A controversial way that Congress spends money is returning, after being banned almost a decade ago.
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Banned in 2011, pork-barrel spending may return to Congress, where Democrats want to resurrect the practice to make passing budgets easier – and help keep their narrow majority in 2022 elections.
As the year come to an end, all the polls are giving a significant two-party preferred lead to the federal Labor Party.
The latest Fairfax-Ipsos and Essential polls give a strong lead to Labor, with some interesting – and variable - detail on the attributes voters see in the leaders of the two major parties.
Democrat Beto O'Rourke lost in Texas, but many expect to see him return in the 2020 presidential race.
The Democrats are currently about 57% to 43% favourites over the Republicans to win the presidency – if you trust the markets.
An American environmental activist at the climate summit in San Francisco, California, in September 2018.
During the November 4 US midterm elections, the candidates had to take into account the growing concern of many voters, across party lines, about climate change.
The polls are not moving in the right direction for Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
And for the first time since the 1999 republic referendum, those opposed to a republic outnumber those in favour of it.
The women elected to the 2019 congress pose for a photo.
After a year of headlines and ousted CEOs, Congress has yet to pass a single piece of legislation on sexual harassment – let alone hold a hearing. That may change as lawmakers get to work in 2019.
Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, was re-elected in West Virginia, where voters cited health care as a major concern.
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Voters listed health care as one of their biggest concerns in the midterm elections. Were their concerns addressed? The results are mixed.
Democrat Nancy Pelosi spoke in D.C. the night of the midterm elections.
As House Democrats prepare their agenda for the next two years, dealing with America's massive fiscal gap should be at the top of their list.
Sharice Davids, the first lesbian Native American Congresswoman.
Several states now have their first female senator and more than 100 women will enter the House of Representatives.
Democrats celebrate as the US mid-term results come in.
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The highly-anticipated US mid-terms produced mixed results for both major parties – Democrats won the House but Republicans strengthened their hold on the Senate.
#winning? Not exactly.
The Democrats took the House of Representatives, but uncertainty remains and Trump is still standing. All eyes are now on Robert Mueller.
House Democrats will finally have a say in economic policy.
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While a divided Congress will likely mean gridlock, there are two economic policies likely to see significant change: trade and infrastructure.
Evangelicals of color are among the fastest growing segments of the American population.
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Two of the fastest growing segments of the American population Latino and Asian-American voters - also are part of evangelical America. Their views on immigration are very different.
An early voter in Norwalk, California.
The odds favor a big year for Democrats, but the extent of their gains is still in doubt.
A Michigan township collects votes in 2016.
How do you know whether to trust a poll? Look carefully at how it was conducted – and examine your own biases.
If the economy does not perform well, Trump’s ratings are likely to suffer a large drop.
As the US president brags about his approval ratings, an analysis of the poll numbers shows the upcoming mid-terms to be very tight races.
Jon Ossoff speaks to supporters during an election-night watch party.
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Democrat Jon Ossoff will face Republican Karen Handel in a runoff on June 20.
A relieved and re-elected Sam Brownback.
The 2014 midterm elections were full of surprises, mostly bad for the Democratic Party. Many Democratic candidates were defeated in races where the polls showed them with small but consistent leads. Chief…
Counting America’s votes.
The US 2014 midterm elections have seen the Republicans make big gains. The party has secured a majority in both houses of Congress – potentially teeing up two years of gridlock and frustration for the…
Polls are open. Which campaigns’ ground games will outlast the election?
In the final Election Day push, more and more focus is being shifted to the “ground game,” or the effort campaigns make to identify and turn out voters. From Massachusetts to Alaska, New Hampshire to Colorado…