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7 Possible Presidential Candidates in 2016
Find out who's on the short list of 2016 presidential candidates. Read bios of the possible 2016 presidential candidates. Learn about the political careers of the candidate who will succeed President Barack Obama in the White House.
When is President Obama's Last Day in Office?
Find out the date of President Barack Obama's last day as president. See when Obama's second term in the White House ends. Discover who could be running to replace him and when the next election is.
What's in The Bill of Rights?
The history and texts of the first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States.
Why American Presidents Can Only Serve 2 Terms
Find out why presidents can serve only two terms in office. Learn about the reasons behind the presidential term limit. See which amendment to the the U.S. Constitution allows president to serve only two terms.
What Oath of Office Do Federal Officials Need...
Details the oath of office for members of Congress. Page 4.
How Much Is A Billion? -- What Is A Billion In...
Context for understanding how much is a billion.: financial ruin time politicians one thousand million quintillion quadrillion
Party In Power - Congress and Presidency - A...
Table showing the party in power (balance of power) in each of the three branches of government, from 1945-2008.
When The 2016 Presidential Candidates Announced...
Find out when candidates for president in 2016 will begin announcing their campaigns. See when other presidential hopefuls have launched their campaigns. Learn how early candidates must begin their work to get elected.
Understanding The Watergate Scandal and How It...
The Watergate scandal occurred during the presidency of Richard Nixon; it resulted in the indictment of several of Nixon's advisors and his resignation on 9 August 1974.
How Does the U.S. Constitution Get Amended?
How to amend the Constitution of the United States.
Air Force One Cost
Find out how much the U.S. presidential plane Air Force One Costs taxpayers. Learn about whether the president uses the airplane for political purposes. See how the president reimburses for Air Force One costs when it's used for less-than-official purposes.
Why Do Presidents Use More Than One Pen to Sign...
Here's why U.S. presidents use more than one pen to sign some bills into law. Find out which president started the tradition of using several pens to sign laws. See who used the most pens to sign a bill into law.
Understanding the Grand Jury Process
The Grand Jury in the United States: an historical overview with details on selection, reponsibilities, secrecy, subpoena power, and indictments.
What Does It Mean When Congress Is In Recess?
A Congressional session runs for one year, 3 January to sometime in December. When Congress is in a recess, business has been put
States Where Marijuana is Legal
See where marijuana is legal in the United States. See which states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Find out how federal laws and state laws are enforced.
How Many Gun Laws Did Obama Sign?
Find out how many gun laws were signed by President Barack Obama. See what the gun laws signed by Obama actually do. Learn about Obama's proposals for gun control.
How To Contact Your Congressmen and Senators
How to get in touch with your U.S. congressman.
What Is the President's Cabinet and What Does...
The United States Cabinet (usually referred to as
List of Obama Scandals and Controversies
Read of list of the scandals and controversies that occurred during President Barack Obama's administration. Find out the outcome of the Obama scandals and controversies. Learn about the impact the controversies had on Obama's agenda.
Do Presidents Have to Be Born On U.S. Soil?
Find out whether Americans born overseas are eligible to serve as U.S. president. See which candidates have been challenged over their eligibility. Learn what the Constitution and legal scholars say about whether presidents must have been born on American soil.
Are Illegal Immigrants Covered Under Obamacare?
Are illegal immigrants covered under Obamacare? Find out how undocumented immigrants can get free health care in the United States. Read about the controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's health care reform law.
What Do Lobbyists Do?
Find out what lobbyists do. Read about their role in American politics. Learn about the rules and regulations covering lobbyists.
5 Possible Causes of the Great Depression
Economists and historians are still debating the causes of the Great Depression. While we know what happened, we have only theories to explain the reason for the economic collapse. This overview will arm you with knowledge of the political events that may have helped cause the Great Depression.
What Is a Super PAC?
Read the definition of a super PAC. Learn about the history of super PACs and the role they play in presidential politics. See how the controversial committees came into existence.
