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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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The Dark Money Man: How Sean Noble Moved the Kochs’ Cash Into Politics and Made Millions

Sean Noble was a former congressional aide just starting as a political consultant when he was recruited to help run the Kochtopus—Charles and David Koch’s multi-layered political network.

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Grand Obese Party?

Researchers have found a statistically significant correlation between support for Mitt Romney and a pudgy populace.

 

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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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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

 

The Presidential Debate and the Mom Test

 

Will Romney Regret Choosing Ryan?

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Diversity Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Perception of group diversity depends on the race of the observer and the extent to which they worry about discrimination.

Psychopathic or Just Antisocial? A Key Brain Difference Tells the Tale

Though psychopaths and antisocial people may seem similar, what occurs in their brains isn’t.

Common Knowledge Makes Us More Cooperative

People are more inclined to take mutually beneficial risks if they know what others know.

How a Shift in Human Head Shape Changed Everything

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Journalists Can Get PTSD Without Leaving Their Desks

Dealing with violent content takes a heavy toll on some reporters.

The Big One

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