Candidates can be skeptical of polls, but can’t ignore them

Political polls aren't always right, but don't expect them to go away soon. They are still the best way to see what's on the voters' minds and who's ahead.
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‘Those who lose accept the verdict’

In the United States, defeated political candidates acknowledge election losses publicly, knowing that they have the chance to compete and win another day.
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Censor the internet? Bad idea.

Censoring the internet censors free speech. Political dissent, strong language and even offensive speech are part of a strong democracy.
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Why Tuesday will be ‘Super’ in the U.S.

On March 3, Super Tuesday, voters will award more than a third of the delegates needed to win the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.
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U.S.: ‘No exceptions’ for Iranian oil importers

The U.S. announces it is ending all waivers to countries purchasing Iranian crude oil and ensures a steady transition to other oil suppliers.
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Reality check: U.S. elections are secure and reliable [video]

The U.S. ensures the security of its elections with transparency. This video explains how U.S. voting works by keeping polling places honest and fair.
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Want to see how Americans will vote on Tuesday? [video]

On Tuesday, November 8, Americans will cast their votes for the next president. How can they be sure their votes are tallied correctly? Watch and learn.
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Presidential libraries are more than books and paper

Modern U.S. presidents' records and artifacts are preserved for public access in presidential libraries. But these aren't your average libraries.
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Each spring, Americans brace for Tax Day

On October 3, 1913, President Wilson signed a law establishing the national income tax. Income taxes remain a vital source of federal revenue.