How to Start a Super PAC
Find out how to start a super PAC. See what steps you need to take to begin raising and spending money on elections. Learn what to do with your own super PAC once you've created it.
Military Conscription, Recruiting and The Draft
Overview of the history of the draft in the US. Page 2.
Read Up on America's History with Abortion
This issue summary provides background about abortion in America, presents various points of view on the political aspects of abortion, and provides links to pro choice and pro life organizations.
What Is A Political Action Committee (PAC)?
Federal political action committees, PACs, raise
Who Was the First Gay President?
Find out why Barack Obama was called the first gay president. Learn who historians claim truly was the first gay president. Read about the controversy surrounding the sexuality of American presidents.
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 deregulation.
8 Steps to How Supreme Court Nominees Are Chosen
A step-by-step look at how new U.S. Supreme Court justices are chosen and nominated by the White House and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Your Comprehensive Timeline for Obama's...
When Barack Obama decided he wanted to run for the Illinois Senate in 1996, he ensured his candidacy by successfully challenging the nomination petitions of his four competitors. This article provides a timeline of Obama's political career.
Why There are 435 Members of the House of...
Find out why there are 435 members of the House of Representatives. Learn about efforts to reduce the size of the U.S. Congress. See how the size of the House affects you.
The Difference Between Executive Actions and...
Learn about executive actions. Find out how U.S. presidents use executive actions. Read examples of executive actions. See how executive actions compare to executive orders.
Who Supports Jeb Bush For President? These 5...
Find out which Republicans are supporting a Jeb Bush presidential campaign. See why these Republicans are backing Bush for the White House in 2016.
Here's How Many Days Congress Really Works in...
Find out how many days Congress really works in a year. See how the average work week for a member of Congress compares to that of the average American worker. Learn why the relative small number of session days for members of Congress can be misleading.
What Is a Blue Dog Democrat?
Find out what a Blue Dog Democrat is. Read examples of Blue Dog Democrats in Congress. Learn how Blue Dog Democrats differ from ordinary Democrats.
What Does Sequestration Actually Mean?
Read a definition of sequestration. Find out how sequestration is used in the federal budget process. See examples of sequestration.
Nominating a Supreme Court Justice
Selecting, nominating and confirming a Supreme Court Justice is a multi-step process. The President nominates and the Senate confirms Supreme Court Justices.
The Difference Between Authorization and...
Describes the difference between authorization of a program and appropriations for a program.
113th Congress
Learn about the 113th Congress. Discover the political makeup of the 113th Congress. Find out how many women and minorities were members of the 113th Congress.
Learn How Filibusters Delay Senate Procedures
Overview of Senate procedural Rule 22, filibuster and cloture .
How to Get a Job in Politics
Find out how to get a job in politics. Learn about the different types of jobs in politics. See how to get started in politics.
How Much Is A Trillion? : What Is A Trillion In...
Context for understanding how much is a trillion.: jet planes financial ruin 1 000 bills time politicians one thousand million
The Term Limit Debate
Learn about the debate over term limits for politicians. See what the pros and cons are of term limits for Congress and the president. Find out what happened to legislation that would have imposed term limits on politicians.
US Cities Hit Most Often By Tropical Storms and...
More than three-quarters of the top 29 US cities hit by hurricanes are in Florida.
Ted Cruz Biography
Read a biography of Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Find out where Ted Cruz stands on important issues. See why Ted Cruz is such a divisive figure in American politics.
Historical Presidential Approval Ratings - End...
Chart of end-of-term Presidential Approval ratings. Links to current approval ratings -- job, Iraq -- as well as Presidential candidate polling data.
10 Most Memorable Campaign Songs
Read a list of the best campaign songs used by presidential candidates. Find out how politicians choose campaign theme music. See what recording artists had to say about their music being used by politicians.
Why Aren't There Any Bearded Politicians?
