Meeting With Schumer and Pelosi, Biden Keeps Focus on Virus and Economy

On his 78th birthday, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. ignored President Trump’s continued efforts to subvert the election results.

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The Perilous State of the Subways: 5 Takeaways

A doomsday plan could slash subway service by 40 percent, eliminate bus routes and cut jobs if the M.T.A. doesn’t get billions in federal aid.

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Man Arrested Over Threat to Schumer and Vow to ‘Blow Up’ F.B.I.

Federal prosecutors said the Staten Island man cited the reactionary anti-government novel “The Turner Diaries.”

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Democrats Try to Shut Down Senate, Seeking to Stain Barrett Confirmation

Lacking the ability to block President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Democrats are using the final days of the debate to stoke outrage among voters about the rush to confirm her.

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Republicans Set to Advance Barrett Nomination Amid Democratic Boycott

The action by the Senate Judiciary Committee would set up a vote on Monday by the full chamber to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

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Democrats’ Anger Over Barrett Could Have Big Consequences in the Senate

Republicans’ decision to push through a Supreme Court confirmation fuels the prospect for big changes to minority power should Democrats take the majority.

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Spotlighting Health Care, Democrats Seek to Use Court Fight to Damage Republicans

Senate Democrats forced a mostly symbolic vote on the Affordable Care Act, previewing their strategy of making the Supreme Court confirmation fight a referendum on health care, a top voter concern.

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How Democrats Should Fight For Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Seat

Here’s how they can apply maximum pressure, brand the process as the illegitimate farce it is and lay the groundwork for desperately needed reform.

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Senate Democrats Present $350 Billion Strategy to Counter China

Democrats rolled out sprawling legislation that proposes substantial new funding over a decade in a bid to reinvest in the nation’s economy and challenge Beijing.

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The Tax Cut for the Rich That Democrats Love

Why are party leaders fighting to get rid of one surprisingly progressive element of the 2017 tax bill?

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Decision to Halt Postal Changes Does Little to Quell Election Concerns

Democrats are calling on Louis DeJoy to step down amid concerns that changes already made could disenfranchise voters in November.

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Democrats Nominate Biden for President in Roll-Call, Delivering Long-Sought Prize

In a virtual roll call showcasing its diversity, the party rewarded Joe Biden with the nomination he has pursued intermittently since 1988. The long-awaited victory is a triumph of personal and political endurance.

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Democrats Nominate Biden for President, Ending His Long Quest

In a virtual roll call showcasing its diversity, the party delivered to the former vice president a prize he has pursued intermittently since 1988. The long-awaited victory is a triumph of personal and political endurance.

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Public Transit Cuts Felt Deepest in Low-Income Areas

As the pandemic wreaks havoc on public transit systems across the country, experts say it is low-income residents, people of color and essential workers bearing the brunt.

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A New Clash Over Mail Voting: The Cost of the Postage

Senator Chuck Schumer assailed the Postal Service for what he said was an effort to triple the cost to states of sending out mail-in ballots. The service said it was just a suggestion to use first-class mail.

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Administration Officials Defend Executive Action on Pandemic Relief

Democrats criticized President Trump’s directives and called on top administration officials to resume talks over a broader agreement.

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Trump’s Go-It-Alone Stimulus Won’t Do Much to Lift the Recovery

A series of executive actions will provoke lawsuits but is unlikely to stoke faster growth in an economy that has cooled this summer.

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Sidestepping Congress, Trump Signs Executive Measures for Pandemic Relief

President Trump signed the directives after two weeks of stalemate with Democrats over a recovery package, using legally dubious measures to try to restore lapsed benefits.

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Trump Threatens to Bypass Congress as Stimulus Talks Fail Again

Democrats said the talks had been “disappointing,” and President Trump promised to use executive orders to provide relief if no agreement could be reached.

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In Stimulus Talks, McConnell Is Outside the Room and in a Tight Spot

With Republicans divided and President Trump undercutting negotiations on a pandemic relief package, the majority leader is in a difficult bind, partly of his own making.

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With Jobless Aid Expired, Trump Sidelines Himself in Stimulus Talks

As his top advisers met with Democratic leaders to try to hash out a compromise, President Trump hurled insults at Democrats and mused aloud about short-circuiting the talks and acting on his own.

