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What are "midnight regulations," and how do they affect the next presidency?

Think of midnight regulations as a flurry of presidential Hail Mary passes. How many regulations can an outgoing president pass before he leaves office? How many of these last-minute regulations will become law?


How the Freedom of Information Act Works

 How the Freedom of Information Act Works

The Freedom of Information Act gives citizens access to government materials, but not every document is made public. Learn more at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Executive Powers Work

 How Executive Powers Work

The powers wielded by the U.S. president have waxed and waned over the years. Learn about executive powers in this article at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Weirdest Failed Constitutional Amendments

 10 Weirdest Failed Constitutional Amendments

Some strange proposals have been made for Constitutional amendments. Learn about the 10 weirdest failed Constitutional amendments at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Questions in the U.S. Health Care Cost Debate

 10 Questions in the U.S. Health Care Cost Debate

Why does health care cost so much? And, why isn't the population any healthier? Learn the biggest U.S. health care cost debates at HowStuffWorks. See more »

What does 'bread and circuses' mean?

 What does 'bread and circuses' mean?

What does 'bread and circuses' mean? Learn the meaning behind the phrase at HowStuffWorks.com. See more »

How Think Tanks Work

 How Think Tanks Work

Think tanks reign as the place where scholars, policy makers and other folks work to find solutions to public problems. Learn more about think tanks. See more »

10 Rights the First Amendment Absolutely Does Not Grant

 10 Rights the First Amendment Absolutely Does Not Grant

Here are 10 rights the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution does not grant, contrary to popular belief, from HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Medicaid Works

 How Medicaid Works

How does Medicaid differ from Medicare, and how is the program funded? Find out how Medicaid works and who benefits from it. See more »

10 Far-out Charismatic Leaders (and the Trouble They Caused)

 10 Far-out Charismatic Leaders (and the Trouble They Caused)

Charismatic leaders have emerged and changed the world throughout history. Learn about 10 far-out charismatic leaders and the trouble they caused. See more »

What exactly is a right-to-work state?

 What exactly is a right-to-work state?

What exactly is a right-to-work state? Find out about the controversial laws that constitute a right-to-work state. See more »