Though the former U.S. House Speaker was known for his amiability, his political career was decidedly checkered.
The budget deficit will grow, taxpayers won't get answers, and the rich will get off easier.
Since 2008, the Democratic Party has increasingly become the home of minorities, while the Republican Party draws its support from whites.
If the Supreme Court decides to stop letting voters take control of the redistricting process away from partisan legislators, polarization can only get worse.
The Republican candidate planned a series of orders far more sweeping that Obama's immigration push to thwart Obamacare. Where were the critics of presidential overreach then?
Between now and the end of the year, Congress could take major steps to fund the government and approve nominees—or it could shut down the government.
Unlike the overly cynical House of Cards, Garry Trudeau's political satire treats its characters as fully formed human beings, flawed but ultimately sympathetic.
Plunging oil prices will affect the U.S.'s global relationships in complicated ways.
Why haven't Joni Ernst's flirtation with Agenda 21 or Tom Cotton's ideas about ISIS gotten more attention?
The GOP has a good chance to win control on Tuesday. Whether they can control themselves is another question.
There's a small but real chance a bloc of unaffiliated senators could form after the midterms and help moderate the chamber.
Don't believe the Citizens United pollyannas. Watching money flooding into elections for judges' seat shows how dangerous unregulated campaigns can be.
It'd be great if lawmakers had better personal relationships, but the biggest problems in politics are systemic.
Why does the league have nonprofit status? Why is it exempt from antitrust laws? It's hard to justify any of it.
Checks and balances are an essential part of the American system—but so too is respect for Congress in interpreting laws.
Pushing back on abuses by a small but powerful faction of the criminal-justice system requires a bipartisan coalition.
From ISIS to inversions, immigration to infrastructure, a host of pressing needs face legislators. Of course, that doesn't mean they'll take any action.
Failure to fix the nation's transportation-funding system would be the latest economic wound inflicted on the country by the feckless 113th Congress.
Just how far out is the Republican fringe?
The news about the health-care law is all positive these days—but a few bad breaks in conservative courts could change all that.