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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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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.

What Makes Us Politic

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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?

What Makes Us Politic

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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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Eat Your Vegetables

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

 

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Is Obama Delivering on His Promise of a ‘21st Century’ Approach to Drugs?

As Obama and the U.S. drug czar roll out their 2013 plan, here’s a look at what’s in it, and what they’ve done so far.

 

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The Cost of a Presidential Campaign

Charting the cost of presidential elections since 1860 on two different spending measures: dollars spent per thousand dollars of GDP, and dollars spent per vote cast.

 

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Americans Love Dogs, Are Frightened by Snakes, Underestimate Evil of Cats

The results of a recent survey show that Americans prefer dogs over cats—but they still do not understand the gravity of the feline threat.

 

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Ambassador Nominee Samantha Power on the Role of the United Nations

The next American ambassador to the United Nations discusses her philosophy of leadership in a 2008 interview with Miller-McCune.

 

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Why Haven’t Obama’s Scandals Hurt His Approval Ratings?

More Americans approve of his performance now than did so a week ago.

 

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Members of Congress Are Elected to Represent, Not to Get Along

Why attempts to characterize President Obama as a leader unable to cajole and intimidate our other elected officials are profoundly misguided.

 

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The Presidential Campaigns Didn’t Really Matter

Why Obama and Romney could have called it quits after the convention

 

Hurricane Sandy and the Presidential Election

What an incumbent has to gain—and lose—from a natural disaster

 

Fetishizing the Bayonet

Bayonets may have become a symbol of outdated military technology, as the president suggested in his debate-night jab, but they have a darker history.

 

Atheists for Obama!

 

At Tonight’s Debate, Obama Needs to Get a Grip

Watch the president’s thumb and index finger. They speak volumes.

 

The Presidential Debate and the Mom Test

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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.

A Word of Caution to the Holiday Deal-Makers

Repeat customers—with higher return rates and real bargain-hunting prowess—can have negative effects on a company’s net earnings.

Crowdfunding Works for Science

Scientists just need to put forth some effort.

There’s More Than One Way to Be Good at Math

Mathematical ability isn’t one single skill set; there are indeed many ways to be “good at math,” research shows.

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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