Tag: House of Representatives

No Impeachment in View, but Democrats Push On With Investigations of Trump

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr’s summary on Sunday of the special counsel investigation keeps the impeachment of President Trump off the table, at least for now, but Democrats vowed to push forward with investigations into every aspect of the presidency and for access to the full report of the special counsel, Robert S. […]

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News Analysis: For Trump and the System, Mueller’s Report Is a Turning Point and a Test

After nearly three years of investigation, after hundreds of interviews and thousands upon thousands of pages of documents, after scores of indictments and court hearings and guilty pleas, after endless hours of cable-television and dinner-table speculation, the moment of reckoning has arrived. It will be a reckoning for President Trump, to be sure, but also […]

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News Analysis: For Trump and the System, a Turning Point and a Test

After nearly three years of investigation, after hundreds of interviews and thousands upon thousands of pages of documents, after scores of indictments and court hearings and guilty pleas, after endless hours of cable-television and dinner-table speculation, the moment of reckoning has arrived. It will be a reckoning for President Trump, to be sure, but also […]

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As C-Span Turns 40, a Top Executive Reflects on Bringing Cameras to Congress

Forty years ago, C-Span went live with its first public broadcast from the House of Representatives chamber, giving Americans a television-shaped window into how lawmakers behave in the ornate room where history is often made. Ushering in the C-Span era on March 19, 1979, was Al Gore, then a representative from Tennessee, who had pushed […]

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In Most Diverse House, Aides of Color Join the Ranks of ‘Firsts’

WASHINGTON — A day after House Democrats retook the majority, Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a message to her colleagues that would soon be adopted as a creed. “We know that the diversity in our ranks is a strength,” Ms. Pelosi wrote, “and a reflection of the American people that it is our great honor to […]

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Senate Republicans’ Declaration of (Semi-) Independence

In a rare display of spine, 12 Republican senators on Thursday defied their president and joined Democrats in passing a resolution to nullify President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border. Having already zipped through the Democratic-controlled House, the legislation is on track to draw the first veto of Mr. Trump’s presidency. […]

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Why a Long Democratic Primary Slugfest Might Help Re-elect Trump

Donald Trump’s low approval ratings have attracted a crush of Democrats vying to make him a one-term president. But he might have an unlikely ally in his re-election bid: Democrats’ mess of a primary system. The most valuable commodity in a zillion-way presidential primary is attention: In 2016, much of Mr. Trump’s primary success owed […]

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News Analysis: If Not Trump, Then Who? Pelosi Fuels Impeachment Debate With Long Implications

WASHINGTON — In throwing cold water on the idea of impeachment, Speaker Nancy Pelosi in some ways was simply offering a cleareyed assessment of the state of politics today in the nation’s hyperpolarized capital: There are not enough votes to convict and remove President Trump from office. And yet in declaring that impeachment therefore is […]

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Trump Lauded Farmers, Medicare and AIDS Programs. Then He Unsheathed the Budget Knife.

WASHINGTON — On Friday, the White House announced that Karen Pence, the second lady, would lead a delegation to the United Arab Emirates in support of disabled American athletes at the Special Olympics. On Monday, the White House’s budget proposed striking $17.6 million in grants to expand the event. What a difference a few days […]

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Out There: Cut the Science Budget? Not So Fast

The president proposes and Congress disposes. So goes the standard description of the constitutional process by which our republic is governed. Judging from the news headlines, you might think this process has not been friendly lately to the scientific community. Again and again, the Trump administration has proposed drastic cuts to the research budgets of […]

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Trump Proposes a Record $4.75 Trillion Budget

WASHINGTON — President Trump sent Congress on Monday a record $4.75 trillion budget request that proposes an increase in military spending and sharp cuts to domestic programs like education and environmental protection for the 2020 fiscal year. Mr. Trump’s budget, the largest in federal history, includes a nearly 5 percent increase in military spending — […]

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Why Some Republicans Voted Against the Antibigotry Resolution

WASHINGTON — The House passed a resolution on Thursday that condemned anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry. The resolution, written by House Democrats, began as an implicit response to comments made by Representative Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, that were widely deemed anti-Semitic, but when some Democrats objected to singling her out, the resolution was […]

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On Washington: How Congress Is Weaponizing a Series of Hot-Button Votes

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress like to say that governing is not a game, but they are increasingly playing round after round of gotcha. As a watershed election looms next year and little of real significance is happening on the legislative front, lawmakers are consumed with trying to trap one another with hot-button votes that […]

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Only One Roadblock on the Road to Reform: Mitch McConnell

With the conspicuous perversion of the political system on daily display, congressional Democrats are eager to brand themselves the party of reform. They took another step in this direction on Friday, when the House voted 234-to-193 — along straight party lines — to pass the For the People Act, a sweeping package of proposals aimed […]

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Ilhan Omar’s Microaggression

The identity politics fiasco surrounding Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has been excruciating. Half of me is angry at her. The other half is furious for her. Among the most basic anti-Semitic tropes are these: Jews employ semi-occult powers to control world events; they manipulate hapless gentiles with their money; and Jews in the diaspora are […]

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House to Vote on Democrats’ Legislative Centerpiece

WASHINGTON — The House will vote on Friday on the centerpiece of the Democrats’ legislative agenda, a sweeping anticorruption and voting rights bill that now features a raft of amendments — including implicit rebukes of President Trump. At nearly 700 pages, the bill — called the For the People Act, or H.R. 1 — is […]

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Fate and Timing of Mueller Report Is Uncertain, but Book Version Is a Hit Now

The legions of reporters and commentators following every move by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, do not know when he will finish investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. And it is unclear whether the report he is expected to file will ever become public. That hasn’t stopped two publishers from setting a […]

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House Plans Vote Thursday on Resolution Condemning Bigotry

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders are planning to put a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and bigotry on the House floor for a vote on Thursday, hoping to put to rest the internal uproar that erupted after Representative Ilhan Omar insinuated that backers of Israel exhibit dual loyalty. “I see everything as an opportunity,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi told […]

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Ilhan Omar Knows Exactly What She Is Doing

There’s an old joke about upper-class British anti-Semitism: It means someone who hates Jews more than is strictly necessary. Ilhan Omar, the freshman representative from Minnesota, more than meets the progressive American version of that standard. Like many self-described progressives, Omar does not like Israel. That’s a shame, not least because Israel is the only […]

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Corruption Charges Against Aaron Schock, Former Congressman, Will Be Dropped

Federal prosecutors in Chicago on Wednesday reached an agreement to drop felony corruption charges against Aaron Schock, the former Illinois congressman indicted in 2016 on charges that he misspent government and campaign funds. In exchange, Mr. Schock, who was once seen as a rising star in the Republican Party, vowed to pay back taxes and […]

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