The pacification of the tea party movement had settled into conventional wisdom in the 2014 campaign season. An outsize victory by unknown David Brat over Rep. Eric Cantor, the No. 2 House Republican, upends that view.
A 'grand bargain' that cuts entitlement programs and raises revenues, thus whittling the deficit in a big way, is not a likely outcome of House-Senate budget negotiations that begin Wednesday. The best hope is for a modest deal that averts another government shutdown. Is that doable?
The tea party faction linking an end to the government shutdown to the defunding of Obamacare comes largely from recently redrawn, bullet-proof Republican districts. They don't hear what Boehner hears.
Government shutdown: Washington faces three deadlines Monday: A possible government shutdown over funding, health insurance exchanges under Obamacare kick in, and the quarterly reporting of campaign contributions. In important ways, political money is driving all of it.
The GOP wants to avoid a government shutdown on Oct. 1 by passing a temporary government funding bill that would not include any money for Mr. Obama's health-care reform law. Here is a comprehensive primer on how we got here and who's involved.
The now-delayed vote authorizing force against Syria was shaping up as a loss for President Obama and deeply divisive for party caucuses. The Russian deal may or may not work. For now, it's a reprieve.
President Obama begins meetings with lawmakers Tuesday to discuss everything from deficits to guns. He is not known for cultivating working relationships on the Hill, and at the same time, GOP congressional leadership has been locked in opposition.
Obama's inaugural address invoked the syntax and themes of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I have a dream' speech, and, on the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the president took the oath of office on Bibles used by Lincoln and King.