Confused by what happened and what it means? Enlighten yourself.
Obama is filling a number of important vacancies on federal courts - that is, if Senate Republicans let him.
Most previous standoffs were about spending and deficits. Not this time. The reasons why might surprise you.
The new EPA rules will make it very hard to build a new coal plant in the U.S. But cheap natural gas was already making that difficult anyway.
Congress is debating the budget deficit again. Here's what you need to know to follow the conversation.
The government could shut down at the end of the month. Here's why, in gory, horrible detail.
As the U.S. prepares to intervene against another Middle Eastern leader, here are the very basics of the conflict to date.
The administration is unveiling a new plan to control college costs. Here's what we know.
The NY police commissioner ignores the copious evidence that his signature crime prevention measure doesn't work at all.
Michael Bloomberg's controversial policing strategy was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge. But does it actually reduce crime?
So we belong to Jeff Bezos now. Here's what we know about the sale -- and the new ownership -- so far.
What Harry Reid means by the nuclear option.
Student loan interest rates for the subsidized Stafford program are set to double on July 1. Here's what that means, and how Congress could prevent it.
The IRS apologized for being too aggressive in prosecuting 501(c)(4)s. What the heck is a 501(c)(4)?
The Gang of Eight deal is now a bill and not just a framework. Here's how it would change the immigration code.
Obama's budget will likely adopt chained CPI for Social Security and tax increases. Back in December, we explained what that means.
Yesterday the Supreme Court debated Prop 8. Today they're debating the federal ban on gay marriage. Here are the basics.
The Supreme Court is deciding on three separate casing dealing with marriage rights for gay, lesbian, and bisexual couples. Here's what's at stake.
Our guide to Europe's tiniest crisis, now updated with the latest terrifying developments.
European policymakers are making bank customers foot much of the bill in Cyprus. What on earth is going on?