Political Issues

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


Hemp farmers have an unlikely ally in the senate these days and he wants to see the plant removed from the DEA's controlled substances list.

'American Exceptionalism' is a slippery term that has been used both positively and negatively. What does it really mean and how did it come to be embraced by both American Democrats and Republicans?

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?

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?

Before World War II, a third of the world's population lived a territory controlled by a colonial power. How did this start and how did it end?

It's been invoked in the past, but never to remove a U.S. president from office.

Contrary to his tweeted threat to North Korea, President Trump doesn't actually have a nuclear button.

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.

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.

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was impeached and is on trial for corruption. Who was really pulling the strings during her administration?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

President Trump and Congressional Republicans have claimed that protesters who've shown up in force are being paid by their political opponents. Is there any evidence that's true?

Investigations have been a part of the U.S. Congress since 1790. Who decides on an investigation and how effective are they?