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Why Do Scandals Destroy Some Politicians but Not Others?

We’ve seen some careers ended, and others accelerated. What does the research have to say about who is ruined by a scandal and who isn’t?

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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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Could We Moderate Our Politics With Instant Runoffs?

An alternate voting system being tested in several cities around the world could have some surprising long-term effects.

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More Sleep Equals More Voters

A new analysis finds voter turnout increases when an election is held two days after the switch back to standard time.

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Why Your Congressional Representative Isn’t So Representative of You

There are a lot of problems with our two-party system, and fixing them would require nothing less than a fundamental shift in the way politics work in this country. But there are better ways.

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What If We Just Got Rid of All the Money in Political Campaigns?

Three states have already put in place alternatives to standard fundraising practices, but what they’ve found might surprise you.

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2013 Was the Year of the Dataset

Large collections of information can be used by more than just the NSA. They’re being assembled by scholars and researchers hoping to find a better way to understand American politics.

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A Broken Election System Becomes a Teenager

On the the 13th birthday of the Bush v. Gore decision, the flawed system that sent an election to the Supreme Court is little closer to being fixed than it was the day after the ruling.

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What Would the State of North Colorado Look Like?

And how would its roughly 350,000 residents vote?

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Political Cheating: Do Election Observers Help or Hurt?

Tomorrow, 6,000 fraud cops will be deployed for elections in Madagascar, one of the world’s poorest nations.

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‘America Is Not Stupid’ Wins IRS Recognition as Tax-Exempt Non-Profit

Tax regulators recognize two related dark money groups, even though they appear to have made misleading statements on their applications for tax-exempt status.

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