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Washington locks down ahead of inauguration
  + stars: | 2021-01-15 | by ( Jeremy Schultz | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
After the Republican party spent years defending President Donald Trump's behavior, 10 Republican lawmakers voted to impeach him on charges that he incited his supporters to carry out the deadly Jan. 6 attack on Congress.
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Over 20 Latino leaders from progressive groups in Florida have signed a letter calling on Spanish-language and Latino-focused media outlets in Miami to stop spreading misinformation "that emboldens conspiracy theories." The day of the riot, a host on AM station Actualidad falsely claimed that "thousands of dead people voted, thousands of incarcerated people voted, thousands of noncitizens voted." The host, Agustin Acosta, went to say, "I think that in Nevada or Arizona, 42,000 people voted more than once." Another AM radio host the day after the riot said the loose collective of activists known as antifa had sent "busloads" of people to Washington. This includes sharing recent audio recordings of misleading A.M. radio broadcasts circulating in South Florida that push these false and dangerous narratives.
Persons: antifa, noncitizens, Agustin Acosta, Alfonso Aguilar, Acosta, Lucy Pereda, Joe Biden's, Lourdes de Kendall, Trump, Flavia Colangelo, Colangelo, Ana Sofia Peláez, Nicaraguans, Peláez, LatinoJustice PRLDEF Organizations: Washington , D.C, U.S, Capitol, Republican, Latino Partnership, Conservative, Trump, The Miami Herald, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Miami Freedom, Electoral College, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Alianza, Progress, NBC Locations: Florida, Miami, Spanish, Washington ,, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, South Florida
Calif agency challenges FCC decision to maintain 2017 net neutrality repeal
  + stars: | 2021-01-15 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen at the headquarters of the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., U.S., August 29, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The California Public Utilities Commission challenged the outgoing Republican-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to maintain its 2017 repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules, court documents show. The California agency asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to throw out the FCC’s order approved in October as “arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion.”The appeals court in October 2019 largely upheld the FCC’s repeal, but ordered the agency to reconsider the repeal’s impact on public safety and other issues.
Persons: Andrew Kelly Organizations: Federal Communications Commission, Washington , D.C, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, California Public Utilities Commission, Republican, Obama, U.S ., Appeals, District of Columbia Locations: Washington ,, California
Breakingviews - Biden’s $2 trln rescue tests his art of the deal
  + stars: | 2021-01-15 | by ( Gina Chon | ) + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris looks on during a televised speech on the current economic and health crises at The Queen Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., January 14, 2021. REUTERS/Tom BrennerSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters Breakingviews) - The next U.S. president has a chance to test his own art of the deal. Joe Biden on Thursday announced an ambitious stimulus plan, including additional $1,400 payments for individuals. With the slimmest Democratic control of a 50-50 Senate, Biden will have to compromise. Biden’s vice president, Kamala Harris, is set to cast tie-breaking votes if the Senate splits on party lines starting next week.
Persons: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Tom Brenner, Biden, Marco Rubio, It’s, Joe Manchin, Obama’s Organizations: Queen Theatre, REUTERS, FRANCISCO, Reuters, Democratic, Senate, Republican, Capitol, Trump Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, United States, Washington
Canada's Trudeau embraces Biden in bid to turn page on Trump era
  + stars: | 2021-01-15 | by ( Steve Scherer | ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s swift embrace of U.S. president-elect Joe Biden illustrates the degree to which Canada, one of America’s closest allies, is looking forward to turning the page on the Donald Trump era. FILE PHOTO: Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during a meeting in Trudeau's office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 9, 2016. Mired in a long-running diplomatic dispute with China and weighing a possible snap election this year, Trudeau has much riding on his relationship with Biden. In December 2016, after Trump’s election, Biden, Obama’s vice-president, passed the progressive torch to Trudeau on a visit to Ottawa. “Trudeau hopes that will outshine anything his opposition can do” with the new president, Sands said.
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Why the defunct South Vietnam flag was flown at the Capitol riot
  + stars: | 2021-01-15 | by ( Claire Wang | ) + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
The yellow-and-red-striped banners of the former South Vietnam flew above crowds of rioters all over the Capitol grounds. But to community advocates who saw the South Vietnamese flag, or the Yellow Flag, as a symbol of democracy and unity, its presence at a riot was both alarming and infuriating. After communist North Vietnam defeated the U.S.-backed South in 1975, scores of South Vietnamese refugees resettled in America. But as with other emblems of national pride, allegiance to the South Vietnamese banner has also deepened divisions within the group. On college campuses, domestic and international students have fought over which Vietnamese flag should be flown at graduation ceremonies.
