Nelson Mandela speaking to F.W. de Klerk (© AP Images)

What’s a ‘loyal opposition,’ and why does it matter? [video]

For a new democracy to grow and flourish, there must be legitimate, constructive and responsible people's participation. Enter the loyal opposition.
Illustration of man contemplating large, wrapped gift (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Lavish gifts for public officials? That means jail time in the...

In books and TV shows, you might see U.S. government officials accepting lavish meals and gifts. In reality, there are strict rules against this corruption.
Pair of hands opening briefcase full of money (Shutterstock)

Fraud lands former Arizona official in prison

Public officials must be held to the same standards as citizens. A former Arizona state official admitted to stealing $5.9 million, and now he has to pay.
Glenn Kessler sitting on table holding folded newspaper (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Want to be a journalist? Know these 3 things. [video]

Thirty years in journalism has taught Glenn Kessler a few things. Listen to what he thinks it takes to do the job right and learn from an expert.
President Obama wearing tuxedo, at lectern (White House)

Obama tells a roomful of journalists what he really thinks of...

At the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, President Obama's speech drew laughter and some serious notes on the importance of the media.
President Obama at microphone (© AP Images)

Obama: Open government ‘is at the heart of successful societies’ [video]

Check out what President Obama told this year's Open Government Partnership summit.
Television reporter holding microphone up to candidate under NBC News and YouTube logos (© AP Images)

On elections, young Americans turn to YouTube

Where do you learn about political candidates leading up to elections? In the U.S., young voters are turning to the video platform YouTube.

New rules. New police. New investigators. Ukraine is working hard to...

Investigators from Ukraine’s newly created National Anti-Corruption Bureau discuss how they plan to accelerate the pace of reform.

After progress in 2015, Ukraine looks to the new year

What will happen in Ukraine in 2016? First, look at the progress in 2015, including in agriculture, finance, energy and reduced reliance on Russian gas.