September 5, 2013 When it comes to military action against Syria, members of Congress are divided by factions rather than party lines. That means the president still has a long way to go to assemble enough votes for a majority.
August 31, 2013 Many congressional leaders had pushed for the White House to seek authorization before going ahead with a strike against the Damascus regime.
August 31, 2013 Iraq and Afghanistan War vets have strong misgivings about the idea of military strikes in Syria, especially in the absence of congressional authorization.
August 7, 2013 For employees on Capitol Hill, the new health law left some ambiguity as to who will be required to switch from federal worker insurance to health exchanges. For those who will have to switch, it's unclear what sort of employer contributions they can expect into the future.
August 2, 2013 The idea of compromise has vanished from Congress. And there were no signs Friday that anything will be different when it returns in September from its five-week break.
June 10, 2013 Controversies over the National Security Agency's phone records and Internet snooping, and self-proclaimed leaker Edward Snowden, present some in Congress with a dilemma.
March 22, 2013 There's disagreement in Washington, D.C., this week on whether the USPS has the freedom to end Saturday mail delivery in August, as planned. The passage of a bill funding the federal government through September re-ignited the debate.
March 21, 2013 A government shutdown has been averted, with the house passing a spending bill that keeps things open through the end of September.
March 12, 2013 Americans expect a lot from the president — any president. Modern presidents are believed to control the economy, when the reality is that they have fewer tools even to control Congress or public opinion.
January 30, 2013 In the wake of the Hubble Space Telescope and the discovery of the Higgs boson, should we continue to pursue big science projects, in spite of their costs? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says it's a no brainer.
January 22, 2013 While President Obama raised big issues in his inaugural address — climate change, gay rights, immigration, the shooting of schoolchildren — Congress eased back into session Tuesday with other priorities, fighting many of the battles left over from last year.
December 17, 2012 It used to be commonplace for leaders of the two parties to find common ground. But Democrats and Republicans stopped working together partly as a result of one of their greatest collaborations.
December 11, 2012 What would you want in a national Pledge For Science? How would you balance out the need to keep politicians from waffling on scientific issues as diverse as evolution, climate change and vaccines while separating out issues of research from issues of policy?
November 21, 2012 The end of the congressman's career continues a dubious streak, one that residents of Illinois' 2nd District would no doubt gladly see a future lawmaker break.