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Ben Carson, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to be secretary of housing and urban development, at Trump Tower. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Four key times presidential nominees failed to gain Senate confirmation

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. 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?
What’s missing for elections using technology are careful transparency and scrutiny measures to help mitigate risks and build trust. Reuters/Charles Mostoller

Lessons in trust from America’s experience with electronic voting

Elections worldwide are becoming increasingly dependent on technology. But, typically, the electronic systems adopted suffer from weak transparency and scrutiny even when the outcome is challenged.
Sen. Jeff Sessions listens as then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks, October 2016. AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File

An activist’s playbook: How to influence Trump’s cabinet and policies

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.
A Senate motion directs George Brandis and Mathias Cormann to appear before the legal and constitutional affairs references committee. Lukas Coch/AAP

New inquiry into conduct of George Brandis

George Brandis faces the second inquiry within months into his conduct.
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Brandis scraps direction to Solicitor-General

Attorney-General George Brandis has pre-empted his opponents in the Senate by rescinding his controversial direction that all requests to the Solicitor-General for advice must go through him.
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.
Senator Rod Culleton has said he will now vote on legislation in the upper house. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Hanson backs sending her senator to the High Court

Pauline Hanson has backed the referral of her Western Australian senator Rod Culleton to the High Court to determine his eligibility to sit in parliament, declaring it a matter of integrity.
Rod Culleton said in a statement that the Solicitor-General’s opinion had concluded he was “not duly elected as a senator”. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Second crossbencher to be referred to the High Court

Further uncertainty has been thrown over the Senate crossbench, with the government now moving to have the High Court determine whether One Nation's Rod Culleton was ineligible for election.

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