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Many of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ policy proposals have failed. Matt Rourke/AP

Betsy DeVos has little to show after 2 years in office

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. AP/Supreme Court provided

Kavanaugh’s impact on the Supreme Court and the country may not be as profound as predicted

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.
Currently, there are 84 women in the U.S. House of Representatives. That number is about to rise to at least 100. Office of Nancy Pelosi

How many women does it take to change a broken Congress?

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.
Demonstrators with cut-outs of congressional districts in front of the Supreme Court. Reuters/Joshua Roberts

4 reasons gerrymandering is getting worse

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. Andrey_Popov/shutterstock.com

How American tax laws encourage inequality

Real tax reform is about more than cutting taxes to woo voters. It's about making the system fairer.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27. Saul Loeb/Pool Image via AP

Interruptions at Supreme Court confirmation hearings have been rising since the 1980s

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.
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.

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