A country, like a person, is what it does.
Since 2008, the Democratic Party has increasingly become the home of minorities, while the Republican Party draws its support from whites.
Judicial elections have gotten ugly. That's bad news for defendants.
The brutal interrogation program was far less defensible than its moderate critics seem to realize.
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden, a proponent of drone strikes and indefinite detention, complains that he and his colleagues were "never given the chance to mount a defense" of torture.
Earlier this year lawmakers banned the public funding of party conventions. Now they're moving to let wealthy donors subsidize events, and then some.
When a discrete case arises, some people should support the accuser, others the accused, and most people need not reach any conclusion until the facts emerge, if ever.
U.S. policy has often shifted in the wake of big reports from official bodies. Let's hope the new Senate report has that effect.
Congress's new spending bill is packed with "riders" that change policy on everything from the sage-grouse to D.C. marijuana laws.
In newly released interviews, members of Bill Clinton's administration remember his greatest strengths, toughest moments, and worst foibles.
Lawmakers received a mammoth proposal just days before the federal government runs out of money.
Congressional leaders have reached a deal to fund the government, but polls show most Americans don't understand what the U.S. budget includes.
A damning admission from a former head of the CIA and NSA
In a speech from the Senate floor, John McCain broke with his Republican colleagues to commend the Senate's CIA report, relying on his own experience in Vietnam.
Secretary of State John Kerry asked lawmakers not to constrain the president as they debated a new authorization of force against the Islamic State.
Al Smith's stand against the power of the state eventually led to new laws protecting an ancient Indian faith.
It wasn't the CIA that created the atmosphere that allowed torture to happen.
"I behaved badly," Jonathan Gruber told a House committee Tuesday, walking back his condemnation of the Affordable Care Act in an exercise in self-flagellation.
After a long political battle, the Senate has released a report on the agency's interrogation of terror suspects.