The Cycles of Power

While complaints about gridlock in Congress are a relatively recent phenomenon, the ability of Washington to pass laws efficiently has long depended on having one party firmly in power and in sync with the President. Here are the most significant sessions of Congress since the end of World War II -- and who was in charge.

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