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United States Politics and Government Biden Wants South Carolina as First Primary State in 2024, Demoting Iowa
Michigan would become the fifth primary. The plan came as the president asked that “voters of color have a voice in choosing our nominee much earlier in the process.” President Biden in Washington on Wednesday. -



your-feed-fashion At the State Dinner, Jill Biden Revives the Oscar de la Renta Tradition
The first lady returns to a tentpole of White House image-making. The president and Jill Biden arrive at the state dinner with Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron. -



United States Politics and Government Biden Signs Legislation to Avert Nationwide Rail Strike
President Biden had called on Congress to act, saying a rail strike would “devastate our economy.” President Biden had promised to be the most pro-union president in the country’s history during his campaign. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Herschel Walker Stresses Georgia Roots on Campaign As Many Top Republicans Shift Away
Before the November election, Mr. Walker had help from Republicans far and wide. Now, he’s relying heavily on Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia to pull him ahead of Senator Raphael Warnock, the Democratic incumbent. A supporter showing Herschel Walker a framed copy of his college football hall of fame citation during a campaign event in Woodstock, Ga., on Thursday. -



Biden, Joseph R Jr Biden Meets With Prince William in Boston, Capping Glamorous Week for ‘Scranton Joe’
The president’s brief encounter with Prince William of Wales came a day after the first state dinner of the Biden administration. President Biden met with Prince William of Wales in Boston on Friday. “What a spectacular setting,” William said. -



Democratic National Committee Democrats Move a Step Closer to Making South Carolina First Primary
A key panel supported President Biden’s plan, which would remove Iowa as the first presidential nominating state in favor of South Carolina, followed by New Hampshire, Nevada, Georgia and Michigan. The Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee moved on Friday to adopt President Biden’s plan to overhaul the party’s presidential nominating process. -



Right-Wing Extremism and Alt-Right Alex Jones Files for Bankruptcy
The Infowars broadcaster has been ordered by courts to pay about $1.5 billion in damages to Sandy Hook families hurt by his promotion of conspiracy theories. The personal bankruptcy filing could force a greater degree of scrutiny on the finances of Alex Jones’s empire. -



Midterm Elections (2022) The Fight Over Warnock’s Record Comes Down to an Electric Car Plant in Georgia
Hyundai’s huge new plant outside Savannah could be a model for bipartisanship and a central achievement for Raphael Warnock, whose biggest efforts otherwise fell short. But Republicans aren’t giving him credit. In his two years in office, Senator Raphael Warnock’s accomplishments include science funding for historically Black colleges and universities, new access to grants for Georgia transit authorities, and a $15-a-month out-of-pocket cap on insulin costs for Medicare recipients. -



Primaries and Caucuses Iowa Democrats Ask: Without the First-in-the-Nation Caucuses, Who Are We, Really?
President Biden’s push to start the Democratic presidential nominating process in South Carolina has inspired a rush of wistful memories and soul searching in the Hawkeye State. A sign made from sand was covered in plastic ahead of an oncoming storm, at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines in 2019. -



United States International Relations US Eyes $156 Million Yacht in Dubai Linked to a Russian Oligarch
The U.S. Justice Department is taking steps to seize the Madame Gu, a 324-foot luxury yacht, but it will be diplomatically thorny. The Madame Gu, a superyacht linked to Russian billionaire and lawmaker Andrei Skoch, docked at Dubai’s Mina Rashid Marina in early November. -



Sex Crimes Joel Greenberg, Former Gaetz Confidant, Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison
Joel Greenberg, a tax collector in Florida, had been cooperating with the Justice Department in its investigation into Representative Matt Gaetz. A judge excoriated Joel Greenberg’s behavior in sentencing him to 11 years in prison. -



Decisions and Verdicts Supreme Court to Hear Case on Biden’s Student Loan Debt Forgiveness
The justices left in place an injunction blocking the Biden administration’s authority to forgive up to $20,000 in debt per borrower. Activists calling on President Biden in Washington in April to cancel student debt. -



United States Politics and Government How Herschel Walker Could Win Georgia’s Senate Race
Despite all the tough headlines, he could prevail. Here are two theories about how the runoff could unfold. Herschel Walker greeting supporters last month in Peachtree City, Ga. He is seen as a slight underdog in his runoff election against Senator Raphael Warnock, but the race is likely to be close. -



United States International Relations Biden Says He Is Willing to Talk to Putin About Ukraine, With Conditions
Showing a united front during a state visit, President Biden and President Emmanuel Macron of France affirmed their support for Ukraine ahead of a cold winter that will test the alliance. President Biden hosted President Emmanuel Macron of France at the White House on Thursday. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Arizona’s Cochise County Certifies Election Results as Officials End Protest
Officials in Cochise County gave final approval to the midterm results after a judge ordered them to end the stall tactics. Ballot processing in Arizona in November. -



United States Politics and Government The Full Guest List for the State Dinner
More than 300 guests were invited, including government officials, French fashion designers, actors and big donors. From left, Jill Biden, President Biden, President Emmanuel Macron of France and Brigitte Macron arriving for the state dinner at the White House on Thursday. -



United States Politics and Government How Steny Hoyer, Pelosi’s No. 2, Decided It Was Time to Step Aside
The decision by the Maryland Democrat, who has served in Congress for four decades — two of them in leadership — reflected a generational and demographic shift afoot in his party. Representative Steny H. Hoyer is the longest-serving House Democrat. -



United States Defense and Military Forces How Army Bases Were Named for Defeated Confederates
Most Confederates were ultimately pardoned for the crime of treason against the United States. Decades later, the Army began honoring them in southern states. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III has ordered the bases named after Confederate generals to be renamed by the end of 2023. -



United States Politics and Government Biden, Demoting Iowa and Prizing Diversity, Wants S.C. as First Primary
Michigan would become the fifth primary. The plan came as the president asked that “voters of color have a voice in choosing our nominee much earlier in the process.” President Biden in Washington on Wednesday. -



Biden, Joseph R Jr Biden and Macron Toast Their Alliance With Lobster and American-Made Cheese
The black-tie state dinner marked a return of diplomatic pomp and an effort by the United States and France to display the strength of their alliance after a trans-Atlantic dust-up. President Biden joined President Emmanuel Macron of France in a toast at the state dinner on the White House grounds on Thursday. “Vive la France and God bless America,” Mr. Biden said in his toast. -



Right-Wing Extremism and Alt-Right Trump Embraces Extremism as He Seeks to Reclaim Office
As he gets his presidential campaign underway, Donald J. Trump has aligned himself with forces that used to be outside the mainstream of American politics. Republican critics worry the former president’s embrace of the far right taints the party at a time when it needs to broaden its support. -



Biden, Joseph R Jr Biden Welcomes Macron for a State Dinner. Here’s What to Expect.
The black-tie dinner marks a return of diplomatic pomp and an effort by the United States and France to display the strength of their alliance after a trans-Atlantic dust-up. President Emmanuel Macron of France leaving dinner with President Biden in Washington on Wednesday. Mr. Macron and his wife, Brigitte, will be greeted with an official arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday. -



United States Politics and Government Congress Is Trying to Avert a Rail Strike. Here’s How and Why
Congress cleared legislation to head off a holiday-season rail strike, after President Biden called for action, warning that a disruption to service could cause dire economic damage. Freight trains in Atlanta. Freight rail carriers are the second-largest mode of freight transport in the United States. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Warnock Turns to Obama in Final Days of Georgia Runoff Campaign
For Democrats, the former president’s event in Atlanta with Senator Raphael Warnock on Thursday is viewed as an ironclad way to ensure that Black voters remain enthusiastic. Former President Barack Obama visited Georgia in October, ahead of the Nov. 8 general election. -



Voter Fraud (Election Fraud) They Used Robocalls to Suppress Black Votes. Now They Have to Register Voters.
An Ohio judge ordered Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman, who concocted a 2020 robocall scheme to discourage mail-in voting, to spend hundreds of hours registering new voters. Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl orchestrated a robocall scheme that targeted Black neighborhoods in Ohio in 2020, prosecutors said. -



United States Politics and Government Report Suggests Tax Audits of Trump Foes Were Random, but Leaves Questions
The I.R.S.’s inspector general said that returns from James Comey and Andrew McCabe were initially part of a randomly generated pool, but that a flaw in the final winnowing required further attention. James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, was audited by the Internal Revenue Service after clashing with President Donald J. Trump. -



United States Politics and Government Biden Administration Considers Migrant Restrictions Similar to Trump Policies
If adopted, the new prohibitions on who can request asylum could be paired with new procedures to allow migrants to come to the United States legally, according to people familiar with the plan. Migrants waiting to be processed in El Paso. The United States continues to confront a surge of arrivals at the border. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Turnout Was Strong in Georgia, but Mail Voting Plummets After New Law
An analysis of November turnout data shows that voting by mail dropped as Georgians increasingly cast ballots in person. The shift hints at the possible impact of a 2021 voting overhaul. Early in-person voting in Atlanta on Saturday. Mail voting in Georgia fell by 81 percent from the level of the 2020 election. -



Decisions and Verdicts Appeals Court Scraps Special Master Review in Trump Documents Case
The panel’s decision removed a major obstacle that had hindered the Justice Department’s investigation into Mr. Trump’s handling of sensitive government documents. The Justice Department is investigating former President Donald J. Trump’s handling of more than 11,000 documents and photographs that were hauled away from Mar-a-Lago by the F.B.I. in August. -



United States Politics and Government Biden and Macron: How a ‘Genuine’ Bond Between the Two Leaders Was Built
State visits are meant to test how far flattery can get a president in winning the support of a key ally. But President Biden and President Emmanuel Macron of France have a “genuine” rapport, an official said. President Biden told reporters he hosted President Emmanuel Macron of France for his first state dinner as president “because he’s my friend.” -



Right-Wing Extremism and Alt-Right Trump Embraces Extremism as He Seeks to Reclaim Presidency
As he gets his presidential campaign underway, Donald J. Trump has aligned himself with forces that used to be outside the mainstream of American politics. Republican critics worry the former president’s embrace of the far right taints the party at a time when it needs to broaden its support. -



Decisions and Verdicts Supreme Court to Hear Student Debt Forgiveness Case
The justices left in place an injunction blocking the Biden administration’s authority to forgive up to $20,000 in debt per borrower. Activists calling on President Biden in Washington in April to cancel student debt. -



Sex Crimes Former Gaetz Confidant Is Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison
Joel Greenberg, a tax collector in Florida, had been cooperating with the Justice Department in its investigation into Representative Matt Gaetz. A judge excoriated Joel Greenberg’s behavior in sentencing him to 11 years in prison. -



United States International Relations U.S. Eyes $156 Million Yacht in Dubai Linked to a Russian Oligarch
The U.S. Justice Department is taking steps to seize the Madame Gu, a 324-foot luxury yacht, but it will be diplomatically thorny. The Madame Gu, a superyacht linked to Russian billionaire and lawmaker Andrei Skoch, docked at Dubai’s Mina Rashid Marina in early November. -



