Don't look at Obama or Republicans in Congress. The failure of the bipartisan "supercommittee" 15 months ago created the current mess.
From voter polarization to campaign ads, a political scientist calls out the mistaken notions commonly perpetuated by election commentators.
The party's stars in the states have stayed popular by showing they can govern -- unlike their counterparts on Capitol Hill.
El Paso is the safest city in the U.S., the Border Patrol is bigger than ever, and illegal crossings have reached a 40-year low -- among other surprising facts.
As opinion researchers hung up the phone and headed online last year, election forecasts grew more accurate. Has the Web-based survey finally come of age?
If you're wondering whether President Obama's ambitious second-term agenda has a chance to make it through Congress, that might be worth keeping in mind.
The battle over the budget cuts, pitting Rand Paul Republicans against John McCain Republicans, is a symptom of the disarray plaguing the party.
The president's message about helping the middle class resonated broadly with voters -- but they wonder if he can get it done.
22 Republican senators voted against reauthorizing the law Tuesday. Assuming they don't favor domestic violence, why would they take such a politically risky stand?
As America braces for an address that tends to be uneventful, here's what Washington's major constituencies would like Obama to talk about.
If this activist gets his way, there will be a Mount Reagan in Nevada, possibly as soon as next year. But it hasn't been easy.
Why are advocates so optimistic now when reform has failed so many times before? Because they have a totally new strategy.
Expanded background checks are more likely to pass, and they could have a much greater impact.
From immigration reform to the debt ceiling, there are rampant signs the Capitol isn't the gridlocked mess to which we've become accustomed.
No president has ever pulled off what Obama now hopes to do -- move Congress by mobilizing a standing grassroots army.
GOP leaders don't just want to be the party of "no" -- but they have a hard time articulating what they want to say "yes" to.
A Republican operative reveals his initiative to award presidential electors by congressional district in states across the country.
Reince Priebus presided over an electoral drubbing. The party is directionless and adrift. But nobody wants to rock the boat.
Why my dad, a former Olympic racer, sympathizes with the disgraced former champ.
News and updates from The Atlantic's politics team as President Obama and Vice President Biden are inaugurated for their second term