Political Issues

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

The powers wielded by the U.S. president have waxed and waned over the years.

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.

VPNs are a loophole for getting around internet censorship in countries like China. But how is that allowed?

The law actually says 'yes', but precedent says 'no.' Here's why.

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?

Some folks in Cali want to break up with Uncle Sam. Is that even possible?

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?

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.

The latest episode of our Stuff They Don't Want You to Know podcast digs into the conspiracy theories around the 2016 Democratic nominee.

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.

A new study says you may get different treatment options depending on your doctors' political beliefs? What's a patient to do?

Ecuador's government has pulled the plug on Assange's internet access, citing concerns over implications of interference in the U.S. presidential election.

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.

An information scientist deconstructed the candidates' speeches and uncovered some surprising word choices and signals.

In honor of banned books week, we're highlighting three scientific texts that have gotten booted from libraries and schools.

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.

The Chinese government has plans to build an underwater lab. It sounds like a cool feat, but are there ulterior political motives?

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?

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?

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?

What started as a hashtag has gone global. Is the group's loose, ever-evolving structure a benefit or a drawback — or both?

Americans tend to be more optimistic and religious than other Westerners, according to polls. So why does pessimism drive so much of their politics?

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?

How did the idea of "don't kill the messenger" turn into a modern international standard?

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.