Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s Independence Day, and Americans celebrate their country’s 241st birthday with pride. But patriotism can be manipulated to further destructive ends.
Reading Time: 1 minute Two years after same-sex marriage became legal, gay couples still face challenges.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Over half of the EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors have been dismissed to make way for fossil fuel advocates, leading many to worry about the vanishing role of independent scientific review within the agency.
Reading Time: 2 minutes The value placed on free speech in the US is so high that some of the most abhorrent individuals and groups can have their say. This court case proves it.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Electoral boycotts and economic problems overshadow Puerto Rico’s latest bid for statehood.
Reading Time: 2 minutes This week marks the 52nd anniversary of Griswold v Connecticut, the Supreme Court case that paved the way for accessible contraception. We take a look back at the history of birth control and the importance of vigilance in a time of legislative regression.
Reading Time: 2 minutes A wealthy American entrepreneur challenges the Republican notion that more tax breaks for the rich equals more jobs and prosperity for all.
Reading Time: 2 minutes On May 18, the FCC quietly voted to propose new rules governing Internet service providers. The intent is to appeal net neutrality regulations enacted under the Obama administration.
Reading Time: 1 minute There have been many proud and shameful days in US history. Americans have heard of many of them. One particular event, however, has long evaded public scrutiny. WhoWhatWhy is doing its part to change that by commemorating the anniversary of one of the most shameful episodes in the country’s history each year.
Reading Time: 1 minute The former national security advisor is currently facing several subpoenas from Congress. These target both him personally and his businesses — through which he has received payments from foreign entities, including a media outlet funded by the Russian government.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Ten years ago this week, James Comey became a household name when he told the US Senate about one of the most remarkable nights in the history of American politics.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Chelsea Manning is released from prison today after her 35-year sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama. Manning leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents, many of which cast a new and damning light on US actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Reading Time: 2 minutes The US Constitution is a treasured document to many, but it is not perfect. Whereas other countries explicitly lay out the right to vote in their constitutions, it is conspicuously absent from the US version. Unfortunately Americans are still living with the results today.
Reading Time: 2 minutes The House has repealed Obamacare and passed the American Health Care Act. Republicans claim it will help make affordable, quality healthcare available to all. But the plan clearly benefits the 1%, while making promises to the vulnerable that could be hard to keep.
Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s been 20 years since the Chemical Weapons Convention treaty went into effect, and an entire class of weapons of mass destruction has been nearly eliminated. That’s partly why the recent chemical attacks in Syria have attracted so much attention.
Reading Time: 1 minute Here is a primer on Donald Trump’s relationship with Felix Sater and others with connections to the mob. The perfect video to watch before or after reading the WhoWhatWhy exposé on the president’s Russia connections.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Our primary way of categorizing political discourse is Left-Right. But is this way of thinking inherently limiting and prone to misconception?
Reading Time: 2 minutes As president, Barack Obama was sometimes referred to as the “Deporter in Chief.” Does that mean that the difference between him and President Donald Trump on illegal immigration is just their rhetoric?
Reading Time: 2 minutes The work of the US Congress is on display for anyone desiring to tune in. But why are federal courts largely exempt from this public scrutiny?
Reading Time: 2 minutes The killing of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of George Zimmerman triggered a wave of discontent among African-Americans that ultimately became the Black Lives Matter movement. It also sparked debate on Stand Your Ground laws. But has anything changed five years later?