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Pro-statehood supporters at the seaside Capitol in San Juan, Puerto Rico. AP Photo/Danica Coto

Are Puerto Ricans really American citizens?

Over the years, Puerto Ricans have in fact been granted three different types of U.S. citizenship, but questions about their rights and equal treatment as citizens still remain.
Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, 2017, as VP Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan applaud. Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP

Trump’s address to Congress: Expert reaction

Three scholars grade Trump's first address to Congress. How did he do on Obamacare? What would his 'merit-based' immigration proposal mean? And can he play nice with others
Vice President-elect Mike Pence, second from left, with House Speaker Paul Ryan, center, and other key Republicans discuss the repeal of Obamacare. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Winning over Congress’ key members would spell legislative victory for President Trump

An analysis of more than 30 years of congressional voting reveals that a few key members of Congress determine whether a president will achieve their agenda. Who are they, and can Trump win them over?
Activists in Seattle practice for demonstrations against Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill in the Arctic, April 17, 2015. AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Will Obama’s offshore drilling ban be Trumped?

President Obama used an obscure 1953 law to bar offshore drilling in Arctic Alaska and along the Atlantic coast. Republicans and energy companies want to reverse the ban, but it will not be easy.
Sen. Jeff Sessions listens as then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks, October 2016. AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File

An activist’s playbook: How to influence Trump’s cabinet and policies

In 1981, many criticized Ronald Reagan's nominee to head human rights initiatives in the State Department. Here is how activists mobilized to ensure the nomination was rejected.
Incumbent Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., won reelection. AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File

Why the Democrats won’t win the House in 2018

State legislators in 18 states are intentionally drawing congressional boundaries to favor their party, according to experts who ran thousands of simulations using open-source mapping software.
Senator-elect Todd Young, R-Indiana, thanks supporters after winning his race at an election night rally in Indianapolis. AP Photo/Michael Conroy

Democrats failed to gain a Senate majority, too

Hopes among Democrats of gaining a majority in the Senate were dashed. Here's what a narrow Republican majority might mean moving forward.

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