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Don’t Fear the Zombie Candidates

Money, even lots of it, isn’t enough to win a presidential nomination if party insiders want someone else.

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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?

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Google Intern and Ph.D. Student Who Wants to Focus Only on Questions That Matter

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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Half of Americans Believe at Least 1 Conspiracy Theory

New research suggests the belief in unseen plots is surprisingly widespread.

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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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The Liberal Gun Club

Exploring subculture in America.

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Who Controls the Koch Brothers’ Shady Political Network?

Obscure limited liability companies have ultimate say over the Koch network’s non-profits, which spend hundreds of millions of dollars to advance conservative causes.

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In Defense of Studying the Duck Penis

Duck penis expert Patricia Brennan offers a catalog of all the amazing things that would not exist without the pursuit of “oddball” biological research.

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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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How Realistic Is ‘House of Cards’ Anyway?

Not at all, really. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy it for what it is.

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Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

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Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

The Big One

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