Ron Elving

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Week in politics: U.S. reaches debt ceiling; a fruitless Supreme Court investigation

Saturday, January 21, 2023

The U.S. reaches its $31.4 trillion debt ceiling, setting the stage for a game of chicken between President Biden and House Republicans. And a fruitless Supreme Court investigation.


Why we have a debt ceiling, and why this trip to the brink may be different

Saturday, January 21, 2023

We have been here before. But this time the House's new Republican majority is largely driven by a faction that says it will hold the debt limit vote as a hostage to win policy changes.


Week in politics: Classified documents put Biden in a tricky political situation

Saturday, January 14, 2023

The discovery of classified documents at President Biden's home and former office puts him in a tricky political situation. Also, what's ahead for Congressman George Santos and the nation's economy.


The history of a contentious U.S. Congress

Monday, January 09, 2023

Newly elected House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's 15 rounds of voting were the most a speaker has endured since the 1850s. What does the politically fraught ascent mean for McCarthy?


McCarthy's struggles point to troubles ahead for his office, his party and Congress

Sunday, January 08, 2023

The memory of the speakership fights leading up to the Civil War remind us that the consequences of dysfunction in the national government affect us all.


Week in politics: What Kevin McCarthy's election means for the next two years

Saturday, January 07, 2023

It took five days and 15 tries, but Kevin McCarthy was finally elected speaker of the House. What it means for the Republican Party and the next two years.


The House last struggled to elect a speaker 100 years ago. Here's what happened

Thursday, January 05, 2023

Both Kevin McCarthy and the nominee for speaker a century ago represented a party establishment regarded with hostility by a potent faction of the party. They became the embodiment of its grievances.


Departing Senate budget chiefs leave a legacy of bipartisanship in a fraught era

Monday, January 02, 2023

The standing ovation was for Sens. Leahy and Shelby and for their work. But in a sense it was also celebrating an idea – one more often praised than practiced – the idea of Congress itself.


Week in politics: 2022 delivers another highly charged political year

Saturday, December 31, 2022

This year saw President Biden's first State of the Union address, revelations from the House committee investigating Jan. 6, former President Trump's campaign announcement and much more.


Week in politics: Democrats win Georgia; Kyrsten Sinema defects to become an Independent

Saturday, December 10, 2022

A win for Democrats in Georgia followed by a defection from the party, as Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema announces that she's now an Independent.


Would-be Speaker McCarthy can learn from predecessors' struggles for the big gavel

Sunday, December 04, 2022

Rep. McCarthy is still likely to win the House Speaker role on January 3rd. However, managing the majority and achieving its legislative and political goals in another matter.


Week in politics: Support for same-sex marriage in the Senate; more trouble for Trump

Saturday, December 03, 2022

A change in the Democrat's presidential nominating calendar is under consideration, significant support in the Senate for same-sex marriage, and more trouble for former President Trump.


Biden, turning 80, faces an age-old question: How old is too old to be president?

Sunday, November 20, 2022

President Biden is celebrating his 80th birthday on Sunday. The oldest president to serve, he's contemplating whether to make good on his intention to run for a second term.


Week in politics: Pelosi steps down; Trump announces 2024 presidential run

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to step down from party leadership will usher in a new generation of Democrats in the House. Also, Donald Trump's announcement to run for president again.


2 new Ted Kennedy biographies are not just for Boomers but for voters of all ages

Friday, November 18, 2022

Two books about the late senator are out. John Farrell's book is called, Ted Kennedy: A Life. Neal Gabler's book is titled, Against the Wind: Edward Kennedy and the Rise of Conservatism, 1976-2009.


The midterms didn't produce a wave. Here's what that's meant historically

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Historically, first midterms are cold showers for the occupant of the White House.


Week in politics: After poor midterm showing, is Trump's influence waning?

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Republicans endorsed by former President Trump fared poorly in this week's midterm elections, a sign that his influence may be waning or becoming counterproductive.


Past is prologue in two new books that explore the Trump era

Sunday, November 06, 2022

The two books, written by veteran journalists, depict a political landscape that few Americans could have foreseen less than a decade ago and offer a hint at the future.


Week in politics: Concern over issues, tribalism drives people to the polls

Saturday, November 05, 2022

Election Day is Tuesday. Many people are already voting and both issues and tribalism are driving their votes.


Week in politics: Speaker Pelosi's husband attacked; midterm analysis; support for Ukraine

Saturday, October 29, 2022

We look at the attack on Speaker Pelosi's husband, the tenor of the midterm elections as well as the waning appetite among Republicans for continued support of Ukraine.