Pork-barrel spending – that often reviled custom otherwise known as 'earmarks' – may well help Congress pass bills on schedule. Banned since 2011, they may be making a comeback.
Student activists marching Saturday want Congress to enact comprehensive gun control. Here is a selection of stories from our archive that will help you understand the issues raised by the students.
Scholars have you covered on all sides of the 'Dreamers' issue, with solid research to boot.
Research shows they face greater obstacles to election than their male counterparts, thus work harder and represent constituents better.
Despite all their anti-tax sentiments, Republicans from Hoover to Trump have embraced this levy on sales at the pump.
Banning relationships is likely to be ineffective and may result in disengagement, secrecy and resentment by employees of the encroachment of employment policies into genuinely private matters.
The long-awaited $1.5 trillion plan fails to address some major obstacles to private investment.
Congress may have averted a shutdown, but don't get too excited, warns a Harvard budget expert. The deal isn't sustainable long term.
The $1.5 trillion plan he's proposing would do the most for ventures that don't really need the government's help and ignores some major obstacles to private investment.
Citizen activists can influence the policy positions of their elected representatives. Their activism might well counter the advantages of the wealthy in America.
Trump touted his administration's economic successes and laid out his immigration plan in an 80-minute speech to Congress. Our experts weigh in.
Today's women's movement can succeed if organizers learn from the past.
Research shows the ability to act strategically for the long term is a key component of successful leadership – and sorely lacking in Congress these days.
The party's promise to be all things to all people has hit a wall.
No one will be turned away at the emergency room because of the shutdown. But it will take the government longer to respond to public health crises.
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.
The 12 months since Donald Trump unexpectedly took office have proffered constant shocks to the system in which the occupants of the White House remind us they are not playing by the rules.
Funding for a children's health insurance program ran out at the end of last September. Despite the program's clear benefits, plans to renew it have been caught in partisan bickering.
America finds itself in uncharted territory under Donald Trump – not least when it comes to climate change and Israel policy.
We asked four of our regular economics writers to examine a key theme they expect to flare up in 2018 and why.