United States Politics and Government Georgia’s Senate Runoff Sets Records for Early Voting, but With a Big Asterisk
A 2021 state election law cut in half the runoff calendar in Georgia, which had about twice as many days of early voting before last year’s Senate runoffs. Georgians casting ballots early last weekend in Atlanta in the state’s runoff election for Senate. With control of the chamber already decided, the stakes are much lower this year than in the runoffs in early 2021. -



Decisions and Verdicts Justice Dept. Strikes Deal to Address Jackson’s Struggling Water System
The city has long struggled with a lack of investment in its core infrastructure and diminished funding for city services like the water supply, trash pickup and road repairs. The Justice Department in Washington. In a civil suit against Jackson, Miss., it accused officials of failing to provide drinking water that reliably complied with the Safe Drinking Water Act. -



Biden, Joseph R Jr What to Expect at the State Dinner Table: Lobster, Wine and a Reset Button
The black-tie dinner marks a return of diplomatic pomp and an effort by the United States and France to display the strength of their alliance after a trans-Atlantic dust-up. President Emmanuel Macron of France visiting the Tomb of the Unknowns during a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday. -



Homosexuality and Bisexuality How Senators Voted on Same-Sex Marriage: A List
The legislation passed by a vote of 61 to 36. A dozen Republicans joined 47 Democrats and two Independents voted for a measure mandating federal recognition of same-sex marriages. -



Paid Time Off Some Rail Workers, Seeking Sick Days, Say Biden Betrayed Them
The request for Congress to impose contract terms that several unions had rejected rankled rank-and-file members who had rallied behind the president. Rail workers at a train yard in Atlanta. -



United States International Relations NATO Nations Grow More Receptive to US Pleas to Confront China
After the pain of an energy crisis brought on by the Ukraine war, Europe is keen to reduce its strategic vulnerabilities to China, not to speak of other authoritarian governments. “The relationship for all of us is complex, as well as incredibly consequential.” Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said. -



United States Politics and Government House Committee Obtains Access to Trump’s Tax Returns, Ending Long Fight
The Supreme Court last week declined to block the Treasury Department from giving the data to the House in the waning weeks of Democratic control. Breaking with modern precedent for major presidential candidates and sitting presidents, former President Donald J. Trump had refused to make his tax returns public. -



United States Politics and Government McCarthy Warns Jan. 6 Committee Republicans Will Investigate Its Work
The letter demanding that the panel preserve its records — a step already required — was the latest indication that the G.O.P. is planning its own counter-investigation into the Jan. 6 attack. Representative Kevin McCarthy told the chairman of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack that the next Congress plans to launch its own inquiry into the panel’s work. -



Storming of the US Capitol (Jan, 2021) Outcome in Oath Keepers Trial Could Hold Lessons for Coming Jan. 6 Cases
The conviction of Stewart Rhodes for sedition was a signal victory for the Justice Department, but prosecutors still face challenges as they prepare for the trials of other far-right figures. The conviction of Stewart Rhodes was presented as a landmark moment in the vast investigation of the Capitol attack, but the numerous verdicts in the case painted a more nuanced picture. -



Midterm Elections (2022) In Georgia, Walker’s Pace in the Finish Worries Republican Allies
The Senate candidate’s performance in the final days of the runoff campaign has Republicans airing frustrations. But no one is counting him out yet. Herschel Walker greeting guests during a campaign event on Monday. -



Law and Legislation House Passes Bill to Avert a Rail Strike, Moving to Impose a Labor Agreement
The House voted to force rail companies and workers to accept a pending agreement and to add seven days of paid leave, a key demand of the employees. But it met with a rocky reception in the Senate. Wednesday’s action by the House was the first time since the 1990s that Congress had used its power under the Railway Labor Act to intervene in a national rail labor dispute. -



United States Politics and Government Trump’s Jewish Allies Denounce Dinner With Kanye West and Nick Fuentes
Supporters who looked past the former president’s admirers in bigoted corners of the far right, and his own use of antisemitic tropes, now are drawing a line. “He legitimizes Jew hatred and Jew haters,” says one. “And this scares me.” Former President Donald J. Trump addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition’s conference in Las Vegas on a video call this month. -



Ornato, Anthony M Anthony Ornato, Key Jan. 6 Witness, Speaks With House Panel
Mr. Ornato, a former Secret Service agent and White House aide, is at the center of a dispute over competing accounts of President Donald J. Trump’s actions. Anthony M. Ornato’s closed-door interview was scheduled a day after the panel questioned Kellyanne Conway, a former senior adviser to Donald J. Trump. -



Right-Wing Extremism and Alt-Right McCarthy Condemns Nick Fuentes, Stopping Short of Faulting Trump
The aspiring Republican House speaker disavowed the prominent white nationalist Nick Fuentes and his ideology, but declined to directly criticize former President Donald J. Trump for meeting with him. “I condemn his ideology; it has no place in society at all,” Representative Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader, said of Nick Fuentes. -



Russian Invasion of Ukraine (2022) NATO Supports Eventual Ukraine Membership as US Pledges Millions to Fix Power Grid
American officials said they hoped the commitment would spur allies to make similar donations, as many Ukrainians head into winter without power or water. A Ukrainian soldier watching a rocket launched at Russian positions on the front line in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday. The United States has pledged additional aid to the country. -



United States Politics and Government Elon Musk Is Finding Out That Free Speech Isn’t Rocket Science
It’s harder. Elon Musk bought Twitter last month for $44 billion. -



Gambling Cigars, Colleges, Booze and Blitzes: Investigating the Sports Betting Boom
The New York Times spent nearly a year digging into the sports-gambling industry in the United States to learn how it grew so big so quickly. To report on sports betting, the Times reporter Eric Lipton went to Cigars, Cars & Bars, an event for lobbyists and lawmakers in Topeka, Kan. -



Appointments and Executive Changes David Lipton, Economic Diplomat, Will Step Down From Treasury
Mr. Lipton, who served in senior roles in the Clinton and Obama administrations and at the I.M.F., is retiring. David Lipton, a longtime economic diplomat, is retiring this week as an international affairs counselor to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Black Turnout in Midterms Was One of the Low Points for Democrats
But the effects of the decrease wound up being muted. The Democratic Wisconsin Senate candidate, Mandela Barnes, on Nov. 4. He lost by one percentage point. -



Storming of the US Capitol (Jan, 2021) Oath Keepers Leader Convicted of Sedition in Landmark Jan. 6 Case
A jury in federal court in Washington convicted Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the far-right militia, and one of his subordinates for a plot to keep Donald Trump in power. Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the Oath Keepers militia, in 2016. His conviction is the first successful sedition prosecution since 1995. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Republican-Controlled County in Arizona Holds Up Election Results
Republican local officials are threatening to disrupt the final tally of midterm votes in one more sign of the politicization of elections. Kari Lake, who lost her bid for governor of Arizona, at the U.S.-Mexico border this month in Cochise County. -



McEachin, A Donald Representative Donald McEachin, Virginia Democrat, Dies at 61
Mr. McEachin, who had just been overwhelmingly re-elected to his Richmond-area district, had been treated for colorectal cancer. Representative A. Donald McEachin pushed for legislation to address the effects of climate change and championed other Democratic priorities. -



Miller, Melody (1945-2022) Melody Miller, Trusted Aide to the Kennedys, Dies at 77
She worked with the family for over 40 years, mostly for Senator Ted Kennedy. But her duties went far beyond the office. Melody Miller in 1979, when she ran the reception for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Over time her unofficial duties expanded. -



Decisions and Verdicts Supreme Court Weighs Reviving Biden Immigration Guidelines
The justices wrestled with questions about states’ standing to sue, whether the guidelines were lawful and the limits of judicial power over immigration. Migrants after crossing the Rio Grande to request asylum in El Paso, Texas, last week. The case centers on guidelines that had set priorities for deciding which unauthorized immigrants should be arrested and detained. -



United States Politics and Government What to Know About Herschel Walker’s Residency Status in Georgia
The Republican Senate candidate listed his Atlanta residence on public records as a rental property in 2021, while receiving a homestead exemption in Texas. Herschel Walker at a campaign event in Cumming, Ga., on Monday. Mr. Walker is in a fiercely contested Dec. 6 runoff against Senator Raphael Warnock, a Democrat. -



Storming of the US Capitol (Jan, 2021) Oath Keepers Leader Found Guilty of Seditious Conspiracy in Jan. 6 Case
A jury in federal court in Washington convicted Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the far-right militia, and one of his subordinates for a plot to keep Donald Trump in power. Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the Oath Keepers militia, in 2016. -



Russian Invasion of Ukraine (2022) U.S. Pledges $53 Million to Help Fix Ukraine’s Electrical Grid
American officials said they hoped the commitment would spur allies to make similar donations, as many Ukrainians head into winter without power or water. A Ukrainian soldier watching a rocket launched at Russian positions on the front line in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday. The United States has pledged additional aid to the country. -



Right-Wing Extremism and Alt-Right McCarthy Condemns White Supremacist, Stopping Short of Faulting Trump
The aspiring Republican House speaker disavowed the prominent white nationalist Nick Fuentes and his ideology, but declined to directly criticize former President Donald J. Trump for meeting with him. “I condemn his ideology; it has no place in society at all,” Representative Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader, said of Nick Fuentes. -



United States Politics and Government Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes Senate After Bipartisan Breakthrough
The 61-to-36 vote sends the legislation back to the House, which is expected to approve it and send it to President Biden. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Democrat of Wisconsin, led a bipartisan group that quietly built sufficient Republican support for the measure. -



Special Prosecutors (Independent Counsel) Garland Shifts as Justice Dept. Grapples With Trump Inquiries
After months of an already hyperpartisan political environment, the attorney general appears to be acknowledging that his approach has to be recalibrated. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, who appointed a special counsel this month, has shown a growing willingness to operate outside his comfort zone in the Trump investigations. -



News and News Media News Outlets Urge U.S. to Drop Charges Against Julian Assange
In a joint letter, news organizations warned that the indictment of Julian Assange “sets a dangerous precedent” that could chill reporting about matters of national security. A cardboard cutout of the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, as his supporters surround the Parliament in London in October. He has been fighting extradition from Britain since his arrest there in 2019. -



United States Politics and Government Was Election Denial Just a Passing Threat?
Or is it here to stay? Conservative demonstrators gathered in Phoenix on Friday. -



Supreme Court (US) Supreme Court Defends Alito After Breach Allegation
The court reiterated Justice Alito’s statement that neither he nor his wife disclosed a 2014 contraception ruling that a minister claims to have learned before it was public. The court, responding to questions from lawmakers in the wake of the breach allegation, did not say whether the claim would be investigated further. -



