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The Political Issues Channel discusses hot topics and important political issues such as conventions, scandals and theories.

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Test Your Knowledge of Presidential Campaign Slogans

Does the campaign slogan really make or break a candidate? Some of the most successful presidential campaign slogans have had little to do with any actual issues. Take our quiz on victorious presidential campaign slogans to find what worked.

How the White House Press Briefing Went From Daily to Done

White House press briefings, which date back to the McKinley administration, could be the most important means of communication between the White House and the American people. Are they a thing of the past?

Why Countries Use Economic Sanctions to Prevent Conflict

Economic sanctions are one way of pressuring another nation to comply without resorting to war. But the penalties often target the population and not the government. So do they work?

Fight for Equal Rights Amendment Enters a New Era

The ERA just got a big boost from the state of Virginia. Is now finally the time that the ERA will become the 28th Amendment?

Why Libertarians Have a Love-hate Relationship With the 10th Amendment

The 10th Amendment says any power not delegated to the U.S. by the Constitution is reserved to the states. But the Constitution is never that simple ... and that's why Libertarians are so at odds with it.

7 Key Questions in the U.S. Slavery Reparations Debate

The question of whether to pay reparations for slavery in the U.S. has been going on since slavery ended but picked up steam this year with a House hearing on the issue. We look at some key issues in the debate.

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?

How Executive Orders Work

Executive orders are directives handed down from the president without input from the legislative or judiciary branches of government. Presidents often use them when Congress won't approve a favored regulation. But should they?

Can You Ignore a Subpoena?

Ignoring a subpoena can land you in jail. So why would anybody do it?

What Is an Oligarchy and Has the U.S. Become One?

Opinions differ about whether the U.S. has become an oligarchy, a society in which a wealthy elite has most of the power.

What Is a Constitutional Crisis?

We've been hearing the words constitutional crisis tossed around a lot lately. But what is one, really?

What's Next for the Green New Deal?

The U.S. Senate voted to quash the non-binding resolution without ever talking about it. But that doesn't mean it's dead in the water.

Bridging the Chasm: Emory Class Delves Into America's Right-wing History

Emory historian and author Joseph Crespino's course aims to examine the history of right-wing ideology in the U.S. while at the same time teaching his students objectivity and empathy.

Is a Border Wall Really Grounds for a National Emergency?

President Trump has threatened to use emergency powers to build a border wall without Congressional approval.

Quiz: Can a U.S. President Do That?

If you follow politics long enough, there'll be headlines that make you wonder if a U.S. president can really do that thing you just read about. Take our quiz to learn what's within a president's rights.

The Ripple Effect of the U.S. Government Shutdown

When the federal government shuts down, U.S. government employees aren't the only ones affected. There's a pronounced chain of events that happen the longer the fed is closed.

5 Things to Expect if the Government Shuts Down

Congress is at odds over the federal budget, and a deadline is looming. If they can't agree, the government could shut down. We'll tell you what to expect if it does.

Is It OK for Nondisabled People to Use the Big Bathroom Stall?

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?

Uncle Sam: The Man, the Myth, the Legend

He wants YOU, but who the heck was he?

Posse Comitatus: The 140-Year-Old Law That Affects U.S. Troops at the Border

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.

Quiz: What Do You Know About U.S. Midterm Elections?

Halfway through every presidential term, the United States holds its midterm elections. The results can reshape the country's political map. Test your knowledge of midterms with this quiz.

What Does It Really Mean to be a 'Nationalist'?

President Donald Trump proudly declared he is a 'nationalist,' much to the chagrin of many Americans. Still others support his comment. So what exactly does it mean?

How Midterm Elections Work

Midterm elections in the U.S. don't get the public excited the way presidential elections do. But there's a lot at stake, actually, during these contests. Why do midterms exist, anyway?

What Does 'Treason' Actually Mean?

Though treason is the only crime mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, few know what the word actually means and fewer still have ever been indicted for it.

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.

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