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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer
Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing magazine. Follow him on Twitter @Daniel_Luzer.

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According to the U.S. Census, Jesus Was White

Unfortunately for Megyn Kelly, considering he died 2,000 years ago, that classification doesn’t make much sense.



Why Is Hanukkah So Closely Associated With Christmas?

It’s all about the Benjamins.



Are Varsity Sports Destroying Exercise and Ruining America’s Schools?

Students who get a lot of exercise perform better academically. But competitive varsity sports limit the availability of rigorous activity in schools.



What a Real War on Christmas Looks Like

A history lesson for former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and other conservatives worried about “a secular clown posse” set on destroying Judeo-Christian traditions.



Is Alcohol Really to Blame for the Prevalence of Sexual Assault on College Campuses?

Access to alcohol isn’t anything new, but access to members of the opposite sex is.



Why They’re the Redskins

There’s such a thing as going too far, but team mascots are supposed to be offensive.



What Kills Creativity?

Many American writers fear that standardized testing could be destroying our children. They might be right.



Is the Gay Population a Lot Bigger Than Even Kinsey Predicted?

A new study, which attempts to correct for problems with current survey methodology (even when anonymous we don’t always answer honestly), finds that 19 percent of Americans don’t consider themselves heterosexual.

The Rest of the World


How We Discovered That Christopher Columbus Didn’t Get to America First

And why it doesn’t really matter if he was 500 years too late.



This Government Shutdown Won’t Be Our Last

Get used to government shutdowns. Serious budget problems are a common feature of large states in decline.



The Gun Rights Crowd Might Be Right About Mental Health

While their intentions aren’t necessarily pure, the numbers suggest they’re actually on to something.



The Gun Club

The history of citizen ownership of firearms isn’t just about protection against tyranny; it’s also about forcing subjects to defend tyranny.



Does the President Have the Power to Convince Us of Anything?

Not really, no. So why, then, do we bother to listen to his speeches?



The Lives of Dictators’ Wives

The fancy clothes and charitable works aren’t incidental: The dictator’s spouse is an important part of maintaining power.



The Protestant Work Ethic Is Real

Thanks to a recent paper in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, we finally have some answers for why Americans work so hard.



It’s Not Just All of the People Around You That Are Getting Fatter

Research reveals that animals are gaining weight, too.



Why Does Citizenship Matter?

How national affiliation became such an important part of our personal identity.



A Brief History of the Great Gay Olympics

Russian legislators have said they will enforce new anti-gay laws during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, but the ancient athletic games started out as little more than a gigantic festival of homoerotic excess.



Not So Hot for Teacher

How did we come to decide that relationships between professors and students are almost always wrong?



The Future for Carlos Danger: When Do Political Scandals Go Too Far?

His place in the polls continues to drop, but is there hope yet for Anthony Weiner? Research indicates that many politicians tainted by scandal get elected anyway.



Why Pope Francis’ Recent Acceptance of Gay Priests Shouldn’t Surprise You

The Catholic Church changes its teachings all the time.



Is Widespread Drug Use to Thank for the Inventions of the Classical World?

At least one scholar’s research indicates drug use was fairly common in ancient Greece and Rome.



Volunteer Security and the Rise of the Neighborhood Watch

Do neighborhood watch programs work? After 40 years, we still don’t really know.



Eat Your Vegetables

Did our ancestors really have healthier diets? The evidence isn’t very convincing.



The Missus

Research shows that married women who don’t take their husbands’ names are more successful than those who do because others judge them to be more intelligent, competent, and ambitious.

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Don’t Text and Drive—Especially If You’re Old

A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.

Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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