Democrats Unite Behind Voting Rights Bill as It Faces a Senate Roadblock

With Republicans set to filibuster, Democrats are focusing on staying unified in the face of defeat. But the path ahead for the legislation is murky at best.

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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When It Comes to Big City Elections, Republicans Are in the Wilderness

The party’s growing irrelevance in urban and suburban areas comes at a considerable cost, sidelining conservatives in centers of innovation and economic might.

#conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #elections-mayors, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Joe Biden Is as Puzzled by the Senate as You Are

And he was a senator for 36 years. 

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #manchin-joe-iii, #presidential-election-of-2020, #ranked-choice-voting, #republican-party, #roman-catholic-church, #schumer-charles-e, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Stop Hoping the G.O.P. Will Play Ball

Democrats are playing an honor game; Republicans are playing an endgame.

#democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Liz Cheney’s Unlikely Journey From G.O.P. Royalty to Republican Outcast

Dick Cheney always saw doomsday threats from America’s enemies. His daughter is in a lonely battle against what both see as a danger to American democracy: Donald J. Trump.

#cheney-dick, #cheney-liz, #content-type-personal-profile, #house-of-representatives, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wyoming

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The Strange Death of Liberal Russophobia

How the Biden presidency is (wisely) opting out of Cold War 2.0.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #putin-vladimir-v, #republican-party, #russia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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How Republican States Are Expanding Their Power Over Elections

In Georgia, Republicans are removing Democrats of color from local boards. In Arkansas, they have stripped election control from county authorities. And they are expanding their election power in many other states.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #elections, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #states-us, #trump-donald-j

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Herschel Walker’s Cryptic Video Could Upend Georgia Senate Race

If the Georgia college football legend Herschel Walker declares his candidacy it could put former President Donald J. Trump’s power as a kingmaker to the test.

#elections-senate, #endorsements, #georgia, #hice-jody-1960, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walker-herschel, #warnock-raphael-g

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She Was a Black Election Official in Georgia. Then Came New G.O.P. Rules.

In Georgia, Republicans are removing Democrats of color from local boards. In Arkansas, they have stripped election control from county authorities. And they are expanding their election power in many other states.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #elections, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #states-us, #trump-donald-j

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Republicans Wave the White Flag on Health Care (for Now)

The Supreme Court’s latest ruling moved the country’s debate over health policy into a new phase. Tough questions await both parties.

#democratic-party, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Katie Hobbs and Kyrsten Sinema Illustrate a Voting Rights Divide

Ms. Hobbs, the Arizona secretary of state, saw her star rise as she fought Republicans’ election falsehoods. Senator Kyrsten Sinema, a fellow Democrat, insists on a bipartisan approach to voting rights.

#arizona, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #hobbs-kathleen-m, #republican-party, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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St. Louis Couple Who Aimed Guns at Protesters Plead Guilty to Misdemeanors

Mark McCloskey and Patricia McCloskey of Missouri will pay a total of nearly $3,000 in fines and give up the weapons used in the confrontation.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections-senate, #fines-penalties, #firearms, #mccloskey-mark-t-1956, #mccloskey-patricia-n-1959, #missouri, #republican-party, #senate, #st-louis-mo, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Joe Manchin and the Magic 50th Vote for Democrats’ Voting Rights Bill

Democrats know that their election overhaul has no chance as long as the filibuster exists, but they are eager to show that all that stands in its way are Republicans.

#abrams-stacey-y, #democratic-party, #endorsements, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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These 14 House Republicans Voted Against a Juneteenth Federal Holiday

Some objected to the phrase “Independence Day” in the formal name of the holiday celebrating the end of slavery. Others said federal workers did not need another paid day off.

#holidays-and-special-occasions, #juneteenth, #republican-party

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As Wars Wind Down, Congress Revisits Presidential Powers

The House is expected to repeal the 2002 authorization for the invasion of Iraq, and the Senate will consider doing so as well in a rare debate over war powers.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #authorization-for-use-of-military-force, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #iraq-war-2003-11, #obama-barack, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #republican-party, #senate, #senate-committee-on-foreign-relations, #september-11-2001, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-emergency-powers-us

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Frank Bruni: A Final Column on What it Means to Be a Columnist

As I leave this job after 10 years, I wish I’d handled many columns better.

