House of Representatives

The New Immigration Strategy Has Some Activists Unhappy
March 26, 2014

Will the Democrats' new petition make Obama less likely to ease deportations on his own?

Some Republicans About to Feel Uncomfortable on Immigration—and That's the Point
March 26, 2014

Regardless of strategy, immigration reform has demographics on its side.

House of Nerds
The smartest member of Congress is retiring. Who inherits his title?
February 24, 2014

Candidates to succeed Rep. Rush Holt—the Jeopardy champ and PhD in nuclear physics—atop the House of Nerds

Who are the Poorest Politicians in Congress?
January 10, 2014

For the first time in history, over half of members of Congress are millionaires. But almost as striking as the many public servants who are raking in the big bucks is the fact that the 24 members at the bottom of the list are all deep in the red (and members 505-508 have a net worth of $0). Meet the five poorest members of Congress.

We're About to Default, and the House Is Debating Traffic Cones
October 16, 2013

On Capitol Hill, senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell are frantically working to negotiate a deal before the government shutdown becomes a government default. A few blocks away, in the Rayburn House Office Building, a small group of U.S.

Barney Frank Talks Shutdown, Calls an Old Colleague "Weird and Dissociated"
October 08, 2013

Isaac Chotiner: There are these faceless Republicans on the Hill, this Tea Party Caucus, and we see them saying crazy things in the newspaper. But who are they? I was just wondering how much interaction you had with them when you were in Congress.

Tea Party Republicans Are Putting American Lives in Danger
October 07, 2013

Imagine if the Democrats in 2007, having just regained control of the Congress, had decided to go to the mat against the Bush tax cuts. Imagine that they voted repeatedly to repeal them. They tried to delay implementation. They linked repeal to debt ceiling legislation. And while most of them knew better than to shut down the government over marginal tax rates, for a group critical to Nancy Pelosi’s majority, repeal had become a matter of religion.

Take Back the House? Democrats Aren't Even Ahead on Friendly Turf In 2014
October 07, 2013

There’s nothing Democrats can do about gerrymandering, so here’s a radical proposal: Let’s turn our attention to whether Democrats are poised to capitalize on the opportunities that do exist in the House.

Don't Give Republicans' Anti-Abortion Strategy Too Much Credit
June 19, 2013

Yesterday, that venerable institution, the U.S. House of Representatives, passed yet another Republican-backed bill that will never become law. No, it’s not their thirty-eighth attempt to repeal Obamacare, though that’s surely around the corner.

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