POLITICS & POLICY

Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Ron Johnson in Washington, U.S., November 8, 2017. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Senator Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) has sent a letter to FBI director Christopher Wray asking him to clarify whether the agency possesses documents from the laptop of Hunter Biden, Fox News reported on Sunday. The
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An absentee ballot await preparations in Raleigh, North Carolina, September 4, 2020. (Jonathan Drake/Reuters) A Kentucky postal worker who allegedly threw out more than 100 absentee ballots in a dumpster on Thursday has been fired by the U.S. Postal Service and may face federal prosecution. The Postal Service Office of Inspector General discovered 112 discarded
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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 15, 2019. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) One of the nation’s top abortion groups is calling for Senator Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) to be ousted from her position as the Judiciary Committee’s ranking member after she praised the confirmation hearings on Supreme Court nominee Amy
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Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett (at left) on the second day of her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, October 13, 2020. (Erin Schaff/Pool via Reuters) Reforms to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s procedures and a loosening of the so-called Ginsburg Rule would greatly improve the process. Adam J. White,
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Michigan GOP Senate candidate John James (johnjamesforsenate.com) Republican Senate candidate John James of Michigan positioned himself as a hawk on China in a call with reporters on Friday, pitching proposals to return jobs to Michigan that have been lost to Chinese and other foreign markets. James, a West Point graduate who served in the Iraq
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(flavijus/Getty Images) The common presumption that the federal deficit doesn’t matter is entirely wrong. ‘Who the hell cares about the budget” — Donald Trump. “Debt is money we owe to ourselves.” — Paul Krugman. “Future generations will pay the price for runaway national debt.” — Heritage Foundation. The president may be right that no one cares
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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden approaches his seat ahead of an ABC Town Hall event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pa., October 15, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters) Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said on Thursday that he would clarify his stance on court packing ahead of the November 3 election, contingent upon how Republicans
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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett speaks during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, October 12, 2020. (Patrick Semansky/Pool via Reuters) Yesterday, Senator Chris Coons asked Judge Barrett about Griswold v. Connecticut, the 1965 Supreme Court decision holding that the Constitution protects a right to “marital privacy” that encompasses the use of contraception.
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Senator Kelly Loeffler speaks at a news conference in Dallas, Georgia, October 15, 2020. (Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters) It’s just my luck that on the very day that I publish an article entitled “The GOP Is Not Destined to Be Dominated by Cranks,” an incumbent Republican senator is celebrating an endorsement from the execrable Marjorie Tayor Greene.
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(Dado Ruvic/Reuters) Twitter said Thursday that it censored a New York Post article based on emails between Hunter Biden and a Burisma executive in accordance with its “hacked materials policy.” “In line with our Hacked Materials Policy, as well as our approach to blocking URLs, we are taking action to block any links to or
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Then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter attend an NCAA basketball game in Washington, D.C., in 2010. (File photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) A corrupt Ukraine firm reportedly got direct access to then-vice president Joe Biden through his son. According to a 2015 email, then–vice president Joe Biden met with a top executive at Burisma, the
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Back to the recusal issue, which has come up again in questioning of Judge Barrett by Senator Klobuchar (D., Minn.) and will probably be raised again by Senator Harris (D., Calif.). I argued yesterday that judges should never recuse themselves before a concrete case comes before them; only in an actual case or controversy can
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Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks during the second day of her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., October 13, 2020. (Susan Walsh/Reuters) To get a sense of how well Amy Coney Barrett did on the first day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings, you have
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New York governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at the unveiling for the Mother Cabrini statue in New York, October 12, 2020. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters) New York governor Andrew Cuomo in his new memoir blames conservatives and right-wing media for the controversy over coronavirus outbreaks in the state’s nursing homes. Around 6,700 nursing home residents in New York
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(rarrarorro/Getty Images) Earlier this year, the federal government worked across party lines to pass a historic economic-relief bill. By most measures, it worked: Concerns about a wave of bankruptcies and permanently high unemployment have more or less receded. Despite the lockdowns, personal incomes soared in the second quarter, cushioning household finances and avoiding a wave
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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) at the confirmation hearing of Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Capitol Hill, October 12, 2020. (Greg Nash/Pool via Reuters) Senator Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.) grilled Judge Amy Coney Barrett during Tuesday’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing over her pro-life stance and whether she would agree with the Court’s ruling in Roe v.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., September 30, 2020. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) announced on Tuesday that the Senate will debate a “targeted” economic relief legislation once lawmakers return from recess on October 19. Congress has approved over $4 trillion in
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