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.
The populist progressive from Brooklyn came from behind to take first place in last night's primary and may even have avoided a runoff. Now what?
The newly minted Democratic frontrunner is a populist progressive and yuppie dad whose son has an awesome Afro.
"You're going to see Democrats and Republicans lining up against this," Alan Grayson says.
Factions of Republicans and Democrats are on either side of the intervention debate -- but for very different reasons.
With both Republicans and Democrats split over the prospect, a liberal supporter of American action against the Assad regime says the current situation is neither Iraq nor Rwanda.