An Esperanto teacher instructs a class in a room with a painting of the language’s creator on the wall.
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Created in Europe during a time of intercultural struggle and strife, Esperanto was meant as a communication tool to spread peace among the people of the world. Its speakers are still at it.
Foreign soldiers who volunteered to fight for Ukraine participate in training exercises.
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Many countries welcome foreigners who want to join their military forces.
Whether someone’s speech is a language or a dialect is a matter of both linguistics and politics.
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The difference between a language and dialect is just as much about politics as it is linguistics.
Absentee ballots for the New York City mayoral primary, which used ranked-choice voting, are counted.
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It may be new to Americans, but ranked-choice voting has a long history, and it is spreading rapidly across the U.S.
Political pressure is focusing on the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Many states have found ways to remove partisan politics from their court systems.
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, launches a filibuster in 2016.
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The US system was designed with more checks and balances than many other successful democracies – the filibuster’s main function is to give undue power to a vocal minority.
A vase from ancient Greek civilization depicts Apollo consulting the oracle of Delphi.
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The pandemic has made many of us acutely aware of the daily risks we need to take. The ancient Greeks often did not leave risky choices up to individuals alone.
Attorney general nominee Merrick Garland speaks during an event with President-elect Joe Biden.
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History shows that attorneys general who are picked by – and serve at the pleasure of – the president are not as independent as they may be expected to be.
It’s a top government job, but what does being vice president mean?
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The vice president may be second in line for the most powerful job in the nation, but there isn’t necessarily a lot to do besides wait – unless the president wants another adviser.
Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt signs an official tally of the Electoral College votes from the 2016 presidential election, in January 2017.
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Five scholars explain different aspects of the history, workings and effects of the Electoral College.
(R to L) Georgia GOP Sens. David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler at a rally with Sen. Tom Cotton on Nov. 19, 2020 in Perry, Ga. Loeffler and Purdue face runoff elections against Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock on Jan. 5, 2021.
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Elections – like Georgia’s runoffs – that require majority support can sometimes be used to exclude those in the minority.
William Barr walks through Lafayette Park before demonstrators were cleared by federal police on June 1, 2020.
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Do US attorneys general act in the public’s interest, or the interest of the president who appointed them?
Nevada’s six Democratic electors sign their official ballots in December 2016.
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There are many more ways to elect a president than the US method – and several alternatives beyond the popular vote.