3Qs: What can we expect in the new congressional session?

The latest leg­isla­tive ses­sion is only hours old, but already wrought with con­tro­versy. Nicholas Beauchamp, an expert in U.S. pol­i­tics, says this is only the begin­ning, and advises onlookers to keep an eye out for ten­sion, dis­cord, and the deploy­ment of uncon­ven­tional polit­ical tac­tics over the coming year.

3Qs: A perilous deal for the president

Ear­lier this week, Pres­i­dent Obama signed a bill passed by Con­gress that would raise the debt ceiling and avoid default. The com­bative nego­ti­a­tions that pre­ceded the deal, how­ever, high­lighted the deep polit­ical divide in Wash­ington. We asked Robert Gilbert, the Edward W. Brooke Pro­fessor in Northeastern’s Depart­ment of Polit­ical Sci­ence, to examine the polit­ical cli­mate in light of this deal, and what it means for the 2012 elections.