Voter turnout always drops off for midterm elections, but why?
Voter turnout, no matter how measured, is consistently lower in midterm elections compared to presidential election years. Political scientists aren’t sure why, but have some ideas.
Chart of the Week: How the Supreme Court justices line up
Supreme Court justices vote together more often than they don’t, but some of that agreement may be surface-only.
The Hobby Lobby impact: A Q&A
The U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing for-profit businesses to opt out of the contraceptive mandate in the new health care law has raised questions about what the ruling might mean for businesses, for future challenges to the contraception mandate, and even for the future of church-state law. We posed these questions to Robert Tuttle, one of the nation’s experts on church-state issues. He is the Berz Research Professor of Law and Religion at the George Washington University.
The Hobby Lobby decision and the future of religious-liberty rights
The Supreme Court expanded the scope of religious liberty rights in a decision that said some for-profit business could opt out of the health care law’s contraception coverage mandate. But the decision was limited to closely-held business.
Chart of the Week: A century of U.S. political history
A very cool interactive timeline map of U.S. congressional districts.
The polarized Congress of today has its roots in the 1970s
You don’t have to look hard to see evidence of political polarization — just watch cable news, listen to talk radio or follow social-media debates. Indeed, a new Pew Research Center report finds that Americans are more ideologically polarized today than they’ve been in at least two decades. Their representatives in Congress are divided too, and have […]
Veterans Administration critics include the soldiers who served in post-9/11 wars
Asked whether the VA put enough focus on post-9/11 war veterans compared to its treatment of previous generations of veterans, half of those who served in Iraq or Afghanistan said the treatment they got was about the right amount while 44% said it was not enough.
Supreme Court Favorability Rebounds
Favorable views of the Supreme Court over time showing supreme court favorability are back above 50%, having rebounded from historic lows reached in the summer of 2013.
Americans keen on space exploration, less so on paying for it
Americans are consistently more likely to say that the U.S. spends too much on space exploration than too little.
Gay marriage battle moves back to courts
A federal appeals court today will hear arguments in a constitutional challenge to Utah’s same-sex marriage ban – the first of five court challenges to state bans taking place over the next two weeks. This flurry of court activity comes on the heels of a number of other decisions striking down same-sex marriage bans in […]