Donald J. Trump took the oath of office in a swearing-in ceremony that featured prayers and pronouncements of God's favor by the largest assortment of clergy in inaugural history. It also drew protests around the nation's capital.
Politics of the United States
Faith and Justice: Donald Trump attracts readers and viewers for the American media. But under Trump, "mainstream media" has become a term of contempt.
Divided we stand: "The political polarization is so extreme and comes from such deep, entrenched places. ... It's really up to we the people to do this work."
Americans are divided on fundamental issues by political party, race, class and age, according to the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution.
Column: Is the common narrative about deep divisions within the Republican Party wrong? Maybe it's the Democrats who face the really ideological divisions.
Faith and Justice: The political atmosphere in Washington has been very toxic of late, probably more toxic than at any time since World War II.
Column: This year, more than most, the issues that seemed to be shaping the debate have come and gone like the wind.
I was preparing my latest blog post, which was to be titled, "The Democrats still have a good shot at retaining the Senate." Let me share some of the reasons I felt this was so, even though pollsters and pundits were already giving Republicans more than a 60 percent chance of taking the Senate.
Republicans need to gain six seats to retake the Senate. It really all hinges on a number of very close races across the country.
Q and A: The Franciscan Action Network formed an interfaith coalition devoted to undoing the influence of money in politics. FAN's Patrick Carolan explains why.
Column: While control of the Senate in this year's midterms is up for grabs, no one doubts that the Republicans will continue to control the House.