Tag: House of Representatives

Bill to Grant Afghan Evacuees a Path to Residency Hits Snags

WASHINGTON — On the lawn outside the Capitol this week, the flags of two countries flew in protest: America’s and Afghanistan’s from before it fell to the Taliban. Beside them stood supporters of Afghans who had risked their lives to help Americans during the decades-long war in Afghanistan — as translators, drivers and fixers — […]

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Congress Is Racing to Coup-Proof the Next Presidential Election

The House and Senate bills are substantially similar, but there are a few critical differences. Both measures would clarify that the vice president has only a ministerial role on January 6, rather than unilateral power to accept or reject state-certified electoral votes. It was Trump attorney John Eastman who suggested that the vice president has […]

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Law Enforcement Funding Package Splits Democrats Ahead of Midterm Elections

WASHINGTON — Legislation to increase funding for local police departments has hit a snag on Capitol Hill amid deep Democratic divisions, as progressives balk at steering more money to law enforcement and moderates clamor for action that could blunt Republicans’ efforts to paint them as soft on crime ahead of the midterm elections. House Speaker […]

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Britain 3, America 0

Perhaps you didn’t notice, but back in November, Kamala Harris made history by becoming the first woman to hold presidential power. OK, it was only for an hour and a half. But still. Joe Biden temporarily — very temporarily — transferred executive power to his vice president when he was preparing for a colonoscopy. That […]

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Pelosi Says Bill on Investing Rules for Lawmakers Will Face Vote This Month

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday that Democrats would bring legislation to the House floor this month that would place new restrictions on the ability of lawmakers to buy and sell stocks. Her announcement came after months of negotiations over whether and how to restrict personal financial activity by members of Congress that could create […]

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A Day of Firsts for Peltola in Congress Starts a Sprint to Another Election

In a primary for the general election that was held the same day, Ms. Peltola led the field with nearly 37 percent. To win in November, she would again need a majority of voters to rank her on their ballots, even if she was not their first choice. On Instagram in September, Ms. Palin, who […]

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In Orange County, House Race Tests What Asian Americans Want

WESTMINSTER, Calif. — Dozens of Vietnamese-speaking volunteers filled a community center on a recent Wednesday to phone bank for Representative Michelle Steel, Republican of California, a Korean American lawmaker whose campaign signs and fliers in Vietnamese and English lined the walls. A few neighborhoods down, Jay Chen, a Democrat and Navy reservist of Taiwanese descent […]

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Why a Narrow, Hard-Right Republican House Majority Could Spell Chaos

Josh Brecheen, an ardent Republican who is virtually assured of victory in November to represent an overwhelmingly red House seat in eastern Oklahoma, has a message that is geared as much toward G.O.P. leaders in Washington as it is toward his party’s voters: He’s not going to the Capitol to make friends. “Whomever is elected […]

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Painting Michelle Obama Took 9 Months. Keeping it Secret Took 6 Years.

Since the Carter administration, former presidents have returned to the White House for an unveiling ceremony when their portraits are finished. But you can’t have a White House ceremony without the approval of the sitting president. And for the four years of President Trump’s administration, there was no unveiling. Then President Joseph R. Biden Jr. […]

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Is the Democratic Midterm Surge Overrated? Why Republicans Can Still Win the House and Senate.

Ross Douthat, a Times Opinion columnist, hosted an online conversation with Kristen Soltis Anderson, a Republican pollster, and the conservative writer and radio host Erick Erickson, to discuss whether Republicans are blowing the fall campaign — or whether a red wave is still possible. Ross Douthat: Kristen, Erick, thanks so much for joining me. Let’s […]

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Abortion and Trump Are Giving Democrats a Shot

Forget Hot Girl Summer. We just came off Hot Primary Summer, which featured fewer tequila shots than the Megan Thee Stallion-inspired original — unless, maybe, you were partying with Dr. Oz — but still packed way more drama than you’d expect in a midterm election cycle. Republican voters in Georgia stiff-arming Donald Trump? Democratic House […]

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In Palm Springs, L.G.B.T.Q. Voters Could Sway a Key House Race

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Tucked away in the California desert, where windmills line the sprawling hills and rainbows adorn the crosswalks, a sizable progressive L.G.B.T.Q. community has turned a once reliably Republican stronghold into a battleground in the fight for control of Congress, giving Democrats hope for picking up a House seat that has long […]

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How a Record Cash Haul Vanished for Senate Republicans

The Senate Republican refund rate equals 6.6 percent of direct individual donations this cycle; the Senate Democratic committee’s rate is 1.67 percent. WinRed declined to comment on stopping the Senate committee from using the tactic. The committee is still using the “reply YES to donate” function in texts, but it is now disclosing itself as […]

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White House Requests $47 Billion for Pandemic Response and Ukraine Aid

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Friday formally requested $47.1 billion in emergency spending from Congress, including almost $27 billion that officials say is critical to continue fighting the coronavirus pandemic and the monkeypox outbreak. The administration is also asking for $13.7 billion in additional aid for Ukraine and $6.5 billion to respond to natural […]

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They Were at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Now They’re Running for Congress.

