Empowered by an Odds-Defying Win, Susan Collins is Ready to Deal

The senator from Maine has emerged from the toughest re-election battle of her career more influential than ever, and ready to play a crucial deal-making role in a divided Senate.

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Senate Democrats Face Power Struggle for Top Judiciary Job

Senators Richard J. Durbin and Sheldon Whitehouse are vying to be the top Democrat on the panel that controls judicial nominations, reflecting a broader debate among activists about how to wield power.

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Stock Trades by Senator Perdue Said to Have Prompted Justice Dept. Inquiry

Investigators focused on a sale of at least $1 million of stock in Cardlytics, a financial firm whose board the senator once sat on. They closed the case this summer without charges.

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Will White Women in Georgia Put Family or Culture War First?

As the crucial swing voting bloc in the state’s two pivotal Senate runoffs, they have a clear choice.

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Happy Thanksgiving to All Those Who Told the Truth in This Election

Civil servants, elected officials and judges did their jobs and protected democracy.

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Get Me Meacham! Biden Brings Back the Media’s Good Old Days

The next president promises to do for old-line newspaper columnists what Donald Trump did for cable. What a time to be George Will!

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Biden Team, Pushing Quick Stimulus Deal, Prepares for Renewed Recession

Economists warn that lawmakers must pass aid now, as a renewed coronavirus surge chills consumer spending and business activity.

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Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia is in isolation after testing positive for the virus.

Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, a Republican who is campaigning in a high-stakes runoff election that could determine control of the Senate, is isolating after testing positive for the coronavirus.

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Republicans in Congress Stay Largely in Line Behind Trump

A few top Republicans called for a smooth transition, but the critical mass of the party remained silent as President Trump continued to try to subvert the popular vote and falsely claim he won re-election.

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Republican Resistance Looms in the Senate for Biden’s Nominees

The polarization of the confirmation process, once a matter of giving the president the team he chooses, will present the new administration with a challenge in filling out its upper echelons.

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How Steve Mnuchin Snubbed Joe Biden

He terminated emergency-lending programs that will limit the new administration’s options — and upset the Federal Reserve, too.

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With Senate Control Hanging in Balance, ‘Crazytown’ Cash Floods Georgia

After the state went blue in the presidential race, more than $135 million in TV ads have been booked in two Senate runoff elections.

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Trump’s Confederate Base Veto Threat Imperils Defense Bill

Senator James Inhofe is pressing to jettison a broadly supported requirement to strip the names of Confederate leaders from military bases, a provision the president opposes.

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Actually, Joe Biden Can Get Big Things Done With Mitch McConnell

Divided government sometimes overperforms expectations.

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Judy Shelton, Trump Fed Nominee, Fails to Advance to Final Vote

Ms. Shelton, a Trump loyalist with unusual views, hit a major setback. But her journey toward the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors may not be over.

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Our Political System Is Unfair. Liberals Need to Just Deal With It.

There are few if any pathways to changing either the Electoral College or the structure of the Senate in the near-term.

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Largely Out of Sight in Washington, Kamala Harris Preps for White House

Ms. Harris has barely appeared on the public radar since her acceptance speech last Saturday in Wilmington, Del., where she declared “a new day for America.”

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What Democrats Are Up Against in Georgia

The Senate contenders face not just Republicans but also the state’s political history, which shows that change doesn’t come easy.

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Economic Demands Test Biden Even Before Inauguration

With the recovery slowing and coronavirus cases surging, Democrats must decide whether quick action on federal aid is more important than its scale.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #democratic-party, #federal-aid-us, #house-of-representatives, #recession-and-depression, #republican-party, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Democrats Work to Defy History in Georgia Runoffs That Have Favored G.O.P.

The special elections were devised by white Republicans to dilute the power of Black voters. But those involved in earlier contests say demographic change and Democratic energy could allow the party to finally beat the odds.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #harris-kamala-d, #loeffler-kelly-l, #perdue-david-a-jr, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warnock-raphael-g

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Time to Take a Pledge: No Stocks if You’re a Member of Congress

Owning actively traded shares can create conflicts of interest. Georgia’s Senate candidates agree. Will others? Mutual funds could be good for them.

#conflicts-of-interest, #content-type-service, #elections-senate, #georgia, #house-of-representatives, #loeffler-kelly-l, #mutual-funds, #ossoff-jon, #perdue-david-a-jr, #senate, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warnock-raphael-g

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Trump Rebuffs Biden Transition Team, Setting Off Virus and National Security Risks

Some Senate Republicans said the president-elect should be given intelligence briefings, and transition team members found workarounds for the president’s stonewalling.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #general-services-administration, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Republican Senate Would Be Bad for Business

What’s bad for America would be bad for corporations, too.

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Economic Risks Are High as Chances for Quick Stimulus Narrow

The Federal Reserve chief warned that a vaccine was still too uncertain to count on, and lawmakers signaled that more support was not imminent.

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Kara Swisher Talks Pennsylvania Voter Turnout With the State’s Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman

The state’s lieutenant governor has been tweeting since election night. Mostly he’s trying to get the president to understand simple arithmetic.

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Joe Biden Will Face This Overlooked Crisis on Day 1

Members of the new administration may have to reassemble a broken government before they can begin to use it for good.

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What Happened in Each Key Senate Race

The Democrats had expected to flip several seats, but came up short. Their hopes to control the chamber now likely rest on a pair of races in Georgia.

