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Catch Up on the James Comey Controversy Before Today’s Hearing

2017 June 08

On May 9, FBI Director James Comey was let go from his position by President Donald Trump–leaving many to wonder what incidents led to such a serious end.

James Comey is set to testify at 10 AM ET on June 8 in regards to possible ties between associates of President Trump and Russian efforts to tamper with the 2016 Presidential election. Comments about Comey’s loss of confidence, Democrats’ supposed hypocrisy, mentions of tapes and a memo, Jeff Sessions’ alleged involvement in the firing, and much more have made it difficult for many to keep up with this debacle. Catch up on this ever-evolving story by exploring President Trump’s Tweets as well as statements from your elected officials.

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Political Research Wrap Up: Comey, Healthcare, and Foreign Policy in Under 140 Characters

2017 June 02

 James Comey, health care, and foreign policy in under 140 characters. Read on to find out what has kept Congress and President Trump's Twitter account so busy.

Filibusters: Political Strategy or Wasted Effort?

2017 May 08

In political news, there is a lot of talk over the use of filibusters in the Senate, especially during the U.S Senate's recent confirmation of supreme court judge Neil Gorsuch. Are these efforts an effective political strategy or are legislators wasting everyone's time?

Top Trending Pages on Votesmart.org

2017 April 25

 The 2016 Election is over, but things are not quiet in politics! Citizens have been busy using votesmart.org to find out what their officials and candidates have been up to.

We went through our website and pulled our most viewed webpages from over the past month, to give you an idea of the topics that seem to be sparking the interest of our users.

Research Wrap Up: What are your legislators up to?

2017 April 05

 Congress has been very busy in early 2017. Read further to find out what is happening on both sides of the aisle!

The Acidification of our Oceans

2016 November 14

 The issue of ocean acidification is slowly coming to prominence in the United States. Largely due to the strong array of scientific data backing up the claims of the changing chemistry of the seas, the issue is largely a bipartisan one.

Pros and Cons of Common Renewable Energies

2016 November 02

Renewable energy has grown increasingly popular as evidence of human-caused global climate change accumulates. Solar, hydroelectric, and wind energies make up a large majority of the renewable energy sector, and are seen by some as preferable alternatives to fossil fuel and nuclear energies.

2016 Congressional Political Courage Test Results

2016 October 26

The Political Courage Test, which has been endorsed by major media in every election since 1992, asks candidates to demonstrate their political courage by providing voters with that essential information, in spite of the fact that opponents might use their answers in political attacks. 

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