From the defeat of a bipartisan energy bill to an endangered judicial nominee, Republican obstruction in the Senate hasn't stopped since Harry Reid invoked the "nuclear option."
There are strong ideas on the table that transcend ideology and would strengthen the nation. Yet they're going nowhere.
Even if the Republican is sincere in his outreach to the poor, his spending plan would hurt the neediest Americans by cutting the programs on which they rely.
Obama isn't stalled out because he can't lead like Johnson, Reagan, or Clinton—it's because the nature of the opposition party has changed.
The Supreme Court's ruling on campaign finance means that all but the most blatant corruption is likely to escape the law's scrutiny.
PED use in baseball merited a Congressional hearing. A similar investigation should be probing into educational institutions' use of athletics and athletes for profit.
The ranks of civil servants face miserable brain drain if Congress persists with pay freezes, benefit cuts, and badmouthing dedicated employees.
A winning midterm would encourage the GOP's worst impulses toward obstruction, hearten the 2016 presidential field, and bottle up Obama nominees.
When Republican Dave Camp released his plan, observers on the left and right praised it. Then reality set in.
The president needs Putin as his ally to accomplish his most ambitious second-term goals.
The tax agency wants to clarify rules that govern political committees operating as "social-welfare" groups. Dark money's backers aren't taking it sitting down.
Why can't Congress get anything done? Just look at the list of recent retirees and resigned representatives.
Few legislators have had as great an influence as the Michigan Democrat—and few ever will.
What happens when knee-jerk conservative pundits deem a plan "liberal" without thinking it through first? No one benefits.
A 1990s plan to create nest eggs using federal grants and tax credits was never enacted, but with a few small tweaks, it's an even better idea today.
Few legislators have had as great an impact on American society as the retiring Californian.
Unemployment remains a more pressing national catastrophe than the debt and deficit—and there's a better chance that Democrats and Republicans can agree on the solutions.
Imagining the best- and worst-case scenarios for the rest of the president's term
Despite some misguided choices, it's good news that Congress was able to compromise. But don't expect the spending deal to end dysfunction in Washington.
The rocky rollouts of the two laws were strikingly similar. The big difference this time around is an opposition party with its mind set on sabotage.