The Apportionment Clause forbids a direct tax on wealth. Expanding the 16th Amendment would not only allow such a tax but abolish slavery's last remnant in the US Constitution as well.
The shutdown is highlighting the crucial role government plays in the lives of citizens and businesses, offering a reminder of its fundamental value to the economy.
Trump, Schumer and Pelosi have fallen into a classic negotiation trap that often prevents deals from getting made, which has led to the shutdown stalemate.
Russian meddling has shaken Americans' faith in democracy. But public discontent after a scandal is hardly new. Trust in government began to erode under Nixon, and it's mostly worsened since then.
The story of the Waco siege is a story of how the media and the government can work in concert to shape a narrative and dehumanize victims.
For-profit corporations are deeply embedded in US national security infrastructure – and they're not going anywhere.
Revenge is sweet – but if the Democrats indulge in it, they could dramatically weaken a whole branch of the US government.
The president manages more than 200 organizations that make up the federal government. A survey of 3,500 federal managers shows they struggle with recruiting and retaining skilled workers.
An analysis of more than 30 years of congressional voting reveals that a few key members of Congress determine whether a president will achieve their agenda. Who are they, and can Trump win them over?
In 1952, military man Dwight Eisenhower was elected president without any experience in elective office. Here’s how he built his cabinet.
The FBI is warning of Russian cyberattackers probing American election systems. Information warfare scholars discuss Russia's digital efforts to benefit its national interests.
Even with free, private ballots, a quarter of us still end up voting for the 'wrong' presidential candidate. Here's how to make sure you vote for the one who best matches your beliefs and hopes.
If Apple concedes to the US government's request to hack its own product, it could end up undermining security and privacy for all of us.
'Sortition' could offer a way to reinvigorate our democracy – and it's already being trialled.
Talk of a 'clash of civilisations' and targeting refugees simply alienates the people the West needs to reach out to.