#cruz-ted, #news-and-news-media, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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For Republicans, ‘Crisis’ Is the Message as the Outrage Machine Ramps Up

With next year’s midterm elections seen as a referendum on Democratic rule, Republicans are trying to create a sense of urgency and diverting focus from their own divisions.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #elections-house-of-representatives, #house-of-representatives, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #scalise-steve, #stefanik-elise, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Corporate America Forgives the Sedition Caucus

Donations flow to lawmakers who tried to overturn the election.

#campaign-finance, #political-action-committees, #republican-party, #scott-richard-l, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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New Publisher Says It Welcomes Conservative Writers Rejected Elsewhere

All Seasons Press, started by former executives from Simon & Schuster and Hachette, plans to publish books by the former Trump officials Mark Meadows and Peter Navarro.

#all-seasons-press, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #burke-louise-publisher, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hartson-kate, #meadows-mark-r-1959, #navarro-peter, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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

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In Congress, Republicans Shrug at Warnings of Democracy in Peril

As G.O.P. legislatures move to curtail voting rules, congressional Democrats say authoritarianism looms, but Republicans dismiss the concerns as politics as usual.

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #minorities, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #senate, #state-legislatures, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Demonizing Critical Race Theory

These initiatives that Republicans whipped up to rail against are usually not a problem, but rather a wandering outrage in search of a problem.

#race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #shariah-islamic-law, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

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Netanyahu’s Road Through Israel’s History, in Pictures

A photographic journey shows how ‘Bibi’ put his stamp on Israel — through his toughness and the search for security in an unstable region.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #elections, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #hezbollah, #international-relations, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #peace-process, #photography, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank

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Donald Trump Is Starving

A glutton for attention is yanked away from the buffet.

#florida, #green-joshua-1972, #mar-a-lago-palm-beach-fla, #news-and-news-media, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Joe Manchin Can Fix the Filibuster

In mending rather than ending the rule, he might get us a little closer to a workable middle ground.

#democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #manchin-joe-iii, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-virginia

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What Drives Joe Manchin? Frustrated Democrats Can Look to West Virginia.

The senator has become a lightning rod in his party and a major obstacle to President Biden’s agenda. In his home state, his stubborn belief in bipartisanship is recognized as the core of his being.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #content-type-personal-profile, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #west-virginia

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How Democrats Should Approach the Midterm Elections

After four years of authoritarian rule,  Democratic control hangs in the balance. It doesn’t have to.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j

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Bipartisan Group of Senators Announce Proposal on Infrastructure

Five Democrats and five Republicans announced a plan that would be fully paid for, though they did not offer details. Many lawmakers remained skeptical that it would be approved.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #democratic-party, #infrastructure-public-works, #republican-party, #senate, #taxation, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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

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Senator Joe Manchin Has a Point

Low partisanship, not high ideals, is what propels the Democrats’ vision for voting reform.

#democratic-party, #manchin-joe-iii, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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How Trump’s Political Legacy Is on the Ballot in the Virginia Governor’s Race

Terry McAuliffe, the Democrat, will try to tie his opponent, Glenn Youngkin, to former President Donald Trump, while Mr. Youngkin will try to sidestep Mr. Trump but not reject him.

#democratic-party, #elections-governors, #governors-us, #mcauliffe-terry, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

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As Military Addresses Diversity, Republicans See Culture War Target

The Pentagon’s leadership is taking steps to promote inclusion in the military, prompting a political backlash.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #conservatism-us-politics, #defense-department, #draft-and-recruitment-military, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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Voter Suppression Must Be the Central Issue

People of color have been pivotal in some recent elections. Republicans are determined to stop that.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters, #voting-rights-act-1965, #whites

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Keystone XL Pipeline Project Is Canceled

The embattled project to carry oil from Canada to Nebraska had been on life support since President Biden’s first day in office and stalled by legal battles for years before that.

#350-org, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #enbridge-inc, #energy-transfer-partners-lp, #global-warming, #indigenous-people, #keystone-pipeline-system, #nebraska, #obama-barack, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #republican-party, #tc-energy-corp, #trump-donald-j

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ProPublica Report Has Congress Rethinking How to Tax Superrich

A report showing that the richest Americans, including Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett, pay almost no taxes has refocused attention on the tax code.

