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Cracking the Code of the U.S. National Intelligence Agency
DACA: What Happens Now?
America's Past Presidents Had Some Really Weird Habits
Can FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund Ever Run Out of Money?
How City Councils Work
Do We Need Gender on Government IDs?
Do People Who Protest in Public Have an Expectation of Online Privacy?
If you're a U.S. citizen with a passport, driver's license or state-issued ID, your face could wind up in a virtual lineup.
By Jonathan Strickland Apr 11, 2017
A march for science heads to D.C. in a few weeks. So what can protesters do to best sway politicians? Researchers from Belgium think they have the answer.
By John Perritano Apr 7, 2017
The National Security Council provides advice to the president on intelligence matters and coordinates activities in various government agencies. At least in theory. In reality, each U.S. president has used the council in the way that suits him.
By Patrick J. Kiger
Like most Faustian bargains, the nuclear option can come back to bite you. Here's how.
By Dave Roos Apr 5, 2017
Whether an item is labeled as "made," "assembled" or "manufactured" in a country makes a big difference.
By Shelley Danzy Apr 4, 2017
A social media study showed that most people share links without reading them first. We share some internet tricks to help you spot truth from fiction.
By Dave Roos Mar 31, 2017
The FBI keeps files on all sorts of people. You can read those files once they're dead if you submit a Freedom of Information Act request. One guy's doing just that.
By Kate Kershner Mar 27, 2017
Once enacted by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966, the Freedom of Information Act provided citizens and journalists more access to government documents and material.
By Michelle Konstantinovsky
The university's Media Lab is accepting nominations for a new prize rewarding those who set a positive example by breaking social rules for the greater good.
By Patrick J. Kiger Mar 16, 2017
Are we ready to go back to a pre-EPA USA? Take a look at a series of pics from the National Archives to see what it was like before the agency was formed.
By Sarah Gleim Mar 13, 2017
Secret Service protection for a U.S. president and his family costs a bundle and is only mandatory for the commander-in-chief. Should the others decline it?
By Dave Roos Mar 13, 2017
Scandalgate! The connotative suffix has been affixed to imbroglios aplenty. But has its overuse made us forget its original context?
By Patrick J. Kiger Mar 8, 2017
The longest mail route in America is nearly 200 miles. The shortest? Less than 1 mile.
By Dave Roos Mar 1, 2017
The words we use can suggest transactional or participatory relationships. What's your role in a country? To consume, spend and buy? Or to participate, vote and engage?
By Patrick J. Kiger Feb 24, 2017
A new report from the University of Buffalo debunks the myth that high immigrant populations are more likely to increase crime rates.
By John Perritano Feb 17, 2017
The first and only Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia in 1787. Why haven't there been others since?
By Dave Roos Feb 14, 2017
Eight Republican members of Congress are pushing legislation to remove the U.S. from the United Nations. Is that even possible? Has it ever happened before?
By Patrick J. Kiger Feb 9, 2017
After U.S. President Trump's crackdowns on immigration enforcement, federal support to these cities is on the chopping block.
By Shelley Danzy Feb 8, 2017
The USDA just wiped out thousands of online records documenting abuses at zoos, circuses, universities and research facilities, outraging animal rights activists.
By Sarah Gleim Feb 8, 2017
You may be surprised at which states are feeding the most at the government trough.
By Dave Roos Feb 2, 2017
Are there alternatives to the winner-take-all voting system? Ranked-choice voting is one, which supporters say would elect more centrist candidates. But critics worry about the downsides.
A new U.S. president is under pressure to produce in those first 100 days in office. Why is that and does it really matter?
By Dave Roos Jan 23, 2017
Born Melanija Knavs in Yugoslavia, the former model is only the second foreign-born first lady of the United States.
By Christopher Hassiotis Jan 20, 2017
The iconic American composer and conductor's "Concert for Peace" offered a direct alternative to the festivities of Richard Nixon's second swearing-in.
By Laurie L. Dove Jan 19, 2017
Donald Trump proposed stripping flag burners of citizenship. Regardless of the fact that flag-burning is legal, whether the United States can even do that is tricky.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jan 18, 2017
The Album Is Dead. Long Live the Album!
Scientists Seek Citizen Help to Map Nov. 5 King Tide Sea Levels
Organic Farms Could Help Fight Climate Change