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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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Science Denialism Crosses Party Lines

New research finds Republicans are no more likely than Democrats to express skepticism of the scientific consensus on contentious issues.

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Independents Are the Hipsters of American Politics

What does identifying as an independent tell us about how somebody will vote? As it turns out, not much. Research suggests this is a (surprisingly large) group that’s focused more on image than policy.

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How Our Political Parties Beat Campaign Finance Reform

Did the McCain-Feingold Act of 2002 have any of its intended effects?

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Our Political Parties Have Polarized, But They Have a Lot Further to Go

There are still plenty of moderate congressional districts represented by officials who vote with their constituents in mind—but that could soon change.

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A World Without Gatekeepers?

It may be easier than ever to become a famous singer, writer or comedian, but to become a winning politician, you still need to know the right people.

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How Much Does Ideology Matter in Elections?

The outcome of the Obama-Romney race was pretty close to what the data had predicted.

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Pirate Party Docks at Berlin’s Parliament

Tired of the same old political cronies, Berliners have voted in the Pirate Party — Internet open-source activists who hope to use online systems to improve democracy.

Political Fact Checking That Doesn’t Amplify the Lie

The next generation of political fact checking will offer humor and quicker turnarounds without further propagating the underlying deception.

Third Parties: The Avant-Garde of Change

While they may not have what it takes to win the White House, third parties have been responsible for putting up many of the road signs to future policy directions.

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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