Dobbs Is Not the Only Reason to Question the Legitimacy of the Supreme Court

America’s age of norms is over.

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Mitch McConnell’s Court Delivers

While Democrats seethe, the Senate Republican leader sees the fruits of his efforts to install an aggressive conservative majority on the Supreme Court.

#conservatism-us-politics, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Gun Bill’s Progress Reflects Political Shift, but G.O.P. Support Is Fragile

Only two of the 14 Republicans who broke ranks to support taking up gun legislation are facing voters this year, showing how difficult such deals could be in the future.

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Republican Drive to Tilt Courts Against Climate Action Reaches a Crucial Moment

A Supreme Court environmental case being decided this month is the product of a coordinated, multiyear strategy by Republican attorneys general and conservative allies.

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Let’s Have a New Gun Law for Independence Day

There is hope on guns. It’s not what I expected to say.

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Trump’s Primary Losses Puncture His Invincibility

With many of Donald J. Trump’s endorsed candidates falling to defeat in recent primaries, some Republicans see an opening for a post-Trump candidate in 2024.

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On Ukraine, McConnell Tries to Show the World This Isn’t Trump’s G.O.P.

The top Senate Republican traveled to Europe in a bid to show that isolationism hasn’t taken over his party. He has privately lobbied his colleagues to vote that way, and so far, most are.

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McConnell and Other Republican Senators Make Secret Visit to Ukraine

The visit by the Senate minority leader included a meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky.

#mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #senate, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Senate Democrats Warn of G.O.P. Effort to Restrict Abortion Nationwide

The alarms came after Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, called such a ban “possible” if a leaked Supreme Court opinion became final and his party gained control in Washington.

#abortion, #democratic-party, #gillibrand-kirsten-e, #graham-lindsey, #hassan-margaret, #klobuchar-amy, #mcconnell-mitch, #national-republican-senatorial-committee, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Supreme Court Has Been Leaking for Years

Whatever legitimacy it had retained was sacrificed in the drive to build the majority that seems poised to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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Democrats Plan a Bid to Codify Roe, but Lack the Votes to Succeed

In announcing a Wednesday vote on doomed legislation to enshrine abortion rights into federal law, the top Senate Democrat teed up a political fight for the midterm campaign.

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Democrats Vow Response to Roe v. Wade Ruling but Have Few Options

With neither the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster of legislation to protect abortion rights nor the 50 votes to pass it, Senate Democrats said they would try anyway.

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What DeSantis and His Republican Allies Are Doing Will Have Grave Costs

Discarding core commitments is not a small concession to changing times but an abject desecration of everything the G.O.P. long claimed to believe.

#carlson-tucker, #citizens-united, #citizens-united-v-federal-election-commission-supreme-court-decision, #conservatism-us-politics, #corporations, #cruz-ted, #desantis-ron, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #florida, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #shapiro-benjamin-a-1984, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vance-j-d

The Ohio Primary and the Return of the Republican Civil War

How the divides of the party’s 2016 primary campaign have risen fully to the surface again.

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Lisa Murkowski Bets Big on the Center in Alaska

The Republican senator is leaning into her centrist credentials and bipartisan ties in her re-election race, hoping that voters will reward moderation as the G.O.P. has lurched to the right.

#elections-senate, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #manchin-joe-iii, #mcconnell-mitch, #murkowski-lisa, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #tshibaka-kelly, #united-states-politics-and-government

McConnell and McCarthy’s Jan. 6 Fury at Trump Faded by February

In the days after the attack, Representative Kevin McCarthy planned to tell Mr. Trump to resign. Senator Mitch McConnell told allies impeachment was warranted. But their fury faded fast.

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

Democrats Aim to Fill as Many Court Vacancies as Possible by End of 2022

Democrats aim to fill as many court vacancies as possible by the end of 2022, when Senate Republicans are in reach of winning control and slamming the brakes on President Biden’s picks.

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Trump Still Has the Republican Party in His Grasp

He rages. McConnell trembles. We all lose.

#collins-susan-m, #cotton-tom, #internal-sub-only-nl, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #mcconnell-mitch, #murkowski-lisa, #oz-mehmet-c, #republican-party, #romney-mitt

As His CNN+ Show Debuts, Rex Chapman Fears His Own Success

With 1.2 million Twitter followers and a show debuting on CNN+, the former N.B.A. player appears to have an enviable life. But he’s haunted by what happened the last time he was famous.

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Income Taxes for All? Rick Scott Has a Plan, and That’s a Problem.

The “Plan to Rescue America” is dividing the party and cheering Democrats, and its author, Senate Republicans’ top campaign official, won’t stop talking about it.

#democratic-party, #elections-senate, #federal-taxes-us, #income-tax, #mcconnell-mitch, #national-republican-senatorial-committee, #republican-party, #scott-richard-l, #united-states-politics-and-government

Call Logs Underscore Trump’s Efforts to Sway Lawmakers on Jan. 6

New details from White House documents provided to the House panel investigating the Capitol assault show a 7-hour gap in records of calls made by the former president on the day of the riot.

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The Respectful Supreme Court Hearing That Wasn’t

Republicans’ hostile interrogation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and relentless re-litigating of past Supreme Court feuds marred a historic moment.

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On Eve of Confirmation Hearings, G.O.P. Steps Up Attacks on Jackson

The White House and Democrats have pushed back hard against new claims that the judge was overly lenient in certain cases, calling them a smear.

