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  1. coronavirus stimulus
    Senate Support Grows for Bipartisan Stimulus BillOne day after Pelosi and Schumer endorsed the framework, several more Republicans expressed grudging support for a deal like it.
  2. coronavirus stimulus
    Democrats Should (Probably) Take the New Bipartisan Stimulus DealAmerica’s vulnerable can’t wait two more months for relief. And $908 billion in stimulus today doesn’t rule out more tomorrow.
  3. senate republicans
    How Biden Could (Maybe) Fix His Senate Problem With One Weird TrickPennsylvania’s Republican senator plans to retire in 2022. Biden should consider offering him a taste of executive power on his way out the door.
  4. covid-19 stimulus
    Another Day of Overtime Stimulus Talks Ends With No DealBoth sides are accusing the other of “moving the goal posts,” but in the end, it’s Trump who needs a preelection announcement.
  5. coronavirus stimulus
    Why Doesn’t Trump Just Tell Mnuchin to Take a Deal?Trump might blame Pelosi or McConnell for failure to get a deal and a second stimulus check. But if any deal is better than none, it’s in his hands.
  6. senate republicans
    GOP Vows to Serve As Check on Biden’s Plans to Avert DepressionAs Trump fades, Senate Republicans are distancing themselves from the president — by advertising economic priorities even more unpopular than his.
  7. coronavirus stimulus
    3 Reasons Pelosi Should Take Trump’s $1.8 Trillion Stimulus DealThe U.S. economy needs stimulus now — and there’s a high risk that Biden won’t be able to provide any next year.
  8. coronavirus stimulus
    Last-Gasp Stimulus Talks Proceed With Time Running OutA compromise bill brought the previously successful negotiating team of Steven Mnuchin and Nancy Pelosi to the table.
  9. coronavirus stimulus
    Pelosi to Test How Badly Trump Wants His Signature on More Stimulus ChecksThe ballgame may now depend on whether Trump wants his signature on a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks badly enough to accept Pelosi’s deal.
  10. coronavirus stimulus
    As Congressional Action on Stimulus Fails, Trump Could Actually Play PresidentThe failed Senate GOP “skinny stimulus” bill was a joke and negotiations have stalled, leaving Trump, for now, to act alone.
  11. coronavirus stimulus
    Why the Deal to Avoid a Government Shutdown May Be Bad NewsUsually a deal that averts a shutdown is a good thing, but there’s a catch this time.
  12. police reform
    Senate Democrats Stall Republican Police-Reform Bill to Force NegotiationsBipartisan negotiations will have to occur unless both parties are satisfied with their positions on this subject going into November.
  13. police reform
    Competing Police-Reform Bills Quickly Emerge in CongressThe biggest potential deal-breaker is the Democrats’ call for stripping police officers of “qualified immunity” against lawsuits.
  14. coronavirus stimulus
    Senate Republicans Want to Protect Corporations in Any New Stimulus DealWhile calling for a pause in stimulus legislation, Republicans do hear cries for help from corporate leaders, which may make them cut a deal.
  15. coronavirus stimulus
    Tense Negotiations Continue Over Next Round of StimulusDemocrats are hoping that Republicans budge on more money for state and local governments.
  16. bailouts
    What’s Good, Bad, and Mediocre in the Coronavirus Stimulus BillThe legislation is great news for unemployed workers in the short term, bad news for reining in plutocracy in the long run.
  17. politics
    Coronavirus Exposes the Virulence of American ConservatismAs British conservatives push historic aid to keep workers employed, the GOP is fighting to let bailed-out corporations cut staff.
  18. coronavirus
    Lobbyists Swarm as Congress Prepares Massive Aid BillWhen the dinner bell rings, all sorts of hungry industries are making a case that they need help.
  19. national emergency declaration
    Will Republicans Save Trump From an Embarrassing Vote on Emergency Declaration?A deal may be in the works where Trump okays a curtailment of presidential power in future emergency declarations in exchange for approval right now.
  20. national emergency declaration
    Trump Could Face Major Embarrassment Over His Fake National EmergencyThe congressional resolution disapproving of the emergency looks like it might pass the Senate.
  21. national emergency declaration
    Can Congress Stop Trump’s State of Emergency Declaration?Congress can pass a joint resolution ending the state of emergency, but it would have to be veto-proof to stick.
  22. politics
    Incivility Isn’t What’s Wrong With American PoliticsThe term is just a euphemism that lets the GOP point a finger at those fighting injustice, and away from themselves.
  23. brett kavanaugh
    After Kavanaugh’s Confirmation, the GOP Will Surely Pass Criminal-Justice ReformNow that the GOP has discovered the importance of “the presumption of innocence,” it will surely end cash bail, and crack down on police brutality.
