Tag: McConnell, Mitch

Biden Should Rally Senate Democrats to Kill the Filibuster

The supermajority threshold of today flies in the face of the framers’ intent. They wanted the Senate to be a place where debate was thorough and thoughtful, but limited, and where bills passed or failed on majority votes when it became clear to reasonable minds that debate was exhausted. Originally, Senate rules included a provision […]

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Deepening Schism, McConnell Says Trump ‘Provoked’ Capitol Mob

Senator Mitch McConnell flatly blamed President Trump on Tuesday for the violent rampage at the Capitol on Jan. 6, saying that the mob that stormed the building had been “fed lies” and “provoked by the president” to carry out its assault. Mr. McConnell’s remarks, on the eve of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration, were the […]

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Democrats, Assuming Power, Face Recalcitrant Republicans

WASHINGTON — Democrats will take control of both the White House and Congress on Wednesday for the first time in a decade, but they have already discovered the difficulties of governing with so little room to maneuver around Republicans who appear in no mood to cooperate. Even before President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. was sworn […]

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Good Riddance, Leader McConnell

So tell me, Mitch, in these, your final hours as Senate majority leader: Were the judges and the tax cuts worth it? Were they worth the sacking of the Capitol? The annexation of the Republican Party by the paranoiacs and the delusional? The degradation, possibly irremediable, of democracy itself? Those close to him say that […]

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‘Hell, Yes,’ Republicans Are Headed for a Bitter Internal Showdown

As President Trump prepares to leave office with his party in disarray, Republican leaders including Senator Mitch McConnell are maneuvering to thwart his grip on the G.O.P. in future elections, while forces aligned with Mr. Trump are looking to punish Republican lawmakers and governors who have broken with him. The bitter infighting underscores the deep […]

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Senate Balances Impeachment Trial With an Incoming President

WASHINGTON — A day after the House impeached President Trump for inciting a violent insurrection at the Capitol, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate were developing plans on Thursday to try the departing president at the same time as they begin considering the agenda of the incoming one. Democrats, poised to take unified power in […]

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The Second Impeachment: ‘President Trump Betrayed His Country’

Sandi CampbellSiler City, N.C. To the Editor: On Monday, President Trump met with Vice President Mike Pence for over an hour. This was their first meeting since Mr. Trump sicced his mob of rioters to march on the Capitol while vilifying the vice president for his failure to shield him from electoral failure and disgrace. […]

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Republicans Break Ranks on Impeachment

Plans for impeachment get an unexpected nudge — from Republicans — but for now, Pence stands with Trump. It’s Wednesday, and this is your politics tip sheet. Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday. Trump toured areas where a border wall is being built near Alamo, Texas, yesterday. Bernie Sanders […]

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A Bipartisan Case for Impeaching Trump and Barring Him From Office

One of us is a Republican who proudly served in the Reagan administration and voted for Donald Trump in 2016; the other is a Democrat who worked for President Barack Obama and served as a special counsel for the House Judiciary Committee during the first Trump impeachment and trial. We have considerable political differences. But […]

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McConnell Privately Backs Impeachment as House Moves to Charge Trump

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell has concluded that President Trump committed impeachable offenses and believes that Democrats’ move to impeach him will make it easier to purge Mr. Trump from the party, according to people familiar with Mr. McConnell’s thinking. The private assessment of Mr. McConnell, the most powerful Republican in Congress, emerged on the […]

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Trump Is Blowing Apart the G.O.P. God Bless Him.

If you look closely, there are actually four different Republican factions today: principled conservatives, pragmatic conservatives, unprincipled conservatives and Trump cultists. In the principled conservatives camp, I’d put Romney and Murkowski. They are the true America firsters. While animated by conservative ideas about small government and free markets, they put country and Constitution before party […]

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The American Abyss

Trump’s coup attempt of 2020-21, like other failed coup attempts, is a warning for those who care about the rule of law and a lesson for those who do not. His pre-fascism revealed a possibility for American politics. For a coup to work in 2024, the breakers will require something that Trump never quite had: […]

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With Georgia Senate Wins, Democrats Solidify Power in Washington

“I assume in the next couple weeks, Schumer and Mitch will sit down and kind of figure out how this is going to work,” said Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the No. 2 Republican. “We had a little bit of a pattern back in 2000, but times have changed. It’s different now.” Perhaps the […]

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It Wasn’t Strictly a Coup Attempt. But It’s Not Over, Either.

