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Welcome to U.S. Politics on About.com
Learn about American politics, elected officials and candidates. Peruse the political process and the latest issues and legislation before Congress.

Term Limits for Congress - Pros and Cons
Learn about term limits for Congress. See what the pros and cons are of term limits. Find out about legislation creating term limits in Congress.

Presidency of the United States
The President of the United States of America is the head of state. The President heads the executive branch of the federal government; the role of the executive branch is to implement national law as outlined in the Constitution and as developed by Congress. The Executive Branch is one of three branches of the US government.

Obama and Lincoln - Similarities and Differences
Find out how President Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln were similar. See how Obama used Lincoln as a role model. Learn about their presidencies.

Political Novels - List of the Best Political Fiction
Read a list of classic political novels. Find out who wrote the best political novels in history. Plot summaries of the best political novels.

Campaigns & Elections
News about campaigns and elections.

Read about the 2016 Presidential Election
Find out who's running for president and what the major issues are in the 2016 presidential election.

Electoral College
Articles about the Electoral College

Presidential Debates
Information and details about presidential debates.

Vice Presidency
Vice Presidency news and information.

Political Conventions
Articles about political conventions.

Money in Politics
Money in Politics. US Politics.

2014 Election
Find out who's on the ballot and when the primaries are in the 2014 congressional and gubernatorial elections.

Ethics
Formal and informal rules governing how political campaigns are run in the United States.

Midterm Election Results - House and Senate Turnover
Learn about historical midterm election results. See which party picks up seats in midterm elections. Find out why the president's party fares poorly.

The United States Congress
The U.S. Congress is the bicameral legislature of the federal government of the United States. It consists of two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Congress is one of three branches of the US government.

Appropriation Definition - Spending Bills in Congress
Read a definition of an appropriation in U.S. politics. Find out how Congress uses appropriations. Learn about the appropriation process in politics.

Jeb Bush for President - Why He Quit the Race in 2016
Find out which Republicans thought Jeb Bush was going to win the 2016 presidential race. See why these Republicans backed Bush for the White House.

Days Congress Works - Yearly Averages and Totals
Find out how many days Congress really works in a year. See how the average work week for Congress compares to that of the average American worker.

Medicare - What It Is, History, How It Works
An indepth look at medicare, one of the primary U.S. government programs for health care. Page 1 of 2.

Medicare : The Challenges
Part one: medicare. An indepth look at two government programs for health care: medicare and medicaid. Page 2.

Presidential Terms - Why Presidents Can Serve 2 Terms
Find out why the number of presidential terms is limited to two in the United States. Learn about the reasons behind the limit on presidential terms.

Ted Cruz and Obamacare - Where He Gets Health Insurance
Find out why Ted Cruz said he was signing up for Obamacare. Learn about Ted Cruz's health insurance plan. See where Ted Cruz stands on Obamacare.

Super Bowl Flyovers - Cost to Taxpayers
Find out how much money the U.S. military spends on Super Bowl flyovers. Learn why the government continues flyovers when it's trying to cut spending.

House Freedom Caucus - Members and Mission
Learn about the House Freedom Caucus. Read a list of Freedom Caucus founders and members. Find out how the conservative bloc gained so much power.

Entitlement Programs & Their Role in the Federal Budget
Explains entitlement programs and their importance in the federal budget.

Political Party Logos - Republican Elephant and Democrat Donkey
Learn about the history of political icons. Find out why Republicans use elephants and Democrats use donkeys for their logos. Read about their history.

Presidents With No Political Experience - List
Read a list of presidents who had no political experience. Find out how many presidents had no experience. Learn what they did before being elected.

Presidential Approval Ratings - End of Term
Find out which president had the highest approval rating at the end of his term. Learn about historical presidential approval ratings.

Meet the Press Moderators - Complete List
Read a list of all Meet the Press moderators. See who has served as host of the nation's most popular Sunday morning talk show.

Presidential Election - Presidential Election Results By County and Percentage of Vote, 2004
Map showing the results of the 2004 U.S. presidential elections based on county-by-county results, with the color of the county reflecting the degree of

Bush Approval Ratings - Gallup - 2001 - 2006
Bush Approval Rating - 2001 - 2006 - Gallup Data. Page 8.

Bush - Terrorism Approval Rating - 2001-2006
Bush - Terrorism Approval Ratings, Oct 01 - Sept 06. Page 4.

Bush Approval Ratings, Aggregated - Second Term - 20 June 2008
Chart shows aggregated approval ratings for President Bush, second term only. Includes 13 sources and 14-day running average. Page 2.

Bush Approval Ratings, Aggregated - Both Terms - 1 May 2007
Chart shows aggregated approval ratings for President Bush, both terms. Includes 13 sources and 14-day running average. Page 3.

Bush Approval Ratings, Second Term - Pew Research Data
Bush Approval Ratings, Second Term - Pew Research Data

Presidential Approval Rating - Iraq - July 2004
Presidential Approval Rating, Iraq, July 2004, Washington Post Data. Page 6.

Presidential Approval Ratings - Economy - July 2004
Presidential Approval Ratings - Economy - July 2004. Page 7.

Overall Presidential Approval Rating - July 2004
Presidential Approval Rating, July 2004, All Data Washington Post Polls. Page 5.

Presidential Election - The Electoral College, Presidential Election Results, 2004
Map showing the results of the 2004 U.S. presidential elections based on electoral college votes. This is the most common graphic shown on TV and used in newspapers, although it disguises as much information as it reveals. Page 6.

Presidential Election - Presidential Election Results By County and Percentage of Vote, 2008
Map showing the results of the 2008 U.S. presidential elections based on county-by-county results, with the color of the county reflecting the degree of

Gross National Debt as a Percent of GDP, by President
Gross Debt as a Percent of GDP, by President. Page 4.

Debt as a Percent of GDP, 1940-2007
US Federal Debt as a Percent of GDP, 1940-2007. Page 2.

Gross Federal Debt - 1940-2007
Gross Federal Debt - 1940-2007. US Politics.

Historical Unemployment Rate in the U.S.(1948-2008) - Political Economic Indicators
U.S. unemployment rate, 1948-2008; data from BLS. Page 5.

Presidential Comparison: Debt as Percentage of GDP
Presidential Comparison: Debt as Percentage of GDP. Page 3.

