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  2. DP World Purchase (16)
  3. Death Penalty (6)
  4. Draft (3)
  5. Economy (32)
  6. Education (9)
  7. Energy, Environment (18)
  8. Federal Budget (53)
  9. First Amendment (9)
  10. Foreign Policy (12)
  11. Freedom of the Press (1)
  12. Gay Marriage (22)
  13. Gun Control (3)
  14. Health Care (28)
  15. Hurricanes (19)
  16. Immigration
  17. Immigration (22)
  18. Intelligent Design (14)
  19. National Security (2)
  20. Net Neutrality and COPE (6)
  21. Political Scandals in the United States (3)
  22. Puerto Rico Statehood (1)
  23. Retirement Issues (2)
  24. Stem Cell Research (7)
  25. Taxes (10)
  26. Technology (1)
  27. Term Limits (0)
  28. Terrorism (67)
  29. The Firing Of US Attorneys (14)
  30. The Plame Game (17)
  31. War on Drugs (6)

Background on Healthcare Debate
Details of the different plans beind offered by Democrats and Republicans, with the goal of healthcare reform to pass Congress in 2009.

Gays in the Military
Background on the issue of gays in the military

The Rod Blagojevich Scandal
Milorad "Rod" R. Blagojevich was the first Democrat to be elected governor of Illinois, the fifth largest state in the country, since 1972. He was impeached on 29 January 2009. He may face a federal criminal indictment.

How Many US Governors Have Been Impeached?
Only eight U.S. governors have been impeached and removed from office.

What Is The Digital TV Transition
In 1996, the U.S. Congress authorized broadcast television stations to add a digital channel alongside their analog channel. On 17 February 2009, local television stations will cease broadcasting using analog signals; effective 18 February, all television in the U.S. will be composed of a digital signal. Digital broadcasting provides a clearer picture and more channels and will free up airwaves …

What Is The Digital TV Transition
In 1996, the U.S. Congress authorized broadcast television stations to add a digital channel alongside their analog channel. On 17 February 2009, local television stations will cease broadcasting using analog signals; effective 18 February, all television in the U.S. will be composed of a digital signal. Digital broadcasting provides a clearer picture and more channels and will free up airwaves …

What Is The Equal Time Rule?
The equal time rule This is a provision of the 1934 Communications Act (section 315) that "requires radio and television stations and cable systems which originate their own programming to treat legally qualified political candidates equally when it comes to selling or giving away air time."

What Is The Fairness Doctrine?
The fairness doctrine was a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) policy. The FCC believed that broadcast licenses (required for both radio and terrestrial TV stations) were a form of public trust and, as such, licensees should provide balanced and fair coverage of controversial issues. The policy was a casualty of Reagan Administration de-regulation.

FISA Reports To Congress - 1979-2006
The following table contains data on the applications for authority to conduct electronic surveillance and physical search for foreign intelligence purposes; these applications were made by the Federal Government during calendar years 1979-2006.

Blue Laws - Alcohol
Blue laws in the US.

Voting Equipment Used in the United States
Table details Voting Equipment Used in the United States

The Politics of Labor
Since 2000, American worker productivity has increased 16 percent. Wages, on the other hand, have gone up only 1 percent for the "typical middle-income American worker." But between 2000 and 2005, "median CEO pay rose 84 percent to $6.05 million on an inflation-adjusted basis, according to [the Economic Policy Institute]."

Financial Data Protection Act of 2006
The Financial Data Protection Act of 2006 amends the Fair Credit Reporting Act in areas relating to data security.

Politics At Gnomedex
Politics at the 2006 Gnomedex conference in Seattle.

Flag Burning and the US Congress
History of the US Congress and attempts to protect the flag from desecration

Juvenile Jail Rates
Admission Rates of Juveniles To State Public Facilities

Your Personal Data: Collection and Security
Whether it's government thumb drives for sale in Afghanistan or armed services personnel data on a stolen employee laptop (active duty personnel, not just vets, are at risk) ... data security is an imperfect art in the US government. This begs the question: why are government officials pushing a national DNA registry -- for every American?

