Among the takeaways from congressional votes to approve the bipartisan budget deal: compromise happens, except on taxes and entitlements. And Congress still works. Well, sort of.
December 17, 2013 Congress got a jolt Tuesday when three House members announced they will step down at the end of their terms, creating 2014 pickup opportunities for both parties.
December 9, 2013 But Republicans blocked a measure that would have strengthened the restrictions on the firearms that can skirt airport detectors.
December 4, 2013 Hispanics make up 17 percent of the nation's population. But they live disproportionately in districts represented by Democrats.
December 3, 2013 In terms of enacting laws, the current Congress is on course to be the least productive in modern times. Some House members think the lack of legislative activity is a positive development.
November 19, 2013 The freshman Republican faces arraignment on the misdemeanor charge in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
November 15, 2013 The 39 Democratic "yes" votes on a House bill that party leaders say would undercut the president's health care law come from districts where Obama won by an average of 6 points in the 2012 election. The 153 Democrats who voted "no" come from districts where the president won by an average of 38 points.
November 12, 2013 Science, politics and policy often make for a wicked mix, says commentator Adam Frank. Understanding each for what it really is should help put us on the path to making better decisions for our future.
November 11, 2013 House Republicans are hoping to exploit the Affordable Care Act's problems... Gov. Christie takes a Sunday news show victory lap... veterans programs face more spending cuts.
October 15, 2013 Voters always say they want to "throw the bums out," except when it comes to their own representative. But now, against the backdrop of federal government shutdown, a potential default and general Washington dysfunction, there are signs the public is ready to buck that axiom.
October 14, 2013 President Obama and Congress have until Thursday, Oct. 17, to reach a deal averting a potential credit default by the U.S. government. "We've made tremendous progress. We're not there yet," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday evening.
October 3, 2013 As a result of the government shutdown, members of Congress have been forced to take on some additional responsibilities this week — the kinds of tasks typically handled by junior staffers and interns.
October 1, 2013 Congress went down to the wire Monday night but still failed to compromise on a spending bill, resulting in a partial government shutdown.
September 27, 2013 A Senate bill to keep the federal government open for six weeks is expected to pass and move to the House, where GOP lawmakers insist they will insert deal-breaking language to defund Obamacare.