Trump with Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.
EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo
Donald Trump is far from the first president to politicise the judiciary, but the way he's going about it is uniquely dangerous.
The first food stamps program, created amid the Great Depression, lasted four years.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
SNAP and its precursors have weathered plenty of efforts to shrink the safety net. Its decades of bipartisan support make it likely to survive this one.
Texas farmer Taylor Wilcox received USDA funding to flood his fallow rice fields, creating habitat for black-necked stilts and other birds.
The Agriculture Department provides nearly $6 billion annually for land, water and wildlife conservation on farms. President Trump's 2019 budget drastically reduces funds for these programs.
Shale gas drilling site, in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.
Nicholas A. Tonelli
Natural gas is widely viewed as a clean fuel, but methane, its main component, is a powerful greenhouse gas. Two experts propose a plan for detecting and cutting methane leaks across North America.
A naturalization ceremony in Los Angeles.
AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes
As Congress takes up the issue of immigration, we turned to our global network of scholars to get their perspective on how so-called merit systems work.
The new plan is supposed to boost the construction of new roads, bridges and other public works projects.
AP Photo/Seth Perlman
The long-awaited $1.5 trillion plan fails to address some major obstacles to private investment.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
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 White House favors public-private partnerships for widening congested roads and getting other pricey projects done.
AP Photo/Charles Dharapak
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.
Some worry Mick Mulvaney is putting banks before consumers as head of the CFPB.
Mick Mulvaney has only been in charge of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for two months, but he's already made many decisions that will leave consumers worse off.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
An expert on secrecy in government explains the downsides and limits of transparency.
North Korean women’s ice hockey players.
North and South Korea explained in five questions and answers.
Kelp and sardines in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.
No new oil drilling has been approved since 1984 off the California coast, where a major spill in 1969 helped launch the environmental movement. Sixty-nine percent of Californians oppose offshore drilling today.
Customers lining up to legally buy recreational marijuana in West Hollywood, Calif.
AP Photo/Richard Vogel
The attorney general's memo portended an end to a hands-off approach to this enforcement conundrum. It could backfire.
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, right, and Mexico’s Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarrea, deliver statements to the media during the sixth round of negotiations for a new North American Free Trade Agreement in Montreal in January 2018.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Donald Trump has described NAFTA as the worst trade deal ever signed by the United States. As NAFTA talks continue, here's what Canada and Mexico can do if the unthinkable happens.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks past Ivanka Trump at the Women and Development event at the G20 summit in July 2017 in Germany.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is making a political career out of burnishing his self-image and convincing the world he's a human rights leader. Do his actions match his words?
Trump with FBI Director Christopher Wray on Dec. 15, 2017.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
The FBI has long fed Congress secret intel. Trump and Nunes' fight to release classified information may turn this dynamic on its head.
Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto.
The North American Free Trade Agreement forced Mexico into a crisis that turned into an opportunity. Could the same happen again?
A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony.
AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee
The White House and Republicans' narrative distorts the numbers and the values that underlie family migration.
It was remarkable to see Donald Trump stay on script for a full 80 minutes. It also proved what a gruelling tradition the State of the Union is.
President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.
Trump touted his administration's economic successes and laid out his immigration plan in an 80-minute speech to Congress. Our experts weigh in.