McEachin, A Donald Representative Donald McEachin, Virginia Democrat, Dies
Mr. McEachin, who had just been overwhelmingly re-elected to his Richmond-area district, had battled colorectal cancer. Representative A. Donald McEachin pushed for legislation to address the effects of climate change and championed other Democratic priorities. -



Law and Legislation With Federal Aid on the Table, Utilities Shift to Embrace Climate Goals
As billions in government subsidies were at stake, the electric utility industry shed its opposition to clean-air regulation and put its lobbying muscle behind passing President Biden’s climate bill. Joshua Barr, a wind turbine technician, entering the base of a wind turbine at DTE Energy’s Pine River Wind Park in Gratiot County, Mich. -



Ornato, Anthony M Anthony Ornato, a Key Jan. 6 Witness, to Speak With House Panel
Mr. Ornato, a former Secret Service agent and White House aide, is at the center of a dispute over competing accounts of President Donald J. Trump’s actions. Anthony M. Ornato, who oversaw the logistics of President Donald J. Trump’s movements outside, is key to a dispute over Mr. Trump’s actions in a presidential S.U.V. as rioters stormed the Capitol. -



Midterm Elections (2022) G.O.P.-Controlled County in Arizona Holds Up Election Results
Republican local officials are threatening to disrupt the final tally of midterm votes in one more sign of the politicization of elections. Kari Lake, who lost her bid for governor of Arizona, at the U.S.-Mexico border this month in Cochise County. -



Biden, Joseph R Jr Congress Looks to Intervene in Rail Dispute as Strike Deadline Looms
After urging from President Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House would consider an agreement that could avert a shutdown of the nation’s freight trains. Frozen train lines would snap supply chains for commodities like lumber, coal and chemicals and delay deliveries of automobiles and other consumer goods. -



United States Politics and Government Jewish Allies Call Trump’s Dinner With Antisemites a Breaking Point
Supporters who looked past the former president’s admirers in bigoted corners of the far right, and his own use of antisemitic tropes, now are drawing a line. “He legitimizes Jew hatred and Jew haters,” says one. “And this scares me.” Former President Donald J. Trump addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition’s conference in Las Vegas on a video call this month. -



United States Politics and Government White House Weighs How Forcefully to Support Protesters in China
The demonstrations over Covid lockdowns present a challenge for President Biden, who has insisted he will call out abuses by authoritarian governments. Police officers tried to prevent people from settling in place for any potential protest in Shanghai on Sunday. -



Biden, Joseph R Jr Biden Asks Congress to Intervene in Rail Dispute as Strike Deadline Looms
The president cited the potentially devastating economic effects of a strike that could shut down freight trains just days before Christmas. Frozen train lines would snap supply chains for commodities like lumber, coal and chemicals and delay deliveries of automobiles and other consumer goods. -



News and News Media Major News Outlets Urge U.S. to Drop Its Charges Against Assange
In a joint letter, news organizations warned that the indictment of Julian Assange “sets a dangerous precedent” that could chill reporting about matters of national security. A cardboard cutout of the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, as his supporters surround the Parliament in London in October. He has been fighting extradition from Britain since his arrest there in 2019. -



Trump, Donald J Trump Plans Limited Role in Georgia Senate Runoff
The former president, who held two big rallies before the state’s two runoff elections two years ago — both of which Democrats won — will steer clear of Georgia before next week’s Senate election. Former President Donald J. Trump and Herschel Walker at a rally in March in Georgia. -



Special Prosecutors (Independent Counsel) Turning Point for Garland as Justice Dept. Grapples With Trump Inquiries
After months of an already hyperpartisan political environment, the attorney general appears to be acknowledging that his approach has to be recalibrated. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, who appointed a special counsel this month, has shown a growing willingness to operate outside his comfort zone in the Trump investigations. -



Presidential Election of 2024 Biden Helped Democrats Avert a ’22 Disaster. What About ’24?
A stronger-than-expected midterm showing has quieted the party’s public hand-wringing about a re-election campaign for President Biden. But it hasn’t put those worries to rest. President Biden and Barack Obama at a pre-election rally in Philadelphia. Josh Shapiro, left, was elected governor of Pennsylvania. John Fetterman, center, won a Senate seat. -



Amnesties, Commutations and Pardons Marijuana Pardons Affect Just a Sliver of Those Swept Up in the War on Drugs
President Biden’s pardons for thousands of Americans convicted of possessing marijuana don’t apply to state charges or many immigrants at risk of deportation. Valerie Schultz said she was thankful for the president’s pardon, but was mindful that many more nonviolent drug offenders remained in prison. -



Firearms At Protests Across America, Guns Are Doing the Talking
Armed Americans, often pushing a right-wing agenda, are increasingly using open-carry laws to intimidate opponents and shut down debate. Armed protesters at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix on Jan. 6, 2021. -



Venezuela U.S. Allows Chevron to Expand Energy Operations in Venezuela
The license, limited in scope, was issued amid the resumption of talks between the Venezuelan government and opposition, and comes as President Nicolás Maduro desperately needs to improve the economy. The Cardon oil refinery in Punto Fijo, Venezuela. Years of U.S. sanctions on oil and gas have cut the country’s profits. -



Russian Invasion of Ukraine (2022) U.S. and NATO Scramble to Arm Ukraine and Refill Their Own Arsenals
The West thought an artillery and tank war in Europe would never happen again and shrunk weapons stockpiles. It was wrong. Ukrainian forces preparing to fire an M-777 howitzer at Russian positions in the Donetsk region in May. -



Raimondo, Gina M Gina Raimondo, a Rising Star in the Biden Administration, Faces a $100 Billion Test
Gina Raimondo, the commerce secretary, has made a career of tackling increasingly larger challenges. Could the next one be too big? -



Demonstrations, Protests and Riots At Protests, Guns Are Doing the Talking
Armed Americans, often pushing a right-wing agenda, are increasingly using open-carry laws to intimidate opponents and shut down debate. Armed protesters at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix on Jan. 6, 2021. -



United States International Relations US Confronts Iran on Protests, Ukraine and Nuclear Enrichment
The Biden administration has imposed new sanctions on Tehran and expressed support for protesters, as the Iranian government aids Russia in the Ukraine war and continues nuclear enrichment. A protest in Tehran in September. The antigovernment demonstrations were kindled by the arrest and death of Mahsa Amini. -



Museums Puerto Ricans Expand the Scope of ‘American Art’ at the Whitney
On the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Maria, a show of extraordinary tenderness and political bite shines a light on a man-made and natural disaster. Gamaliel Rodríguez, “Collapsed Soul,” from “no existe un mundo poshuracán” at the Whitney Museum in Manhattan. The painting was inspired by the 2015 sinking, in a hurricane, of an antiquated U.S. cargo vessel with supplies on which the island is cripplingly dependent. -



Brown, John Y Jr John Y. Brown Jr., KFC Mogul and Kentucky Governor, Dies at 88
Though his political career was brief, after storming to victory with a former Miss America by his side, he made millions by buying the fried chicken chain. Mr. Brown in 1981 at a formal event in New York City with his wife at the time, Phyllis George, the CBS sportscaster and former Miss America. -



Right-Wing Extremism and Alt-Right Trump’s Latest Dinner Guest: Nick Fuentes, White Supremacist
The former president’s table for four at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday also included Kanye West, whose antisemitic statements have made him an entertainment-industry outcast. Nick Fuentes during a rally at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing in 2020. -



United States Politics and Government Meet the House Republicans Who Will Wield Power in the New Congress
The G.O.P. lawmakers in line to chair key committees have made it clear they will prioritize investigations of the Biden administration. Republicans are on track to have no people of color chairing committees — a jarring shift from House Democrats. -



Midterm Elections (2022) In Georgia Runoff, a Campaign Cliché Rules: It All Comes Down to Turnout
With control of the Senate no longer at stake, the race between Herschel Walker and Raphael Warnock is drawing less attention. Both sides are pulling out all the stops to drive voters to the polls. A polling center in Kennesaw, Ga., on Election Day earlier this month. -



United States Politics and Government The Expanded Child Tax Credit Is Gone. The Battle Over It Remains.
A pandemic-era program that sent monthly checks of up to $300 per child to most families drove down poverty rates. Amid new research about its merits, some Democrats are vowing to bring it back. Tax credit payments of $750 a month raised cash income by nearly 50 percent for Thomas Horton and his wife, Pamela Mudge, lifting them above the poverty line and providing them breaks from the family’s frugal norms. -



United States Politics and Government Why House Democrats Have Fallen in Line and Republicans Haven’t
We spoke with Julie Hirschfeld Davis, the congressional editor at The Times, about the latest maneuvering and drama in Washington. Several House Republicans say they will oppose Representative Kevin McCarthy’s bid to become speaker, while Democrats have smoothly anointed their new leaders. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Lisa Murkowski Wins Re-election in Alaska, Beating a Trump-Backed Rival
Ms. Murkowski was the only Senate Republican up for re-election this year who voted to convict former President Donald J. Trump in his impeachment trial after the Jan. 6, 2021, riot. Senator Lisa Murkowski in Talkeetna, Alaska, this past summer. She was facing Kelly Tshibaka, a conservative rival backed by Donald J. Trump and the state Republican Party, and Pat Chesbro, a Democrat. -



Iraqi, Abdul Hadi al- Iraqi Prisoner Recovering From Emergency Surgery at Guantánamo
Doctors have undertaken six surgeries since 2017 on Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, who is in his 60s, in a case that shows the challenges of providing health care for aging inmates. Congress has forbidden the transfer of the 35 men held as war prisoners at Guantánamo Bay to the United States for any reason. -



Defense and Military Forces A US-Made Missile Went Astray in Ukraine, Injuring Civilians
An air-launched AGM-88B missile, built to destroy enemy radars, apparently missed its target and hit an apartment building in Kramatorsk in September. Chief Warrant Officer Jeffrey Towry, standing by AGM-88 air to surface missiles aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford, off the coast of Virginia in October. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Sarah Palin Loses as the Party She Helped Transform Moves Past Her
The former Alaska governor, once the standard-bearer of the G.O.P.’s dog-whistling, no-apologies culture, was no match for the same forces she rode to national prominence. Sarah Palin at a candidates’ forum last month in Anchorage. She was defeated in the race for Alaska’s lone House seat by Mary Peltola, a Democrat. -



Alaska Mary Peltola Wins Bid to Serve Full Term in the House for Alaska
Ms. Peltola became the first Alaska Native woman elected to Congress earlier this year when she won a special election in the state. Representative Mary Peltola at a candidate forum in October. Ms. Peltola’s victory in the special election earlier this year was considered an upset against former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska. -



International Relations United States Enters a New Era of Direct Confrontation With Iran
The Biden administration has imposed new sanctions on Tehran and expressed support for protesters, as the Iranian government aids Russia in the Ukraine war and continues nuclear enrichment. A protest in Tehran in September. The antigovernment demonstrations were kindled by the arrest and death of Mahsa Amina. -



Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Fauci Sees a Reduced Covid Threat This Winter
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci said the administration was optimistic that “we’re not going to see a repeat of what we saw last year,” when the Omicron variant swept through the country. In what was most likely his last appearance in the White House briefing room before he retires, Dr. Anthony Fauci urged Americans to get an updated booster. -



Walker, Herschel Herschel Walker, Running in Georgia, Receives Tax Break for Texas Residents
Mr. Walker, Georgia’s Republican nominee for Senate, is benefiting from a homestead exemption meant for primary residents of Texas. Herschel Walker, who grew up in Georgia and was a phenom for the University of Georgia’s football team, has made his roots in the state a centerpiece of his campaign for Senate. -



United States Politics and Government Justice Dept. Seeking to Question Pence in Jan. 6 Investigation
Prosecutors want to speak with the former vice president as a witness to former President Donald Trump’s efforts to remain in power, and he is said to be considering how to respond. Former Vice President Mike Pence was present for some of the critical moments in which former President Donald J. Trump and his allies schemed to keep him in office. -



United States Politics and Government Maxwell Frost, a 25-Year-Old Gun Control Activist, Heads to Congress
Maxwell Alejandro Frost, a Democrat who won a House race in Florida, will soon be the youngest member of Congress and its first denizen of Generation Z. Representative-elect Maxwell Alejandro Frost during orientation for new House members at the Capitol last week. He called the experience “surreal.” -



Midterm Elections (2022) Kevin Kiley, a Republican, Wins a Tight House Race in Eastern California
After two weeks of counting votes, Kevin Kiley, a Sacramento-area state legislator, prevailed in a close contest over a Democratic newcomer, Kermit Jones, in a newly redrawn district. Kevin Kiley speaking in August at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas. During the race, he highlighted his conservative bona fides. -



Decisions and Verdicts Judge Upholds $49 Million Verdict Against Alex Jones, Despite Cap
Texas law limits punitive damages to far below what a jury awarded in a lawsuit brought by the parents of a Sandy Hook victim, but the judge called it “a rare case.” With two major verdicts against him and a third damages trial set to begin next year, the Infowars fabulist Alex Jones is facing financial ruin. -



Midterm Elections (2022) G.O.P. Candidate in Arizona’s Attorney General Race Sues Over Election Results
The candidate, Abe Hamadeh, alleged that local and state officials had mismanaged the Nov. 8 election. Abe Hamadeh filed a lawsuit as the state’s final tally showed him losing the attorney general race by 510 votes. -



Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) A Lasting Legacy of Covid: Far-Right Platforms Spreading Health Myths
The Biden administration has pushed social media giants like Facebook to curb Covid misinformation. But it is thriving on fringe platforms like Gab, a hub for extremist content. A family photo album with pictures of Randy Watt, who died of Covid-19 this year. -



Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) A Year After the Omicron Surge, Officials See a Reduced Covid Threat This Winter
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci said the administration was optimistic that “we’re not going to see a repeat of what we saw last year,” when the Omicron variant swept through the country. In what was most likely his last appearance in the White House briefing room before he retires, Dr. Anthony Fauci urged Americans to get an updated booster. -



Weddings and Engagements Naomi Biden and Tiffany Trump Weddings: How Do They Compare?
In Washington, D.C., and Mar-a-Lago, political and personal mythmaking collide. -



United States Politics and Government Biden Administration Extends Pause on Student Loan Payments
The Biden administration said it would hold off on collecting payments, following legal battles that have blocked the president’s plan to cancel significant amounts of student debt. Student loan borrowers rallied outside the Education Department building in Washington in April to push President Biden to wipe out their debt with an executive order. -



Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) How Covid Myths Spread on Far-Right Social Media Platforms
The Biden administration has pushed social media giants like Facebook to curb Covid misinformation. But it is thriving on fringe platforms like Gab, a hub for extremist content. A family photo album with pictures of Randy Watt, who died of Covid-19 this year. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Georgia Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Allowing Early Voting on Saturday
The ruling was a legal victory for Senator Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, ahead of his runoff with Herschel Walker on Dec. 6. Voting on Election Day in Marietta, Ga. Early voting in the runoff election for Senate will be allowed on Saturday. -



Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) U.S. Officials Offer Hopeful Tone on Covid as Winter Nears
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci said the administration was optimistic that “we’re not going to see a repeat of what we saw last year,” when the Omicron variant swept through the country. In what was most likely his last appearance in the White House briefing room before he retires from government service, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci urged Americans to get an updated booster shot. -



United States Politics and Government Does Fusion Voting Offer Americans a Way Out of the Partisan Morass?
A new push by nonprofit groups hopes to revive the practice in New Jersey and possibly elsewhere across the country. Third-party candidates occasionally catch fire, but more often they fizzle. That is why some experts in government have looked to fusion parties as a way to shake up America’s two-party system. -



Midterm Elections (2022) David Valadao, a Republican Who Voted to Impeach Trump, Wins Re-election
His victory, which came after nearly two weeks of vote-counting, made the congressman one of just two House Republicans who supported impeaching the former president to remain in Congress. Representative David Valadao at the Capitol in September. He defeated Rudy Salas, a Democratic state assemblyman, in a competitive district in the Central Valley. -



Strikes Key Freight Rail Union Rejects Deal, Increasing Strike Risk
The tentative agreement, brokered in September with help from the Biden administration, had averted a strike before the midterm elections. Freight rail workers have been unhappy about scheduling practices. -



Weddings and Engagements A Tale of Two Weddings: Trump and Biden
In Washington, D.C., and Mar-a-Lago, political and personal mythmaking collide. -



United States Politics and Government ‘No Fowl Play’: Biden Pardons a Pair of Thanksgiving Turkeys
The only “red wave” this holiday season, President Biden said, would be if his German shepherd “knocks over the cranberry sauce.” President Biden pardoned 46-pound Chocolate on Monday. Presidents have provided freedom to turkeys since the Kennedy era. -



Infrastructure (Public Works) How to Spend $1 Trillion? Mitch Landrieu Wants a Say.
The former New Orleans mayor, who helped the city rebound after Hurricane Katrina, has been tasked with making sure the money from President Biden’s infrastructure bill reaches those who need it most. Mitch Landrieu is now responsible for ensuring equity is at the center of President Biden’s infrastructure investments. -



Suicides and Suicide Attempts Capitol Police Officer’s Suicide After Jan. 6 Qualifies for Line-of-Duty Death Benefit
Howard Liebengood was the first officer who died by suicide to qualify for death benefits after Congress expanded a program to compensate the families of officers killed in the line of duty. Serena Liebengood, center, at a hearing in June. Her husband, Officer Howard Liebengood of the Capitol Police, died by suicide after the Jan. 6 attack. -



Supreme Court (US) Allegation of Supreme Court Breach Prompts Calls for Inquiry and Ethics Code
A minister’s claim that a major contraception decision was prematurely disclosed through a secretive influence campaign underscores the court’s lack of transparency and accountability. Unlike other federal judges, U.S. Supreme Court justices are not bound by a written code of ethics. Legislation that would create one is pending in Congress. -



United States Politics and Government John Roberts’s Early Supreme Court Agenda: A Study in Disappointment
Soon after he joined the court, the chief justice said he would seek to protect its credibility by encouraging narrow, unanimous rulings. That project has failed. “I think that every justice should be worried about the court acting as a court and functioning as a court,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said in 2006. -



United States Politics and Government Trump Family’s Newest Partners: Middle Eastern Governments
The government of Oman is a partner in a real estate deal signed last week by the former president, intensifying questions about a potential conflict as he seeks the White House again. The Trump International Golf Club Dubai is one of the properties the Trump family has licensed its name to. -



Smith, Jack (Attorney) What Is a Special Counsel? Here’s What You Need to Know.
Former President Donald J. Trump’s continuing presence on the political scene has prompted the appointment of a third special counsel. Attorney General Merrick Garland after naming Jack Smith as a special counsel in Trump investigations on Friday. -



Presidential Election of 2024 A Crowd of Possible Trump Rivals Renews G.O.P. Fears of a Divided Field
Ron DeSantis, Ted Cruz, Mike Pompeo, Nikki Haley and other Republicans with a potential eye on 2024 gathered in Las Vegas at a moment of deep vulnerability for Donald Trump. Senator Ted Cruz worked a ballroom filled with activists and donors at the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas on Saturday. -



Smith, Jack (Attorney) In New Special Counsel, a Prosecutor Schooled in Corruption Cases
A veteran public corruption and war-crimes prosecutor, Jack Smith will take over two Trump-related criminal investigations. The special counsel, Jack Smith, was the top prosecutor for a special court investigating war crimes committed during the war in Kosovo. -



Social Media Elon Musk Reinstates Trump’s Twitter Account
Mr. Musk, who had asked Twitter users about whether to bring back the former president to the service, said, “The people have spoken.” Former President Donald J. Trump at an event at Mar-a-Lago on Friday. His account returned to Twitter on Saturday. -



United States Politics and Government President Biden Turns 80, Making Him the First Octogenarian in the Oval Office
The president’s milestone birthday has brought new attention to the gerontocracy that has led both parties for years and raised questions about when a new generation will come forth. President Joe Biden greeting U.S. troops at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam on Wednesday. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Democratic Senate Loss in Ohio Raises Bar for Sherrod Brown in 2024
Tim Ryan’s loss to J. D. Vance is another reminder that Ohio is no longer a swing state. Can Mr. Brown, the Democratic incumbent, hold the seat in what’s shaping up as a crucial Senate election in 2024? The grandson of a steelworker, Tim Ryan ran on an anti-China, pro-union message. -



Biden, Joseph R Jr Naomi Biden, President’s Granddaughter, Is Wed at the White House
The wedding took place on the South Lawn on Saturday morning. A reception with dessert and dancing was to follow in the evening. Guests gathering on the South Lawn of the White House for the wedding of Naomi Biden to Peter Neal on Saturday. -



Decisions and Verdicts Jack Smith, the New Special Counsel, Is Schooled in Corruption Cases
A veteran public corruption and war-crimes prosecutor, Jack Smith will take over two Trump-related criminal investigations. The special counsel, Jack Smith, was the top prosecutor for a special court investigating war crimes committed during the war in Kosovo. -



Special Prosecutors (Independent Counsel) Trump Inquiries Remain Politically Charged, Despite Special Counsel
The appointment of an independent investigator is meant to address the perception of conflict of interest. But the system no longer seems adequate in this polarized political moment. Justice Department officials have insisted that the appointment of a special counsel in the Trump investigations would not slow their pace. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Kari Lake Claims Her Voters Were Disenfranchised. Her Voters Tell a Different Story.
Ms. Lake’s supporters say in testimonials that they had problems at Phoenix-area polling sites. But a review by The New York Times shows that most of them successfully cast their ballots. A line of voters on Election Day at a polling site at Worship and Word Church in Maricopa County in Arizona. -



