The Political Issues Channel discusses hot topics and important political issues such as conventions, scandals and theories.
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
Cell phone video has inspired millions of people to rally against issues of police brutality. It's a powerful tool for exposing injustices. And it's not going anywhere.
By Dave Roos Jul 9, 2016
If you think the free flow of information inevitably spreads political freedom, guess again. People who seek online entertainment might prefer living under a dictator.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jul 6, 2016
After all, every president who could have lived there has, but is it mandatory?
By John Donovan Jul 5, 2016
When Ian Bogost designed the first video game for a presidential candidate in 2003, he was sure games were about to become powerful political tools. But it didn’t happen.
By Dave Roos Jun 24, 2016
Experts are divided on what economic, political and security impacts a U.K.-EU breakup might have across the Atlantic.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jun 22, 2016
It's happened before, and it'll likely happen again. The tricky part, though, is when it happens.
By Julia Layton Jun 20, 2016
Trump has predicted riots if he isn't nominated at the convention in July. It wouldn't be the first time that things got crazy at convention time.
By Julia Layton Jun 2, 2016
Why does health care cost so much in the U.S.? And why, for all that money, isn't the population any healthier? These are just some of the big questions in the debate over health care costs.
By Melanie Radzicki McManus
A wave of bills upping the smoking age to 21 are sweeping the U.S. Supporters say they'll help teens shun smoking. Others say it's an infringement on their rights.
By Alia Hoyt May 2, 2016
Voting in a primary is a choice a political party makes for itself. Things could still end up being ultimately decided at the convention in July. Here's why.
By John Donovan Apr 26, 2016
A conservation biologist and a law professor have a radical plan for the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. And their timing couldn’t be better.
By John Donovan Mar 17, 2016
Every U.S. election cycle, some people who don’t like the winners threaten to move to Canada But, how easy is it, really, for Americans to immigrate north of the border?
By Karen Kirkpatrick Mar 15, 2016
Enormous sums of money are raised to fund candidates, most of whom don't make it past the primaries. What happens to the money after a candidate drops out or loses?
By Patrick J. Kiger Mar 1, 2016
We often think of the civil rights movement as just part of the 1960s. On Martin Luther King Day, we explore some civil rights issues going on in the U.S. today.
By Alia Hoyt Jan 18, 2016
On Monday, the White House released new executive actions it's taking concerning gun violence, and smart guns are part of that push.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jan 7, 2016
Sometimes, the leader of the free world just has to "pop off."
By Dave Roos Dec 15, 2015
After a terrorist attack occurs, talk immediately turns to radicalization. What if we're focusing on the wrong thing?
By Julia Layton Dec 3, 2015
And if you try to change them too much, you might even witness the "backfire effect."
By John Donovan Nov 3, 2015
Study shows U.S. voters prefer the candidate with the deeper voice. What does that mean for female candidates?
By Dave Roos Oct 30, 2015
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