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A protestor shows a sign during a rally in D.C. in 2017.

Book: Americans Are No More Polarized Than Pre-Reagan

"Polarization is the grouping of opinion around two extremes. No matter how we measure public opinion, this has not happened."

The Real Reasons Why the Government Shut Down

It’s not only immigration. From health care to military spending to an inconsistent president, there are many factors contributing to the legislative impasse.

The Lincoln Memorial is shown during the 2013 shutdown.

How Trump Will Try to Minimize a Government Shutdown

The administration plans to keep national parks and public lands partially open even without congressional funding, drawing criticism from Sally Jewell, the former secretary of the interior.

House Speaker: Budget Fights Have ‘Pushed Our Military Past the Breaking Point’

Paul Ryan highlighted defense hawks’ concerns about readiness and funding as Congress tries to avert a shutdown.

Play of the Day: Some Smelly Shutdown Deal Metaphors

Nancy Pelosi compared it to the product of a productive dog walk and Jimmy Kimmel joked about something that comes out of a horse.

House Narrowly Passes Stopgap Spending Bill, But Shutdown Threat Remains

Continuing resolution to keep agencies open through Feb. 16 will face a tougher vote in the Senate.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., sought the expansion of whistleblower rights.

Intelligence Community Contractors Gain Whistleblower Protections

Advocacy groups have mixed reaction given reauthorization of surveillance authority.

Embattled Intelligence Whistleblower Ombudsman Defends Himself

Dan Meyer, on forced leave, challenges accusations under review by unusual disciplinary panel.

Trump Continues to Set Records for Agency Vacancies

Less than 40 percent of key Senate-confirmed appointments have a nominee.