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.
Unresolved partisan tensions mean getting a bill through both chambers will remain the exception, not the rule, in the year.
How the farm bill went from a beacon of bipartisanship to a stalled-out symptom of ideological ineptitude
If an adult working a full-time job can't eat, find a place to live, and clothe herself, then the United States is breaking its social contract.
Republicans warn that changing filibuster rules will just poison the atmosphere in the body even more—but it's hard to imagine what that would look like.
Want to reduce the culture of entitlement? Fine. But blindly cutting essential aid without additional job training makes no sense.
Conservative pundits and policymakers keep tilting at the law, and they keep using the same nonsensical arguments.
GOP senators blocked Obama nominees Mel Watt and Patricia Millett for the flimsiest of reasons.