Key Political Economic Measures
Key Political Economic Measures

Paul Ryan - How He Became Speaker of the House
Find out how Paul Ryan became speaker of the House in 2015. Learn about the circumstances that led to Paul's rise. See why he didn't want the job.

Republican Party
Find sites and background information about the US Republican Party.

Voting
Read about voting rights and laws in the United States.

Next Generation of Democrats - Future Presidential Candidates
Read a list of Democrats who are interested in running for president. Find out which Democrats are considering a run for president in 2016.

Youngest Presidents - 5 Youngest Presidents in U.S. History
Read about the youngest presidents in U.S. history. See how old the youngest presidents were. Learn about the challenges our youngest presidents faced.

Presidents Sued By Members of Congress - List
Here's a list of modern U.S. presidents who have been sued by Congress. Find out why individual lawmakers have sued sitting presidents.

Losing Presidential Candidates Who Were Nominated Again
Find out which candidates lost the race for president but won their party's nomination again. See a list of repeat presidential candidates.

Inauguration Day 2017 - When the President Takes Office
See the date and time of Inauguration Day 2017. Find out why presidents are sworn into office the same day. Discover what happens on Inauguration Day.

How does the Electoral College Work?
Find out how the Electoral College works. Learn about the complicated system for electing American presidents. Discover the flaws in the system.

Chuck Hagel Bio - Secretary of Defense Nominee
Read a bio of Chuck Hagel. Learn more about President Barack Obama's nominee for defense secretary.

Brewing Beer at the White House - First Homebrewer President
Find out which American president was the first to brew beer. See what kind of beer is brewed at the White House. Learn about beer in political history.

Donald Trump on Twitter - Is It Really Him
Read about Donald Trump on Twitter. Find out whether Donald Trump tweets his own tweets. Learn how Trump uses Twitter in his campaign for president.

Newspaper Endorsements - Role in American Politics
Read about the role of newspaper endorsements in American politics. Find out why newspapers still endorse candidates for public office. Learn about the endorsement process.

Donald Trump Conspiracy - 2016 Presidential Campaign
Read about the Donald Trump conspiracy theory. Find out why some Republicans believed Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign was Democratic ploy.

Bernie Sanders - Bio of an Independent Socialist
Read a bio of Bernie Sanders. Learn about the independent socialist from Vermont. Find out about his 2016 presidential campaign and personal life.

Women Vice Presidential Nominees
Find out how many women have been nominated for vice president. See which women were chosen as running mates by presidential candidates. Learn about how many women have served in the White House.

Obama's Last Day in Office as President
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.

Voter Registration and Jury Duty - How Jurors Are Chosen
Find out why being registered to vote does not mean you will never be called for federal jury duty. See how juror are chosen for federal court.

I Approve This Message - Political Ad Disclaimers
Find out why political candidates are required to say I approved this message in political ads. Learn about the law that requires disclosures on any broadcast political advertisements.

Hillary Clinton Email Scandal - Questions and Answers
Read about the Hillary Clinton email scandal. Find out why the Hillary Clinton email scandal was such a big deal. See whether the former secretary of State broke any laws.

Ted Cruz - Net Worth
Find out how much Ted Cruz is worth. See how much money the Republican presidential candidate has invested. Learn where Ted Cruz ranks among politicians.

Loretta Lynch Bio - First African-American Woman Attorney General
Read a biography of Loretta Lynch. Find out why her confirmation to U.S. attorney general is groundbreaking. Learn about Loretta Lynch's career.

Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign - Questions and Answers
Read about Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. Learn about Bernie Sanders' platform in 2016. Find out whether he has any chance of winning.

Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) Voting Systems, Touchscreens - A History of Touchscreen (DRE) Voting
After the controversy over the 2000 Presidential election vote count, Congress passed the Help American Vote Act. Although technically the term

Sen. John Edwards - Gnomedex
Sen. John Edwards - Gnomedex. US Politics. Page 3.

Sen. John Edwards - Gnomedex
Sen. John Edwards - Gnomedex. US Politics. Page 4.

Sen. John Edwards - Gnomedex
Sen. John Edwards - Gnomedex. US Politics. Page 2.

Mechanical Counting, Lever Pull Voting - A History of Lever Pull (Mechanical) Voting
US Politics. Page 3.

Paper Ballot, Optical Scan - A History of Optical Scan Voting
Optical scan technology was developed in the late 1930s and has been widely used for standardized testing since the 1950s. However, the technology was not adapted to counting paper ballots until 1968. Page 6.

Paper Ballot Voting, Hand Counted - A History of Paper Ballot Voting
The word

Paper Ballots, Voting By Mail - A History of Voting By Mail
The polling place has become an institution that symbolizes democracy in America. But it is being replaced by a vote at home plus the Post Office. Page 7.

Electromechanical Counting, Punch Cards - A History of Punch Card Voting
The voter rolls grew throughout the 20th century, from women's suffrage to the Civil Rights Act. Election officials needed new equipment to cope. Enter a new technology, computers, in the voting mix. Page 4.

Pre-Ballot Voting - A History of Pre-Ballot Voting
The way we conduct elections has changed dramatically since the days of the Greeks ... and since the founding of the United States. The County Election by George Caleb Bingham (1852) shows us how elections were conducted in one town in Missouri. Only white male property-owners could vote. Votes were cast by voice and recorded in public.

Attorney General - The Obama Cabinet, Department of Justice
The Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States government and is the head of the U.S. Department of Justice (see 28 U.S.C. 503) concerned with legal affairs. Page 2.

Director, Office of Management and Budget - President Obama's Cabinet, OMB
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), a Cabinet-level office, and is the largest office within the Executive Office of the President of the United States (EOP). Page 13.

EPA Administrator - President Obama's Cabinet, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The Administrator of the EPA oversees regulation of chemicals and protects human health by safeguarding the natural environment: air, water, and land. Page 7.

Secretary of Interior - The Obama Cabinet, Department of Interior
The Secretary of Interior is the head of the U.S. Department of the Interior, which focuses on our natural resources policy. Page 11.

Secretary of Agriculture - The Obama Cabinet, Department of Agriculture
The Secretary of Agriculture is the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which focuses on the nation's food supply and food stamp program.

Secretary of Commerce - The Obama Cabinet, Department of Commerce
The Secretary of Commerce is the head of the U.S. Department of Commerce, which focuses on fostering economic growth and prosperity. Page 3.

