Tag: United States Politics and Government

Biden’s Compromise on Spending Bills Could Have Consequences

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s pitch during the 2020 campaign to unseat President Donald J. Trump was simple: Trade in a stubborn, immovable leader for one with a proven record of taking half a loaf when a full one is out of reach. That approach appears to have brought Mr. Biden to the precipice of victory […]

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Colin Powell and ‘Guernica’

WASHINGTON — If we could unlock the puzzle of Colin Powell, maybe we could understand why America cracked up. General Powell was the best America had to offer. He was the son of Jamaican immigrants in the South Bronx who became a hero in Vietnam and then the first African American secretary of state. He […]

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Who Is Eric Adams? That Depends.

Yet like any worthy storyteller, Mr. Adams has made choices about what to emphasize and what to elide, carefully guarding certain pieces of himself and working to recast others. When his mother died earlier this year, he surprised friends by not publicly revealing it for months, even as he continued speaking about her on the […]

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Biden the Dealmaker Finds That Compromise Can Have Consequences

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s pitch during the 2020 campaign to unseat President Donald J. Trump was simple: Trade in a stubborn, immovable leader for one with a proven record of taking half a loaf when a full one is out of reach. That approach appears to have brought Mr. Biden to the precipice of victory […]

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Biden Said the U.S. Would Protect Taiwan. But It’s Not That Clear-Cut.

WASHINGTON — American presidents have spent decades trying to sidestep the question of how forcefully the United States would come to the aid of Taiwan if China invaded it or, more likely, tried to slowly strangle the island in an effort to force it back under the control of the mainland. The American policy — […]

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Illegal Border Crossings Soar to Record High, New Data Shows

Over the past year, there was a significant jump in the number of migrants — mostly families — from Brazil, which has been in the grips of the worst Covid crisis in South America. More migrants also arrived from Venezuela, Nicaragua and India, among many others. Southern border apprehensions previously reached such high levels in […]

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Biden Bolsters Senate Filibuster Foes, but a Fight May Wait

WASHINGTON — President Biden’s endorsement on Thursday of substantially overhauling the filibuster was the clearest recognition yet that the Senate’s signature procedural weapon has rendered the polarized chamber a legislative wasteland, and that Democrats plan to try to do something about it. But in lending his approval to an effort to “fundamentally alter” the filibuster, […]

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NASA Planning Moon Launch in 2022

NASA set dates on Friday for its giant rocket to launch a spacecraft to the moon and back, beginning in mid-February next year. No, for real this time. In a news conference, officials from the space agency announced a two-week period beginning Feb. 12 for a flight — without astronauts aboard — of the Space […]

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Lev Parnas, Ex-Giuliani Ally, Is Convicted of Campaign Finance Charges

Although Mr. Parnas had strayed beyond his area of expertise, Mr. Bondy said, he had not “willfully” broken any laws. Instead, Mr. Bondy argued, Mr. Parnas had been flummoxed by the intricacies of campaign finance rules. “He was in well over his head,” Mr. Bondy said. “But he had some good ideas.” Gerald B. Lefcourt, […]

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Biden Crafts a Climate Plan B: Tax Credits, Regulation and State Action

WASHINGTON — After losing the centerpiece of his climate agenda just a week before heading to a major global warming summit, President Biden intends to make the case that the United States has a new plan that will still meet its ambitions to cut greenhouse gases that are warming the planet. The administration’s new strategy […]

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Democrats Consider Billionaires Tax

Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah an another one of the chamber’s wealthiest, said the billionaires’ levy was a “very bad idea,” because it would distort the behavior of the super wealthy, who would flee stocks, bonds and other liquid assets to hide their money in real estate, diamonds, paintings and other items harder to […]

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Biden Names Neera Tanden as White House Staff Secretary

WASHINGTON — President Biden on Friday named Neera Tanden, a longtime Democratic insider in Washington, to be White House staff secretary, moving her into a little-known but influential West Wing post after failing earlier this year to install her as the director of the Office of Management and Budget. For the last several months, Ms. […]

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Democrats’ Plan Takes Gender-Neutral Approach to Family Policies

The first major family policies, in the early 20th century, were aimed at protecting mothers — certain ones, at least. States offered mothers’ pensions, mostly for white women whose husbands had succumbed to one of the four Ds — death, disability, drunkenness or divorce. Black and Hispanic women were excluded. The first federal welfare benefits […]

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Biden Is Open to Scrapping Filibuster for Voting Rights Bill ‘and Maybe More’

WASHINGTON — President Biden said on Thursday that he was open to ending the Senate filibuster so Democrats could pass voting rights legislation, raise the federal debt limit and possibly enact other parts of his agenda that had been blocked by Republicans. Speaking at a CNN town hall meeting, the president also expressed optimism about […]

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House Ethics Committee Details Accusations Against 4 Lawmakers

WASHINGTON — The House Committee on Ethics on Thursday released four reports into separate violations of ethics rules by four congressmen, portraying what investigators suggested was a sweeping array of improper financial conduct. The allegations against three Republicans and one Democrat center on stock trades and the improper use of campaign funds, according to the […]

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C.D.C. Recommends Covid Booster Shots for Millions of Americans

In a sweeping victory for the Biden administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed booster shots of the Moderna and the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines for tens of millions of Americans. The decision follows an agency endorsement last month of booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and opens the door […]

