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.

#gupta-vanita, #justice-department, #murkowski-lisa, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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.

#murkowski-lisa, #presidential-election-of-2020, #romney-mitt, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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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