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How British Parliament Works
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How Do Equity and Equality Differ?
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How Does the U.S. Government Declassify Top Secret Documents?
How Does the U.S. Classify Its Most Sensitive Documents?
Why Data Encryption Remains a Really Complex Issue
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Encryption grants your data privacy, while locking out others, including law enforcement. Could encryption ever stay strong and grant law enforcement access?
By Greg Fish
Among the line of cramped toilet stalls, there's usually a larger one reserved for people with disabilities. But if no one seems to need it, is it OK to borrow it?
By Alia Hoyt
Is sending federal troops to the U.S.-Mexico border even legal? As it turns out, a U.S. law called the Posse Comitatus Act has something to say about it.
By John Donovan
Ruth Bader Ginsburg may have been tiny, but she left a huge mark on the U.S. judicial system in the 27 years she served on the Supreme Court, more than earning her nickname the "Notorious RBG."
Former U.S. presidents draw a hefty pension for life, but what about members of Congress? You might be surprised to know where your tax dollars are going to fund their retirement.
It's also known as "maternity tourism," and defined as travel to the U.S. for the purpose of having a child on American soil.
By John Donovan
In the age of endless information, are voters too distracted to make informed decisions?
By Diana Brown
The complicated U.S. immigration system, with its numerous categories and caps, can require some applicants to wait decades to become permanent legal residents.
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?
It's been invoked in the past, but never to remove a U.S. president from office. How does it work and when — if ever — should it be used?
Contrary to his tweeted threat to North Korea, President Trump doesn't actually have a nuclear button.
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.
Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was impeached and is on trial for corruption. Who was really pulling the strings during her administration?
By Diana Brown