Opinion | Democrats Are on the Verge of … Something

By Gail Collins and Bret Stephens Ms. Collins and Mr. Stephens are opinion columnists. They converse every week. Gail Collins: Hey, Bret, the holiday season is almost upon us — if you presume we start off with Halloween, which is one of my favorites. Are you going to be dressing

Benefits for All or Just the Needy? Manchin’s Demand Focuses Debate

As Democrats ponder cutting a $3.5 trillion social safety net bill down to perhaps $2 trillion, a proposal to limit programs to the poor has rekindled a debate on the meaning of government itself. By Jonathan Weisman and Emily Cochrane WASHINGTON — Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia has

Pelosi Hunts for Infrastructure Votes as Democrats Feud Over Agenda

Congress managed to keep the government from shutting down after midnight, but President Biden’s economic agenda, including a popular infrastructure bill, was ensnared in an intraparty battle. By Jonathan Weisman and Emily Cochrane WASHINGTON — A bipartisan, $1 trillion infrastructure bill that is a pillar of President Biden’s agenda hung

Biden Huddles With Democrats as Divisions Threaten His Agenda

Democrats are nearing a make-or-break moment for President Biden’s agenda, with party divisions imperiling top-priority legislation and fiscal crises looming. By Jonathan Weisman, Emily Cochrane and Jim Tankersley WASHINGTON — President Biden huddled with congressional Democrats on Wednesday to try to break through a potentially devastating impasse over his multitrillion-dollar domestic

Republicans withhold support for US debt ceiling increase

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Republicans leaders in Congress on Tuesday (Sept 14) continued to withhold support for efforts by the Democratic majority to increase the United States debt ceiling. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned last week that the government will run out of money next month unless lawmakers take action, and

Justice Barrett says the Supreme Court’s work is not affected by politics.

Justice Amy Coney Barrett said on Sunday that political partisanship plays no role in decision making at the Supreme Court. Speaking at the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center, in Kentucky, Justice Barrett said that “judicial philosophies are not the same as political parties.” “To say the court’s reasoning is flawed,”

Carl Levin, the Senate Scourge of Corporate America, Dies at 87

Carl Levin, a liberal Michigan Democrat who served 36 years in the Senate and scared the wits out of America’s biggest C.E.O.s by demanding explanations for shadowy schemes that hid billions in profits overseas and avoided vast corporate taxes at home, died on Thursday in Detroit. He was 87. His

Democrats Push a Budget to Fulfill Biden’s Aggressive Economic Ambitions

WASHINGTON — The $3.5 trillion budget outline that Democrats unveiled in the Senate this week promises to reshape the government’s role in the economy, in ways President Biden and his party have called essential to rebuilding the American middle class, lifting people out of poverty and tackling the threat of

Biden’s First Task at Housing Agency: Rebuilding Trump-Depleted Ranks

An exodus of top-level officials during the previous administration has left the Department of Housing and Urban Development short of expertise even as its role expands. By Glenn Thrush WASHINGTON — During the 2020 campaign, President Biden pledged to transform the Department of Housing and Urban Development into a frontline

Democrats Vow to Push Their Own Infrastructure Plan as Talks Drag On

As progressives balked at an emerging bipartisan deal, top Democrats said they hoped to move forward in July with a budget maneuver that would allow them to push through their own plan. By Emily Cochrane and Jonathan Weisman WASHINGTON — Top Senate Democrats vowed on Tuesday to steer around Republican