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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

After all, every president who could have lived there has, but is it mandatory?

By John Donovan

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

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Experts are divided on what economic, political and security impacts a U.K.-EU breakup might have across the Atlantic.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

By John Donovan

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The smartphone has become a crucial part of migrant travel.

By Dave Roos

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.

By Laurie L. Dove

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.

By John Perritano

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.

By Dave Roos

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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.

By Maria Trimarchi

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

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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

By Maria Trimarchi

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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?

By Robert Lamb & Dave Roos

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?

By Cristen Conger

Women have the right stuff to excel in politics, but they still make up well under 20 percent of the U.S. Senate and House. Could this minority status actually be making them better politicians?

By Cristen Conger

Whenever a presidential election rolls around, third parties often have a moment in the limelight. From Internet-privacy-loving Pirates to Ayn Rand-toting Objectivists, what are some of the most unusual third parties out there?

By Cristen Conger

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Libertarians are certainly enjoying their moment in the spotlight, but does anyone know what they really believe? This article will shed some light on a political philosophy that could influence the upcoming election.

By Dave Roos

It's probably more than you think. Learn more about how many cities have a ban on plastic bags.

By Rachel Cemansky