WASHINGTON — As rioters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Derrick Van Orden, a retired Navy SEAL, had a front-row seat to the mayhem, perching on the grounds beside a tall, intricately carved, sandstone lantern pier. J.R. Majewski, an Air Force veteran from Ohio, was also at the Capitol that day, alongside a live-streamer […]

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Republicans Signal Worries About Trump and the Midterms

WASHINGTON — Headed into 2022, Republicans were confident that a red wave would sweep them into control of Congress based on the conventional political wisdom that the midterm elections would produce a backlash against President Biden, who has struggled with low approval ratings. But now some are signaling concern that the referendum they anticipated on […]

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Intelligence Officials Will Assess Security Risks From Mar-a-Lago Documents

WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence officials will conduct a review to assess the possible risks to national security from former President Donald J. Trump’s handling of classified documents after the F.B.I. retrieved boxes containing sensitive material from Mar-a-Lago, according to a letter to lawmakers. In the letter, Avril D. Haines, the director of national intelligence, informed […]

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‘A Stirring of Democratic Hearts’: Three Writers Discuss a Transformed Midterm Landscape

Frank Bruni, a contributing Opinion writer, hosted an online conversation with Molly Jong-Fast, the writer of the “Wait, What?” newsletter for The Atlantic, and Doug Sosnik, a former senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, to discuss whether the Democrats have shifted the narrative of the midterm elections. FRANK BRUNI: Doug, Molly, an apology — because […]

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Lords of Silicon Valley: Say No to NIMBY

To the Editor: Re “Democrat Pat Ryan Wins in House Race That Turned on Abortion” (nytimes.com, Aug. 24): The victory by the Democratic candidate, Pat Ryan, over Mark Molinaro, a Republican, in the Hudson Valley’s 19th Congressional District race was more than just a referendum on the political power of abortion rights. As Mr. Ryan […]

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In N.Y. Primaries, a Fight for the Democratic Party’s Future

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a moderate Democrat from New York City’s northern suburbs, saw a clear-cut lesson in his lopsided primary victory Tuesday night over one of his home state’s brightest left-wing stars. “Tonight, mainstream won,” Mr. Maloney, who also leads House Democrat campaign committee, declared afterward. “Common sense won.” The 30-point margin appeared to […]

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What Two Primaries Reveal About the Decline of Working-Class Democrats

The results of the Democratic congressional primary in New York City on Tuesday give us a hint of just how far the working-class liberalism once associated with city politics has declined. The winners of two races in particular, Jerrold Nadler and Daniel Goldman, who will almost surely represent much of Manhattan (and a bit of […]

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Democrats Sense a Shift in the Political Winds, but It May Not Be Enough

Energized abortion-rights voters. Donald J. Trump back in the spotlight. Stronger-than-expected special elections, including a surprising win early Wednesday in New York’s Hudson Valley. Democratic leaders, once beaten down by the prospect of a brutal midterm election in the fall, are daring to dream that they can maintain control of Congress this November. An unexpected […]

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Democrats Have Embraced Economics. Too Much?

On the other hand, I think I like economists and their way of thinking more than Berman does. Sticking with cost-benefit analysis, which Berman extensively reviews: True, it can seem cold to put a dollar value on a child’s life as a means of evaluating some new law or regulation that’s intended to protect her. […]

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Candidates Say No Thanks to Trump ‘Endorsements’ in N.Y. House Races

But his ability to do so has been severely constrained since January 2021, when he was removed from a broad range of social media sites, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The companies said they banned him for his posts about the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, during which five people were killed […]

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Republicans Are America’s Problem

Tuesday’s primary in Wyoming delivered Liz Cheney a resounding defeat. She is one of the few Republicans in Congress willing to resist Donald Trump’s election lies, and Republican voters punished her for it. First, let me say, I have no intention of contributing to the hagiography of Liz Cheney. She is a rock-ribbed Republican who […]

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Liz Cheney Loses Wyoming Primary to Trump-Backed Harriet Hageman

JACKSON, Wyo. — Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming was resoundingly defeated by Harriet Hageman in her Republican primary on Tuesday, handing Donald J. Trump his most prized trophy yet in his long campaign to purge the Republican Party of his critics. Ms. Hageman, a lawyer in Cheyenne with little political following before she was lifted […]

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Harriet Hageman, Poised to Defeat Liz Cheney, Has Anti-Environment History

Representative Liz Cheney has drawn most of the attention in the race for Wyoming’s lone congressional seat thanks to her vocal denunciations of former President Donald J. Trump and what she describes as the threats to democracy posed by his far-right followers. But the challenger who appears poised to unseat her in Tuesday’s Republican primary, […]

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Top Democrats Accuse Homeland Security Watchdog of Blocking Testimony in Jan. 6 Inquiry

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog, who is under criticism for his handling of an investigation into missing Secret Service text messages around the time of the Capitol attack, is refusing to cooperate with congressional demands, even blocking his employees from testifying before Congress, two top Democrats said on Tuesday. Representatives Carolyn […]

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How Progressives Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Inflation Reduction Act

Still, the Inflation Reduction Act provides a campaign talking point ahead of what is expected to be a bruising midterm. Democrats could certainly use any kind of boost in November, as they are widely expected to lose the House and may also lose the Senate. “When we’re thinking about, what is the way that we […]

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Some Republicans Make a More Restrained Case for Defending Trump

WASHINGTON — As Republicans continued on Sunday to defend former President Donald J. Trump after an unprecedented F.B.I. search of his residence in Florida, deep fissures were visible in the party’s support for law enforcement amid a federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s handling of top secret documents. Immediately after the search, congressional Republicans, including members […]

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After Nancy Pelosi: A San Francisco Race ‘That Shall Not Be Named’

SAN FRANCISCO — Nancy Pelosi has made two very different, almost irreconcilable statements about her political future. In 2018, she pledged that 2022 would be her last year as House Democratic leader, acceding to a term limit to quell an uprising and secure a second stint as speaker. In January, she announced she was running […]

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