Normally low-profile state legislative races and less prominent gubernatorial contests suddenly hold the potential to become national flash points in the polarizing debate, while state legislative activity will become more significant in shaping abortion laws.

Shutdown threat, defense bill snags and potential debt limit drama — as well as the rising likelihood of divided government — all point to an excruciating new reality on Capitol Hill.

White House plan includes booster shots and stricter travel rules, but experts say testing measures must go further.

Tucker Carlson and the right’s embrace of Alex Jones-style politics

Carlson claimed Jones was a real journalist and was often more reputable than mainstream journalists. And he's not the only influential figure on the right saying that, as the conservative movement veers increasingly in a post-truth direction.

Mark Meadows tries to clean up his disclosure of Trump’s positive coronavirus test — poorly

Meadows now says it was a false positive and this is blown out of proportion. About that...

The best races of 2022 might be for governor

The focus will be on the House and Senate. The governor's races might be shaping up to be even more intriguing.

Senators of both parties have long been reluctant to consider adding more justices or limiting their tenure. But this week’s abortion argument, added to liberals’ anger about recent confirmations, is prompting some to rethink.

A bold change in the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence on abortion could reinforce a growing perception among Americans that the justices’ decisions are political.

A federal judge called the legal fees to be paid to Detroit and the state of Michigan appropriate to deter “misconduct”

The probe is the latest repercussion from the report issued by New York Attorney General Letitia James’s office in August.

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Why abortion bans will be on the ballot next year, a Republican dilemma in Massachusetts, and the Chinese phrase that's taken the right by storm.

Congress avoided a shutdown in the fall, but another one is looming.

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You're not helping, DCCC.

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Once again, partisanship plays a role.

They said there must be "consequences when Members of Congress demonize an entire religion and promote hate from their positions of public trust.”

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The General Social Survey shows where the partisan divides fall.

The women allege that the website and its owners knowingly published false stories about them that instigated a relentless campaign of harassment and threats.

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Three justices — those nominated by President Donald Trump — were appointed by a president who lost the popular vote and confirmed by senators representing a minority of the country and who earned fewer votes than confirmation opponents.

Follow the president-elect’s progress filling nearly 800 positions, among the 1,200 that require Senate confirmation, in this tracker from The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service.

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Trump's former chief of staff tried to diminish a group that Trump's base often views positively.

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