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LOS ANGELES — Maria Lopez was skeptical when President-elect Joe Biden announced early in the year that he would send a groundbreaking legislative package to Congress that would overhaul U.S. immigration policy and offer a pathway to citizenship for 11 million people, including herself and her parents. Lopez, 31, a Mexican immigrant who lives in San Jose and works at a local university, is a ...

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WASHINGTON — Texas state lawmakers who staged a dramatic walkout to quash a GOP election bill in Austin got a hero’s welcome Tuesday in Congress, where fellow Democrats sought to leverage their example of feistiness into progress on voting rights at the federal level. “They are such an inspiration for us,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who has led Senate Democrats’ effort on voting rights, ...

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WASHINGTON — Prospects for a bipartisan infrastructure bill are growing increasingly dim as Senate Democrats make new calls for President Joe Biden to ditch Republicans and pursue a Democrats-only measure that aggressively addresses their priorities, including the climate crisis. A handful of key progressives say they’re done negotiating. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said the latest bipartisan ...

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WASHINGTON — Democrats are holding out hope for a national voting overhaul, a top priority and crucial piece of strategy for the party and the Biden administration. But they are running out of time to get it done with redistricting looming and Republicans pushing new state-level voting restrictions. Two rival voting rights bills are currently up for consideration in the Senate: the For the ...

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WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Tuesday signaled they are willing to hold up House-passed legislation to provide a citizenship path for millions of undocumented immigrants, including those brought to the U.S. as children, amid high levels of migration — previewing another congressional showdown on immigration. During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the bill, ranking member Charles ...

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WASHINGTON — Texas lawmakers who staged a dramatic walkout to quash a GOP election bill in Austin got a hero’s welcome Tuesday in Congress, where fellow Democrats want to leverage their example of feistiness into progress on voting rights at the federal level. “They are such an inspiration for us,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who has led Senate Democrats’ effort on voting rights, after ...

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Last December, Oregon lawmaker Mike Nearman was meeting with activists unhappy with the state's pandemic lockdown. He shared their sentiments and thought he'd do something to show solidarity. So he presented them with a scenario. Supposing, Nearman told them, someone was hoping to breach the state Capitol, which has been closed to the public for over a year. Let's say you called a certain ...

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate candidate Tim Shepard was working as an evangelical Christian missionary eight years ago when he came out as a gay man. Shepard, a 34-year-old Kansas City activist, has made LGBTQ equality one of the central themes of his grassroots campaign for the Democratic nomination to replace retiring Republican Sen. Roy Blunt. Shepard will be participating in Pride Month events ...

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Since before he became president, Joe Biden has told crowds, “Folks, this is not your father’s Republican Party.” As a political reporter, I’d been hearing that lament since the late 1990s, from far better sources — those Republican fathers’ sons and daughters. The radicalization of the Republican Party has been the biggest story of my career. I’ve been watching it from the start, from the ...

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Five House Democrats representing the more moderate end of the caucus threw some doubt on the future of President Joe Biden’s agenda Monday. The five lawmakers — one more than Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s margin on party-line floor votes — sent a letter to the speaker arguing to “stabilize” federal debt so that it remains roughly the same share of gross domestic product rather than rising as ...