Elections and party politics across the US

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    Trump’s Russia connections show the need for continued vigilance over money laundering

Trump’s Russia connections show the need for continued vigilance over money laundering

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Recent weeks have seen revelations over vast money laundering schemes operating through Russian banks. Given President Trump’s alleged links to Russia, these reports have become even more important. Cerelia Athanassiou writes that these potential connections, in combination with Trump’s often murky real estate dealings, show just how vigilant regulators and financial institutions should be when it comes to looking […]

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    How advertising campaigns can help to mitigate the negative effects of voter ID laws on turnout.

How advertising campaigns can help to mitigate the negative effects of voter ID laws on turnout.

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A majority of American states have instituted some form of voter ID law, laws which have been found to reduce turnout for poor and minority populations. In new research Michael S. Lynch and Chelsie L.M. Bright examine the introduction of Kansas’ recent voter ID law. They find that in one county, the distribution of materials reassuring voters about provisional […]

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    Why Senate Democrats should vote for cloture on Gorsuch’s nomination

Why Senate Democrats should vote for cloture on Gorsuch’s nomination

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This week President Trump’s nominee for the US Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, is likely to be confirmed by the Senate – but with few Democratic votes. John D. Rackey and P.C. Peay write that despite their stated intention not to vote for cloture on debate over Gorsuch’s nomination – which will likely lead Senate Republicans to invoke the […]

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    How negative ads from diverse right-wing media makes conservative voters dislike Democratic candidates even more

How negative ads from diverse right-wing media makes conservative voters dislike Democratic candidates even more

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Recent years have seen growing hostility between those who support different political parties in America. But what is the media’s role in creating this increasing dislike? In new research, Richard Lau, David Andersen, Tessa Ditonto, Mona Kleinberg and David Redlawsk investigate this “affective polarization” by exposing participants to different news sources and positive and negative political advertising. They find […]

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    Republicans prefer to serve in the Senate over the House: for them, it represents the ultimate realistic office.

Republicans prefer to serve in the Senate over the House: for them, it represents the ultimate realistic office.

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The vast majority of the members of both houses of Congress tend to win reelection when they stand. But what about retirement? While House Republicans tend to retire at higher rates than their Democratic counterparts, this does not hold for the Senate. Theodore J. Masthay and L. Marvin Overby find that Republican and Democratic Senators retire at very similar […]

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    In considering Judge Gorsuch’s nomination, the Senate should take the long view

In considering Judge Gorsuch’s nomination, the Senate should take the long view

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This week the US Senate has been considering the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. Senate Democrats stand in staunch opposition to Gorsuch, meaning that Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell is now considering taking the “nuclear option” so that the nominee can be confirmed with 51 – rather than 60 – votes. Alex Garlick writes that history […]

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    Book Review: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer

Book Review: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer

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In Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, investigative journalist Jane Mayer reveals how a elite group of plutocrats have effectively subjected the US political system to a process akin to corporate capture. This is a thorough, meticulously researched and compelling account of the financial takeover of US democracy that unveils the otherwise hidden […]

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    Why Congressional Republicans may come to regret moving so quickly with their Obamacare repeal and replacement bill.

Why Congressional Republicans may come to regret moving so quickly with their Obamacare repeal and replacement bill.

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Congressional Republicans are now moving rapidly to push through the American Health Care Act, which would repeal and replace President Obama’s signature health care reform, Obamacare. Jonathan Lewallen writes that the GOP’s haste could backfire on them. Writing legislation is a skill, he argues, and in a time of both unified government and budget cuts to Legislative Counsel offices, […]

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    As Donald Trump has shown, words matter in how voters make political decisions.

As Donald Trump has shown, words matter in how voters make political decisions.

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With his frequent characterizations of his opponents as “lyin” or “crooked”, Donald Trump’s use of language during his 2016 presidential election campaign was a departure from previous contests. In new research, Stephen M. Utych examines the effects of this sort of emotional, negative language on political decision-making. Through experimental studies, he finds that when such language is used in […]

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    Real-time fact-checking can change people’s opinion about a candidate, but only if the ratings are decisive.

Real-time fact-checking can change people’s opinion about a candidate, but only if the ratings are decisive.

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Fact-checking of political events has become an important component of 21st century political campaigns. But does fact-checking actually influence how people vote? In new research, Amanda Wintersieck finds that voters’ evaluations of a candidate’s debate performance – and the chances that they will vote for them – are improved when fact-checks confirm they are making accurate statements. “Half-true” fact […]

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