimes what we are most devoted to are our biggest mistakes.

#cheney-liz, #mcconnell-mitch, #pence-mike, #republican-party, #romney-mitt, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j

Who Cares About Hypocrisy?

Most politicians are hypocrites. Voters tend not to care. 

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #scott-timothy-eugene, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden’s Expansive Infrastructure Plan Hits Close to Home for McConnell

President Biden’s infrastructure plan could fund a long-overdue revamp of the Brent Spence Bridge between Ohio and Kentucky. But the Senate Republican leader opposes it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #brent-spence-bridge-cincinnati-ohio, #bridges-and-tunnels, #cincinnati-ohio, #infrastructure-public-works, #kentucky, #mcconnell-mitch, #united-states-politics-and-government

McConnell Attacks Biden Rule’s Antiracism Focus, Calling It ‘Divisive’

The minority leader joined Republicans in protesting a proposal to promote teaching about systemic racism and the consequences of slavery, saying it would indoctrinate students with “a slanted story.”

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #cardona-miguel-a-1975, #education, #history-academic-subject, #kendi-ibram-x, #mcconnell-mitch, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #scott-timothy-eugene, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Chuck Schumer Looks to Bring Biden’s Vision to Life

The Senate majority leader, observing his own 100 days in charge, is responsible for turning sweeping Democratic plans into law.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #democratic-party, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #mcconnell-mitch, #pelosi-nancy, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #taxation, #united-states-politics-and-government

In G.O.P. Rebuttal, Tim Scott Accuses Biden of Pulling Nation ‘Further Apart’

The South Carolina senator did not offer a comprehensive alternative to President Biden’s education and child-care plans. Instead, he called them “big-government waste.”

#american-families-plan-2021, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #infrastructure-public-works, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #scott-timothy-eugene, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Liberals, Stop Getting Cozy With Corporations

Nobody, least of all people on the left, has anything to celebrate in the rise of activist industry.

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Liz Cheney vs. MAGA

The Wyoming congresswoman challenged Republicans to turn away from Trump after Jan. 6. Instead, they turned on her.

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Democrats Aim to Revive a Campaign Finance Watchdog

Republicans denounced the proposed overhaul as an attempt to mount a partisan takeover of what critics consider a moribund Federal Election Commission.

#campaign-finance, #federal-election-commission, #law-and-legislation, #mcconnell-mitch, #shelby-richard-c, #united-states-politics-and-government, #van-hollen-christopher-jr

Corporations of the World, Unite!

The internal contradictions of “woke capitalism” are a mixed blessing for the Democratic Party.

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Republicans Take Up Trump’s Fight, Leaving Policymaking Behind

The former president’s instincts for red-meat political fights over governing and policymaking have left party leaders in a state of confusion over what they stand for.

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Four Ways of Looking at the Radicalism of Joe Biden

It’s unexpected, but it’s not inexplicable.

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Mitch McConnell Digs In Against Campaign Law Changes Again

The top Senate Republican, who has spent his career fighting campaign finance limits, has taken a lead role in challenging Democrats’ sweeping voting rights bill.

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Why Kentucky Just Became the Only Red State to Expand Voting Rights

At a time when states with Republican-led legislatures are rushing to restrict ballot access, Kentucky proved the exception to the rule. The reasons are both political and logistical.

#absentee-voting, #kentucky, #law-and-legislation, #mcconnell-mitch, #paul-rand, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

Republicans Fear Flawed Candidates Could Imperil Key Senate Seats

Races in Missouri and Alabama, with others to come, reflect the potential risks for a party in which loyalty to Donald Trump is the main criterion for securing nominations.

#alabama, #blunt-roy-d, #brooks-morris-jackson, #elections-senate, #greitens-eric, #mcconnell-mitch, #missouri, #republican-party, #shelby-richard-c

Biden Seeks Assault Weapons Ban and Background Checks

After the second mass shooting in a week, the president said tighter gun laws should not be a partisan issue, but Republicans in Congress showed little interest in Democratic proposals.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #everytown-for-gun-safety, #firearms, #gun-control, #manchin-joe-iii, #mass-shootings, #mcconnell-mitch, #newtown-conn-shooting-2012, #rice-susan-e, #richmond-cedric, #schumer-charles-e, #thune-john-r, #toomey-patrick-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

With Biden Endorsement, Push to Weaken Filibuster Gains Traction

Activists and lawmakers say momentum is on their side but warn of a prolonged fight as Republicans dig in and some Democrats remain unconvinced.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #durbin-richard-j, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #jentleson-adam, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #mcconnell-mitch, #obama-barack, #reid-harry, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Endorses Filibuster Rule Changes

President Biden for the first time said he favored a return to the requirement that opponents occupy the floor when making their case against legislation. Senator Mitch McConnell promised a “scorched earth” response.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #durbin-richard-j, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #klobuchar-amy, #mcconnell-mitch, #reid-harry, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

McConnell Threatens Retaliation for Filibuster Change as Idea Gains Strength

Activists urge Democrats to build a case by showing Republicans are determined to block popular liberal legislation on voting rights, immigration and guns.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #durbin-richard-j, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #klobuchar-amy, #mcconnell-mitch, #reid-harry, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trump, Hungry for Power, Tries to Wrestle Away G.O.P. Fund-Raising

Angry at his critics in the party and seeking to keep his options for raising money open, the former president is trying to take charge of the online fund-raising juggernaut he helped create.

#campaign-finance, #cheney-liz, #mcconnell-mitch, #morris-dick, #national-republican-congressional-committee, #national-republican-senatorial-committee, #republican-national-committee, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government