C.I.A.-Backed Afghan Fighters Are Still Waiting to Reach U.S.

Commandos who played a key role in helping American forces are waiting for visas in the United Arab Emirates, and are among the last of the evacuated Afghans to get a chance to reach the United States.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #central-intelligence-agency, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #state-department, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

Fed’s Policy Pivot May Prove Late and Abrupt, Critics Fret

The Federal Reserve is still buying bonds as prices surge. Some praise the central bank’s continuing policy pivot; others ask if it was fast enough.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #federal-reserve-system, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #quantitative-easing, #stimulus-economic, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Democrats, Want to Defend Democracy? Embrace What Is Possible.

Why Congress should reform the Electoral Count Act.

#electoral-college, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

This Poll Shows Just How Much Trouble Democrats Are In

New Gallup numbers may portend a political earthquake.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #polls-and-public-opinion, #united-states-politics-and-government

Attack of the Right-Wing Thought Police

Don’t teach anything that makes students uncomfortable.

#critical-race-theory, #desantis-ron, #education-k-12, #florida, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

War Looms Between Russia and Ukraine, but Diplomatic Options Remain

Fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine are growing, but diplomatic options remain.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #nuclear-weapons, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

What the Trump Documents Might Tell the Jan. 6 Committee

Following last week’s Supreme Court ruling, the House panel has received material that it hopes could flesh out how the attack on the Capitol came about.

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Court Approves Special Grand Jury in Trump Election Inquiry

A district attorney in Georgia is investigating possible election interference by former President Donald J. Trump and his allies.

#georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #willis-fani-t

Democrats in Congress Seek Review of Teams Within the Border Patrol

Lawmakers asked the Government Accountability Office to review “critical incident teams,” and two House committees will conduct a separate investigation.

#border-patrol-us, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #government-accountability-office, #homeland-security-department, #house-committee-on-oversight-and-government-reform, #house-of-representatives, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Pentagon Puts 8,500 Troops on ‘High Alert’ Amid Ukraine Tensions

The move signals a shift for the Biden administration as the United States and NATO allies brace for possible Russian military action.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #eastern-europe, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Cash Aid to Poor Mothers Improves Brain Function in Babies, Study Finds

The research could have policy implications as President Biden pushes to revive his proposal to expand the child tax credit.

#babies-and-infants, #babys-first-years, #brain, #child-tax-credits-and-stipends, #federal-aid-us, #income, #income-inequality, #poverty, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #research, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

Michael Avenatti Trial Begins, Unearthing Artifacts of the Trump Era

Mr. Avenatti rose to prominence as one of then-President Donald J. Trump’s primary foils. But prosecutors say he was defrauding his best-known client.

#avenatti-michael, #clifford-stephanie-1979, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #frauds-and-swindling, #identity-theft, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Personal Profit in Congress

Some members of Congress have strangely good timing when it comes to stock investments.

#internal-storyline-no, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Joe Biden Would Like to Know What Your Problem Is

His marathon news conference last week did not suggest that he thought his presidency needed a reboot — or even a rebranding. 

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #klain-ronald-a, #presidential-election-of-2024, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Top Jan. 6 Investigator Fired From Post at the University of Virginia

Democrats in Virginia denounced the action as a partisan move aimed at helping former President Donald J. Trump undercut the investigation of the Capitol riot.

#charlottesville-va, #colleges-and-universities, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #university-of-virginia

Old-Fashioned, Inefficient Light Bulbs Live On at the Nation’s Dollar Stores

A Trump administration weakening of climate rules has kept incandescent bulbs on store shelves, and research shows they’re concentrated in shops serving poorer areas.

#electric-light-bulbs, #energy-efficiency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lighting, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Weighs Deploying Thousands of Troops to Eastern Europe and Baltics

The president is also considering deploying warships and aircraft to NATO allies, in what would be a major shift from its restrained stance on Ukraine.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden’s Pandemic Fight: Inside the Setbacks of the First Year

The administration has gotten much right, but its response has been hampered by confusing messaging, a lack of focus on testing, fear of political blowback and the coronavirus’s unpredictability.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #fauci-anthony-s, #food-and-drug-administration, #health-and-human-services-department, #masks, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #tests-medical, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #walensky-rochelle, #woodcock-janet

Is the U.S. on the Verge of a Civil War?

