Many presidents have vowed to end partisanship. Few succeed.
Party leaders are likely to find congressional freshmen more independent than usual.
The election of a black president triggered at least 200 hate-related incidents, a watchdog group finds.
More women serve in state legislatures, but the United States is far behind many other countries.
Rejecting 'culture wars,' most people of faith signal desire for politics that build bridges.
The president-elect aims to use the Internet to make government more participatory.
Beyond the anger over the church's support for a gay-marriage ban in California, some seek dialogue.
Some long-time committee heads are replaced in order to advance Obama’s agenda.
The president-elect will issue many executive orders soon after taking office. Experts say he’ll reward traditional party constituencies but tread lightly when it comes to national security.
The President-elect is likely to rely on Republicans as well as Democrats to advise him and carry out policy.
The goal is continuity in international relationships with a clear break from Bush’s approach.
Its oil-driven economy is less flush, for one. The governor’s harsh rhetoric while on the national stump, too, has eroded her support at home.
He’s moving fast to build his governing team, but wants to avoid endorsing the policies of President Bush, whom he visits Monday.
Neck-and-neck US Senate race in Minnesota, down to a handful of votes, will require a recount.
The president-elect also pushes for a $25 billion bailout of the auto industry before he takes office.
His top priorities are stimulus proposals, the 'G-20' summit, and picking a Treasury chief.