04In this week’s edition of the Observador Newsletter – Until the White House, journalist João de Almeida Dias analyzes the sometimes tumultuous relationship between the President of the United States and the Senate.

A President coming to power and having a majority in Congress is not very common. And above all, it is short-lived. Barack Obama lived that for much of his presidency, seeing his efforts to pass legislation blocked by the Republican majority in the Senate, led by Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader.

Donald Trump, with the Senate in his favor, managed to prevent the confirmation of his impeachment, but the short majority and opposition from John McCain – who 83% of the time voted aligned with republicans – denied him one of his main election promises, the complete repeal of Obamacare, the health care reform of Barack Obama’s administration.

Read the Observadors’ journalist analysishere, along with an interview with Portuguese-American neuropsychologist Margaret Lança, who analyzes the impact of the pandemic and the political polarozation on the mental health of Americans.

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