Senate Republicans took advantage of the absence of Democrat Henry Marsh, a civil rights hero who was attending the ceremony, to pass a huge mid-decade redistricting bill.
House Republicans have not changed their ransom demands. They've simply chosen a different hostage. For now.
While raking in campaign cash from at least eight donors, Mitch McConnell was busy launching filibusters against measures opposed by those same financial backers.
Before they were sworn in this morning, legislators got an earful as they approached the Capitol.
While government in Washington, D.C., remains divided and marked by long-term gridlock, governments in the states are much less divided.