Signatures were collected to put the death penalty on the 2016 Nebraska ballot.
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Of the 34 state ballot initiatives seeking to limit or abolish the death penalty, 31 have failed. Is this democracy at its worst?
White men gain more health benefits from employment than do black men and women.
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Employment is good for health, but it is even better for white men than for others. And unemployment is worse for white men than others. Could these findings shine light on our political situation?
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Laws that limit presidential power won't enforce themselves – Congress must act.
2016 San Francisco pride parade.
Gay pride has many exuberant advocates. It also has critics in unexpected places.
The attacks in Manchester and London can be categorized as ‘newest’ terrorism, which is more lethal and public than previous forms of terrorism.
The latest wave of terrorism aims to kill as many people as possible, as horrifically as possible, with new tools and methods. That makes fighting back more difficult.
A Le Pen campaign rally in Villepinte, France on May 1, 2017.
Populist parties like France's Front National typically stress traditional family values. So is it possible for them to appeal to traditional leftist voters like single women and the queer community?
Republican candidate for Georgia’s Sixth District congressional seat Karen Handel declares victory with her husband Steve.
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But there's little evidence the high spending changed any minds, says a political scientist who lives in the district.
Michelle Carter after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
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When do words at an end-of-life decision constitute a crime? A law professor explains why lawmakers should act to clear up the gray area that remains.
Handgun in a holster, baby in a stroller at the 2016 NRA convention in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Mass shootings like the one at a GOP baseball game are more common in the US than in other industrialized nations. And they are getting more frequent and more deadly.
Five generations of a slave family.
On Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the ending of slavery in the US, a historian dispels myths about the 'peculiar institution' of slavery.
Will Trump’s policy put a freeze on the U.S.-Cuba thaw?
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The president restored restrictions on Americans' travel to Cuba and prohibited transactions with its military. Here's why, and what's to come.
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference.
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Research shows that context matters for understanding what a person's words mean – especially when power dynamics are involved.
Fresh Air host Mark Stucky of Newton, Kansas shook hands with Thomas Flowers from Gulfport, Mississippi, as Doris Zerger Stucky – Mark’s mother – watched in this 1960 photo.
Mennonite Library & Archives, Bethel, Kansas
Many urban children who took part in a program that was supposed to enrich their lives dealt with racism instead. Why can't this cultural exchange become a two-way street?
Grime Jme MC with Labour candidate Jeremy Corbyn.
Britain's shock election and its surprising result allows us to see a relay between visual media, the online world and the political one we live in.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.
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Did the attorney general help create a false story on why Comey was fired? Sessions' testimony to Congress provides no answers.
Macron during the first round of parliamentary elections on June 11, 2017.
France's new En Marche! party is on track to win 400 legislative seats, another victory for the country's young president.
Unlike every president who followed him, George H.W. Bush had a background in foreign policy. In 1972, Bush was serving as U.S. ambassador to the U.N.
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The first President Bush had some impressive foreign policies wins, but could he be best remembered for getting the US entangled in Iraq?
Puerto Ricans in favor of independence protest after a referendum was held on the island’s status.
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Some Puerto Ricans voted, but most stayed home amid a looming financial debt crisis and political protests. Will this vote matter?
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Nov. 3, 2012.
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Hawaii was the last state to join the Union. It didn’t happen without a lot of political dealmaking.
Corbyn may not have won enough seats to take over Parliament, but he dealt May a serious blow nonetheless.
AP Photo/Markus Schreiber
UK voters delivered a devastating blow to the prime minister, who combined a populist message with her party's traditional economic policies. She may now face a power struggle.
Police in Istanbul,Turkey disperse gay pride demonstrators with a water cannon in June 2015.
AP Photo/Emrah Gurel
Many in the US are celebrating LGBTQ rights for Gay Pride Month. But data show that most countries, including the US, need to do much more to protect sexual minorities.
Puerto Rican citizen gestures during political rally in 2012.
The Caribbean territory has struggled to build consensus on its relationship to the US. Will this vote be any different in the face of a major financial crisis?
Mildred and Richard Loving in 1965.
In 1958, Mildred and Richard Loving were arrested in Virginia for the crime of being married. The couple helped spark an effort to strike down laws against interracial marriage in the United States.
Former FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
Hoover abused his power as FBI director to serve presidents' interests. The reforms that followed were set up to prevent it from happening again.
The skyline of Doha, Qatar.
Gregory Hawken Kramer
Qatar has used its wealth to adopt policies sometimes rivaling Saudi Arabia’s. Think, for example, of the popular Al-Jazeera. Now the Saudis seem determined to limit Qatari influence as much as possible.