Tag: Senate

Amid Rancor in House, It’s Quiet in the Halls of the Senate. Too Quiet.

WASHINGTON — The House is an impeachment hot zone, leaving the Senate to face a cold, hard truth: Things are looking down in the upper chamber. Temporarily relegated to the sidelines by the spectacle of impeachment dominating the House, and lulled into inactivity with legislative action at a near standstill, the Senate has become a […]

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White House Signals Trump Won’t Mount House Impeachment Defense

The White House signaled on Friday that it did not intend to mount a defense of President Trump or otherwise participate in the House impeachment proceedings, in a sharply worded letter to Democrats calling the process “completely baseless” and urging lawmakers to get it over with quickly. “You should end this inquiry now and not […]

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Senate passes bill to permanently fund historically black colleges and universities

The Senate passed a bill Thursday by unanimous consent to permanently fund historically black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions. Federal funding had expired on October 1. In early November, 38 senators had sent an open letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, urging them to allow […]

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Kelly Loeffler Is Appointed to Georgia Senate Seat by Gov. Brian Kemp

Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia on Wednesday appointed a politically untested business executive, Kelly Loeffler, to fill a soon-to-be-vacated United States Senate seat in the state, in a move pitting the governor against President Trump, who had lobbied for a different candidate. “We took an unconventional approach” to picking Ms. Loeffler, he said, adding that […]

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G.O.P. Senators, Defending Trump, Embrace Debunked Ukraine Theory

WASHINGTON — The first time that Senator John Kennedy, Republican of Louisiana, went on a Sunday television talk show and suggested that it might have been Ukraine, rather than Russia, that interfered in the 2016 election, he drew so much criticism that he quickly apologized. But the following week, Mr. Kennedy was back on the […]

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Did We Ever Know the Real Kamala Harris?

Just as California is so often viewed from afar as either glittering paradise or dystopian disaster, so Kamala Harris was crowned as the perfect Democrat for 2020. Like her state, Senator Harris’s story up close is both more prosaic and more nuanced than the shiny image built in part on misperceptions about California. Now that […]

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Gov. Kemp of Georgia Is Expected to Tap Kelly Loeffler for Senate Seat

ATLANTA — A politically untested businesswoman is expected to be appointed this week to a soon-to-be-vacated United States Senate seat in Georgia, a move that would pit the state’s governor against President Trump, who had lobbied for a different candidate. The choice of the business executive, Kelly Loeffler, to fill the seat set off alarm […]

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Where’s Lindsey? After G.O.P. Outcry, Graham Emerges as a Trump Defender

WASHINGTON — Late last month, as damaging revelations about President Trump began piling up in the impeachment inquiry, conservative commentators and activists, including one of the president’s sons, trained their anger on an unlikely target: Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina. Mr. Graham, normally one of the president’s most ardent defenders in the Senate, […]

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Can Trump Challenge His Impeachment in the Supreme Court?

WASHINGTON — “If the partisan Dems ever tried to Impeach,” President Trump wrote on Twitter in the spring, “I would first head to the U.S. Supreme Court.” Now that impeachment seems virtually certain, it is time to assess Mr. Trump’s vow and ask whether the Supreme Court would entertain his challenge. The Constitution seems to […]

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A Split Decision From Congress Will Leave Voters With Final Say on Trump

ImageMembers of the audience applauded after Representative Adam B. Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, delivered a closing statement at an impeachment hearing on Wednesday.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times WASHINGTON — When it was all over and the witnesses had testified and the speeches were done, President Trump pronounced himself satisfied with the show. […]

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Senate Approves Short-Term Spending Bill to Avoid a Shutdown

WASHINGTON — Congress gave final approval on Thursday to a stopgap spending bill that would punt the threat of a government shutdown to just before Christmas, setting up a potential clash over federal spending just as the House could be weighing whether to impeach President Trump. Hours before funding was set to lapse on Thursday, […]

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The Left Shouldn’t Freak Out About Trump’s Judges (Yet)

Republicans are celebrating how they’ve packed the 12 regional federal appeals courts (excluding a specialized federal appellate court) with conservative judges. Earlier this month, President Trump hosted Senate Republicans at the White House to cheer their 45th confirmation. Stephen Bannon recently said, in praising Don McGahn, the former White House counsel who chose many of […]

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U.S. Bill Supporting Hong Kong Rights Heads to Trump’s Desk

A bill compelling the United States to support pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong could arrive on President Trump’s desk as soon as Thursday morning, potentially complicating the administration’s talks with China to end the trade war. The bill, passed by the Senate on Tuesday, would require the government to impose sanctions on Chinese officials responsible […]

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Trump’s F.D.A. Nominee Sidesteps Questions About Banning Flavored Vaping Products

President Trump’s nominee for Food and Drug Administration commissioner, Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, declined to answer questions from senators in both parties about whether he would push for a ban on flavored vaping products at a confirmation hearing Wednesday. The questions placed Dr. Hahn, a cancer executive without any Washington or governing experience, at the […]

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The Democrats Are in Georgia. The Stakes Couldn’t Be Higher.

With tonight’s presidential primary debate, Georgia Democrats are breathing a sigh of relief. Finally, they are saying, the national party is recognizing that demographics really are destiny, that Georgia can and should be a central part of any plan to win back the White House and the Senate. For nearly two decades now, the demographic […]

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House Republicans Want Ukraine Information From a Republican Senator

WASHINGTON — House Republicans requested on Monday that a Republican senator who has repeatedly found himself drawn into the impeachment inquiry tell them what he knows about President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. The top Republicans on the Oversight and Intelligence Committees wrote to Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, that they were “reluctantly” requesting “any […]

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‘The Report’ and the Untold Story of a Senate-C.I.A. Conflict

The spy chief came to the senators with a blunt warning. A voluminous Senate report documenting the C.I.A.’s use of torture in secret prisons — set for release days later — could lead to riots, attacks on American embassies and the killing of American hostages overseas, James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, […]

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How to Dislodge the Brute in the White House

Chuck Hardwick, lifelong Republican, former Pfizer executive, now retired in Florida, voted for Donald Trump in 2016, but not without misgivings. He’d met him in the 1980s and noted a “consuming ego.” Still, elections are about choices, and he disliked the “scheming” Clintons. He was mad at the media for first mocking Trump during the […]

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Senate Republicans, Eyeing Election-Year Impeachment Trial, Wrestle With Timeline

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are conflicted about how quickly to move on an impeachment trial against President Trump, with some arguing for a speedy vote on the charges and others seeing an opportunity to drag out the historic proceedings and tie down some Democratic senators at a prime moment in their presidential campaigns. Republican senators […]

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This Is Not a Game

On Wednesday the first public hearing in the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump took place. It was a somber moment. The country has not often inched up to this precipice, and for good reason. The fact that we are here signals that the country got something horribly wrong. It elevated a man of poor character […]

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Our Schools Can’t Solve the Problems of Our Rigid Workweek

The average American parent has a strange schedule. The 9-to-5 work schedule hails from the early 20th century, when labor reformers sought to institute fairer labor conditions. The school schedule for children dates to the 1960s, when rural and urban school districts settled into a rhythm of six and a half-hour school days, five days […]

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What Trump Is Hiding From the Impeachment Hearings

The public impeachment hearings this week will be at least as important for what is not said as for what is. Congress will no doubt focus a lot on President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and his secret plan to get that government to announce a public investigation of the man he considered his chief political […]

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