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How do we monitor and investigate terrorist communications without sacrificing the public's privacy and freedom? That's a million-dollar question.

Sometimes, the leader of the free world just has to "pop off."

After a terrorist attack occurs, talk immediately turns to radicalization. What if we're focusing on the wrong thing?

And if you try to change them too much, you might even witness the "backfire effect."

The 54 percent voter turnout may not be as bad as it seems.

Study shows U.S. voters prefer the candidate with the deeper voice. What does that mean for female candidates?

This week the U.S. Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. If you have an Internet connection and U.S. citizenship, you should know what it's about.

A controversial recent study argues that the order of Google search results could determine an election's outcome. Could that really happen?

How the smartphone became a crucial part of migrant travel.

You’ll need way more than a stamp to put a postcard in the mail in these inaccessible, underwater and just plain odd mailboxes.

Ever felt a pang of guilt on, say, Election Day when you skip the voting booth to go to dinner and a movie? The concept of being pacified by food and entertainment -- and forgoing civic duty -- goes back to Roman times.

While the FDA originated amid the Civil War, it took a 20th century novel about the horrors of meatpacking to convince the government to officially regulate what goes into our bodies. How does the FDA keep us safer these days?

We may be living in the age of the Internet, but simple shortwave radio transmitters still play a part in the espionage game. The huge benefit: There's no trail.

Thousands of think tanks dot the globe, and if you think they don't affect you, you're wrong. The scholars at these high-brow thought factories have a much bigger agenda than merely sitting around looking contemplative.

Thanks to the First Amendment, people in the U.S. can say whatever they want, wherever they want without fear of prosecution. Er ... not quite.

It's the U.S.'s primary public health insurance program, but who pays for it and who qualifies for coverage? Get the scoop on the ins and outs of Medicaid's rules and benefits.

Having trouble with your homework? Looking to meet a nice guy? Need some cigarettes? Who you gonna call? 911? Believe it or not, all of these are actual 911 calls. And they aren't the worst examples of emergency number misuse.

Before humanity got a handle on the idea of potentially being recorded at any moment, some public figures learned that lesson the hard way. Here are 10 recordings that were damning to the parties involved.

Shrouded in mystery. Exposed by a fresh-faced cubicle dweller. An introduction to the National Security Agency, its mission and activities, and the domestic spying programs uncovered in the Edward Snowden leak.

Throughout history, charismatic leaders have emerged and changed the world -- for better or for worse.

Right-to-work legislation lately has received a ton of attention in the U.S. Why are people so divided on these controversial laws?

The image of a firefighter sliding down a pole to his truck and gear as alarms scream in the background is nothing short of iconic. But is it really necessary? Does sliding down a pole save time?

Being in the celebrity spotlight can be grueling, but being in the political spotlight is arguably even tougher. It’s one thing when a starlet acts foolishly or loses her decorum, but it’s something else entirely when you’re an official who’s supposed to be leading a nation. Which of these missteps was worst?

Confusing wording in legislative documents often leads to misinterpretation of the draft's intent. Is that the case with the Affordable Care Act?

"The 51st state" is a phrase that refers to areas or countries that might become an additional U.S. state. Candidates include Puerto Rico, Guam and Washington D.C. How likely is this -- and how did the U.S. get the 50 it already has?