Suits and Litigation (Civil) US Backs Immunity for Saudi Leader in Lawsuit Over Khashoggi Murder
The State Department said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, should have legal immunity as the head of the Saudi government. President Biden meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia in July. The visit was seen as a sign of a thaw between the two leaders. -



United States Politics and Government Garland Names Special Counsel for Trump Investigations
Even before Mr. Garland’s announcement, there were signs that prosecutorial activity in both cases was accelerating after a brief slowdown in the run-up to the midterm elections. The appointment of a special counsel was a way for Attorney General Merrick B. Garland to insulate the Justice Department’s investigations from political considerations. -



Storming of the US Capitol (Jan, 2021) Oath Keepers Trial: Prosecution and Defense Present Closing Arguments
Both sides presented closing arguments in the trial of Stewart Rhodes and four other members of the far-right militia. They have been charged with seditious conspiracy for their roles in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. Trump supporters outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. -



United States Politics and Government Democratic Centrists Lament Missed Opportunities to Keep the House
After an election this close, Democrats are debating whether losing the majority was so inevitable after all. In a conservative-leaning district in Colorado, Adam Frisch, a Democrat, nearly defeated Representative Lauren Boebert, a far-right Republican. -



Supreme Court (US) Former Anti-Abortion Leader Alleges Another Supreme Court Breach
Years before the leaked draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, a landmark contraception ruling was disclosed, according to a minister who led a secretive effort to influence justices. -



Georgia Georgia Senate Rivals, With Little Time to Spare, Sprint Toward Runoff
Herschel Walker and Senator Raphael Warnock have only a few weeks to campaign, and Senate control is no longer at stake — which has both scrambled the race and left it largely unchanged. Herschel Walker at a recent campaign stop in Peachtree City, Ga. He and his Democratic rival, Senator Raphael Warnock, have mostly stuck to the same strategies in Georgia’s runoff election. -



Biden, Joseph R Jr The Wedding Is at the White House, but the Details Are Top Secret
Naomi Biden, the president’s eldest grandchild, will be wed on the South Lawn on Saturday morning. The ceremony will be followed by a luncheon and a black-tie evening reception. Naomi Biden and Peter Neal, who met in 2018, both live at the White House. -



Special Prosecutors (Independent Counsel) What Makes a Special Counsel ‘Special’?
Former President Donald J. Trump’s continuing presence on the political scene has prompted the appointment of a third special counsel. Attorney General Merrick Garland after naming Jack Smith as a special counsel in Trump investigations on Friday. -



Elderly President Biden Is Turning 80. Experts Say Age Is More Than a Number.
The New York Times spoke to 10 experts in aging to paint a picture of what the next six years might look like for a person of the president’s age. Experts say President Biden’s background and lifestyle are conducive to healthy aging. -



United States Politics and Government These Are the Democrats Who Could Replace Pelosi and Other House Leaders
Representatives Hakeem Jeffries of New York, Katherine Clark of Massachusetts and Pete Aguilar of California were widely expected to seek the top three slots. Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday she is stepping down from her leadership position. -



Right-Wing Extremism and Alt-Right Lauren Boebert’s Rival, Adam Frisch, Concedes Colorado House Race
Ms. Boebert and Mr. Frisch have been locked in one of the country’s closest contests as she seeks a second term in the House. Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado faced a strong challenge from Adam Frisch, a Democrat who had sought to cast her as a flamethrower in an increasingly polarized Congress. -



Oil (Petroleum) and Gasoline Oil Prices Slide as Investors Worry Energy Demand Is Slowing
The U.S. benchmark oil price fell to about $80 a barrel on Friday, and gasoline prices in some states are now close to $3 a gallon. Slowing economic growth is pushing down the use and price of oil and petroleum products. -



Justice Department Who Is Jack Smith, the Newly Appointed Special Counsel in the Trump Investigations?
Mr. Smith will take on the role of special counsel after leaving his current position as a specialist prosecutor based in The Hague investigating war crimes. Jack Smith in 2020 during a hearing in The Hague, where he has been the lead prosecutor at a special court that deals with war crimes during the Kosovo conflict. He ran the Justice Department’s public integrity section from 2010 to 2015. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Hakeem Jeffries, Pressing to Lead Democrats, Marks a Generational Shift
The congressman, who has served in the House for a decade, would be a far different leader from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom he is running to succeed. Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Democrat of New York, formally announced his run for Democratic leader on Friday. He would be the first Black man to hold the top party leadership role in either chamber of Congress. -



Special Prosecutors (Independent Counsel) What Is a Special Counsel and What Does One Do?
Former President Donald J. Trump’s continuing presence on the political scene has prompted the appointment of a third special counsel. Attorney General Merrick Garland after naming Jack Smith as a special counsel in Trump investigations on Friday. -



United States Politics and Government Justice Department Asks Supreme Court to Let Student Debt Cancellation Proceed
The Biden administration is asking the court to overturn a nationwide injunction imposed by an appeals court. President Biden speaking about his student loan forgiveness program at Delaware State University in Dover, Del., last month. -



Storming of the US Capitol (Jan, 2021) Prosecution and Defense Sum Up in Oath Keepers Sedition Trial
Both sides presented closing arguments in the trial of Stewart Rhodes and four other members of the far-right militia. They have been charged with seditious conspiracy for their roles in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. Trump supporters outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. -



Suits and Litigation (Civil) U.S. Backs Immunity for Saudi Leader in Lawsuit Over Khashoggi Murder
The State Department said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, should have legal immunity as the head of the Saudi government. President Biden meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia in July. The visit was seen as a sign of a thaw between the two leaders. -



Defense and Military Forces How Was Russia Able to Launch Its Biggest Aerial Attack on Ukraine?
Western and Ukrainian officials have said Moscow’s stockpile of missiles was dwindling. But the assaults this week raise questions about that. A residential building in Kyiv that was hit by a missile on Tuesday. The attack that day, one of the broadest since the Russian invasion began, caused blasts in at least six regions of Ukraine. -



Trump, Donald J Put Off by Trump, Key Republican Allies Are Inching Away
Early signs suggest he may struggle to win over Republican Party leaders for his third presidential bid, after a string of disappointments, but Donald Trump’s staunchest voters are another matter. Donald and Melania Trump after his campaign announcement on Tuesday. G.O.P. officials are signaling a desire to move past Mr. Trump and embrace a new class of party leaders. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Lauren Boebert’s House Race Nears a Recount
The race, in Colorado’s Third Congressional District, is one of the few that remain undecided. Adam Frisch, the Democratic challenger, trails Ms. Boebert, the Republican incumbent, by 551 votes. Representative Lauren Boebert at a debate in September. -



United States Politics and Government Why Republicans’ Wafer-Thin House Majority Is a Gift for Democrats
Democrats would have loved to keep the chamber. But politically, being in the minority will have its benefits. Representative James Comer, a Republican from Kentucky, made unsubstantiated accusations about the business dealings of President Biden’s family members at a news conference on Thursday. -



United States Politics and Government Pelosi’s Decision to Step Aside Paves Path for a New Generation of Democrats
Representatives Hakeem Jeffries of New York, Katherine Clark of Massachusetts and Pete Aguilar of California were widely expected to seek the top three slots. Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday she is stepping down from her leadership position. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Fact-Checking Trump’s 2024 Bid for Presidency Announcement
Donald Trump uttered the first inaccurate claim about two minutes in and a few minutes later, ticked off at least four hyperbolic claims about his own accomplishments. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Lauren Boebert’s Race in Colorado is Nearing a Conclusion, or Recount
The race, in Colorado’s Third Congressional District, is one of the few that remain undecided. Adam Frisch, the Democratic challenger, trails Ms. Boebert, the Republican incumbent, by a mere 0.34 percentage points. Representative Lauren Boebert at a debate in September. -



Pelosi, Nancy Read the Full Transcript of Nancy Pelosi’s Speech
The first and only female speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi announced that she would step down from leadership in January but would remain in Congress. “For me, the hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I so deeply respect,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday. -



Nuclear Weapons The Surprising Afterlife of Unwanted Atom Bombs
The Biden administration has called for the retirement of the B83 superweapon, but nuclear experts say its most destructive parts will live on indefinitely in one form or another. Retired nuclear weapons being readied for disassembly at the government’s Pantex plant near Amarillo, Texas, in 1996. -



Gerson, Michael Michael J. Gerson, Presidential Speechwriter and Columnist, Dies at 58
He composed many of George W. Bush’s signature addresses, and later, as a writer for The Washington Post, took a stand against Donald J. Trump. Michael Gerson, second from right, in 2000 with, from left, Karen Hughes, George W. Bush and Karl Rove, reviewing the speech Mr. Bush was to give at the Republican National Convention. Mr. Gerson was Mr. Bush’s longtime chief speechwriter. -



Pelosi, Nancy Nancy Pelosi’s Most Enduring Photo Moments
From becoming the first woman speaker to leading the impeachments of Donald J. Trump, Nancy Pelosi has been one of the most visible women in Washington. -



United States Politics and Government Republicans Lay Out Biden Investigations, but Democrat-Aligned Groups Promise Counteroffensive
The Biden administration has been bracing for congressional investigations, cognizant of the serious political threat posed by even a narrow Republican majority in the House. House Republicans began to detail plans to investigate President Biden’s family. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Republicans Take the House, Ushering in a Divided Congress
After more than a week of counting, the Republican Party gained the 218 House seats needed to claim the majority, ushering in an era of divided government. Kevin McCarthy, at the Capitol on Monday, will require near-unanimous support of his conference in a formal floor vote in January to become speaker. -



United States Politics and Government Donald Trump, Grover Cleveland and a Quirk of Presidential History
If Trump wins back the White House, we may be even more confused over just how many presidents there have been. From his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, Donald Trump on Tuesday night announced a 2024 campaign for president. -



Midterm Elections (2022) The Post-Mortem
In the aftermath of the midterm elections, these are the questions that Democrats and Republicans now face about the future of their parties. -



Trump, Donald J Key Allies Are Inching Away From Trump
Early signs suggest he may struggle to win over Republican Party leaders for his third presidential bid, after a string of disappointments, but Donald Trump’s staunchest voters are another matter. Donald and Melania Trump after his campaign announcement on Tuesday. G.O.P. officials are signaling a desire to move past Mr. Trump and embrace a new class of party leaders. -



Deaths (Obituaries) Virginia McLaurin Dies; Sharecroppers’ Daughter Who Danced With the Obamas
“I thought I would never live to get in the White House,” the centenarian said during a 2016 meeting with the first couple. A video of the encounter made her famous. Virginia McLaurin in Washington in 2016, the year she visited Barack and Michelle Obama at the White House. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Many Flags but No Ivanka
Decoding the many visual cues of Donald Trump’s presidential announcement. Donald Trump onstage with Melania Trump, after announcing his candidacy on Tuesday night. -