Secretary of Energy - President Obama's Executive Team, Secretary of Energy
The Secretary of Energy cabinet position was created with the formation of the Department of Energy on 1 October 1977 by President Jimmy Carter. Page 6.

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development - The Obama Cabinet, Secretary of HUD
The U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development runs HUD, which was founded in 1965 to develop and execute federal policy on urban housing. There have been 14 HUD secretaries. Page 10.

Secretary of Transportation - The Obama Cabinet, Secretary of Transportation
The United States Secretary of Transportation oversees federal policy on transportation -- air, land and sea. Page 15.

Secretary of the Treasury - The Obama Cabinet, Department of the Treasury
The Secretary of the Treasury is the head of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, concerned with finance and monetary matters. Page 16.

U.S. Trade Representative - President Obama's Cabinet, Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative recommends trade policy to the President, conducts trade negotiations and coordinates trade policy within the government. Page 17.

United Nations Ambassador - President Obama's Cabinet, U.N. Ambassador
The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations leads the U.S. delegation and represents the United States on the U.N. Security Council and at all U.N. General Assembly plenary meetings. Page 18.

White House Chief of Staff - The Obama Cabinet, Chief of Staff
The White House Chief of Staff is the second highest-ranking member of the Executive Office of the President of the United States. Rahm Emanuel is scheduled to be the next White House Chief of Staff, following Barack Obama's January 2009 inauguration. Page 20.

Secretary of Labor - President Obama's Cabinet, Secretary of Labor
The Secretary of Labor enforces and recommends laws involving unions and the workplace. Page 12.

Secretary of Health and Human Services - The Obama Cabinet, Health and Human Services
The Secretary of Health and Human Services is the head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, concerned with health matters. Page 8.

Secretary of Homeland Security - The Obama Cabinet, Homeland Security
The Secretary of Homeland Security is the head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the agency charged with protecting the American homeland and the safety of American citizens. Page 9.

Secretary of Education - The Obama Cabinet, Department of Education
Arne Duncan, the superintendent of schools is the nominee to head the Department of Education. President Jimmy Carter established this cabinet-level agency in 1979. Page 5.

Secretary of State - The Obama Cabinet, Secretary of State
The United States Secretary of State is the head of the U.S. Department of State, which focuses on foreign affairs. The Secretary is a member of the President's Cabinet and the highest-ranking cabinet secretary both in line of succession and order of precedence. Page 14.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs - The Obama Cabinet, Veterans Affairs
The Secretary of Veterans' Affairs is the head of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the department charged with managing veteran benefits. Page 19.

President Obama's Cabinet Members
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.

President Obama's Cabinet Members
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.

US Citizens With Insurance, 1986-2006 - US Census, August 2007
US Citizens With Insurance, 1986-2006 - US Census, August 2007. Page 6.

Income Distribution - US Census, August 2007
Income Distribution - US Census, August 2007. Page 3.

Coverage By Type of Insurance, 2005-2006 - US Census, August 2007
Coverage By Type of Insurance, 2005-2006 - US Census, August 2007. Page 7.

US Poverty Rate, 1959-2006 - US Census, August 2007
US Poverty Rate, 1959-2006 - US Census, August 2007. Page 4.

Uninsured Rates By State - US Census, August 2007
Uninsured Rates By State - US Census, August 2007. Page 9.

Stock Market Crash of 1929 - The History Of US Government Financial Bailouts
The 2008 financial market meltdown is not a solo event, although its magnitude marks it for the history books. It's the latest in a series of financial crises where businesses (or government entities) turn to Uncle Sam to save the day. Page 2.

The Lockheed Bailout - The History Of US Government Financial Bailouts, Lockheed
The 2008 financial market meltdown is not a solo event, although its magnitude marks it for the history books. It's the latest in a series of financial crises where businesses (or government entities) turn to Uncle Sam to save the day. Page 3.

NYC Bailout - The History Of US Government Financial Bailouts, 1975, New York City
The 2008 financial market meltdown is not a solo event, although its magnitude marks it for the history books. It's the latest in a series of financial crises where businesses (or government entities) turn to Uncle Sam to save the day. Page 4.

The Chrysler Bailout - The History Of US Government Financial Bailouts, Chrysler
The 2008 financial market meltdown is not a solo event, although its magnitude marks it for the history books. It's the latest in a series of financial crises where businesses (or government entities) turn to Uncle Sam to save the day. Page 5.

The Savings and Loan Bailout - The History of US Government Bailouts, Savings and Loan, 1989
The Savings and Loan (S&L) crisis of the 1980s and 1990s involved the failure of more than 1,000 savings and loan associations. Page 6.

The Panic of 1907 - The History Of US Government Financial Bailouts, 1907, NY Trusts
The 2008 financial market meltdown is not a solo event, although its magnitude marks it for the history books. It's the latest in a series of financial crises where businesses (or government entities) turn to Uncle Sam to save the day.

History Of US Government Financial Bailouts
The 2008 financial market meltdown is not a solo event, although its magnitude marks it for the history books. It's the latest in a series of financial crises where businesses (or government entities) turn to Uncle Sam to save the day.

President With Facial Hair - List
Read a complete list of American presidents with facial hair. Find out which presidents wore beards. See who were the first and most recent presidents to have facial hair.

Famous Politicians - List and Bios
Read a list famous politicians. See which offices these famous politicians held in government. Learn why these TV stars decided to go into politics.

Obama's Second Term Nominees - List and Profiles of Cabinet Hopefuls
Learn about President Barack Obama's cabinet nominees in the second term. Read bios of Obama's cabinet nominees. Find out who left Obama's cabinet after the first term.

Independent Voter - How to Tell If You're One
Find out if you're an independent voter. Learn about the characteristics of independent voters. See how many independent voters there are in the United States.

5 Things That Are More Patriotic Than Voting
Learn about some activities that are more patriotic than voting. Find out why voting is not the supreme act of patriotism. See how you can help your country without voting.

Requirements for Voting - 5 Things You Need on Election Day
Here is a list of requirements for voting in federal elections. Find out what you need on Election Day. Read this list of essentials for the polling place.

How to Run for Congress - Instructions
Find out how to run for Congress. Read these five steps to running for Congress. Learn about the process of running for election in Washington.

Running For President - How Much Money You Need
Find out how much money you need to run for president. See how much money modern presidential candidates have. Learn why having money is so important.

