Republicans are going to get blamed for a government shutdown. Bigly.

If House Republicans can’t find a way to wrangle their always-fractious conference to support legislation that would avoid a government shutdown by Friday night, they are likely to bear the brunt of the blame for the closure and pay a serious political price as well. The “why” is simple. Because […] Read more »

The first congressional election of 2018: A test of Trump in western Pennsylvania

It snowed the night before Conor Lamb’s campaign rally, coating most of the 18th Congressional District and keeping some voters at home. But 70 loyal Democrats shoveled out and drove to the American Legion hall to meet their candidate for Congress in a district that gave Donald Trump a 19-point […] Read more »

Most Americans want Robert Mueller to complete his Russia probe

One year into the Trump administration, just 19 percent of Americans say they have “a great amount” of confidence in the presidency and 8 percent have high confidence in Congress, according to the latest poll by the PBS NewsHour, NPR and Marist. The percentage of Americans with great confidence in […] Read more »

Here’s Just How Little Confidence Americans Have In Political Institutions

Trust in the institutions that have been the pillars of U.S. politics and capitalism is crumbling. That is one finding from the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, which shows that Americans have limited confidence in its public schools, courts, organized labor and banks — and even less confidence in big business, […] Read more »

Looming Shutdown Would Further Damage Government’s Image

The looming shutdown of the federal government — because elected officials cannot agree on immigration policy — would almost certainly do further damage to Americans’ already negative view of the government. Only one in five Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, and President Donald Trump’s job approval is […] Read more »