McConnell, Mitch Mitch McConnell Beats Rick Scott in Republican Senate Leadership Fight
The Kentucky Republican will remain minority leader in the next Congress, despite his party’s disappointing election showing. The challenge to the leadership of Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, exposes a divide within the party over strategy. -



Teehee, Kimberly House Considers Seating a Delegate From the Cherokee Nation
Seating Kim Teehee as the delegate from Cherokee Nation would fulfill the promise made in a nearly 200-year-old treaty. Kim Teehee is a Cherokee Nation official with years of experience in Washington. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Same-Sex Marriage Rights Bill Passes Crucial Senate Test
Democrats made the same-sex marriage bill one of their first major agenda items in the postelection session, moving quickly to enact it while their party still controls both chambers. Justice Clarence Thomas suggested in his opinion in the ruling that overturned the 50-year-old Roe v. Wade decision that the court also “should reconsider” precedents such as the one that enshrined marriage equality in 2015. -



Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships Backdrop for Vote on Same-Sex Marriage Rights: A Big Shift in Public Opinion
Seven in 10 Americans say marriage between same-sex couples should be recognized by law. Seven in 10 American adults said in May of this year that marriage between same-sex couples should be recognized by the law, a record high according to Gallup. -



United States Politics and Government Trump’s Candidacy Is in Motion, but His Campaign Is a Work in Progress
The 2024 apparatus is lean, and some operatives are keeping their distance. “It’s always a little bit chaotic,” a 2016 campaign aide said. Donald Trump is beginning his third presidential campaign as his Republican Party grapples with a disappointing midterm result. -



Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships Mormon Church Backs Bill Supporting Same-Sex Marriage
The church still believes marriage is meant only for heterosexual couples, but it has softened its political stance in recent years. Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, a Republican and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, voted for the same-sex marriage bill. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Karen Bass Becomes First Woman Elected as Los Angeles Mayor
Ms. Bass, a longtime congresswoman and state lawmaker, defeated Rick Caruso, a billionaire developer, to lead a city where frustration levels are high. Karen Bass at her election night party at the Palladium in Los Angeles. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Republicans Barely Won the House. Now Can They Run It?
A thin margin, ideological differences and competing pressures could make managing the “people’s House” virtually impossible. But the G.O.P. majority, however slim, will still be a challenge for President Biden. Representatives-elect at the Capitol on Tuesday. A slim victory in the House by Republicans will allow them to run the committees and try to investigate President Biden, but general governance will likely be a challenge. -



Trump, Donald J How Trump’s 2024 Announcement Could Affect Justice Dept. Inquiries
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, who shuns politics, finds himself at the center of the storm. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland during a news conference at the Justice Department last month. -



United States Politics and Government After Midterms, Republican Rebels Try to Make Their Leaders Sweat
To make sense of the brewing clashes in Congress, we spoke with Carl Hulse, the chief Washington correspondent for The Times. Representative Kevin McCarthy will need 218 votes to win the speaker’s gavel in January, once the new Congress is seated. -



Walker, Herschel Should Trump Help Herschel Walker? Georgia Republicans Are Leery.
Republicans worry the former president’s rhetoric could hurt their prospects of flipping a U.S. Senate seat. Herschel Walker with former President Donald J. Trump at a rally in Commerce, Ga., in March. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Trump’s Drag on Republicans Quantified: A Five-Point Penalty
An analysis based on House districts shows a pattern in the results of his preferred primary candidates. John Gibbs, a Michigan House candidate, received an endorsement from Donald J. Trump in April. Mr. Gibbs went on to defeat a Republican incumbent who had voted to impeach Mr. Trump, but then lost last week by 13 points against the Democrat Hillary Scholten. -



Trump, Donald J Trump’s Don’t-Blame-Me Calculus
The announcement of another White House run by Donald Trump showed that in his heads-I-win-tails-you-lose world, all successes accrue to him. Any failings are someone else’s fault. From his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, Donald Trump on Tuesday night announced his 2024 campaign for president. -



Deaths (Obituaries) Virginia McLaurin, Sharecroppers’ Daughter Who Danced With the Obamas, Dies
“I thought I would never live to get in the White House,” the centenarian said during a 2016 meeting with the first couple. A video of the encounter made her famous. Virginia McLaurin in Washington, D.C., in 2016, the year she visited the Obamas at the White House. -



Midterm Elections (2022) In Arizona, Kari Lake’s Next Move Splits Factions of G.O.P.
The defeated candidate for governor is weighing whether to concede or mount a legal challenge. The choice is pitting old-guard Republicans against election deniers pushing for a fight. Kari Lake speaking to supporters in Scottsdale, Ariz., the night before Election Day. -



United States Politics and Government Pence on Trump’s 2024 Run: ‘I Think We’ll Have Better Choices’
In an interview, the former vice president expressed anger over Donald Trump’s conduct on Jan. 6, 2021, but deflected questions about his character. -



Biden, Joseph R Jr Trump Is Running in 2024. The White House Has a Plan.
The president’s advisers have been working on a strategy for how the White House will respond to what they expect will be a constant stream of attacks from former President Donald J. Trump. President Biden has spent much of the last year putting a fearsome face on what he calls the “ultra-MAGA” agenda. -



International Relations G20 Leaders Meet in Bali as Global Economy Faces Multiple Threats
High inflation, food insecurity and a possible global recession loom large as the Group of 20 summit discussions begin. President Biden in Bali on Monday. He and his counterparts in the Group of 20 are hoping to negotiate agreements this week to lower global oil prices and increase food supplies to poorer nations. -



Trump, Donald J How Trump’s Expected 2024 Announcement Could Affect Justice Dept. Inquiries
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, who shuns politics, finds himself at the center of the storm. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland during a news conference at the Justice Department last month. -



Midterm Elections (2022) DeSantis, Without Naming Trump, Slams ‘Underwhelming’ Midterms for GOP
“Independent voters aren’t voting for our candidates,” Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida said at an event hours before Donald Trump was expected to announce a third presidential bid. “That’s a problem.” Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida at a rally last week. He said on Tuesday that there were “a lot of disappointments” for Republicans in the midterm elections. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Kevin McCarthy Wins GOP Nomination for House Speaker
The challenge indicates a potentially rough fight ahead of him to secure the job at the start of the new Congress. Representative Kevin McCarthy of California in the Capitol on Monday to meet with House Republicans. -



Midterm Elections (2022) The White House requests nearly $48 billion from Congress for Ukraine and pandemic aid.
The request comes as lawmakers are beginning to work out the details of a sprawling spending package that must become law before Dec. 16 to avoid a government shutdown. Aid to Ukraine has retained overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers. But Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, who on Tuesday resoundingly won the Republican nomination for speaker should his party take control of the House, has suggested funding requests for Ukraine would face more scrutiny by a new majority. -



International Trade and World Market Foreign Trade Competition Has Hurt Black and Disadvantaged Workers Most, Report Says
A government trade agency report suggested that the impact of trade policy differed for workers depending on their race and socioeconomic status. Offshoring to countries like China has led to economic disruptions in the United States that have had more dramatic effects on people of color, the report said. -



Raffensperger, Brad Warnock Joins Lawsuit to Overturn Early Voting Restriction in Georgia
The lone Saturday that falls into the early-voting period for the runoff election between Senator Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker is subject to a limit related to holidays. Senator Raphael Warnock during a campaign event in Atlanta on Sunday. He is arguing that a limit on Saturday voting is a misinterpretation of the law. -



United States Politics and Government Pence on a Trump 2024 Run: ‘I Think We’ll Have Better Choices’
In an interview, the former vice president expressed anger over Donald Trump’s conduct on Jan. 6, 2021, but deflected questions about his character. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Villanueva, the Los Angeles Sheriff, Concedes After Combative Term
Sheriff Alex Villanueva defended his tenure before conceding to Robert Luna, a former Long Beach police chief. Robert Luna in a room filled with supporters in Long Beach, Calif. -



United States Politics and Government House Republicans Grill Homeland Security Chief About Border Crisis
The hearing further solidified the expectation that the secretary, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, will continue to hear threats of impeachment if the G.O.P. wins the majority in the House. Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the homeland security secretary, was questioned about the record-breaking number of illegal crossings at the southwestern border during the Biden administration. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Will Pelosi Stay or Will She Go? Perhaps a Little Bit of Both.
With Democrats on the cusp of losing the House, all eyes are on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s next move, and the party is frozen in place until she decides what to do. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she does not plan to make any announcements about her future until after the elections in the House are determined. -



Right-Wing Extremism and Alt-Right FBI Had Informants in Proud Boys, Court Papers Suggest
In filings in the seditious conspiracy case against members of the far-right group, defense lawyers claimed that information favorable to their clients was improperly withheld by the government until recently. It remains unclear what sorts of questions the F.B.I. was asking its informants in the Proud Boys. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Some of the House Races That Remain Undecided and by How Much
The contests have little in common, other than the fact that they are either very close or in districts that have been slow to count ballots. Control of the House of Representatives will be decided by the outcomes of around 15 races. -



United States Politics and Government Jan. 6 Committee Weighs Further Actions as Trump Refuses to Testify
The panel has at times acted aggressively to enforce its subpoenas, but it has not decided whether to hold Donald Trump in contempt. The committee is set to dissolve at the end of this Congress. Supporters of President Donald J. Trump attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Katie Hobbs Tops Kari Lake for Arizona Governor
Ms. Hobbs, Arizona’s secretary of state, narrowly defeated Ms. Lake, a former newscaster whose campaign was built on lies about the 2020 election. Katie Hobbs rose to national prominence when she stood steadfast against efforts by Trump loyalists to overturn the results of Arizona’s 2020 election. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Michelle Steel Holds Her G.O.P. House Seat in California
Representative Michelle Steel won election to a second term, defeating Jay Chen, a Democrat, after she decided to run in a new district in Orange County. Representative Michelle Steel of California during a campaign event in Buena Park, Calif., in June. -



Russian Invasion of Ukraine (2022) For Western Weapons, the Ukraine War Is a Beta Test
Though the battle for Ukraine remains largely a grinding artillery war, new advances in technology and training there are being closely monitored for the ways they are starting to shape combat. Soldiers with Ukraine’s Carpathian Sich Battalion reviewing drone footage below the front line in May. -



United States Politics and Government Schumer Urges Republicans to Jettison Trump and Work With Democrats
The top Senate Democrat said the G.O.P. should join with his party on bipartisan initiatives, but Republicans were in no mood to cooperate after their electoral loss. “What gives us the opening is that they know embracing Trump and MAGA is a failure,” Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, said of Republicans. -



International Relations World Leaders Meet as Global Economy Faces Multiple Threats
High inflation, food insecurity and a possible global recession loom large as the Group of 20 summit discussions begin. President Biden in Bali on Monday. He and his counterparts in the Group of 20 are hoping to negotiate agreements this week to lower global oil prices and increase food supplies to poorer nations. -



