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What Is Gerrymandering?

Gerrymandering is the act of redrawing the lines of a congressional district to give one political party a voting advantage over another. Technically, gerrymandering is illegal, but it's hard to prove. [more…]

How British Parliament Actually Works

The United Kingdom is both a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. A Parliamentary democracy is government which is voted into power by the people, to act on their behalf. A Constitutional [more…]

How the Election Process Works in the United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom (UK), candidates and parties compete for 650 seats in the House of Commons with the overall goal of creating government for the next five years. The Prime Minister is selected as [more…]

Jimmy Carter, President and Humanitarian

James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr., grew from the rural south to become peanut mogul, a state senator, the governor of Georgia, and eventually the 39th President of the United States. Though some might consider [more…]

George Herbert Walker Bush: From Navy Blue to White House

George Herbert Walker Bush was born in 1924 into one of the most prominent families in the United States, a wealthy family committed to civil service. His parents instilled in him a sense of civic obligation [more…]

Political Topics to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Whether you love the intricacies of politics or loathe them, you need to brush up on political science knowledge for the MAT. When studying for the MAT, you may find that’s interesting to learn more about [more…]

Succession Plans for the British Monarchy

The line of succession to the British throne is the ordered sequence of all those people eligible to succeed to the United Kingdom and the other 15 Commonwealth realms. Historically, the throne passes [more…]

What is a Filibuster?

The filibuster is a tactic used in the U.S. Senate to block or delay action on a bill or other measure. A filibustering senator may endlessly debate an issue, introduce time-consuming procedural motions [more…]

What Are U.S. Government Shutdowns?

In the United States, a government shutdown happens when Congress can't agree upon an annual federal budget — how to allocate funds for federal services. With a shutdown, the federal government provides [more…]

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