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Congress



  • Why Can’t Republicans Elect Women?

    The Republican Party has not matched the gains made by Democrats in seating women in Congress since the "Year of the Woman" in 1992. 



  • A Troublemaker With a Gavel

    by Karen Tumulty

    Perhaps, before too long, the troublemaker with a gavel will finally get her wish—to no longer hear herself introduced as the most powerful woman in American history.



  • Democracy: How 1860 Connects to 2020

    by Daniel W. Crofts

    In the years before the Civil War, just as today, minority rule was the norm. White Southerners dominated the Democratic Party, and the Democratic Party dominated the federal government.



  • 100 years ago, Congress threw out results of the census

    by Walter Reynolds Farley

    Census 2020 is far from the first census to set off bitter political fights. One hundred years ago, results from Census 1920 initiated a decadelong struggle about how to allocate a state’s seats in Congress. 


  • Pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act

    by Martin Halpern

    If unions and their allies win passage of this legislation, they may begin to shift the country away from the glaring inequality that is at the core of the country’s discontent. 


  • The Power of the 2017 Congressional Recess

    by Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin

    Leaders got involved because the country had fallen into the hands of a vile, dangerous bully. They were not going to put up with harassment in their own communities.



  • How Congress Passed an Assault Weapons Ban in 1994

    With Congress prepared to again clash over gun safety, in the aftermath of a murderous August, the circuitous route to passage taken by the assault weapons ban 25 years ago illustrates just how perfectly the legislative stars must align for contentious gun measures to become law.