Open carry laws restrict a person's ability to visibly wear or carry a gun in public. Both open and concealed carry laws vary considerably from state to state. Some state open carry laws differentiate between handguns and long guns, such as rifles and shotguns. Seven states, including California ...[read more]
Eighteen US states have abolished the death penalty. Three states- Maine, Michigan and Wisconsin- have completely banned the death penalty since the mid-nineteenth century. Fifteen states abolished the death penalty at various points throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
The ...[read more]
American history, and the development of American cultural identities, cannot adequately be explained without a thorough discussion of racial discrimination. The following is an overview some notorious, and notable, events.
The Naturalization Act of 1798 required that applicants for US ...[read more]
A report published by the Congressional Research Service in December 2012 acknowledged the difficulty of accurately assessing right-to-work laws and the economic outcomes of individual states. The report reviewed studies that focused on the effects of right-to-work laws on job growth and wages, ...[read more]
The ICTY delivered its first indictment ever against Dragan Nikolic, the director of the Serb-run Susica Detention Camp in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in November 1994. He was accused of committing crimes against non-Serbs, including sexual violence and torture. After he pleaded guilty in September ...[read more]
The House of Representatives consists of 435 members who represent proportional electoral districts of about 700,000 constituents each. Most state legislatures set those district boundaries. Notably, redistricting does not affect US Senate elections, which are statewide. Partisan state ...[read more]
At the height of the Great Depression, US President Franklin Roosevelt requested legislation to aid Americans in times of economic need. On August 14, 1935, Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. The original Act provided benefits to workers upon retirement at age 65, and based the ...[read more]
The separation of powers doctrine incorporated into the US Constitution includes the ability to declare and enter war. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress the ability to declare war. Article II, Section 2 grants power of the US armed forces to the President as Commander-in- ...[read more]
Presidents have taken advantage of the constitutional power to make recess appointments since the first administration. According to a history of judicial appointments written by the Congressional Research Service, President George Washington appointed 12 federal court judges using the recess ...[read more]
On May 13, 2010, the upper house of the Kazakhstan Parliament passed a constitutional amendment granting significant additional powers to President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The lower house of Parliament had approved the amendment the day before. The amendment would have extended significant ...[read more]