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The government helps tens of millions of Americans buy groceries. Jeff Greenberg/Getty

How SNAP can help people during hard economic times like these

The food aid program helps low-income families put food on the table and injects money straight into struggling local economies. It will be critical throughout the crisis the coronavirus is stoking.
Together no more: remote voting for Congress could be the outcome of public health restrictions on gatherings. House of Representatives

Coronavirus restrictions could lead to remote voting for Congress

It may become impossible for the hundreds of members of Congress to meet in person. One legal scholar says the language the Founders used 233 years ago could allow voting remotely.
Thousands of Armenian-Americans gather to commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Los Angeles, California on April 24, 2018. Ronen Tivony/Nur via Getty Images

Why it took Congress 40 years to pass a bill acknowledging the Armenian genocide

The Shah of Iran, Jimmy Carter, Israel's foreign policy, Turkish politics and the US Armenian community are all elements in the long-running fight to pass a bill acknowledging the Armenian genocide.
Despite voter dissatisfaction with the Republican and Democratic parties, they are likely to persist. Shutterstock/Victor Moussa

The two-party system is here to stay

Despite the fact that only 38% of Americans say they think the Democratic and Republican parties are doing 'an adequate job,' they're unlikely to disappear.
The U.S. House of Representatives brought 11 articles of impeachment against Andrew Johnson. Photo by The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images

4 myths the Trump team promoted about Andrew Johnson

Falsehoods about Andrew Johnson have become a staple of Republican arguments opposing the impeachment of Trump.
In an official White House photo, President Donald Trump stands alone. Shealah Craighead/White House

Trump, like Obama, tests the limits of presidential war powers

Both President Trump and President Obama used military force without informing Congress, or getting its approval. But the differences reveal more than the similarities.
Republican lawmakers are seen as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) oversees a vote on the second article of impeachment against President Donald Trump in the House of Representatives, Dec. 18, 2019. Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Congressional Republicans abandon constitutional heritage and Watergate precedents in defense of Trump

An expert on Watergate says that today's House Republicans have taken precisely the opposite position than the GOP took in 1974 on the president's power to withhold documents from Congress.

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