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Immigration: Issue Explainer

They founded Google. They’ve made huge advancements in biochemistry. They invented donuts, basketball, and video games. They grow our food, care for us in hospitals…

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How to Advocate

Democracy only works when you do. Whether you’ve never voted before or never miss an election, whether you hate politics or read about it all…

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Congress

What Is It? So the thing about Congress is that you learn about it one way in school, but when you read the news, there…

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President

What Is It? They don’t call the American president the “leader of the free world” for nothing. The U.S. has the largest economy in the…

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The Supreme Court

What Is It? They don’t call it the highest court in the land for nothing – the Supreme Court has a lot of power. Over…

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Governor

What Is It? A governor is the CEO of a state (or commonwealth or territory, like Puerto Rico or Guam). Depending which state you live…

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District Attorney

What Is It? A district attorney (DA) is the top lawyer in a county or judicial district. DAs prosecute crimes that break state law. Their…

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Independent Redistricting Commissions

What Is It? Gerrymandering is so last season – in a few states, anyway. A small but growing number of states have done away with…

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State Legislature

What Is It? If you pay attention to the news, it might seem like everything is some inside game happening in Washington, D.C. But don’t…

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