The close balance of power between Democrats and Republicans means that compromise is even harder to come by.
Is there political gridlock in Congress, or are we holding it to the wrong standards of legislative output?
The GOP and outside conservative groups: Six feet under in love?
What the emerging budget deal means (and doesn't mean) for Congress. The jury is still out on whether the bipartisan accord portends less gridlock.
Why did the Democrats go nuclear and with what consequence for the future of the filibuster?
Simulated models of past Congresses show that if the filibuster had never existed, some -- but not much -- more legislation might have been passed.
Senate Democrats argue that some filibusters are acceptable while others are beyond the pale. Can they have it both ways?
And there's a nifty interactive district-by-district map.
Will former judge Ronnie White-- recently nominated to the federal bench for a third time-- manage to escape the new wars of advice and consent? Probably not.
Glenn Kessler discounts cloture motions as a proxy for measuring obstruction in the Senate. I disagree.