Tag: Senate

As Inquiry Widens, McConnell Is Said to See Impeachment Trial as Inevitable

WASHINGTON — It was only a few weeks ago that the top Senate Republican was hinting that his chamber would make short work of impeachment. But this week, Senator Mitch McConnell sat his colleagues down over lunch in the Capitol and warned them to prepare for an extended impeachment trial of President Trump. According to […]

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Senate Fails to Override Trump’s Veto, Keeping Border Emergency in Place

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday failed to overturn President Trump’s veto of a resolution that would have terminated the national emergency he declared at the southwestern border. The defeat allows Mr. Trump to continue to defy Congress and divert federal funds to the construction of a border wall, his signature campaign promise. The override […]

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Democrats, Dream Big but Tell the Whole Truth

I am not one of the nervous Nellies who believe that Democratic candidates shouldn’t dream big and pitch big, transformational ideas. I’m not one of those who believe that Democrats should negotiate with themselves, in advance of submitting a proposal, so that they present only incremental half measures in the name of practicality and perceived […]

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The Clinton Legacy: Impeachment Hurts the President

Conventional wisdom holds that the Republican Party suffered a big political penalty for impeaching Bill Clinton in 1998. But that’s not quite right. Republicans paid a modest, short-term penalty, while the costs to the Democratic Party appear to have been larger and longer-lasting. This history has obvious relevance today. As in the 1990s, the economy […]

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The ‘Dead Chicken Strategy’: A Republican Roadmap for Surviving Impeachment

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The White House response to the impeachment inquiry has been to dismiss the allegations, deflect the facts and discredit the Democrats. It’s the same approach that Republicans used in 2018 to push through the Supreme Court […]

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What Joe Biden Learned at the Last Two Impeachments

President Richard M. Nixon was running low on bipartisan allies. Indictments were piling. Impeachment was coming. Mr. Nixon was not a crook, he insisted, though that 18-and-a-half-minute gap in the Watergate tapes did make the town wonder. But from the Senate floor in April 1974, Joseph R. Biden Jr., a 31-year-old freshman Democrat, addressed his […]

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When ‘Get Out’ Is a President’s National Security Strategy

WASHINGTON — President Trump is once again pursuing a national security strategy at odds with the official position of his government, ordering a pullback of American forces just inside the Syrian border. It is a move that his own senior advisers have warned would risk new chaos throughout the region. He is demonstrating that in […]

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Will the G.O.P. Turn Against Trump?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher As evidence mounts that Donald Trump abused the power of the presidency, could members of his own party start to turn against him? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists debate Republicans’ response to […]

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On Impeachment, the Real Political Action Is in the Senate

Now that we’ve worked our way through the dramatic first phase of the impeachment drama, it’s time to start thinking hard about what the ultimate political fallout of all this might be. Of course it’s impossible to predict the twists and turns that await us, especially with so unstable a protagonist. But I’m going to […]

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How the Arizona Senate Race Could Be a Test for the Gun Control Debate

PHOENIX — Mark Kelly, a former astronaut turned Democratic Senate candidate, checked off the policy issues he expects to focus on as he campaigns to unseat the Republican Senator Martha McSally here: energy, health care, education and a strong national defense, in that order. Conspicuously missing from that list: gun control, an issue that has […]

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Impeachment Rules Say Senate Must Act, but Its Act Might Be a Swift Dismissal

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell’s comment this week that the Senate would be forced to “take up” articles of impeachment from the House had the capital in a swirl, bracing for a full-blown Senate trial of President Trump. But as things now stand, any trial would likely be swift, ending in dismissal of the accusations. […]

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Trump Has Disqualified Himself From Running in 2020

“I think the American people are going to have a chance to decide this at the ballot box in November 2020,” Beto O’Rourke said in March, neatly expressing prevailing Democratic opinion on the question of impeaching President Trump, “and perhaps that’s the best way for us to resolve these outstanding questions.” This is no longer […]

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Republicans Don’t Have to Nominate Trump in 2020

Republicans have had their differences these past few years. Most have supported President Trump; a few have not. Some of the president’s supporters have been enthusiastic; many have not. Some of the reluctant Trump supporters have expressed reservations at certain times; many have not. But with the revelations of the last week, and the launch […]

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Republicans, the Time Has Come

To the Republican members of the United States Senate: You have always told us that you believe in the distinctive greatness of the United States of America. “America is different,” as Senator Marco Rubio has said. Ben Sasse likes to say that “America is an idea” — a commitment to universal dignity over brute power. […]

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Impeach the Malignant Fraudster

It is the clarity of Donald Trump’s transgression that is most remarkable. By his own admission, and backed up by the quasi-transcript released by the White House and by the whistle-blower complaint, he abused the power of the presidency to enlist a foreign government to help him politically. People don’t have to wade through the […]

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Eugene Scalia Confirmed by Senate as Labor Secretary

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Eugene Scalia, a longtime lawyer representing corporations, to be labor secretary. Mr. Scalia, a son of the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, was chosen by President Trump in July,days after Mr. Trump’s first labor secretary, R. Alexander Acosta, announced that he would resign. The Senate confirmed Mr. Scalia by […]

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Congress Gives Final Approval to Spending Measure That Would Stave Off Shutdown

Congress on Thursday gave final approval to a short-term spending bill that would punt the threat of a government shutdown to just before Thanksgiving, giving lawmakers an additional two months to resolve their differences over paying for President Trump’s policies. The measure ensures that all federal agencies and departments, as well as a number of […]

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Intelligence Chief Heads to the Hill: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImageJoseph Maguire after testifying during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last year.CreditAl Drago/Getty Images The acting intelligence chief will appear before the House Intelligence Committee. Joseph Maguire, the intelligence chief at the center of the fight over a whistle-blower complaint about President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, will make a […]

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Pelosi on Trump: ‘He Does Not Care About Ethics’ — Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePresident Trump met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky today.CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times The Trump-Zelensky call shows the president encouraging a Biden investigation. President Trump released a reconstruction on Wednesday of a July 25 call he had with Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, in which he encouraged his […]

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