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How Biden Can Rule America in Spite of Everything

It won’t be easy, but coming after a self-styled “disrupter” opens up its own possibilities.

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Who’s Going to Tell Him? Republicans Shy From Asking Trump to Concede

President Trump’s iron grip on his party has inspired love for him among many Republican lawmakers, and fear in others. Neither group will tell him it is time to concede his loss.

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Hell Hath No Fury Like a Trump Scorned

The victory of the Biden-Harris ticket and the enduring power of Republicanism tell two stories.

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Can Joe and Mitch Get It Done?

The incoming Democratic president and top Senate Republican have personal ties and a history of deal-making that could shape the future of a Biden administration.

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Biden Could Roll Back Trump Agenda With Blitz of Executive Actions

For Joseph R. Biden Jr., who narrowly won the election in a deeply divided nation, the early signals he sends as the country’s new leader will be critical.

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Joe Biden Wins the Election, as Last

Kamala Harris will make history as the first woman to serve as vice president.

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The Danger in White Moderates Setting Biden’s Agenda

With at most a narrow majority in the Senate, the new president will be inclined to do less. He must be pushed to do more.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #presidential-election-of-2020, #senate, #united-states-economy

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The President’s Dangerous Lies

With Joe Biden leading in electoral votes as counting progressed, President Trump claimed that the election was being stolen from him.

#democratic-party, #news-and-news-media, #presidential-election-of-2020, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Is America Becoming a Failed State?

Mitch McConnell may make the nation ungovernable.

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How a Quick Stimulus Has an Increased Chance in Divided Government

Congressional leaders and business groups are raising the possibility of new economic aid from Congress in the lame-duck session.

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The Supreme Court Is Now 6-3. What Does That Mean?

Will we see a cohesive conservative alliance? Or a disparate group of conservative justices?

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Mark Kelly Defeats Martha McSally in Crucial Arizona Senate Race

The former astronaut ran as an independent pragmatist, flipping a seat vital to Democrats’ effort to wrest control of the Senate in one of the most expensive races in the nation.

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Hickenlooper Ousts Gardner in Colorado, Handing Democrats Crucial Senate Seat

Senator Cory Gardner, a first-term Republican, had trailed throughout the race as his state increasingly tilted toward Democrats.

#colorado, #elections-senate, #gardner-cory-s, #hickenlooper-john-w, #senate

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Democrat Warnock Leads Loeffler as Georgia Senate Race Heads to Runoff

The Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, was leading Senator Kelly Loeffler after a race in which she was bloodied by a fellow Republican. The race will be decided in a January runoff.

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Democrats Battle for Senate Control as They Maintain Grip on House Majority

The two parties grappled for advantage in the fight for the Senate majority as Democrats aimed to add to their majority in the House.

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Joni Ernst Wins in Iowa, Frustrating Democrats’ Push for Senate Majority

The first-term Republican overcame a steep challenge from Theresa Greenfield, denying Democrats a crucial pickup in their path to reclaiming control of the Senate.

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Lindsey Graham Wins a Fourth Term in South Carolina, Beating Jaime Harrison

Mr. Graham, a Republican, fended off Jaime Harrison, a Democrat, whose campaign captured liberal energy — and dollars — from across the country.

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Why the U.S.’s Electoral Machinery Is More Robust Than People Think

Our system offers many offramps from the road to disaster. Whether we take one is another question.

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Final Weekend Campaigning Reflects Both Traditional Barnstorming and 2020 Chaos

The candidates visited two of the key “Blue Wall” states Mr. Trump won in 2016.

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Biden and Surrogates Hit Trump on Taxes in Closing Argument

“Why should you pay more taxes than Donald Trump?” Joseph R. Biden Jr. asked as he took aim at the president’s taxes and tax policy.

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Woman Who Mailed Threat to Susan Collins Gets 30 Months in Prison

Suzanne Muscara, 38, sent a threatening letter to the senator’s home in 2018 after becoming upset with her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice, the authorities said.

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The Woman President Who Wasn’t

Trump may have beaten Hillary Clinton, but the story doesn’t end there.

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Senate hauls Zuckerberg, Dorsey in to hearing to yell at them about tweets

A man with a massive beard talks on a flatscreen between a pair of faux columns.

Enlarge / Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (and his COVID beard?) testifying remotely before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on October 28, 2020. (credit: Michael Reynolds | Pool | Getty Images)

The Senate Commerce Committee met for a hearing Wednesday meant to probe some of the most seemingly intractable tech questions of our time: is the liability shield granted to tech firms under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act helpful or harmful, and does it need amending?

Section 230 is a little slice of law with enormously broad implications for the entire Internet and all the communication we do online. At a basic level, it means that if you use an Internet service such as Facebook or YouTube to say something obscene or unlawful, then you, not the Internet service, are the one responsible for having said the thing. The Internet service, meanwhile, has legal immunity from whatever you said. The law also allows space for Internet services to moderate user content how they wish—heavily, lightly, or not at all.

Since Section 230 became law in 1996, the Internet has scaled up from something that perhaps 15 percent of US households could access to something that almost every teenager and adult has in their pocket. Those questions of scale and ubiquity have changed our media and communications landscape, and both Democrats and Republicans alike have questioned what Section 230 should look like going forward. What we do with the law—and where we go from here—is a matter of major import not just for big social media firms such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter, but for the future of every other platform from Reddit to Ars to your favorite cooking blog—and every nascent site, app, and platform yet to come.

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