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A recent poll found Nancy Pelosi’s favorability at 39 percent – about on par with Trump’s. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Is Nancy Pelosi worth the trouble?

It's hard to call yourself the party of change when your leadership has been in place for 16 years, and Republicans are taking advantage of that fact.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, stands next to a photograph of Trump and Lavrov on May 17, 2017. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Impeachment: It’s political

Could Trump be removed from office? Answering that question is less about understanding the law and more about counting votes.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence, second from left, with House Speaker Paul Ryan, center, and other key Republicans discuss the repeal of Obamacare. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Winning over Congress’ key members would spell legislative victory for President Trump

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?
Incumbent Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., won reelection. AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File

Why the Democrats won’t win the House in 2018

State legislators in 18 states are intentionally drawing congressional boundaries to favor their party, according to experts who ran thousands of simulations using open-source mapping software.
Senator-elect Todd Young, R-Indiana, thanks supporters after winning his race at an election night rally in Indianapolis. AP Photo/Michael Conroy

Democrats failed to gain a Senate majority, too

Hopes among Democrats of gaining a majority in the Senate were dashed. Here's what a narrow Republican majority might mean moving forward.
President Barack Obama meets with Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell at the Oval Office. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Can Congress build bipartisanship through caucuses?

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.
The inaugural week of the new parliament reinforced the point that Bill Shorten plans to do everything possible to harass Malcolm Turnbull. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull flays colleagues after government’s humiliation

As any good farmer will tell you, always shut the gate. On Thursday a number of government MPs, including several ministers, rushed away from parliament, leaving the gate wide open, and the opposition…
Malcolm Turnbull, Christopher Pyne and Scott Morrison look at Speaker Tony Smith after the government lost two divisions in the House of Representatives on Thursday. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull government loses discipline and votes in House chaos

Chaos reigned at Parliament House when key Liberals MPs went missing, and Labor staged an ambush.

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