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Speaker Ryan is leaving the House. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

What does the Speaker of the House do?

Paul Ryan, the Republican speaker of the House, just announced his retirement, and the race to replace him started before his announcement. What is the speaker's role? How has it changed over history?
Deedra Abboud is running for the U.S. Senate in Arizona. AP Photo/Matt York

Why you should vote for a woman in 2018

Research shows they face greater obstacles to election than their male counterparts, thus work harder and represent constituents better.
Attendees chat during Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network conference in 2014. Jack Plunkett/AP Images for Dell

How the US tax code bypasses women entrepreneurs

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.
Mitch McConnell has a majority in the Senate – but his mission to push President Trump’s legislative agenda has been far from easy. Reuters/Carlos Barria

Mitch McConnell, the president’s man in the Senate

Why would McConnell push a vote to repeal Obamacare when he knows it won't pass? It's not as crazy as it sounds.
A recent poll found Nancy Pelosi’s favorability at 39 percent – about on par with Trump’s. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Is Nancy Pelosi worth the trouble?

It's hard to call yourself the party of change when your leadership has been in place for 16 years, and Republicans are taking advantage of that fact.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence, second from left, with House Speaker Paul Ryan, center, and other key Republicans discuss the repeal of Obamacare. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Winning over Congress’ key members would spell legislative victory for President Trump

An analysis of more than 30 years of congressional voting reveals that a few key members of Congress determine whether a president will achieve their agenda. Who are they, and can Trump win them over?
Incumbent Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., won reelection. AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File

Why the Democrats won’t win the House in 2018

State legislators in 18 states are intentionally drawing congressional boundaries to favor their party, according to experts who ran thousands of simulations using open-source mapping software.
Senator-elect Todd Young, R-Indiana, thanks supporters after winning his race at an election night rally in Indianapolis. AP Photo/Michael Conroy

Democrats failed to gain a Senate majority, too

Hopes among Democrats of gaining a majority in the Senate were dashed. Here's what a narrow Republican majority might mean moving forward.
President Barack Obama meets with Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell at the Oval Office. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Can Congress build bipartisanship through caucuses?

As deadlines loom large for Congress, is there any hope for avoiding gridlock? A political scientist examines one common, informal way members build relationships across the aisle.

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