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  1. Mitch McConnell’s Complicity Has Deep Roots Opinion, Yesterday

    With or without witnesses, Trump’s trial shows that the antifederalists were right to question the Senate’s purpose.

  2. The Many Polarizations of America Opinion, Yesterday

    Three new books cover the different ways and reasons that we’ve ended up divided.

  3. A Proposal to Offset Prosecutors’ Power: The ‘Defender General’ U.S., January 27

    If criminal defendants are to face a level playing field at the Supreme Court, a new article says, fundamental change is needed.

  4. John Roberts Can Call Witnesses to Trump’s Trial. Will He? Opinion, January 27

    Democratic House managers should ask the chief justice to issue subpoenas for John Bolton and others.

  5. Vladimir Putin’s New Orchestra Opinion, January 27

    The players are being rearranged, but the conductor remains the same.

  6. America, the Idea, Is Lost Opinion, January 26

    The Senate is poised to deliver another blow to voter confidence in our system.

  7. Why Do We Have an Electoral College Again? Opinion, January 25

    A pair of new Supreme Court cases reveal a foundational flaw in how we pick the president.

  8. Of All Trump’s Defenses, This Is the Lamest Opinion, January 25

    Only the voters can send the president packing? That’s a joke.

  9. Could Trump Muzzle John Bolton? The Limits of Executive Privilege, Explained U.S., January 25

    If senators vote to subpoena testimony for the impeachment trial, the president may not be able to block or delay a willing witness.

  10. Who Are Trump’s Impeachment Defense Lawyers? U.S., January 25

    The president’s legal team must maintain his support in the Senate while arguing his case to a broader jury: voters watching at home.

  11. Legalized Bribery by Elites Is Here to Stay. Now What? Opinion, January 25

    Conservatives have won a generational lock on the highest courts, entrenching Citizens United. But the courts aren’t the only way to bring change.

  12. Democrats Seek to Pre-empt Trump’s Defense in Impeachment Trial U.S., January 23

    The House impeachment managers sought to undercut the central elements of President Trump’s defense, wading into a detailed defense of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

  13. Day 3 of Mr. Trump’s Trial: The Legal Seminar Opinion, January 23

    The House managers walked the Senate jury through the constitutional and historical basis for the president’s impeachment.

  14. Frederic Berman, Protector of Renters in New York, Dies at 92 New York, January 23

    He helped institute safeguards for tenants of 1.4 million rent-controlled apartments in the ’60s and was a key player behind the Rent Stabilization Law.

  15. In Defense of Donald Trump Opinion, January 23

    Legal experts examine the strongest and weakest points of his case.

  16. Trump Impeachment: Highlights From Thursday’s Senate Trial U.S., January 23

    House impeachment managers continue to make their case that President Trump abused the power of his office. Here are some of the highlights.

  17. Trump Acts Like a Politician. That’s Not an Impeachable Offense. Opinion, January 23

    Receiving a “political benefit” does not transform an otherwise legal action (like requesting an investigation) into an abuse of power.

  18. What if Trump Gave Alaska to Putin? Opinion, January 22

    Republicans seem to think no president’s misbehavior could ever be bad enough to warrant removal.

  19. The Iconic Man With a Gun Is a White Man Opinion, January 22

    Protesters in Virginia were re-enacting — and re-embracing — an exclusionary vision of American history.

  20. Why We Need the Equal Rights Amendment Opinion, January 22

    The National Organization for Women says ratification is about the law and basic human rights. Also: Big Tech and a campus divide; hydropower’s potential.

  21. Supreme Court Seems Ready to Lift Limits on State Aid to Religious Schools U.S., January 22

    The justices heard arguments on a Montana scholarship program struck down by the state’s Supreme Court.

  22. Why Trump’s Threadbare Legal Argument Will Probably Work Opinion, January 21

    Thanks a lot, Mitch McConnell.

  23. Religious School Choice Case May Yield Landmark Supreme Court Decision U.S., January 21

    With oral arguments coming on Wednesday, both sides of the long-running fight over vouchers for religious schools are preparing for a watershed moment for public education.

  24. Barr Once Contradicted Trump’s Claim That Abuse of Power Is Not Impeachable U.S., January 21

    In a memo for the Trump team during the Russia investigation, the attorney general wrote that presidents who misuse their authority are subject to impeachment.

  25. Big Changes? Or Maybe Not. Putin’s Plans Keep Russia Guessing. World, January 21

    Is he setting the stage to lead Russia for years to come? Is he planning to step down? The confusion may be part of President Vladimir Putin’s strategy.

  26. Sheldon Silver’s Corruption Conviction Is Partly Overturned New York, January 21

    Prison is still likely for Mr. Silver, the once-powerful New York State Assembly speaker.

  27. La única alternativa para Venezuela en Español, January 21

    Juan Guaidó debería aprovechar el renovado apoyo que está recibiendo de la comunidad internacional para lograr condiciones electorales que conduzcan a unas votaciones libres y justas.

  28. 40 of America’s Greatest Writers on Key Supreme Court Decisions Books, January 21

    In “Fight of the Century,” edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, contributors including Jacqueline Woodson, Dave Eggers and Scott Turow explicate landmark A.C.L.U. cases.

  29. ‘Constitutional Nonsense’: Trump’s Impeachment Defense Defies Legal Consensus U.S., January 20

    The president’s legal case would negate any need for witnesses. But constitutional scholars say that it’s wrong.

  30. Amid Tight Security, Virginia Gun Rally Draws Thousands of Supporters U.S., January 20

    Some 22,000 people, many of them armed, flooded the streets around the State Capitol to protest gun control proposals from the new Democratic majority.

  31. Trump’s Defense Team Calls Impeachment Charges ‘Brazen’ as Democrats Make Legal Case U.S., January 18

    In a six-page filing formally responding to the impeachment charges, President Trump’s lawyers rejected the case against him as illegitimate and described the effort to remove him as dangerous.

  32. Trump on Virginia Gun Dispute: 2nd Amendment ‘Under Very Serious Attack’ U.S., January 18

    The president weighed in before thousands were expected to gather in Virginia’s capital for a gun rights rally.

  33. Venezuela’s Only Choice Left Opinion, January 18

    Juan Guaidó should harness his renewed international support to obtain electoral conditions that lead to free and fair elections.

  34. Park Avenue Armory Celebrates Women’s Suffrage With 100 Artists Arts, January 17

    To mark 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the Armory and a group of 10 cultural institutions are commissioning works from women.

  35. Putin and the Art of Stepping Down Gracefully While Keeping a Grip on Power World, January 17

    The Russian president may be leaving the presidency in 2024, but he is not about to retire. That could be dangerous for Russian stability — and himself.

  36. The Real Risks of Republicans’ Burying Their Heads in the Sand Opinion, January 17

    G.O.P. senators will harm Congress if they turn away from new testimony and information relevant to impeachment.

  37. Despite ‘Unsupportable’ Bloodstain Analysis, No Relief for Man Convicted of Murder U.S., January 17

    Joe Bryan has maintained his innocence since his sentencing for the 1985 murder. The highest criminal court in Texas this week denied a last-ditch effort to obtain a new trial.

  38. The Misguided Push for an Equal Rights Amendment Opinion, January 16

    There are better ways to help women, that are less prone to generating backlash.

  39. Virginia Governor Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Gun Rally U.S., January 15

    Gov. Ralph Northam said there had been credible threats of violence ahead of a rally that was expected to draw thousands of gun rights advocates to the State Capitol.

  40. Why the Equal Rights Amendment Is Back U.S., January 15

    For nearly a century, advocates have tried to add a provision to the Constitution guaranteeing equal rights to men and women. The effort, stalled for decades, has come back to life.

  41. Virginia Approves the E.R.A., Becoming the 38th State to Back It U.S., January 15

    Virginia’s move is symbolic, and crosses the threshold of three-quarters of states needed for ratification. Yet the fate of the E.R.A. is far from decided.

  42. Judge Orders Michael Avenatti to Be Held Without Bail U.S., January 15

    Mr. Avenatti was arrested in California after prosecutors said he defrauded and concealed money from creditors while on bail for similar charges. He will be transported to New York to stand trail in a separate case.

  43. Russian Premier Abruptly Quits Amid Swirl of Speculation on Putin World, January 15

    The unexpected move by Prime Minister Dmitri A. Medvedev fueled speculation that President Vladimir V. Putin is maneuvering to stay in power when his term ends in 2024.

  44. Can Trump Actually Stop the Senate From Hearing From Witnesses? Opinion, January 15

    In a word, no.

  45. Women May Finally Be Declared Equal Opinion, January 15

    If the Virginia legislature votes to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, it may become law.

  46. Women May Finally Be Declared Equal Video, January 15

    If the Virginia legislature votes to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, it may become law.

  47. Trump’s Impeachment Trial a Perilous Duty for Chief Justice U.S., January 14

    Chief Justice John Roberts’s role at an impeachment trial may be mostly ceremonial, but signs of partisanship could damage the Supreme Court.

  48. She’s Harvey Weinstein’s Lawyer, and She Thinks #MeToo Is ‘Dangerous’ New York, January 14

    “We can’t have movements that strip us of our fundamental rights,” said Donna Rotunno, who has faced criticism from feminists.

  49. Seattle Takes On Citizens United Opinion, January 14

    A new law knocks “foreign-influenced” corporations out of city politics by working with the decision, not fighting it.

  50. In McGahn Case, an Epic Constitutional Showdown U.S., January 13

    The Supreme Court has never definitively resolved whether Congress can sue the president.

  51. Trump’s Frightening Vision of the Presidency Is on Trial, Too Opinion, January 13

    The president believes that what is good for him and what is good for the country are indistinguishable.

  52. House Votes to Restrain Trump’s Iran War Powers U.S., January 9

    The debate over the resolution reignited a fierce dispute over Congress’s role in matters of war and peace, and highlighted deep disagreements over President Trump’s policy on Iran.

  53. John Bolton’s Offer to Testify Opinion, January 7

    Readers discuss whether the former national security adviser might defend the president. Also: Iranian cultural sites; war fears among the young; online hate; legal help for tenants.

  54. The Arrogance of Trump’s Enablers Opinion, January 7

    Their contempt for Congress should be met with a legal and political fusillade.

  55. Iran and Presidential War Powers, Explained U.S., January 6

    Democrats want to block President Trump from unilaterally starting a war with Iran and have turned to a mostly untested law.

  56. Impeachment Impasse Deepens in Senate, Leaving Trump’s Trial in Doubt U.S., January 3

    On the first day of a new legislative session, Senate leaders indicated they had made no progress in resolving their logjam over how to proceed.

  57. More Than 200 Republicans Urge Supreme Court to Weigh Overturning Roe v. Wade U.S., January 2

    Two House Democrats joined them in signing a legal brief in a case that is certain to inject the divisive politics of abortion into the 2020 presidential race.

  58. ‘Advocate’ Review: Defending More Than Just Her Clients Movies, January 2

    A portrait of an Israeli lawyer who takes on difficult cases involving Palestinian clients.

  59. An Old Battle Resumes at the Supreme Court Opinion, January 2

    The Trump administration seeks to undermine a key protection against unlawful detention.

  60. Impeachment Trial Looming, Chief Justice Reflects on Judicial Independence U.S., December 31

    Chief Justice John Roberts’s year-end report on the judiciary praised civics education, but it was not hard to detect a timely subtext that appeared to be addressed to President Trump.