Prison/Jail Population Allegations of Racism
The politics of crime -- and the cost of incarceration -- are serious public policy issues, at both the state and national level.

Commentary: The Politics of Sex in America - From US Politics at About.com
American has ongoing battles about sex education (what to teach, if to teach, when to teach). And yet we have double the teen pregnancy rate of other Western countries that teach comprehensive sex-ed classes. What is the origin of this tempest?

Background - Six Ports To Be Managed by Arab Firm
In February 2006, the Bush Administration approved the purchase of a UK-based firm operating six port facilities in the US by a United Arab Emirates purchaser. The decision proved politically controversial.

2005 Hurricane Season - Storms and Damage
Names, records set, effect and damage estimates of hurricanes in the 2005 season.

The 2005 Energy Bill
Overview of HR 6, the 2005 Energy Bill.

Being an Indian in America
Examines issues, statistics and life of American Indians and provides information on process to "prove" ancestry.

Terri Schiavo Case : Compilation
This is an annotated compilation of blog posts and other writings on the Terri Schiavo case.

Roll Call - Class Action Fairness Act
Senate and House roll call vote on Class Action Fairness Act.

Women in Academia and the Sciences
In the wake of the controversy on women in science ignited by Harvard President Summers, this document provides facts and data on women in the sciences.

US Copyright Law - An Overview
An overview of US Copyright law.

Covert Propaganda - GAO Report
Overview and definition of "covert propaganda" from 2004 GAO Report.

September Jobs : Anemic Economy
September jobs data show an anemic economy and a President slated to lose jobs on his watch.

Tort Reform : Needed or Hyped?
Analysis of claims that the country is drowning in frivolous lawsuits.

Assault Weapon Ban Expires
Review of the ban on semi-automatic assualt weapons, with list of affected guns.

Candidate Position Review : Taxes
The issue of taxes is always a hot one for voters. See how the major candidates stand on issues related to taxation -- either through formal policy papers or media quotes.

Candidates Bush and Kerry on the Federal Budget
Using material from their web sites and from the public record, this analysis shows where mainstream candidates Bush and Kerry differ on the issue of the federal budget.

Notes on the Founding Fathers and the Separation of Church and State
Quartz Hill School of Theology overview of the religious persuasion of John Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine. Asserts that the founders did not view America as a "Christian nation" based on the language of the 1797 Treaty of Peace and Friendship with Tripoli, a Muslim country.

Candidate Issues Comparison - CNN
CNN compares the positions of President Bush, Senator Kerry and Ralph Nader on issues from civil rights to taxes and spending.

Candidate Issues Comparison - Post
The Washington Post compares the positions of President Bush and Senator Kerry on issues from abortion to national security.

Hot Button Campaign Issues
NPR examines six hot-button campaign issues: health care, Homeland Security, the Iraq war, job growth and the economy, taxes, and the "Bush factor" or the politics of personality. Requires Real Player.

Spinsanity
Spinsanity: countering rhetoric with reason is the leading web watchdog of manipulative political rhetoric. Have a question about how an issue is being "spun"? There could very well be an answer here, whether the speaker is a politician or a media pundit.

Supremes Rule on Pledge Case
Analysis of Supreme Court decision on pledge of allegiance legal case.

Results for 2010 Colorado Primary Election
Election results for the Aug. 10, 2010 Colorado primary

Results for the 2010 Georgia Primary Run-off Election
Results for the 2010 Georgia Primary Run-off Election

Presidential Candidates Against SOPA
Find out why the 2012 presidential candidates are against SOPA. Read what each presidential hopeful has said about SOPA and the proposed crackdown on piracy of intellectual property online. Find out what the legislation would do.

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