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2 House Races in Ohio Will Test Democratic Divisions and Trump’s Sway

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Mr. Trump and his allied political groups are hoping to avoid another loss after the defeat last week of a Trump-backed House candidate in Texas. In that race, a state representative, Jake Ellzey, beat Susan Wright, the widow of Representative Ron Wright, who held the seat until he died in......

Infrastructure Deal Puts Cryptocurrencies in Washington’s Cross Hairs

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WASHINGTON — In a hunt for funds to help pay for the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure package, lawmakers have turned to the cryptocurrency industry as a potential source of tax revenue and are proposing tougher scrutiny of digital transactions. A provision of the package would require cryptocurrency brokers and investors to......

Biden Promised to Restore the Iran Nuclear Deal. Now It Risks Derailment.

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Meanwhile, what has happened on the ground in Natanz, and in small research labs around the country, has the United States worried. The most visible problem, though in some ways the easiest to reverse, is that Iran has ratcheted up its production of nuclear fuel over the past two years,......

Eviction Freeze Set to Lapse as Biden Housing Aid Effort Lags

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The lapse of the federal freeze is offset by other pro-tenant initiatives that are still in place. Many states and localities, including New York and California, have extended their own moratoriums, which should blunt some of the effect. In some places, judges, cognizant of the potential for a mass wave......

Already Distorting Jan. 6, G.O.P. Now Concocts Entire Counternarrative

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“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” [cheering] They came from all 50 states out of some sense of patriotic duty … “It’s so much more......

Short of the Mandate They Crave, Military Leaders Race to Vaccinate Troops

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COLORADO SPRINGS — Three soldiers in camouflage were crowded around a table at a popular burrito place near Fort Carson on Friday, chewing over the announcement that the military might soon require all troops to get vaccinated for coronavirus. Two of the soldiers had already gotten the shot. One had......

Trump Raised $56 Million Online in First Half of 2021

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Despite departing from office and being barred from the leading social media platforms, former President Donald J. Trump was the Republican Party’s most dominant fund-raiser in the early months of 2021, as committees affiliated with him collected more than $56 million online, according to campaign filings made late Friday. Mr.......

An Unlikely Pair, Portman and Sinema Steer Infrastructure Deal

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In those discussions, Mr. Portman, who was President George W. Bush’s budget director, helped drive the policy discussions for Republicans, while Ms. Sinema wrangled the group’s meetings and helped keep their focus on the issues on hand. “They have a good relationship with one another, and in a relationship that......

Treasury must turn over Trump’s taxes to Congress, the Justice Dept. says.

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WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department must turn over six years of former President Donald J. Trump’s tax returns to House investigators, the Justice Department said in a legal opinion issued on Friday that most likely paves the way for their eventual release to Congress and potentially to the public. Hours......

Justice Dept. sues Texas governor over an executive order on migrants.

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The Justice Department sued Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas on Friday in an effort to block an executive order that severely limits the transportation of migrants in the state, calling the order unconstitutional. The lawsuit was filed a day after Attorney General Merrick B. Garland sent a letter to Mr.......

The U.S. will cover cost of testing unvaccinated federal workers.

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The U.S. government will cover the costs of regular coronavirus testing for unvaccinated federal workers, one component of the Biden administration’s new vaccination requirements. President Biden announced new rules Thursday that amount to a two-tier system for the country’s four million federal employees. Those who do not get vaccinated against......

Democrats scramble to save the federal eviction freeze, as frustration with Biden mounts.

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House Democrats scrambled on Friday to scrape up the votes needed to extend the federal eviction moratorium through the end of the year — a long shot bid to keep the freeze from expiring on Saturday — as leaders vented frustration with President Biden for punting the issue to them.......

How Disabled Americans Are Pushing to Overhaul a Key Benefits Program

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When Congress created Supplemental Security Income in 1972, it left no question about its intentions. The program, lawmakers wrote, was “designed to provide a positive assurance that the nation’s aged, blind and disabled people would no longer have to subsist on below-poverty-level incomes.” Today, it helps ensure the opposite. The......

Biden is to meet with top Democrats on voting rights as senators ready a scaled-back proposal.

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President Biden and the top Democrats in Congress are expected to meet at the White House on Friday to discuss their party’s faltering efforts to pass major voting rights legislation, according to two congressional aides familiar with the plans. Mr. Biden’s meeting with Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senator......

‘Covid With a Vengeance’ Consumes U.S. Politics

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The American political system has come down with a case of long Covid. In Washington and the states, and in both political parties, expectations that the virus might be routed this summer and make way for some version of political-life-as-usual have abruptly disintegrated. The resurgence of the disease, driven by......

Trump Pressed Justice Dept. to Declare Election Results Corrupt, Notes Show

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WASHINGTON — President Donald J. Trump pressed top Justice Department officials late last year to declare that the election was corrupt even though they had found no instances of widespread fraud, so that he and his allies in Congress could use the assertion to try to overturn the results, according......

Biden signals support for Democrats’ plan to advance immigration changes unilaterally, via a budget bill.

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President Biden said on Thursday night that he supported a plan championed by congressional Democrats to use a legislative process intended for budget-related measures to bypass Republican opposition and legalize millions of undocumented immigrants. Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the majority leader, has been quietly exploring whether......

The Biden administration wants states and cities to pay people $100 to get vaccinated.

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is calling on states, territories and local governments to pay $100 to Americans who remain unvaccinated against the coronavirus to get their shots. The move comes as concern has grown about rising cases across the country, and the administration has shifted its strategy to focus......

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