According to this piece, Congress has recently devised a compromise government funding bill. At the same time, the institution seems to be entertaining the notion of moving on the long-discussed farm bill.
On a separate note, this article suggests that the continued integration of connected devices into our lives will overwhelm our human capacities. Ironically, the piece seems to imply that the solution to the distraction which occurs when we multiply devices beyond the necessary can be provided by handing over concentration-intensive tasks to new technologies.
And this article speculates as to how people who are vaguely spiritual but not a part of any organized religion may affect future political direction.