Persons: Donald Trump, Michelle Le, Tung Nguyen, Trump, Donald Trump's, Tayfun, Joe Biden, Thuy Vo, Stephanie Keith, Vo Dang, Ho, Ho Chi Minh, Nguyen, Long Bui Organizations: U.S . Capitol, Capitol, Communist, Progressive Vietnamese American Organization, U.S, Anadolu Agency, Getty, Republican Party, Southeast, University of California, Trump, North, South, American, Reuters Locations: South Vietnam, Seattle, Irvine, Australia, North Vietnam, America, Vietnam, Westminster, Southern California, Ho Chi, U.S
U.S. consumer sentiment slips but shows massive partisan divide
  + stars: | 2021-01-15 | by ( Dan Burns | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index dropped to 79.2 early this month from a final reading of 80.7 in December. “Consumer sentiment posted trivial declines in early January despite the horrendous rise in COVID-19 deaths, the insurrection, and the impeachment of Trump,” University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers Chief Economist Richard Curtin said in a statement. The report revealed a chasm in economic sentiment between Republicans and Democrats. Even as the survey’s overall reading of sentiment dipped modestly, it plummeted to a six-and-a-half-year low among Republicans while surging to a four-year high among Democrats. “The Trump and Biden partisan gaps in expectations are too extreme to be justified by economic fundamentals,” Curtin said.
Persons: Mike Segar, Trump, Richard Curtin, Jan, Donald Trump, Joe Biden’s, Barack Obama’s, , ” Curtin, “ Rather, Organizations: REUTERS, U.S . Capitol, University of Michigan, University of, Reuters, ” University of Michigan, Capitol, Republican, Republicans, Democrats, Trump, Biden Locations: Little Italy, Manhattan, New York City , New York, U.S, COVID
U.S. consumer sentiment slips in early January
  + stars: | 2021-01-15 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Jan 15 (Reuters) - U.S. consumer sentiment dipped in early January as Americans reacted to the assault on the Capitol building in Washington and a relentless surge in COVID-19 infections and deaths, weighing on the economic outlook, the University of Michigan said on Friday. The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index dropped to 79.2 early this month from a final reading of 80.7 in December. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast the index would be little changed at 80. “Consumer sentiment posted trivial declines in early January despite the horrendous rise in COVID-19 deaths, the insurrection, and the impeachment of Trump,” University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers Chief Economist Richard Curtin said in a statement. Trump has subsequently been impeached for inciting the crowd to violence.
Persons: Trump, Richard Curtin, Jan, Donald Trump, Joe Biden’s, Dan Burns, Chizu Nomiyama Organizations: Capitol, University of Michigan, The University of, Reuters, ” University of Michigan, Republican Locations: Washington, COVID
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is set to announce fresh sanctions on Friday on six individuals connected to the mass arrests earlier this month of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, two sources familiar with the matter said. FILE PHOTO: Pro-democracy activist Lester Shum is taken away by police officers after over 50 Hong Kong activists arrested under security law as crackdown intensifies, in Hong Kong, China January 6, 2021. U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo last week warned of fresh sanctions in response to the arrests of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. Trump has pursued hard-line policies toward China on issues ranging from trade to espionage and the coronavirus. Relations plummeted to their worst level in decades when he ramped up rhetoric in his unsuccessful November re-election campaign.
Persons: Lester Shum, Tyrone Siu, Pompeo, Donald Trump, ” Pompeo, Trump, Joe Biden Organizations: WASHINGTON, Hong Kong, REUTERS, Hong, Republican, Jan, Hong Kong Economic, Trade Office, The State Department Locations: United States, Hong Kong, China, British, Beijing, South, Taiwan
U.S. plans fresh Iran sanctions related to metals, conventional arms
  + stars: | 2021-01-15 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to announce additional Iran sanctions on Friday related to conventional arms and to the metals industry, sources familiar with the matter said. Trump in 2018 abandoned the Iran nuclear agreement that Tehran struck with six major powers in 2015 to rein in its nuclear program in return for relief from U.S. and international sanctions that had crippled its economy. The Republican president’s administration plans to unveil the new sanctions five days before Trump is to hand over the White House to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. Biden has said he will return to the 2015 pact if Iran resumes strict compliance with it. The State and Treasury Departments did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the announcement.