United States Politics and Government How Democrats Quietly Meddled in G.O.P. Senate Recruitment
As they worked to hold the chamber, Democratic strategists used subtle maneuvers to try to discourage strong potential Republican candidates from running. Clockwise from top left, Herschel Walker, Don Bolduc, Mehmet Oz and Blake Masters. All four Republican Senate candidates were political novices supported by Donald Trump. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Republicans Pushing to Move Past Trump Face One Big Obstacle: His Voters
A solid and devoted core of supporters appears ready to follow Donald Trump wherever he leads again — even if into defeat. Supporters of former President Donald J. Trump at a rally last week in Miami. -



United States Politics and Government Trump Family Signs Deal With Saudi Real Estate Developer
The Trump Organization will license its name for a planned golf course in Oman, renewing questions about the former president’s mixing of politics and business as he appears poised for another run. The Trump family is teaming up on the project with Dar Al Arkan, one of Saudi Arabia’s largest real estate companies. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Republicans’ 2022 Lesson: Voters Who Trust Elections Are More Likely to Vote
Election deniers’ doubts about voting made for compelling conspiracy theories, but proved to be a bad get-out-the-vote strategy. Election workers processing ballots in Phoenix on Sunday. -



Which Midterm Election Races Remain Uncalled?
Democrats sealed control of the Senate, but the House is still up for grabs. Adam Frisch trails Representative Lauren Boebert by a little over 1,000 votes in the Third District in Colorado. -



Moderna Inc Moderna Says New Covid Booster Strengthens Immune Response Against Subvariants
A study suggested that the updated booster shot produced higher levels of neutralizing antibodies against the Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 than the first booster, the company said. The underlying data in Moderna’s study has not yet been published or peer-reviewed, but it has been reviewed by federal regulators. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Republicans Appear on Track to Take the House
Democrats are falling short of their targets in key races in California and Arizona. A California mail ballot being dropped off on Election Day. The count continues. -



Republicans appear on track to take a majority in the House.
A mail ballot being dropped off on Election Day in Oakland, Calif. -



Suits and Litigation (Civil) Justice Department and Trump Lawyers Clash Over Status of Seized Documents
A pair of unsealed briefs argue over the ex-president’s power to claim White House materials as his property and invoke executive privilege. Former President Donald J. Trump’s lawyers are laying out a vision of his power to declare documents as his personal property. -



Books and Literature Review: Loyal to God and Trump, Pence Defends His Record in ‘So Help Me God’
In “So Help Me God,” the former vice president looks back on his career with one eye on where it might be headed. Donald Trump presenting Mike Pence as his running mate at a campaign event in New York City on July 15, 2016. -



Pence, Mike Pence Says Trump Was ‘Reckless’ in Assailing Him on Jan. 6
In excerpts from an interview with ABC, the former vice president said he was angered that Donald J. Trump’s tweet during the Capitol attack had endangered him and his family. Former Vice President Mike Pence’s words on ABC News are his most extensive criticism of Mr. Trump to date. -



United States Politics and Government Blinken to Visit China in 2023 After Biden and Xi’s Meeting
The trip is aimed at keeping the lines of communication open and having frank exchanges about important issues at senior levels in order to avoid conflict. President Biden meeting with China’s leader, Xi Jinping, on Monday in Bali, Indonesia. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Republicans Pushing to Move Past Trump Face His Core Supporters
A solid and devoted core of supporters appears ready to follow Donald Trump wherever he leads again — even if into defeat. Supporters of former President Donald J. Trump at a rally last week in Miami. -



Xi Jinping With Tensions Mounting, Biden and Xi Try a Warmer Tone
The American and Chinese leaders invoked years of personal contact as they met before the G20, seeking to pull back from outright conflict on a host of issues. Xi Jinping, left, China’s top leader, and President Biden met in Bali, Indonesia, on Monday. -



Midterm Elections (2022) McCarthy Seeks Support to Become Speaker as Republicans Feud Over Midterms
Representative Kevin McCarthy, the minority leader, sought the backing he would need to become speaker of the House if Republicans gain control. Representative Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, at an election watch party in Washington on Tuesday. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Georgia’s Senate Runoff Is Complicated by 2021 Voting Law
A holiday that once commemorated Robert E. Lee’s birthday is cited as a reason for barring early voting two Saturdays before Election Day. Election equipment from voting precincts in Decatur, Ga., on the Wednesday after Election Day last week. -



United States International Relations C.I.A. Director Warns Russian Counterpart Against Using Nuclear Weapons
William Burns’s talks with Russia’s foreign intelligence chief are the most senior in-person meetings since the start of the war in Ukraine. William J. Burns, the C.I.A. director, held a face-to-face meeting with his Russian counterpart after a period of rising tensions over nuclear issues. -



Airlines and Airplanes U.S. Fines Airlines More Than $7 Million for Not Providing Refunds
The Transportation Department penalties come after many travelers have expressed frustration about flight delays, cancellations and other problems. Airlines have enjoyed a booming business since this summer, as more people have shifted their spending from goods to travel and other services. -



Midterm Elections (2022) How Cortez Masto Beat the Odds and Sealed the Senate Majority
The most endangered Senate Democrat portrayed her Republican opponent as an election-denying extremist, defying national headwinds in a race that stayed tight until the end. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto also promoted her own record, including bipartisan legislation Democrats had passed. -



Trump, Donald J Documents Detail Foreign Government Spending at Trump Hotel
Six nations spent lavishly at the hotel during periods when they were seeking to influence the Trump administration, according to a breakdown released by the House Oversight Committee. The governments of Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and China spent more money than previously known at the Trump International Hotel in Washington. -



Right-Wing Extremism and Alt-Right F.B.I. Had Informants in Proud Boys, Court Papers Suggest
In filings in the seditious conspiracy case against members of the far-right group, defense lawyers claimed that information favorable to their clients was improperly withheld by the government until recently. It remains unclear what sorts of questions the F.B.I. was asking its informants in the Proud Boys. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Supreme Court Allows Subpoena for Arizona Republican’s Phone Records
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol sought the records of Kelli Ward, the chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party. Kelli Ward, the chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, argued that the subpoena by the House committee investigating the Capitol attack infringed on her First Amendment right to freedom of association. -



Midterm Elections (2022) What Can Democrats Learn From Fetterman’s Victory in Pennsylvania?
John Fetterman flipped a key Senate seat in part by attracting white working-class votes, including in the reddest parts of his state. Senator-elect John Fetterman of Pennsylvania declaring victory in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Extreme Candidates and Positions Came Back to Bite in Midterms
In an election that came down to which party turned off voters the least, it was another bad national showing for the G.O.P. A weathered Trump sign and QAnon symbol along a road near Worthington, Pa. -



Social Media TikTok Builds Itself Into an Ads Juggernaut
The Chinese-owned video app’s ad business is thriving, even as a digital advertising slump hurts Meta, Snap and other rivals. Screen shots of an ad, featuring Kate Bartlett, for Tiffany & Company on TikTok. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Kari Lake’s Path to Victory Narrows in the Arizona Governor’s Race
Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, maintained a slight lead on Ms. Lake after new results were released from Maricopa County on Sunday. Kari Lake, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, at a rally at in Scottsdale, Ariz. last week. -



United States Politics and Government Trump Wanted I.R.S. Investigations of Foes, Top Aide Says
John F. Kelly, who was White House chief of staff, said that as president, Donald J. Trump wanted investigations into perceived enemies like James Comey, the former F.B.I. director. As president, Donald J. Trump also discussed using the I.R.S. to investigate the former F.B.I. official Andrew G. McCabe, said John F. Kelly, a former White House chief of staff. -



Laxalt, Adam Catherine Cortez Masto Defends Her Nevada Senate Seat Against Laxalt
The victory by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Democrats’ most endangered incumbent, denies Republicans the chance to capture power in the chamber. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada in Las Vegas last month. She is the nation’s first and only Latina senator. -



Nevada Jim Marchant’s Defeat in Nevada Is Yet Another Loss for Election Deniers
With Jim Marchant’s defeat by Cisco Aguilar in Nevada’s secretary of state race, all but one of the “America First” slate of candidates who espoused conspiracy theories about the 2020 election were defeated. Cisco Aguilar, the Democratic nominee for secretary of state in Nevada, at an event this month. “People are tired of chaos,” he said in an interview. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Biden’s Post-Election Escape Turned Victory Lap
President Biden trod a well-worn presidential path by going abroad on official functions just after the midterms. But the news from home kept getting better for Democrats. President Biden arriving Friday in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, where he briefly attended a climate conference before going on to Cambodia to meet with Southeast Asian leaders and then to Bali, Indonesia, for the Group of 20 summit. -



Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Describes Fears of Violence
Lawmakers in Congress have experienced a surge of threats and confrontations in recent years, coinciding with a rise in violent political speech. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Queens on Election Day. -



United States Politics and Government Republicans Seek Distance From Trump, and Other News From the Sunday Shows
“I’ve been saying since 2020 that we have to get back to a party that appeals to more people,” said Larry Hogan, the Republican governor of Maryland and a possible 2024 candidate. Former President Donald J. Trump at his election night party in Florida. Trump-endorsed candidates struggled in the midterms. -



Midterm Elections (2022) With Outcome Still in Doubt, Congress Opens an Uncertain Post-Election Session
A stronger-than-expected performance by Democrats that preserved their control of the Senate and left the House up for grabs has reshuffled the congressional agenda for the rest of the year. Congress is set to return to Washington on Monday for five days before a weeklong Thanksgiving break. -



Chavez-DeRemer, Lori Lori Chavez-DeRemer, a Republican, Flips an Oregon House Seat
The seat became a target for Republicans after Jamie McLeod-Skinner defeated a seven-term centrist incumbent in a Democratic primary. Lori Chavez-DeRemer in Gladstone, Ore., last month. -



Biden, Joseph R Jr An Emboldened Biden Now Faces a Tough Choice About His Own Future
The president feels buoyant after the better-than-expected midterms. But as he nears his 80th birthday, he confronts a decision on whether to run in 2024 that has some Democrats uncomfortable. President Biden boarded Air Force One in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Sunday. Even on his overseas trip, he has intensely followed the vote counting back home. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Democrats See a Blueprint in Fetterman’s Victory in Pennsylvania
John Fetterman flipped a key Senate seat in part by attracting white working-class votes, including in the reddest parts of his state. Senator-elect John Fetterman of Pennsylvania declaring victory in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. -



Elections, Senate Democrats’ Senate Victory Hands Biden a Critical Guardrail Against the G.O.P.
Even a bare-minimum majority preserves Democrats’ ability to confirm President Biden’s nominees and would allow them to stop Republican legislation in its tracks should the G.O.P. win the House. President Biden spoke in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Sunday about Senator Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada narrowly defeating her Republican challenger, Adam Laxalt. -



