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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?
By Dave Roos Jan 5, 2017
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?
By Dave Roos Dec 19, 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?
By John Donovan Dec 14, 2016
The powers wielded by the U.S. president have waxed and waned over the years.
By Oisin Curran
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.
By Kate Kershner Dec 9, 2016
As Wisconsin starts retabulating its presidential ballots, we wonder whether a hand count is really more accurate.
By Dave Roos Dec 1, 2016
VPNs are a loophole for getting around internet censorship in countries like China. But how is that allowed?
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Nov 30, 2016
The law actually says 'yes', but precedent says 'no.' Here's why.
By Dave Roos Nov 29, 2016
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?
By Patrick J. Kiger Nov 28, 2016
Some folks in Cali want to break up with Uncle Sam. Is that even possible?
By John Donovan Nov 14, 2016
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?
By John Donovan Nov 9, 2016
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.
By Christopher Hassiotis Nov 7, 2016
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.
By Patrick J. Kiger Nov 3, 2016
Apparently, not just kids can be influenced by a sticker — it works for adults too.
By Dave Roos Nov 3, 2016
The world's largest social media playground is looking to make private conversations a little more secure.
By Chris Opfer Nov 1, 2016
The latest episode of our Stuff They Don't Want You to Know podcast digs into the conspiracy theories around the 2016 Democratic nominee.
By Ben Bowlin Oct 28, 2016
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.
By Christopher Hassiotis Oct 26, 2016
A new study says you may get different treatment options depending on your doctors' political beliefs? What's a patient to do?
By Dave Roos Oct 25, 2016
The latest episode of our Stuff They Don't Want You to Know podcast examines the fringe ideas around the 2016 Republican nominee.
By Christopher Hassiotis Oct 21, 2016
Ecuador's government has pulled the plug on Assange's internet access, citing concerns over implications of interference in the U.S. presidential election.
By Jonathan Strickland Oct 20, 2016
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.
By Chris Opfer Oct 3, 2016
An information scientist deconstructed the candidates' speeches and uncovered some surprising word choices and signals.
By Dave Roos Sep 28, 2016
In honor of banned books week, we're highlighting three scientific texts that have gotten booted from libraries and schools.
By Bryan Young Sep 26, 2016
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.
By Dave Roos Sep 9, 2016
The Chinese government has plans to build an underwater lab. It sounds like a cool feat, but are there ulterior political motives?
By Jonathan Strickland Sep 8, 2016
The Album Is Dead. Long Live the Album!
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