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.
If reform legislation dies in Congress, advocates plan to pressure the president to act on his own -- and get political revenge on the GOP House.
Conservative activists across the country are more obsessed than ever with removing the president from office. What do they think he's done to deserve it?
The mayor of Newark is a rising Democratic star with progressive positions on most issues. So why are so many on the left so critical?
The activists pushing the latest Tea Party cause can't explain how their effort to stop health-care reform could ever possibly succeed. Will they shut down the government?
Opponents of a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants had a plan to apply grassroots pressure on congressional Republicans in their home districts. Why did it fizzle?