The Political Issues Channel discusses hot topics and important political issues such as conventions, scandals and theories.
Cracking the Code of the U.S. National Intelligence Agency
DACA: What Happens Now?
America's Past Presidents Had Some Really Weird Habits
Can FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund Ever Run Out of Money?
How City Councils Work
Do People Who Protest in Public Have an Expectation of Online Privacy?
The powers wielded by the U.S. president have waxed and waned over the years.
By Oisin Curran
Managing court cases through more efficient software sounds like a great idea — until a software glitch leads to some people being wrongly arrested or jailed.
By Kate Kershner Dec 9, 2016
VPNs are a loophole for getting around internet censorship in countries like China. But how is that allowed?
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Nov 30, 2016
The law actually says 'yes', but precedent says 'no.' Here's why.
By Dave Roos Nov 29, 2016
Democracy requires citizen participation. But sometimes emailing and signing petitions can feel like shouting into a black hole. What's your best strategy to be heard?
By Patrick J. Kiger Nov 28, 2016
Some folks in Cali want to break up with Uncle Sam. Is that even possible?
By John Donovan Nov 14, 2016
The election's over. Both Trump and Clinton have called for people to 'come together' and 'go forward together.' Could that happen, especially with lawmakers?
By John Donovan Nov 9, 2016
And that's not all — voters who accept giveaways, be it a free cup of coffee or a discounted price, also are violating the law.
By Christopher Hassiotis Nov 7, 2016
The latest episode of our Stuff They Don't Want You to Know podcast digs into the conspiracy theories around the 2016 Democratic nominee.
By Ben Bowlin Oct 28, 2016
Donald Trump may be the most prominent Trump, but he's not the only one. His polarizing candidacy is affecting ordinary people who share the surname.
By Christopher Hassiotis Oct 26, 2016
A new study says you may get different treatment options depending on your doctors' political beliefs? What's a patient to do?
By Dave Roos Oct 25, 2016
Ecuador's government has pulled the plug on Assange's internet access, citing concerns over implications of interference in the U.S. presidential election.
By Jonathan Strickland Oct 20, 2016
Think that a debate is intense? When tempers rise, elected officials can land more than metaphorical blows, as these examples from the past year alone show.
By Chris Opfer Oct 3, 2016
An information scientist deconstructed the candidates' speeches and uncovered some surprising word choices and signals.
By Dave Roos Sep 28, 2016
In honor of banned books week, we're highlighting three scientific texts that have gotten booted from libraries and schools.
By Bryan Young Sep 26, 2016
A low-level cabinet member becomes U.S. president when everyone else is killed during a State of the Union address. It's the plot of a new TV show — and based in reality.
By Dave Roos Sep 9, 2016
The Chinese government has plans to build an underwater lab. It sounds like a cool feat, but are there ulterior political motives?
By Jonathan Strickland Sep 8, 2016
An essential pillar of the Islamic faith is zakat, or charitable giving. But do the militant combatants who talk the pious talk actually walk the Muslim walk?
By Patrick J. Kiger Aug 30, 2016
Think you have an original idea for a Constitutional amendment? Are you sure it hasn't been brought up one of the other 11,000 times?
By Clint Pumphrey
If the millennial generation is behind some of the most innovative developments in tech and business, why not hand these young citizens the keys to the country, too?
By Chris Opfer Aug 19, 2016
What started as a hashtag has gone global. Is the group's loose, ever-evolving structure a benefit or a drawback — or both?
By Chris Opfer Aug 1, 2016
Americans tend to be more optimistic and religious than other Westerners, according to polls. So why does pessimism drive so much of their politics?
By Dave Roos Jul 25, 2016
Modern political conventions are tightly scripted affairs, though this year's GOP convention has broken with tradition. What's the strategy behind who gets to speak?
By Patrick J. Kiger Jul 21, 2016
How did the idea of "don't kill the messenger" turn into a modern international standard?
By Laurie L. Dove Jul 18, 2016
Overall gun violence in the U.S. has dropped, but our awareness of violence -- especially police violence -- is rising. Here are some key facts and factors to consider.
By Lauren Vogelbaum Jul 12, 2016
5 Fun Facts About the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
Why Galaxies Come in Different Shapes
The Delectable History of Cookbooks