Presidential Conventions - Cities That Have Hosted Most
Find out which cities have hosted the most presidential nominating conventions. See where Republicans and Democrats have met the most to choose candidates.

Worst Political Hair - Who Has It
Here's a look at the worst political hair styles in America and abroad. Find out which politicians have the worst heads of hair. See pictures of the worst political hair.

Biggest Super PACs - 2016 Presidential Election
Read about the biggest super PACs in the 2016 presidential election. See who the biggest super PACs will be supporting in 2016. Learn how super PACs work.

Donald Trump Insults - Does He Get Along With Anyone
Read some of the nice things Donald Trump has said about politicians. Find out who Donald Trump likes and who he doesn't like. Read some of his quotes.

Hillary Clinton Scandals and Controversies - List
Find out why Hillary Clinton is so controversial. Read about the scandals and controversies. See how they will affect Clinton in 2016.

Donald Trump Presidential Campaign - The Craziest Moments
Read about Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Learn about some of the weird things Trump said. Find out how Trump was viewed by voters.

Importance of Iowa Caucus - How Big of Deal Is It
Learn about the important of the Iowa caucus. Find out why the Iowa caucuses draw so much media attention. Discover some of the Iowa caucus winners.

Iowa Caucus Winners - Who Lost the Nomination
See a list of Iowa caucus winners who lost the nomination. Discover who fared poorly in Iowa but went on to win the party nod. Find out how often Iowa caucus winners go on to become president.

Iowa Caucus Winners - Who Lost the Nomination
See a list of Iowa caucus winners who lost the nomination. Discover who fared poorly in Iowa but went on to win the party nod. Find out how often Iowa caucus winners go on to become president.

Iowa Caucus Winners - Who Lost the Nomination
See a list of Iowa caucus winners who lost the nomination. Discover who fared poorly in Iowa but went on to win the party nod. Find out how often Iowa caucus winners go on to become president.

Iowa Caucus Winners - Who Lost the Nomination
See a list of Iowa caucus winners who lost the nomination. Discover who fared poorly in Iowa but went on to win the party nod. Find out how often Iowa caucus winners go on to become president.

Iowa Caucus Winners - Who Lost the Nomination
See a list of Iowa caucus winners who lost the nomination. Discover who fared poorly in Iowa but went on to win the party nod. Find out how often Iowa caucus winners go on to become president.

Presidential Debate Moderators - Edwin Newman
Learn about presidential debate moderators through history. See who the most popular presidential debate moderators are. Find out how many women have moderated presidential debates.

Presidential Debate Moderators
Learn about presidential debate moderators through history. See who the most popular presidential debate moderators are. Find out how many women have moderated presidential debates.

Presidential Debate Moderators - Jim Lehrer
Learn about presidential debate moderators through history. See who the most popular presidential debate moderators are. Find out how many women have moderated presidential debates.

Presidential Debate Moderators - Bob Schieffer
Learn about presidential debate moderators through history. See who the most popular presidential debate moderators are. Find out how many women have moderated presidential debates.

Presidential Debate Moderators - Barbara Walters
Learn about presidential debate moderators through history. See who the most popular presidential debate moderators are. Find out how many women have moderated presidential debates.

Presidential Debate Moderators - Carole Simpson
Learn about presidential debate moderators through history. See who the most popular presidential debate moderators are. Find out how many women have moderated presidential debates.

Presidential Debate Moderators - Tom Brokaw
Learn about presidential debate moderators through history. See who the most popular presidential debate moderators are. Find out how many women have moderated presidential debates.

Presidential Debate Moderators - Charles Gibson
Learn about presidential debate moderators through history. See who the most popular presidential debate moderators are. Find out how many women have moderated presidential debates.

Presidential Debate Moderators - Bill Moyers
Learn about presidential debate moderators through history. See who the most popular presidential debate moderators are. Find out how many women have moderated presidential debates.

Presidential Debate Moderators - Bernard Shaw
Learn about presidential debate moderators through history. See who the most popular presidential debate moderators are. Find out how many women have moderated presidential debates.

Presidential Debate Moderators - Howard K. Smith
Learn about presidential debate moderators through history. See who the most popular presidential debate moderators are. Find out how many women have moderated presidential debates.

Campaign Songs - List of Popular Political Songs
Learn about campaign songs used by presidential campaigns. See how politicians choose campaign songs. Find out why some campaign songs are controversial.

Next Presidential Election - List of Candidates
Read a list of 2016 presidential candidates. Learn about the Democrats and Republicans running for president. Read bios of the 2016 candidates.

How Social Media Have Changed Politics For Better and Worse
Learn about the use of social media in politics. See how political campaigns use Twitter and Facebook. Find out why some candidates get into trouble on social media.

Iowa Caucus Winners - List
Read a list of all the Iowa caucus winners. See who won the Iowa caucuses in 2016. Find out which Iowa caucus winners went on to win the nomination.

YouTube-CNN Commercial - Kucinich
YouTube-CNN Commercial - Kucinich. Page 6.

YouTube-CNN Commercial - Obama
YouTube-CNN Commercial - Obama. US Politics. Page 7.

YouTube-CNN Commercial - Clinton
YouTube-CNN Commercial - Clinton. Page 2.

YouTube-CNN Commercial - Dodd
YouTube-CNN Commercial - Dodd. US Politics. Page 3.

YouTube-CNN Commercial - Edwards
YouTube-CNN Commercial - Edwards. Page 4.

Presidents and the Press - Use of TV in Politics
Find out how presidents use television media to their advantage. Learn about the role television plays in politics. Read a history of TV in elections.

Most Vulnerable Governor - Election 2014
Find out why Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is considered to be the most vulnerable governor in the United States. Learn about the Republican governor's job approval ratings and find out why he is so unpopular among voters. See who is lining up to run against Corbett in the 2014 election.

Psychological Test for Presidents - Are They Required
Find out if presidential candidates are required to pass psychological examinations. See why some members of Congress called for evaluations in 2016.

Political Issues
Explore current news and analysis about federal and state election-related issues such as abortion, the economy, education, health care, the Iraq war, social security, and taxes.

Gun Control
articles about gun control. US Politics.

Technology
These articles cover the topic of technology in politics.

Political Action Committee List - Top PACs in the US
Read a list of political action committees that spend the most money. Learn about the most influential PACs in American politics.

GATT Definition - General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
Read a definition of the GATT. Learn about the countries in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. Discover the history of the pact.

