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What Happens if a Presidential Candidate Dies?

It's happened before, and it'll likely happen again. The tricky part, though, is when it happens.

Trump's Not the First to Push a Party Off a Cliff

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.

10 Questions in the U.S. Health Care Cost Debate

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.

Will Tobacco 21 Laws Kick Cigarettes' Butts for Good?

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.

How Republicans Could Still End Up With a Contested Convention This Year

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.

From Prison to Peace Park, a Plan for Guantanamo

A conservation biologist and a law professor have a radical plan for the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. And their timing couldn’t be better.

How Easily Can an American Move to Canada?

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?

What Happens to Failed Presidential Candidates' Unspent Campaign Money?

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?

6 Civil Rights Struggles Going on Right Now

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.

Obama Is Ordering a Push for Smart Guns. So What Are They?

On Monday, the White House released new executive actions it's taking concerning gun violence, and smart guns are part of that push.

Presidents Say Crazy Stuff in Their Second Terms

Sometimes, the leader of the free world just has to "pop off."

Radicalization in Terror Recruiting: It's Not That Simple

After a terrorist attack occurs, talk immediately turns to radicalization. What if we're focusing on the wrong thing?

Why It's So Hard to Change Minds and Earn Votes

And if you try to change them too much, you might even witness the "backfire effect."

When It Comes to Choosing Politicians, Americans Are 'All About That Bass'

Study shows U.S. voters prefer the candidate with the deeper voice. What does that mean for female candidates?

What does 'bread and circuses' mean?

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.

How Think Tanks Work

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.

10 Rights the First Amendment Absolutely Does Not Grant

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.

How Medicaid Works

It's the U.S.'s primary public health insurance program, but who pays for it and who qualifies for coverage? Get the scoop on the ins and outs of Medicaid's rules and benefits.

10 Far-out Charismatic Leaders (and the Trouble They Caused)

Throughout history, charismatic leaders have emerged and changed the world -- for better or for worse.

What exactly is a right-to-work state?

Right-to-work legislation lately has received a ton of attention in the U.S. Why are people so divided on these controversial laws?

Most Humiliating Political Flubs in History

Being in the celebrity spotlight can be grueling, but being in the political spotlight is arguably even tougher. It’s one thing when a starlet acts foolishly or loses her decorum, but it’s something else entirely when you’re an official who’s supposed to be leading a nation. Which of these missteps was worst?

Does 'Obamacare' require Americans to be implanted with microchips?

Confusing wording in legislative documents often leads to misinterpretation of the draft's intent. Is that the case with the Affordable Care Act?

What was the largest protest in history?

As long as there has been civil discourse, there has been civil disobedience. In other words, protesting against the status quo is nothing new. But what was the largest one ever assembled?

How the Tea Party Works

Like the more politically liberal Occupy Wall Street movement, the Tea Party has attracted intensive media coverage. But what does this now formalized entity stand for, and who makes up its ranks?

Are politics genetic?

Until recently, much of the research into why and how people vote focused on nurture, rather than nature. But could your genes actually influence who you choose at the polls?


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