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Are Children Seeking Refuge Turning More Americans Against Undocumented Immigrants?

A look at Pew Research Center survey data collected in February and July of this year.

Sociological Images

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Border Fences Make Unequal Neighbors and Enforce Social Inequality

What would it look like if you combined Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, demographically speaking? What about the United States and Guatemala?

What Makes Us Politic

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Why Isn’t Obama More Popular?

It takes a while for people to notice that things are going well, particularly when they’ve been bad for so long.

The Law Won

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Arizona’s Double-Talk on Execution and Torture

The state is certain that Joseph Wood’s death was totally constitutional. But they’re looking into it.

Quick Studies

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How Wildlife Declines Are Leading to Slavery and Terrorism

As wildlife numbers dwindle, wildlife crimes are rising—and that’s fueling a raft of heinous crimes committed against humans.

The Law Won

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How the Supremes Pick Their Cases—and Why Obamacare Is Safe for Now

The opponents of Obamacare who went one for two in circuit court rulings earlier this week are unlikely to see their cases reach the Supreme Court.

ProPublica

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The Alabama Judge Who Refuses to Let Desegregation Orders Go Ignored

A federal judge in Alabama says a local school board has failed to meet legal mandate to integrate.

Life in the Data

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On the Destinations of Species

It’s almost always easier to cross international borders if you’re something other than human.

The Law Won

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This Time, Scalia Was Right

President Obama’s recess appointments were wrong and, worse, dangerous.

What Makes Us Politic

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How Small-D Democratic Should Our Political Parties Be?

We need to decide how primaries should work in this country before they get completely out of hand and the voters are left out entirely.

ProPublica

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The Litany of Problems With the Pentagon’s Effort to Recover MIAs

A draft inspector general report found that the mission lacks basic metrics for how to do the job—and when to end it.

Their Money

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What Are the Benefits of Government-Funded Research?

Congress wants to know.

Prospector

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Bathing Suits Over Baghdad

Swim lessons in international waters.

ProPublica

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Why Are U.S. Taxpayers Subsidizing the Defense of Alleged Killers of a Palestinian Teen?

An Israeli group is raising money in the U.S. to support Israelis charged with or convicted of violence against Palestinians.

True Crime

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The Fight for Elder Rights

A review of new proposals to put a stop to elder abuse and support the rights of the elderly around the world.

The Law Won

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Caring for the Condemned: Does It Make Sense to Treat the Mental Health of Someone Facing Execution?

How the new mental health facility for California’s death row inmates reflects our nation’s ongoing ambivalence about the death penalty.

ProPublica

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The Monetary Cost of a Wrongful Conviction in New York

A Brooklyn man who spent more than a dozen years in prison for a crime he likely did not commit will receive $3 million from New York State. He may get even more from New York City.

Quick Studies

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The War on Organized Environmental Crime

A recent report outlines new strategies that could be used to save the environment from criminal syndicates.

True Crime

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On Free Will, Fate, and a Science That Sways Juries

A new study shows how teaching people about neuroscience can make them softer on crime.

The Law Won

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Protecting Abortion Clinics in a New Age of ‘McCullen v. Coakley’

After the recent Supreme Court decision, clinics will likely have to turn to injunctions to keep protesters away, taking on the additional expense themselves or passing it on to those they serve.

What Makes Us Politic

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How Can We Fix the Broken Primary Election System?

A look at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s comprehensive consideration of the issue.

ProPublica

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The Pentagon Finally Decides to Dig Up the Remains of a Long-Lost Soldier

The military will exhume a grave in the Philippines that may hold the remains of Bud Kelder, an American POW whose family has long been fighting the Pentagon to get him home.

Quick Studies

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Americans Want Elected Leaders Who Act on Climate Change

Members of Congress who oppose climate action are out of touch with most American voters. But they are in touch with the noisy members of the misinformed Tea Party clan.

ProPublica

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Meet the Groups That Are Fighting Against Limits on Restraining School Kids

Republicans say it is a matter of states’ rights.

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America’s Streams Are Awash With Pesticides Banned in Europe

You may have never heard of clothianidin, but it's probably in your local river.

How Textbooks Have Changed the Face of War

War is more personal, less glorious, and more hellish in modern textbooks than in the past. But there’s still room for improvement.

NASA Could Build Entire Spacecrafts in Space Using 3-D Printers

This year NASA will experiment with 3-D printing small objects in space. That could mark the beginning of a gravity-free manufacturing revolution.

The Most Popular Ways to Share Good and Bad Personal News

Researchers rank the popularity of all of the different methods we have for telling people about our lives, from Facebook to face-to-face.

Do Not Tell Your Kids That Eating Vegetables Will Make Them Stronger

Instead, hand them over in silence. Or, market them as the most delicious snack known to mankind.

The Big One

One in two full-time American fast-food workers' families are enrolled in public assistance programs, at a cost of $7 billion per year. July/August 2014

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