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The U.S. Needs to Stop Running Internet Security Like a Wikipedia Volunteer Project

One lesson of the Heartbleed bug is that our government is paying to undermine Internet security, not to fix it.

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ZunZuneo: Do Former Users Even Care That It Was Secretly Built by USAID?

Our criticism of the U.S. government’s covert or “discreet” funding of communication channels like ZunZuneo or Radio Free Europe presumes that they try to seed something non-native.

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The Labor Department Finally Takes a Stand on Unpaid Internships

The federal agency asks the Second Circuit to crack down on for-profit employers that refuse to pay.

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Greening Government Procurement: Turning Uncle Sam Into an Eco-Friendly Consumer

Seeking the environmental “hot spots” in $600 billion of government purchases.

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Proud Kansan Who Wants to Put Middle-Class Americans in Office

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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Pentagon Finally Overhauls Effort to Identify Its Missing

The restructuring promises to address many of the problems laid out in a recent ProPublica and NPR investigation.

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Why Sex Research Is Worth Funding With Public Money

Sexuality is a fundamental component of the human experience, and it’s one we need to have a better understanding of.

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What Talent Shortage? The Great American Brain Waste of Our Captive Labor Market

Our biggest businesses complain about a shortage of skilled labor. Instead of calling on the government to act, they should consider workplace policies that are friendlier to women and immigrants.

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Can the United States Government Ever Be Trusted?

For the first time ever, the American National Election Study has allowed respondents in its annual survey of trust in government to answer “never.” Here’s how that simple addition changed results.

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Why Do Different States Have Such Wildly Different Ideas About Government?

For the most part, Americans are in broad agreement about political concepts. We believe that individuals have certain natural rights, and that the purpose of government is to serve and protect its citizens. But when you get to the specifics….

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Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

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The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014