Politics

Turn the Cameras Off

America needs less C-SPAN, not more.

Our Tudor Parliament

The government has grown corrupt because it suffers from a phobia of independent powers.

The House Speaker Battle’s Dramatic Conclusion

After 15 ballots and multiple rumored concessions, Kevin McCarthy wins the speakership.

A New Version of an Old Fight

It’s hope and freedom versus anger and power, again.

McCarthy Gets the Gavel in Dramatic Fashion

After more than a dozen votes and days of negotiations, Kevin McCarthy becomes speaker of the House of Representatives.

The Leeroy Jenkins Caucus

It only takes a few people to barge in and blow up everything.

Stirewaltisms: Four Lessons From the Ziggy Stardust Caucus

Practical takeaways from an impractical performance.

Could Kevin McCarthy Give Away Too Much?

Concessions to the House Freedom Caucus runs the risk of alienating more moderate allies.

‘Is This a Game Show?’

Fun and prizes with the anti-McCarthy bloc.

The Speakership Stalemate Continues

Kevin McCarthy’s team made concessions to their Republican opponents Wednesday night, but will it be enough to earn him the speaker’s gavel?

Comedy and Tragedy

The mixed emotions of Kevin McCarthy’s humiliation.

What Democracy Looks Like

The messy vote for the speakership shows how the sausage gets made.

The House Speaker Soap Opera Grinds On

Three votes in, GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy doesn't have the votes—nor does anybody else.

Kevin McCarthy in Leadership Limbo

After three rounds of votes, House Republicans ended Tuesday in a stalemate over who should be the next speaker.

A Weak Speaker Is a Good Step Toward a Stronger Congress

The chamber has operated on a top-down approach for too long.