Donald Trump sits in a New York courtroom with Chris Kise and Alina Habba, two of his attorneys who have reportedly been paid with political action committee funds.
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Trump-aligned political action committees have paid lawyers for the former president tens of millions of dollars. Are there any limits on how much, or on what, they can spend?
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger holds a news conference on Nov. 6, 2020, on the status of ballot counting in the close presidential race between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.
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There are dozens of secretaries of state in the US. Only one deals with foreign affairs. The majority of the rest, state secretaries of state, have powerful positions running elections in each state.
Texas National Guard troops try to untangle a migrant caught in razor wire along the Texas-Mexico border on Jan. 31, 2024.
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Texans’ belief in their state’s exceptionalism has helped fuel support for the Republican state government trying to take border security and immigration enforcement into its own hands.
Former President Donald Trump speaks to the media following his appearance at the District Court in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 9, 2024.
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In a case that will make legal and political history, the US Supreme Court will consider whether Donald Trump is immune from criminal prosecution for his alleged effort to undermine the 2020 election.
A mural dedicated to Du Bois and the Old Seventh Ward is painted on the corner of 6th and South streets in Philadelphia.
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Over a century ago, white Philadelphia elites believed the city was going to the dogs – and they blamed poor Black inner-city residents instead of the racism that kept this group disenfranchised.
Voters fill out their ballot for the Michigan primary election in Dearborn on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024.
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Organizers of the protest had set a goal of 11,000 uncommitted votes to show dissatisfaction with Biden’s support of Israel in the Israel-Hamas war.
Grieving for the 140 victims of a January 2024 attack in north-central Nigeria.
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Nigeria is beset with security threats. Confronting them will take regional and international cooperation.
How people vote isn’t always reflected in how elections are decided.
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There are many ways bad mathematics interferes with our democracy. Assigning delegates is just one example.
GOP presidential candidate Ron DeSantis on television screens at a Washington, D.C. bar during the first 2024 Republican presidential primary debate on Aug. 23, 2023.
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In a general election, most people will vote for their party’s candidate. But in a primary, voters rely on media coverage to help them choose among candidates. And that gives the media influence.
President Biden and Vice President Harris met on Feb. 27, 2024, with congressional leaders to avert a shutdown.
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Congress is again on the brink of a government shutdown only 3½ months after the last close call.
The former U.S. president speaks in Greenville, S.C., on Feb. 20, 2024.
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From Robin Hood to Al Capone, outlaw heroes have played a significant role in American culture. Trump claims he is one of them.
Yulia Navalnaya, the wife of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, attends the Munich Security Conference on Feb. 16, 2024, the day it was announced Navalny was dead.
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The quick rise of Yulia Navalnaya in Russian politics closely mirrors the story of other female politicians who gain prominence after their husbands or fathers are no longer able to lead.
A person signs a bus wrapped with an image of former President Donald Trump during the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 22, 2024.
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While Ronald Reagan is closely tied to this conservative conference’s origins, it has become a multiday event for die-hard Trump supporters.
Will war fatigue be a factor?
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Russia appears to have seized the battleground initiative as the Ukraine war marks its second anniversary – but the conflict is far from over.
Supporters listen to Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley speak at a campaign event in Beaufort, S.C., on Feb. 21, 2024.
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While Nikki Haley trails Donald Trump in polling ahead of the South Carolina primary, the estimates don’t capture the Democrats and independents who are also able to vote in the Republican primary.
Satellite radar data shows the complete destruction of the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut.
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Satellite photography of the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut shows block after block of destroyed buildings. Satellite radar provides a different view – a systematic look at the destruction of the whole city.
Do you feel included in how government handles and uses data?
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Governments can exclude certain groups of people in policies and services not only by the type of data they collect but also how they collect, store, analyze and use the data.
A memorial to Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny laid in Saint Petersburg on February 16, 2024.
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Donald Trump says he’s being politically persecuted, like Russian democracy martyr Alexei Navalny, who died while in a Russian prison on Feb. 16. A scholar says there’s no comparison between the men.
Tucker Carlson at a Moscow grocery store, praising the bread.
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Tucker Carlson’s sycophantic interview with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, and his subsequent praise for Russia’s subways, supermarkets and cheeseburgers, was not journalism. It was propaganda.
New York City’s use of stop-and-frisk was found to be unconstitutional in 2013.
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Evidence from NYC shows that stop-and-frisk policing leads to greater mistrust of police and more racial disparities in the criminal justice system.
Young voters in Ann Arbor, Mich., fill out applications to cast their ballot in the midterm elections in November 2022.
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While young voters say they would be more likely to vote for Biden after they learn more about the economy and other topics, they did not appear affected by Donald Trump’s norm-defying behavior.
New York City could be described as a news oasis – the city’s density and wealth mean there are many news outlets competing.
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The number of nonprofit news outlets is holding steady as they go out of business just as fast as they are founded.
Despite the popular guidance, marriage can be an economic risk for single parents with unstable partners.
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Marriage on its own won’t do away with child poverty, and in fact it can create even more instability for low-income families.
Nikki Haley greets supporters at a campaign stop in Aiken, S.C., on Feb. 5, 2024.
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A presidential candidate’s ‘home state advantage’ should help them win a primary, which then bodes well for how they do in successive contests. But if they lose their home state, they’re in trouble.
Unchecked, politicians are likely to try to grab as much electoral power as they can.
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Electoral redistricting is a high-stakes political game, so Democrats and Republicans have a hard time playing fair. When they’re made to work together, a more representative result is possible.