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Is it illegal not to have a name?

If you decide to go nameless, the cops won't hunt you down and throw you in the slammer. But you may have trouble functioning in society.

Spy Pictures

Spying is an important part of government intelligence gathering. This collection of pictures gives you an insight into this highly secretive task.

Why are a donkey and an elephant the symbols of the Democratic and Republican Parties?

The donkey and the elephant are widely recognized symbols of the U.S. Democratic and Republican Parties. But what do animals have to do with politics, and how do cartoons fit in?

How to Land on the Government Watch List

If you get tagged for extra security screening each time you take a flight, you may be on a government watch list. Find out how you -- innocent you -- made the list.

How Dictators Work

Hitler, Kim Jong-Il, Saddam Hussein: Dictators come hand-in-hand with violence and controversy. But what makes a dictator different from any other leader?

How Fascism Works

In fascism, the state is all that matters, and constant conquest is necessary to glorify that state. But how do you convince people to support a philosophy that denies their personal value? Is fascism really still alive today?

How can I erase my identity and start over?

Can you kiss your old life goodbye and start anew? In the movies, people do it all the time, but a real-life clean slate is a little more complicated.

What Are Superdelegates?

What role did these powerful politicians play in the Democratic nomination? And what makes a superdelegate so super anyway?

How Communism Works

Before the Red Terror or nuclear arms race, there was a philosopher named Karl Marx. How did one man's ideas lead to centuries of political and social unrest?

How the Green Party Works

The Green Party wants to break up American politics' two-party system. But will their beliefs in environmental and social responsibility ever convert U.S. voters?

How Lame Is a Lame-duck President?

Once a president reaches the end of a second term, everyone begins looking for his or her successor. How much influence do so-called lame ducks wield?

How Political Primaries Work

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

Why Is Super Tuesday So Super?

Candidates drool over it. Campaign managers turn gray from it. Super Tuesday is the second-most important Tuesday in the American election process. What is Super Tuesday? And why aren't all the states involved?

Why is the Iowa caucus so important?

Every four years, the state of Iowa becomes a political hotbed when it hosts its caucuses. Each state has its own nominating contests, so why does Iowa mean so much to the candidates and the media?

How the EPA Works

The EPA was established to protect human health and the environment. How does the agency interpret and enact environmental legislation?

How the U.S. Postal Service Works

The U.S. Postal Services delivers 213 billion pieces of mail a year. But will e-mail someday triumph over snail mail? And how do your letters get to the right place?

October 12 1999: The World Population Hits 6 Billion

The world's population hit 6 billion people on this day in October of 1999. Read about the historic day in which the world's population hit the 6 billion mark.

11 Terms Used by Spies

Maybe you're involved in a covert operation. Maybe you're just curious. Spies have developed their own language of code words in order to keep from being discovered. We don't need to know, but you should learn the 11 terms used by spies here.

17 People in Line for the Presidency

It's common knowledge that if the president of the United States dies or is removed from office, the vice president takes over. But what happens if the V.P. is unavailable?

10 Political Scandals

Politicians have given the world plenty to talk about over the years. On this list of 10 political scandals, from Watergate to the Profumo Affair, which had the most extreme consequences?

How Rehab Works

While all rehab centers and programs aim to treat addiction, not all offer the amenities of an upscale resort. Learn about rehab's beginnings in prohibition and the types of treatment available today.

How Campaign Communication Technology Works

Your presidential candidate has a MySpace page. Learn how campaign communications technology has changed the way races are run and won.

How Presidential Pardons Work

The president of the United States has the unique ability to override the justice system, and rid convicts of their record. Where does this power come from, and why do presidential pardons raise so many eyebrows?

How Passports Work

Are you up to date with your passport or e-passport? It's a must-have when you're traveling out of the country. Read up on the latest laws and watch videos on cutting-edge passport technology.

How the Patriot Act Works

Supporters claim it's been instrumental for security investigations and terrorist arrests, while critics counter that it gives the government too much power and undermines democracy. Let's take a look at what the Patriot Act is, what people say about it, and whether it's really working.

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