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What Are the Benefits of Government-Funded Research?

Congress wants to know.

ProPublica

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Everything You Need to Read to Get Caught Up on the Veterans Affairs Scandal

A round-up of in-depth reporting on the chronic problems facing the VA health system.

Quick Studies

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Should We Abandon Our Shorelines?

We missed our chance to avoid rising sea levels. Now we must turn and run.

Hot in Here

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Resistance to Climate Change Is Killing the Government’s Ability to Use Science

Legislative opposition to climate change isn’t just keeping us from having a proper conversation about the problem. It’s destroying our ability to act.

ProPublica

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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.

The Rest of the World

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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.

ProPublica

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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.

What Makes Us Politic

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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.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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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.

ProPublica

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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.

Between the Sheets

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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.

Burgh Diaspora

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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.

Sociological Images

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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.

You Don't Know America

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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….

ProPublica

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Is the Federal Government Finally Going to Do Something About Housing Discrimination?

After decades of inaction, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has begun to move against two localities for allegedly violating the Fair Housing Act.

 

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What a Real War on Christmas Looks Like

A history lesson for former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and other conservatives worried about “a secular clown posse” set on destroying Judeo-Christian traditions.

 

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What Happened After Congress Passed a Climate Change Law? Very Little

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has failed to set up a body that would make recommendations on how to deal with rising seas.

 

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What Would It Take to Get the Government to Worry Less About Our Genders?

We don’t need the state to adjudicate who is who, do we?

The Rest of the World

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How We Discovered That Christopher Columbus Didn’t Get to America First

And why it doesn’t really matter if he was 500 years too late.

 

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How a Telecom Helped the Government Spy on Me

When federal agents investigated a story Raymond Bonner wrote, they violated Department of Justice rules and his privacy in many of the ways Edward Snowden has suggested could happen.

 

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This Government Shutdown Won’t Be Our Last

Get used to government shutdowns. Serious budget problems are a common feature of large states in decline.

 

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We Don’t Know What to Eat

How bad science created a misinformed national diet—and did nothing to slow the growth of obesity.

 

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The Gun Club

The history of citizen ownership of firearms isn’t just about protection against tyranny; it’s also about forcing subjects to defend tyranny.

 

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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?

Features

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Meet the Flexians

A new professional class of movers and shakers—people who serve overlapping roles in government, business, and media with smiling finesse—is controlling the flow of power and money in America. The anthropologist Janine Wedel is bent on making us understand just how dangerous this new normal can be.

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Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

How to Water a Farm in Sandy Ground

Physicists investigate how to grow food more efficiently in fine-grained soil.

Unlocking Consciousness

A study of vegetative patients closes in on the nature of consciousness.

Advice for Emergency Alert Systems: Don’t Cry Wolf

A survey finds college students don't always take alerts seriously.

Brain’s Reward Center Does More Than Manage Rewards

Nucleus accumbens tracks many different connections in the world, a new rat study suggests.

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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