In a photo from 2004, Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama, right, speaks with a fellow legislator on the floor of the state Senate chamber.
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Many former legislators offer accounts of their service – but few analyze the institutions in which they served.
A massive shift to mail-in voting will be hard for many of the state and local officials who run elections.
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To carry out an election by mail, hundreds of thousands of state and local offices and employees across the US must make sure that ballots are processed in a fair, consistent and timely manner.
For some small businesses, temporary will become permanent.
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Bankruptcy is meant to offer breathing space to struggling companies, but it may not be enough given the unpredictable nature of the pandemic.
President Donald Trump makes a statement to the press in the Rose Garden about restoring “law and order” in the wake of protests.
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President Trump has warned that he will send the military into states to curb protests. Is Trump’s warning bluster? Or does the president have the authority to send the military into American cities?
On April 13, the president said he had the authority to order the states to reopen the economy.
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Throughout the coronavirus crisis, President Trump has made inconsistent statements about who is responsible for key aspects of the nation’s response to the pandemic. The Constitution has the answer.
Health care workers at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, Missouri, wear face shields donated by students from Camdenton High School in Camdenton, Missouri.
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The COVID-19 outbreak presents many opportunities for students to develop needed solutions to real-life problems, says a researcher overseeing school project to produce personal protective equipment.
America’s military presence in Somalia could be causing more harm than good.
The resilience of Al-Shabaab raises questions about the effectiveness of the current US military strategy in Somalia.
The Capitol on the morning after Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced the House of Representatives will vote on a resolution to affirm the impeachment investigation.
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The House of Representatives voted Thursday on a resolution that laid out a process for the inquiry into the impeachment of President Donald Trump. But was the resolution constitutionally necessary?
An impeachment inquiry was launched about President Trump’s dealings with the Ukraine on Tuesday.
The conflict between Congress and President Trump over his dealings with Ukraine's president is just the latest version of a long-running struggle for power between the two branches of government.
Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor in chief of WikiLeaks, and barrister Jennifer Robinson talk to the media after Julian Assange’s arrest in London.
It's dangerous for the press to take up Julian Assange's cause, two journalism scholars write. Assange is no journalist, they say, and making him out to be one is likely to damage press freedoms.
Atheism is not a modern concept.
It might appear to many that atheism is a modern idea. However, in parts of Asia, particularly in India, atheism has been part of beliefs for thousands of years.
The Soybean Free Air Concentration Enrichment (SoyFACE) research facility at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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Many researchers have studied the impact of carbon dioxide and heat on crop growth inside greenhouses. But what happens in the real world? One team has just done this and the results are surprising.
It’s a long road to recovery.
After the storm is over, it's time to rebuild – and natural disasters can affect survivors' health for years to come.
President John F. Kennedy watches as planes conduct anti-sub operations during maneuvers off the North Carolina coast in April 1962.
Reagan, Clinton, Obama and Trump would all pull from the Kennedy playbook, from mastering the media to exuding masculine vitality.
A slave fortress in Cape Coast, Ghana.
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An online database explores the nearly 36,000 slave voyages that occurred between 1514 and 1866.
A suitable disposition helps the medicine go down.
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Just about everyone wants medical care, but some want it a lot more. We discovered a personality trait that explains why it's hard to improve health care outcomes and costs.
A nurse administers the HPV vaccine in Dallas, Texas in 2007.
Individual stories of perceived vaccine harms can undermine trust in vaccine safety, even if people don't believe the vaccine was to blame.
In the press room…
Trump's campaign challenges the conventions of politics and liberal democracy. So maybe the time has come to question how journalists practice objectivity.
Viewed through human activities, the Internet is becoming ever more heterogeneous as more non-Western populations get online.
Mapping Web usage shows a new picture of the Internet, one without its core in the West, but rather a mosaic of online regional cultures that mirror offline regional cultural identities.
Donald Trump answers a question from CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer.
With the presidential debates being derided as evidence we live in a “post-fact" political world, why aren't the moderators “truth vigilantes”?