Ben Carson, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to be secretary of housing and urban development, at Trump Tower.
An analysis of four failed presidential cabinet nominees reveals what obstacles Trump's nominees might face during the confirmation process.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence, second from left, with House Speaker Paul Ryan, center, and other key Republicans discuss the repeal of Obamacare.
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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?
Sen. Jeff Sessions listens as then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks, October 2016.
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In 1981, many criticized Ronald Reagan's nominee to head human rights initiatives in the State Department. Here is how activists mobilized to ensure the nomination was rejected.
Donald Trump and Mike Pence on election night.
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Trump won't be the first president who's a Washington outsider. To push his agenda through congress, he'll need his establishment-friendly VP. Will Trump loosen the reins?
Senator-elect Todd Young, R-Indiana, thanks supporters after winning his race at an election night rally in Indianapolis.
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Hopes among Democrats of gaining a majority in the Senate were dashed. Here's what a narrow Republican majority might mean moving forward.
Will Hillary Clinton be the 45th President of the United States of America?
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Swinburne University political scientist Bryan Cranston makes his final US Election Day predictions.
All to play for: the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.
The US Senate is up for grabs this year – and Republicans have a serious challenge on their hands.
President Barack Obama meets with Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell at the Oval Office.
As deadlines loom large for Congress, is there any hope for avoiding gridlock? A political scientist examines one common, informal way members build relationships across the aisle.
David Duke and Donald Trump.
The former KKK grand wizard from Louisiana is hopeful Trump supporters will turn out for his bid for U.S. Senate. Political scientists who have studied his career consider his chances.
Battleground: the partisan tenor of Supreme Court reflects more a divisive Senate.
You're not imagining it: the Supreme Court has gotten more polarized politically than in years past, thanks to fewer moderates in the Senate.
‘As president, I will repeal every word of Obamacare,’ Ted Cruz proclaimed during the Feburary 25 GOP debate.
The leading GOP candidates all claim one of their top priorities will be to repeal Obamacare. An architect of the original law outlines the thorny – but plausible – path to repeal.
Who will join their ranks now – and when?
The last time a president nominated a Supreme Court justice during his last year in office was in the tumultuous year of 1968. It didn't go well.
Obama has some difficult steps to climb to appoint a justice to replace Antonin Scalia.
There are just four steps to appointing a Supreme Court justice -- but that's not to say it's going to be an easy process for Obama.
The NSA has eyes and ears around the globe.
US intelligence agencies can no longer collect and store the telecommunications data of US citizens but other countries are strengthening their efforts.
The letter’s author - freshman Senator Tom Cotton - fitting right in
This week’s open declaration of hostility by 47 Republican senators to any US agreement with Iran has generated much handwringing about the state of American domestic politics. The tone and manner of their…
Republicans in Congress sent an open letter to Iranian leaders warning them that any agreement with President Obama could be jettisoned by the next president.
Embarrassingly, the Senators' letter betrays a surprising amount of ignorance about the US constitutional system.
How well this lot can get along may depend most on the growing group of politicians hoping to sit in the president’s chair in two years.
Given the contentiousness of recent fiscal negotiations, the prelude to the budget passed by the Senate last month was surprisingly placid. Will a uniquely unproductive Congress be followed by a more conciliatory…
Harry Reid, the man behind the “nuclear option.”
Nearly a year ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled the trigger on a parliamentary maneuver many have labeled the “nuclear option.” Democrats were able to change the way Senate Rule XXII, which…
The man to watch: new Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell
No denying it, Tuesday was a big day for Republicans. They took control of the Senate, expanded their majority in the House, and added to the number of governorships they hold. The Senate outcome is rightly…
They are all Republicans but do these senators agree on US foreign policy?
The midterm elections have come and gone. After months of speculation, the results were largely predictable. The Republicans solidified their position in the House and took the Senate. A sixth year president’s…