Tag: House of Representatives

Facebook Fallout Ruptures Democrats’ Longtime Alliance With Silicon Valley

The alliance between Democrats and Silicon Valley has buckled and bent this year amid revelations that platforms like Facebook and Twitter allowed hateful speech, Russian propaganda and conservative-leaning “fake news” to flourish. But those tensions burst into open warfare this past week after revelations that Facebook executives had withheld evidence […]

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On Washington: They Battled Over the Supreme Court, but Stuck Together on Criminal Justice Reform

WASHINGTON — After a popular bill to improve prison education and training programs breezed through the House last May, criminal justice reformers in the Senate faced a crucial choice: run with it or hold out for more far-reaching changes to sentencing laws. The two main proponents of a sentencing overhaul […]

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How Facebook Wrestled With Scandal: 6 Key Takeaways

For more than a year, Facebook has endured cascading crises — over Russian misinformation, data privacy and abusive content — that transformed the Silicon Valley icon into an embattled giant accused of corporate overreach and negligence. An investigation by The New York Times revealed how Facebook fought back against its […]

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N.J. Democrat Defeats Trump Ally, Leaving the State With Just 1 Republican in Congress

[What you need to know to start your day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Andy Kim, a New Jersey Democrat who had been locked in a neck-and-neck race for Congress, has defeated his Republican opponent, a two-term incumbent and staunch ally of President Trump, according to a final […]

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A Real Chance at Criminal Justice Reform

Perhaps it’s a coincidence that a new criminal justice reform proposal has emerged in the Senate less than a week after the departure of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. But Mr. Sessions — a devout reactionary on matters of criminal justice — never met a reform effort he didn’t want to smother. […]

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What’s an Election Loss When He’s ‘My Kevin’? McCarthy Appears Set to Lead House G.O.P.

WASHINGTON — As the death toll rose in devastating fires raging across California on Monday, Representative Kevin McCarthy got on the telephone with President Trump to explain how bad it was. In a call from his Capitol office on Veterans Day, Mr. McCarthy, who represents California’s Central Valley, laid out […]

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Democrats, Don’t Compromise With Trump

With Democrats in control of the House, they are now faced with the question of how best to use their legislative authority. Nancy Pelosi has already drafted a lengthy list of goals: lowering prescription drug prices, investing in infrastructure, restoring background checks for gun buyers, protecting Dreamers with legal residency […]

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Democrats Can’t Play It Safe. They Need Inspiring Candidates.

Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams, progressive African-American Democratic candidates, may not have won their races for governor in Florida and Georgia (both are still too close to call). But the strategy they followed is still the best strategy for Democrats to win: inspiring, mobilizing and turning out voters of color […]

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You Have a Right to Weariness

ImagePresident Trump at the White House, in March.CreditSaul Loeb/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Do we have a right to weariness in an era of animus? More precisely, can we afford it, or is exhaustion a luxury reserved for those whose wealth, privilege and status insulate them from the losses the […]

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Let the People Vote

ImageVoters waiting in a long line to vote in the 2018 midterm general election, outside a polling station located at Robious Middle School in Midlothian, Virginia. CreditMichael Reynolds/EPA, via Shutterstock The United States finally has the pro-democracy movement that it needs. Last week, ballot initiatives to improve the functioning of democracy […]

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Dana Rohrabacher Loses, Eroding Republican Foothold in California

Representative Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican fixture in California who represented Orange County for 15 terms, lost his bid for re-election. His defeat underlines the party’s setbacks in a part of the state that was long a symbol of its political dominance. The Associated Press called the race on Saturday, with […]

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Democrats Won a Mandate on Health Care. How Will They Use It?

WASHINGTON — After House Democrats’ election triumph, Nancy Pelosi’s appraisal was clear: “Health care was on the ballot, and health care won.” But how do Democrats intend to use the power they won? The top priorities for Ms. Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, and her party’s new House majority include […]

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The Economy Didn’t Save Republicans After All

Unemployment is abnormally low. Growth has sped up. A $1.5 trillion tax cut, signed by President Trump last year, is fueling consumer spending. Faced with strong Democratic enthusiasm and fund-raising, and hindered by an unpopular president, Republicans were counting on that economic strength to lift them at the polls, or […]

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This Is Us, Halfway Whole

We avoided Midnight in America. The president concocted a frightscape, the caravan from hell ready to storm our white picket fences, the military deployed as a political stunt, the Constitution inches from the shredder. By any measure, the election was a referendum on our sickly, staggering democracy. Nearly 70 percent […]

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Mueller Has a Way Around Trump and His Minions

In a stunning move on the heels of the midterm election, President Trump has forced the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed an outspoken critic of the Mueller investigation — Matthew Whitaker — as acting attorney general, shunting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to the sidelines. This raises […]

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Trump Said He Wants Tougher Gun Laws. Can a New Congress Help Get Them?

ImageFlags flying at half-staff in Washington after the shooting in Calif.CreditMike Theiler/Reuters This is what it’s come to — there are now Americans who have lived through two gun massacres. Many of the people who were able to flee a California bar where a man shot dozens of people late […]

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The Midterm Results Are a Warning to the Democrats

For months we’ve heard from sundry media apocalypticians that this year’s midterms were the last exit off the road to autocracy. On Tuesday, the American people delivered a less dramatic verdict about the significance of the occasion. In a word: meh. Are you interested in seeing Donald Trump voted out […]

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Trump, Under Scrutiny and Unleashed

Well, that was bittersweet. I’m not sure I would call Tuesday’s election results the blue wave many expected, but liberals absolutely made progress — and history — as Democrats assumed control of the House of Representatives, in part by electing a historic number of women to the body. Furthermore, the […]

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A Trump-Fueled ‘Wipeout’ for House Republicans in Northeast

In New Jersey, voters slashed the number of Republicans in Congress from five down to two, and possibly only one. In New York, Democrats flipped three congressional seats in President Trump’s home state, ejecting the last remaining Republican from New York City. And in the six other states in the […]

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Amy McGrath, a Soaring Democratic Candidate, Is Brought Back to Earth on Election Day

RICHMOND, Ky. — At 5 a.m. on Election Day, Mark Nickolas awoke to write a speech he thought would never be delivered. Mr. Nickolas, the campaign manager for Amy McGrath, one of the Democratic Party’s most high-profile candidates for Congress, quickly drafted a 400-word concession, printed it, sealed it in […]

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4 Things to Watch as House Democrats Usher In Divided Government

WASHINGTON — The new Democratic majority in the House confronts President Trump with a dramatically different reality on Capitol Hill and sets up the likelihood of two years marked more by conflict than cooperation. “We won,” Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader, said in an interview on Wednesday. […]

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