Explanations of how the US election system works, the history of how it got that way and what effects and significance those mechanisms have on the nation today.
Scholars explain how they know people can trust vote-by-mail systems.
Scientists explain what you need to know about the COVID-19 risks in the air, from how aerosols form to how to keep kids safe on a school bus.
How climate change and other human actions have combined to create conditions for explosive wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington state.
The pandemic isn't just a health disaster. It's a disaster for cities and states, where the money to run government that normally comes in every year has evaporated. Congress may or may not help.
African Americans, young children and rural Americans are a few of the groups at risk of being undercounted in this year's census.
Did you know that senators shouldn't be called 'jurors' in an impeachment trial? Here's a roundup of stories that give behind-the-scenes facts and context to the news event of the year – so far.
Education for those behind bars is gaining more attention. In these four articles, scholars take an up-close look at efforts to provide – and restrict – higher education in prison.
2019 was a big year for dire warnings about the state of the planet, but crises can spur solutions.
Many want to come to the United States, as an asylee, a migrant or a citizen. But those journeys have become more complicated.
Information warfare has gone global. Here are some recent campaigns, and a couple of ideas about how to fight back.
Violence against religious minorities around the world prompted the United Nations to mark a day for the victims in 2019. Here is a roundup of some key events around the world.
Love it or hate it, winter means snow and ice for much of the US. In many places, though, snow is becoming a scarce resource.
Dozens of Muslim-majority countries are asking the UN's International Criminal Court to investigate and prosecute a 2017 massacre in Myanmar that killed an estimated 10,000 Rohingya Muslims.
As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization celebrates its 70th anniversary with a leaders' meeting in London, five US scholars shed light on NATO's history and its potential future.
Learn more about the economic issues that were debated by the Democratic presidential candidates in Atlanta on Nov. 20.
Health care, immigration and trade have been hot topics during the campaign and are likely to come up during the fifth Democratic debate.
The CDC just released a list of bacteria and fungi that pose, or have the potential to pose, a serious health threat. Here are four strategies for curbing the rise of these superbugs.
On Nov. 12, the Supreme Court heard arguments on the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Dissidents in Colombia's FARC guerrillas are threatening to renew armed struggle three years after signing a landmark peace deal. Here, experts explain the history of Colombia's fragile peace process.