President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden.
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Research on the psychology of politics reveals that when issues are framed in terms of moral right and wrong, the possibility of compromise becomes very small.
One of the more visible impacts of the shutdown is garbage piling up in parks.
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The shutdown is highlighting the crucial role government plays in the lives of citizens and businesses, offering a reminder of its fundamental value to the economy.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, makes a statement, as U.S. President Donald Trump, left, looks on.
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Confidentiality is written into the code of ethics that governs the profession. Will Congress force them to break it to learn the contents of Trump’s private meetings?
President Donald Trump on the South Lawn of the White House.
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The popular opinion is that presidents win government shutdowns, but a review of polling evidence paints a different picture.
Members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., second from right, walk toward the Capitol building, Jan. 4, 2019.
Banned since 2011, pork-barrel spending may well help Congress pass bills on schedule. Now, a powerful Democratic lawmaker said she'd like to resurrect the practice to make passing budgets easier.
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Despite the #MeToo movement, women in politics still face challenges in talking openly about gender equality.
Nancy Pelosi of California, once more Speaker of the House.
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First elected in 1987, Pelosi offers decades of experience at building coalitions and she excels as a Democratic fundraiser. Still, the vote was closer than expected.
Carol Miller of West Virginia is the only newly elected Republican woman joining the 116th Congress.
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Republican women face higher barriers to reaching elected office. A GOP allergy to identity politics plays a role too.
The Kavanaugh hearings were about the only thing Congress has done with a link to #MeToo.
In the last year, workplace culture faced major upheaval for working women. We at The Conversation put together our reporting on that very topic from 2018.
The current and former presidents at the funeral for George H.W. Bush in Washington.
American military personnel must pass a fitness for duty exam before they serve. Nuclear weapons handlers undergo a rigorous screening process. Shouldn't the president also undergo such exams?
Many of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ policy proposals have failed.
Although many feared that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos would destroy public education, a review of the past two years shows that much of her policy agenda has failed.
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.
There were 84 women in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018 - and there are 106 in 2019.
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Research shows that women work more collaboratively than men in groups and create more inclusive solutions to thorny problems. More women in Washington could bridge America's yawning partisan divide.
Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at her midterm election night party in New York City, Nov. 6, 2018.
In the next Congress, white men will make up 60 percent of the House and 71 percent of the Senate – a historic low.
Lots of money is spent on campaigns. But is that a problem?
Congressional midterm election spending will likely hit a record $5 billion. But the spending masks the main problem with US campaign financing: who gives the money and what they may get in return.
Demonstrators with cut-outs of congressional districts in front of the Supreme Court.
One of the main reasons polarization in the US is on the rise – the way congressional seats are drawn to favor parties – isn't going away anytime soon.
People of color, women and the LGBTQ community are just some of the groups who often get slighted with tax reforms.
Real tax reform is about more than cutting taxes to woo voters. It's about making the system fairer.
How well will artificial intelligence balance the human concept of fairness?
Artificial intelligence poses opportunities as well as dangers; understanding them – and regulating carefully – will help avoid harm to individuals and society as a whole.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27.
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One striking feature of Brett Kavanaugh's testimony was the number of times he interrupted. Data shows that hearing interruptions are becoming more common, particularly when the nominee is female.
A giant of the US political scene, John McCain had friends and enemies on all sides.