Many of the public employee pension plans run by states don't have enough money in them to make upcoming pension payments to retired state workers. The pandemic could make that problem much worse.
Democrats may soon propose letting members of Congress vote by proxy during the pandemic. A legal scholar says the language the Founders used 233 years ago could allow voting remotely.
As Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day is marked around the globe, a historian examines the little-known players in the long-running fight in the US Congress to pass a bill acknowledging the Genocide.
A growing chorus of people say the US has never been so politically divided. A Civil War historian reminds readers that there was once a far more divided time.
What the acquittal of Donald Trump means for the future of the US presidency.
President Trump's impeachment defense that the will of the president is no different from the will of the state and the good of the people has echoes in the decline of ancient Rome's democracy.
The self-references and superlatives used by President Trump made his State of the Union much more excessive linguistically than this speech’s tone typically is.
In 1868, during the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson, the Senate tied on two votes. Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase broke both ties.
Calling witnesses and reviewing documents fit the Founders' goals for impeachment to curb the president's unilateral power.
Certain words are being used over and over during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. One of them is 'precedent.' What does it really mean?
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.
As the Trump impeachment trial plays out in the Senate, the 100 lawmakers there are required by law to abide by a special oath.
Even if other parts of the federal government shut down, Congress could – and would have to – keep working. A legal scholar explains why and how that is possible.
Hillary Clinton got the most individual votes from US citizens in 2016, but Donald Trump won the most electoral votes.
A recent vote in the US House of Representatives recognised the Armenian massacre of 1915 as a genocide in a significant moment for the Armenian diaspora.
Democrats and Republicans are speaking about impeachment with dramatically different language. The winner of this frame war will succeed in shaping how Americans understand the impeachment inquiry.
President Trump has confirmed that the US will leave the Paris Agreement on climate change on the earliest allowable date: Nov. 4, 2020. Will this hobble efforts to slow global warming?
No written law or rule requires the senators to remain silent on the issues. But it's probably a good idea, and a promising sign of fairness.
A task force has been assembled in the US Senate to fight anti-Semitism. A specialist in Jewish-American history says the group has a big job ahead of it. Anti-Semitism has a long history in the US.
If the U.S. Senate agrees to hear the articles of impeachment for Trump, it is not because of the U.S. founders' commitment to democracy, but rather in spite of their elitist design.