Do the actions of President Trump and some of his supporters — including Mr. Trump’s effort on Saturday to bully Georgia’s secretary of state into overturning the results of the state’s vote in the presidential election, and then yesterday openly inciting a mob that then attacked the United States Capitol — constitute a coup attempt? […]

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Photos Inside the Capitol: The Sound of the Mob Came First

WASHINGTON — A ceremonial session of Congress to formally declare President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory devolved in an instant into a scene of violence and mayhem on Wednesday when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, halting the counting of electoral votes. Journalists from The New York Times witnessed the events. Here is how the […]

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The Georgia Senate Wins Have Given Democrats a Chance

Raise your hand if Georgia’s going deep blue was on your 2021 bingo card. Me neither. But it turns out the state really has evolved — in part thanks to a decade-long push by voting-rights advocates and organizers like Stacey Abrams — into a different kind of political animal than its Deep South cousins. The […]

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Republicans Begin New Congress Feuding Over Bid to Overturn Election

WASHINGTON — After four years of enabling and appeasing President Trump, Republicans find themselves at the end of his tenure in exactly the place they had so desperately tried to avoid: a toxic internecine brawl over his conduct and character that could badly damage their party. With their Senate power on the line in Georgia […]

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Homes of Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi Are Reported Vandalized

The homes of Senator Mitch McConnell and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the two most powerful members of Congress, have been reported vandalized, days after the contentious passage of a stimulus bill that has been criticized as inadequate by a broad coalition ranging from progressive activists to President Trump. In a statement on Saturday, Mr. McConnell, Republican […]

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‘No Realistic Path’ for Quick Vote on $2,000 Stimulus Checks, McConnell Says

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, effectively killed off any chance that Congress would increase stimulus checks to $2,000 before President Trump leaves office, saying there was “no realistic path” for the Senate to pass such a bill on its own. Mr. McConnell insisted on Wednesday that lawmakers would consider only a bill […]

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Kentucky Hurting While Awaiting Federal Pandemic Aid

In Perry County, Ky., the local government is cutting back on garbage pickup. Magoffin County is laying off public safety workers. And in Floyd County, where food pantries are reporting that demand has tripled over the past month, officials are trying to figure out how to avoid cuts to a program distributing food to families. […]

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How Trump’s Attack on Relief Bill Has Divided GOP

“Republicans are in grave danger if they continue to do the very swamp crap the president ran against,” Representative Chip Roy of Texas said in an interview, noting that it made it harder to run against Democrats as socialists when “establishment Republicans are passing massive spending and programs they then complain about.” Mr. Roy said […]

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Trump’s Attack on Coronavirus Relief Divides G.O.P. and Threatens Recovery

Focused first on the general election and then on baseless attempts to reverse its outcome, Mr. Trump has largely been sidelined from the negotiations, instead dispatching Mr. Mnuchin as his main emissary. During a private meeting with top Republicans and top Democrats to discuss the emerging relief deal, Ms. Pelosi at one point pressed Mr. […]

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Can Joe Biden Make American Politics Decent Again?

Also, Romney said, “Where does my party go? That will affect the nature of the dialogue. There are two roads we can take. One road is: We need to get the youth, we need to do better with minorities, we need to regain the suburbs that we lost. I don’t see a lot of people […]

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A Dinner, a Deal and Moonshine: How the Stimulus Came Together

A week before Thanksgiving, a small group of moderate senators gathered in the spacious living room of Senator Lisa Murkowski’s home on Capitol Hill to embark on what they considered an urgent assignment. They were there — eating Tuscan takeout as they sat socially distanced, with the windows open to let the cold air circulate […]

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The Ghost of Sabotage Future

Beyond that, the final hurdles to reaching an agreement were a reminder of something we should have learned during the Obama years: When a Democrat is in the White House, Republicans try to sabotage the economy. And the sabotage doesn’t stop with using phony deficit concerns to block necessary spending; it also involves deliberately increasing […]

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Coronavirus Stimulus Bolsters Biden, Shows Potential Path for Agenda

Producing it was a torturous, time-consuming affair that did nothing to improve Congress’s reputation for dysfunction. But by the time the House and Senate agreed on the terms of a pandemic aid package, they had managed to show the ascendance of moderates as a new force in a divided Senate and to validate President-elect Joseph […]

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Lawmakers Resolve Fed Dispute as They Race to Close Stimulus Deal

Mr. Toomey and his Republican allies argued that his original proposal merely codified what Congress intended in March when it enacted the original $2.2 trillion pandemic stimulus law, which earmarked funding to support the Fed’s emergency lending programs. But the scope of the language proposed by Mr. Toomey went beyond that, prompting alarm from Democrats, […]

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Trump Claims Credit for Vaccines. Some of His Backers Don’t Want to Take Them.

But Mr. Trump was notably absent. One reason for the partisan divide over vaccination, experts said, is the president himself. His repeated denigration of scientists and insistence that the pandemic is not a threat, they said, have contributed to a sense among his followers that the vaccine is either not safe or not worth taking. […]

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Return of the Phony Deficit Hawks

It looks as if Congress will soon pass a much-needed economic relief (not stimulus) bill — something that will help distressed Americans get through the next few months, while we wait for widespread vaccination to set the stage for economic recovery. That’s good news, because something is better than nothing, even though what we know […]

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Mitch McConnell’s Motive: Self-Interest

To the Editor: Re “Senate Leader Seeks to Avoid Vote Challenge” (front page, Dec. 16): For the sake of this nation and its great experiment in democracy, I am elated by Tuesday’s acknowledgment by Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, of Joe Biden’s legitimate win and his status as our president-elect. Yet Americans must not […]

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