While it might seem like a longstanding tradition, it's a relatively recent phenomenon in the U.S.
The current period of partisan division in the US isn't unique. We can learn from past President Dwight Eisenhower on how to leave bitterness behind and get back to what he called the "Middle Way."
The 2013 shutdown offers some clues as to what the impact will be now after Republicans and Democrats failed to agree to a short-term spending deal.
If they pass a deal on DACA, it's a win for both sides of the aisle and thousands of ‘Dreamers,’ but a loss for millions of undocumented immigrants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
But there's little evidence the high spending changed any minds, says a political scientist who lives in the district.
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.
As America becomes more diverse, many think it will also become more progressive. But one analysis of demographic trends points to gains for Republicans.
A 2010 law that requires the executive branch to set goals and an obscure Senate rule may be the Democrats' best chance to influence GOP plans to repeal and replace Obamacare.
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?
Here are three key areas the Democratic Party must reform if they're to fix fundamental problems revealed by the shock election result.
Hopes among Democrats of gaining a majority in the Senate were dashed. Here's what a narrow Republican majority might mean moving forward.
Trump's noxiousness aside, it remains the economy, and the Democrats' abandonment of their traditional base that explains Trump's ascent, according to American commentator Thomas Frank.