Persons: Donald Trump, Trump, Joe Biden, Biden Organizations: WASHINGTON, United, Trump, Republican, White House, Democratic, Treasury Locations: United States, Iran, Tehran, U.S, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, State
Circuit Court of Appeals was divided 6-4 in the September ruling, with five Trump appointees in the majority. (See graphic on Trump's appeals court appointments: also appointed 174 federal district court judges, a step below the appeals courts. The number of Republican and Democratic appointees is typically an indicator of an appeals court’s conservative-liberal balance. Trump appointed eight non-white judges and 11 women to these appeals courts, including Barrett, who he subsequently elevated to the Supreme Court. Trump’s judicial appointees already are having an influence not just on voting rights but on other contentious issues including guns, abortion and LGBT rights.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Donald Trump, Leah Millis, Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, Trump, Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, Russell Wheeler, ” Wheeler, Mitch McConnell, Barrett, , Russ Feingold, San, Judge Kenneth Lee, Trump’s, Mike Davis, McConnell, Obama’s, Merrick, Wheeler, Organizations: WASHINGTON, REUTERS, Circuit, Trump, Republican, U.S, U.S . Constitution, Democratic, Republican president’s, Brookings Institution, Supreme, Democratic U.S, American Constitution Society, Philadelphia, III Locations: Florida, Dalton , Georgia, U.S, Atlanta, U.S ., York, San Francisco, California, New Orleans, Louisiana
Republican senators who voted to acquit Trump in February — in a hollowed-out trial without witnesses — misread the president, completely seemingly convinced that impeachment alone might temper his actions. Trump’s Senate enablers allowed Trump to escape the consequences of his abuse of power by their near-unanimous vote to acquit last February. If the Senate convicts Trump, a simple Senate majority can bar him from ever again holding any federal office. And unlike Trump, Nixon resigned when Republican congressional leaders told him that he would likely be convicted in a Senate impeachment trial. Duty demands that he be convicted by the Senate and, by a Senate vote, barred from ever again holding the power of the presidency.
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Eyes on Pelosi as Trump impeachment trial timing up in the air
  + stars: | 2021-01-15 | by ( Susan Cornwell | ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The timing of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial could come into clearer focus on Friday when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to take questions about her next steps at a morning news conference at the U.S. Capitol. He will likely be the first president to face an impeachment trial after leaving office. According to Senate rules, the trial would start the day after the charge is sent over by the House. The last time the House voted to impeach Trump, in December 2019, Pelosi did not transmit the charges to the Senate for weeks. Biden has urged lawmakers not to allow Trump’s impeachment trial to interfere with other priorities in his early days in office, such as approval of his Cabinet and proposed legislation.
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The House on Wednesday approved one article of impeachment, similar to an indictment, levying that charge against Trump. But Pelosi would not say when she would send the article to the Senate, the step that triggers a trial. “You’ll be the first to know,” Pelosi told reporters. He will likely be the first president to face an impeachment trial after leaving office. The last time the House voted to impeach Trump, in December 2019, Pelosi did not transmit the charges to the Senate for weeks.
Persons: Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Pelosi, “ You’ll, ” Pelosi, Trump, Joe Biden, Biden, rampaged, Biden’s, Trump’s, Hunter, acquit Trump Organizations: WASHINGTON, . House, Capitol, Trump, Senate, Congressional, Democratic, Republicans, Democrats, Constitution, House, Ukraine, Washington Locations: U.S, Washington, Palm Beach , Florida
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Any members of the U.S. Congress who helped a crowd of President Donald Trump’s supporters storm the Capitol should face criminal prosecution, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday. Democratic Representative Mikie Sherrill, a former U.S. Navy helicopter pilot, has accused some Republican lawmakers of helping Trump supporters, saying she saw colleagues leading groups on “reconnaissance” tours on Jan. 5. Slideshow ( 5 images )Pelosi called for lawmakers to review who organized the siege by Trump followers, some of whom were aligned with white supremacist groups. Pelosi did not answer questions about when she would send the article to the Senate, the step necessary to trigger trial. The last time the House voted to impeach Trump, in December 2019, Pelosi did not transmit the charges to the Senate for weeks.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Nancy Pelosi, Trump, Joe Biden’s, Mikie Sherrill, Pelosi, ” Pelosi, Sherrill, , Trump’s, Justice Department’s, General Michael Horowitz, “ You’ll, Jan, Biden, he’ll, Hunter, acquit Trump Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Congress, Democratic, Capitol, U.S . Navy, Trump, Democrats, Capitol Police, Republican, Justice, Senate, Congressional, House, Ukraine Locations: U.S, Washington, Palm Beach , Florida
Women shop at a local market in Istanbul, Turkey January 12, 2021. All food prices are rising but especially baby formulas,” said Huseyin Duran, 43, an Istanbul father of three and security guard receiving partial state pay for lost work. Rising oil and fertilizer prices and dry weather are part of the reason food inflation jumped more than 20% in a year. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has reluctantly accepted sharp interest rate hikes that will slow an economic rebound just as COVID-19 vaccines are rolling out. Inflation, led by food, jumped again in a 2018 currency crisis and has since remained mostly in double-digits.
