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Citizen journalism refers to the efforts of average citizens or amateur journalists to gather news and spread accurate information. The question that surrounds the practice, however, is defining what makes a professional journalist.

By Dave Roos

The U.S. Constitution touts freedom of the press, but a closer look at the law — especially as interpreted by the Supreme Court — shows that press "freedom" has its limits. How are journalists bound by the law?

By Dave Roos

Ever wonder how the 24-hour news cycle is possible? You can thank digital satellite news gathering for a large part of the constant flow of information.

By Jane McGrath

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Do you remember the phrase "film at 11"? If you do, you were around before electronic news gathering made the world move a little faster.

By Jane McGrath

Each September, Americans remember the document that Revolutionary War general and national assemblyman Marquis de Lafayette called "little short of a miracle." But what don't you know about the U.S. Constitution?

By Julia Layton

The United States spends a huge chunk of its national paycheck on debt obligations. Where is all that money going?

By Dave Roos & Melanie Radzicki McManus

If you think filibusters have been in the news more lately, you're right. In the 1950s, the Senate averaged fewer than one per session. The 116th Congress (2019-2020), however, threatened filibuster 270 times. Why the big increase?

By John Kelly & John Donovan

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You always hear stories about politicians and government employees leaving their jobs to return to the private sector and vice versa, but did you know that the phenomenon actually has a name? It's known as the Revolving Door -- and some critics think it could damage the country irreparably.

By Josh Clark

If you're a child in the United States, you can't legally vote, drive, hold public office or even see some movies without an adult with you. But that doesn't mean you don't have constitutional rights.

By Chanel Lee

Democracy has become more globalized as nations worldwide abandon non-democratic forms of government and adopt democratic ones. As borders blur due to economic interests and governments consider partner nations' needs, a global democracy begins to emerge.

By Josh Clark

China is generally viewed as the next candidate for "superpower" distinction, but does that mean it will take over the world? What would that entail?

By Charles W. Bryant

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Some of the most pervasive rumors during the debates over health care reform involved people over the age of 65. But as it turns out, many of the Affordable Care Act's provisions are something for seniors to be excited about.

By Molly Edmonds

Medical professionals in the United States have some of the most advanced diagnostic equipment in the world, but when it comes to keeping track of patients' medical histories, we still rely primarily on pen and paper. Why should we switch?

By Molly Edmonds

Schoolchildren in the United States are often threatened with an ominous-sounding "permanent record." When it comes to your health, though, that file would be a big help. What is the U.S. doing to make it happen?

By Molly Edmonds

Governments around the world have long combined capitalism with socialism -- with varying results. What brought the two together in the first place?

By Jessika Toothman

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The idea of a democracy, in which each citizen gets an equal vote to contribute to decision making, can sound tempting. But in practice, is democracy an efficient way to govern, or does it just equate to mob rule?

By Josh Clark

In tough economic times, you might be tempted to classify health insurance as a luxury -- and decide to get rid of the expense. But health insurance is one thing that should remain in your budget no matter how bad things get. How can you find the right plan?

By Molly Edmonds

Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain America -- the most famous superheroes are often depicted as young men or women. But the U.S. government needs you, senior citizens. You're being called up to the front lines in the battle against Medicare fraud.

By Molly Edmonds

Shopping for shoes, books and private yachts is fun; shopping for health insurance is not. But don't despair. The good news is that it's getting much, much easier -- and putting in the work of buying insurance is far preferable to dealing with sky-high medical bills.

By Molly Edmonds

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An ounce of prevention may be worth a pound of cure, but Americans seem to forget that when it comes to health care. Most of us just wait to see the doctor when we're already sick. Could changes to preventive services coverage convince more of us to go?

By Molly Edmonds

When you make a large purchase, such as a car, you do a little comparison shopping, looking at different features and prices until you find the perfect fit. You can't do that with the health insurance market. At least, not until now.

By Molly Edmonds

U.S. health care reform didn't happen without a firestorm of controversy. With all the hubbub surrounding the bill, the actual contents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are still a mystery to many -- maybe even you.

By Molly Edmonds

If you've ever butted heads with your insurance company to get a surgery covered, you understand why the U.S. is pursuing health care reform. But if you're happy with your coverage, you might wonder why the government is trying to change it.

By Molly Edmonds

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In the arguments about U.S. health care reform, you'll often hear a country held up as the worst or best example of what health care can be. What is health care like around the globe?

By Molly Edmonds

If you've been watching the news or using social media, you've seen angry protesters, town hall free-for-alls and red-faced pundits -- all irate over the issue of health care reform. A lot of the hullabaloo is about "facts" that are just plain myths.

By Maria Trimarchi & Molly Edmonds