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DACA: What Happens Now?
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How City Councils Work
How Colonialism Works
Do People Who Protest in Public Have an Expectation of Online Privacy?
Before World War II, a third of the world's population lived a territory controlled by a colonial power. How did this start and how did it end?
By Patrick J. Kiger
It's been invoked in the past, but never to remove a U.S. president from office.
By Michelle Konstantinovsky Jan 8, 2018
Contrary to his tweeted threat to North Korea, President Trump doesn't actually have a nuclear button.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jan 5, 2018
A handful of write-in candidates have been elected to both the U.S. House and Senate, but it's a difficult way to win office.
By Patrick J. Kiger Dec 7, 2017
Sometimes elections are just too close to call. That's when voters have to head back to the polls for a runoff.
By Michelle Konstantinovsky Nov 30, 2017
Cards Against Humanity isn't a fan of the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, and the makers of the game have a plan to stop it. Or at least delay it.
By Cherise Threewitt Nov 27, 2017
The Constitution gives the U.S. Senate the power to expel one of its members by a two-thirds vote, but it hasn't happened since the Civil War, and there isn't a well-established process for doing it.
By Patrick J. Kiger Nov 17, 2017
Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was impeached and is on trial for corruption. Who was really pulling the strings during her administration?
By Diana Brown Nov 14, 2017
Appointing family members to positions they didn't necessarily earn is often criticized. But nepotism reaches far beyond the business world, and it's not always so bad.
By Ed Grabianowski
Sorry, democracy grinches: a single voter's decision can make a difference. American citizens have cast rare, but possible, pivotal votes throughout history.
By Patrick J. Kiger Nov 7, 2017
Gerrymandering the political trick of manipulating the size and shape of electoral districts, to give one party an advantage. It's always been a problem, but technology has taken it to new heights.
Freedom of the press is one of the most overused — and increasingly, misunderstood — phrases in modern society. We explore what it really means and what happens when the freedoms disappear.
By Nathan Chandler
Two consecutive 2017 hurricanes nearly exhausted FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund before Congress replenished it. But will that always happen?
By Patrick J. Kiger Sep 12, 2017
Some countries have started allowing people to choose an 'X' on their passports to indicate an unspecified sex. Many people argue that's not enough and gender classifications don't belong on government documents at all.
By Dave Roos Sep 8, 2017
Americans tend to equate American identity with stereotypically male traits, like ambition and independence. But why? And how does it affect women?
By Kate Kershner Sep 7, 2017
Trump rescinds DACA. What's next for the 800,000 dreamers?
By Sarah Gleim Sep 5, 2017
Some say that publishing someone's personal information online for the purpose of harassment is bad, even if that person spouts hate speech. Do you agree?
By Dave Roos Aug 17, 2017
Life in North Korea isn't easy — and it's also not easy to determine what information coming out of the Kim regime is fact and what's fiction.
By Diana Brown Aug 15, 2017
Is the campaign to re-elect President Trump crossing the line with its new Facebook "News of the Week" report? Some think so.
By Dave Roos Aug 11, 2017
This time it's not honey that got Winnie the Pooh in trouble.
By Kate Kershner Jul 18, 2017
Anarchism is often thought of as a synonym for chaos and violence, but the philosophy of anarchism is far more nuanced than that.
Guess which president liked to skinny dip and which one liked petroleum jelly rubbed all over his head every morning.
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Jul 6, 2017
The U.S. National Security Agency has broad reaching powers. But are they all for good?
By Diana Brown Jun 20, 2017
The United States has impeached just two presidents, though other federal officers have had the dishonor. Find out how this constitutional mandate works in the U.S. and other countries.
By Oisin Curran
Political critics blocked on Twitter by President Donald Trump say that act infringes upon their Constitutionally protected speech.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jun 8, 2017
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