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US-China Relations and the Nuclear Option in the Senate to Confirm Neil Gorsuch

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Mitch Jeserich speaks with Steven S. Smith, professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis about the change in senatorial rules that has allowed Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Snags slow Trump's White House debut

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US President Donald Trump speaks during the Friends of Ireland Luncheon for the visit of Taoiseach of Ireland Enda Kenny at the US Capitol March 16, 2017

Poll finds most and least popular parts of ACA

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As House Republicans labor to define a new plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, often called “Obamacare,” public support for the 2010 legislation is at an all-time high, according to a national survey taken in January.

The Consumer Confidence Gap Between Democrats and Republicans Has Never Been Wider

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When it comes to confidence in the U.S. economy, the partisan divide is the widest ever on record. Democrats are expecting an outright recession, whereas Republicans are expecting the exact opposite–and getting ready to let the boom times roll.

Why the Fight Over Neil Gorsuch Could End the Senate as We Know It

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Senate Republicans have begun hinting that they’ll use the “nuclear option,” a maneuver to change Senate rules by brute force, to stop the Democratic minority from blocking the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

6 questions answered about "the nuclear option," the filibuster, and Supreme Court nominations

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Now that President Donald Trump has tapped Neil Gorsuch to fill an open seat on the Supreme Court, the Senate is once again careening toward a showdown over “the nuclear option,” an obscure but important rule that governs how the chamber conducts its business.

Senate Republicans breaking committee rules opens gate for partisan overrides

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As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump skipped a debate, refused to release his tax returns, hesitated to divest from his businesses and otherwise demonstrated little regard for the supposed rules of national politics.

My advice, Mr. President? Just keep tweeting

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The reality filter distorts viewpoints in both directions. “Democrats tend to rate the national economy more favorably than Republicans when a Democrat is in the White House and Republicans tend to rate the national economy more favourably than Democrats when a Republican is in the White House,” according to Jonathan Rapkin, Patrick Tucker and Steven Smith of Washington University.

The American Congress

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By professor Steven S. Smith, the 9th edition of this respected textbook provides a fresh perspective and a crisp introduction to congressional politics.

Principles and Practice of American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings

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New published book edited by professor Steven Smith.

The Senate Syndrome: The Evolution of Procedural Warfare in the Modern U.S. Senate

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By professor Steven S. Smith, this book tells us it would be a mistake that the U.S. Senate might easily be deemed unworthy of attention, if not downright irrelevant with its rock-bottom approval ratings, acrimonious partisan battles, and apparent inability to do its legislative business.