Persons: Murad Sezer, , Huseyin Duran, , Tayyip Erdogan, Erdogan, policymaker, Yesenn, Pinar, I’ve, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, Lutfi Elvan, Altinsac Organizations: REUTERS, Twitter, OECD, Reuters, Capital, International Monetary Fund, Poverty, Republican People’s Party Locations: ISTANBUL, Turkey, Istanbul, Argentina, Pinar, Ankara
The first confirmation hearing for one of President-elect Joe Biden’s crucial cabinet posts has been abruptly rescheduled, the ranking members of the Senate Intelligence Committee said on Thursday. Biden announced in November that Avril Haines, who held top national security jobs under former President Barack Obama, would become his director of national intelligence in his administration. Having served under Obama as a national security lawyer and deputy CIA director, Haines, 51, has been playing a key national security role in the Biden transition. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who is the acting chair of the Senate intelligence committee, and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the vice-chair, said in a joint statement on Thursday that the panel is working in “good faith” to have a confirmation hearing. “The Director of National Intelligence plays a crucial role in overseeing the 18 agencies that make up our nation’s Intelligence Community, and the committee looks forward to holding a hearing next week with Ms. Haines.”
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Biden, Avril Haines, Barack Obama, Haines, Sen, Marco Rubio, Mark Warner, , Organizations: Senate Intelligence, Republican, NBC News, Obama, National Intelligence, nation’s Intelligence
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday vowed to uphold American history and ensure a safe transition of power to President-elect Joe Biden, eight days after supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump laid siege to the U.S. Capitol. And as the president made clear yesterday, we are committed to an orderly transition and to a safe inauguration. The American people deserve nothing less,” Pence said during his first public event since the attack that left five people dead. During the attack, some of Trump’s supporters discussed assassinating Pence for being a traitor. Trump and Pence sought to heal their rift during a meeting in the Oval Office on Monday, but aides say they were deeply disappointed by the way Trump had treated Pence.
Persons: Mike Pence, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Pence, ” Pence, Biden, Kamala Harris, ” Trump, Trump, Trump’s Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, U.S . Capitol, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Guard, Wednesday, Republicans, Democrats, Capitol, Electoral College Locations: Jan, United States
White House officials blame Rudy Giuliani for not one, but two impeachments of President Donald Trump, according to a report by The New York Times. The president was impeached over his role in the deadly Capitol riots, which were largely fueled by Trump supporters' unsubstantiated belief the election was "stolen," an idea Giuliani has strongly pushed. Though White House officials are reportedly angry with Giuliani, one of Trump's advisors tweeted on behalf of the president and praised the former mayor. White House officials blame Rudy Giuliani for not one, but two impeachments of President Donald Trump, according to a report by The New York Times. However, while Trump may be on the mend with Giuliani, White House officials are "universally angry" with Giuliani, according to The Times, for encouraging the president to take actions that led to both of his impeachments.
Persons: Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump, Giuliani, White, Trump, Jason Miller, President Trump, Joe Biden, Volodymyr Zelensky, Biden, Hunter Organizations: White, The New York Times, Trump, Visit, Ten, Republicans, Democrats, Capitol, Twitter, Patriot, America's, The Times
Andrew Williams, who stormed the US Capitol on January 6, asked, "How are they going to arrest every single person?" Williams also said while storming the Capitol, according to an FBI affidavit. A man who stormed the US Capitol building during the January 6 insurrection expressed doubt that he would be arrested for participating in the insurrection — before being arrested days later, according to prosecutors. Many of the people who participated in the Capitol building riots posted about it on social media. Others, including Kevin Loftus and Aaron Mostofsky, bragged to acquaintances about being in the building in private messages later obtained by federal law enforcement officials.
