Fort McHenry Flag, 1873

Why Do We Have National Anthems?

How can a single song represent an entire nation? A closer look at national anthems.
Nixon Kennedy televised debate

How Televising Presidential Debates Changed Everything

Ever since Kennedy-Nixon, televised debates have given viewers an insight into candidates' policies—and their personalities, too.
Anders Leonard Zor, portrait of Grover Cleveland

History’s Biggest Presidential Health Cover-Up

How important is a President's health? Should the public know all? History suggests that full disclosure is better than not.
Kindness and politics

The Politics of Kindness in 2016

Kindness matters. It’s just that our politicians have their own reasons for their own kind behavior.
1896 Presidential Ballot

Ballot Position: It Matters

Did you know that ballot position can have an effect on voting? The first-listed candidate is more likely to be voted for.
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.