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A new and comprehensive study finds corruption is lower in countries that have more women in elected roles.

By Laurie L. Dove

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

By Diana Brown

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

By Dave Roos

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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.

By Diana Brown

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.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

'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?

By Dave Roos

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?

By Patrick J. Kiger

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It's been invoked in the past, but never to remove a U.S. president from office. How does it work and when — if ever — should it be used?

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

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

By Patrick J. Kiger

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.

By Cherise Threewitt

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.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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

By Diana Brown

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.

By Ed Grabianowski

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

By Patrick J. Kiger

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.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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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.

By Nathan Chandler

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.

By Dave Roos

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

By Kate Kershner

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.

By Diana Brown

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

By Dave Roos

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

By Kate Kershner

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

By Patrick J. Kiger

The United States has impeached three presidents so far, including Donald Trump, who is the only president to be impeached twice. Find out how this constitutional mandate works in the U.S. and other countries.

By Oisin Curran

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

By Patrick J. Kiger

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.

By Patrick J. Kiger