It's good news overall for the Democrats, but the thorny issue of intra-party conflict remains a pressing concern.
The Democrats' cack-handed photoshopping of a socialist poster tells us all we need to know about this putatively "progressive" party.
It will take some time for the Democrats to compile a list of scapegoats, but for the interim Christopher Beam points his finger at those most likely to cop a fair whack of the blame for the party's poor midterm results - including Nancy Pelosi, Chris Van Hollen and, of course, Barack Obama.
We're in desperate need of women in senior lawmaker positions, writes Alexandra Starr. The over 100 countries with gender-based affirmative action are just proving that quotas aren't changing who's in charge.
Forbes' annual list of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World was released on Wednesday. What are the secrets of their success? asks Elly Keating.
Guy Rundle observations from the land of the free.
The Speaker of the House had said that she wasn't briefed by CIA on waterboarding being used on Guantanamo detainees, then claimed she'd been "misinformed". Gingrich calls for her to resign.