Impeachment is broken. Impeach Trump, anyway.
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Impeachment is broken. Impeach Trump, anyway.

In 1788, three founding fathers made the case for the US constitution in a series of essays called “The Federalist Papers”. And if you want to understand why impeachment is broken today, it’s worth starting there. With what they thought it would look like if it worked. In Federalist 65, Alexander Hamilton makes the case […]

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The royal weddings that shaped European history
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The royal weddings that shaped European history

The last British royal wedding — between Prince William and Kate Middleton, brought together 1,900 guests, many of whom were pretty high profile people. Footballer David Beckham was there with his wife and fashion designer Victoria Beckham. Elton John was there too. But this photo might be the most impressive of all, because This is […]

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How a case gets to the US Supreme Court
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How a case gets to the US Supreme Court

Old TV shows made it seem really easy to appeal to the Supreme Court. Like when this lady wanted to fight her speeding ticket. Or on Gilligan’s Island, when Thurston Howell is locked in a bamboo jail and he says, But even though they make it sound like a right, nobody is entitled to an […]

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The roots of America’s democracy problem
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The roots of America’s democracy problem

America has a democracy problem. Take a look at this chart. Over there on the left, that’s how many people each member of the US House represented in 1790. There’s now one representative for every 747 thousand Americans. That makes the US a crazy undemocratic outlier internationally. But it also makes us different than what […]

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How to impeach a president
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How to impeach a president

When America’s founding fathers were debating how to set up a brand-new government, they ran into a problem: What should happen if a president, in Benjamin Franklin’s words, has “rendered himself obnoxious?” Most countries didn’t have elected leaders. Or ways to get rid of them, if necessary. So Franklin and the framers turned to a […]

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From spy to president: The rise of Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin has been ruling Russia since 1999. In that time he’s shaped the country into an authoritarian and militaristic society. He successfully invaded two of Russia’s neighbors and strengthened ties with Syria and Iran. He’s intent on pushing back against the Western world order… and it appears to be working. [Vladimir Putin, 17 years […]

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This lake now has legal rights, just like you
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This lake now has legal rights, just like you

In the summer of 2014, a giant algae bloom took over Lake Erie. It was so big, you could see it from space. This algae contained a toxin that could cause vomiting and liver damage. “Leaving over half a million people with no safe drinking water.” “Residents have been served notice: stop drinking water. Don’t […]

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Hong Kong’s huge protests, explained

The people of Hong Kong are out in the streets. Hundreds of thousands are demonstrating against a deeply unpopular bill. But this is about a whole lot more than a bill. It’s about the status of Hong Kong and the power China has over it. It’s a fight to preserve the freedoms people have here. […]

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The big problem with comparing Trump to Nixon
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The big problem with comparing Trump to Nixon

Nixon and Trump. Both presidents faced major FBI investigations, were accused of obstructing justice. called their investigations “witch hunts,” and oozed raw sexual charisma. It’s not a perfect analogy, but the similarities have led some to argue that, like Nixon, Trump’s time is running out. What’s going on here is very Nixonian. Having prosecuted the […]

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Poland is pushing the EU into crisis
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Poland is pushing the EU into crisis

Poland is changing. Every year the country celebrates its national Independence Day in the capital, Warsaw. There are parades and speeches But in 2017, Poland’s Independence Day made worldwide news because of these signs: 60,000 people showed up for a march led by Nationalist and white-supremacist groups. That’s because they have reason to celebrate, too. […]

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