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What is the Bayh-Dole Act?
June 30, 2022
Senator Birch Bayh's final piece of landmark legislation is known as the Bayh-Dole Act. Crafted alongside Senator Bob Dole, the bill allows universities and businesses to patent and profit from inventions developed from federally funded research. Over 40 years later, the Bayh-Dole Act continues to bring important and life-saving technologies to the marketplace.
What is a PAC?
November 17, 2022
Learn how Political Action Committees or PACS, fund candidates and causes they support.
What is Voter Suppression?
November 3, 2022
The U.S. has a reputation for fair and free elections…and a history of excluding voters....
How Do Voting Machines Work?
October 28, 2022
Learn how different kinds of voting machines help keep our elections accurate and secure.
What is a Referendum?
October 21, 2022
Referendums give everyday citizens the power to directly shape our society.
How Do You Research Candidates?
October 13, 2022
Here are a few Dos and Don’ts when you’re making your big decision.
The Power of Protest
October 6, 2022
Words have had the power to educate, motivate, and inspire throughout history.
September 29, 2022
The period known as reconstruction brought both victories and losses for civil rights.
June 6, 2022
Title IX is known for expanding women's sports, but its effects are far-reaching.
What is the 26th Amendment?
May 4, 2022
Senator Birch Bayh helped pass the 26th Amendment, giving 18 year-olds the right to vote
What is the 25th Amendment?
April 15, 2022
Explore how the 25th amendment cleared confusion about the transfer of presidential power....
January 10, 2022
Do filibusters foster bipartisan cooperation? Or stop democracy in its tracks?
Members of Congress
December 29, 2021
Learn the basic roles of members of congress.
Diversity in Congress
December 15, 2021
Does the demographic makeup of congress match the diversity of the American population?
Native American Governments
November 24, 2021
Long before Europeans arrived in the U.S., Native Americans had sophisticated governments....
November 8, 2021
U.S. Presidents since George Washington have used executive orders to move their agenda.
What is "The Latino Vote"?
October 21, 2021
There are a few reasons why Latino voters continue to surprise political analysts.
October 19, 2021
Meet three trailblazing Hispanic leaders both past and present who have shaped our country...
Lame Ducks & The Peaceful Transfer of Power
November 18, 2020
Learn what happens in the days between the presidential election and inauguration day.