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How the U.S. Department of Justice Works

The Department of Justice claims to be the world's biggest law office, but it does everything from operating prisons to conducting counterespionage operations.

How Do Originalists Interpret the U.S. Constitution?

Judge Amy Coney Barrett says her judicial philosophy is originalism, following in the footsteps of her mentor, Justice Antonin Scalia. What does that even mean?

Why Is Populism So Popular Again?

Populism is a political philosophy that divides society by splitting it into two opposing factions: the people and the elite. So who benefits from that?

Test Your Knowledge of U.S. Presidential Elections With This Quiz!

Cast your ballot to these questions to find out how much you know about the history of U.S. presidential elections.

5 Students Talk Voting for POTUS for the Very First Time

Young voters in the U.S. have a historically low turnout, which means the democracy fails to represent the youth generation. But we talked to five college students voting for POTUS this year who are determined to make a change.

How Presidential Debates Work

This American institution began with Abraham Lincoln following Stephen Douglas on the campaign trail. Today, the presidential debate is one of the most anticipated markers of candidates' campaigns.

How the Swing States Work

Candidates in U.S. elections spend an enormous amount of their time on swing states. But what exactly are these states and why are they so important?

How New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Became a Political Superstar

She was the youngest New Zealand leader elected in over 150 years and has won plaudits for her handling of the coronavirus epidemic. We get the backstory on Jacinda Ardern and her many achievements.

What Happens if a Presidential Candidate Dies?

It's happened before, and it'll likely happen again. The tricky part, though, is when it happens.

Is Voice of America's Mission of Objectivity In Danger?

Voice of America, the U.S. government-controlled media network, has long had a reputation for being a source of unbiased news in contrast to the government-controlled media in countries it reaches. But will that continue?

What Are the Three Branches of U.S. Government and How Do They Work Together?

America's founders devised a structure in which the three branches of government would co-exist in a system of checks and balances designed to prevent each branch from gaining too much power. But does it still work?

Can the President Cut Federal Funding to Schools for Not Reopening?

President Trump is threatening to pull funding from public schools that don't open due to coronavirus. Can he even do that?

Vote By Mail: What You Need to Know for the 2020 Presidential Election

The U.S. presidential election is just around the corner and the country is in the throws of a global health crisis. Is voting by mail the way to stay safe this election cycle?

What Exactly Is Antifa and How Does It Work?

Antifa is a loosely organized movement that doesn't have leaders or advocate government policies. Instead, the movement's goal is to oppose fascism wherever it appears around the world.

When Presidential Approval Ratings Really Matter

Every week there's a poll with new numbers on how many Americans approve of the president's job performance. But what do these numbers really tell us and when should we take them seriously?

Can the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election Be Postponed?

The date the U.S. president must vacate office is written into the Constitution, election or not. Filling the seat without an election, though, is extremely complicated.

Is the U.S. Prepared to Handle Natural Disasters During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Natural disasters may not pair well with the COVID-19 pandemic. For America to brace the impact, it needs to prepare now.

The Defense Production Act Was Designed for Emergencies Like Coronavirus

President Harry Truman signed it into law in 1950 and it's been invoked many times ever since. Should President Donald Trump be using it more to help health care workers?

The Waffle House Index Is at Code Red; That's Not Good

What is the Waffle House Index anyway, and does the Federal Emergency Management Agency really use it to gauge local disasters?

Can the Feds Close State Borders to Stop COVID-19?

Some legal experts say that the U.S. government lacks the authority to close state borders or quarantine entire cities to stop the coronavirus from spreading. Others aren't so sure.

What Are Superdelegates?

Why does the Democratic Party have superdelegates who don't have to respect primary results when they cast votes? Is that undemocractic or a hedge against nominating a poor candidate?

Why Is Super Tuesday So Super?

Super Tuesday is the day early in a U.S. presidential primary season when a large number of states hold primaries. It's also the first day when a huge number of delegates are up for grabs.

How Political Primaries Work

Political primaries let voters choose which candidate they want to represent their political party as president. But not everyone is happy with the process. What are the problems, and can they be fixed?

Test Your Knowledge of Presidential Campaign Slogans

Does the campaign slogan really make or break a candidate? Some of the most successful presidential campaign slogans have had little to do with any actual issues. Take our quiz on victorious presidential campaign slogans to find what worked.

How the White House Press Briefing Went From Daily to Done

White House press briefings, which date back to the McKinley administration, could be the most important means of communication between the White House and the American people. Are they a thing of the past?

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