Persons: Andrew Williams, Williams, Sanford, Christopher Wray, Derrick Evans, Kevin Loftus, Aaron Mostofsky Organizations: Capitol, FBI, Republican West Locations: Maitland , Florida, Sanford , Florida, Capitol, Republican West Virginia
US stock futures fall despite Joe Biden unveiling a $1.9 trillion stimulus plan. US stocks were set to end the week on a downbeat note, despite President-elect Joe Biden laying out plans for a $1.9 trillion stimulus injection, with bonds and the dollar rising as investors sought safer assets, such as gold. The S&P 500 was on track fall at the opening bell, with futures down 0.22%. Biden on Thursday laid out a major stimulus plan and implored Congress to act fast to help the slowing US economy. His $1.9 trillion plan - which equates to around 9% of US GDP - includes direct payments to Americans of up to $1,400.
Persons: Joe Biden, Bonds, Jay Powell, Dow Jones, Russell, Biden, Paul Ashworth, Powell, Michael Brown, CaxtonFX Organizations: Federal Reserve, Dow, Nasdaq, Corporations, CSI, FTSE, Republicans, Democrats, Capital Economics, Senate, Congress Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, Europe, indigestion
Has Trump's Reckoning Come Too Late? - The New York Times
  + stars: | 2021-01-15 | by ( Michelle Goldberg | ) + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
“The problem existed before him, but it’s really flourished even more under his administration,” Johnson said of Trump. The Trump Impeachment › Answers to your questions about the impeachment process: The current impeachment proceedings are testing the bounds of the process, raising questions never contemplated before. Conviction in an impeachment trial does not automatically disqualify Mr. Trump from future public office. The Senate could hold a trial for Mr. Trump even after he has left office, though there is no precedent for it. The people at the Capitol who said they were there because the president wanted them to be weren’t necessarily delusional.
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Opinion | ‘Stop the Steal’ Didn’t Start With Trump
  + stars: | 2021-01-15 | by ( Jamelle Bouie | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
To explain the attack on the Capitol, you can’t just turn your focus to Donald Trump and his enablers. You must also look at the individuals and institutions that fanned fears of “voter fraud” to the point of hysteria among conservative voters, long before Trump. Put another way, the difference between a riot seeking to overturn an election and an effort to suppress opposing votes is one of legality, not intent. And the residents of cemeteries have infamously shown up at the polls on Election Day. The Republican National Committee supported this push, claiming to have evidence that thousands of voters had cast more than one ballot in the same election.
Persons: Donald Trump, George W, Bush, John Ashcroft, Mel Carnahan, Ashcroft’s, Kit Bond, Louis, , Ashcroft Organizations: Trump, Democratic, South, Tammany Hall, Republicans, Republican, Voters, Republican National Committee Locations: New Mexico, Missouri, St, America
Opinion | The 46th: Will A Second Impeachment Change Republican Minds?
  + stars: | 2021-01-15 | by ( ) sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
Listen and subscribe to “The Argument” from your mobile device:Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher | RSS FeedIt’s impeachment season all over again on “The Argument,” and Michelle and Ross debate whether Republicans will, at long last, turn their backs to President Trump, or confirm that their party is resolutely his. Will Mitch McConnell really consider delivering enough Republican votes to convict Trump? The duo discuss the events of the last week and a half and the deepening fracture in the Republican Party, and Michelle is surprised to long for “the party of cruel Ayn Rand-ism” in exchange for “Qanon and guerrilla warfare.” Ross admits how wrong he’s been in analyzing violent extremism in recent years. Then, the hosts take up the question of deplatforming Trump, and the rabid hordes he foments. And finally, Ross suggests you find some escapism in a grim, dark, revisionist fantasy.
Persons: Michelle, Ross, President Trump, Will Mitch McConnell, Trump, Ayn Rand, “ Qanon, ” Ross, deplatforming Trump Organizations: Spotify, Republican Party
Opinion | Why Are There So Few Courageous Senators?
  + stars: | 2021-01-15 | by ( Peter Beinart | ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Not every Republican senator nearing retirement exhibited Mr. Romney or Mr. McCain’s bravery. Mr. Romney, like the Arizona Republican Jeff Flake — whose opposition to Mr. Trump likely ended his senatorial career — belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which was once persecuted on American soil. By contrast, Mr. Kerry’s Massachusetts colleague, Ted Kennedy, who had been elected to the Senate in 1962, voted against it. Like most people, I’d prefer senators who do what I think is right. Follow The New York Times Opinion section on Facebook, Twitter (@NYTopinion) and Instagram.
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