Abortion Issues - How They Affect American Politics
Learn about abortion issues in the United States. Find out why abortion is such a divisive issue. See why abortion surfaces in most elections.

Read Up on America's History with Abortion
Background on abortion in America, featuring various points of view on the political aspects of abortion, and links to pro choice and pro life organizations. Page 2.

ISIS Definition - Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
Read a definition of ISIS. Learn about the jihadist group and what it stands for. Find out about the mission of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Pope Endorsement of Presidential Candidates - History
Find out why the pope doesn't endorse presidential candidates. Read what the pope said about Donald Trump. Learn the pope and the 2016 election.

Hillary Clinton Bio - Political Career Highlights
Read a bio of Hillary Clinton. Learn about the former secretary of State, U.S. senator and first lady. Learn about her campaigns for president.

Bill Clinton as Vice President - Under Hillary Clinton
Find out what role Bill Clinton would play in Hillary Clinton's administration. Learn whether Bill Clinton could be vice president.

How to Get Into Politics - Working for a Campaign
Find out how to get into politics. Learn about the different types of jobs in politics. See how to get started in politics.

Obama Gun Laws - How Many Were Passed
Learn about the number of Obama gun laws passed by Congress. See how many Obama gun laws are on the books. Learn about Obama and gun control.

Mike Pence Bio - Donald Trump Running Mate
Read a bio of Mike Pence. Learn about Donald Trump's running mate in the 2016 president election. Find out how much experience Mike Pence has.

Hillary Clinton - Position on Immigration
Read about Hillary Clinton's position on immigration. See where she stands on the path to citizenship and deportation of undocumented immigrants.

Authorization Definition - How Federal Agencies are Born
Read a definition of the authorization process in Congress. Learn how federal agencies and programs are born. See how the programs are then funded.

Filibuster Rules - How the Delay Tactic Works
Learn about filibuster rules in the U.S. Senate. Find out how a filibuster works. See how long the delay tactics go on and how they come to an end.

Presidents Who Were Masons - LIst
Read a list of presidents who were Masons. Find out why Masons held positions of power in American government. Learn more about the Masons.

Gerrymandering - Definition and Examples in Politics
Learn about gerrymandering. Read a definition of gerrymandering in politics. Discover the causes and effects of gerrymandering and its origin.

Air Force One Price - Overview, Costs and Uses
Learn about the price of Air Force One. Find out whether the president uses it for political purposes. See how the president reimburses taxpayers.

States Where Recreational Marijuana Use is Legal - List
Find out in how many states marijuana is legal for recreational use. Read a list of states where marijuana is legal. See limits of marijuana use.

Amendments 1-10 - The Bill of Rights
Learn about Amendments 1-10 of the Constitution. Find out why Amendments 1-10 are called the Bill of Rights. Read a history of the Bill of Rights.

Presidential Running Mates - When Are They Chosen
Read a list of when presidential running mates are chosen. Learn about how vice presidential candidates are selected. Find out more about the process.

What is Treason - Definition of Aiding the Enemy
Read a definition of treason. Find out what constitutes treason in American law. Learn what the punishment is for treason.

How To Amend the Constitution - About the Process
Find out how to amend the Constitution. See how many times the Constitution has been amended. Learn about the process used to amend the Constitution.

Partisan Definition - How to Tell if You're a Partisan
Find out what partisan means in politics. Discover if you're a partisan. Learn whether being a partisan is a good thing or a bad thing.

Ron Paul President - 2016 Campaign
Find out where Ron Paul stands on running for president in the 2016 election. See what the Libertarian has said about seeking the White House again.

One Billion Dollars - What a Billions Means in Politics
Find out how much $1 billion gets you in politics. See how much $1 billion really is. Learn about campaign spending by U.S. political candidates.

Hillary Clinton on the Second Amendment - Can She Repeal
Read about Hillary Clinton's position the Second Amendment. Find out where Clinton stands on gun control. Learn more about the right to own a gun.

2016 Republican National Convention - In Cleveland
Find out why the Republican National Committee chose Cleveland, Ohio, to holds its convention in 2016. Learn about the political ramifications of the decision.

Lobbyist - Definition in Politics
Find out what lobbyists do. Read about their role in American politics. Learn about the rules and regulations covering lobbyists.

The Presidency - News and Views
Check here for news and views about the office of the President and the people living there.

The Obama Administration
The category contains stories about President Barack Obama and his administration.

State of the Union Audience - How Many People Watch
Learn about the State of the Union audience. See how many people watch the annual presidential address. Read about the viewership of the speech.

US Governor Salary - The 10 Highest Paid Governors
Find out how much U.S. governor make in salary. Read a list of the 10 highest paid governors. Find out which state pays its governor the most money.

How to Start a Super PAC - Official Instructions
Learn how to start a super PAC. See how to begin raising money to influence elections. Find out how to run your own super PAC.

Presidential Candidates - When They Announce Campaigns
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.

Members of Congress by Profession
Find out what careers members of Congress held before being elected to the House and Senate. See how many members of Congress consider themselves to be career politicians. Learn about some of the most unusual careers held by members of Congress.

SpeechNow.org v. Federal Election Commission
Find out now the SpeechNow.org court case led to the creation of super PACs. Learn about the court arguments in the SpeechNow.org case. See how the SpeechNow.org case differed from the more widely known Citizens United court case.

What Makes a Victory a Landslide
Read a definition of the term landslide election in American politics. See examples of landslides in presidential elections.

Chris Christie Running for President in 2016
Find out what Chris Christie has said about running for president in 2016. See the signs that suggest Christie is running for president. Read the most telling quotes from Christie about the 2016 election.

How Electoral Votes Are Distributed
Find out how electoral votes are distributed in presidential elections. See which states distribute electoral votes proportionally and winner-take-all.

Hillary Clinton on the Keystone XL Pipeline
Find out where likely 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton stands on the Keystone XL pipeline. Read what Clinton has said about the Keystone XL project. Learn about the political risks Clinton faces over her position on the Keystone XL pipeline.

About 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 Running Mate - 10 Prospects
Read a list of potential running mates for Hillary Clinton. Find out who Clinton might pick for vice president. See bios of the potential candidates.

Presidential Cabinet - Definition
Read a presidential cabinet definition. Learn about the senior appointed officers of the executive branch. Learn about the cabinet's functions.

