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Just 36 percent of Americans can name which parties control House, Senate

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A majority of Americans can’t name the majority party in both chambers.

How Gary Hart’s downfall didn’t really change American politics all that much

Matt Bai says the Gary Hart scandal changed American politics forever. But in retrospect, another 1987 event left a much more lasting political legacy.

How ordinary petitions helped end slavery and make women into political activists

New research shows how the fight against slavery bred a generation of politically engaged women.


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