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The Capitol on the morning after Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced the House of Representatives will vote on a resolution to affirm the impeachment investigation. AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Impeachment resolution: 3 reasons the House voted even though the Constitution doesn’t require it

The House of Representatives voted Thursday on a resolution that laid out a process for the inquiry into the impeachment of President Donald Trump. But was the resolution constitutionally necessary?
Lebanese protesters formed a 105-mile human chain connecting geographically and religiously diverse cities across the country, Oct. 27. 2019. AP Photo/Bilal Hussein

Lebanon uprising unites people across faiths, defying deep sectarian divides

Lebanon's 1989 peace deal ended a civil war by sharing political power between religious factions. That created a society profoundly divided by religion – something today's protesters hope to change.
A Yemeni national, denied entry into the U.S. because of the travel ban, shows their cancelled visa to reporters as they successfully arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files

What Trump’s travel ban really looks like, almost two years in

Was the ban a Muslim ban -- or was that just an anti-Trump narrative? A political scientist combs through the data for answers.
These Iowan supporters of Steve Bullock may hope he’ll make good on promises to get ‘dark money’ out of politics. AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

What is ‘dark money’? 5 questions answered

A law professor explains political disclosure laws, how donors get around them – and what to do about it.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy listens during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in New York on September 25. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Trump has upended the long history of US investment in Ukraine’s democracy

Multiple American presidents have viewed US support of Ukraine's security and democracy as critical to the national interest. President Trump's dealings with Ukraine are a major divergence.
Syrian refugee men work as day laborers at a textile workshop in Istanbul, Turkey, June 20, 2019. REUTERS/Cansu Alkaya

Syrian refugees in Turkey are there to stay, at least for now

Almost 4 million Syrian refugees live in Turkey, which has taken noteworthy steps to integrate them into the country in the past five years. Will Turkey now try to force those refugees back to Syria?
Militiamen surrounding the ranch of Cliven Bundy gather at the back of a parked pickup truck in Bunkerville, Nevada, May 3, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

They’re not all racist nut jobs – and 4 other observations about the patriot militia movement

The popular perception of right-wing patriot militia members is that they are racist, violent and crazy. The authors of a new book about them say that's not the whole story.
Is the voting booth a stumbling block? AP Photo/John Minchillo

Voting could be the problem with democracy

Randomly selecting citizens to take turns governing offers the promise of reinvigorating struggling democracies, making them more responsive to citizen needs and preferences.
Refugees awaiting municipal bread distribution in Akcakale, Turkey, Oct. 20, 2019. Three-quarters of the Syrian refugees in Turkey are women and children. AP Photo/Mehmet Guzel

Deportation to Syria could mean death for women, children and LGBTQ refugees in Turkey

Turkey is threatening to send 3.6 million refugees back to the Syrian territory it just invaded. Deporting these vulnerable people would make them the collateral damage of a chaotic, many-sided war.