Senate Passes Burn Pits Legislation, Expanding Benefits for Veterans

Republicans who had blocked the bill, which would extend benefits to an estimated 3.5 million veterans, allowed it to pass after trying unsuccessfully to limit funding for the treatments.

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Congress Is Paralyzed on Guns. Here’s Why Chris Murphy Is Still Hopeful.

The Democrat from Connecticut, who has spent his decade in the Senate trying and failing to enact gun safety bills, says his party should make the issue the core of its 2022 midterm message.

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Is John Fetterman the Future of the Democratic Party?

His quirky personal and political appeal is different from that of a typical Pennsylvania Democrat.

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Hard-Liners Gain in Pennsylvania G.O.P. Races, Worrying Both Parties

Doug Mastriano and Kathy Barnette are amplifying Donald Trump’s stolen-election lie in two key races. Republicans fear they could lose in November. Democrats fear they could win.

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Senate Republicans Stall Critical Vote on Fed Nominees

The White House’s five Fed nominees, including picks for the chair and vice chair, were supposed to face a vote on Tuesday, but Republicans boycotted.

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Fed nominees commit to not taking part in finance’s revolving door.

Three Federal Reserve picks said that they won’t work in finance for years if they are confirmed to central bank positions.

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David McCormick Joins Republican Senate Primary in Pennsylvania

A former Treasury official, Mr. McCormick has drawn comparisons to Glenn Youngkin, the financier recently elected governor of Virginia.

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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.

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Fund-Raising Surged for Republicans Who Sought to Overturn the Election

The lawmakers, who encouraged their followers to protest in Washington on Jan. 6, have capitalized on the riot to draw huge campaign donations.

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Biden Seeks Assault Weapons Ban and Background Checks

After the second mass shooting in a week, the president said tighter gun laws should not be a partisan issue, but Republicans in Congress showed little interest in Democratic proposals.

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In Washington, ‘Free Trade’ Is No Longer Gospel

Like its predecessor, the Biden administration has largely dispensed with the idea of free trade as a goal in and of itself.

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Powell Focuses on Economic Need at Key Moment in Markets and Politics

The Federal Reserve will continue to support the economy, its chair, Jerome H. Powell, pledged at a Senate hearing, even as concerns about inflation rise.

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If There Was a Republican Civil War, It Appears to Be Over

The party belongs to Trump for as long as he wants it.

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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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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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Lawmakers Resolve Fed Dispute as They Race to Close Stimulus Deal

Top senators appeared to strike an agreement on the central bank’s lending powers as they struggled to clear away the last sticking points in the $900 billion compromise plan.

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Congress Clears Two-Day Spending Extension to Finalize Stimulus Deal

The short time frame signaled optimism that Congress could come to agreement on the $900 billion economic recovery plan, but a last-minute dispute over the Fed’s lending powers emerged as a stubborn final sticking point.

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What Is 13-3? Why a Debate Over the Fed Is Holding Up Stimulus Talks

The Fed’s emergency lending authorities are a key part of its job. Republicans want to curb them. Democrats are pushing back.

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He Wanted to Count Every Vote in Philadelphia. His Party Had Other Ideas.

When Donald Trump’s campaign tried to overturn the election results in Pennsylvania, Al Schmidt found himself trapped between his party and his principles.

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Senate Sends Trump a Bill to Punish Chinese Officials Over Hong Kong

The legislation would impose sanctions on officials responsible for instituting and enforcing China’s new security law targeting Hong Kong’s autonomy.

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