Who Funds Political Campaigns - Money in Politics
Find out who funds political campaigns. Learn why people and organizations give money to candidates. Discover how the money is used.

Political Parties in America
In addition to links to national and political party websites, this section provides information about party history and how parties function in American politics.

Brokered Convention - Definition
Find out what a brokered convention is in presidential politics. See why and when brokered conventions occurred. Learn why they are rare in modern history.

Medical Help for Illegal Immigrants - In Obamacare
See how medical help for illegal immigrants is handled by the government. Find out if medical help for illegal immigrants is covered by Obamacare.

Super PAC Definition - Questions and Answers
Find out what a super PAC is. Learn about the history of super PACs and the role they play in politics. See what restrictions there are on super PACs.

Campaign Contributions - How Much You Can Give
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.

Superdelegates - Definition in Politics
Learn about superdelegates. Find out who the superdelegates are. Discover the difference between Democratic and Republican superdelegates.

Donald Trump Bio - 2016 Presidential Candidate
Read a bio of Donald Trump. Learn about Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Find out where Donald Trump lives and what he does for a living.

Nomination Process for Supreme Court Justices
Learn about the nomination process for Supreme Court justices. Find out what role the U.S. Senate and members of the Judiciary Committee play.

Barack Obama Supreme Court Nominees - List
Read a list of President Barack Obama's nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court. Find out how many justices Obama nominated. Learn about Obama's picks.

Donald Trump Supreme Court Nominees - Who He'd Pick
Find out who Donald Trump would nominate for the Supreme Court. Learn about the justices Donald Trump favors. See the backgrounds of Trump favorites.

Profiles of American Political Leaders
An ever-expanding list of profiles of notable figures in American politics, both famous and not-so-famous.

John Kasich Bio - 2016 Presidential Candidate
Read a bio of John Kasich. Learn about John Kasich's political career. Find out why his campaign for president in 2016 resonated with many voters.

Impeached Governors - List
Read a list of governors impeached and removed from office. Learn about the eight governors impeached and convicted of high crimes in office.

Davis-Bacon Act - Prevailing Wages
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.

Jeb Bush Net Worth - How Wealthy is Jeb Bush?
Learn about Jeb Bush's net worth. Find out how much the likely 2016 presidential hopeful earned as governor. See how Bush makes money now.

Kyoto Protocol: Overview: Environmental Issue
The Kyoto Protocol is an international treaty dealing with greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. This issue overview explains history, impacts and current status of the treaty.

Kyoto Protocol: Rationale, Economic Incentives, Impacts
History, impacts and current status of The Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty dealing with greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. Page 2.

Secret Service Protection - For Presidential Candidates
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.

Hurricane Katrina Timeline from US Politics - Aftermath
A timeline of events leading up to and following Hurricane Katrina's landfall on the Gulf Coast of the US in August 2005. Focus is on government actions and political decisions.

What Is a Leadership PAC?
Federal politicians -- senators and representatives -- often form what is called a Leadership PAC to, among other things, raise money to help fund other candidate campaigns.

Understanding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
The Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) were chartered by Congress to create a secondary market for residential mortgage loans. They are considered

Samuel Alito - Supreme Court Justice - Biography
President Bush nominated Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Samuel Alito to replace Sandra Day O'Connor. He was confirmed on 31 January 2006 and is the second Bush appointment to the Court.

What's 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

US Senate : Filibuster & The Nuclear Option
Overview of Senate procedural Rule 22, filibuster and cloture.

US Senate: Filibuster & The Nuclear Option
Overview of Senate procedural Rule 22, filibuster and cloture. Page 2.

Royalty In Kind (RIK) Program: What Is The MMS Royalty Collection Office
The Minerals Management Service, part of the Department of the Interior, is responsible for managing the nation's natural gas and oil on the outer continental shelf. Its Royalty In Kind (RIK) program manages any royalties paid as commercial oil or natural gas commodities (instead of cash). RIK was the center of a major Bush Administration scandal in 2008.

Money, Politics and Advocacy
Overview of money in politics with a review of the four types of political fundraising organizations.

Where Does Money in Politics Come From?
Campaigns cost more each election cycle. We review the four types of political fundraising organizations, along with the top donors. Page 2.

Issue Summary - Geneva Conventions & POW Treatment
Background of the Geneva Conventions and treatment of POWs. The context is the current war against terrorism and events in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Abu Ghraib, Iraq.

Geneva Conventions and Treatment of Prisoners of War
This issue summary provides background about the Geneva Conventions and treatment of prisoners of war. The context is the current war against terrorism and events in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Abu Ghraib, Iraq. Page 2.

US Cities Hit Most Often by Tropical Storms
More than three-quarters of the top 29 US cities hit by hurricanes are in Florida.

Presidential Executive Order Definition and Examples
Executive orders are official documents by which the President of the United States manages the operations of the Federal Government.

Pros and Cons of the Death Penalty (Capital Punishment)
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.

The Death Penalty: Theories of Deterrence & Retribution
An overview of statistics, arguments pro-and-con, and background of capital punishment, re-instituted in the United States in 1977, following a 10-year moratorium. Page 2.

US Copyright Law - An Overview - Page 2
US Copyright Law - An Overview. US Politics. Page 2.

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

Health Care System in the U.S. - Issue Overview
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.

Milestones In Politics For American Women
As Nancy Pelosi assumes leadership of the US House of Representatives, let's look at other milestones for women in politics in the United States.

Election Promises - The Republican Contract With America, 1994
The Contract with America was developed by the U.S. Republican Party during the 1994 Congressional election campaign, the first mid-term election of the Clinton Administration. It was signed by all but two incumbent Republican Representatives and all non-incumbent Republican Congressional candidates.

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 Fairness Doctrine? (FCC History & Policies)
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.

What Is The Fairness Doctrine? : FCC Repeals Fairness Doctrine
In 1987, the FCC repealed the Fairness Doctrine,

What is the Endangered Species Act?
The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) provides for both the conservation and protection of plant and animal species that face the threat of extinction as well as for

Equal Time - FCC Broadcasting Rules and Regulations
The equal time rule This is a provision of the 1934 Communications Act (section 315) that

The Pat Tillman Story -- Timeline Of Events
Pat Tillman -- high profile volunteer, multi-million-dollar pro-football player -- was killed in Afghanistan in April 2004. He was killed by

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

2005 Hurricane Season - Storms and Damage - Page 2
Names, effect and damage estimates of hurricanes in the 2005 season - after 28 August. Page 2.

