A hard-fought presidential election, sea changes on gay rights and marijuana, and intractable disputes over the budget are standout stories in a busy year.
How activists rewrote the political playbook, reversed decades of defeat, and finally won over voters.
Liberals are fired up about Obama's second term and Elizabeth Warren's election. They're about to be disappointed.
Much as they decried the Supreme Court's campaign-finance decision, progressive groups may have exploited it most in this year's election.
As Republicans regroup from electoral disaster, some -- including a rising star in the Senate -- insist conservatism was not to blame.
Americans want a deal that reduces the deficit, raises taxes on the wealthy, and doesn't cut entitlement benefits. But most of all, they want compromise.
Beyond Democrats' incremental gains in numbers, a new crop of sympathetic faces in the House and Senate has given liberals reason to cheer.
The GOP establishment has long wanted to pass comprehensive immigration reform but been cowed by its activist base. Tuesday's election gave them an opening.
The president stakes out a tough position to open negotiations on the looming set of fiscal deadlines facing Congress.
The victories went beyond four gay-marriage ballot initiatives and represent what one advocate calls "a breathtaking leap forward."
How Republicans regroup after Tuesday's losses will shape American politics in the coming months and years. Here's how one sees the party's future.
From landmark victories for marijuana and same-sex marriage to picking up seats in the Senate, the left gained much more than the presidency Tuesday.
After a year and a half of campaigning by Obama and Romney, it all gets decided Tuesday -- or at least that's what we hope.
How organized labor has helped the president build his Rust Belt firewall -- and what they hope to gain if he's reelected
Voters in America's most significant swing state are ready for the presidential race to be over -- but the candidates won't leave them alone.
With both parties spinning early-vote totals, here's the bottom line: Republicans are significantly improving on 2008 in several big early-voting states.
Voter ID measures have mostly been blocked. But there are plenty of other hijinks that have liberals on edge for Election Day.
The 2009 rescue of the auto industry is broadly popular in Ohio -- and Republicans never came up with a coherent argument against it.
In a state where things don't seem to be getting better, the president has not been able to assuage voters' anger and disappointment.
Despite the hype, the Republican's address was devoid of new policy ideas -- but that may not have been the point.