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Congress Clears $1.5 Trillion Spending Bill, Including Ukraine Aid

President Biden is expected to sign the measure, the first major spending bill since he took office.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #federal-aid-us, #federal-budget-us, #law-and-legislation, #leahy-patrick-j, #mcconnell-mitch, #united-states-politics-and-government

Democrats Strip Covid Aid From $1.5 Trillion Spending Package

Facing disputes over how to cover the cost of the pandemic response effort, Democrats dropped it rather than jeopardize legislation that includes aid for Ukraine and other top priorities.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-cigarettes, #earmarks-finance, #federal-aid-us, #federal-budget-us, #foreign-aid, #house-of-representatives, #humanitarian-aid, #law-and-legislation, #mcconnell-mitch, #pelosi-nancy, #smoking-and-tobacco, #united-states-politics-and-government

Republicans Wrongly Blame Biden for Rising Gas Prices

They have pointed to the Biden administration’s policies on the Keystone XL pipeline and certain oil and gas leases, which have had little impact on prices.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #energy-information-administration, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #mcconnell-mitch, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #organization-of-the-petroleum-exporting-countries, #pence-mike, #pipelines, #presidential-election-of-2020, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #republican-party, #tc-energy-corp, #trump-donald-j

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Confirms He Will Not Run for Senate

Senator Mitch McConnell had been trying to recruit Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona to run, but former President Donald J. Trump had warned him against it.

#arizona, #ducey-doug-1964, #elections-senate, #mcconnell-mitch, #midterm-elections-2022, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Kim Reynolds Delivers Republican Rebuttal to State of the Union

The governor’s speech foreshadowed Republican arguments ahead of the midterm elections.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #iowa, #masks, #mcconnell-mitch, #reynolds-kimberly-1959, #state-of-the-union-message-us, #vaccination-and-immunization

‘I Thought I Knew What Bravery Was. And Then I Saw Ukraine.’

Readers are moved by the courage of Ukrainians and their president. Also: Judge Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court; streaming movies.

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Trump Praises Putin, Leaving Republicans in a Bind

G.O.P. leaders, while condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, were silent on comments made by the former president. Some figures on the right amplified them.

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Republican Candidates Split Over Ukraine-Russia Crisis

In Ohio, two Republicans running for Senate have taken sharply different positions, offering a clear view of the party’s rift over foreign policy.

#internal-sub-only-nl, #mcconnell-mitch, #ohio, #putin-vladimir-v, #republican-party, #russia, #scott-richard-l, #timken-jane, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vance-j-d

Mitch McConnell Is Not Our Valentine

And then there’s Marjorie Taylor Greene.

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How McConnell Hopes to Thwart Trump in the Midterms

Senator Mitch McConnell is working furiously to bring allies to Washington who will buck Donald J. Trump. It’s not going according to plan.

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Will Trump’s Election Lies Become a Litmus Test for Republicans?

Upcoming primaries will test whether embracing Donald J. Trump’s election falsehoods is a litmus test for Republican voters.

#cheney-liz, #collins-susan-m, #elections, #mcconnell-mitch, #mcdaniel-ronna-romney, #midterm-elections-2022, #pence-mike, #republican-national-committee, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j

Mitch McConnell vs. Republicans

Making sense of the G.O.P. leader’s squabble with his own party.

#internal-storyline-no, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021

Censuring Reps. Cheney and Kinzinger Sets Off Republican Food Fight

Punishing Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger was a blunder, many in the party say.

#canada, #cheney-liz, #kinzinger-adam, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #stefanik-elise, #trucks-and-trucking, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

McConnell Blasts R.N.C. Resolution, Calling Jan. 6 ‘Violent Insurrection’

Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, led a chorus of Republicans distancing themselves from a Republican National Committee censure of Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger.

#mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-national-committee, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden’s Misguided Friendship with Mitch McConnell

The president suffers from the same blind spot as other white liberal leaders throughout history.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #mcconnell-mitch, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government

Jeff Zucker Didn’t Save Democracy

But some unheroic realism from Republicans just might.

#cheney-liz, #cnn, #collins-susan-m, #cuomo-andrew-m, #democratic-party, #mcconnell-mitch, #news-and-news-media, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zucker-jeff

How Democrats Should Nominate a New Supreme Court Justice

The deliberative process that our team followed with Obama’s nominees is outdated. Democrats should move as quickly as possible.

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Are New Voting Bill Talks for Real or for Show?

Senators involved in the negotiations underway say the discussions are serious and substantive, but some Democrats remain wary.

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Democrats Plan to Move Quickly on Justice Breyer’s Successor

Given their tenuous majority, Democrats intend to act fast, anticipating roadblocks from Senator Mitch McConnell and Republicans.

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More Mojo, Joe!

Less Senate bean soup, more affordable meat.

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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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Jan. 6 Assault Still Casts Pall Over Capitol and Its Occupants

The attempt by a violent mob to interfere with a basic democratic task has left a stain on the institution and a strain on relationships.

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Why Trump’s Hold on the G.O.P. Is Unrivaled After the Capitol Riot

His continued grip on the party shows, once again, that the former president can outlast almost any outrage cycle, no matter how intensely it burns.

#mccarthy-kevin-1965, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

7 Political Wish Lists for the New Year

What do the president, vice president, former president and party leaders want in 2022? We made our best guess.

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McConnell to Manchin: We’d Love to Have You, Joe

Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, says Democratic outrage over Senator Joe Manchin’s opposition to sweeping policy bills shows he is not welcome in his party any longer.

#democratic-party, #elections-senate, #manchin-joe-iii, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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.

#elections-senate, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #mcconnell-mitch, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #senate, #south-dakota, #thune-john-r, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trump Weaponized the Supreme Court

The three justices appointed by Trump are doing exactly what they were sent to the court to do.

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