Most Costly, Deadly Hurricanes on Record
Highlighst of the most costly and deadly hurricanes to hit the United States. Page 3.

Issue: War in Iraq
Overview of issues surrounding the War in Iraq.

Pros and Cons of the US War Against Iraq
Polls suggest that most Americans no longer believe this war was a good idea; this is a major change from March 2003 when an overwhelming majority supported the war. Page 2.

Fun Facts about American Presidents
Who is more likely to be elected president - someone who is left-handed or right-handed? Which Detroit firm has a lock on the presidential limo contract? Which president took the longest vacation? Check out Presidential fun facts to learn the answers!

Military Conscription, Recruiting and The Draft - The Present
Present status of the draft in the United States. Reviews the success of the

Military Conscription, Recruiting and the Draft
Overview of the history of the draft in the US. Reviews the success of the. Page 4.

Military Conscription, Recruiting and The Draft - Pro/Con
Overview of the history of the draft in the US. Reviews the success of the

Military Conscription, Recruiting and the Draft - 20th Century
Overview of the history of the draft in the US. Page 2.

Military Conscription, Recruiting & The Draft: Overview
History of the draft in the United States. Reviews the success of the

What is the Balanced Budget Amendment?
The Balanced Budget Amendment would amend the United States Constitution by requiring -- through law -- that Congress pass a federal budget that balances projected revenues and expenditures, with certain exceptions (notably, a time of war). Republicans have historically been the drivers of such an amendment.

Balanced Budget Amendment
The Balanced Budget Amendment would amend the United States Constitution by requiring -- through law -- that Congress pass a federal budget that balances projected revenues and expenditures, with certain exceptions (notably, a time of war). Republicans have historically been the drivers of such an amendment. Page 2.

Balanced Budget Amendment - Timeline
A timeline for the Balanced Budget Amendment, which would amend the United States Constitution by requiring -- through law -- that Congress pass a federal budget that balances projected revenues and expenditures, with certain exceptions (notably, a time of war).

Health Care
Health care is an issue for millions of Americans, some retired, some under-employed, many children. As the U.S. population ages, the number of citizens eligible for state-assisted health care increases, putting pressure on federal and state budgets. Health care issues of import in this campaign cycle include prescription coverage, Medicare/Medicaid budget pressures, and access to health insurance.

Speeches and Essays That Have Made Political History
Every politican hopes that her words resonate long after her tenure in office. These links explore speeches and essays that have made that kind of impact on the American consciousness.

Federal Budget: Spending and The National Debt
The US federal debt exceeds $8 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.

U.S. Government
US Politics.

Federal Budget 2004 Archives
Articles on the federal budget written during 2004

Federal Budget 2005 Archives
Articles on the federal budget written during 2005

Federal Budget 2006 Archives
Articles on the federal budget written during 2006

Affordable Care Act
Read about the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare

Budget Process
Read about how the federal government and president work together to pass a budget every year.

Political Speeches : Key Speeches, 2008 Presidential Election
Missed a speech? Forgot what someone actually said? Check this archive of key candidate speeches in the 2008 Presidential election.

Anti-Terrorism Issues, Resources and Commentary
In this post 9-11 world, anti-terrorism has become a catch-all invoked to rationalize many government actions. A look a laws, statistics, government actions.

Democratic Party
Find sites and background information about the US Democratic Party.

George W. Bush : Key Political Speeches
A collection of speeches by President George W. Bush (2001-2008).

Political News, Commentary, and Opinion
News, commentary and opinion about American politics from US and foreign media as well as policy analysts.

Political Quotes - Famous Quotations, Sayings, One-Liners
Collections of political quotations, by subject as well as person. Some are famous quotes, some not-so-famous.

The Presidential Inaugural Adress - Famous Political Speeches
Newly sworn-in presidents give a speech referred to as an inaugural address. Inaugural addresses provide a unique platform for the President to communicate his vision to the citizens of the country and the world. Here are a few of the great Presidential Inaugural Addresses.

Justice in America
Learn about the justice system in the United States and how it is influence by politics and elected officials.

Political Humor
Read the latest political humor, political jokes and political satire.

TV and Politics: Historical TV Ratings For Vice Presidential Debates
This chart illustrates that vice presidential debate viewership, as a percentage of the total US population, has varied between 10 and 25 percent since 1976. The notable exceptions: 1984, when Democrat Geraldine Ferraro debated Republican Vice President George Bush (24%); 2008, when Republican Sarah Palin debated Democrat Joe Biden (23%); and 1976, when Democrat Walter Mondale debated Republican Bob Dole (20%). Page 4.

TV Ratings - Presidential Debates - 1976-2008
US Politics. Page 5.

Afghanistan, Taliban Fights Back - 2008 Year In Review, Afghanistan
The seven-year effort in Afghanistan now has a monthly casualty rate that rivals Iraq, even though there is only about 25 percent as many troops in Afghanistan than in Iraq. Page 4.

Guantanamo Bay - 2008 Year In Review, Guantanamo Bay
In June the Supreme Court of the United States once again rebuffed White House actions at Guantanamo Bay, making the Bush Administration 0-for-3 in court. Page 6.

Iraq, Year In Review - 2008 Year In Review, Iraq
The Iraq war entered its sixth year in March, and the number of military deaths passed 4,000. The Bush Administration

Mother Nature Does Not Play Nice - 2008 Year In Review, Mother Nature
US Politics. Page 7.

The Summer Olympics In Beijing - 2008 Year In Review, The Olympics
More than 10,000 athletes competed at the XXIX Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. There were protests worldwide related to Tibet. American swimmer Michael Phelps won an unprecedented eight gold medals in eight individual and team events. Page 10.

Political Scandals - Year In Review 2008, Political Scandals
Clean-cut N.Y. Gov. Elliot Spitzer kicked off the scandal parade in March; Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich closed out the year. Page 5.

US Politics Blogroll
A collection of the best political blogs on the net: liberal, progressive, conservative, media watchdogs, and media. Includes podcast information. What better way to stay in touch with what's hot in politics than visiting the blogosphere?

Energy and The Environment
Resources dealing with energy and the environment, including oil, natural gas, gasoline as well as air and water pollution.