Find out why there aren't many bearded politicians in the United States. See why modern politicians don't wear facial hair. Learn about some of the famous bearded politicians in U.S. history.
Pros and Cons of the Death Penalty (Capital...
After a 10-year moratorium, the United States re-instituted the death penalty in 1977. This article provides an overview of statistics, arguments pro-and-con, background of capital punishment. Page 2.
List of Presidents With Beards
Read a complete list of American presidents with beards. Find out which presidents wore beards. See who were the first and most recent presidents to wear beards.
What Is The Fourth Estate?
The fourth estate is a term that references the press, positioning it as a fourth branch of government.
What Is The Equal Time Rule?
The equal time rule This is a provision of the 1934 Communications Act (section 315) that
The Hatch Act
Passed in 1939, the Hatch Act restricts the political activity of executive branch employees of the federal government, District of Columbia government, and some state and local employees who work in connection with federally funded programs.
Hillary Clinton Says She Was Asked to Criticize...
Find out why Hillary Clinton refused to attack Sarah Palin the 2008 presidential campaign. See why Hillary Clinton's claims have rankled President Barack Obama.
Hillary Clinton on the Issues
Find out where Hillary Clinton stands on the issues. See what likely 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said about the most important issues of the day. Learn how Hillary's position on some issues has changed over time.
10 Best Political TV Shows
Use this gift guide to find the best political TV shows for the politico on your gift list.
How Are Senate Vacancies Filled?
What happens when a Senator dies in office or resigns? How is the replacement handled?
What Does It Mean To Be Partisan?
Definition of partisan. US Politics.
What You Need to Know about the US Healthcare...
The nation's health care system is once again in the spotlight as part of President Obama's policy agenda. Growing numbers of Americans are uninsured; costs keep rising (annual growth rate, 6.7%); and the public is increasingly worried about the issue. The U.S. spends more money on health care than any other nation. By 2017, we will be spending about $13,000 per person, according to the annual projection by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Party in Power
See the political makeup of the House of Representatives and Senate. Learn how many Republicans and Democrats have been sent to Washington over the years.
5 Myths About the Obama Executive Orders
Read the most prevalent myths about President Barack Obama's executive orders. Learn the truth behind the myths. Find out how Obama's use of executive orders compared to that of other modern presidents.
10 Most Famous Political Quotes of All Time
Read a list of the most famous political quotes in U.S. history. Find out who uttered the most memorable political quotes. Learn the context of the most famous political quotes in America.
Top 10 Classic Political Novels
Top 10 classic political novels, from 1984 to To Kill a Mockingbird.
Side-By-Side: Hurricane Katrina v Hurricane...
A timeline of events leading up to the landfall of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.
Could Bill Clinton Serve in Hillary Clinton's...
Find out what role Bill Clinton would play in a Hillary Clinton administration. Read what Hillary Clinton said about her husband's position in her administration. See what the former president says about his position in Hillary's administration.
President Barack Obama's Second Term Agenda
Learn about President Barack Obama's second-term agenda. See what items Obama will make a priority during his second term in the White House. Find out how likely Obama's second-term agenda items are to pass.
When is the 2016 Election?
Find out the date of the 2016 election. See which offices are up for election in 2016. Learn about who sets the date of the 2016 election.
What Is An Earmark?
Earmarks are funds provided by the Congress for specific projects or programs in such a manner that the allocation (a) circumvents a merit-based or competitive allocation process; (b) applies to a very limited number of individuals or entities; or (c) otherwise curtails the ability of the Executive Branch to independently manage the agency budget
Congressional Seats Gained/Lost By The...
A mid-term election occurs two years after a Presidential election; one-third of the Senate and all of the seats in the House of Representatives are at stake. Conventional wisdom holds that the President's party will lose seats during a mid-term election.
What is a Presidential Executive Order?
Executive orders are official documents by which the President of the United States manages the operations of the Federal Government.
What Is GATT - General Agreement on Tariffs and...
