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Members of Congress debated a government spending bill into the early morning on March 20. AP/J. Scott Applewhite

A return to earmarks could grease the wheels in Congress

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.
A Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student speaks during a rally with Thurgood Marshall Academy students in advance of Saturday’s March for Our Lives event in Washington REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Gun control and March for Our Lives: 4 essential reads

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.
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.
Pres. Dwight Eisenhower, right, looking at a map in 1955 of highways to be built with federal funds that retired Gen. Lucius Clay, left, had outlined. AP Photo/Byron Rollins

Why Trump may usher in the biggest gas tax hike ever

Despite all their anti-tax sentiments, Republicans from Hoover to Trump have embraced this levy on sales at the pump.
The White House favors public-private partnerships for widening congested roads and getting other pricey projects done. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

Why Trump’s infrastructure ambitions are likely to stall

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.
President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

3 key quotes from Trump’s first State of the Union, explained

Trump touted his administration's economic successes and laid out his immigration plan in an 80-minute speech to Congress. Our experts weigh in.
After a year in office, Donald Trump has done many things, but has not made America great again. Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Trump’s first year in office: bizarre and sometimes alarming

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 the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has run out. stockcreations/shutterstock.com

Time to stop using 9 million children as a bargaining CHIP

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.

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