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Female members of Congress wore white in a nod to suffragists during the State of the Union. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

How white became the color of suffrage

Being the media-savvy women that they were, suffragists realized they needed to come up with a meaningful, recognizable brand.
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a 2014 press conference in Bahrain. AP/Hasan Jamali

Why Jamal Khashoggi’s murder took place in a consulate

Jamal Khashoggi's brutal murder happened at a consulate, a space not subject to the laws of the host country, Turkey. That means the alleged murderers did not fear interference by local authorities.
A police officer stands guard over the global elites who decided to make the trek to Davos this year. AP Photo/Markus Schreiber

Why the Davos elites are still relevant

The high-profile absence of several world leaders including Trump from the World Economic Forum has led some to suggest its influence is in decline. A philosopher who has seen Davos up close disagrees.
Theresa May likely wants to escape this room. Reuters TV

Brexit: An ‘escape room’ with no escape

The UK's agonizing efforts to find a path out of the European Union is beginning to look a lot like a game or riddle with no solution – and certainly no winners.
Federal employees rally to call for an end to the partial government shutdown. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

How a government shutdown affects the economy

The government has been partially closed since Dec. 22, making it the second-longest shutdown on record. A finance professor who studied the 2013 shutdown explains the economic impact.
An anti-abortion advocate in Jackson, Mississippi, March 2018. AP/Rogelio V. Solis

Who’s more compassionate, Republicans or Democrats?

Are Democrats or Republicans more caring about others? One study of the role compassion plays in politics provides some surprising answers. And then there were the outliers: Trump voters.
Canada’s Minister of the Status of Women Maryam Monsef is pictured in the Library of Parliament on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on Feb. 28, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

The more women in government, the healthier a population

New research shows that female politicians spend more on health and education, improving the well-being of a population.
GOP President Ronald Reagan and Democratic House Speaker Tip O'Neill at the April, 1983 signing of bipartisan social security legislation. AP/Barry Thumma

Congress used to pass bipartisan legislation – will it ever again?

Most Congresses since the 1970s have passed more than 500 laws, ranging from nuclear disarmament to deficit reduction. Will today's bitter partisanship hamstring the new Congress' productivity?

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