What is the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade?
McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform
The McCain-Feingold Act, Public Law 107-155. is United States federal law that regulates the financing of political campaigns; chief sponsors were Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Russell Feingold (D-WI). The law became effective 6 November 2002.
Public Holidays In The United States
What are the nationwide public holidays in the United States and how is a holiday born?
Here are the Men Who Served as Barack Obama's...
President Barack Obama has had three press secretaries - Robert Gibbs, Jay Carney and Josh Earnest. Read about their backgrounds and controversies.
Facebook Age Requirement Set in Federal Law
Find out why there's a Facebook age requirement. See which federal law imposes a minimum age for use of Facebook and popular web email services including GMail and Yahoo! Discover how some people get around the Facebook age requirement.
What Does It Mean To Be A Natural Born Citizen?
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Entitlement Programs and Their Role in the...
Explains entitlement programs and their importance in the federal budget.
How Social Media Has Changed Politics
Find out how social media has had changed American politics. See how political campaigns use Twitter and Facebook. Learn about the trouble some candidates have gotten into on social media networks.
Balanced Budget Amendment
The amendment would prohibit the federal government from spending more than it takes in, unless Congress specifically authorizes the additional spending.
The Military Draft
Issues surrounding the all volunteer Army and the draft.
Supreme Court Swing-Vote Cases
Many controversial issues have been decided by a 5-4 vote of the Supreme Court; the swing vote is the person who is vote number five.
How to Run for Congress is 5 Easy Steps
Find out how to run for Congress. Read these five steps to running for Congress. Learn about the process of running for the House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate.
These members of Congress threatened to oust...
Find out which members of Congress were most outspoken about impeaching President Barack Obama. See why they wanted to impeach Obama. Discover the outcomes of their efforts.
List of Living Presidents
This is a list of living U.S. presidents. Find out which presidents are still alive. Learn who the oldest living president is in the United States.
US Senate
What powers are granted to the Senate by the US Constitution? Page 2.
Janet Yellen Bio
Learn about Janet Yellen and her work on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Find out whether Janet Yellen will be nominated to replace Ben Bernanke as the Fed chairman. See where Yellen has worked before joining the Federal Reserve Board.
Julián Castro Bio
Read a biography of Julián Castro. Learn about his political career and why he is a rising star in the Democratic Party. See why he was chosen to speak at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
How Much You Can Give to Political Candidates...
Find out how much money you can contribute to the federal political candidate of your choice. See how those candidates are allowed to spend the money. Learn about the limits to how much you can give in each election cycle.
2016 Presidential Election
Learn about the 2016 presidential election. Find out when the 2016 president election is. See who's running in the 2016 presidential election.
What is Treason?
Read a definition of treason. Find out what constitutes treason in American law. Learn what the punishment is for treason.
10 Biggest Budget Deficits
This is a list of the 10 largest federal budget deficits in modern history. Find out under which president the biggest deficits occurred. See how those administrations explained their overspending.
Why the U.S. Might Give Free Movie Tickets to...
Find out why some experts believe the U.S. government should give free movie tickets to food stamp recipients. See why the proposal drew negative reactions.
Number of Keystone XL Pipeline Jobs is a Matter...
Find out how many Keystone Pipeline jobs would be created. See why estimates for the number of jobs created by the pipeline differ. Discover who's making what claims about the project's benefit to the economy.
What Is The FAA?
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for ensuring the safety of civil aviation; it is functions as agency within the US Department of Transportation
President Obama's Executive Team
The president's cabinet is composed of the most senior appointed officers of the Executive Branch of government. Cabinet officers are nominated by the President and confirmed or rejected by the Senate. A cabinet is authorized in Article 2 of the U.S. Constitution. Cabinet officers are titular heads of the permanent executive agencies of the government.
Rick Santorum Daughter Bella Santorum
Read about Rick Santorum's daughter Bella Santorum. Learn about Balla Santorum's rare genetic disorder. Discover why Santorum considers his daughter a miracle.