Readers respond to columns by Ross Douthat and Michelle Goldberg. Also: Bosses who are jerks; voter suppression, then and now.

#right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #workplace-environment

Ann Coulter Is Rooting for a Trump-DeSantis Throw-Down. She’s Not Alone.

The former president and the governor of Florida are on a collision course for the future of the G.OP.

#coulter-ann, #desantis-ron, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

For Many Who Marched, Jan. 6 Was Only the Beginning

To many of those who attended the Trump rally but who never breached the Capitol, that date wasn’t a dark day for the nation. It was a new start.

#arizona, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #presidential-election-of-2020, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

Arizona Democrats Censure Sinema After Filibuster Vote

Kyrsten Sinema, a first-term Arizona senator, was rebuked by fellow Democrats in her state after her vote on the filibuster helped sink the party’s voting-rights legislation.

#arizona, #democratic-party, #elections-senate, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #gallego-ruben-1979, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government

How to Retreat From Ukraine

Searching for a non-disastrous way back from American overreach.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #kyiv-ukraine, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

On the Filibuster, Joe Manchin Thinks James Madison Is on His Side. Nope.

Arguments about the filibuster need the right context.

#democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #internal-sub-only-nl, #law-and-legislation, #madison-james-1751-1836, #manchin-joe-iii, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

President Biden’s Economy Is Failing the Big Mac Test

The administration made a lot of the right economic moves in its first year, but high inflation is reason enough to postpone any celebrations.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #inflation-economics, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

Arizona Sues to Stop Treasury From Recouping Relief Funds

Gov. Doug Ducey has been using federal pandemic aid to undermine school mask requirements, which Treasury said violated the law.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #arizona, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ducey-doug-1964, #education-k-12, #federal-aid-us, #masks, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Looks to Intel’s U.S. Investment to Buoy His China Agenda

The president said passage of a China competition bill was needed “for the sake of our economic competitiveness and our national security.”

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #computer-chips, #intel-corporation, #law-and-legislation, #supply-chain, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

What Mattered This Week

President Biden rebooted. Democrats feuded. And Republicans watched it all with glee.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #midterm-elections-2022, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wisconsin

Jan. 6 Panel and State Officials Seek Answers on Fake Trump Electors

Pressure is mounting on the Justice Department to investigate bogus electors who claimed that Donald J. Trump defeated Joseph R. Biden Jr. in their states.

#balderas-hector-h-jr, #eastman-john-c, #electoral-college, #garland-merrick-b, #nessel-dana, #pence-mike, #pocan-mark, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Igor Fruman, Former Giuliani Associate, Is Sentenced to One Year in Prison

Mr. Fruman was at the center of a campaign to damage then-President Donald J. Trump’s rivals, but was brought down by campaign finance charges.

#america-first-action, #belarus, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #fruman-igor, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #laxalt-adam, #manhattan-nyc, #parnas-lev, #presidential-election-of-2020, #shokin-viktor, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yovanovitch-marie-l

The Long Road to Successful Covid Vaccines

The road to successful vaccines; mask distribution; Starbucks; Build Back Better; Trump’s call to Georgia; leaving the G.O.P.; a football fan’s plea.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #masks, #national-football-league, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #rna-ribonucleic-acid, #senate, #starbucks-corporation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Jonathan Pershing to Leave Job as Climate Diplomat

Jonathan Pershing, a veteran diplomat, worked to reassert the U.S. role in global negotiations. He said he was optimistic that the world will avert climate catastrophe.

#global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-relations, #kerry-john, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Will Climate Action Happen Now?

More Democrats are focusing on it.

#global-warming, #internal-storyline-no, #united-states-politics-and-government

I Underestimated the Boundless Cruelty of the G.O.P.

The erosion of reproductive rights is a result of raw, bare-knuckled politics, as a minority exercises its power over a majority.

#abortion, #republican-party, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #womens-rights

The View From the White House

Ron Klain, President Biden’s chief of staff, reflects on the first year of the administration.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #audio-neutral-informative, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #klain-ronald-a, #supply-chain, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Does Jan. 6 Disqualify Some Republicans From Re-election?

