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Members of the 117th Congress, soon to be known as ‘representatives,’ take the oath of office on Jan. 3, 2021. Bill Clark/Pool via AP

You should call House members ‘representatives,’ because that’s what they are − not ‘congressmen’ or ‘congresswomen’

Members of the House of Representatives relish their connection to their districts and their constituents. So why are they called “Congressman” or “Congresswoman” instead of “Representative”?
Graduating cadets at West Point take their oaths to the Constitution and are commissioned as officers in the U.S. Army. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Military personnel swear allegiance to the Constitution and serve the American people – not one leader or party

Members of the military take an oath before service, but it’s to the Constitution, not a specific person. West Point professors explain how young officers learn the importance of their allegiance.
A worker at the National Hurricane Center tracks weather over the Gulf of Mexico. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Politicians may rail against the ‘deep state,’ but research shows federal workers are effective and committed, not subversive

Years of research about the people who work in the federal government finds that most of them are devoted civil servants who are committed to civic duty without regard to partisan politics.
National Socialist troops marching in Berlin to celebrate Adolf Hitler taking over power. Hitler’s accession to chancellor on Jan. 30, 1933, gave the Nazi party its “in” to eventually consolidate absolute control over the country in the months soon after, setting it on the path to the Second World War. (AP Photo)

What can we learn from the history of pre-war Germany to the atmosphere today in the U.S.?

Adolf Hitler’s rise to power was aided by courts and lawyers in pre-war Germany. A similar situation exists today in the United States.
Supporters of Issue 1, which would codify reproductive rights, including abortion, in the Ohio Constitution, cheer election results on Nov. 7, 2023. Andrew Spear/Getty Images

Voters don’t always have final say – state legislatures and governors are increasingly undermining ballot measures that win

Election year 2024 will see citizen initiatives on the ballot across the country, some focused on abortion rights. But there’s a growing trend of lawmakers altering initiatives after they have passed.
Donald Trump has claimed that presidents are immune from prosecution for official acts. AP Photo/Toby Brusseau

Trump’s arguments for immunity not as hopeless as some claim

The former president has raised several legal arguments that do not yet have clear answers. A constitutional scholar says they’re questions worth asking.
Donald Trump at a campaign event in Waterloo, Iowa, on Dec. 19, 2023. Kamil Krzaczysnki/AFP via Getty Images

Trump barred from Colorado ballot – now what?

A historian and legal scholar of a key part of the US Constitution explains what happens now that the Colorado Supreme Court has ruled Trump cannot be on the state’s presidential ballots.

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