Can You Recall a Member of Congress?
Find out whether you can recall a member of Congress. See what the U.S Constitution says about recalling a member of Congress. Learn about past attempts to recall members of Congress.
How Does The Electoral College Work?
Although we cast a ballot for a presidential nominee on election day (the first Tuesday in November),
Cloture Definition
Read a definition of the cloture rule. Find out how the rule came into being in the U.S. Senate. Discover how often cloture is used.
Should Voters Have to Pass a Test?
Learn about a time when voters had to pass a test. Find out why some people think voters should have to pass a test on Election Day. See what federal laws say about forcing voters to pass a test.
5 Celebrity Politicians
Read a list of five of the most famous celebrity politicians. See which offices these movie stars held in the federal government. Learn why these TV stars decided to go into politics.
How Do Congressional Conference Committees Work?
A Congressional Conference Committee is composed of members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, and it is charged with resolving disagreements on a specific piece of legislation.
What Is The Seniority System?
In Congress, the seniority system describes the practice of granting privileges to members of Congress (Senators and Representatives) who have served the longest.
5 Famous Negative Ads
Read a list of the five most famous negative ads in American political history. See which candidates were targeted by these effective attack ads. Learn why negative ads work.
11th Commandment Definition
Read a definition of the 11th commandment in Republican politics. Find out where the term originated. See how the term has been used and misused in campaigns.
Mitt Romney
Learn about 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Find out where Romney stands on important issues. See how much Romney and his family are worth.
US Civil Rights Act - 1964 - Title 2
Text of the US Civil Rights Act - 1964 - Title 2.: opportunity definitions equal employment opportunity civil rights act 1964 community relations service restaurant cafeteria
List of Landslide Presidential Elections by...
Learn about some of the most famous landslide presidential elections in American political history. Find out which candidates won landslide presidential elections. See how much a landslide victory is in presidential politics.
Can One Vote Make a Difference?
Find out whether one vote can make a difference in American elections. Learn about the odds that presidential, congressional and legislative races can be decided by one vote. See which races in history have been decided by one vote.
What Was The Chrysler Bailout?
The year was 1979. Jimmy Carter was in the White House. G. William Miller was Treasury Secretary. And Chrysler was in trouble. Would the federal government help save he nation's number three automaker?
How Senators Use the Filibuster to Stop...
Definition of a filibuster and how it has been used in the U.S. Senate, as well as famous filibustersn in Senate history and popular culture.
Bills Vetoed by President Bush
Details on the bills that have been vetoed by President George W. Bush (43).
Davis-Bacon Act (1931)
The Davis-Bacon Act (1931) requires federal contractors to pay prevailing wages -- in other words, public funds cannot be used in price discrimination. Ironically, an Act championed by Republicans has been suspended most almost exclusively by Republican Presidents.
President Eisenhower On The Military-Industrial...
In his farewell address, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned the American public of the dangers of the military-industrial complex.
Presidents of the U.S.A.
Terms of office, political affiliation, and brief bios of the Presidents of the United States.
What is the Grand Bargain?
Find out more about the grand bargain of 2012. See how the grand bargain would affect the national debt. Read about the political controversy surrounding the grand bargain.
What Is Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?
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US Civil Rights Act - 1964
Text of the US Civil Rights Act - 1964
Is David Letterman Really a Liberal?
Learn about David Letterman's political views. Find out where the Late Show With David Letterman host stands on the issues. See why some viewers think Letterman is a liberal.
Which U.S. Presidents Were Impeached? Here's a...
Read a list of all the U.S. president who were impeached. See what caused the House of Representatives to impeach them. Find out why happened to the impeached presidents.
What Does It Mean When Congress Adjourns?
A Congressional session runs for one year, 3 January to sometime in December. Adjournment means that Congress is out of session, it is closed to business. This is in contrast to a recess, which we might think of as
What is Early Voting?