United States Politics and Government Biden Speaks of a Better Future at ASEAN Summit in Cambodia
The president traveled to Cambodia hoping that an in-person appearance would help reinforce his administration’s broad efforts to counter China’s rise and to promote human rights. President Biden on Saturday with Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. -



Gluesenkamp Perez, Marie Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, a Democrat, Beats Joe Kent in Washington House Race
Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, an auto shop owner, defeated the Republican Joe Kent, a former Green Beret and combat veteran who denied the legitimacy of the 2020 election and backed Jan. 6 defendants. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez emphasized abortion rights in her campaign. -



Laxalt, Adam Catherine Cortez Masto Defended Her Nevada Seat, Winning Election to a Second Term
The victory by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Democrats’ most endangered incumbent, denies Republicans the chance to capture power in the chamber. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada in Las Vegas last month. She is the nation’s first and only Latina senator. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Voters Reject Election Deniers Running to Take Over Elections
With Jim Marchant’s defeat by Cisco Aguilar in Nevada’s secretary of state race, all but one of the “America First” slate of candidates who espoused conspiracy theories about the 2020 election were defeated. Cisco Aguilar, the Democratic nominee for secretary of state in Nevada, at an event this month. “People are tired of chaos,” he said in an interview. -



Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Farmland Values Hit Record Highs, Pricing Out Farmers
Small farmers are now going up against deep-pocketed investors, including private equity firms and real estate developers. In South Dakota, farmland values surged by 18.7 percent from 2021 to 2022, one of the largest increases in the country, according to the Agriculture Department. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Where Senate Candidates Outperformed Biden and Trump
Democrats managed to retain control of the Senate, but individual performance of Senate winners was varied when compared with the 2020 presidential candidates. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Trump Angst Grips Republicans (Again) as 2024 Announcement Looms
While Republicans pick up the pieces from the midterm elections, former President Donald J. Trump is already forcing them to take sides in the next election. After a string of midterm losses by candidates Donald J. Trump supported, there are some signs of another Republican effort to inch the party away from the former president. -



Magnus, Chris (1960- ) Chris Magnus, Top Border Official, Says He Was Asked to Resign
The Customs and Border Protection commissioner, Chris Magnus, has refused to step down, exposing conflicts at the Homeland Security Department over how to manage a high number of illegal border crossings. Chris Magnus oversees much of the customs and trade policy, as well as the country’s borders. -



Surgery and Surgeons Surgeons Rushed to Guantánamo as Prisoner’s Condition Deteriorates
Lawyers for the prisoner, an Iraqi with spine disease, say it has suddenly gotten worse and that the U.S. naval base cannot provide adequate care. Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi has been a prisoner at Guantánamo Bay since 2007. He has pleaded guilty to committing war crimes in Afghanistan in 2003 and 2004. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Tracking the Mail Vote in the Uncalled House Districts
Republicans lead in the race for House control, but Democrats still have hope, thanks to mail ballot trends in California. We’ll provide updates. Voting stickers in San Francisco on Election Day on Tuesday. Politics watchers have recently turned their eyes to California, where the battle for House control will probably be decided. -



United States Politics and Government In His 3rd Summit With Southeast Asian Leaders, Biden Bets on Face Time
The president traveled to Cambodia hoping that an in-person appearance would help reinforce his administration’s broad efforts to counter China’s rise and to promote human rights. President Biden on Saturday with Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. -



Arizona Arizona’s Top Races Await Final Results in a Tension-Filled Election
Senator Mark Kelly, a Democrat, holds an edge in his bid for re-election, but the race for governor appears to be a true tossup, even as several Republican candidates sow doubts about the results. Ballots being processed this week at the Maricopa County Elections Center in Phoenix. All four of the state’s top races were uncalled as of midday Friday. -



United States Politics and Government In the States, Democrats All but Ran the Table
Defying history, Democrats won power in state capitals across the country, while Republicans deepened their control of red states. A get-out-the-vote rally for Michigan Democrats in Grand Rapids on Sunday. -



United States Politics and Government Lombardo Ousts Sisolak in Nevada Governor’s Race
Joseph Lombardo, the Clark County sheriff, ran as a law-and-order Republican who would focus on reducing regulations. The Clark County sheriff, Joseph Lombardo, at a campaign event in Minden, Nev., last month. -



United States Politics and Government Trump Sues to Block Subpoena From Jan. 6 Committee
The former president filed suit against the House committee investigating the attack on the Capitol, seeking to block the panel’s subpoena that required him to testify and hand over documents. Former President Donald J. Trump’s lawyers say the Jan. 6 House committee’s subpoena lacks a legislative purpose and infringes upon executive privilege and his First Amendment rights. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Mark Kelly Wins Arizona Senate Race, Putting Democrats a Seat From Control
Mr. Kelly, who ran as a bipartisan legislator devoted to the needs of Arizona, defeated Blake Masters, a Republican newcomer whose ideological fervor failed to win over enough independent voters. Senator Mark Kelly was long seen as one of his party’s most vulnerable incumbents, but he prevailed over Blake Masters, a Republican running for office for the first time. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Fontes Defeats Finchem, Vocal Election Denier, for Arizona Secretary of State
Adrian Fontes, a Democrat, defeated Mark Finchem, who had begun casting unfounded doubts on this year’s elections as it appeared that he might lose. Adrian Fontes, the Democratic candidate for secretary of state in Arizona, at an election night event in Phoenix. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Trump Angst Wracks Republicans (Again) as 2024 Announcement Looms
While Republicans pick up the pieces from midterm elections, Trump is already forcing them to take sides in the next election. After a string of midterm losses by candidates Donald J. Trump supported, there are some signs of another Republican effort to inch the party away from the former president. -



International Relations In an Era of Confrontation, Biden and Xi Seek to Set Terms
Their first in-person presidential meeting, coming after both warned of deepening military, economic and diplomatic rivalry, will show how they address a range of U.S.-China tensions. President Biden in Egypt on Friday. -



Midterm Elections (2022) How the 2022 Midterms Became a Squeaker
Interviews with more than 70 current and former officials show the outside forces — and miscalculations and infighting — that led to an improbable, still-undecided election. Defying historical precedent, control of Congress remains too close to call days after the midterm elections. -



Espionage and Intelligence Services Internal Documents Show How Close the F.B.I. Came to Deploying Spyware
Christopher Wray, the F.B.I.’s director, told Congress last December that the bureau purchased the phone hacking tool Pegasus for research purposes. Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director, acknowledged that the bureau considered deploying the hacking tool. -



United States International Relations Winter Will Be a Major Factor in the Ukraine War, Officials Say
Both sides are expected to pause operations. But heavy snows and freezing temperatures could make it difficult for the poorly equipped Russian army to regroup. A Ukrainian armored vehicle returning from the frontline in the city of Kupiansk-Vuzlovyi in the Kharkiv region. Ukraine will need a long-term buildup of tanks and other weapons to make advances. -



Midterm Elections (2022) At the Capitol, the Question of Who Won the Midterms Lingers
Members of both parties were poring over the ongoing counts in search of clues to the final outcome. Tourists outside the Capitol on Thursday as members of Congress waited results of vote counts in several races. -



Georgia Georgia Gears Up for Runoff Election as Rest of U.S. Moves On
The political world is diving into a runoff between Senator Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker that will reveal the extent of Democrats’ unexpected traction in the midterm races. Herschel Walker campaigning in the Georgia runoff election on Thursday. -



International Relations U.S. Seeks Closer Ties With India as Tension With China and Russia Builds
Treasury Secretary Yellen wants India to be part of the Biden administration’s “friend-shoring” agenda, but trade tensions linger. Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen was welcomed by Anant Maheshwari of Microsoft at the Microsoft India Development Center in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, on Friday. -



Democratic Party Despite Discontent, Midterm Voters Did Not Kick Out Incumbents
The landscape before the election looked bleak for incumbents, especially Democratic ones. But early tallies show that voters mostly opted to keep their members of Congress. Senator Patty Murray, center, was re-elected in Washington State by hyping up legislation on climate, reducing prescription drug costs and protecting abortion rights. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Will a Recount Decide Lauren Boebert’s Race? It Could Take Weeks to Sort Out.
As of Friday, Ms. Boebert, a far-right provocateur in the House, led by less than 1,200 votes over the Democrat Adam Frisch in Colorado’s Third District race. Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado, a Republican, and her challenger, Adam Frisch, are locked in a tighter than expected race for Colorado’s Third Congressional District. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Republicans Reckon With Midterm Election Fallout
They may still win the House. But an underwhelming showing has the G.O.P. wrestling with what went wrong: Was it bad candidates, a bad message or Donald J. Trump? Former President Donald J. Trump held a rally in June outside Quincy, Ill. Candidates he endorsed lost the pivotal Senate race in Pennsylvania and key House and statewide races in Michigan, Ohio and North Carolina, among other places. -



Magnus, Chris (1960- ) Top Border Official Says He Was Asked to Resign
The commissioner, Chris Magnus, has refused to step down amid criticism over his agency’s lack of accountability. Chris Magnus oversees much of the customs and trade policy, as well as the country’s borders. -



International Relations For Biden and Xi, a Long Relationship With Rising Mutual Suspicion
The men, who first met as vice presidents, plan to hold face-to-face talks for the first time as national leaders, and at a time when animus defines U.S.-China relations. In 2011, Xi Jinping and Joseph R. Biden Jr., both vice presidents at the time, near Chengdu, China. -



Arizona Arizona’s Top Races Near the Finish in a Tension-Filled Battleground
Senator Mark Kelly, a Democrat, holds an edge in his bid for re-election, but the race for governor appears to be a true tossup, even as several Republican candidates sow doubts about the results. Ballots being processed this week at the Maricopa County Elections Center in Phoenix. All four of the state’s top races were uncalled as of midday Friday. -



Jones, Alex (1974- ) Alex Jones to Pay Over $1.4 Billion to Sandy Hook Families
A judge added $473 million in fees to the award Mr. Jones must pay in a Connecticut case and ordered him not to move his personal assets outside the United States. Alex Jones was found liable for defaming Sandy Hook victims’ families while spreading bogus theories about the 2012 shooting. -



Midterm Elections (2022) Pro-Trump Grass-Roots Movement Was a Drag for GOP in Midterms
Unlike the Tea Party movement in 2010, the pro-Trump grass roots proved to be more liability than asset when it came to winning elections in 2022. Supporters of Doug Mastriano at a rally hosted by former President Donald J. Trump in Latrobe, Pa., last week. -



Midterm Elections (2022) How Stacey Abrams Fell Again in Georgia Governor’s Bid
In her second bid for governor, Stacey Abrams was dogged by complaints that she was distracted by her national ambitions and disconnected from voters at home. Stacey Abrams conceded to Brian Kemp on Tuesday, after raising and spending tens of millions of dollars on her second run for governor. -