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Why We’re Not Holding State Legislators Accountable

The way we vote means that the political fortunes of state legislators hinge on events outside of their state and their control.

What Makes Us Politic

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The Bankruptcy of Authenticity

Every presidential candidate is essentially playing some sort of role. That doesn’t mean that they’re lying.

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The Extreme Political Polarization of the Average American Voter

Today’s America is highly polarized, but the voting booth is even more so.

What Makes Us Politic

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What Matters in Mid-Term Elections?

It’s not that the Bowe Bergdahl story isn’t important; it’s just unlikely to influence voters in November. So what will?

What Makes Us Politic

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A Lesson From Eric Cantor’s Loss: It’s Time to Prepare for the Weird Stuff

Primaries are forcing officeholders into increasingly extreme positions.

What Makes Us Politic

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Political Parties Are Networks, and You Want Them on Your Side

Even a very loose network of candidates, activists, donors, and interest groups can exert a powerful influence over elections.

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Why Is the IRS Delaying New Rules for Dark Money Groups?

The agency has pushed back indefinitely a hearing on new regulations for social welfare non-profits that spend money on politics.

Poll Dancing

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The Case for a National Primary

With the way things are currently structured, most voters don’t participate in choosing the candidates that ultimately go on to represent them. But there’s a relatively easy fix.

ProPublica

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IRS Does Nothing After Political Dark Money Group Blatantly Ignores the Law

The Government Integrity Fund spent most of its money on election ads, despite IRS rules prohibiting a social welfare non-profit from doing so.

What Makes Us Politic

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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?

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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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.

You Don't Know America

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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.

What Makes Us Politic

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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.

Poll Dancing

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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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Mapping Politics

Obama’s field offices were more effective than Romney’s before the last presidential election, how the dispersion of donations is related to candidate success, and other things we’re learning by incorporating maps into new political science research.

 

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The Future for Carlos Danger: When Do Political Scandals Go Too Far?

His place in the polls continues to drop, but is there hope yet for Anthony Weiner? Research indicates that many politicians tainted by scandal get elected anyway.

 

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Are Conflict Diamonds Rigging Today’s Zimbabwe Elections?

Global Witness, the London-based resource watchdog, thinks so.

 

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The Success of the Military Coup

New research by political scientists finds that, since 1991, most of the world’s coups have resulted in competitive elections.

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Dopamine Might Be Behind Impulsive Behavior

A monkey study suggests the brain chemical makes what's new and different more attractive.

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.

How a Second Language Trains Your Brain for Math

Second languages strengthen the brain's executive control circuits, with benefits beyond words.

Would You Rather Go Blind or Lose Your Mind?

Americans consistently fear blindness, but how they compare it to other ailments varies across racial lines.

On the Hunt for Fake Facebook Likes

A new study finds ways to uncover Facebook Like farms.

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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