Read a definition of early voting in American politics. Find out how early voting works. See a list of states that allow voters to cast their ballots before Election Day.
What Is Medicare?
An indepth look at medicare, one of the primary U.S. government programs for health care. Page 1 of 2.
Top 10 Political Movies
Use this gift guide to find the best political movie for the politico on your gift list.
Open Primary Definition
Find out what an open primary is in American politics. See how an open primary differs from other types of party nominating elections. Learn which states hold open primaries.
Do Members of Congress Get Subsidies for...
Read about the health care subsidy members of Congress and their staffs get to purchase health care. Find out why the health care subsidy was included in Obamacare. Learn about the controversy over the health care subsidy for members of Congress.
The First Electoral College Tie
Read about the first Electoral College tie in American political history. Find out how an Electoral College tie is broken. See which American president emerged victorious after the first Electoral College tie.
Regulating Food
The Food and Drug Administration develops standards of identity for food products. Here's how.
A Comparison of Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln
The Obama campaign has made the hay out of the Lincoln legacy, from making his announcement speech on
Government Shutdowns in U.S. History
There have been 18 government shutdowns in modern U.S. political history. The longest lasted three weeks. Here is a list of all of them and their duration.
Controversial Presidential Pardons - Who Did...
As the end of President Bush's term drew near, he had pardoned about half as many people as his prior two-term predecessors, Clinton and Ronald Reagan. Page 4.
What is Dark Money?
Learn about the influence of dark money in politics. Read a definition of dark money. See some example of dark money contributions to campaigns.
What Caused the Government Shutdown of 2013
Learn about the government shutdown of 2013. Find out what caused the government shutdown of 2013. See why Republicans and Democrats couldn't agree on a budget in time for the new fiscal year.
What is the National Security Agency?
Learn about the National Security Agency. Find out what the National Security Agency does. Read about the history of the National Security Agency.
Hillary Clinton's Postion on Illegal Immigrants
Find out where Hillary Clinton stands on illegal immigration. See where she stands on the controversial path to citizenship for people living in the United States illegally.
US Senate Select Committee On Intelligence
Overview and members of the US Senate Select Committee On Intelligence
What Is A Green Card?
: Green card is the popular name given to the US Permanent Resident Card . Foreigners who hold such an
Here's the Real Reason Republicans Are Holding...
Find out why the Republican National Committee chose Cleveland, Ohio, to holds its convention in 2016. Learn about the political ramifications of the decision.
Landslide Definition in Politics
Find out what a landslide election is in American politics. See examples of landslide elections in modern congressional and presidential elections. Learn what percentage margin constitutes a landslide election win.
How Many US Governors Have Been Impeached?
How Many US Governors Have Been Impeached?
How to Talk Politics and Still Stay Friends
Here are 5 tips for how to talk politics with friends and family. Find out how to stay friends even if you're a liberal and your friends are conservatives. Learn how to talk politics without upsetting guests at holiday gatherings.
Quotes About Politics
Quotations from politicans and other famous people - talking about politics.
US Politics - Forum Guidelines
Terms of use policies for the US Politics Forum at About.com
U.S. Immigration Policy
A look at changes in U.S. immigration policy being considered by President Obama and the 111th Congress. Page 1 of 2.
Secret Service Protection for Presidential...
Find out how and when presidential candidates get Secret Service protection. See how much Secret Service protection costs taxpayers. Learn about the code names for each candidate in the 2012 election.
Why Americans Hate Congress But Like Their...
Find out why Americans dislike Congress intensely but keep re-election their own members of Congress. Learn about Congress' approval ratings and its member incumbency rates. See where there's a disparity between public opinion and re-election rates.
Valerie Plame Affair
Who are the players in the investigation of the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame's name in the summer of 2003?
Salaries of US Federal Officials
Current salaries for members of the U.S. Congress as well as the White House and the Courts.
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