#alternative-minimum-tax, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #capital-gains-tax, #corporate-taxes, #democratic-party, #federal-taxes-us, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-tax, #internal-revenue-service, #pro-publica, #propublica, #republican-party, #senate-committee-on-finance, #stocks-and-bonds, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017, #tax-shelters, #taxation, #toomey-patrick-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warren-elizabeth, #wyden-ron

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My Fellow Republicans, Stop Fearing This Dangerous and Diminished Man

Republicans must authorize an investigation of Jan. 6. Otherwise they enable Trump, feed QAnon and allow the threat of violence to continue.

#flynn-michael-t, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qanon, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j

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Republicans Are Turning America Into a ‘Democracy With Asterisks’

Forget Trump for a minute. The real action is taking place across the country in state capitols, mostly out of view.

#absentee-voting, #democratic-party, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #states-us, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Ciattarelli Defeats Trump Loyalists in G.O.P. Primary to Take on Murphy

Jack Ciattarelli won New Jersey’s Republican primary and will face Philip D. Murphy, the Democratic incumbent, in November.

#center-for-public-interest-polling, #ciattarelli-jack-m, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #election-law-enforcement-commission, #elections-governors, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #norcross-george-iii, #politics-and-government, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #rider-university, #rowan-university

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Texas Democrats Begin Voter Registration Push as G.O.P. Eyes Limits

With Republicans moving to pass new voting restrictions in the state, Democrats are starting a major statewide registration program focused on racially diverse communities.

#democratic-party, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Are We Destined for a Crisis of Democracy in 2024?

Some alarm is understandable. The progressive sense of certain doom is not.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cheney-liz, #impeachment, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Democrats’ Improbable New F.E.C. Strategy: More Deadlock Than Ever

Here is the inside story of how Democrats, after a decade of defeats at the nation’s top campaign watchdog, are trying to enforce election laws in part by losing on purpose in federal court.

#campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #federal-courts-us, #federal-election-commission, #republican-party, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weintraub-ellen-l

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Rejecting Biden’s Win, Rising Republicans Attack Legitimacy of Elections

The next generation of aspiring G.O.P. congressional leaders has aggressively pushed Donald Trump’s false fraud claims, raising the prospect that the results of elections will continue to be challenged through 2024.

#midterm-elections-2022, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Arizona 2020 Election Review: Risks for Republicans and Democracy

Experts call it a circus. Polls say it will hurt the G.O.P. in 2022. But Republicans are on board in Arizona and elsewhere, despite warnings of lasting damage to the political system.

#arizona, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #hobbs-kathleen-m, #mann-thomas-e, #maricopa-county-ariz, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Democratic Report Raises 2022 Alarms on Messaging and Voter Outreach

A new report, in perhaps the most thorough soul-searching done by either party this year, points to an urgent need for the party to present a positive economic agenda and rebut Republican misinformation.

#asian-americans, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #collective-pac, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #hispanic-americans, #latino-victory-fund, #midterm-elections-2022, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #third-way, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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Turning Child Care Into a New Cold War

Republicans talk a good game about families. And then stiff them.

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #families-and-family-life, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Kamala Harris Can’t Win

Her role is fraught. Her detractors are ferocious.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #democratic-party, #harris-kamala-d, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vice-presidents-and-vice-presidency-us, #women-and-girls

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Three Paths to Containing Trump

How left, center and right hope to keep our ex-president in check.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cheney-liz, #democratic-party, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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At Once Diminished and Dominating, Trump Prepares for His Next Act

The former president speaks on Saturday to the North Carolina Republican convention, as he resumes political speeches and rallies.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #content-type-personal-profile, #north-carolina, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Federal Unemployment Aid Is Now a Political Lightning Rod

Republican-led states are cutting off relief months ahead of schedule, citing openings aplenty. Some jobless workers face hardships and tough choices.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #labor-and-jobs, #republican-party, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Biden Says Enhanced Unemployment Benefits Will Expire Soon

As Republicans blame enhanced unemployment insurance for slower-than-expected job gains, the White House stresses that the benefit will expire in September as planned.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #federal-reserve-system, #labor-and-jobs, #republican-party, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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