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The Age of Super PACs


A brief history of populism

What is populism?
Broadly speaking, it's the belief that the will of ordinary citizens should prevail over that of a privileged elite. Throughout American history, movements based on anti-elitism ...more

Hillary Clinton’s Authenticity Problem, and Ours

Is Hillary Rodham Clintonnot presenting her true self to voters? As with candidates like Mitt Romney and Al Gore, claims that she is inauthentic have fueled endless cycles of negative coverage of her ...more

Representative Sam Farr Ideology & Leadership Score


Court revokes approval of insecticide, citing 'alarming' decline in bees


Yes, the White House also uses name tents


Sen. Mikulski's Support Ensures Iran Deal Will Withstand GOP Challenge





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Senator Barbara Mikulski, Maryland Democrat, to Retire

WASHINGTON — Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, the animated and occasionally irascible Democrat from Maryland who rose from being a community organizer to become the longest-serving woman in Congress, ...more

Supreme Court Refuses To Block Arizona Driver's Licenses For 'Dreamers'

The Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., voted against Arizona's appeal, which would have allowed a state ban on driver's licenses for young undocumented immigrants.

Arizona hoped an appeal to the U.S. ...more


California adopts college sex crime rule

California has become the first US state to require students on state-funded campuses to have clear, active consent before all sexual activity.

Governor Jerry Brown signed the "yes means yes" bill, ...more

Why Police Don't Need Warrants to Snoop With Drones

Imagine that you lived in a house with a relatively private backyard: fences on all three sides, trees around the perimeter, and no easy way for the neighbors to peek in. Say you're out there playing ...more

It Might Sound Stupid, But Maybe It Isn't The Economy This Time

As they always do on Labor Day, political candidates will begin their campaign sprint to Election Day.

And for years, they have been running on simple advice: "It's the economy, stupid." But this ...more

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These 62 senators represent about one-fourth of the people in the United States.


So do these 6 senators.


Everything you need to know about executions in the United States




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Why Republicans Can’t Relax

They must survive a permanent campaign environment in overdrive—and that also explains why so little is getting done.

Justices Allow Police to Take D.N.A. Samples After Arrests

WASHINGTON — Police may take D.N.A. samples from people arrested for serious crimes, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a 5-to-4 decision.

“When officers make an arrest supported by probable cause ...more

Nevada buses hundreds of mentally ill patients to cities around country

Over the past five years, Nevada's primary state psychiatric hospital has put hundreds of mentally ill patients on Greyhound buses and sent them to cities and towns across America.

Since July 2008, ...more

So You Think You Know the Second Amendment?

Does the Second Amendment prevent Congress from passing gun-control laws? The question, which is suddenly pressing, in light of the reaction to the school massacre in Newtown, is rooted in ...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Two Cases on Gay Marriage

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it would enter the national debate over same-sex marriage, agreeing to hear a pair of cases challenging state and federal laws that define ...more

Administration Weighs Legal Action Against States That Legalized Marijuana Use

WASHINGTON — Senior White House and Justice Department officials are considering plans for legal action against Colorado and Washington that could undermine voter-approved initiatives to legalize the ...more

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World War II Vet Caught Up In Florida's Voter Purge Controversy

Bill Internicola, a 91-yar-old World War II veteran, was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and now lives in Florida's Broward County. He recently received a letter from county elections officials ...more

Just How Independent Are Independent Voters?

Lester Wilson doesn't think of himself as a Republican or a Democrat. He's not a card-carrying Libertarian or Green, either.

The one group he does belong to is the 40 percent of Americans who identify ...more

F.D.A. Is Ordered to Restrict Antibiotics’ Use in Livestock

A federal magistrate judge on Thursday ordered the Obama administration to alert drug makers that the government may soon ban the common agricultural use of popular antibiotics in animals because the ...more

At Heart of Health Law Clash, a 1942 Case of a Farmer’s Wheat

WASHINGTON — If the Obama administration persuades the Supreme Court to uphold its health care overhaul law, it will be in large part thanks to a 70-year-old precedent involving an Ohio farmer named ...more

For N.F.L., Concussion Suits May Be Test for Sport Itself

The long debate over the National Football League’s handling of concussions is reaching the courts in a flurry of lawsuits, raising the possibility that dozens of former players will go before juries ...more

