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You may be surprised at which states are feeding the most at the government trough.
By Dave Roos Feb 2, 2017
Are there alternatives to the winner-take-all voting system? Ranked-choice voting is one, which supporters say would elect more centrist candidates. But critics worry about the downsides.
By Patrick J. Kiger
A new U.S. president is under pressure to produce in those first 100 days in office. Why is that and does it really matter?
By Dave Roos Jan 23, 2017
Born Melanija Knavs in Yugoslavia, the former model is only the second foreign-born first lady of the United States.
By Christopher Hassiotis Jan 20, 2017
The iconic American composer and conductor's "Concert for Peace" offered a direct alternative to the festivities of Richard Nixon's second swearing-in.
By Laurie L. Dove Jan 19, 2017
Donald Trump proposed stripping flag burners of citizenship. Regardless of the fact that flag-burning is legal, whether the United States can even do that is tricky.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jan 18, 2017
President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly having trouble finding celebrities to perform during his inauguration. But have stars usually been part of this event?
By Dave Roos Jan 5, 2017
1968 is remembered in the U.S. for two assassinations, civil unrest and an unconventional presidential election. What lessons are there for us in 2016?
By Dave Roos Dec 19, 2016
The intelligence community has been keeping the U.S. president up to date on world events since 1946 with the President's Daily Brief. Why would a president skip it?
By John Donovan Dec 14, 2016
The powers wielded by the U.S. president have waxed and waned over the years.
By Oisin Curran
Managing court cases through more efficient software sounds like a great idea — until a software glitch leads to some people being wrongly arrested or jailed.
By Kate Kershner Dec 9, 2016
As Wisconsin starts retabulating its presidential ballots, we wonder whether a hand count is really more accurate.
By Dave Roos Dec 1, 2016
VPNs are a loophole for getting around internet censorship in countries like China. But how is that allowed?
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Nov 30, 2016
The law actually says 'yes', but precedent says 'no.' Here's why.
By Dave Roos Nov 29, 2016
Democracy requires citizen participation. But sometimes emailing and signing petitions can feel like shouting into a black hole. What's your best strategy to be heard?
By Patrick J. Kiger Nov 28, 2016
Some folks in Cali want to break up with Uncle Sam. Is that even possible?
By John Donovan Nov 14, 2016
The election's over. Both Trump and Clinton have called for people to 'come together' and 'go forward together.' Could that happen, especially with lawmakers?
By John Donovan Nov 9, 2016
And that's not all — voters who accept giveaways, be it a free cup of coffee or a discounted price, also are violating the law.
By Christopher Hassiotis Nov 7, 2016
Voting for president on a Tuesday has been a U.S. tradition since the 1840s, but the timing makes it difficult for many people to exercise their right to vote.
By Patrick J. Kiger Nov 3, 2016
Apparently, not just kids can be influenced by a sticker — it works for adults too.
By Dave Roos Nov 3, 2016
The world's largest social media playground is looking to make private conversations a little more secure.
By Chris Opfer Nov 1, 2016
The latest episode of our Stuff They Don't Want You to Know podcast digs into the conspiracy theories around the 2016 Democratic nominee.
By Ben Bowlin Oct 28, 2016
Donald Trump may be the most prominent Trump, but he's not the only one. His polarizing candidacy is affecting ordinary people who share the surname.
By Christopher Hassiotis Oct 26, 2016
A new study says you may get different treatment options depending on your doctors' political beliefs? What's a patient to do?
By Dave Roos Oct 25, 2016
The latest episode of our Stuff They Don't Want You to Know podcast examines the fringe ideas around the 2016 Republican nominee.
By Christopher Hassiotis Oct 21, 2016
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