As expected, he won a New Jersey special election Wednesday night, but the path ahead is far from clear for Washington's newest political celebrity.
After two weeks of closed government and a debt-limit freakout, a deal is on the horizon—and the GOP has little to show for the crisis caused by its demands.
Shutdown polling looks apocalyptic for the Republican Party, but at the Values Voters Summit, activists weren't ready to back down.
The billionaire conservatives join the ranks of business interests trying to rein in the populist right, but they're no longer in a position to dictate to the movement.
A study suggests lawmakers are less likely to make false statements when they know fact-checkers are monitoring them.
GOP voters value standing on principle far more than Democrats and independents do.
The government is shut down, America is angry, and the endgame is unclear, but activists have shown their organizing prowess by getting Congress this far.
Executives in Democratic states have almost all embraced the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion -- and seen their political fortunes improve.
Last-minute machinations in Congress failed to avert a shutdown, but they illustrated the deep divisions that are making Speaker John Boehner's life hell.
The White House and Democrats say it's up to a divided GOP to sort out the government-funding mess. And no one wants to be the one to pick up the phone.
Optimistic commentators think closure could keep the country from breaching the debt ceiling. But there's no reason a few stubborn House members can't provoke both.
Politics isn't a zero-sum game: Views of the president are at near-all-time lows thanks to Syria and the economy.
How the Heritage Foundation went from the intellectual backbone of the conservative movement to the GOP's bane—and how it's hurting the party's hopes for a turnaround
Why the senator's last stand against Obamacare just doesn't make sense
A new report tries to stifle Democrats' confidence that demographics guarantee the party's electoral success. But it's not totally persuasive.
Conservatives now argue that the political consequences of stopping funding have been overstated. Survivors of the last major closure beg to differ.
Progressives and unions say a primary in Connecticut last week shows momentum is turning against the corporate-backed charter-school movement.
Why the recall of two Colorado legislators is a major setback for gun-safety advocates nationally
The speaker is out of ideas for dealing with his restive right wing.
The Tea Party fixation matters: It's already complicating the latest fiscal showdown in Congress. Once again, John Boehner is in a bind.