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The first overseas acquisition of the United States was not Hawaii, but Midway, claimed under the Guano Act of 1856.

Here's how the US Congress addressed the issue.

From our archives: The Nation addressed the question of annexation in 1898.

The story of how the Hawaiian people lost their homeland--and their continuing quest to win it back.

The Spitzer affair's obvious rationality continues to elude the therapists, sexperts and pundits for whom shame is the game.

Why should we get all worked up over the revelation that the New York governor paid for sex?

To build a fence on the US border with Mexico, the Department of Homeland Security seized land without trials or negotiations.

The caucus was raucous and the rancor will continue for weeks. But if you're a Democrat in the Lone Star State, these are good times, baby.

Hillary Clinton may have won Texas, but the huge crowds participating for the first time in the primary and caucuses were there mainly because of Barack Obama.

As a crucial primary looms, Democrats in Texas have gotten the Party started again, as the state continues its remarkable shift from red to blue.

Blogs

A judge in Pennsylvania makes a damning case against the state’s restrictive voter ID law.

January 17, 2014

A bipartisan group in Congress has introduced legislation to restore the critical protections of the Voting Rights Act following the Supreme Court’s decision.

January 16, 2014

States passed fifty-three laws restricting abortion last year, but midterm elections give pro-choice activists an opportunity to flip the trend. 

January 14, 2014

An agenda of constitutional amendments, structural changes and referendum votes for raises and rights.

January 1, 2014

The ACLU accuses Walker of “bogus appropriation” of free speech arguments to defend offensive acts by government.

December 23, 2013

The strange tale of the Senate candidate’s spouse reminds of how absurd most fraud claims are.

December 19, 2013

America’s HIV epidemic is concentrated and most deadly in the Southern states, but two policies could have a profound effect on the illness. 

December 6, 2013

The Ohio legislature is once again passing new restrictions to make it harder to vote.   

December 4, 2013

The great passion of the president’s last year was a struggle to enact an amendment ending the poll tax and removing wealth barriers to voting. He was right to choose the constitutional route.

November 22, 2013

In his campaign book, Unintimidated, the controversial Wisconsin governor offers a rewrite of his history.

November 18, 2013