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Past articles by Sean:

Sanders ‘has not ruled out another run for president’ if Biden doesn’t

“In the event of an open 2024 Democratic presidential primary, Sen. Sanders has not ruled out another run for president, so we advise that you answer any questions about 2024 with that in mind,” says a private memo from Faiz Shakir, a close Sanders adviser who was his campaign manager when he ran in 2020. → Read More

A quieter Christmas: White House to skip big holiday parties because of covid

Officials said they would find other ways to celebrate, including smaller ‘open houses.’ But the lack of the usual glittering gatherings signals that the pandemic continues to cast a shadow over American life. → Read More

Reeling Democrats see threat to House and Senate control as Republicans crack their 2020 coalition

In Virginia’s race for governor, Republican Glenn Youngkin made inroads into the suburbs and among independents who fueled recent Democratic victories. → Read More

Karen Bass signals openness to Los Angeles mayoral run

The congresswoman’s thinking apparently will be shaped in large measure by whether Mark Ridley-Thomas, a close friend and Los Angeles City Council member, decides to run. → Read More

‘Something has to change’: GOP Sen. Graham and Democratic Rep. Cuellar urge Biden to tap Jeh Johnson or someone similar for border czar

The lawmakers suggest bringing in the former DHS secretary or someone in his mold to tackle the influx of migrants at the southern border. → Read More

Biden will launch into campaigning with visit to Virginia in support of McAuliffe

The president on Friday will travel to a state seen as a testing ground for his midterm message. → Read More

‘Time is running out’: Democrats split over Biden’s relentless focus on infrastructure

Some Democrats say the threat to voting rights is a national emergency, and that spending months on infrastructure makes it hard to protect them — or do anything else. → Read More

Supporters of a tougher line on Israel split over tactics and message

During the recent violence in Israel and Gaza, liberals successfully reshaped the U.S. debate on the Middle East. But after the cease-fire, their path forward is far less clear. → Read More

Biden’s America: Democrats see competence, Republicans see chaos

As Biden faces a flurry of unexpected crises, Republicans depict a country in chaos, but the White House says Biden’s response shows he’s in control. → Read More

Biden administration struggles to limit political damage from gas shortage

Republicans have seized on the crisis to attack Biden’s energy policies and portray him as an agent of chaos amid other challenges. → Read More

As Biden faces a struggle to hold the Senate, Democrats’ divisions resurface

In crucial Senate races in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and elsewhere, the Democratic coalition that came together to elect Biden is fracturing again — with big implications for his presidency. → Read More

Biden says he will raise refugee cap to 62,500

Biden’s announcement comes several weeks after the White House announced in mid-April that the president was leaving the cap where Trump set it. → Read More

Biden administration’s original refugee cap still on table

People inside and outside the White House suddenly sound hopeful about landing at or near the number announced in February. → Read More

Biden’s strong condemnations of racism have yet to be matched with action so forceful

White House officials said the president has already taken significant and historic actions to create a more equitable country. They point to sweeping anti-poverty measures in his pandemic relief bill that will help Black and Brown families. → Read More

Biden set to deliver speech on coronavirus vaccination efforts

More than 40 percent of the U.S. population has received at least one dose, but polls show vaccine hesitation in some communities. → Read More

Biden administration to keep refugee cap at Trump’s level, far less than what it proposed to Congress

The White House is keeping the number at former president Donald Trump’s 15,000 rather than the 62,500 it had proposed to Congress earlier this year, a senior administration official says. → Read More

Biden took a chance in promoting the Amazon union push. What does its failure mean for him?

The collapse of the effort to organize Amazon workers comes after the president embraced it in an unusual video. Biden is now associated with a losing cause, but some labor leaders applaud him for siding with them at an important moment. → Read More

Biden walks the union line, making a play for blue-collar workers

Biden’s actions, including support for a union push by Amazon workers, mark him as a pro-labor president. Will that be enough to win Democrats a critical mass of working class voters? → Read More

Biden’s promises on pandemic create political risk

By pledging a big step toward normalcy by July 4, he set himself up for big political rewards. But he also risks a backlash if his goals are not met. → Read More

Biden directs states to make all adults eligible for vaccine by May 1

In his first prime-time address, President Biden sought to hit hopeful notes as he ticked through a series of new actions he intends to take to combat the virus. → Read More