Oct 9, 2013 4:17PM ET
During the impeachment of Bill Clinton, Republicans were pretty unpopular. After eight years of George W. Bush, same. But never in the history of Gallup polling has the party been more unpopular than it is right now.
Oct 9, 2013 3:49PM ET
The House voted unanimously Wednesday to assure payment of benefits to families of those killed in action. The vote revealed two things: Bad headlines result in action, and the only way to prevent bad headlines is to fund the whole government.
Oct 9, 2013 1:37PM ET
Michele Bachmann gave an interview on Tuesday, mostly featuring the expected rigamarole. But she also claimed she's gotten calls confused about Miley Cyrus' impression of her on SNL. Take our quiz to see how likely that is.
Oct 9, 2013 12:52PM ET
Koch Industries, umbrella corporate behemoth for the conservative Koch brothers, sent a letter to members of the Senate disavowing support for shutting down the government over Obamacare — too unpopular a move even for them.
Oct 9, 2013 11:25AM ET
Former Bears coach Mike Ditka identifies his decision not to run for Senate in Illinois in 2004 the "biggest mistake he's ever made," given that he could have ended Obama's political career, maybe.
Oct 9, 2013 10:36AM ET
A new poll suggests that approval of Congress is at the stunningly low figure of 5 percent — slightly more than earlier this year said they believed lizard people controlled the government.
Oct 9, 2013 9:48AM ET
Matching opinion pieces from Eric Cantor in The Washington Post and Paul Ryan in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday make one thing crystal clear: The reason the government has been shut down for nine days is because Republicans wanted a fight.
Oct 8, 2013 5:43PM ET
With the clock ticking down to the "chaos" that would ensue if the nation's debt limit isn't lifted, here is how House Republicans and the administration spent the day.
Oct 8, 2013 3:46PM ET
During the current budget impasse, the Republican strategy has been some version of "do X or Y gets it." Which prompts the inevitable question: How would Obama respond if he were dealing with terrorists?
Oct 8, 2013 2:05PM ET
President Obama held a press conference on Tuesday reiterating his position on the budget crisis: Get the government running, raise the debt ceiling, and then negotiate. "We're not going to pay a ransom for America paying its bills."
Oct 8, 2013 1:31PM ET
In a private meeting of the House Republican caucus on Tuesday morning, House Speaker John Boehner laid out a three part goal to resolve the dispute: build on past gains, avoid new taxes, and "put points on the board."
Oct 8, 2013 12:09PM ET
A word of advice to Republican 2014 candidates looking to hitch their wagons to Ted Cruz's star: You would be justified in treating his political assessments with skepticism.
Oct 8, 2013 10:23AM ET
After weeks of tumult over fiscal issues, we may actually be close to a minor deal on the debt ceiling, perhaps offering enough to keep the country from defaulting on its obligations. Whether or not John Boehner's fragile GOP caucus could survive that vote remains to be seen.
Oct 7, 2013 5:00PM ET
Confused about the back-and-forth between the House and Senate? Allow us to explain using the legos on our desk.
Oct 7, 2013 3:43PM ET
A Democratic plan to force a House vote to reopen the government appears to be a non-starter after two prominent Republican moderates rejected the idea. So once again, the only thing standing in the way of such a vote is John Boehner.
Oct 7, 2013 2:12PM ET
While the effects of default are (happily) still largely theoretical, we've parsed the best thinking to help you anticipate when that worst-case scenario will absorb and demolish you. Which it would.
Oct 7, 2013 11:30AM ET
Conservatives are bashing President Obama for taking down the Amber Alert system, a misunderstanding based on thinking that the Justice Department website is necessary for the alert system. Oh, and the misunderstanding that the website is down.
Oct 7, 2013 10:56AM ET
In the tightly contested Virginia gubernatorial race, Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli apparently spent the weekend alternately cajoling and avoiding Sen. Ted Cruz, architect of the shutdown.
Oct 7, 2013 9:46AM ET
There is an easy reason to assume that the shutdown and debt ceiling fights won't be resolved until the last minute, if then. The Republicans haven't acted rationally on either issue, and you can't reason with an irrational actor.
Oct 4, 2013 5:59PM ET
Yet another report on NSA activity indicates that the agency has tried to unmask users of Tor, a system for anonymizing your identity online. The good news: the agency has been unsuccessful.
Oct 4, 2013 5:07PM ET
Since the debate over the budget began, a common argument from conservatives — renewed today by the former governor of Alaska — suggests that only the House can decide what the budget should look like. Wrong.
Oct 4, 2013 12:35PM ET
We've shared the shutdown's effects on normal Americans, replete with curtailed food programs and cuts to Head Start programs. Now, a more harrowing tale: How it is affecting members of Congress.
Oct 4, 2013 12:18PM ET
Excoriating an anonymous White House official's claim of indifference to the length of the shutdown, Speaker John Boehner told reporters on Friday, "This isn't some damn game!" But his answers on how the situation ends seemed mostly like steps backward.
Oct 4, 2013 9:52AM ET
If there's anything that can jostle House Republicans to action on a funding resolution, it hasn't appeared yet. And it's not clear what it might possibly be.
Oct 4, 2013 7:00AM ET
This is Day Four of the government shutdown. Click here for the latest news.
Oct 3, 2013 6:00PM ET
Since the shutdown began, the Capitol Hill Police have been on the job without pay. In the aftermath of Thursday's shooting, Congress united to provide them a compensation even better than money: clapping.
Oct 3, 2013 3:51PM ET
In its November issue, Vanity Fair delineates the new American establishment. Did you know that the power elite is topped by Jay Z? That the head of the NSA is a "disruptor"? If so, you'll do well in this quiz.
Oct 3, 2013 1:29PM ET
An anonymous lawmaker tells The New York Times that John Boehner is quietly telling members of the House that he might bring a debt ceiling increase to a vote even without a majority of Republicans supporting the move.
Oct 3, 2013 1:25PM ET
Well, we're back to a "grand bargain" as the solution to the gigantic budget mess in Washington. These days, the prospect of an everyone-gets-what-he-wants deal is seems unlikely, because more people want a lot more things.
Oct 3, 2013 10:48AM ET
President Obama gave a speech at a Maryland construction company addressing the current budget dispute. "Stop this farce," the president demanded of House Republicans, "and end the shutdown right now."