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Born Melanija Knavs in Yugoslavia, the former model is only the second foreign-born first lady of the United States.

By Christopher Hassiotis

The iconic American composer and conductor's "Concert for Peace" offered a direct alternative to the festivities of Richard Nixon's second swearing-in.

By Laurie L. Dove

Donald Trump proposed stripping flag burners of citizenship. Regardless of the fact that flag-burning is legal, whether the United States can even do that is tricky.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly having trouble finding celebrities to perform during his inauguration. But have stars usually been part of this event?

By Dave Roos

The intelligence community has been keeping the U.S. president up to date on world events since 1946 with the President's Daily Brief. Why would a president skip it?

By John Donovan

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

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

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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

By Dave Roos

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

By Laurie L. Dove

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