  24. the kavanaugh hearings
    Kavanaugh Is Becoming a Headache the GOP Could Do WithoutEven as they try to save Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Republicans are preparing for a “post-Kavanaugh” world.
  25. White House: U.S. Can’t Afford Veterans’ Health Care Without CutsAfter adding $1.5 trillion to the deficit for tax cuts, Trump opposes adding to the debt to increase health-care funding for veterans.
  26. Is Trump Actually Going to Do Anything About Family Separation?Fear of looking “weak” has apparently paralyzed POTUS on what is becoming a true political crisis for him.
  27. GOP Leader: Pruitt Has Some Explaining to DoAs Republican support for the EPA director wanes, Scott Pruitt takes out his frustration on environmental science.
  28. Will Trump Make or Break an Immigration Deal?The odds of any legislation making it through the abattoir of both houses of Congress is limited at best — unless Trump gives Republicans cover.
  29. Paul Ryan’s ‘Welfare Reform’ Plan Looks DoomedMany Senate Republicans do not want to take food and medical care away from the poor and elderly (in an election year, anyway).
  30. Here’s What’s in the Final Draft of the GOP Tax BillSome of the worst provisions in previous bills have been scrapped. Most remain.
  31. Senate Republicans Made a $300 Billion Mistake in Their Tax BillAnd that may prove costly for Susan Collins.
  32. Senate Republicans Accidentally Killed Some of Their Donors’ Favorite Tax BreaksPassing a tax bill that you wrote over lunch — and never actually read — appears to have some downsides.
  33. Republicans Have the Votes for a TBD Tax BillFifty-one GOP senators have agreed to vote for a tax bill that does not yet exist.
  34. Trump’s Obsession With the Number 20 Imperils the GOP Tax BillRepublicans could solve all of their tax package’s problems easily — if the president weren’t arbitrarily fixated on a 20 percent corporate tax rate.
  35. Susan Collins Is Sure This Will All End Great for EveryoneMcConnell promised Collins that the GOP won’t slash Medicare — and will shore up Obamacare — if she votes for tax cuts first.
  36. The GOP Keeps Admitting Its Economic Theory Is Incompatible With DemocracyRepublicans say that their tax cuts will only work if businesses can be certain that they will never be repealed.
  37. The Trump Tax Cuts Pass in Committee, Head to the Senate FloorIt looks like this thing is gonna pass — if Mitch McConnell can keep all of the promises he just made.
  38. The GOP Tax Plan Might Make Sense — If Recessions Didn’t ExistRepublicans are writing a bill that will stimulate the economy in the middle of an expansion — and automatically depress it during a downturn.
  39. Here’s How Republicans Plan to Get Their Tax Bill Out of the SenateSeven Senate Republicans have expressed concerns about the legislation. Mitch McConnell hopes to win them over with these last-minute changes.
  40. Republicans Want You to Know They’re for Corporations, Not the Middle ClassThere’s no other explanation for this newly discovered detail of the Senate’s tax bill.
  41. New GOP Tax-Cut Plan Raises Taxes on Virtually Everyone by 2027Senate Republicans solved their tax plan’s math problem — by phasing out every tax cut in their bill that doesn’t benefit corporations.
  42. Republicans to Repeal Obamacare’s Individual Mandate in Tax BillThe GOP plans to reduce the number of Americans with health insurance by 13 million, so as to pay for giant corporate tax cuts.
  43. Republicans Can’t Afford Their Tax-Cut HabitThe GOP needs to slash the cost of its plan. But every time Republicans find a new revenue source, they decide to spend the money on another tax cut.
  44. The GOP Can’t Quite Bring Itself to Support an Alleged Teen RapistRepublicans have finally found a line they can’t cross – if not for ethical reasons, then for political ones.
  45. Senate Panel Votes to Make Blogger With No Trial Experience a Federal JudgeBrett Talley is 36 and has never tried a case. But he has written hot takes about “Hillary Rotten Clinton.”
  46. Republicans Are Asking Alabama to Err on Side of Electing a Child MolesterRepublicans have no reason to doubt the allegations against Moore — and no good excuse for asking voters to do so.
  47. Trump Is Afraid His Tax Plan Is Doomed. He Should Be.The Senate’s margin for error is slim, the divisions among Republicans are massive, and the tax plan is half-baked — and wholly unpopular.
  48. The GOP’s New Budget Tries to Keep It Simple: Big Tax Cuts for the RichDespite temptations to massively cut spending or launch a new health-care bill, the Senate is keeping its eyeson the prize of tax cuts.
  49. Politics Group-Chat: What to Make of Moore Winning Alabama’s GOP Senate Primary?Listen in as three New York writers figure it out.
  50. The CBO Won’t Score the Final Trumpcare Bill for WeeksTo pass the Graham-Cassidy health-care bill, Senate Republicans will need to vote for the law before the budget office releases a coverage estimate.
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