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Learn the back-story and current status of legislation before Congress as well as political leader viewpoints on hot political issues.
  1. Voting
  2. The Federal Budget and The National Debt
  3. Health Care
  4. Immigration
  5. Iraq and Afghanistan

Voting

The U.S. Constitution guarantees every American the right to vote in elections regardless of their race, color, or previous condition of servitude. But that hasn't always been the case in the United States.

The Federal Budget and The National Debt

The US federal debt exceeds $10 trillion; the value of our entire national output of goods and services (GDP) in 2004 was only $12 trillion. The debt is growing due to deficit spending, which has reached record levels under this administration. Explore issues surrounding the federal budget, from tax reform to the federal debt, from budget proposals to expenditures.

Health Care

The issue of health care includes access to insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, abortion. Health care was a major concern of voters in the 2008 presidential election.

Immigration

Immigration reform -- expanding the number of legal immigrants and blocking access to the country by illegals -- is a major political issue. Business wants access to a larger pool of cheaper labor; Americans fear illegal immigration destroys the nation's integrity.

Iraq and Afghanistan

The second War in Iraq has morphed from an event supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans to one opposed by a slim majority. What are the issues surrounding the war as it enters its fifth year? How is it related to the war in Afghanistan?

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