In the wake of two public episodes of Mitch McConnell appearing to ‘freeze,’ a longtime Kentucky journalist explains how an uncharismatic Kentucky lawyer came to rule the Senate.
While there are minimum age requirements for people who want to hold political office in the US, there are no limits on when someone must retire.
When America was young, its leaders had no trouble retiring from public service and public life. That’s not universally true now.
It doesn’t make for inspiring politics, but political scientists have determined that for candidates, it’s more valuable to have an unpopular opponent than to be personally popular yourself.
The arrest of a former American president is unprecedented, but the nation’s founders anticipated the day would come.
The combination of crumbling democratic norms in the U.S. Supreme Court appointments process and an ideological court out of step with mainstream America raises questions of how it could be reformed.
An economist explains why defaulting on the national debt would result in economic crisis.
Republicans and Democrats have negotiated a draft deal that may avert a financial crisis, but why does the US have a debt ceiling in the first place?
History is full of examples of nations paying out to compensate for slavery. But the money never went to those who suffered under the system, only those who profited.
Endless filibustering has paralysed the US Senate, and with it all of Congress. Will this form of obstructionism be one of the main challenges facing Biden, as some Democrats fear?
In the end, Republicans could not convict the former president for inciting the January 6 Capitol riots without implicating themselves.
Donald Trump is now the subject of a second impeachment trial. Although Democrats were initially optimistic, it is unlikely to succeed given the position of Republicans.
Death threats against Republicans who oppose Trump are not just the result of angry people. They are, instead, an attempt to intimidate people into sticking with his movement.
Senate Republicans must now decide whether to convict the president — an unlikely outcome. But even if they do, purging Trump from the party will prove more difficult.
In his January 6 speech in Washington DC, Donald Trump urged his supporters to force their way onto Capitol Hill, is a perfect compendium of his inflammatory populist rhetoric.
Removing Trump from office in nine days is virtually impossible. Congress can impeach now and try him later, but this could distract from President-elect Joe Biden’s all-important first 100 days.
It is often said that Joe Biden’s ability to govern will depend on the outcome of Georgia’s January 5 runoff elections, which determine which party controls the senate. The reality is more nuanced.
Many former legislators offer accounts of their service – but few analyze the institutions in which they served.
Congress and the White House are trying to wrap up negotiations on a nearly $1 trillion coronavirus bailout, but Senate Republican demands for a liability shield has been a key obstacle.
An analysis of social media commentary about socialism versus capitalism shows that people are talking past each other, but some are engaging in more nuanced discussions as well.