Nearly one of every four people in the US is unaffiliated, which has prompted speculation that this would increase support for liberal policies. A scholar provides some lessons from history.
We asked four of our regular economics writers to examine a key theme they expect to flare up in 2018 and why.
Giving could decline by $21 billion or more per year.
Republicans were able to push through a tax plan and a flurry of judicial nominees after the Senate curtailed use of the filibuster. It's time to go all the way.
As the GOP prepares to slash spending to pay for tax cuts, lawmakers have been bringing up claims about the poor that don't stand up to scrutiny.
Doug Jones has won a tough battle to represent Alabama in the US Senate; meanwhile, the crucial byelection in Bennelong is neck-and-neck, with huge implications for the government if it loses.
American voters would not give more money to the wealthy.
While much has been written about why the GOP's tax plan would exacerbate income inequality, there are two reasons it's even worse than you think.
The tax bill that just cleared the Senate contains sweeping changes to nearly every facet of American life.
Universities play a vital role in promoting economic growth, something the writers of the Republican tax plan have apparently forgotten.
Far from dispelling the notion among Americans that the system is 'rigged' against them, Republican tax plans are more likely to make matters worse.
Colleges and universities boast US$547 billion in endowment assets, yet only a handful of elite schools would be taxed under the proposal.
Republicans rewriting the tax system have a rare opportunity to fix a major problem: most women-owned companies can't take advantage of key provisions designed to help small businesses like theirs.
Europeans are, on average, more likely than Americans to say they fear climate change. What explains the gap?
It turns out a unified government isn't enough to get bills passed.
Research shows that married women tend not to relate as much to other women. This makes a big difference when a woman is on the ballot.
But there's little evidence the high spending changed any minds, says a political scientist who lives in the district.
Like president George W. Bush before him, Donald Trump made the announcement from the White House Rose Garden, showing that Republican governments have failed to learn past lessons.
The White House is deciding whether or not to stay in the Paris climate agreement. But a large majority of Americans – including Trump voters – want the U.S. to participate and lead.
Democrat Jon Ossoff will face Republican Karen Handel in a runoff on June 20.