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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Google Intern and Ph.D. Student Who Wants to Focus Only on Questions That Matter

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

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Why Make Stuff Up? The Incredible Demand on Campaign Reporters to Keep Things Interesting

Will the recent incorporation of some working political scientists into legacy media outlets help curb the use of misleading headlines and made-up stories of momentum in campaign coverage?

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The State of the Union: When Style Is Substance

During tomorrow night’s presidential address, actions will speak louder than words. With highly polarized parties at least through 2016, it’s not like any of Obama’s proposals are about to become law any time soon anyway.

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Obama’s Not-So-Big Data

After the last presidential election, wide-eyed pundits hailed a brave new era of political campaigning, crediting Obama’s victory to his team’s wizardry with data. The hype was premature. Here’s what the story of 2012 really means for the future of politics.

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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.

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What Kills Creativity?

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

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#Censored: Tracking Blocked Searches on China’s Homegrown Version of Twitter

Hair bacon, Tigger, Falun Gong: On Sina Weibo, you’ve got to be careful what you say.

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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?

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Seeking a Better Measure of Inequality, 50 Years After ‘I Have a Dream’

Severe inequities remain between whites and non-whites in American economic life. But it isn’t clear that employers are as much to blame as one might expect.

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The Surveillance Reforms President Obama Supported Before He Was Elected

The White House has opposed efforts to rein in NSA snooping, but only five years ago, Senator Obama supported substantial reforms.

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