What is an executive order?

On his third day in office, President Obama issued an executive order banning certain interrogation techniques used by the CIA after the 9/11 attacks....

A good day for democracy

Secretary of State John Kerry witnessed the peaceful transition of power in Nigeria with the May 29 inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Graphic showing elements of ransomware attack (State Dept.)

U.S. goes after Iranian hackers who attacked city, hospital computers

Two Iranian hackers allegedly extorted $6 million in bitcoin payments by installing ransomware on the computers of big U.S. cities, hospitals and others.
Cartoon of a donkey and an elephant facing each other holding signs of pointing human fingers (© Kevin Kallaugher)

A cartoonist’s sharp pen makes people laugh … and ponder

Cartoonist Kevin "Kal" Kallaugher has drawn more than 8,000 cartoons over 40 years that range from sketches on climate change to political commentary.

Allowing black America to vote made the country better

Only 50 years ago, many black Americans were barred from exercising their right to vote. Learn why the 1965 Voting Rights Act was so important.
Tillerson talking at lectern (© Aung Htet/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson urges Burma to probe atrocities, repatriate Rohingya

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged Burma's leaders to investigate reported mass atrocities against the Rohingya and allow them to return home.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan shaking hands with President-elect Muhammadu Buhari (© AP Images)

After an election, the losing side can play the most important...

In a strong democracy, the party that loses an election accepts its defeat, knowing the electoral system will afford it another chance next time.

Rights no just government should refuse

December 15 is Bill of Rights Day. On this date in 1791, the United States ratified the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution....
Arnold Schwarzenegger sitting in the forest with firefighters (Photo courtesy of "Years of Living Dangerously")

How to attract a celebrity to your cause

A celebrity endorsement raises awareness, setting your cause apart from others that compete for attention and donations. How do you sign up a celebrity?