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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.

6 Times a Single Vote Really Did Change an Election

Sorry, democracy grinches: a single voter's decision can make a difference. American citizens have cast rare, but possible, pivotal votes throughout history.

How Gerrymandering Works

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.

How Freedom of the Press Works

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.

Can FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund Ever Run Out of Money?

Two consecutive 2017 hurricanes nearly exhausted FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund before Congress replenished it. But will that always happen?

Do We Need Gender on Government IDs?

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.

Masculinity Is Considered 'More American' Than Femininity, Study Suggests

Americans tend to equate American identity with stereotypically male traits, like ambition and independence. But why? And how does it affect women?

DACA: What Happens Now?

Trump rescinds DACA. What's next for the 800,000 dreamers?

Do People Who Protest in Public Have an Expectation of Online Privacy?

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?

North Korea: Deciphering Fact from Fiction

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.

When One American's 'News' Is Another's 'Propaganda'

Is the campaign to re-elect President Trump crossing the line with its new Facebook "News of the Week" report? Some think so.

Willy, Nilly, Silly Old Bear Banned in China

This time it's not honey that got Winnie the Pooh in trouble.

How Anarchism Works

Anarchism is often thought of as a synonym for chaos and violence, but the philosophy of anarchism is far more nuanced than that.

America's Past Presidents Had Some Really Weird Habits

Guess which president liked to skinny dip and which one liked petroleum jelly rubbed all over his head every morning.

Cracking the Code of the U.S. National Intelligence Agency

The U.S. National Security Agency has broad reaching powers. But are they all for good?

How Impeachment Works

The United States has impeached just two presidents so far, though other federal officers have had the dishonor. Find out how this constitutional mandate works in the U.S. and other countries.

Does a President Blocking Someone on Twitter Violate First Amendment Rights?

Political critics blocked on Twitter by President Donald Trump say that act infringes upon their Constitutionally protected speech.

Experts Say Trump's Proposed CDC Budget Cuts Threaten Public Health

The Trump administration has proposed cutting nearly one-fifth of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding. Health professionals, and even Republicans in Congress, are cautioning against the cuts.

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