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President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly having trouble finding celebrities to perform during his inauguration. But have stars usually been part of this event?

1968 is remembered in the U.S. for two assassinations, civil unrest and an unconventional presidential election. What lessons are there for us in 2016?

The intelligence community has been keeping the U.S. president up to date on world events since 1946 with the President's Daily Brief. Why would a president skip it?

The powers wielded by the U.S. president have waxed and waned over the years.

Managing court cases through more efficient software sounds like a great idea — until a software glitch leads to some people being wrongly arrested or jailed.

As Wisconsin starts retabulating its presidential ballots, we wonder whether a hand count is really more accurate.

VPNs are a loophole for getting around internet censorship in countries like China. But how is that allowed?

The law actually says 'yes', but precedent says 'no.' Here's why.

Democracy requires citizen participation. But sometimes emailing and signing petitions can feel like shouting into a black hole. What's your best strategy to be heard?

Some folks in Cali want to break up with Uncle Sam. Is that even possible?

The election's over. Both Trump and Clinton have called for people to 'come together' and 'go forward together.' Could that happen, especially with lawmakers?

And that's not all — voters who accept giveaways, be it a free cup of coffee or a discounted price, also are violating the law.

Voting for president on a Tuesday has been a U.S. tradition since the 1840s, but the timing makes it difficult for many people to exercise their right to vote.

Apparently, not just kids can be influenced by a sticker — it works for adults too.

The world's largest social media playground is looking to make private conversations a little more secure.

The latest episode of our Stuff They Don't Want You to Know podcast digs into the conspiracy theories around the 2016 Democratic nominee.

Donald Trump may be the most prominent Trump, but he's not the only one. His polarizing candidacy is affecting ordinary people who share the surname.

A new study says you may get different treatment options depending on your doctors' political beliefs? What's a patient to do?

The latest episode of our Stuff They Don't Want You to Know podcast examines the fringe ideas around the 2016 Republican nominee.

Ecuador's government has pulled the plug on Assange's internet access, citing concerns over implications of interference in the U.S. presidential election.

Think that a debate is intense? When tempers rise, elected officials can land more than metaphorical blows, as these examples from the past year alone show.

An information scientist deconstructed the candidates' speeches and uncovered some surprising word choices and signals.

In honor of banned books week, we're highlighting three scientific texts that have gotten booted from libraries and schools.

A low-level cabinet member becomes U.S. president when everyone else is killed during a State of the Union address. It's the plot of a new TV show — and based in reality.

The Chinese government has plans to build an underwater lab. It sounds like a cool feat, but are there ulterior political motives?