United States Politics and Government

Blinken, Without Leaving Home, Tries to Mend Fences With Allies Abroad

Behind the jokes, however, there is frustration. Mr. Blinken and President Biden say the United States faces a herculean challenge in restoring bonds with key allies, re-establishing American leadership against rivals like China[1] and Russia, and confronting threats such as climate change and a nuclear Iran[2]. Although Mr. Blinken has been vaccinated against the coronavirus, …

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State Lawmakers Defy Governors in a Covid-Era Battle for Power

Partisan warfare over pandemic lockdowns and mask-wearing is on the wane in Washington: A bitter presidential election has been decided, coronavirus cases are plummeting nationally[1] and vaccines are rolling out slowly but steadily. Yet in state Capitols, the politicized fights are boiling over. State lawmakers across the country, most of them Republicans, are moving aggressively …

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Where Biden’s Virus Plan Stands

But Democrats are increasingly confident that if they can deliver boldly on coronavirus relief, and take credit for a relatively fast and effective distribution of the vaccine, they will be rewarded in the midterm elections in November 2022, as the G.O.P. struggles to regain its footing. Over two-thirds of Americans, including 68 percent of independents, …

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Another First for an Impeachment Trial: Meeting During a Pandemic

Outside the chamber, Capitol employees not only brought back velvet stanchions to keep journalists cordoned off from senators, but also carefully spaced out clear dots imprinted with footprints to offer a visual guide for distancing. While more than 100 journalists had been credentialed in 2020, there are fewer than half that number this time, to …

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