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Obama’s Call to Abolish Filibuster Puts Further Spotlight on the Tactic

In the middle of the election season, Democrats hopeful of capturing the White House and Congress intensify their talk of ending the filibuster to thwart Republican opposition.

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Republican Stimulus Talks Stall Over Differences on Unemployment

Disputes over how to extend supplemental jobless benefits — and a White House push for money for a new F.B.I. building — slowed efforts to agree to an opening bid in negotiations with Democrats.

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Special Interests Mobilize to Get Piece of Next Virus Relief Package

Congress is about to start negotiating in earnest over another round of stimulus, and a frenzy of lobbying is already underway.

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50 Nights of Unrest in Portland

Robert Evans of Bellingcat says the city “is being used as a bellwether to see what this administration can get away with.”

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Congress, Do Your Job: Help Americans Without One

Federal aid is about to lapse even as the coronavirus crisis rolls on.

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How the Shooting of Breonna Taylor Changed the Kentucky Senate Race

With a war chest of $40 million, Amy McGrath was considered a safe bet in the Democratic primary. But the recent movement for racial justice has elevated the candidacy of her African-American rival, Charles Booker.

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Why Is the G.O.P. Fighting to Preserve Monuments to Traitors in the Capitol?

Portraits and statues venerating Confederate leaders are an insult to freedom and democracy.

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Trump’s Response to Protests Draws Bipartisan Rebuke in Congress

Speaker Nancy Pelosi called President Trump a “fanner of the flame” of division, as two Republican senators criticized the use of tear gas to clear the way for his photo opportunity.

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Does a Crisis Spur Political Unity? Not This Pandemic

Insults, accusations and shaming characterize the current political environment even as leaders must come together at some point.

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With Go-Slow Approach, Republicans Risk Political Blowback on Pandemic Aid

With jobless numbers rising, Republicans’ refusal to negotiate on another round of pandemic relief is proving difficult to sustain.

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Hotelier’s Push for $126 Million in Small-Business Aid Draws Scrutiny

Monty Bennett says the government should help people like him. When it came to the Paycheck Protection Program, he made sure it did.

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Under Pressure, House Leaders Scrap Plans for Speedy Return to the Capitol

With no legislative work scheduled, some rank-and-file lawmakers protested and the Capitol physician warned that a return to Washington carried health risks.

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Risky Strategy Has Produced Wins for Democrats in Fights Over Pandemic Aid

Now another struggle looms as Senator Mitch McConnell threatens a go-slow approach on the next round of economic stimulus, including aid to states.

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Senate Approves Aid for Small-Business Loan Program, Hospitals and Testing

The Senate passed a $484 billion relief package, after Democrats and Trump administration officials finalized an agreement.

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Dispute Over Virus Testing Delays Deal on Aid to Small Businesses and Hospitals

Democrats are insisting that the legislation require the Trump administration to establish a national testing strategy, but the president wants states to take responsibility.

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White House and Democrats Near Deal on Aid for Small Businesses

The $450 billion agreement would also include more money for hospitals and coronavirus testing, which Democrats had insisted on.

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Live From Her Kitchen, Pelosi Works to Counter Trump’s Coronavirus Show

The speaker and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, have begun a media blitz to present an alternative message to the president’s lengthy daily briefings.

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Trump Threatens to Adjourn Congress to Install Nominees. McConnell Demurs.

The House and Senate have both taken extended recesses amid the pandemic, convening at least every few days for so-called pro forma sessions to keep their chambers technically in session.

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Small-Business Aid Funds Run Dry as Program Fails to Reach Hardest Hit

Lawmakers remain at odds on how to replenish a lending program meant to help companies and workers weather the coronavirus pandemic.

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Stalemate Over Small-Business Aid Deepens as Officials Warn of Funding Lapse

It is unclear if lawmakers will be able to reach a consensus this week even as the Trump administration says the program could run out of funds as early as Friday.

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Congress and White House Strike Deal for $2 Trillion Stimulus Package

The plan would provide direct payments to taxpayers, jobless benefits and a $500 billion fund to assist distressed businesses, with oversight requirements demanded by Democrats.

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