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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What Trump Doesn’t Understand About Alaska

The state’s unusual politics should help Lisa Murkowski resist the wrath of the MAGA faithful.

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Harris Emerges as the Voice of Abortion Rights in the Biden Administration

The threat to Roe v. Wade presents Vice President Kamala Harris with an opportunity to recover from early political stumbles.

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Here’s How Democrats in Congress Are Trying to Protect Abortion Rights

Under legislation that is all but certain to fail on a test vote this week, abortion rights would be protected and a wide array of limits and bans would be barred.

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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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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.

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Trump Still Has the Republican Party in His Grasp

He rages. McConnell trembles. We all lose.

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Alaska Man Who Threatened to Kill U.S. Senators Gets Nearly 3 Years in Prison

Prosecutors said that Jay Allen Johnson left 17 threatening and expletive-laden voicemails over five months for Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both of Alaska.

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Is Trump the Democrats’ Secret Weapon?

There are days when it certainly seems that way.

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Jackson Vote Poses a Political Dilemma for Murkowski

The Alaska Republican is facing a difficult re-election race in which she is under attack by former President Donald J. Trump and the right. Could a vote for President Biden’s nominee save her?

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Collins to Back Jackson for Supreme Court, Giving Her a G.O.P. Vote

Senator Susan Collins, a centrist from Maine, said a second meeting with Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson alleviated her concerns. It is unclear if other Republicans will join her.

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Lawmakers Push to Ban Russian Oil Imports, Amid White House Resistance

Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are pursuing the ban to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, but the White House is opposed, warning of energy price spikes.

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Biden Made a Historic Supreme Court Pick. What Will Senators Do?

Nominating the first Black woman is both bold and politically savvy, Democrats told us. Republicans are divided over how much of a fight to put up.

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Which Republicans Could Back Biden’s Nominee?

All but three Republicans in the Senate opposed Judge Jackson’s nomination to a prominent appeals court.

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Other Places Should Do What Alaska Did to Its Elections

Reforms on how we vote offer hope in mitigating the forces of extremism in our politics.

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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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Overhaul of Electoral Count Act Will Pass, Manchin Says

Senators working to overhaul the law said recent revelations about former President Donald J. Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election made their work even more crucial.

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Republicans Who Voted to Impeach Trump Out-Raised Primary Rivals

Despite their pariah status in their party, House Republicans who broke with the former president have raised more than their G.O.P. foes.

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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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Murkowski Announces Re-election Bid, Setting up Clash With Trump

Of the seven Republicans who found former President Donald J. Trump guilty in his second impeachment trial, the Alaska senator is the only one facing re-election this year.

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Republicans Block a Second Voting Rights Bill in the Senate

Democrats hope that a filibuster of a measure named for former Representative John Lewis of Georgia, the civil rights icon, will help build momentum for a change in Senate rules.

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Republicans Are Expected to Block a Second Voting Rights Bill in the Senate

Democrats hope that a filibuster of a measure named for former Representative John Lewis of Georgia, the civil rights icon, will help build momentum for a change in Senate rules.

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Biden Plans to Restore Protections to Tongass National Forest in Alaska

The administration says it will “repeal or replace” the rule that opened up more than half of Tongass National Forest to logging.

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Senate Confirms Vanita Gupta for Top Justice Dept. Role

Ms. Gupta will oversee the department’s vast civil division, which is tasked with defending the Biden administration in court, as well as its Civil Rights Division, which she once led.

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High on Their Own Supply

Democrats work the refs.

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Confirmation in Doubt for Neera Tanden, Biden’s Budget Director Pick

The struggle to gain support for the longtime Democratic aide whose combative Twitter posts have drawn criticism reflects miscalculations by the White House and its chief of staff, Ron Klain.

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Why Seven Republican Senators Voted to Convict Trump

The Republicans who broke with their party to find Donald J. Trump guilty were an eclectic group, bound by their shared lack of concern about retribution from the former president or his followers.

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Here are the seven Republicans who voted to convict Trump.

The vote was the most bipartisan for a presidential impeachment conviction in United States history.

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Senate Balances Impeachment Trial With an Incoming President

Senate leaders were working to agree on a dual track to try the departing president at the same time it considered the agenda of the incoming one, an exercise never tried before.

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Trump Is Blowing Apart the G.O.P. God Bless Him.

There still will be a place for principled Republicans.

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A Dinner, a Deal and Moonshine: How the Stimulus Came Together

Top party leaders cinched a $900 billion relief deal after laying down their swords. But it took an empowered, bipartisan group of moderates to help bridge the divide.

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Coronavirus Stimulus Bolsters Biden, Shows Potential Path for Agenda

Working together with the president-elect, bipartisan groups in the Senate and House helped push feuding leaders to compromise. It could be a template for the future.

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A Single Senator Dashes Hopes for Latino and Women’s Museums — For Now

Senator Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, blocked the creation of Smithsonian museums honoring women and Latinos, warning they would worsen societal divides.

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Murkowski, in a Turnabout, Says She Will Vote to Confirm Barrett

The iconoclastic Alaska Republican said she remained opposed to filling the Supreme Court seat so close to an election but could not hold that against a qualified nominee.

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Mitch McConnell Has Seen the Promised Land

Chutzpah doesn’t even begin to cover it.

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Can Mitch McConnell Be Stopped?

If Republicans give Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat to some Federalist Society fanatic, Democrats should pack the court.

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Why Does Trump Want an Inaccurate Census?

Congress must extend the deadline for the count.

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Trump Trembles: Mitt Romney Is on the Move

Just remember that nothing counts if you don’t vote.

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That Trump Tweet? Republicans Prefer Not to See It

Even when presented with a printout of the president’s incendiary Twitter comment, Republicans toiled to avoid commenting.

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Trump Agrees to Send Home Troops From Washington, Easing Tensions With the Pentagon

But what appeared to be an uneasy truce between the White House and military leaders did not mean the conflict was over.

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Trump and the Military: A Mutual Embrace Might Dissolve on America’s Streets

“There is a thin line between the tolerance we have witnessed from the military for three years and the point where it becomes intolerable,” said Douglas Lute, a retired three-star Army general.

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Murkowski Endorses Mattis Criticism of Trump, Calling it ‘Necessary and Overdue’

The Alaska Republican suggested the former defense secretary’s scathing remarks might serve as a tipping point, prodding other Republicans to go public with longstanding concerns about President Trump.

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In Rare Break, Some Republicans Reject Trump’s Harsh Response to Unrest

The president’s crackdown on peaceful protesters drew condemnations from a handful of Republican lawmakers, but Democrats planned to push them to back up their words with legislative measures.

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Native American Tribes Sue Over Coronavirus Stimulus Aid

A dispute among native populations over $8 billion in federal coronavirus relief has delayed aid to tribes that are among the hardest-hit by Covid-19.

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