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Report Finds No Wrongdoing in N.S.A. Hiring of Trump Loyalist

WASHINGTON — A Pentagon inspector general’s report released on Thursday concluded that there was no undue pressure from the Trump White House to appoint Michael J. Ellis to the sensitive post of general counsel of the National Security Agency just before President Donald J. Trump left office. But the report also found that the N.S.A.’s […]

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How Not to Let Corporations Kill Biden’s Agenda

That said, the Biden agenda doesn’t need the revenue from a higher corporate tax rate. The budget resolution that will make it possible to move forward on that agenda if Sinema and Senator Joe Manchin can be brought on board doesn’t require that all investments in the future be fully paid for. In fact, it […]

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U.S. Warns Climate Poses ‘Emerging Threat’ to Financial System

WASHINGTON — Climate change is an “emerging threat” to the stability of the U.S. financial system, top federal regulators warned in a report on Thursday, setting the stage for the Biden administration to take more aggressive regulatory action to prevent climate change from upending global markets and the economy. The report, produced by the Financial […]

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Garland Parries Pressure From Both Sides in House Testimony

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick B. Garland sidestepped questions from Democrats in Congress on Thursday about whether the Justice Department would back their latest efforts in the investigation of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, and he batted away criticism from Republicans that he had politicized the department’s response to the debate over how racial issues […]

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Two Top Federal Prosecutors Join Matt Gaetz Case

The Justice Department has added two top prosecutors from Washington to the child sex trafficking investigation of Representative Matt Gaetz, according to two people briefed on the matter, a sign of the complex and high-stakes nature of the inquiry into Mr. Gaetz, a Florida Republican who is one of former President Donald J. Trump’s closest […]

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N.I.H. Says Bat Research Group Failed to Submit Prompt Virus Findings

The National Institutes of Health said on Wednesday that a nonprofit group under fire from some Congressional Republicans for its research collaborations in China had failed to promptly report findings from studies on how well bat coronaviruses grow in mice. In a letter to Representative James Comer, Republican of Kentucky, the N.I.H. said that the […]

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House Finds Bannon in Contempt for Defying Jan. 6 Inquiry Subpoena

WASHINGTON — The House voted on Thursday to find Stephen K. Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress for stonewalling the investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, taking action against a close ally of former President Donald J. Trump as he and Republicans veered deeper into their efforts to justify the violence with false claims […]

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Liz Cheney’s Consultants Are Given an Ultimatum: Drop Her, or Be Dropped

“It’s sad but not surprising that Kevin McCarthy is continuing down the morally bankrupt path of embracing House Republicans who are white supremacists and conspiracy theorists, but attacking Liz Cheney for telling the truth and standing for the Constitution,” Mr. Adler said. A principal at The Morning Group, Mackenzie Jortner Dolan, declined to comment on […]

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Stocks Hit a Record as Investors See Progress Toward a Spending Deal

Wall Street likes what it’s hearing from Washington lately. The S&P 500 inched to a new high on Thursday, continuing a rally aided by signs of progress in spending talks that could pave the way for an injection of some $3 trillion into the U.S. economy. The index rose 0.3 percent to 4,549.78, its seventh […]

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Texas Urges Supreme Court to Leave Its Restrictive Abortion Law in Place

WASHINGTON — Texas’ attorney general urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to leave the state’s restrictive abortion law in place, saying that the federal government was not entitled to challenge it. If the justices are nonetheless inclined to hear the Justice Department’s request that they block the law while legal challenges proceed, wrote Ken Paxton, […]

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‘Ordinary Citizens’ Turned Rioters on Jan. 6

To the Editor: Re “90 Seconds of Rage on the Capitol Steps” (front page, Oct. 17): This is one of the best pieces of reporting on the Jan. 6 riot to appear in some time. The role of Proud Boys, neo-Nazis and other committed insurrectionists and troublemakers is easy to understand in connection with the […]

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Kyrsten Sinema’s Style Keeps Us Guessing

Senator Kyrsten Sinema may have been in Europe recently on a fund-raising trip and out of reach of the activists who have dogged her footsteps, frustrated with her obstruction of President Biden’s social spending bill. But despite the fact her office has been keeping her itinerary under wraps, were those protesters able to follow her […]

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5 Veterans Quit Kyrsten Sinema’s Advisory Council

WASHINGTON — Five veterans tapped to advise Senator Kyrsten Sinema, an Arizona Democrat, resigned from their posts on Thursday, publicly accusing her of “hanging your constituents out to dry” in the latest sign of growing hostility toward a centrist who has emerged as a key holdout on President Biden’s agenda. In a scathing letter obtained […]

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Democrats’ Campaign to Control Drug Prices Nears Collapse

WASHINGTON — When a powerful Democratic Senate chairman assembled his Special Committee on Aging to confront what he called a “crisis of affordability” for prescription drugs, he proposed a novel solution: allow the government to negotiate better deals for critical medications. The year was 1989, and the idea from that chairman, former Senator David Pryor […]

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‘It Should Not Have Happened’: Asylum Officers Detail Migrants’ Accounts of Abuse

A Honduran man seeking a safe haven in the United States said a Border Patrol officer told him that he would not be granted asylum — a determination the officer was not authorized to make — and when the migrant refused to sign paperwork, the officer said he would be sent to jail, where he […]

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