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My Politicians Are Better Looking Than Yours

A new study finds we judge the cover by the book—or at least the party.

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Private Donors Are Supplying Spy Gear to Cops Across the Country Without Any Oversight

There’s little public scrutiny when private donors pay to give police controversial technology and weapons. Sometimes, companies are donors to the same foundations that purchase their products for police.

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The Risk of Getting Killed by the Police If You Are White, and If You Are Black

An analysis of killings by police shows outsize risk for young black males.

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Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they’re motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

The Law Won

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Homophobia Is Not a Thing of the Past

Despite growing support for LGBT rights and recent decisions from the Supreme Court regarding the legality of same-sex marriage, the battle for acceptance has not yet been decided.

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When Disease Becomes Political: The Likely Electoral Fallout From Ebola

Will voters blame President Obama—and punish Democrats in the upcoming mid-term elections—for a climate of fear?

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What All Military Families Need to Know About High-Cost Lenders

Lessons from over a year on the beat.

True Crime

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Faster Justice, Closer to Home: The Power of Community Courts

Community courts across the country are fighting judicial backlog and lowering re-arrest rates.

The Law Won

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Killing Your Husband to Save Yourself

Without proper legal instruments, women with abusive partners are often forced to make a difficult choice: kill or be killed.

ProPublica

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Inside the Federal Reserve Bank of New York: Secret Recordings and a Culture Clash

A confidential report and a fired examiner’s hidden recorder penetrate the cloistered world of Wall Street’s top regulator—and its history of deference to banks.

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Should It Be Illegal to Provide Service Members With High-Cost Loans?

Acknowledging that a previous law did not go far enough, the Defense Department has proposed new rules to protect service members from high-cost lenders.

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Republicans Stand to Make Gains in State Legislatures

And that’s a much bigger deal than whether or not a few seats shift in the House of Representatives.

The Law Won

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I’d Like to Be Deported: A Day at Immigration Court

No judge, no lawyers, and very little hope.

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When Women Sexually Assault Men

How gendered cultural scripts help conceal and laugh away a legitimate problem.

True Crime

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Why Solitary Confinement Hurts Juveniles More Than Adults

New York City is ending its use of solitary confinement for juvenile offenders. Here’s the science behind the decision.

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Do You Think Our Criminal Justice System Treats Black People Unfairly?

If so, then the majority of Americans now agrees with you.

ProPublica

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Did the Assault Weapons Ban Really Work?

California Senator Dianne Feinstein says “the evidence is clear: the ban worked.” Except there’s no evidence it saved lives—and the researcher behind the key statistic Feinstein cites says it’s an outdated figure that was based on a false assumption.

What Makes Us Politic

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Does Forecasting an Election Change the Outcome?

If Nate Silver tells you that one candidate has a 90 percent chance of winning, why bother to vote?

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Does Cramming for a Math Test Help You Graduate High School?

A study of Norwegian students suggests it might.

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Can Prisons Predict Which Inmates Will Try to Escape?

And what can they do to prevent it?

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Trust Is Waning, and Inequality May Be to Blame

Trust in others and confidence in institutions is declining, while economic inequality creeps up, a new study shows.

What Makes Us Politic

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Should We Be Told Who Funds Political Attack Ads?

On the value of campaign finance disclosure.

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The Link Between Depression and Terrorism

A new study from the United Kingdom finds a connection between depression and radicalization.

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The Fake Birth Mothers Who Bilk Couples Out of Their Cash by Promising Future Babies

Another group that’s especially vulnerable to scams and fraud is that made up of those who are desperate to adopt a child.

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School Counselors Do More Than You’d Think

Adding just one counselor to a school has an enormous impact on discipline and test scores, according to a new study.

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My Politicians Are Better Looking Than Yours

A new study finds we judge the cover by the book—or at least the party.

That Cigarette Would Make a Great Water Filter

Clean out the ashtray, add some aluminum oxide, and you've (almost) got yourself a low-cost way to remove arsenic from drinking water.

Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

How to Water a Farm in Sandy Ground

Physicists investigate how to grow food more efficiently in fine-grained soil.

Unlocking Consciousness

A study of vegetative patients closes in on the nature of consciousness.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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