John Hinckley Jr mugshot

What Do People Think of the Insanity Defense?

John Hinckley Jr., who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, has been released from the psychiatric hospital where ...
Constitutional Convention, 1787

Electoral College 101

They don't campaign and very few know who they are, but you'll be voting for them this November: introducing the Electors. Again.
Clinton Trump

When Does Truth Trump Bias?

In the wake of both national conventions, how do we find truth and how do journalists represent it without being too biased or too neutral?
Census worker

The U.S. Census and Politics

The US national census has always been political, and has a large part to play in determining political representation and power.
Mondale/Carter

What Does the Vice President Do?

Even the people with the job used to disparage the Vice Presidency. That's changed in the modern era.
Hillary Clinton in Beijing

Hillary Clinton: Women’s Rights Are Human Rights

Welcome to a new series that brings you original content from individuals in the news.
19th century police

The Birth of the “Policed Society”

This summer’s high profile violence by and against police officers has focused public attention on the politics of ...
Bryan Sewall campaign poster

Populism for Beginners

If the appeal of Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Brexit can all be described as "populist," then what is populism?
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Party Conventions and the Political Amateur

As the Republican and Democratic party conventions approach, many wonder which way the "political amateur" delegates will vote.
Andrew Jackson

Why Do They Build Party Platforms, Anyway?

What is the point of the party platforms unveiled at political conventions?