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Homeless Americans Can Vote, But It Isn’t Easy

Federal law doesn't require Americans to have a fixed address in order to vote, but state and local laws often pile on additional restrictions that make it hard for the homeless to cast a ballot.

More Women in Government Means Less Corruption

A new and comprehensive study finds corruption is lower in countries that have more women in elected roles.

How Supreme Court Appointments Work

When a Supreme Court justice retires, there's a lot of speculation and political maneuvering regarding the replacement. Find out how Supreme Court justices are nominated, who is qualified to serve and how a nominee is approved.

Why the Father of Modern Journalism Distrusted Democracy

In the age of endless information, are voters too distracted to make informed decisions?

Fight for Equal Rights Amendment Enters a New Era

The ERA just got a big boost from the Illinois House of Representatives. Is now finally the time?

USPS Introduces First Scratch-and-sniff Stamps

The exact summer-evoking scents of the stamps won't be revealed until the dedication party on June 20, 2018.

Why Doesn't the First Lady Get Paid?

First ladies have traditionally played significant roles at the White House. But so far that work has been sans pay.

James Comey: A Higher Loyalty or Shameful Disgrace?

Whether you agree with President Donald Trump's firing of former FBI director James Comey or not, Comey's place in history will forever be marred by the scandal. Now he's telling his side of the story.

It Can Take More Than 20 Years to Legally Immigrate to the U.S.

The complicated U.S. immigration system, with its numerous categories and caps, can require some applicants to wait decades to become permanent legal residents.

Conservative Senator Wants to Legalize Hemp

Hemp farmers have an unlikely ally in the senate these days and he wants to see the plant removed from the DEA's controlled substances list.

How American Exceptionalism Works

'American Exceptionalism' is a slippery term that has been used both positively and negatively. What does it really mean and how did it come to be embraced by both American Democrats and Republicans?

When Presidential Approval Ratings Really Matter

Every week (or every day) there seems to be new poll giving 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?

Do You Have to Be a Genius to Get an 'Einstein Visa'?

The EB-1 visa is intended for immigrants who have extraordinary abilities or achievements. So who gets them?

Dickey Amendment Blocks Research on Gun Violence, Critics Say

With so much public outcry and concern over the rash of gun violence in the U.S., why would Congress cut federal funding for research into causes and solutions?

Will the 2020 Census Count the LGBTQ Community?

Members of the U.S. LGBTQ community want to be counted in the 2020 Census. So what's the big deal, and why would the government not count sexual orientation?

Who Decides What Goes on Postage Stamps?

Anyone can submit an idea for a postage stamp, but who decides which ideas make the cut?

How Colonialism Works

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?

The 25th Amendment: The Other Constitutional Way to Remove a President

It's been invoked in the past, but never to remove a U.S. president from office.

Does President Trump Really Have a Nuclear Button?

Contrary to his tweeted threat to North Korea, President Trump doesn't actually have a nuclear button.

Senate Write-in Candidates Rarely Win, But It Has Happened

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.

Runoffs Decide Elections That Are 'Too Close to Call'

Sometimes elections are just too close to call. That's when voters have to head back to the polls for a runoff.

The Card Game That Wants to Stop the Border Wall

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.

How Does the U.S. Senate Expel a Senator?

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.

Was South Korea's Disgraced Ex-President Controlled by a Cult?

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was impeached and is on trial for corruption. Who was really pulling the strings during her administration?

How Nepotism Works

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.


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