Pitching G.O.P. on Gay Marriage Bill, Tammy Baldwin Leaves Nothing to Chance

The second-term Democrat was the first openly gay woman elected to Congress. Now she is leading the effort to rally Republican support for legislation that would protect marriage equality nationwide.

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Same-Sex Marriage Bill, Considered Dead on Arrival, Gains New Life

The larger-than-expected G.O.P. vote in the House in support of legislation to codify marriage equality caught both parties off guard, suggesting there could be a narrow path to enactment.

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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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Vance Wins Republican Senate Primary in Ohio After Nod From Trump

J.D. Vance, the author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” won a G.O.P. race that saw nearly $80 million in television advertising.

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Tim Ryan Struggles to Reach Ohio’s Exhausted Majority

Mr. Ryan, the Ohio Democrat running for Senate, has been listening to white working-class voters. Whether they are listening to him and the Democratic Party is the question.

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American Officials Try to Walk Back Biden’s Comments on Putin

Senior officials, including Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, and top lawmakers stressed that the United States was not seeking regime change in Russia.

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Founder of CrowdTangle Hopes to Bring Transparency to Social Media

The co-founder of CrowdTangle has been working with Congress on legislation to make tech companies disclose their inner workings.

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The Way the Senate Melted Down Over Crypto Is Very Revealing

It almost derailed the bipartisan infrastructure bill’s passage.

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Infrastructure Deal Is Back on Track After Biden’s Assurances

Moderate Republicans said they believed that the $1.2 trillion bill, which they suggested they could now begin drafting, would have enough G.O.P. support to pass the Senate.

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Capitol Riot Security Failures Detailed in Senate Report

A 127-page joint report is the most comprehensive and detailed account to date on the intelligence, communications and policing failures around the Capitol riot.

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‘Does Anybody Have a Plan?’ Senate Report Details Jan. 6 Security Failures.

A 127-page joint report is the most comprehensive and detailed account to date on the intelligence, communications and policing failures around the Capitol riot.

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Democrats Want a Stronger Edge in the Senate. Ohio Could Be Crucial.

The retirement of a moderate Republican senator and conservative infighting have raised Democratic ambitions in the state, a longtime political bellwether that is increasingly tilting red.

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Biden Presses Economic Aid Plan, Rejecting Inflation Fears

Despite a better-than-expected jobs report, administration officials stressed that millions of workers still needed help from a proposed $1.9 trillion stimulus package.

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Trump’s Trial and the ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ Scenario

Readers criticize Republicans’ reluctance to hold the former president accountable. One says his defense team could simply “read Dr. Seuss’ ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ and still most Republicans would vote to acquit.”

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Raise Your Hand if You Were Expecting Biden to Be a Revolutionary

The president has been much more left-wing out of the gate than many predicted. What comes next?

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How Nan Whaley, Dayton’s Mayor, Sees Ohio Politics and Portman’s Senate Seat

In an interview, Ms. Whaley, a Democrat, discusses what her party needs to do to start winning more statewide races in Ohio, including the 2022 races for Senate and governor that she is mulling.

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As Trump Seeks to Remain a Political Force, New Targets Emerge

As Donald Trump surveys the political landscape, there is a sudden Senate opening in Ohio, an ally’s bid for Arkansas governor, and some scores to settle elsewhere.

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Portman to Retire in Ohio, Expanding 2022 Battle for Senate

The respected Republican legislator cited gridlock and partisanship in deciding to give up his seat. His exit underscores how far the party has strayed from its former identity.

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Trump Administration Approves Start of Formal Transition to Biden

A key official designated President-elect Joe Biden as the apparent winner after Michigan certified his victory there and President Trump lost another court decision in Pennsylvania.

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As Grassley Tests Positive, Coronavirus Threatens to Stall Work in Congress

Two of the oldest members of Congress, Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa and Representative Don Young of Alaska, now have the virus, underscoring the risks on Capitol Hill.

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As Grassley Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Virus Threatens to Stall Work in Congress

Two of the oldest members of Congress, Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa and Representative Don Young of Alaska, now have the virus, underscoring the risks on Capitol Hill.

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Senate Report: Opaque Art Market Helped Oligarchs Evade Sanctions

Congressional investigators said companies tied to two Russians under sanctions were able to buy art using shell companies and an intermediary.

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