With Republicans now eager to prove to the world that they can get legislation passed and onto President Obama’s desk, 'institutionalist' may be on a rebound.
The benefits of allowing the Keystone XL project to go forward far outweigh the costs that opponents have continued to cite over the years. The White House threatens to veto the bill.
Vice President Joe Biden had a bravura performance on Tuesday administering the oath of office to new and newly reelected members of the US Senate. Some critics have raised eyebrows.
The Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill Saturday, avoiding a government shutdown. Both liberals and conservatives dislike the bill, but that could be its charm.