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Cutouts depicting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wearing ‘Fix Fakebook’ displayed on Capitol Hill on April 10, 2018. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

The law that made Facebook what it is today

The Communications Decency Act was passed in 1996, seven years before the debut of MySpace. It helped online publishing grow – and to escape consequences for the way users might be harmed.
On September 24, 2019, US President Donald Trump was at the United Nations to speak to the general assembly. His visit was overshadowed by the decision by the House of Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against him based on revelations in the unfolding Ukraine scandal. Saul Loeb/AFP

A friendly reminder: impeaching Donald Trump will not remove him from office

On September 24, 2019, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House had launched a formal impeachment inquiry against the president. But as history shows, the outcome is anything but assured.
Members of Congress debated a government spending bill into the early morning on March 20. AP/J. Scott Applewhite

A return to earmarks could grease the wheels in Congress

Pork-barrel spending – that often reviled custom otherwise known as 'earmarks' – may well help Congress pass bills on schedule. Banned since 2011, they may be making a comeback.
A Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student speaks during a rally with Thurgood Marshall Academy students in advance of Saturday’s March for Our Lives event in Washington REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Gun control and March for Our Lives: 4 essential reads

Student activists marching Saturday want Congress to enact comprehensive gun control. Here is a selection of stories from our archive that will help you understand the issues raised by the students.
Deedra Abboud is running for the U.S. Senate in Arizona. AP Photo/Matt York

Why you should vote for a woman in 2018

Research shows they face greater obstacles to election than their male counterparts, thus work harder and represent constituents better.

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