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
Proponents, including the president, are looking for a less politically charged term for firearm regulation, but none has managed to catch on.
The president holds a press conference to keep the heat on Congress, but Congress may be impervious to public opinion.
Constant crisis, a more aggressive president, maybe even a more accommodating Republican Party: What last week's agreement tells us about the road ahead
The disgraced former president, born 100 years ago Wednesday, was a perpetual comeback artist who's still not done being reinvented.
The unexpected departure puts another potentially contentious confirmation battle on the horizon.
Why What It Takes, whose author died Monday at age 62, remains a touchstone for political writers 20 years after its publication