Research shows that context matters for understanding what a person's words mean – especially when power dynamics are involved.
The rule of law can take on different meanings depending whom you ask and where you are – but in the US it pretty much means one thing.
Hawaii was the last state to join the Union. It didn’t happen without a lot of political dealmaking.
Hoover abused his power as FBI director to serve presidents' interests. The reforms that followed were set up to prevent it from happening again.
For-profit corporations are deeply embedded in US national security infrastructure – and they're not going anywhere.
The race pitted a singing cowboy against a millionaire software entrepreneur – and it got ugly at the end.
How have state firearm laws changed over time? Over the past 27 years, some states have loosened the rules for gun owners and the gun industry, while others are getting stricter.
A president has more than one route out of office – voluntarily or otherwise.
When the Corporation for Public Broadcasting was founded 50 years ago, it was supposed to reflect the nation's disparate voices.
Trump's administration plans to ramp up prosecution of unauthorized border crossings. Here's the story of how it became illegal in the first place.
Trump has threatened a showdown over funding his proposed barrier between the U.S. and Mexico. Our experts offer a primer – from a history of walls to costs.
Democrat Jon Ossoff will face Republican Karen Handel in a runoff on June 20.
Are Trump’s missile strikes against Syria constitutional? An expert on Congress and foreign policy provides a brief history of how the separation of war powers has blurred over time.
A former US diplomat explains why some programs may make sense to cut, while others are crucial to America's moral standing.
As these tax-exempt vehicles transform philanthropy, they’re drawing more scrutiny. Will Congress or the Trump administration tinker with the rules that encouraged their rapid growth?
Wilson coined the phrase 'America First' and appealed for 'peace without victory.' But on April 2, 1917 he asked Congress for a declaration of war. The impact on American foreign policy was profound.
GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have pushed Gorsuch's nomination onto the full Senate. Both the Republicans and Democrats are getting ready for a fight.
Trump cuts bait, Ryan loses his nerve – and the Obamacare repeal goes down without a vote. What's next for Congress and the GOP?
The absence of any evidence to support Donald Trump's claims is more than just about the president's credibility – it goes to whether we can trust any information from the White House.
Trump's budget would eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities, breaking a tradition of funding humanities scholarship that goes back to the nation's founding.