Why a section of the 14th Amendment could offer a challenge to Madison Cawthorn and others running for office this year.

#cawthorn-madison, #elections-house-of-representatives, #fourteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #north-carolina, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #treason-and-sedition, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘Constitutional Conservatives’ Have Some Reading Up to Do

When a “federal takeover of elections” is nothing of the kind.

#constitution-us, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #fifteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #hamilton-alexander, #pence-mike, #republican-party, #scalia-antonin, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

The Mental Health Toll of Trump-Era Politics

When politics becomes “a pervasive and largely unavoidable source of chronic stress.”

#anxiety-and-stress, #depression-mental, #presidential-election-of-2020, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Racial Turmoil Mars Signs of Progress at the U.S. Mint

A new internal report found that minorities felt marginalized at the Treasury agency that produces the nation’s coins.

#discrimination, #hiring-and-promotion, #race-and-ethnicity, #treasury-department, #united-states-mint, #united-states-politics-and-government, #ventris-c-gibson, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Why Biden’s Agenda Brings Him Closer to L.B.J. Than F.D.R.

The president’s agenda — big progressive change — has placed Democratic priorities over the voters’ desire for practical help on the pandemic and inflation.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #johnson-lyndon-baines, #new-deal-1930s, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #united-states-politics-and-government

Intel to Invest at Least $20 Billion in New Chip Factories in Ohio

Building up U.S. chip production has been a focus of lawmakers and companies alike amid a global shortage of the crucial components.

#columbus-ohio, #computer-chips, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #gelsinger-patrick, #intel-corporation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #united-states-politics-and-government

On Voting Rights Bill, Democrats Say They Had to Go Down Swinging

Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, chose to plunge ahead because of the importance of the issue even after the outcome became preordained.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Three Black Senators Play Outsized Roles in Voting Rights Debate

Senators Cory Booker, Tim Scott and Raphael Warnock brought vastly different perspectives to proceedings that highlighted the Senate’s striking lack of diversity.

#black-people, #booker-cory-a, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #content-type-personal-profile, #presidential-election-of-2020, #scott-timothy-eugene, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements, #warnock-raphael-g

With Broad Safety Net Bill Stalled, Democrats Weigh What to Salvage

As discussions resumed over how to whittle down Democrats’ marquee plan, Senator Joe Manchin, a key holdout, said any talks would be “starting from scratch.”

#american-families-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Versus the Friends of Covid

Anti-vaccine politics explain many of the president’s problems.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #inflation-economics, #republican-party, #social-media, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Mayor Adams Promotes ‘Radically Practical’ Agenda in Washington

Eric Adams spoke at a national gathering of mayors and focused on the importance of cities demonstrating that government can work.

#adams-eric-l, #federal-aid-us, #mayors, #new-york-city, #speeches-and-statements, #united-states-conference-of-mayors, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden the Negotiator Confronts the Cold Reality of Capitol Hill Gridlock

President Biden will retreat from fruitless negotiations with lawmakers and instead emphasize his power to govern, senior White House advisers said.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #polls-and-public-opinion, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Sean Hannity Told Trump After Jan. 6: ‘No More Stolen Election Talk’

The Fox News host discussed with the White House press secretary how to dissuade the president from pursuing claims of voter fraud, newly disclosed documents show.

#fox-news-channel, #hannity-sean, #mcenany-kayleigh, #meadows-mark-r-1959, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #trump-ivanka, #twenty-fifth-amendment-us-constitution, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Calling Civilian Casualties a ‘Failure,’ Democrats Urge Biden to Do Better

In a letter to President Biden, dozens of Democrats in Congress raised grave concerns about “repeated civilian casualties arising from secretive and unaccountable lethal operations.”

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #democratic-party, #drones-pilotless-planes, #house-of-representatives, #senate, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Voting Rights Bill Dead, Filibuster Alive

The voting rights bill and the filibuster. Also: A Supreme Court ruling; President Biden and Ukraine; Medicare and Covid tests; an American paradox.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #house-of-representatives, #medicare, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #supreme-court-us, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements