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McConnell to Resign as Leader by the End of the Year

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Senator Mitch McConnell, the longtime top Senate Republican, has announced that he will be stepping down as the party’s leader after the November elections. This decision comes after acknowledging that his national security views, inspired by Ronald Reagan, no longer align with the direction of the party under former President Donald J. Trump.

In a speech on the Senate floor, Mr. McConnell stated, “Believe me, I know the politics within my party at this particular time. I have many faults. Misunderstanding politics is not one of them.” His decision, reported by The Associated Press, was somewhat expected, given his recent health concerns and growing dissent within his ranks regarding his leadership style and relationship with Mr. Trump.

While Mr. McConnell had previously expressed his intention to serve out his Senate term until 2027, he had been less clear about continuing as leader beyond November.

Mr. McConnell’s departure marks the end of an era for a congressional leader known for his legislative skill and ability to block key Democratic initiatives. He has been both praised and criticized for his role in strengthening campaign finance laws, shaping the Supreme Court, and attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act. His contentious relationship with Democrats and his supporters within the Republican party have defined his tenure.

Despite differing views on policies, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, the Democratic leader, anticipates that Mr. McConnell’s decision to step down will enable him to advocate more strongly for crucial issues like foreign aid to Ukraine.

President Biden, who worked closely with Mr. McConnell during the Obama administration, expressed regret over his decision to resign as leader. Senators Chuck Schumer and John Thune have also acknowledged Mr. McConnell’s bipartisan efforts in navigating challenging national crises.

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Following the elections, a leadership contest will ensue to fill the vacancy left by Mr. McConnell. Several senior Republicans have already signaled their interest in the position. However, the rise of far-right factions within the Senate may complicate the selection process.

While Mr. McConnell faced criticism from the right for his positions on Ukraine aid and border security, some praised his tenure as Republican leader. Others, like Rep. Matt Gaetz, view his departure as a victory for the far-right movement.

Despite his differences with Mr. Trump, Mr. McConnell leaves behind a legacy of legislative achievements and political acumen. His decision to step down reflects personal reflection and a desire to prioritize his remaining time in the Senate.

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It is a rare thing in our rapidly secularizing country to be confronted with piety and devotion in popular culture. So it was a surprise, and a balm, to watch a man who prays daily and talks openly about his devout faith storm a bastion of earthly godlessness: “Saturday Night Live.”

I am referring, of course, to the comedian Ramy Youssef, who hosted the show on what he described in his opening monologue as “an incredibly spiritual weekend,” noting Ramadan, Easter and the arrival of a new Beyoncé album.

“I’m doing the Ramadan one,” he quipped, to peals of laughter, unspooling a very funny bit about how loving Muslims are. Youssef has mined his experience as a believer among the profane in gentle standup specials and a namesake sitcom. His entire monologue glowed with a welcoming warmth — Muslims, he seemed to say: We’re just like you.

In a country that is supposedly obsessed with diversity and inclusion, it is remarkable how rare it is to hear from a practicing Muslim in America.

Surveys by the Institute for Policy and Understanding, a nonpartisan research organization focused on Muslim Americans, have consistently found that Muslims are the most likely group to report religious discrimination in the United States. According to a Pew survey conducted in 2021, 78 percent of Americans said that there was either a lot or some discrimination against Muslims in our society. Muslims are no more likely to commit crimes than members of any other group, but crimes in which Muslims are suspects get outsized media coverage, research has shown.

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It is no surprise, then, that Islamophobia is perhaps the most tolerated form of religious prejudice. Right now, Senate Republicans appear to have persuaded several Senate Democrats to vote against a Muslim judicial nominee after smearing him, with no evidence at all, as an antisemite.

Many of the skits that toyed with religion on “S.N.L.” on Saturday were funny — Ozempic for Ramadan! Genius. But part of me winced through them as well, because I saw in Youssef something that other members of minority groups have had to do to “earn” their place in the safety of the mainstream: the performance of normalcy, of being nonthreatening and sweet, the requirement to prove that your community belongs in America just like everyone else’s.

I loved Youssef’s monologue, in which he bravely pleaded, “Please, free the people of Palestine. And please, free the hostages. All of the hostages.”

“I am out of ideas,” Youssef declared toward the end of his monologue. “All I have is prayers.”

To which this nonbeliever can only say: Same, Ramy. Same.

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