• US President Joe Biden delivers his first State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on 1 March 2022. Picture: JIM LO SCALZO/POOL/AFP

    US Democrats maintain Senate majority

    With inflation surging and Biden's popularity in the doldrums, Republicans had been expecting to ride a mighty "red wave" and capture the Senate and the House of Representatives, but the wave never got much beyond a ripple.

  • US President Joe Biden pauses while listening to a question from a reporter about the situation in Afghanistan in the East Room of the White House on 26 August 2021 in Washington, DC. At least 12 American service members were killed on Thursday by suicide bomb attacks near the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Picture: Drew Angerer/AFP

    US lawmakers often unite when war looms. Not this time

    But the threat of war in Ukraine is severely testing Congress's traditional role as a foreign policy partner to the White House as lawmakers, hobbled by bitter factionalism, struggle to speak with unity.