GOP President Ronald Reagan and Democratic House Speaker Tip O'Neill at the April, 1983 signing of bipartisan social security legislation.
Most Congresses since the 1970s have passed more than 500 laws, ranging from nuclear disarmament to deficit reduction. Will today's bitter partisanship hamstring the new Congress' productivity?
What will a divided Congress do over the next two years?
The new Congress is divided into a GOP Senate and Democratic House. History provides a glimpse of what this could mean: Democrats hold the power to investigate, if not to legislate.
President George H.W. Bush in 1990.
Though his education initiative staggered while he was in office, the late former President George H.W. Bush had an influence that continues to shape education policy, an education historian says.
Unlike every president who followed him, George H.W. Bush had a background in foreign policy. In 1972, Bush was serving as U.S. ambassador to the U.N.
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The first President Bush had some impressive foreign policies wins, but could he be best remembered for getting the US entangled in Iraq?
Know the drill.
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With Congress so deadlocked in recent years, skills training is a rare example of the two parties actually working together.
Supreme Court justices stood with Brett Kavanaugh, his wife Ashley, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump on the day of Kavanaugh’s investiture.
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With Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, many predict that the court will move to the right on issues from abortion to gun rights. But Supreme Court rulings are often not the last word on a matter.
For decades, native-born American Jews changed their names to improve their job prospects.
The demographics of name change petitioners today – and the reasons that they give – tell a complicated story of race, class and culture.
Images of Donald Trump from the midterm campaign.
Illustration by Bob Britten
Here's a riddle: What's the dominant image of the 2018 election campaign? There isn't one. But there are many.
Since the arrival of Barack Obama on the political scene, non-Americans have taken a much greater and more sophisticated interest in US politics.
Andrew Gillum with wife R. Jai Gillum addresses supporters after winning the Democrat primary for governor.
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The mayor of Tallahassee underspent three rivals to win the state's Democratic primary. But what awaits in the general election?
A United Nations staff member pays tribute to Kofi Annan during a ceremony at the European headquarters of the UN in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Kofi Annan and John McCain's positive eulogies could be because both men seized moments of human dignity and decency.
In what became one of the defining moments of his unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign, Republican candidate John McCain takes back the microphone from Gayle Quinnell, who said Barack Obama “was an Arab.” The moment occurred during a town hall meeting on Oct. 10, 2008, in Lakeville, Minn.
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John McCain did something during the 2008 U.S. presidential election that would seem very out of place today: he made himself vulnerable by speaking up about the character of opponent Barack Obama.
The U.S. won’t be able to walk all over Putin with unilateral sanctions.
American policymakers and lawmakers are floating unilateral sanctions against Russia, Iran and even Turkey in an effort to change behavior. But research shows sanctions only work in narrow circumstances.
Protestors near the U.S. Supreme Court building, on the 2nd anniversary of the Citizens United decision
Retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is the author of one of the most controversial and scorned rulings in modern Court history: Citizens United. Is that condemnation undeserved?
Barack Obama delivering the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg.
Barack Obama was asked to give the Mandela Lecture because he represents what the global liberation struggle icon stood for. He struck the right chord.
Former US president Barack Obama delivers a speech in Kenya ahead of his visit to South Africa.
Barack Obama is delivering the Nelson Mandela lecture in a changing world dominated by the often outrageous utterances of his successor, US President Donald Trump.
Former US president Barack Obama is due to deliver the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg.
Drawing on Mandela's legacy, Obama can help the world better understand the nature of threats to democracy.
CFPB interim director Mick Mulvaney has brought the bureau to a near-standstill.
The president recently nominated a new permanent director to take over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. With the CFPB doing a fraction of the work it did under Obama, what kind of agency will she lead?
Sens. Bob Corker and Bob Menendez look on during the second round of questioning of Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo.
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Senate confirmation for many of President Trump's nominees has been tough. In this speed read, The Conversation asks: What is Senate confirmation, and why do we do it?
Oprah’s ‘Time’s up!’ speech at the Golden Globes got people talking about her candidacy in 2020.
Getting to the White House would mean overcoming issues of race and gender.