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?
The women elected to the 2019 congress pose for a photo.
After a year of headlines and ousted CEOs, Congress has yet to pass a single piece of legislation on sexual harassment – let alone hold a hearing. That may change as lawmakers get to work in 2019.
House Democrats will finally have a say in economic policy.
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While a divided Congress will likely mean gridlock, there are two economic policies likely to see significant change: trade and infrastructure.
Trump with the men who would replace him – Vice President Mike Pence on the left and House Speaker Paul Ryan on the left.
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The president won't be removed from office until Republicans in the House decide to support the idea – or the midterms hand the Democrats more seats.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Nov. 3, 2012.
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Hawaii was the last state to join the Union. It didn’t happen without a lot of political dealmaking.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, stands next to a photograph of Trump and Lavrov on May 17, 2017.
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Could Trump be removed from office? Answering that question is less about understanding the law and more about counting votes.
House Speaker Paul Ryan on Capitol Hill, March 24, 2017.
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Trump cuts bait, Ryan loses his nerve – and the Obamacare repeal goes down without a vote. What's next for Congress and the GOP?
Ever wondered how the US president is actually elected? Here is a basic guide to the electoral college system.
The inaugural week of the new parliament reinforced the point that Bill Shorten plans to do everything possible to harass Malcolm Turnbull.
As any good farmer will tell you, always shut the gate. On Thursday a number of government MPs, including several ministers, rushed away from parliament, leaving the gate wide open, and the opposition…
At the end of the first sitting week of parliament, Labor caught the government flat-footed and without a majority in the House of Representatives.
Malcolm Turnbull, Christopher Pyne and Scott Morrison look at Speaker Tony Smith after the government lost two divisions in the House of Representatives on Thursday.
Chaos reigned at Parliament House when key Liberals MPs went missing, and Labor staged an ambush.
There is a clear disparity between the support of a party, in terms of popular vote, and parliamentary seats won.
Since 1949, most of Australia's governments received less than half of all primary votes cast, with some as low as 40%.
Five crossbench members of the House of Representatives will take their seats in the 45th parliament, including Bob Katter, Andrew Wilkie, and the Nick Xenophon Team’s Rebekha Sharkie.
After a slim victory, how the Coalition works with the crossbench MPs will prove important to the success and stability of the Turnbull government.
Labor’s better-than-expected performance has left a lot of seats still too close to call.
It may be several days, or even longer, before we know the shape of our next government, but the business of government will carry on as usual.
Several seats remain undecided across the country.
How did the numbers of election 2016 fall across the country? And what seats are still in play?
Australia uses a method known as preferential voting to elect the House of Representatives.
At federal elections, voters must cast a preference for all candidates in their lower house seat. Failure to do so, or failure to give an ordinal list of preferences, renders the ballot informal.
House Republicans apparently want to keep us in the dark on where their money’s coming from.
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The House Appropriations Committee wants to stop the SEC from requiring the disclosure of political contributions. Here's why that's a bad idea.
Could a decision against the government in King v Burwell lead to a backlash against the GOP?
Supporting a decision that leaves six million people without coverage and raises premiums for others could further the image of the Republican Party as an uncaring party of the wealthy.
How well this lot can get along may depend most on the growing group of politicians hoping to sit in the president’s chair in two years.
Given the contentiousness of recent fiscal negotiations, the prelude to the budget passed by the Senate last month was surprisingly placid. Will a uniquely unproductive Congress be followed by a more conciliatory…
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback was re-elected despite a tight fight over his tax cuts and resulting deficit, which were revealed to be worse than expected just days after the election.
Republican gains in this month’s election, which handed the GOP united control of Congress for the first time since 2006, have lifted hopes that the government can pass corporate tax reform next year…