As Public Sector Sheds Jobs, Blacks Are Hit Hardest

Don Buckley lost his job driving a Chicago Transit Authority bus almost two years ago and has been looking for work ever since, even as other municipal bus drivers around the country are being laid ...more

America’s Missing Middle

The coming presidential election badly needs a shot of centrist pragmatism

IT IS a year until Americans go to the polls, on November 6th 2012, to decide whether Barack Obama deserves another term. In ...more

Opponents Say S.C.'s Voting Law Unfair For The Poor

South Carolina is one of several states that passed laws this year requiring voters to show a government-issued photo ID at the polls. The South Carolina measure still needs approval from the U.S. ...more


After Rick Perry stumbles, the Republican cry goes out for a substitute

Open goal, useless strikers

HERE is your match report so far, translated into soccer to spare American readers the pain of having their sporting metaphors mangled by foreigners.

It is the penalty ...more

Yes, the Commerce Clause Still Matters...

WHAT a lot of trouble seven words can cause. In 1787 America’s constitution, a model of clarity in so many other ways, gave to Congress the power “to regulate commerce…among the several states”, and ...more

Redistricting could cost California some clout in Washington


New political maps eliminate safe districts for some powerful senior House members of both parties.

By Richard Simon, Los ...more

Perry’s travel, security costs will stay secret until after 2012


By Sari Horwitz, Published: August 2 ...more

Supreme Court gives police leeway in home searches

Officers may break in if they hear sounds and suspect that evidence is being destroyed, the justices say in an 8-1 decision. Justice Ginsburg dissents.

By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau

May 17, 2011

Republicans Revise Their Plan to Limit Consumer Protection Agency.

WASHINGTON — After losing a contentious battle last year over creating an agency to protect consumers against deceptive financial products, Republicans are fighting the battle again, determined to ...more

The perils of extreme democracy

California offers a warning to voters all over the world

CALIFORNIA is once again nearing the end of its fiscal year with a huge budget hole and no hope of a deal to plug it, as its constitution ...more

Court Affirms California’s Marine Emissions Rules

On Tuesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld California’s right to enforce its own limits on marine emissions.

To hear T.L. Garrett, the vice president of the Pacific ...more

Man Wrongly Convicted: Are Prosecutors Liable?

When prosecutors violate the law to deprive a person of a fair trial, is vindication enough, or should the prosecutors be held liable for damages?

This week, a bitterly divided U.S. Supreme Court all ...more

Private Prison Promises Leave Texas Towns In Trouble

The country with the highest incarceration rate in the world — the United States — is supporting a $3 billion private prison industry. In Texas, where free enterprise meets law and order, there are ...more

The Austerity Delusion (op ed by Paul Krugman)

Portugal’s government has just fallen in a dispute over austerity proposals. Irish bond yields have topped 10 percent for the first time. And the British government has just marked its economic ...more

Obama Plans to Rescue States With Debt Burdens

President Obama is proposing to ride to the rescue of states that have borrowed billions of dollars from the federal government to continue paying unemployment benefits during the economic downturn. ...more

Partisanship Is the New Racism

Democrats and Republicans may sit together for Obama's speech, but partisanship won't budge. Republicans and Democrats in Congress are going to sit together—all chummy and united—during President ...more

Final Exam Study Guide

Fall 2014 U.S. Government - Study Guide

  • Basic Concepts in Democracy - Direct vs. Republic
  • Procedure for Amending the Constitution
  • Federalism
  • Hierarchy - Constitution, Law, Regulations
  • Separation of ...more



The Constitution

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the ...more


Article I - The Legislative Branch (Congress)

Established by Article I of the Constitution, the Legislative Branch consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate, which together form the United States Congress. The Constitution grants ...more


Article II - the Executive Branch

The power of the Executive Branch is vested in the President of the United States, who also acts as head of state and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. The President is responsible for ...more

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Article III - The Judicial Branch

Where the Executive and Legislative branches are elected by the people, members of the Judicial Branch are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

Article III of the Constitution, ...more

Elections & Voting

One of the most important rights of American citizens is the franchise — the right to vote. Originally under the Constitution, only white male citizens over the age of 21 were eligible to vote. This ...more

State and Local Government

Most Americans have more daily contact with their state and local governments than with the federal government. Police departments, libraries, and schools — not to mention driver's licenses and ...more

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