US Politcal History - Important Events in US Political History
In the course of U.S. political history, the American people have witnessed sex scandals and corruption, but also principled leadership and selfless sacrifice. Here, you can learn about the important moments in U.S. political history that, for better or worse, continue to shape our lives today.

War in Iraq
This 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 fourth year?

Puerto Rico Statehood
Articles About Puerto Rico Statehood

The President's Cabinet
Read about the president's cabinet. Learn about the role members of the president's cabinet play. Find out more about individual cabinet members.

Library of Congress
Library of Congress. US Politics.

Freedom of the Press
Read articles about freedom of the press. Learn more about the rights granted to the press under the First Amendment.

National Security
articles about National Security

Political Scandals in the United States
Read about the major political scandals in American history.

Chris Christie
Learn about New Jersey Gov. and potential 2016 presidential hopeful Chris Christie.

Legislative News From Congress And The States
Check this page for information about legislation in Congress (including votes) as well as legislation that is making headlines across the nation.

Agencies and Departments
Various U.S. government agencies and departments are involved in the Bush Administration

Guantanamo Bay - US Prison
Nearly 500 prisoners are being held at Guantanamo Bay without charge as

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill - Explore the Political Implications of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
Explore current news and analysis about the U.S. government's response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Learn about the domestic political implications of the spill in an election year as well as issues such as litigation and ramifications for U.S. energy development.

The US Civil Rights Act of 1964
The United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Public Law 88-352) is a landmark legislation that outlawed segregation in the U.S. schools and public places.

Gay Marriage
The issue of equality in marriage rights has led some local jurisdictions to approve gay marriage. In state legislatures and Congress, there is conservative-backed legislation which would either prohibit gay marriage or define marriage as a state of union between a man and a woman. Review of legislation around the country on the issue of gay marriage.

Intelligent Design and Evolution
For almost 100 years, America has grappled with Darwin's theory of evolution and how the origin of man should be taught in public schools. From the Scopes Trial in 1925 to intelligent design in 2005, the debate continues. These resources provide the basics on these issues - evolution, creationism, intelligent design, and science itself.

Patriot Act
The Patriot Act was rushed through Congress immediately after the terrorist attacks in 2001. It was renewed by Congress in March 2006, but remains the subject of heated debate.

Medicare and Prescription Drugs Law
The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 was signed into law on December 8, 2003. These resources reflect the latest information, as well as background materials on various parts of the law.

Retirement Issues : Social Security and Pensions
Although President Bush has focused retirement discussions on revamping social security, the Senate has been investigating corporate pension plans. Both are critical for America's greying boomer population.

Abu Ghraib - News, Background
In 2004, images of Iraqi prisoners being tortured at Abu Ghraib made headlines around the world. Subsequently, 10 soliders have been convicted in military trials. In 2006, Australian television published new images and video, images that the Financial Times called

Death Penalty
After a 10-year moratorium, the United States re-instituted the death penalty in 1977. Resources include death penalty statistics, famous death penalty cases, arguments for and against the death penalty, and how the US stacks up against the rest of the world.

Education - Funding, Issues, Reform
Explore issues surrounding education policy, from curricula reform to financing, from home-schooling to charter schools.

Foreign Policy from US Politics at About.com
In an ever-connected world, it's important to understand how the US views the rest of the world. News and resources about US foreign policy.

Jack Abramoff, Lobbyist
January 2006: Lobbyist Jack Abramoff, 47, pleads guilty to charges of mail fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy. The prominent lobbyist has close ties to several members of the Republican party. Articles and resources related to Abramoff.

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita - News and Resources
News sources and analyses relating to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: federal, state and local government actions; government reports; reports on Gulf Coast vulnerability to hurricanes; news portals.

Legislation and Roll Call Votes
Profiles of proposed and passed legislation, with emphasize on Congressional action.

Past Presidents
Profiles and background on past presidents of the United States.

Profiles - US House of Representatives
Profiles about members of the US House of Representatives.

Biographies of Senate Leaders
Biographies of Senate leaders. US Politics.

US Senator Bill Frist (R-TN)
Former US Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) was the majority leader of the US Senate from 2003-2007. He was the subject of an 18-month investigation by the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) for possible insider trading but was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Political Profiles of the 50 States
Political profiles of the 50 states.

Taxes and the Federal Budget
This section explores the historical and current state of taxation and the federal budget. Is America over-taxed? Should President Bush's income tax cuts be made permanent? Do the wealthy pay a disproportionate share of taxes? Do corporations escape their fair tax burden? Should America move from taxing income to taxing consumption? Do we balance the budget by increasing taxes or decreasing consumption?

The Plame Game : Who Are The Players
Who are the players in the investigation of the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame's name in the summer of 2003?

US Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX)
US Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX-22) was the House majority leader; he was indicted in September 2005 and stepped down from his leadership position. On 3 April 2006, he told media sources that he would not run for re-election, despite winning the March primary, and would resign before June.

Abortion in the United States
Abortion refers to the early termination of a pregnancy; in its most common use, it refers to a deliberate act although it also is used to reference pregnancy ended by natural causes. This emotional issue can polarize friends and family and has been with humankind for centuries. In 1973, Roe v. Wade moved the issue from the backalley to the front page of the daily newspaper.

Editorial Cartoons from Across America
Links to topical editoral cartoons in newspapers and magazines from the About.Com Guide to U.S. Politics

Political Gift Guide : What Gift For Your Favorite Political Junkie?
Holidays, birthdays and other special occasions lend themselves to gift-giving. Check out our recommendations -- books, movies and so forth -- for the best gifts for the political junkie on your gift lists!

Public Opinion Polls
Public opinion polls and analysis of polling data, with focus on the office of the Presidency.

Roll Call Votes - US Congress
The US Congress may pass or defeat legislation based upon a voice vote or a roll call vote. The roll call, or recorded, vote allows constituents to learn how any Senator or Representative voted on bill or amendment. The Constitution provides that roll call votes can be called by only one-fifth of the members present.

State of the Union : Commentary on the State of the Union
Analysis and commentary on the President's State of the Union address.

Stem Cell Research
Background, legislation, and resources on stem cell research in the United States.

The Draft (Military Conscription)
All about conscription for military service, known as The Draft

TV News Shows
Information about US TV news shows; almost all have transcripts and some now have podcasts.

US Politics News Archive
Compilations of news (blog) posts from US Politics.

Year In Review
Analysis of political events that shaped the year.