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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.

Why the Father of Modern Journalism Distrusted Democracy

In the age of endless information, are voters too distracted to make informed decisions?

Fight for Equal Rights Amendment Enters a New Era

The ERA just got a big boost from the Illinois House of Representatives. Is now finally the time?

Why Doesn't the First Lady Get Paid?

First ladies have traditionally played significant roles at the White House. But so far that work has been sans pay.

James Comey: A Higher Loyalty or Shameful Disgrace?

Whether you agree with President Donald Trump's firing of former FBI director James Comey or not, Comey's place in history will forever be marred by the scandal. Now he's telling his side of the story.

Conservative Senator Wants to Legalize Hemp

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.

How American Exceptionalism Works

'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?

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?

Dickey Amendment Blocks Research on Gun Violence, Critics Say

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?

How Colonialism Works

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?

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.

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.


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