The Political Issues Channel discusses hot topics and important political issues such as conventions, scandals and theories.
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.
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.
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.
After all, every president who could have lived there has, but is it mandatory?
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.
Experts are divided on what economic, political and security impacts a U.K.-EU breakup might have across the Atlantic.
It's happened before, and it'll likely happen again. The tricky part, though, is when it happens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A conservation biologist and a law professor have a radical plan for the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. And their timing couldn’t be better.
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?
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?
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.
On Monday, the White House released new executive actions it's taking concerning gun violence, and smart guns are part of that push.
Sometimes, the leader of the free world just has to "pop off."
After a terrorist attack occurs, talk immediately turns to radicalization. What if we're focusing on the wrong thing?
And if you try to change them too much, you might even witness the "backfire effect."
Study shows U.S. voters prefer the candidate with the deeper voice. What does that mean for female candidates?
Ever felt a pang of guilt on, say, Election Day when you skip the voting booth to go to dinner and a movie? The concept of being pacified by food and entertainment -- and forgoing civic duty -- goes back to Roman times.
Thousands of think tanks dot the globe, and if you think they don't affect you, you're wrong. The scholars at these high-brow thought factories have a much bigger agenda than merely sitting around looking contemplative.
Thanks to the First Amendment, people in the U.S. can say whatever they want, wherever they want without fear of prosecution. Er ... not quite.