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An American protester makes his feelings plain during the Iranian hostage crisis, 1979. Wikimedia Commons

Why does the American right hate Iran so much?

Ever since the shocking spectacle of the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis, American conservatives have reserved a special disdain for the Islamic Republic.
President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey. AP Photo/Evan Vucci, left, and Andrew Harnik

Why does a president demand loyalty from people who work for him?

There's a trade-off when presidents appoint loyalists. A loyalist may not be as competent as the position demands, but he or she may satisfy the president by carrying out his agenda.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi enters the chamber before being elected as Speaker of the House Jan. 3, 2019. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

What does the Speaker of the House do?

Nancy Pelosi is once again Speaker of the House. Here's what goes with the job.

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