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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”?
Donald Trump speaks after the appeals court hearing on his claim of immunity from prosecution on Jan. 9, 2024, in Washington. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Trump was not king and can be prosecuted for crimes committed while president: Appeals court places limits on immunity

Donald Trump has claimed he is immune from prosecution for actions he took as part of his job as president. An appeals court unanimously disagreed, allowing the many prosecutions of Trump to proceed.
The CEOs of Discord, Snap, TikTok, X and Meta prepare to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Jan. 31, 2024. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Are social media apps ‘dangerous products’? 2 scholars explain how the companies rely on young users but fail to protect them

As legislators rail against social media companies, the companies continue to put millions of young people at risk. Here’s how − and what can be done about it.
Sen. Bob Menendez and his wife arrive at the U.S. District Court in New York City on Sept. 27, 2023. Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images

Feinstein’s death raises the question: How are vacant Senate seats filled?

California’s governor has already announced his pick for the the seat, Laphonza Butler. Here’s more on the state-by-state process for replacing a senator who has died, is facing criminal charges or has serious illness.
A government shutdown would affect more than 2 million federal employees, plus more than 3 million contractors. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Government shutdowns hurt federal worker morale, long after paychecks resume − especially for those considered ‘nonessential’

While a single shutdown is unlikely to push a government worker to quit, the cumulative effect of multiple shutdowns can lead to low worker morale and employee retention problems.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and his wife, Nadine Arslanian Menendez. AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File

Menendez indictment looks bad, but there are defenses he can make

The indictment of Sen. Bob Menendez is full of lurid details – hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash stuffed into clothes among them. Will they tank Menendez’s career?

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